NDA Exam

NDA 2023 & NA 2023 – Application Form(Released), Admit Card, Exam Dates, Syllabus, Pattern

Last Modified on : 10 Apr 2024

The National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA) Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year – NDA I and NDA II. NDA & NA is a national-level entrance exam administered to recruit the best personnel for the defense forces of India. UPSC conducts the exam in two stages –

  • First - Written Test
  • Second - Personal Interview

The candidates who qualify in the written test will be called for the second round, i.e., the SSB interview round. Those who qualify in all the stages will be called for training under the National Defence Academy.

Located in Khadakwasla, Maharashtra, National Defence Academy is the first tri-service academy in the world. It is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the Army, Navy, and Air Force learn, study and train together before parting ways to the respective service schools.

NDA & NA 2023 Latest Notification – 

  • The NDA exam application process started on 21st December 2022.
  • The last date to apply is 10th January 2023.
  • UPSC released the official notification on 21st December 2022 and invited online applications for the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2023 on its official website.
  • The commission will conduct the examination on 16th April 2023 for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 150th Course and for the 112th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 2nd January 2024.
  • A total of 395 vacancies are to be filled through this recruitment exam. Of the total, 370 seats will be filled in National Defence Academy (NDA) and the rest 25 in the Naval academy.

Read the full NDA 2023 Notification - click here

UPSC NDA & NA 2023 Overview

Exam Name

NDA & NA Exam


National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam




Twice a Year


Recruitment for National Defence Academy

Exam Level


Exam Mode


Official Website


NDA NA 1 exam date

16th April 2023

NDA NA 2 exam date

3rd September 2023

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NDA Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

  • UPSC Civil Services & IFS Preliminary Solved Papers (E-Book) Download
  • IES 2009 - 2018 Previous Year Papers E-Book Download

NDA Exam 2023 Important Dates

The NDA & NA exam is conducted twice a year. The important dates for both sessions, as per the revised calendar, are here:

NDA & NA I 2023 Dates

Important Events


Notification release date

21st December 2022

Application forms available from

21st December 2022

Last date to submit the form

10th January 2023

Withdrawal of online applications

January/February 2023

Release of admit card

March 2023

NDA NA 1st exam date

16th April 2023

Result announcement


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NDA & NA II 2023 Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates

Notification release date

17th May 2023

Available application form

17th May 2023

Last date to submit the form

6th June 2023

Withdrawal of online applications

June/July 2023

Release of admit card

August 2023

NDA NA 2nd exam date

3rd September 2023

Result announcement


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NDA Exam 2023 Pattern & Syllabus

NDA 2023 Exam Pattern

The exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam-takers are advised to use a black ballpoint pen to mark answers. There will be negative marking for the wrong answers. The medium of the exam is bilingual – English and Hindi.

NDA & NA 2023 Exam Pattern


Mode of Exam

Offline mode (Pen and Paper Based Test)

Number of Sections

2 sections - Mathematics and General Ability

Type of questions

Objective Type Questions

Subjects in Code-1

Mathematics (300 marks) and General Ability (600 marks)

Duration of exam

2.30 hours (each code – Mathematics and General Ability Test)

Scheme for Negative marking

Yes (0.33% marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer)

Language for the exam

Hindi and English

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Distribution of Marks and Questions for the NDA 2023 Exam








2 and ½ hours.


General Ability


2 and ½ hours.


SSB Interview


4-5 days.





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SSB Interview Process

After getting through the written test, the candidates will further be called for the SSB Interview. It lasts for 4 to 5 days and carries 900 marks. The SSB Interview is divided into two stages. In the first stage of the interview, the candidates will face two rounds of the test. In the first round, they will be tested for Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR), and the Picture Perception and Description Test will be carried out in the second round.

In the second stage, the candidates will undergo the Officer Group Task Test, Psychological Test, and the Conference.

SSB Interview




Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)

Picture Perception and Description Test






Officer Group Task Testing

Psychological Test


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NDA and NA Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of the NDA 2023 exam consists of Paper I (Mathematics) and Paper II (General Ability Test).

