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What is National Defence Academy ?

For Honorable job in Indian Armed Forces, NDA examination is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). NDA is the Best way which gives students a great opportunity to join the Indian Army, Navy or Air Forces Immediate after clearing +2 board examinations as an officer. NDA which is also known as National Defence Academy entrance exam for the most highly regarded Indian Defence Services.

Everybody wants to build successful career in Armed forces but getting into this field is not everybody's cup of tea. To give this dream a real picture one has to take competitive exam to step into armed force. NDA is one such exam that gives a way to join armed forces of India. One has to toil hard for preparing for NDA exam. As we all know that every year thousands of student appear for NDA written examination and due to its difficulty level only few candidates are able to crack it. This type of examination requires a good level of intelligence with great practice & lots of motivational sessions. High sheer number of aspirants also makes it difficult as there are limited seats available for aspirants in this cut throat competition. , is one such glorious, much respected and much sought after career in India. The main question arises that which is the perfect destination for NDA exam preparation. For the preparation of NDA examstudents are not known the right way for preparation which gives failure in the exam.

To be appearing in NDA entrance Exam, you must qualify the eligibility criteria required for NDA exam. As per the UPSC rules, candidate must have qualified the following Criteria as given below:

Age Criteria for NDA Exam 2018 :-

As Per Guidelines & rules, Applicant must appear for this Examination must be lies in between age criteria of 16.5 years to 19 years.

   NDA 1 - The applicants born not before 2nd July, 1999 and not after 1st July, 2002

   NDA 2 - The applicants born not before 2nd January, 2000 and not after 1st January, 2003

Nationality for NDA Examination:-

Applicant should be Indian national.

Educational Qualification For NDA Exam :-

Required educational qualification for Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: Aspirants must have cleared 12th examination or equivalent examination with Mathematics and Physics subjects from recognized State Education Board.

Physical Standards:-

Applicant must be physically fit as per the prescribed physical criteria of the respective authority.

Marital Status:-

Male candidates who are not married are only eligible to apply.

NDA Exam Pattern and Syllabus of 2018:-

It consists of two papers which are given in table as below :-


General Ability Test
SSB Test/Interview




2 1/2 Hours
2 1/2 Hours

Maximum Marks


First paper is Mathematics which is of 300 Marks. The duration for this paper is 2:30 hours.

Second paper is of General Ability of 600 marks. The duration of this Exam also is 2:30 hours.

After the Written Exam those aspirants clear the exam give SSB interview which is of 900 marks.

Total Marks -1800

Mathematics includes following topics for Nda Exam :-



Analytical Geometry

Integral Calculus


Matrices & Determinants

Differential Calculus & etc.

General Ability includes following topics for NDA Exam :-


General Knowledge

English includes following topics for NDA Exam :-

Grammar and Usage



General Knowledge:-


General Science


Social Studies & Current Events

Important Dates for NDA & NA Exam 2018 :-


Official Notification Will Be Released On
Availability Of Application Form
Closing Date For The Submission Of Application Form
Release Of Admit Card
NDA 2018 Exam Date
Announcement Of Result

NDA1 Exam

10th January 2018
10th January 2018
5th February 2018
April 2018
22nd April 2018
May 2018

NDA2 Exam

6th June 2018
6th June 2018
2nd July 2018
September 2018
9th September 2018
October 2018

NDA Application Form 2018 :-

The NDA application form filled and submit via online process through the official site of UPSC.

The application form will be released from 10th January, 2018

NDA (II ) form released 6th June, 2018

Candidates are suggested to fill the application form carefully.

No change will be authorized after final submitting the application form.

The last date of filling application form for NDA (I) 2018 is 5th February 2018 and for NDA (II) is 2nd July 2018.

NDA Application Fees :-

The application fee for general and OBC Candidates is Rs. 100/-

SC/ST and wards of JCOs/NCOs/ROs exempted from examination fee.

The application fee payment can be done via cash payment in any branch of SBI Bank or through net banking.

Process of NDA SSB – Interview after Clearing Written Exam :-

Students are required to first clear NDA Written Examination & after that Interview Process will be done. In other words candidates that clear written exam are called for the interview, which is commonly known as the SSB interview & it is a process of near around 5 Days.

Schedule of NDA SSB Examination:-

The 5 personality and intelligence test schedule is as under:

   Day 1: On First Day Basic Intelligence Test will be done of the candidate.

   Day 2: On Second Day Psychological Test will be done.

   Day 3 & Day 4: The Group Testing Officers also known as – GTO

   Day 5: On Fifth Day Conference is taken

Note*** A Personal Interview (PI) can be taken on any day between second to fourth days.

You Can Also Check their Official Website for More Detail Here:http://www.nda.nic.in

NDA Exam Consist Two Selection Procedures :-

The NDA selection procedure generally based on written test & Interview which has been introduced by Selection centres/ Air Force Selection Boards. It is online methods which required 12th class as a minimum educational qualification.

