NDA 2023 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

NDA stands for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination which is organized by the UPSC. It is the most awaited examination for candidates seeking to build their carer in defense services.

This entrance exam offers candidates admission into the military academy of the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force. Candidates who want to pursue a career in defense services can take up this exam, and become an officer in the defense forces.

In this article, we will discuss NDA 2023 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, etc.

NDA 2023 Exam Dates

 Respective Dates 
Important ActivitiesFor NDA IFor NDA II
Online application form release date21st December 202217th May 2023
Last date to submit the application form10th January 20236th June 2023
Availability of admit cardTo be announcedTo be announced
Date of exam16th April 20233rd September 2023
Announcement of resultTo be announcedTo be announced
Date of interviewTo be announcedTo be announced
Declaration of final resultTo be announcedTo be announced
Commencement of classesTo be announcedTo be announced

NDA 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria that a candidate must follow to take part in the NDA entrance examination-


  • The candidate must be an Indian Citizen
  • A subject of Nepal/a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, to permanently settle here can also apply

Age Criteria

  • The candidate must be in between 16.5 years to 19.5 years of age

Education Qualification

For Indian Air Force and Indian Navy

  • The candidate is required to have cleared the 12th examination or equivalent examination with Mathematics and Physics subjects from a recognized State Education Board/ University
  • The candidate who is appearing in the qualification exams can also apply

For Indian Army

  • The candidate is required to have cleared the 12th examination or equivalent examination from a recognized State Education Board/ University
  • The candidates who are appearing in the qualification exams can also apply

Physical Standards

The candidate must be Physically Fit and must have a set physical standard in terms of Height, Weight, and Eyesight. The following are the physical standards that a candidate must have-

Height Weight for Army and Airforce

Height (cms)Weight (kgs)
Without shoe16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years

Height Weight for Army and Airforce

Height (cms)Weight (kgs)
Without shoe16 years18 years20 years

Eyesight Criteria

Uncorrected without glass6/6
Corrected with glass6/6/
Limits of Myopia-0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5
Limits of color perceptionI
Binocular visionIII

How to Apply for NDA 2023?

The following are the step by step methods for applying for NDA exams-

  • Visit the official website of the UPSC examination or simply click on https://upsconline.nic.in/
  • Now select the NDAI examination from the list by clicking on the Part-I registration option
  • Read the agreement and click on yes
  • Now a new form will appear where you have to fill in your details like name, phone number, Date of birth, education qualification, etc.
  • After filling out the application form, the candidates have to pay the application fee(if any). The candidates can pay online using credit/debit cards, UPI, Net Banking, etc.
  • After the payment of the application fee, the candidates will be redirected to the first page of the UPSC NDA examination.
  • Now, the candidates have to choose Part-II of the examination
  • Here, the candidates are required to submit a photo, signature, and a photo identity card by uploading the documents to the server and clicking next
  • After the uploading of the documents is completed, the candidates are required to select the examination center from the dropdown menu.
  • Now, click on the “I have declared and Read” button
  • Your registration process is completed. Now, log in to the UPSC NDA examination website again and download the application fee and payment receipt for future reference.

Document Required for Applying NDA

The following are the necessary document that you must upload to the website while filling the application-

  • Passport size Photograph of the candidate should be in JPG/JPEG format
  • The signature of the candidate should be in JPG/JPEG format
  • Left-Hand Thumb Impression of the candidate should be in JPG format
  • Class 10th Certificate of the candidate should be in JPG format
  • The Scanned image of Post Card size Photograph of the candidate should be in JPG format

NDA Examination Pattern

The following are the examination pattern for the NDA entrance test-

SubjectsCodeDurationMaximum marks
Mathematics012 hours & 30 minutes300
English + General Ability Test022 hours & 30 minutes600
SSB Test/Interview900

Subject wise NDA 2023 Syllabus

The following are the NDA Entrance exam syllabus that is different for different courses-

  • Mathematics
  • General Ability Test


  • Algebra
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimensions
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra
  • Statistics and Probability
  • General English

General Ability Test

  • General Knowledge (GK)
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • History, Freedom Movement, etc.
  • Geography
  • Current Events

Downloading NDA 2023 Admit Card

The admit card is the most important document that the candidate has to carry along with himself/herself to the examination center. If the candidates fail to present the admit card to the examination authorities, then the authorities have the right to cancel the examination for the candidate.