Paper I (Mathematics)It has 8 units. They are Algebra, Matrices & Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of Two & Three Dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus & Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, and Statistics & Probability. Sub-topics covered under these are:

Algebra - Concept of sets, operation on sets, Venn diagrams, Cartesian product, De Morgan Laws, Relation, Equivalence Relation, Real Numbers, Complex Numbers, Binary System, Arithmetic, Geometric, and Harmonic Progressions, Quadratic Equations, Linear Inequations, Permutation and Combination, Binomial Theorem, Logarithms.

Matrices and Determinants - Types of matrices, operations on matrices, Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants, Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications.

Trigonometry - Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians, Trigonometric ratios, Trigonometric identities, Multiple and Sub-multiple angles, Inverse trigonometric functions, and Applications.

Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions - Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate System, Equation of a line, Distance formula, Angle between two lines, Equation of a circle in standard and in general form, Standard forms of the ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola, Eccentricity, and axis of a conic, Point in a three-dimensional space, Direction Cosines and direction ratios, Equation of a plane and a line in various forms, Equation of a sphere.

Differential Calculus - Concept of a real-valued function, Composite functions, Notion of limit, Continuity of functions, Derivative of function at a point, Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, a derivative of a composite function, a derivative of a function with respect to another function, Increasing and decreasing functions, Second-order derivatives, Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima.

Integral Calculus and Differential Equations - Integration as inverse of differentiation, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential, and hyperbolic functions, integration by substitution and by parts. Evaluation of definite integrals, Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, Application in problems of growth and decay.

Vector Algebra - Vectors in two and three dimensions, Unit and null vectors, magnitude, and direction of a vector, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, Vector product or cross product of two vectors, scalar product or dot product of two vectors, Applications.

Statistics and Probability - Statistics: Classification of data, Frequency Distribution, Graphical Representation, Measures of Central Tendency, Variance and Standard Deviation, Correlation, and Regression. Probability: Random Experiment, Union and Intersection of Events, Elementary, Complementary, and Composite Events, Definition of Probability, Elementary Theorems on Probability, Binomial Distribution.

Paper-II (GAT)Paper-II has two parts. Part A is English (200 marks), and Part B (400 marks) is General Knowledge. Part A, i.e., English, assesses the candidate's understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension, and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English’.

Part B, i.e., General Knowledge, broadly covers the following subjects – Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Freedom Movement, Geography and Current Events. These sections carry the following weightage out of the total marks assigned for Part B of Paper II:


The weightage (approximately)

Section ‘A’ Physics


Section ‘B’ Chemistry


Section ‘C’ General Science


Section ‘D’ History, Freedom Movement


Section ‘E’ Geography


Section ‘F’ Current Events


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Topics Covered Under Each Section

Section ‘A’ Physics - States of Matter, Physical Properties, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer, Newton’s Law of Motion, Force and Momentum, Gravitation, Power and Energy, Effect of Heat, Reflection, and Refraction, Spherical Mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye, Natural and Artificial Magnets, Static and Current Electricity, Ohm’s Law, Simple Pendulum.

Section ‘B’ Chemistry - Physical and Chemical Changes, Mixtures and Compounds, Chemical Equations, Properties of Air and Water, Preparation and Properties of Oxygen, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, and Carbon Dioxide, Acids, Bases and Salts, Carbon - different forms, Fertilizers, Structure of Atom.

Section ‘C’ General Science - Difference between Living and Non-Living, Basis of Life - Cells, Protoplasms, and Tissues, Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals, Food, Constituents of Food, Balanced Diet, the Solar System.

Section ‘D’ History, Freedom Movement - Indian History, Freedom Movement in India, Five Year Plans of India, Panchayati Raj, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Forces Shaping the Modern World, Impact of Science and Technology on Society, Role of India in the present world.

Section ‘E’ Geography - The Earth - shape, size, Latitudes, Longitudes, Movements, origin. Weathering, Ocean Currents, Tides, Cyclones, Regional Geography of India, Main items of Imports and Exports of India.

Section ‘F’ Current Events - Important events of recent years in India and the World, Prominent personalities, Prominent Personalities (Indian and International).

