NDA is the only and the best assured career option in Armed Forces immediately after passing 12th examination. This is the first and the best opportunity to join all the three-Armed Forces. National Defence Academy is located Khadakwasla, Pune Cadets join after 10+2 Exam on passing the UPSC Exam and SSB Interview. NDA trains cadets of Army, Air Force, and Navy for three years before they go on to their respective service academies for the pre-commission training of one year. At the time of passing out of NDA the cadets are awarded a Graduation degree from JNU. Besides education emphasis is laid on physical fitness, discipline, character building, esprit-de-corps, and leadership. The Academic year is divided into two Semesters i.e. Spring (Jan to May) and Autumn (Jul to Dec). The cadet undergoes a total of Six Semesters training in the three-year training period.



    Questions / Duration

    Marking Pattern

    Maximum Marks

    General Ability Test

    150 minutes

    1/3 negative marking



    150 minutes

    1/3 negative marking



Notification Release Date

NDA1:22 December 2021

NDA2: 18 May 2022

Application Start

NDA1:22 December 2021

NDA2: 18 May 2022

Application Last Date

NDA1:11 January 2022

NDA2: 14 June 2022

Release of Admit Card

NDA1:28 March 2022 (Tentative)

NDA2:20 August 2022 (Tentative)

Exam Date

NDA1:10 April 2022

NDA2:04 September 2022

NDA Exam Tips

Class X Student:

Due to advanced technology being used in Air Force, Navy and Army equipment/weaponry, candidates with Physics, Chemistry & Maths are preferred. Therefore, interested candidates must work hard; get good percentage in Xth class to enable them to opt for Physics, Chemistry & Maths as subject after Xth class. However, candidates from Commerce and Art stream can also appear for NDA exam. Therefore, Counseling of parents and children who want to opt for a career in Defence Services should be done during beginning of class X in School

10+2 Students:

Fill up UPSC application form for NDA Written Exam in August while studying in class XII. Since syllabus for NDA Written Exam includes syllabus of both XI and XII, prepare for NDA Written exam during summer vacation after XI. The Cavalier has a One Month (180 Hours) written training course scheduled each month to facilitate the students. For students who are having more time, a two month course (340 Hours) is also conducted. The two months course also offers FREEclasses on Spoken English and Analysis of Current Affairs. NDA exam has two papers of 2 ½ hrs each. All questions are objective type. First paper of Maths and Second General Ability.


Covers the syllabus of XI and XII class. There are more questions from Class XI syllabus. Total 120 questions carrying 300 marks. Therefore, a student gets about a minute plus to solve each question. It is essential for candidate to practice shortcut techniques, At Cavalier, all possible short cuts are taught and practiced in detail.

General Ability:

The paper has 150 questions carrying 600 marks. The candidate has exactly a minute to solve each question. The paper comprises of three sections i.e English, Science and General Knowledge, each section has 50 questions. The candidate should brush up his basic grammar as all questions of English section are on absolute basic grammar involving correction of Errors in a Sentence, ordering of words in a sentence, ordering of sentences in a paragraph, Antonyms, Synonyms and Comprehension etc. At the Cavalier,candidates are made to grasp BASIC GRAMMER and large numbers of practice sessions are held. Mock Tests/Practice Test/Model Papers are also conducted.

General Knowledge:

General Knowledge Portion comprises History, Indian Polity, and Geography. Most questions in HISTORY are from Modern Indian History and only a few from Medieval and Ancient History. Students can cut down the load by concentrating more on Modern History of India. Geography portion needs an understanding rather than cramming facts. Indian Polity is absolutely factual and needs mugging up. In current affairs its important to know recent facts about defence, various commissions, heads of govt/private organizations, sports events etc.

The Science Portion:

The Science Portion has maximum questions of Physics (more conceptual), Chemistry (quite straight) and Biology (absolutely factual).

