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National Defence Academy

National Defence Academy – NDA / NA : The examination for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy is the biggest opportunity for those candidates who want to join Indian Armed Forces. It is conducted by UPSC twice a year for the recruitment of commissioned officers in Indian Navy, Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

The exam has three stages to qualify i.e. NDA stands for National Defence Academy situated in Khadakwasla, Pune (Maharashtra) and NA stands for Naval Academy situated at Ezhimala, Kerela. Those who qualify NDA / NA examination will undergo 4 year course and training to become an officer in these institutions.

Examination Details

Vacancies 370-420 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force (including 28 for ground duties) Naval Academy : 48 Note : Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the availability of training capacity.
Exam Schedule April & September (Provisional) May be changed
Age Limit, Gender & Martial Status Applying Age - 15.5 -18.5 years Joining Age - 16.5 - 19.5 years Unmarried male/female candidates
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.
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.

Exam Pattern

Subject Paper Code Duration Questions Marks
Mathematics 01 2 ½ hours 120 300
General Ability Test 02 2 ½ hours 100 400
English - 2 ½ hours 120 200
- - - Total Marks 900
SSB interview - 5 days - -

Marking Pattern

Subject Marks Awarded per Question Negative
Mathematics 2.5 Marks 0.83 (1/3rd)
General Ability Test 4 Marks 1.33 (1/3rd)

NDA Selection Procedure (Syllabus)

Name of the Exam National Defence Academy (NDA)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission, UPSC.
Frequency Of Exam Twice in a Year
Selection Process 1. Written Test consisting of Objective Type Questions
2. Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)
Mode of exam Offline
Papers in NDA Exam 1. Mathematics
2. General Ability Test
Marks Segregation 1. Mathematics: 300 Marks
2. GAT: 600 Marks
Total No. of Questions 1. Mathematics: 120
2. 2. GAT: 150
Negative Marking 1. Mathematics: -0.83
2. GAT: -1.33 marks
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours For Each Paper (5 hours total)
Language of Question Paper English & Hindi English Language paper has to be attempted in English.

NDA Mathematics Exam Pattern

Paper I - Mathematics
Total Marks 300 Marks
Total No. of Questions 120
Marks awarded for Correct answer 2.5 marks
Marks deducted for the wrong answer -0.83
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

General Ability Test Exam Pattern

Paper-II- General Ability Test
Total Marks 600 Marks
Total Marks 120 Marks
No. of questions in English Section 50
No. Of questions in General knowledge Section 100
Maximum Marks for English 200 Marks
Maximum Marks for G.K. 400 marks
Marks for Correct Answer 4 marks in both sections
Marks for Incorrect Answer -1.33 marks in both sections
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

NDA Mathematics Syllabus

. Mathematics .
Topic Topic-wise Syllabus
Mathematics • Algebra
• Calculus
• Matrices and Determinants
• Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
• Trigonometry
• Vector Algebra
• Analytical
• Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension
• Statistics and Probability

The topic-wise questions distribution in Maths

Topic Questions
Calculus 20-25
Quadratic equation 20-15
Matrices & Determinants 30
Probability 10
Trigonometry 30
Complex number 10-15

NDA General Ability Test (English) Syllabus

. English .
Topic Topic-wise Syllabus
English • Spotting Errors
• Comprehension
• Selecting Words
• Ordering of Words in a Sentence
• Sentence Improvement
• Antonyms
• Synonyms

The topic-wise questions distribution in English.

