All About NDA

The National Defence Academy(NDA) is the Joint Services Academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are trained before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training. It is located at Khadakwasla near Pune.

UPSC conducts a written test from where applicants to the NDA are selected for the second stage of SSB Interviews conducted by Ministry of Defence. The written test for 2019 will be conducted twice a year -April and Nov. About 4,50,000 applicants sit for each written exam. About 6,500 candidates are called for SSB interview. Finally, about 400 candidates are recommended. Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA & NA Examination.

Cadets who are accepted and successfully complete the program are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before granting of commission: Air Force Cadets go to Air Force Academy(AFA) at Dundigal, Hyderabad, Army cadets to Indian Military Academy(IMA) at Dehradun and Naval Cadets to Indian Naval Academy(INA), Ezhimala, Kerala.

NDA: ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

SNo Course Age Limit Gender/Marital Status
1 Army Wing of National Defence Academy 16.5 -19.5 Years Unmarried Male
2 Naval Academy 16.5-19.5 Years Unmarried Male
Educational Qualifications
Army Wing of National Defence Academy 12th Class pass OR Appearing in the 12th Class of the 10+2 pattern of School Education (Any Stream)
Air Force and Navy Wing of National Defence Academy 12th Class pass OR Appearing in the 12th Class of the 10+2 pattern of School Education (With Physics and Maths)
10+ 2 Cadet Entry Scheme at Naval Academy 12th Class pass OR Appearing in the 12th Class of the 10+2 pattern of School Education (With Physics and Maths)

NDA: KEY DATES

EVENT NDA(II) 2018 NDA (I) 2019 NDA (II) 2019
Date of Notification 6th June 2018 9th Jan 2019 7th Aug 2019
Last date of application 2nd July 2018 4th Feb 2019 3rd Sep 2019
Written Exam Date 9Th Sep 2018 21st April 2019 17th Nov 2019
Written Exam Results announcement date Nov 2018 June 2019 Jan 2020
SSB Interview Date Feb/MArch 2019 July/Aug 2019 March/April 2020
FINAL results date May 2019 Nov/Dec 2019 June 2020
Course Commencement date June 2019 Jan 2020 July 2020

(*) The dates, specified, are liable to change.