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The UPSC holds entrance Examination twice a year for entry into the NDA and NA. Candidates on completion of 10+2 examination or while in the 12th standard are eligible to compete. Having cleared UPSC written examination, eligible candidates undergo Service Selection Board (SSB) interview for five days. On being medically fit and coming in NDA merit list, successful candidates join the NDA or NA as per their option of service exercised at the time of applying. On completion of the course, they are sent to the respective Service Academies for their pre-commissioning training.

Eligibility & Examination Detail

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:

  • (i) a citizen of India, or
  • (ii) a subject of Bhutan, or
  • (iii) 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


Exam Release Notification Submission of online application Written Exam SSB Interview
NDA - I Dec Jan - Feb Apr Sep - Oct
NDA - II Jun Aug - Sep Nov Mar - APR

Paper Pattern

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


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


In NDA written exams the questions are asked from 10+2 level. Hence, it is advisable that candidates practice and solve questions from 10th to 12th classes. For Maths paper working on key section such as Algebra, Trigonometry and Geometry is advised. Try to read newspapers daily to improve reading skills. English paper broadly covers grammar, synonyms, antonyms and reading Comprehensions. For Physics, Chemistry, Biology and General Science, try to stick with the basics that have been taught from 10th to 12th classes.

Coaching Schedule NDA/NA

CourseDuration Course Code Admission Dates Batch Start Dates Classes Schedule
12 months NDA 012 Open 1st and 15th of each month 3 to 4 hours every  day (six days a week)
6 months NDA 006 Open 1st and 15th of each month 4 hours every day (six days a week)
3 months NDA 003 Open 1st and 15th of each month 4 to 5 hours every day (six days a week)

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Registration Form

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