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks
Spotting Errors 5 20
Comprehensiony 6 24
Selecting Words 10 40
Ordering of Words in a Sentence 9 36
Sentence Improvement 10 40
Antonyms 5 20
Synonyms 5 20
Total 50 200

NDA General Ability Test (General Knowledge) Syllabus

. General Knowledge .
Topic Topic-wise Syllabus
General Knowledge • Physics
• Chemistry
• General Science
• History & Freedom Movement
• Geography
• Current Events

The topic-wise question distribution in General Knowledge

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks
Physics 23 92
Chemistry 16 64
General Science 11 44
History & Freedom Movement 16 64
Geography 17 68
Current Events 17 68
Total 100 400

NDA Written Programme at IDA

11th + 12th Schooling + NDA

Integrated Residential Programme

Duration Course Name / Code Form Charge Course Fee* Total
2-Years Marcos / IDA007 Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1,10,000/- (including GST) Rs. 1,11,000/-

NDA Target Batch

Duration Course Name / Code Form Charge Course Fee* Total
1-Year Garud / IDA0123 Rs. 1000/- Rs. 58,000/- (including GST) Rs. 59,000/-

NDA Foundation Batch : Integrated Guaranteed Residential Programme.

Duration Course Name / Code Form Charge Course Fee* Total
3-Years Arya Veer / IDA003 Rs. 1000/- Rs. 1,60,000/- (including GST) Rs. 1,61,000/-

Eligibility Criteria for NDA & NA

Physical Criteria

NDA, aspirants must be physically and mentally fit. This is a mandatory criteria for admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination many candidates do not qualify and fail the medical test. Hence, candidates are advised to get themselves medically examined before applying for the examination. Aspirants are also advised to remove or solve a few minor defects of their bodies such as Waxed (ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, Under Sized Chest, Piles, and Tonsillitis.

Height And Weight Standard

The minimum height required is 157 cms for Army & Naval Forces and 162.5 cms for Air Force. There is a relaxation of 5 cms for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of the North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon. However, for the candidates of Lakshadweep, the minimum height is reduced by 2 cm. Candidates have to meet the special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force. There are also certain measurement criteria for leg length, thigh length and sitting height, which are to be followed, these are given below –

Minimum Standard

• Leg Length 99.00 cms 120.00 cms

• Thigh Length - 64.00 cms

• Sitting Height 81.50 cms 96.00 cms

Vision Standard

Naval Candidates

• Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9

• Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6

• Limits of Myopia –0.75

• Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

• Binocular vision III

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Air Force Candidates who habitually wear spectacles habitually are not eligible for the Air Force. According to the official notification, the minimum distant vision is to be 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia.

• Colour vision CP-I

• Hypermetropia: +2.0 D

• Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil

• Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any Meridian permitted

Physical Condition

The aspiring candidates are required to be in a good and healthy physical condition by following the routine mentioned below -

1. Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes

2. Skipping

3. Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)

4. Chin ups (minimum 08)

5. Rope climbing 3-4 metres.

Offline Test Series

IDA’s offline test series is designed to offer the student a methodical approach for testing his preparation towards the prestigious Competitive Examinations. The test papers are prepared by expert faculties based on the research and experience keeping in mind latest pattern or revised syllabus of exam, it not only provides students with subject knowledge but also makes them ‘think’ and practically learn how to crack the real entrance examinations and increase their competitive level. Includes complete test analysis along with the solutions of all the necessary questions for doubt clearance.

Physical Fitness Training

Being physically fit is one of the most important factor to a defence aspiring candidate should have. Not just a factor it one of the important phase every candidate has to qualify so as to get in India armed Forces. Therefore, Sundays in Indore Defence Academy is dedicated for Physical Fitness training of candidates. The physical training is done as per the required standards of Indian Armed Forces.

Class Test & Mock Test

Self analysis and evaluation is very important for a student preparing for any type of examination. Therefore, to check the candidates performance and to evaluate their potential. Indore Defence Academy conducts various type of tests .i.e. Daily test, Weekly Test, Monthly Test and Mock Test (FLT) for NDA are conducted to fully prepare them for the actual scenario of NDA examination.

Personality development

Personality development programme lays high emphasis on improving communication skills of students. Language leadership programme works on students to improve their spoken English skills & soft skills so that they can communicate effectively in various situations and will also help them to face the interviews confidently. It prepares students in reading, speaking, listening and wring skills in English language.