NDA Exam Preparation Tips

Here are some tips that candidates can follow for the NDA & NA exam preparation:

  • Know the Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Understanding the pattern and syllabus will help in making the study plan.
  • Make a smart study plan. A smart study plan is one that has time allocated for all the subjects, breaks of 10-15 minutes between each study session, and, most importantly, which can be followed daily.
  • Clear all your basics before practicing any topic. If the basics are clear, you can solve even complex questions.
  • Solve Previous Years’ Question Papers. This is the most important thing while preparing for the exam. The previous years’ question papers give good ideas about the exam pattern, type of questions, difficulty level, etc.
  • Do take out time for revision. Revision is important for getting a hold of the topics. While studying, make notes of important points which will help in revision. Also, a week or two before the exam, focus on revision and solving sample papers.

We advise strictly following the syllabus. It is provided in the official notification. Do not waste your time covering irrelevant topics.


NDA & NA Exam - Recommended Books

Here is the list of recommended books for the NDA & NA exams. Candidates can purchase them online by following the link.

Candidates must buy the books as per their requirements. Do buy a sample paper (solved) which will surely be beneficial for practicing for the exam.

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NDA Exam 2023 Eligibility


The candidate should be an unmarried male and must be

  • Indian National
  • Or subjects of Nepal or Bhutan or
  • Tibetan refugees ‘who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • Or PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) who have migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Vietnam or Ethiopia with the intention of permanently settling in India.

The above-mentioned candidates, except Indian citizens, need to have a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India. For Gorkha subjects of Nepal, the eligibility certificate will not be necessary.

Educational Qualifications

  • For the Naval and Air Force – The candidates should have passed the 10+2 exam or the equivalent in the subjects of Physics and Mathematics. Those candidates who are appearing in their 10+2 are also eligible to appear for the exam.
  • For the Armed Forces – The candidates should have passed the 10+2 exams or the equivalent. Those candidates who are appearing for the 10+2 exams are also eligible to appear for the exam.

Candidates who qualify for the SSB interview but could not produce a 10+2/ Matriculation certificate (in original) at the time of the SSB interview should forward the duly self-attested photocopies at the following address:

For Army candidates - Directorate General of Recruiting, Army HQ, West Block.III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066

For Naval Academy candidates - Naval Headquarters, DMPR, OI&R Section, Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhavan, New Delhi-110011

The photocopies of the certificate are to be submitted by:

  • 24th December 2022 for NDA & NA (I) 2023
  • 24th June 2023 for NDA & NA (II) 2023

Failing to send the certificates to the above addresses will result in the cancellation of the candidature.

Physical Standard Criteria

The physical standards related to height, weight, vision, etc., for Army, Navy, and Air Force are available on their respective websites. Candidates must visit the websites for the same.

  • Army - www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
  • Navy - www.joinindiannavy.gov.in
  • Air Force - www.careerindianairforce.cdac.in

Candidates must meet the physical standards set by NDA. The applicants must be a hundred percent physically fit. If anyone has resigned or is withdrawn from any training academy on disciplinary grounds, he cannot apply.

Medical Examination

“A number of qualified candidates are rejected subsequently on medical grounds. Candidates are therefore advised in their own interest to get themselves medically examined before submitting their applications to avoid disappointment at the final stage.”

Here are some of the commonly found defects identified at the time of medical examination. Candidates can get them checked before the medical examination:

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


Permanent tattoos are permitted only on the inner face of the forearm. Permanent tattoos on any other body parts are unacceptable, and such candidates will be barred from the selection. However, tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as a part of their custom and tradition will be permitted only on a case-to-case basis. Comdt Selection Center will be the competent authority for clearing such cases.

Medical Procedure

A Board of Service Medical Officers conducts the medical procedure for the candidates recommended by the Services Selection Board. Only those candidates who will be declared fit by the Medical Board will be admitted to the academy. “The proceedings of the Medical Board are confidential and will not be divulged to anyone. However, the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board, and the procedure for request for an Appeal to the Medical Board will also be intimated to the candidate.”

Age Limit, Marital Status, and Gender

Age Limit

  • The candidates must be 18 years old. For NDA-1 2023, they should have been born between 2nd July 2003 and 1st July 2006. For NDA-2 2023, the applicants should have been born between 2nd January 2004 and 1st July 2007.
  • Only the date of birth mentioned in the Matriculation/ Secondary School Examination Certificate (or equivalent certificate) will be accepted by the commission. Any other document related to the date of birth, such as affidavits, horoscopes, birth extracts from Municipal corporations, and service records, will not be accepted as proof of the date of birth.
  • No changes in the date of birth will be considered under any circumstances.

