NDA, Eligibility & Cut-off


The National Defence Academy is an iconic institution and hallmark of global excellence in the sphere of military education. Over the years it has emerged as a unique military academy, attracting the best of youth from our nation and also from friendly foreign countries and transforming them into officers and gentlemen.
During the last six decades of its glorious existence, the National Defence Academy has grown both in grace and grandeur and from its portals have emerged 'Leaders of Men', who have demonstrated the essence of inter-services camaraderie and joint manship thereby vindicating the faith and vision of its founding fathers. Apart from leaders of men, the alumni have proved to be great mountaineers, cosmonauts, sportsmen, researchers, creative writers, artists, corporate honchos and more recently, Olympic champions.Their achievements are all pervading and showcased in every echelon of our Armed Forces and also in thecivil society. The 'Cradle' has indeed rocked the nascent youth and groomed them into 'Leaders' who have lived up to its ethos: 'Seva Paramo Dharma' (Service Before Self).

The objective of training, in essence, is to impart academic and technological training of the highest quality in order to equip cadets with appropriate qualification as foundation for their service careers. Conduct focused training to enable cadets to achieve the requisite physical and endurance standards, with proficiency in troop games. To inculcate in cadets the qualities of leadership, a desire for self improvement and a drive
to excel in every sphere. Incorporate culture of joint manship in training and promote spirit of joint manship in thought, word and deed. Conduct high quality basic military training service and technological training to enable cadets to have a strong foundation in their service careers. Hone the skills of cadets to articulate their thoughts coherently, concisely and clearly, both in speech and writing. Emphasis on overall personality development of a cadet by inculcating a sense of self-discipline, honour, integrity, duty, camaraderie and sense of pride.

The endeavour at the Academy has been to continuously upgrade the training methodologies and infrastructure with a view to provide training conforming to standards laid down by the COSC. With the synergetic approach, the Academy has been fulfilling this onerous task.
                                              Outdoor Clubs            

1. Archery                     2. Skeet Shooting    

3. Astronomy                4. Life saving skills

5. Automotive               6. Aeromodelling      

7. Para Sailing               8. Kayaking & rowing  

9. Paragliding              10. Trekking & rock climbing

11. Gardening              12. Water skiing & wind surfing

13. Material Arts         14. Environmental conservation & nature

15. Hiking                     16. Golf

17. Sailing                   18. Inline Skating

                                            Indoor Clubs

1. Dancing                     2. Western Music

3. Literature                   4. 10m air wpn shooting

5. Arts                            6. Media

7. Dramatics                  8. Yoga

9. Design & craft         10. Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

11.Public speaking       12. Classical music

                                             Eligibility Criteria 

To join National Defence Academy a candidate must appear in the entrance exam conducted 
by Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, twice a year. The Union Public Service 
Commission is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct 
of the entrance examination.

Age between                            -      16 ½ to 19 ½ years (As per UPSC notification)

Qualification                             -      12th Class of 10+2 System of Education / 
                                                      Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF                                                                                                       &  Navy

Marital Status                           -      Unmarried

Pattern of the exam                   -      Objective

Date of SSB                                 -      Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr

Commencement of Training     -      Jan and Jul

Training Academy                     -      NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune

Duration of Training                 -      3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA (For Army cadets)
                                                            3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at Naval Academy (For Naval                                                                                                              cadets)
                                                            3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For                                                                                                                   AF cadets)

SubjectsMaximum Marks
General Ability TestEnglish200
General Knowledge400
SSB / InterviewTotal900

NDA(cut-off Marks)

YearNDA-1 (F.M.-900)NDA-2 (F.M.-900)

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