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FAQ on (National Defence Academy) NDA Exams

What is NDA?

NDA stands for National Defence Academy; a premier institute in India that provides training to prepare the cadets (trainees) for Indian Armed Forces like the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force

What is the procedure to get selected in NDA?

NDA has a two-step selection procedure. Firstly, it conducts a written examination and then the shortlisted candidates of this exam have to appear for an interview with the SSB.The candidates also have to clear physical examination before final selection.

What is NDA exam?

This exam is conductedfor candidates who want to get into NDA to join the armed forces. TheUPSC or Union Public Service Commission conducts the exam twice a year to shortlist candidates for NDA.

Which streams of Indian Armed Forces is covered under NDA?

There are three streams under NDA, in which a candidate can seek entry as per his interest and educational qualification. The streams are namely Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Armed Forces.

What are the eligibility criteria for NDA exams?

Only unmarried male candidates within the age limit of 16.5 years to 19 years can apply for this exam provided they have studied Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in their intermediate exam. Candidates who have passed intermediate exams or are appearing for it can also apply for this exam.

What about eligibility for girls?

Girls are not eligible for the exam. However, they can look for various options in Indian Defence after they have attained the age of 19 years. Note thatgirlsat the age of 16.5 years are not eligible, as this age is not considered fit in comparison to the boys.

How many times can a candidate apply for the NDA exam?

Until a candidate has the eligibility as per the age guidelines of UPSC for NDA exam, the candidate can appear for the exam, as it is held twice a year. There is no limitation to the number of attempts a candidate can take for this exam as far as he meets the eligibility criteria in terms of age and other factors.

What is the exam pattern of NDA?

The written exam is taken in two parts namely Mathematics and General Ability that includes questions on Physics, Chemistry, General Science, General Awareness, Current Affairs, geography, History and English.

How to get the admit card for the exam?

The admit card is available on the website www.upsc.gov.in, 3 weeks prior to the exam and the candidate has to download it, as the admit card will not be sent by post to the students.

What is the syllabus of NDA?

The syllabus of NDA is vast as it has algebra, trigonometry, calculus, geometry etc. in the mathematics section, and you need to be through with the NCERT syllabus of mathematics of Class 12. Also, one should have a thorough knowledge of the freedom movement, current affairs, geography, cultural events, sports events, physics, chemistry, English etc.