Marital Status

  • Only unmarried male candidates meeting the above eligibility requirements are eligible to apply for the exam.
  • Candidates are required to take an undertaking not to marry until the training is complete. If a candidate marries subsequent to the date of application, he will not be selected for training. “A candidate who marries during training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.”


Only male candidates are eligible to appear for the NDA exams. Female candidates are not eligible to take this exam. If they wish to join the forces, they can do so through the CDS exam.

NDA Exam 2023 Application Process

The application process for NDA & NA exam 2023 is active on the official UPSC website. The registration procedure comprises two parts – Part I and Part II. Part I requires general details of the candidates, whereas Part II will need documents and an application fee. The applications need to be filled with the correct details, followed by the application fee payment. Check the filled form before the final submission. Remember, applicants will not be given the opportunity to make any corrections at the later stages.

NDA (1) application form 2023 has been released on 21st December 2022, by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The last date to apply and pay the application fees online for the exam is 10th January 2023. Candidates can pay the application fees offline till 10th January 2023. The application fees are ₹ 100, however, SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/O₹ are exempted from paying the fees. The facility to withdraw the NDA application form 2023 will be available in January / February 2023.

Important Points

  • Applicants are advised to submit only one application form. However, if a candidate submits more than one application form, the Commission will consider the application form with a higher Registration ID (RID). Thus, candidates must ensure that the form with a higher RID is complete in all aspects.
  • Candidates who have applied for NDA & NA I exam and are eligible for NDA & NA II exam can apply for the same. Such candidates must note that this year, there is a common written examination for both recruitments. However, the results will be prepared separately. Such common candidates must note that for the purpose of exam center allotment, center choices, photographs, and signatures as per the NDA & NA II application form will be considered.
  • The application form will be available in both English and Hindi languages but can be filled out only in the English language.
  • Candidates must fill in all the details in the application form correctly, as there will be no provision for correction after the application submission.

Documents Required for Filling the Application Form

  • Scanned image of one photo ID proof (Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Passport, Voter Card, School Photo ID, Driving License, or any other Photo ID card issued by a state/ central government). The scanned image of the Photo ID must be in PDF format with a file size between 20 KB and 300 KB.
  • Scanned image of photograph and signature in .jpg format. The file size must be between 20 KB and 300 KB.
  • Valid and active Email ID
  • Mobile Number

Step-by-Step Guide to Fill NDA & NA (II) Application Form

  • Visit the official website of UPSC.
  • Click on the ‘Online Application for Various Examination of UPSC’ link.
  • The application process is to be completed in two parts. Candidates must complete both parts.
  • Click on the link under ‘Part-I Registration’ in front of the NDA exam.
  • Read the important instructions and click on the ‘Yes’ button at the bottom.
  • Provide details such as name, gender, DoB, father’s name, mother’s name, nationality, marital status, educational qualification, address, mobile number, and email ID. Check all the details carefully and click on the ‘Continue’ button if all the details are correct.
  • You will be prompted to check the details and make corrections if required before submission. Do check the details carefully.
  • After submitting the details, you will receive a unique Registration ID. This ID, along with your DoB, will be required to log in to your portal and complete the Part-II registration. Also, these details will be useful for downloading the admit card, checking the result, and all future communication with the commission. So, keep them safe.
  • Now, go to the registration screen again and click on the link under the ‘Part-II Registration’ column.
  • Log in using your registration ID and Date of Birth to complete the remaining form.
  • In Part-II registration, candidates are required to provide details about the examination center, their preferences for services*, upload documents, make fee payments, etc.
  • Upload the scanned image of the photograph, signature, and photo ID card.
  • After a successful image upload, make the fee payment through your preferred mode. The fee payment details are provided below.
  • After successful fee payment, submit the application form.
  • After the successful submission of the form, you will receive an auto-generated email message for the same at your registered email ID.

* Preference for Service

Candidates are required to provide their preferences for services clearly while filling out the application form in order of preference (1 to 4). The appointments are done based on these preferences.

Candidates will be considered for appointment to only those services which are mentioned in their preference. No request for changes in the preferences will be entertained.

