NDA 2024 – Dates (released), Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, SSB Interview

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the NDA 2024 exam. NDA stands for National Defence Academy. This exam provides a gateway to a career in the Indian Armed Forces. Those who clear this exam get a chance to become officers in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The selection process for NDA involves a written test, followed by SSB Interview. The written test for the UPSC NDA exam consists of two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The mathematics paper carries 300 marks, while the GAT paper carries 600 marks. This exam is open to both male and female candidates.

Update: NDA 2023 I application form will be releasing on 20th December 2023.

NDA 2024 Overview

Name of the examNational Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination 2024
Authority Conducting the examUnion Public Service Commission
Purpose of examinationTo select officers for the Indian armed forces
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Examination ModeOffline
Selection ProcessWritten Test and SSB Interview
Application FeesRs. 100/-
Official Websitewww.upsc.gov.in

NDA Dates 2024

Main EventsNDA I 2024NDA II 2024
Release of the official notification20th December 202315th May 2024
Starting of online application form submission20th December 202315th May 2024
Last date to submit the application form9th January 20244th June 2024
Availability of correction windowYet to be notified by UPSCYet to be notified by UPSC
Release of Admit CardYet to be notified by UPSCYet to be notified by UPSC
NDA Exam Date 202421st April 20241st September 2024
Result DeclarationYet to be notified by UPSCYet to be notified by UPSC

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024

Before filling out the application form, aspirants must ensure that they fulfil the following eligibility criteria.


Unmarried candidates with any of the following nationalities can apply for NDA.

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • An Indian-origin person migrated to India to settle here permanently from any of the following countries – Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.

Age Limit and Gender

  • Both unmarried male and female candidates can apply for the exam.
  • The date of birth of a candidate should be between 2nd July 2004 and 1st July 2007 (16.5 years to 19.5 years).

Educational Qualification

NDA AcademiesEducational Qualification
Army Wing10+2 or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board/ CBSE or a University.
Air Force and Naval Wings10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board/ CBSE or a University

Physical Standards (Height and Weight Standards)

Physical standards requirements are different for Army/ Air Force and Navy. Check out the details in the following table.

For Male Candidates (Army)

AgeMinimum Weight for All Ages17 years to 20 years20 years to 30 years30 years to 40 yearsAbove 40 years
Height (cm)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)

For Female Candidates (Army)

NDA 2024 info
  • The Body Mass Index (BMI) of all candidates should be less than 25.
  • Waist Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females
  • Waist circumference must be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females
  • All other biochemical metabolic parameters of a candidate should be within normal limits.

Note: The above physical standards are for army recruitment only. You may check out the physical standards required for other forces in the official notification.

NDA Application Form 2024

  • All candidates need to apply for NDA 2024 online through the official website upsconline.nic.in.
  • To start the application process, an aspirant needs to register himself/herself first at the One Time Registration (OTR) platform available on the website.
  • During OTR, candidates will have to provide their basic personal and educational details.
  • Those who have already created their OTR profiles may proceed straight away to fill up the online application.
  • There are two stages of the application form i.e. Part – 1, and Part – 2 registration. Candidates need to complete both stages to finish the application process. 
  • In the part 2 registration, all candidates must upload scanned images of their photograph and signature.
  • It is also necessary for applicants to upload their one photo identity card in PDF format. You can upload the PDF file of any one of the following documents – Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.
  • To complete the application process, candidates also need to pay the application fee.  

Application Fee

  • For SC/ ST/ Female/ Wards of JCOs/NCOs/ORs – Nil
  • For all other candidates – Rs. 100/-

Mode of payment

  • Online – Using Visa/ Master/ RuPay Credit/Debit Card/ UPI Payment or by Net Banking.
  • Offline – By submitting a “Pay By Cash” slip by cash payment at any SBI branch.

NDA 2024 Exam Pattern

The NDA selection process consists of a written test followed by an Interview. Let’s take a look at the written exam’s pattern.

