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NDA / NDA FOR A CAREER IN INDIAN DEFENCE SERVICES

The Union Public Service Commission recruits the Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces by conducting mainly the all India Competitive Examinations.

  • National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Defence Academy (NA)

The UPSC holds entrance examination twice a year for entry into the NDA and Naval Academy. Candidates on completion of 10+2 examination or while in the 12th standard are eligible to compete.

 A student finishing plus two examination can now opt for an engineering career in the Army or Navy through Technical Entry Scheme, which enables him to become an engineer at Army expense before getting commissioned as an officer. No UPSC examination is required for this entry. Besides this the entry through National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla after a UPSC written exam is still quiet popular. NDA provides world class training facilities which include a graduation in science/humanities stream from JNU. It gives one innumerable opportunities to develop one’s personality and cultivate new interests. In fact one can choose from over thirty different extra-curricular activities like aero-modeling, golf, gliding, sailing, wind surfing astronomy and many more.

Age Limit/Criteria:

 The date of birth range is 16 ½ to 19 ½. (UPSC will declare age range for particular examination in respective notification.)  

 Educational Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • 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.

 NOTE 1: Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination.

 NOTE 2: Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the 12th class or equivalent examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination should note that this is only a special concession given to them.

 Exam Pattern :

 STAGE I:  Multiple choice type objective exam

 

PAPER

SUBJECT

QUESTIONS

MARKS

Marks for every question

NEGATIVE MARKING

DURATION

 

I

Maths

120

300

2.5

1/3

2.30 hours

 

II

General Ability

150

600

4

1/3

2.30 hours

 

 

Total

 270

900

 

 

 

 

 STAGE II: 

 SSB Interview Test:                            900

 Total Marks:                                        1800

 

 TIMETABLE OF EXAMINATION:

 

MONTH OF EXAM

NOTOFICATION OF EXAM

MONTH  OF SSB

MONTH OF JOINING THE CADEMY (COURSE)

APRIL

DECEMBER

SEPETEBER-OCT

JANUARY

SEPTEMBER

JULY

JAN-APRIL

JULY