  • Latest Updates:

    December 15 2021:
    NDA II Result https://www.upsc.gov.in/exams-related-info/written-result

    28 Nov 2021:
    SSB Boot camp for guiding the students on all aspects of NDA and CDS written exam and SSB

    August 31, 2021:
    NDA 1 & NDA 2 2022 Notification is released.
    September 22, 2021:
    Hon. Supreme Court allowed girls in NDA Exam.



370-420 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground Duties)

Naval Academy : 48

Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the Availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy.

Exam Schedule

NDA 1 in April

NDA 2 in September

Age Limit, Gender & Marital Status

Applying Age – 15.5 – 18.5 years

Joining Age – 16.5 – 19.5 years

Unmarried Male/Female candidates only

Educational Qualification

For Army — 12th passed or appearing in any stream

For Air Force, Navy & Naval Academy — 12th passed or appearing with Physics and Mathematics

Selection Procedure

Written Exam conducted by UPSC

SSB Interview conducted by Service Selection Boards of Army/Navy and Air Force

Medical Examination


For Army/Navy/Air Force - 3 Years at National Defence Academy & 1 Year at IMA/AFA/NA

For Naval Academy - 4 Years B.Tech Course at Naval Academy



What Is NDA?

The National Defense Academy is a joint service academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, Navy, and Air Force are trained together before going to pre-commission training of their respective service academies. It is

What is NDA Exam?

NDA is a national level examination, which is for taking admission in Army, Navy, and Air Force. This exam takes place twice a year in the months of April and September. It is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The exam is conducted in t

What is the Eligiblity for NDA?

Age Limit� Applying Age 15.5-18.5 years Joining Age 16.5-19.5 years Unmarried male candidates only Educational Qualification For Army:� 12th passed or appearing in any stream For Air Force, Navy &

What is NDA Exam Pattern & marking Scheme?

Mathematics Code: 01 Duration: 2 1/2 Hours (150 minutes) Maximum Marks: 300 marks General Ability Test Code: 02 Duration: 2 1/2 Hours Maximum Marks: 600 Marks SSB Test Interview Duration: 5-day selection procedure

What Is The Selection Procedure For NDA Exam?

Written Exam conducted by UPSC • SSB Interview conducted by Service Selection Boards of Army/Navy and Air Force • Medical Examination

What Is The Exam SSB Selection Process?

The SSB (Service Selection Board) is a 5-day selection process divided into two stages - Stage 1 - Screening Stage-2 comprises of the following tests :- Fifth Day Is The Result Day which is known as Conference. On this day the fate of the candidate is

What Is The NDA Syllabus?

NDA examination is divided into two papers – Mathematics and General Ability. For Detailed Syllabus Click On This Link:- NDA 1 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Minimum Percentage For NDA?

There is no minimum percentage requirement for NDA Exam. To give NDA examination you can have minimum 33 % percentage in class 12th that means a student with any percentage criteria can give the NDA examination.

What Is The Training Process In NDA?

After clearing NDA Exam the cadets go for 3-year training - For Army/Navy/Air Force -3 Years at National Defence Academy 1 Year at IMA/AFA/NA For Naval Academy- 4 Years B.Tech Course at Naval Academy

Can You Apply For 2 NDA Papers?

Yes, If you are eligible by age limit and educational qualification then you can apply for 2 NDA papers.

Can an NRI apply for NDA?

A person having foreign citizenship cannot apply for NDA but If He/She has Indian passport and documents supporting his/her claim of Indian citizenship then they can apply for NDA.

How Tough Is NDA Exam?

NDA Exam is difficult but it depends upon the preparation according to which the difficulty level varies from easy to very tough.

Which Stream Student Can Apply For NDA?

For Army Wing, a student with any stream and percentage can apply for NDA- Army Wing. However, For Air Force, Navy & Naval Academy:—12th passed or appearing with Physics and Mathematics with any percentage can apply.

Is There Any Reservation In NDA?

No, there is no reservation in NDA examination..