NDA Entrance Examination

NDA/NA (National Defence Academy & Naval Academy) examination is conducted by UPSC and held twice a year. The exam held in Apr-May is known as NDA/NA(I) for admission in Dec course. NDA/NA(II) is held in Sept-Oct for admission in Jul course.

  • Scheme of Examination
    • Written Examination
      • Paper I – Mathematics
      • Paper II – General Ability
    • SSB ( Psychological Aptitude and Intelligence Test)
      • Stage I (on day one of SSB)
      • Stage II (if candidate qualify Stage I)
      • PABT (if Air Force is mentioned as a choice)
      • Topics covered
        • Basic perception, Intelligence – verbal & non-verbal
        • Psychological projective personality word association (WAT)
        • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
        • Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
        • Group Indoor Test – Group Discussion, Group planning
        • Group Outdoor Test – Command Tasks, Group task, Half Group task, Individual/Group Obstacle Race
        • Personality Interview
    • Medical Examination
      • To test mental & physical fitness according to prescribed standards.
  • Tentative Dates (Twice a year)
    • Notification of exam : Oct-Nov & Apr-May
    • Written Exam date : Apr-May & Sept-Oct
    • SSB dates : Sept-Oct & Jan-Apr
  • Tentative Vacancies/Course
    • NDA - 300
    • NA - 50
  • Age Limits
    • 16 ½ years to 19 ½ years
    • 2nd Jan - 1st Jul for Dec Course & 2nd Jul - 1st Jan for Jul Course
  • Qualification
    • Army – 12th class qualified in any stream
    • AF/Navy – 12th class qualified with Physics and Mathematics
  • Marital Status

NDA/NA Written Examination

Subject Code Duration Maximum Marks

Mathematics 01 2.5 Hours 300
General Ability 02 2.5 Hours 600
Total (written)     900
SSB     900
  • For detailed written syllabus visit NDA Written Exam Syllabus
  • The test paper will consist of multiple choice questions. Candidate will have to choose the correct option out of four provided options.
  • The Mathematics paper and Part “B” of General Ability paper will set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.
  • Wherever required, metric system of units will be set.
  • Candidate will have to write the paper in their own hands. Scribes will not be allowed in any circumstances.
  • Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all subjects.
  • Usage of calculators, mathematical or logarithmic tables will not be allowed.