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Application Fee

Applicants need to pay an amount of ₹ 100/- online by using a debit card, credit card, net banking, or depositing cash in the SBI branch. Candidates belonging to SC/ ST categories and sons of JCOs/ NCOs/ O₹ are exempted from fee payment.

Offline Payment/ Pay by Cash - Candidates who wish to pay the application fee through cash must print the ‘Pay-in-slip’ during the Part-II registration and pay the fee on the next working day only.

The ‘Pay by Cash’ mode will be deactivated one day before the closing date of applications. However, those who have generated the ‘Pay-in-slip’ can deposit the fee on the closing date. In case there is any issue in depositing the fee through cash on the last day, candidates must make the online payment before the last date.

Application fee, once paid, will NOT be REFUNDED under any circumstances, and nor will it be adjusted against any other examination in the future.

Fictitious Payment Cases

Applicants whose payment details are not received from the bank are treated as fictitious payment cases. The applications of such candidates are rejected at first. The Commission provides a list of such candidates within two weeks of the last date of application submission. The applicants are required to submit their ‘proof of fee payment’ within 10 days from the release of the list. The proof can be submitted by hand or through speed post to the Commission. “On receipt of documentary proof, genuine fee payment cases will be considered, and their applications will be revived, if they are otherwise eligible.”

Withdrawal of NDA & NA Exam Applications 2023

UPSC provides a facility to withdraw the NDA & NA applications for candidates who do not want to appear for the exam after application submission. The withdrawal link is activated on the official website for a given time. Candidates must keep the following things in mind:

  • Only successfully completed and submitted forms can be withdrawn.
  • Ensure you have access to your registered mobile number and email ID before submitting the withdrawal request. Separate OTPs will be sent to the candidate's mobile number and email ID. These OTPs are to be entered to validate the withdrawal. The OTPs will remain valid only for 30 minutes.
  • If a candidate has submitted multiple applications, the application with a higher RID will be considered for withdrawal.
  • Once an application has been withdrawn, it cannot be revived.
  • After the withdrawal request is accepted, take a print of the authenticated receipt.
  • The application fee amount will not be refunded even if the withdrawal is successful.
  • On successful withdrawal of the application, an auto-generated SMS and email are sent to the candidate’s mobile number and email ID, respectively.
  • If the candidate has not initiated the withdrawal of the online application, he must report the same to UPSC at [email protected].

Withdrawal of applications for NDA & NA (I) exam 2023 - January/February 2023

Withdrawal of applications for NDA & NA (II) exam 2023 – June 2023

NDA Exam 2023 Other Details

NDA & NA I Vacancies

NDA & NA (I) recruitment is being conducted for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings for the NDA 150th Course and 112th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The vacancy details are as under:



National Defence Academy

370 (208 for Army, 42 for the Navy, and 120 for Air Force)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)




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NDA & NA II Vacancies

NDA & NA (II) recruitment is being conducted for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings for the NDA 150th Course and 112th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The vacancy details are as under:



National Defence Academy

370 (208 for Army, 42 for the Navy, and 120 for Air Force)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)




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Facilitation Counter

In case of any clarification or information regarding the application form, candidates must contact the UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ in person or over the telephone on working days between 10:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs. Telephone Numbers - 011-23385271/ 011-23381125/ 011-23098543.

Center of Examination

The examination will be held at the following centers:

  1. Agartala
  2. Ahmedabad
  3. Aizawl
  4. Prayagraj (Allahabad)
  5. Bengaluru
  6. Bareilly
  7. Bhopal
  8. Chandigarh
  9. Chennai
  10. Cuttack
  11. Dehradun
  12. Delhi
  13. Dharwad
  14. Dispur
  15. Gangtok
  16. Hyderabad
  17. Imphal
  18. Itanagar
  19. Jaipur
  20. Jammu
  21. Jorhat
  22. Kochi
  23. Kohima
  24. Kolkata
  25. Lucknow
  26. Madurai
  27. Mumbai
  28. Nagpur
  29. Panaji (Goa)
  30. Patna
  31. Port Blair
  32. Raipur
  33. Ranchi
  34. Sambalpur
  35. Shilong
  36. Shimla
  37. Srinagar
  38. Thiruvananthapuram
  39. Tirupati
  40. Udaipur
  41. Visakhapatnam

There is a ceiling on the number of candidates at each center except for Kolkata, Chennai, Dispur, and Nagpur. The exam centers will be allotted on a ‘first-apply-first-allot’ basis. Once an exam center is full, candidates are required to choose from the remaining centers. So, the applicants are advised to apply early for the exam to choose a center of their choice.

