NDA Exam 2024: Application Form, Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus

Latest Updates

NDA Exam Dates 2023 has been released at the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in.

  • The National Defence Academy (I) exam will be conducted on April , 2023 and the admit card for the same is now available. Click here to download your admit card. 
  • The National Defence Academy (II) exam will be conducted on September , 2023.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification NDA (I) 2023. NDA examination is a gateway for those candidates seeking entry into Defence Forces like Army, Navy, and Air Force. It is a National Level Exams, which is organized two times a year. i.e. NDA(I) and NDA(II). The NDA Exam 2023 will be conducted twice a year. Every year thousands of aspirants appear in the exam but only some of them are able to crack the exam. The exam will be conducted approx 200+ cities across the country.

NDA Exam 2023: Highlights

Exam Name National Defence Academy
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Official Website upsc.gov.in
Exam Type National Level
Eligibility Criteria Unmarried Male candidates can apply
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Offline
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

NDA Important Dates 2024

NDA (I) and NDA (II) Exam Dates have been released now, check in the table below:

Events NDA I (Released) NDA II
Notification published To be notified soon To be notified soon
The application form release date To be notified soon To be notified soon
Last date for filling the application form To be notified soon To be notified soon
Issue of NDA Admit Card To be notified soon To be notified soon
NDA Exam date To be notified soon To be notified soon
Result Announcement To be notified soon To be notified soon

NDA Application Form 2024

  • UPSC was released NDA (I) Application Form via Online mode.
  • There is no offline application available for NDA/NA exams.
  • NDA/NA Registration is done in two parts.
  • In the First Part, Candidates may fill their details, Qualifications, and other required details.
  • After completion of the first part, candidates may get their registration number.
  • In the second part, candidates may select their exam center, upload their scanned photograph, signature, and make a fee payment either online or offline mode.
  • Accept the declaration and take a printout of the application form for further use.
  • There is no need to send the print application to the authority.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024

There are various parameters on the basis of which the candidates’ eligibility is checked so that they can appear for the exam and be eligible for further procedure, Check NDA Eligibility Criteria below;


Candidates must be:

  • A Citizen of India, or
  • A Subject of Bhutan, or,
  • A Subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 2001 and not later than 1st July 2004 are eligible.

Educational Qualifications

  1. For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
  2. For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Physical Standard

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2023 as per guidelines given in Appendix-I.

NDA Application Fee 2024

  • The Application fee will be Rs 100/- for General and OBC Category Students.
  • For SC/ST and wards of NCOs/ JCOs/ORs, there are no required to pay the application fee.
  • Fee Payment is made by either Online or Offline mode; In Online manner, candidates pay directly via master card/VISA/ Debit Card/Net Banking, In offline be done by SBI e-challan.

NDA Exam Pattern 2024

The Mode of the exam will be offline. NDA has two reviews, one of Mathematics (300 marks) and General Knowledge (600). The time duration for each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Check NDA Exam Pattern below;

NDA Mathematics General ability test
Exam Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes 2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections 1 2 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions 120 150
Total marks 300 600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme 2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect 4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
Medium English and Hindi English for English section. English and Hindi for GK section
  • There are Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs)

NDA Syllabus 2024

NDA 201 Exam consists of Mathematics and General Ability Test which reflects the aspirant’s logical ability and general awareness. The standard of the NDA Syllabus is of Class 10, 11, and 12 levels.

NDA English Syllabus

  • Error Detection
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentance re-arrangement
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms

General Knowledge Syllabus

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Current Affairs

Maths Syllabus

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Matrix and Determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Time and Work
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Speed time and distance
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Complex Numbers

NDA Admit Card 2024

The candidates who have successfully registered for the NDA 2023 will be able to download the NDA Admit Card by visiting the official website of UPSC. The admit card for NDA 1 exam is now available, click here to download your admit card. One can download the admit card, in the online mode only.

  • Without an admit card, no one can enter the examination centre.
  • The authority will not send the admit card to the candidates via post or any offline mode whatsoever.

NDA Exam Centres 2024

NDA has 41 centers including 30 states and Union Territories of the country. While filling out the online NDA Application Form, all candidates must choose three preferences out of NDA examination centres.

S.No City State/Union Territory
1 Agartala Tripura
2 Ahmedabad Gujarat
3 Aizawl Mizoram
4 Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
5 Bangalore Karnataka
6 Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
7 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
8 Chandigarh Chandigarh
9 Chennai Tamil Nadu
10 Cuttack Odisha
11 Dehradun Uttarakhand
12 Delhi National Capital Territory of Delhi
13 Dharwad Karnataka
14 Dispur Assam
15 Gangtok Sikkim
16 Hyderabad Telangana
17 Imphal Manipur
18 Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh
19 Jaipur Rajasthan

NDA Result 2024

  • The exam conducting authority will not send the NDA Result to students offline through any method like post or mail. It will be released by the UPSC Exam Authority.
  • Only the students who have successfully applied and appeared for the examination can check their results from the official website. They can download and see their result/scorecard by visiting the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in and looking for the ‘NDA exam result’ link.

NDA Cut-off 2024

  • Out of 900 marks, UPSC will decide the exam cut-off as a whole and also sectional NDA Cut-Off.
  • On the basis of the total marks of each section, the sectional cut-off is calculated.

Expected Cut-off for NDA 2024

Exam Expected cut-off
Written Exam 342
Final Cut off 704

NDA Selection Process 2024

  • The NDA Selection Process involves 2 stages – written test and SSB Interview.
  • SSB Interview consists of a two-stage selection process – Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test
  • Selected candidates need to report to the Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards
  • Such candidates need to undergo the stage-one test at the respective selection centers
  • Candidates qualifying for the stage one test will be selected for the second stage

NDA Day-wise SSB Interview

Days Events
Day 1 Picture Perception test and Description Test
Day 2 Psychology Tests
Day 3 Group Testing Officers Task
Day 4 Interview
Day 5 Conference

NDA Preparation Tips 2024

With the help of the NDA Exam, Aspirants can get admission in the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy. Over the years, the number of candidates attempting this has increased, making the competition even harder. Therefore, we have curated the most efficient NDA Preparation Tips that will help you prepare and score well in the examination

  • You should make a proper study plan for your preparations.
  • Create your timetable for studying efficiently.
  • While studying, make it a habit to take notes.
  • Manage your time according to your daily routine.
  • Give some extra time on the time-consuming/ difficult topics.
  • Refer to good books for their exam preparation.
  • Candidates may also prepare from the study materials available on the internet.
  • Make sure you are well updated with the NDA Syllabus.
  • Take proper sleep for at least seven to eight hours per day.
  • Take a healthy & nutritious diet.

NDA is a reputed examination and a dream of thousands to serve the country. Before you prepare for this exam, it is highly recommended to go through the exam pattern thoroughly. It helps you to gain a detailed insight into the nature and requirements of this prestigious examination.

This article gives you in-depth detail about the NDA examination 2024.

We hope that the information helps you to gain clarity about the topic and broaden your knowledge base.

Good luck with your preparations!

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