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We at Dhwajj Defence Academy have designed special NDA Foundation courses for 10th and 11th pass students. This is with the aim to catch NDA aspirants at young age and train their mind inculcating personality traits which are most desirable in candidates for selection in SSB. Long exposure of students to disciplined and value based training in the academy like in Sainik schools and Military schools helps students in shaping up their personalities by improving their thought process, building strength of their character and honing their communication and soft skills.

During this period of one and two years we not only cover the NDA syllabus for written exam but we also orient them with SSB selection procedure and develop and sharpen the qualities which they are required to have for passing the personality based tests in SSB.

NDA foundation course is the right choice for all students who desire to become officers in Defence Forces. This is a unique program which enhances chances of selection of students in NDA manifold.

Students who undergo NDA Foundation Courses after 10th and 11th standards, they are fully prepared for the NDA written and SSB interview before their 12th standard exam.

Eligibility Criteria
Age 16 ½ to 19½ yrs as on first day of the month in which course is due to commence
Qualification 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education of Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy
Marital Status Un Married
How to Apply Apply Online on UPSC Website as per dates given in the Notification in the months of Jun and Dec.
Likely SSB Date Sep to Oct for Jan Course and Jan to Apr for Jul Course
Date Commencement of Training Jan and Jul
Training Academy NDA , Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA


A candidate must either be:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal,


For Army Wing of National Defence Academy

12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University

For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and For the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy

12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

NOTE- Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.


  • Written Examination Conducted by UPSC
  • SSB Interview conducted by Service Selection Board

The exam is comprised of two papers i.e. Paper I (Mathematics) Paper II (General Ability Test). General Ability Test is further divided into two parts that include English and General Knowledge (including Science). All questions are objective type with negative marking for the wrong answers.


Subject No of Questions Marks Duration
Mathematics 120 300 2.5 Hrs
General Ability Test (GAT) 150 600 2.5 Hrs
Total 270 900 5 Hrs
SSB Interview     5 Days

General Ability Test

SNo. Subject No of Questions Marks
1. English 50 200
2. Physics 25 100
3. Chemistry & Biology 25 100
4. His/Geo/Eco/Polity/Current/Defence 50 200
5. Total 150 600


Marking Pattern

  • Maths- 2.5 Marks for every right answer
  • GAT-4 Marks for every right answer

Negative Marking-

  • Maths— 0.83 for every wrong answer
  • GAT - 1.33 for every wrong answer

Subjects/ Topics Covered

Algebra Biology
Trigonometry Chemistry
Probability Physics
Matrices determinants History
Analytical geometry Civics
Differential calculus Geography
Integral calculus English
Vector algebra Current Affairs


CourseDuration Course Code Admission Dates Batch Start Dates Classes Schedule
2 Years(For 10th Pass) FON 002 Open 1st and 15th of each month 2 hours every day (six days a week) or 10 hours classes on weekend
1 Year(For 11th Pass) FON 001 Open 1st and 15th of each month 2 hours every day (six days a week) or 10 hours classes on weekend

You may get more information regarding our pride forces from the following web sources.

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Dhwajj Defence Academy

Admission Form

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Following documents are required for the admission.
  • Copy of Education Qualification Certificates.
  • Copy of Caste Certificate - if applicable
  • Copy of Domicile Certificate
  • Copy of Aadhaar card as ID proof
  • 02 Latest Colored Photographs

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  1. Fee will be paid maximum in two instalments. Atleast 70% fee to be paid at the time of admission and balance 30% within 1 to 2 months from start of the course.
  2. Fee once paid will not be refunded or adjusted under any circumstance.
  3. Filling in of exam application forms and their submission to the exam conducting authority will be the responsibility of student himself.
  4. Student will be responsible for his physical, medical and educational eligibility for a particular course before taking admission. No fee in full or part will be refunded once the student has taken admission in the academy.
  5. Change in address and contact No if any to be notified to the office immediately on occurrence.
  6. Student enrolled with DDA will provide his entrance examination roll number to office immediately on receipt of his admit card from the exam conducting authority.
  7. DDA reserves its right to make any alteration in its program/fees without any prior notice to anybody.
  8. Students will follow all rules, regulations and instructions of the institute and will stay within its discipline parameters.
  9. Student found involved in any indiscipline or misconduct will be expelled from the academy without any notice or refund of fee.
  10. DDA guides, coaches and trains the students for defence forces’ entries but does not promise or guarantee the jobs.


Date: 03-12-2023