The admit card for NDA 2023 is not yet released by the UPSC. We will notify you once the UPSC releases the admit card download. The following are the method to download the admit card for the NDA examination-

  • Visit the official website of UPSC admit card download- https://upsconline.nic.in/eadmitcard/
  • Now an instruction page will open, read the instructions carefully and click on the Yes button.
  • You will be provided with the options “By registration ID” and “By Roll Number”
  • You can choose either of the two to find your admit card
  • If you forgot your RID then you can also click on the “Forgot RID” button to find your Registration ID
  • After you have filled the form with adequate details then you can click on the submit button.
  • After clicking on the submit button, your admit card will be displayed and you can download the admit card by clicking on the download button.
  • Make sure you take a print of the admit card to carry it to the examination center.

NDA Written Examination Result 2023

The result of the Written examination is not yet released by the UPSC. Once UPSC releases the examination, we will notify you here. You can check your result from the official website of UPSC.

NDA Exam Centres

The exam is supposed to be held at the following centers:

  • Vishakhapatnam
  • Agartala
  • Udaipur
  • Agartala
  • Tirupati
  • Ahmedabad
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Aizawl
  • Srinagar
  • Allahabad
  • Shimla
  • Bengaluru
  • Shillong
  • Bareilly
  • Sambalpur
  • Bhopal
  • Ranchi
  • Chandigarh
  • Raipur
  • Chennai
  • Port Blair
  • Cuttack
  • Patna
  • Dehradun
  • Panaji (Goa)
  • Delhi
  • Nagpur
  • Dharwad
  • Mumbai
  • Dispur
  • Madurai
  • Gangtok
  • Lucknow
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata
  • Imphal
  • Kohima
  • Itanagar
  • Kochi
  • Jaipur
  • Jorhat
  • Jammu

NDA Selection Process

The selection in the NDA will be merit-based and the candidates who score above the cut-off marks will be evaluated further. The candidates are evaluated first based on their knowledge using NDA written examination. The candidates who successfully cleared the written examination will have to participate in an interview session. The candidates who cleared the interview session will be further evaluated based on the medical, physical, and psychological requirements of the defense forces.

The candidates who cleared all three stages of the evaluation process will be selected for NDA i.e. National Defense Academy where the candidates will turn into an officer of the Indian Defense Forces.

UPSC NDA & NA (I) 2021 SSB Interview

The SSB Interview is the next stage that the candidate has to go through to become an officer in the Indian Defense Forces. SSB Interview is an event that is organized over a 4 or 5 days period. It is divided into two stages i.e. stage I and stage II and consists of a total of 900 Marks. Stage-I consists of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT) and stage (II) will consist of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference.

For more details SSB Interview process- SSB Interview 2023, NDA 1 & 2 Exam Date, SSB Registration & Procedure


How many NDA attempts can I give?

There are no limitations on how many attempts you can give for the NDA examination, however, the age of the candidate must be between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age. Technically, this time frame only allows 2-3 attempts for an individual.

Which stream is best for NDA?

The science stream is the best stream for pursuing the NDA Examination because most of the questions in the entrance examination have science-based questions which are tough in classes 11 and 12th classes.

How many students are selected for NDA every year?

There are usually 350-400 vacancies released every year for the candidates to contest. There are 2.5 lakhs students who participate in the entrance examination each year and the recruitment will be commenced in various aspects.

Is the 12th mark important for NDA?

No, the 12th marks are not at all important for the NDA examination, however, having good marks will help you with your interview.

Can girls give NDA exam?

Yes, girls can also participate in the NDA Entrance examination. During a Supreme court verdict, the NDA examination for women was opened.

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