“The Commission reserves the right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation demands.” No request for change in the examination center will be entertained under any circumstances.

Travelling Allowance

Candidates appearing for the SSB interview process for the first time are entitled to AC III Tier to and fro railway fare or bus fare, including reservation cum sleeper charges within the Indian limits. Such candidates must produce proof of the ticket (hard copy) at the time of entry to the SSB center. However, no TA will be provided for appearing for the written exam.

Admit Card for NDA and NA Exam 2023

  • NDA (I) admit card 2023 will be released in March 2023 by UPSC.
  • NDA (II) admit card 2023 will be released in August 2023 by UPSC.
  • Registered candidates can download it from the official website - upsc.nic.in.
  • To download NDA admit card, candidates need to enter either the registration number or roll number.
  • NDA 2023 admit card will be available to download till the day of the exam.
  • The hard copy of the admit card will not be sent to candidates by post.

Candidates can download the same using the following steps:

  • Visit the official website.
  • Click on the link that says ‘NDA & NA 2023 Admit Card’.
  • Provide details like registration number, date of birth, and security PIN.
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Check the details on the call letter.
  • In case of discrepancy, contact the officials.

Download the admit card and take a printout for future reference.

Exam Day Instructions

The exam day instructions are mentioned on the admit card. Candidates must read them carefully. Here are some important points:

Items Allowed inside the Examination Hall

Candidates can carry the following items inside the examination hall along with the admit card and Photo ID proof:

  • Hardboard or clipboard (nothing should be written on it)
  • Blackball pen

Items Not allowed inside the Examination Hall

The following items are banned from the examination hall. Thus, candidates must not carry them. There will be no arrangement for the safe keeping of mobile phones or any other valuable items. The Commission will not be responsible in case of loss of any such items.

  • Books, notes, loose sheets
  • Calculators
  • Mathematical or drawing instruments
  • Mobile phones
  • Bluetooth
  • Pages
  • Stencils of Maps
  • Side rulers
  • Log tables
  • Rough sheets (the invigilator will provide these)

Details in NDA admit card

The details in the NDA hall ticket are divided into three sections: personal details, exam details, and exam center details. The details printed under each section are given below.

Personal Details

Exam details

Exam center details

Candidate’s Name

Exam Date

Name of exam center

Date of birth

Exam time

Address of exam center

Roll number

Reporting time


Photograph and signature


Centre code (if any)

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NDA & NA Result 2023

  • UPSC will release the NDA result 2023 in May 2023.
  • The result is available in PDF format.
  • Those who qualify for the written test will be called for the SSB Interview round.
  • Such candidates are required to register for the SSB round at the official website.
  • The final result will be released after the SSB round.

Check UPSC NDA and Naval Academy Examination (I) and (II) 2023 results: Here’s How

Follow these steps to check the NDA & NA exam results:

  1. Visit the official website at upsc.gov.in.
  2. On the homepage, click on the link that reads, ‘Written Results: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) & (II), 2023”.
  3. A new page will appear on the display screen.
  4. Click on the link available to check the results.
  5. The UPSC NDA and Naval Academy Examination (I) and (II) 2023 results in a pdf format will be displayed on the screen.
  6. Scroll down and check for your roll number.
  7. Download the results and take their printout for future use.

NDA & NA Cut-off 2023

  • The NDA & NA cut-off 2023 is the minimum mark for qualifying for the exam.
  • The cut-off marks will be available on the official website within a week after the result is announced.
  • Candidates must keep a check on the official website.

UPSC NDA Selection Process

The final selection will be made on the basis of the number of vacancies available subject to eligibility, medical fitness, and merit-cum-preference of the candidates.

The selected candidates will get admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA). A total of 395 vacancies are available, out of which 370 are in National Defence Academy and 25 in Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme).

