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NDA EXAM Details

About NDA Exam

Offical Website:

http://upsc.gov.in


NDA is one of the most sought after defence entrance exams in the country. NDA recruitment is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice a year. The exam is conducted two stages - written exam and SSB Interview. Around 4 lakh aspirants sit for NDA every year, out of which approximately 6000 are called for SSB Interview. NDA (II) 2019 exam was conducted on November 17, 2019. A total of 415 vacancies have announced.



Exam Notification

PROSPECTUS

PROSPECTUS-CUM-NOTIFICATION FOR NDA (2024-25) Click here to view

NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY ,2024

NDA 1 2024

Form date:- 20 December 2023 to 09 January 2024
Exam date:- 21 April 2024 (SUNDAY)
Age:- born not earlier than 02nd July 2005 and not later than 1st July 2008 are eligible.
Admit Card Download Date: 2 weeks before the exam
Result Date (Expected): May – June 2024
Gender: Both Male and Female candidates
Vacancies: Total- 400
Application Fee: General and OBC -Rs. 100/-. Women, SC, and ST are exempted from fee payment.

CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION:

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Mere issue of Admission Certificate to the candidate will not imply that his candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.

Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up only after the candidate has qualified for interview/Personality Test.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates are required to apply online by using the website upsconline.nic.in. It is essential for the applicant to register himself/herself first at One Time Registration (OTR) platform, available on the Commission’s website, and then proceeds for filling up the online application for the examination. OTR has to be registered only once in life time. This can be done anytime throughout the year. If the candidate is already registered, he/she can proceed straightway for filling up the online application for the examination

Modification in OTR Profile:

In case, the candidate wants to effect any change in his/her OTR profile, it shall be allowed only once in the lifetime after the registration at OTR platform. The option to change in OTR profile data shall be available till expiry of 7 days from the next day after the closure of application window of his/her first final application for any Examination of the Commission. In case, the candidate after registration of OTR applies for the first time in this examination; last date of modification of OTR would be 16.01.2024.

Modification in application form (Other than OTR Profile):

The Commission has also decided to extend the facility of making correction(s) in any field(s) of the application form for this examination from next day of the closure of the application window of this Examination. This window will remain open for 7 days from the date of opening of the same i.e. from 10.01.2024 to 16.01.2024. In case a candidate wants to carry out any change in his/her OTR profile during this period, then he/she should login to the OTR platform and do the needful accordingly. In other words, no change in the OTR profile can be made by visiting the window for Modification in application form.

The candidate will not be allowed to withdraw their applications after the submission of the same.

Candidate should also have details of one photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The same photo ID card will also have to be uploaded with the Online Application Form. This photo ID will be used for all future reference and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for examination/SSB.

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:

The Online Applications can be filled upto 09.01.2024 till 6:00 PM. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card Seven Days before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website (upsconline.nic.in) for being downloaded by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

PENALITY FOR WRONG ANSWERS:

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers

Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep):

The Commission has introduced a time frame of 7 days (a week) i.e. from the next day of the Examination Date to 6.00 p.m. of the 7th day is fixed for the candidates to make representations to the Commission on the questions asked in the Papers of the Examination. Such representation must be submitted through the “Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep)” only by accessing the URL http://upsconline/nic/in/miscellaneous/QPRep/. No representation by email/post/hand or by any other mode shall be accepted and the Commission shall not involve into any correspondence with the candidates in this regard. No representation shall be accepted under any circumstances after this window of 7 days is over.

For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet) candidates must use black ball pen only Pens with any other colour are prohibited. Do not use Pencil or Ink pen. Candidates should note that any omission/mistake/discrepancy in encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet especially with regard to Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code will render the answer sheet liable for rejection. Candidates are further advised to read carefully the “Special Instructions” contained in Appendix-III of the Notice.

FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES:

In case of any guidances/information/clarification regarding their application, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone No.011- 23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.

The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.

The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination will be as under :—

National Defence Academy Army - 208 (including 10 for female candidates)
Navy – 42 (including 12 for female candidates)
Air Force - (i) Flying – 92 (including 02 for female candidates)
(ii) Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (including 02 for female candidates)
(iii) Ground Duties (Non Tech) – 10 (including 02 for female candidates)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 30 (including 07 for female candidate)
Total : 400

Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy

N.B.

(i) A candidate is required to specify clearly in the Online Application Form the Services for which he wishes to be considered in the order of his preference [1 to 4]. He is also advised to indicate as many preferences as he wishes to opt so that having regard to his rank in the order of merit due consideration can be given to his preferences when making appointments.

