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NDA 2019: Application form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern and Dates

NDA Exam 2019 will be conducted in two phases viz., NDA (I) and NDA (II). The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be conducting the NDA 2019 exam for admission of the candidates into the National Defence Academy (NDA). Candidates after completing the higher secondary education can apply for the examination. 

Candidates who wish to join India’s Defence Forces viz., Army, Navy and Air Force as an officer; can apply for NDA exam. The online application form for NDA (I) will be available from 9th January 2019 whereas NDA (II) application form will be released on 7th August 2019.

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The post has been updated with all the essential details about the NDA 2019 including the information of Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, and Important Dates as well.

NDA 2019 Latest Notification

The online application form for NDA 2019 will be available from 9th January 2019. 

NDA 2019 Important Dates

The exam dates for NDA 2019 (I & II) have been given in the following table:


EventsTentative Dates
Release of online application form9th January 2019
Last date to submit the application form4th February 2019
Issue of admit cardTo be Notified
Commencement of written exam21st April 2019
Declaration of resultTo be Notified
Interview DateTo be Notified
Declaration of final resultTo be notified
Admission ProcedureTo be Notified


EventsTentative Dates
Release of online application form7th August 2019
Last date to submit the application form3rd September 2019
Issue of admit cardTo be notified 
Commencement of written exam17th November 2019
Declaration of resultTo be notified
Interview DateTo be notified
Declaration of final resultTo be notified
Admission ProcedureTo be notified

Eligibility Criteria for NDA 2019

Candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria as set by UPSC to be eligible to apply for NDA 2019. The details about NDA 2019 Eligibility criteria are given below:


  • Candidate should be an Indian national.
  • A subject of Bhutan or Nepal or Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention to settle here permanently is eligible for NDA 2019 exam.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India can apply too.
  • Other than the Indian Nationals, the candidates must hold a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. For Gorkha subjects of Nepal, the certificate of eligibility is not mandatory.

Age Limit and Marital Status:

  • For NDA-I, candidate’s date of birth should fall in between 2nd July 2000 to 1st July 2003.
  • For NDA-II, the candidate’s date of birth should lie in between 2nd January 2001 to 1st January 2004.
  • Date of birth given in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or equivalent certificate will be taken into consideration for age proof.
  • Only unmarried male candidates can apply.

Educational qualification:

  • For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at Indian Naval Academy: Candidates must have completed the higher secondary education (12th) with Physics, and Mathematics.
  • For Army wing: Applicants should have passed the class 10+2 or its equivalent examination conducted by State Education Board/University.
  • Applicants appearing in the qualifying examination can also apply.

Note: Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force.

Physical Standard Requirement:

Candidates should be physically and medically fit as per the physical standard prescribed by National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2019.

Height/Weight Standards for Indian Army/Air Force

The minimum acceptable height is 157 cms (162.5 cms. for Air Force). For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable heights will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms. The detailed list is given below:

Height (Cms)Weight (Kgs)
Without Shoe16-17 Years17-18 Years18-19 Years

Height/Weight Standards for Indian Navy

Height (Cms)Weight (Kgs)
Without Shoe16 Years18 Years20 Years

Note: Individuals with heavy bones and broad build as well as individuals with thin build but otherwise healthy may be given some relaxation on merit.

There will be some extra physical requirements as a pilot in the Air Force. The acceptable length is as follows:

Physical Standards for Pilot in Air Force

Leg Length99 cms120 cms
Thigh Length65 cms
Sitting Height81.50 cms96 cms

NDA 2019 Application Form: How to apply?

Candidates will be required to fill and submit the NDA Application form through the official website of UPSC The candidates need to fill the application form containing two stages: Part I and Part II. In order to register successfully, candidates need to provide all the information in the application form correctly. In the application form, the candidates should also specify the services for which he wishes to be considered in the order of his preference.

Duly scanned copies of photograph and signature also need to be uploaded in the application form. The specification for the same is given as:

DocumentFormatFile Sixe
PhotographJPG3 kb – 40 kb
SignatureJPG1 kb – 40 kb

To complete the registration process, candidates will have to pay the application fee as well as given below. Lastly, they need to take a printout of the application form for the future reference.