NDA & NA SSB Interview

  • Candidates will be intimated about the NDA & NA SSB Interview after qualifying for the written test.
  • It has two states – Stage I and II.
  • In Stage I, applicants need to clear Officer Intelligence Rating and Picture Perception & Description Test.
  • Selection for Stage II, which will conduct the Psychology Test, Group Testing Officer Task, Conference, and Interview, depends upon the score in OIR and PP & DT.
  • The entire SSB Interview process will occur for 4 to 5 days.
  • Lastly, there will be a medical round to be conducted for the final selection of the candidates.

NDA & NA Training

Naval Academy

Candidates selected for the Naval Academy are given preliminary training (physical and academic) for a period of 4 years at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. The cadets under the 10+2 cadet entry scheme are awarded a B.Tech degree (from JNU, Delhi) on completion of the training.

National Defence Academy

Candidates who are finally selected for the three services - Army, Navy, and Air Force - are given preliminary training (physical and academic) of 3 years at the National Defence Academy. The first two and half years of training are common for all three wings. All the cadets who successfully complete their training, receive the following degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi:

Service Wings

Respective Degrees

Army Cadets

B.Sc. / B.Sc. (Computer)/ B.A.

Navy Cadets


Air Force Cadets

B.Tech/ B.Sc. / B.Sc. (Computer)

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“On passing out from the National Defence Academy, Army Cadets go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Naval Cadets to Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and Air Force cadets and Ground Duty-Non Tech streams to Air Force Academy, Hyderabad and Air Force cadets of Ground Duty–Tech stream to Air Force Technical College, Bengaluru.”

At IMA Dehradun, Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) are given strenuous military training for 1 year. On completion of the training, the GCs are granted Permanent Commission in the rank of Lieutenant.

At INA Ezhimala, the Naval Cadets are given further training for 1 year. On completion of the training, they are selected for the Executive branch of the Navy and are promoted to the rank of Sub Lieutenants.

Air Force cadets receive 1½ years of flying training. However, at the end of 1 year, they receive a provisional commission in the rank of Flying Officer. And, after completion of the remaining six months of training, they are granted Permanent Commission on probation of one year.

Air Force Ground Duties Branch cadets receive stream-wise training for 1 year. “At the end of one year of training, they are given a provisional Commission in the rank of Flying Officer. Subsequently, they are absorbed as permanent commissioned officers on probation of one year.”

Cost of Training

As per the official notification, “The cost of training, including accommodation, books, uniforms, boarding, and medical treatment, will be borne by the Government. Parents or guardians of cadets, will, however, be required to meet their pocket and other private expenses. Normally these expenses are not likely to exceed ₹ 3000.00 p.m. If, in any case, a cadet's parents or guardian is unable to meet wholly or partly even this expenditure, financial assistance of ₹ 1000.00 p.m. for the period of training may be granted by the Government whose parent's income is less than ₹ 21,000/- per month. Cadets whose parent’s or guardian’s income exceeds ₹ 21,000/- per month will not be liable for the assistance. If more than one son/ward simultaneously under-going training at NDA, IMA, OTA, and corresponding training establishments in the Navy and Air Force, then BOTH would be eligible for financial assistance. ”

The parent/ guardian seeking financial assistance from the Government should immediately submit an application through the District Magistrate (who must forward the application with his recommendation) to the Commandant, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune-411023. Such an application must be submitted after the candidate is finally selected for training at the National Defence Academy.

NDA Exam Frequently Asked Questions

The NDA & NA I Exam 2023 will fill a total of 395 vacancies (370 in NDA and 25 in NA).

The NDA & NA (I) 2023 exam will be held on 16th April, and the NDA (II) exam will be conducted on 3rd September 2023.

The NDA exam will comprise of the written exam and interview phase. The written exam will be conducted for Mathematics and General Ability.

Yes, you can.

Not required!

Only the digital images of the photograph and signature.

In such cases, the last submitted application (with correct details) will be accepted.

If you are applying for the Naval and Air Force, the minimum educational qualification required is 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics. For the Armed Forces, passing the 10+2 exam or equivalent would work. Candidates appearing in the 10+2 exam in 2023 can also apply.

Online. The application form will be available on the authorized website of UPSC.

The application process for NDA & NA (I) 2023 has already started on the official website (from December 21, 2022). For NDA (II), candidates can submit the applications from 17th May 2023.


Shruti yerawar, May 5, 2020

Can Girls apply for airforce.

Exams Planner, May 12, 2020


Akash Kumar, March 9, 2019

high required