  • Mode of examination – Offline (OMR sheet-based test)
  • Type of questions – Objective type MCQs
  • Number of sections – 2
  • Duration of examination – 2 hours and 30 minutes for each section
  • Language of Questions – Both Hindi and English
  • Negative Marking – 1/3rd of the marks assigned to a question will be deducted in case of an incorrect answer.
SectionSubject CodeDurationMaximum Marks
Mathematics012 hours and 30 minutes300
General Ability Test (GAT)022 hours and 30 minutes600
  SSB Test/ Interview900

NDA Syllabus

Candidates preparing for NDA 2024 may check the subject-wise syllabus given in the following table.

Paper – 1 (Mathematics)
MathematicsAlgebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability.
Paper – 2 (General Ability Test)
EnglishGrammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion
PhysicsPhysical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer, Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet, Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Nonconductors, etc.
ChemistryPhysical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems). Properties of Air and Water, Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts, etc.
General ScienceDifference between the living and nonliving, Basis of Life, Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals, Elementary knowledge of the Human Body and its important organs, Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention, Food, Balanced Diet,
History, Freedom Movement etcA broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation, Freedom Movement in India, Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration, Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, etc.
GeographyThe Earth, its shape and size, Latitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time, Origin of Earth, Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anticyclones, Humidity, etc.
Current EventsKnowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent years, current important world events, Prominent personalities, etc.

NDA 2024 Examination Centers

The NDA written exam will take place in the following cities – Agartala, Ghaziabad, Panaji (Goa), Agra, Gorakhpur, Patna, Ajmer, Gurgaon, Port Blair, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Aizawl, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Aligarh, Imphal, Pune, Almora (Uttarakhand), Indore, Raipur, Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), Itanagar, Rajkot, Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Jabalpur, Ranchi, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Sambalpur, Bareilly, Jammu, Shillong, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Shimla, Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Jorhat, Siliguri, Chandigarh, Kochi, Srinagar, Chennai, Kohima, Srinagar (Uttarakhand), Coimbatore, Kolkata, Thane, Cuttack, Kozhikode (Calicut), Thiruvananthapuram, Dehradun, Leh, Tiruchirapalli, Delhi, Lucknow, Tirupati, Dharamshala, Ludhiana, Udaipur, Dharwad, Madurai, Varanasi, Dispur, Mandi, Vellore, Faridabad, Mumbai, Vijayavad, Gangtok, Mysore, Visakhapatnam, Gaya, Nagpur, Warangal, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Navi Mumbai.

Result and Cutoff

  • UPSC will declare the result a few weeks after the examination.
  • Candidates who will appear for the examination will be able to check their results on the official website of UPSC.
  • Along with result cards, UPSC will also release the NDA cut-off. It is important for candidates to score above the cut-off marks to be considered for the next round of selection.
  • Those aspirants who will clear the written test will be eligible to appear for the interview.


The SSB Interview is a two-stage selection process. Here are the details of both stages.

  • Stage I – Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests – It comprises picture perception and description tests (PP & DT). These tests take place on the 1st day of SSB.
  • Stage II – It comprises interviews, group testing officer tasks, psychology tests, and the conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

A team of the following three assessors will judge the personality of a candidate.

  • Interviewing Officer (IO)
  • Group Testing Officer (GTO)
  • Psychologist

NDA 2024: Number of Vacancies

UPSC will inform about the number of vacancies through NDA Notification 2024. However, you may check the tentative number of vacancies given in the following table based on last year’s notification.

National Defence AcademyArmy208 (10 female candidates)
Navy42 (3 female candidates)
Air ForceFlying – 92 (2 female candidates)Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (2 female candidates)Ground Duties (Non-Tech) – 10 (2 female candidates)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 25 (all male candidates)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times is the NDA exam conducted in a year?  

Two times.

Is good oral health necessary for NDA selection?

Yes, poor oral health status (gross visible calculus/ periodontal pockets/ bleeding gums) can result in the rejection of a candidate.

Are tattoos allowed in NDA?

Tattoos are allowed on the inner face of your forearm and the reverse side of your palm.

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