NDA 2020 is directed for the All India candidates whose longing is to join Indian Defense powers. Through NDA, the aspirants are enlisted in the Air Force, Navy, and Army.
NDA Eligibility Criteria
Before applying, must guarantee your qualification as just the individuals who have fulfilling the qualification condition will be qualified to compose the test. Affirm your qualification from here. The NDA 2020 qualification rules are given beneath:
- Applicants must be a resident of India, Nepal or Bhutan.
- A Tibetan evacuee came to India before 01 January 1962 with an outlook to turn into a changeless inhabitant of India is additionally qualified.
- An individual of Indian starting point who has moved from Burma, SriLanka, Pakistan and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the goal of for all time settling in India are additionally qualified to apply.
Candidates other than the resident of India and Gorkha subjects of Nepal have required a declaration of qualification given by the Government of India.
Age Limits, Gender & Marital Status:
- For NDA (1) 2020: The candidates possessing age between 2nd July 2001 to 1st July 2004 are eligible for the examination. If born before 2nd July 2001 and after 1st July 2004 then not eligible for NDA (1) 2020 exam.
- For NDA (2) 2020: Those who have age between 2nd January 2002 to 1st January 2005 are permitted to write the exam. If the candidate bears the age before 2nd January 2002 and after 1st January 2005, they are not allowed to appear for the exam.
- Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA examination. Girls are not allowed for the NDA entrance examination.
The minimum qualification required for Indian Army wing, Navy and Air Force is as follows:
Eligibility for Indian Army:
- The candidates who want to apply for Indian Army must have completed 12th (10+2 pattern) or its equivalent exam from a well-recognized board.
- The appearing candidates can also apply.
Eligibility for Indian Navy and Air Force:
- Those seeking for Indian Navy and Air Force must have passed their 12th/appearing (10+2 pattern) from a recognized board or University with Physics and Mathematics as a compulsory subject.
- Candidates must be physically & mentally fit as per the physical standards maintained by the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2020.
- A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of the Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.
The detailed physical standards are mentioned here:
Candidates are required rectify minor defects/ailments in order
To speed up finalization of a medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB. Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below:
- Wax (Ears).
- Deviated Nasal Septum.
- Under Sized Chest.
- Permanent body tattoos are accepted only on the inner face of a forearm. Tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of hand/Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable.
- Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case by case basis.
- Comdt Selection Centre will be the competent authority for clearing such cases.
Height & Weight Standards:
- The minimum height measurement is 157 cm (162.5 cms. for the Air Force).
- For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon, the minimum heights will be 5 cms. less.
- In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum height can be reduced by 2 cms.
- The detailed height/weight standards are mentioned below:
Height/Weight Standards for Army/Air Force
|(without shoe)||16-17 years||17-18 years||18-19 years|
Height/Weight Standards for Navy
|(without shoe)||16 years||18 years||20 years|
There will be some extra physical requirements as a pilot in the Air Force. The acceptable length is as follows:
|Leg Length||99.00 cms||120.00 cms|
|Thigh Length||–||64.00 cms|
|Sitting Height||81.50 cms||96.00 cms|
Other Physical Standards
Candidates recommended by the Services Selection Board will go through a medical examination by Board of Service Medical Officers. Candidates who are declared fit by the Medical Board will be admitted to the academy.
- The candidate should be in good physical & mental health and free from any kind of disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of military duties.
- There should be no symptoms of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight. The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.
- Well developed chest. A fully expanded chest should not be less than 81cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. Chest X-Ray is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any chest diseases.
- No mal-development or impairment of a function of the bones or joint.
- No past history of mental breakdown or fits.
- The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Audiometric tests will be done for AF. Audiometric hearing loss should not be greater than 20 db in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. There is no impediment of speech.
- Blood Pressure should be normal with no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.
- There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. There will not be any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen.
- Unoperated hernias will make a candidate unfit. In the case of Hernia which has been operated on, a minimum of 6 months must have passed prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.
- No hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
- Urine examination will be done and any abnormality if detected will be a cause for disqualification.
- Any kind of skin diseases which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
- USG abdomen examination will be carried out and any congenital structural anomaly or disease of the abdominal organs will be a cause for rejection in the Armed Forces.
- Candidates should have a sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be accepted. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
- Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must be within normal limits.
Past medical history of diseases or any injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. Any of the following conditions detected radio logically during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force:
- The granulomatous disease of spine
- Arthritides/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders/ Ankylosing spondylitis/ Osteoarthritis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease/Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.) & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis.
- Compression fracture of vertebrae.
- Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
- Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
- Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with the demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
- Scoliosis is more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s method.
- Degenerative Disc. Disease.
- Presence of Schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
- Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
- Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
- Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.
- Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.
Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis where deformity is barely noticeable and there is no pain or restriction of movement will not preclude acceptance.
In case of noticeable Scoliosis or suspicion of any other abnormality or spinal deformity, more than mild, appropriate X-rays of the spine are to be taken and the Examinee referred for specialist’s advice.
Any of the following conditions detected at the time of X-Ray examination will be disqualified for Armed Forces:
- Granulomatous disease of spine.
- Scoliosis is more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army and Navy).
- More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
- Herniated nucleus pulposus.
- Compression fracture of Vertebra.
- Sacralisation Disease
- Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
- Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
- Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
- Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
- Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised
- Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist
The distance vision (corrected) should be 6/6 in the better eye (6/9 in the worse eye). Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of an ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate should have good binocular vision. The color vision standard will be (CP-III) for the Army.
A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colors. Candidates will be required to produce certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity will be permanently rejected for all the Services. Candidates who have undergone Laser Surgery for correction of refractive error are also not permitted to defence services. The detailed eyesight eligibility is given below:
Eyesight Eligibility for Naval Candidates
|Uncorrected without glass||6/6|
|Corrected with glass||6/6|
|Limits of Myopia||-0.75|
|Limits of Hypermetropia||+1.5|
|Limits of Colour Perception||I|
Eyesight Eligibility for Air Force Candidates
|Uncorrected without glass||6/6, 6/9|
|Corrected with glass||6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)|
|Limits of Myopia||Nil|
|Limits of Hypermetropia||+2.00 D Sph|
|Manifest Myopia||Nil Re|
|Colour Vision||CP-I (MLT)|
|Astigmatism||+0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)|
|Near Vision||N-5 each eye|
Maddox Rod Test
The details of the Maddox Rod Test are as the following:
|At 6 meters||Exo-6 prism D|
|Eso-6 prism D|
|Hyper-1 prism D|
|Hypro-1 prism D|
|At 33 cms||Exo-16 prism D|
|Eso-6 prism D|
|Hyper-1 prism D|
|Hypo-1 prism D|
Candidates wear the spectacles habitually then not eligible for AF. Hand held Stereoscope–All of BSV grades Convergence–Up to 10 cm Cover test for distant and near-Lateral divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete Radial Keratotomy, Photo Refractive Keratotomy/laser in Situ, Keratomileusis (PRK/LASIK) surgeries for correction of refractive errors are not accepted for any Air Force duties.
Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be not eligible to apply. Candidates must possess a good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth). Candidates that have undergone LASIK surgery are not declared fit for permanent commission in the flying branch in IAF.
Candidates are suggested to keep themselves in a good physical condition, by following the routine given below:
- Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
- Pushups and sit-ups (minimum 20 each)
- Chin-ups (minimum 08)
- Rope climbing 3-4 metres.