NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit, Educational Qualification & Physical Standards

NDA is directed at the All India candidates longing to join Indian Defence powers. The aspirants are enlisted in the Air Force, Navy, and Army through NDA.

The Union Public Service Commission released the NDA 1 application form 2024 withdrawal window on January 2024. Candidates who had submitted the NDA 1 2024 application form could withdraw their application. Applicants could withdraw their NDA 1 application form 2024 only through the official website – upsc.gov.in. The last date to withdraw the application form of NDA 1 2024 was January 2024

  • National Defence Academy (1) Examination will be conducted coming soon
  • National Defence Academy (2) will be conducted coming soon

This article will make you familiar with the NDA Eligibility criteria 2024

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024

Before applying, candidates must guarantee their qualifications as the individuals who fulfill the qualification conditions will be able to take the test. The NDA 2024 qualification rules are given below:


  • Applicants must be a resident of India, Nepal or Bhutan.
  • A Tibetan evacuee who came to India before 01 January 1962 with an outlook to turn into a changeless inhabitant of India is additionally qualified.
  • An individual of the 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 are required to possess a declaration of qualification given by the Government of India.

Age Limits, Gender & Marital Status:

  • For NDA 2, candidates must be born before January 2, 2002, and not later than January 1, 2005.
  • For NDA 1, candidates should be born before July 2, 2003, and not later than July 1, 2006.
  • The commission will accept the date of birth entered into Class 10 or 12 certificates.
  • Candidates need to submit these certificates after the declaration of the result of the written exam.
  • Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for the NDA examination. Girls are not allowed for the NDA entrance examination.

Qualification Criteria:

The minimum qualification required for the Indian Army wing, Navy, and Air Force is as follows:

Eligibility for Indian Army:

  • The candidates who want to apply for the Indian Army must have completed the 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.

Physical Standards:

  • Candidates must be physically & mentally fit as per the physical standards maintained by the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2024. 
  • 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 to rectify minor defects/ailments in order.

To speed up the finalization of a medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB. Take care of a few points. A few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below:

  • Wax (Ears).
  • Deviated Nasal Septum.
  • Hydrocele/Phimosis.
  • Overweight/Underweight.
  • Under-Sized Chest.
  • Piles.
  • Tonsillitis.
  • Gynaecomastia.
  • Varicocele.

Body Tattoos:

  • 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 height is 5 cms. lesser.
  • 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
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.5 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65.0 66.5

Height/Weight Standards for Navy

(without shoe) 16 years 18 years 20 years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
168 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67

There will be extra physical requirements as a pilot in the Air Force. The acceptable length is as follows:

  Minimum Maximum
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 undergo a medical examination by the Board of Service Medical Officers. Candidates 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 disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of military duties.
  • There should be no weak constitution, bodily defects, or underweight symptoms. The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.
  • Well-developed chest. A fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cm. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm. 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 expected. 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 Hz and 8000 Hz. There should be 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.


Spinal Condition

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.
  • Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis.
  • 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.
  • Any other abnormality, if so, considered by the specialist.

Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis, where the 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 is referred for specialist’s advice.

X-Ray Examination

Any of the following conditions detected at the time of X-Ray examination will be disqualified for Armed Forces:

  • The granulomatous disease of the spine.
  • Arthritides/spondylosis
  • Scoliosis is more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degrees for Army and Navy).
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis
  • 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

Visual Standards

The distance vision (corrected) should be 6/6 in the better eye (and 6/9 in, the worse eye). Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D, and hypermetropia not be more than 3.5 D, including Astigmatism. An internal eye examination will be done through an ophthalmoscope to rule out any eye disease. 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 evidence of having undergone a Radial Keratotomy to improve visual acuity will be permanently rejected for all the Services. Candidates who have undergone Laser Surgery to correct refractive error are also not permitted to provide defense 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
Binocular Vision III

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
Tinoscopic Myopia 0.5
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 who wear the spectacles habitually are not eligible for AF. Hand-held Stereoscope–All of the 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 who have undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will not be eligible to apply. Candidates must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with sound amplitude and depth). Candidates that have undergone LASIK surgery are not declared fit for permanent commission in the flying branch in IAF.

Physical Conditioning

Candidates are suggested to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the routine given below:

  • Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Pushups and sit-ups (minimum 20 each)
  • Chin-ups (minimum 08)
  • Rope climbing 3-4 meters.

NDA is a reputed examination and a dream of thousands to serve the country. Before preparing for this exam, reviewing the eligibility criteria thoroughly is highly recommended. It helps you to gain a detailed insight into the nature and requirements of this prestigious examination.

This article gives you an in-depth detail about the NDA 2024 examination’s eligibility criteria.

We hope that the information helps you clarify the topic and broaden your knowledge base.

Good luck with your preparations!

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