(ii) Candidates should note that they will be considered for appointment to those services only for which they express their preferences and for no other service(s). No request for addition/alteration in the preferences already indicated by a candidate in his application will be entertained by the Commission. Nonetheless, the Commission has also decided to extend the facility of making correction(s) in any field(s) of the application form for this examination.

(iii) Admission to the above courses will be made on the results of the written examination to be conducted by the Commission followed by intelligence and personality test by the Services Selection Board of candidates who qualify in the written examination.

CENTRES OF EXAMINATION:

Career Defence School

NDA Physical Fitness- Undesirable Health Issues:

  • Wax in Ears
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele / Phimosis
  • Condition of Overweight / Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Tonsillitis
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Varicocele

NDA 1 2024 Results:

The NDA 1 2024 exam results will be released around one month after the exam begins. Candidates can find the results on the official website. If an applicant receives qualifying marks, he or she will be invited to the SSB Interview.

NDA 1 2024 Answer Key:

The UPSC will disclose the exam answer key after the exam has been completed and around the same time they will reveal the results.

NDA 1 2024 Selection Process:

Step 1: Written Exam
The first step involves the written exam. The exam involves two papers on mathematics and general ability.
Step 2: SSB Interview
The second step involves the SSB Interview. Candidates who clear the written exam are called for the SSB Interview which tests them on their personality, physical fitness, group discussions, and psychology.
Step 3: Medical Exam
Candidates who pass the entrance exam and the SSB Interview are next medically assessed to determine their fitness to join the armed forces. A medical professional will be assigned to examine the candidates for any flaws. If the candidates are found to be medically fit, they will be accepted into the academy.

Case of Body Tattoos:

Candidates must ensure that any permanent body tattoos, if present, are only on the inside side of the forearm. Tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist, as well as the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand, would not be accepted by UPSC. Permanent tattoos on any other region of the body are also prohibited. If the candidate belongs to a tribe where tattoo marks on the face or body are traditional, admission will be given on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the customs involved. In such cases, the decision of the authorities would be definitive.

CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY:

Nationality : A candidate must be unmarried male/female and must be :

  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  4. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii) and (iii), above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

Educational Qualifications:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his admission to the examination.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Candidates are required to apply online by using the website upsconline.nic.in Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in the Appendix-II (A) Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website.
  2. The Commission has introduced the facility of withdrawal of Application for those candidates who do not want to appear for the Examination. In this regard, Instructions are mentioned in Appendix-II (B) of this Examination Notice.
  3. Candidate should also have details of one photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The same photo ID card will also have to be uploaded with the Online Application Form. This photo ID will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for examination/SSB.

e-Admit Card

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website (upsconline.nic.in) for being downloaded by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

PENALITY FOR WRONG ANSWERS:

Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES:

In case of any guidances/information/clarification regarding their application, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone No.011-23385271/011- 23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.

Physical Standards:

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2023 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV.
A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.

FEE

Candidates (excepting SC/ST candidates/female candidates/Wards of JCOs/NCOs/ORs specified in Note 2 below who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees one hundred only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card/UPI Payment or by using internet banking of any Bank.

Exam Pattern

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

  1. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:—
  2. Subject Code Duration Maximum Marks
    Mathematics 01 2½ Hours 300
    General Ability Test 02 2½ Hours 600
    Total 900
    SSB Test/Interview: 900
  3. THE PAPERS IN ALL THE SUBJECTS WILL CONSIST OF OBJECTIVE TYPE QUESTIONS ONLY. THE QUESTION PAPERS (TEST BOOKLETS) OF MATHEMATICS AND PART “B” OF GENERAL ABILITY TEST WILL BE SET BILINGUALLY IN HINDI AS WELL AS ENGLISH.
  4. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.
  5. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them.
  6. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects at the examination.
  7. The candidates are not permitted to use calculator or Mathematical or logarithmic table for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Syllabus

NDA II 2023 Syllabus

Paper I (Code No – 01) – Mathematics:

Matrices & Determinants, Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions, Integral calculus and Differential Equations, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics and Probability, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, etc.

Paper II (Code No – 02) – English & General knowledge:

There will be two parts in Paper II:

Part A: English:

The question paper of English will be designed for testing the students understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like: Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension and usage and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part B: General Knowledge:

The paper of General Knowledge in NDA will cover various topics from the subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, and Geography & Current Events.

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