NDA Selection Procedure :-

Stage-I Written Test:

It is first step in NDA written exam which consist of two subjects; General ability test and Math's. It is objective type test conducted in both language English as well as Hindi. The duration of time for NDA written exam will be 2 1/2 hours and contains maximum marks for math's is 300 whereas 600 marks for General ability.

Stage-II Intelligence Test:

The next step is the intelligence and psychological test which is conducted via the SSB (Service Selection Board). This section is done if students have to qualify the written aptitude test, than he is eligible for SSB interview section. The interview is based in both intelligence & personality test.

The SSB Intelligence procedure is future done in two stages: Stage I and Stage II Stage I include OIR (Officer Intelligence Rating test) & Picture Perception Description (PP&DT). Stage II is 4 days procedure which comprises Group Testing officers tasks (GTO), psychology Tests and their conference.

Tips for NDA 2018 Exam Preparation :-

Before you start with the preparation of NDA exam first and foremost you should know the pattern and syllabus of NDA exam. If you are serious about NDA exam preparation then following tips will help you certainly In scoring good marks in NDA.

Start preparing for NDA exam once you finish up with your higher secondary exams. As most of the syllabus of NDA is covered in higher secondary.

Be very clear on conceptual knowledge of mathematics and GK.

Collect all the study material of NDA at one place so that it does not create any chaos while you start preparing for the exam.

Extensive reading will help you score well in English.

Work on your reading and writing skills as it will help you in strengthening of your vocabulary.

Solving previous years' question papers will help much.

Learn the shortcuts, when it comes to Mathematics.

Regular practice is key for success in NDA exam.

Be aware of negative marking and do not build a habit of guessing answers.

Prepare from NDA preparation books and guides.

Practice from online mock test series.

Tips to clear SSB Interview :-

Develop your personality by enhancing your speaking and soft skills.

Interviewer assesses the candidates ability in context of responsibility, reacting to situations, social adaptability, teamwork, etc.

Speak with confidence to attract the interviewer .

Acquire detailed knowledge of Indian history, Politics, Armed forces in India etc.

Maintain a good health.

Frequently Asked Question Regarding NDA/NA Exam of 2018 :-

FAQ What is the Procedure to get selected in NDA?

NDA exam conduct in 2 step . Firstly it conduct written examination and then shortlist candidate of this exam have appear a interview that called SSB interview(Staff Selection Board) .The candidate have to clear physical examination before final selection.

FAQ What is the eligibility about for girls ?

Girls are not eligible for the NDA exam. However they can look for various options in Defence after they have attained the age of 19 years.

FAQ What is the syllabus of NDA?

Syllabus of NDA is immense, it has algebra, trigonometry, calculus, geometry etc. in the mathematics section, and you need to be through with the NCERT syllabus of mathematics of Class 12. Also, one should have a throughout knowledge of the freedom movement, current affairs, geography, cultural events, sports events, physics, chemistry, English etc.

FAQ What is All About National Defence Academy?

National Defence Academy is the portal to join Navy forces, Military forces or Air Force. NDA is the regular administrations institute of military where three cadets' administrations Navy, Army and Air Force trained their students at foundations before they go on. Students can show up in NDA examination after twelfth class.

FAQ What is the Age Limit for the NDA Written examination?

Male candidate age limit is not less than 16.5 & not more than 19.5 years on the date of joining can apply for NDA exam. Date of joining through NDA examination refers to the day on which cadets joins NDA he needs to be lies in between 16.5 years and 19.5 years of age.

FAQ How Many Times Can a Student Apply For The National Defence Academy Exam?

Until a student's has the eligibility qualification according to the age rules of UPSC for exam of NDA, the competitor can appear in exam, as it is held twice every year. There is no limit to the endeavors a students can take for the NDA exam to the extent he meets the qualification criteria regarding age and different components.

FAQ Can Commerce and Arts subject's Students Also Give NDA examination?

Yes, candidates from any subject stream will appear in this examination, in any case it turns out to be awfully intense for an understudy who doesn't have math's to clear the paper as a consequence of if an applicant doesn't clear Paper one (Math's) , his second paper won't be checked.

FAQ Are There Any 3 Months / 1-Year / 2-Years NDA Coaching Courses?

Yes, we offer various batches for 3 Months / 1-Year / 2-Years NDA Coaching for the students so that you can acquire your goal. There evening or morning batches are available. We also provide crash courses so that you can revise your entire syllabus.

FAQ What is mode of NDA exam?

NDA exam is conducted by offline mode.

FAQ What is the time duration for NDA Exam?

Time duration for NDA examination will be 2 Hours 30 Minutes for both subjects Mathematics & General Ability.

FAQ Is negative marking is done in NDA exam?

Yes, negative marking is done in NDA examination. For every incorrect answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted as negative marking in the examination.

FAQ What is the procedure for SSB Interview?

For SSB interview, firstly candidates have to clear NDA written Exam, after that he is eligible for SSB Interview. The total marks conducted for Interview process will be 900 marks.

FAQ In which language NDA examination is conducted?

As NDA examinations contains two papers; Mathematics and General Ability. It is available in both language as English and Hindi.