Application Fee

The fee details are as given below:

  • The application fee for General and OBC candidates will be Rs. 100/-. However, the candidates of SC/ ST category and sons of NCOs/ JCOs/ ORs who are studying in Military School (formerly known as King George’s School)/ Sainik School run by Sainik Schools Society will be exempted from the fee payment.
  • Candidates can make the payment of application fee through the credit card/debit card or net banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala/ State Bank of Travancore or by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash.
  • For cash payment, system-generated Pay-in-slip should be printed and the fee should be deposited on the next working day only.
  • For the applicants whose payments details have not been received from the bank, their applications will be rejected. The list of such candidates will be uploaded on the website within 2 weeks from last date of application. Such applicants should submit the proof of their fee payment within 10 days either by hand or by speed post to the Commission.

Note: In case of multiple applications submitted, the application with the higher registration id (RID) will be considered. The fee submitted during multiple applications will not be refunded.

In case of any information regarding the application, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 am to 5 pm.

NDA 2019 Exam Pattern

The exam will be conducted offline, i.e. pen and paper-based exam. Objective-type questions will be asked in the exam from the subjects of Mathematics and General Ability. The questions of Mathematics and Part B of General Ability will be in Hindi and English both. For each wrong answer one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

SubjectMaximum MarksDuration
Mathematics3002½ Hours
General Ability Test6002½ Hours
SSB Test/Interview900———-

Admit card

The authority will release NDA 2019 Admit Card on its official website three weeks before the commencement of the examination. Candidates who have registered successfully will able to download their admit card from the official website by providing details like registration ID & Date of Birth or Roll Number & Date of Birth or name, father’s name & Date of Birth. NDA hall ticket will comprise details like candidate’s name, roll number, exam date & timing, and exam centre address etc. Without a valid admit card, candidates will not be allowed to appear in the examination. No Admit Card will be sent by post. If a candidate does not receive his Admit Card he should contact the Commission.

Note: All communications to the Commission should invariably contain the following particulars.

  • Name and year of the examination
  • Registration ID (RID)
  • Roll Number (if received)
  • Name of candidate (in full and in block letters)
  • Postal Address as given in the application

Syllabus for NDA 2019

The syllabus for NDA 2019 written test will comprise two sections i.e. Mathematical Ability and General Ability. The exam syllabus will be based on the topics and concepts studied at 10+2 level. Some of the important topics covered in NDA 2019 Syllabus for both Mathematical Ability and General Ability sections are listed below:

Syllabus for Mathematical Ability

This section will include the topics like Trigonometry, Matrices & Determinants, Algebra, Analytical Geometry, Vector Algebra, Integral and Differential Calculus, Statics and Probability etc.

Syllabus for General Ability

Part ‘A’-English: Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion to test the proficiency of candidate in English.

Part ‘B’-General Knowledge: The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

Best reference books for NDA

For NDA Paper 1: Mathematical Ability

  • Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy published by R S Aggarwal
  • Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations by R S Aggarwal
  • Study Package Mathematics NDA & NA Entrance Exam – Arihant
  • NDA Mathematics (Hindi) by RPH Editorial Board

For NDA Paper 2: General Ability

  • History of Modern India (History) published by Bipan Chandra
  • Oxford School Atlas (Geography) – Oxford
  • Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology) by Kalpana Rajaram- Spectrum
  • Social Problems in India (Indian Society – GS1) – Ram Ahuja
  • Objective General English for Competitive Exams by S.P. Bakshi
  • Mammen Mathew
  • Manorama Yearbook

Exam Center

NagpurPanaji (Goa)Patna
Port BlairRaipurRanchi


The conducting authority i.e. Union Public Service Commission will declare the NDA 2019 written exam result in online mode. Candidates can check their result from its official website. The shortlisted applicants have to appear in SSB Interview for final selection. Through SSB Interview process, candidates will be tested Personally, Psychologically, and Medically.

SSB Interview Process

All the candidates who have successfully qualified in the written examination are required to register themselves online on Directorate General of Recruiting website These candidates would then be allotted Selection Centres through the aforesaid website. Candidates are required to report for SSB interview on the date mentioned in the interview call up letter. Requests for postponing interview will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and the Army Headquarters will be the sole deciding authority. Such requests should be addressed to the Administrative Officer of the Selection Centre from where the call letter for interview has been received.

Note: The candidates appearing before the Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test will do so at their own risk. In case of any injury they get, no compensation or other relief from Government will be provided.

Selection Process

The selection of candidates will be based on written exam, SSB Interview, Medical Examination and document verification. A merit list will be prepared by the officials on the basis of marks scored in the NDA 2019 exam. The final allocation/ selection for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force of the National Defence Academy and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be made upto the number of vacancies available, preference of the choice made, eligibility conditions and certain other criteria.

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