N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM (I), 2012

The N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM (I), 2012, which is also known as National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2012, is an entrance test for candidates who are eager to join the Army, Air Force or the Naval Forces of the NDA. This examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission or the UPSC.

Important Dates and Parameters
Exam Date The examination is scheduled to take place on the 15th of April, 2012.
Exam Time The examination is of 2.5 hours duration.
Fees For online applications, the candidates will be required to pay INR 50 and offline application would cost INR 100. SC/ST candidates will not have to pay any fee.
Registration Opening Date The registration process will be declared open on the 31st of December, 2011.
Registration Closing Date The filled-in registration forms should be submitted by 30th January, 2012.
Eligibility Criteria: For National Defence Academy (Army): The candidate should pass the higher secondary examinations from a recognized board.

For National Defence Academy (Navy and Air Force): The aspirant should be a 10+2 pass with Mathematics and Physics as the elective subjects.

For the Naval Academy 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme: The candidates need a higher secondary degree with Physics and Mathematics as the elective subjects.

The aspirants who want to take this exam have to be bachelors and between 17 and 19 years of age.

As far as the physical standards are concerned, the height of the candidates for the Air Force wing should be between 157.5 cm to 162.5 cm. The width of the chest should be 81 cm or more. Overweight or underweight candidates will not be able to apply and neither will be those who have poor eyesight.

After the candidates clear the written examination, they will have to go through an interview session, group tasks and medical tests.

Availability of Brochure and Forms The application form has to be bought from a post office only. The offline applications should be sent to the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) office personally or through post or courier. The application forms cost INR 20.
Application Mode: Cash, Demand Draft, Credit Card, net Banking The fees can be paid either by cash at any of the designated branches of the SBI or through its net banking services using a debit or a credit card.
Results The result of this examination can be viewed on the official website of the UPSC.
Exam Centers of NDA Chennai, Agartala, Imphal, Delhi, Kolkata, Jammu, Allahabad, Kohima, Madurai, Shillong, Udaipur, Jorhat, Mumbai, Ranchi, Itanagar, Gangtok, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Dharwa, Panaji, Raipur, Nagpur, Cuttack, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Shimla, Vishakhapatnam, Port Blair, Sambalpur, Thiruvananthapuram, and Jammu.

Recommended Books

Given below is a list of reference books that can be useful for appearing in the N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM (I), 2012:

  • NDA Manual by Sahitya Bhawan Publications
  • Work Book NDA Examination by Dr. M. B. Lal
  • NDA Exam Guide by Datason RP
  • Practice Work Book by Dr. H. P. Sharma
  • NDA Examination Solved Papers


The candidates will have to appear for two papers. Paper I will have 300 marks allotted to it and will deal with Mathematics alone. Paper II will be of 600 marks and will contain questions pertaining to General Ability. The syllabus of the N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM (I), 2012 has been tabulated below:

Serial Number Topic
1 General Awareness: Prominent personalities, India’s five year plans, the Constitution of India, eminent scientists, current affairs, India’s freedom movement, history of India, panchayati raj, and community development.
2 Mathematics: Statistics, algebra, probability, vector, differential equations, analytical geometry, matrices and determinants, integral calculus, trigonometry, and differential calculus.
3 Geography: Origin of the Earth, the composition of the atmosphere, tides, ocean currents, seas and important seaports.
4 English: Phrases and idioms, vocabulary, jumbled words, antonyms, synonyms, correction of errors in sentences, one word substitution, words that have been misspelled and comprehension.
5 Physics: Laws of Motion, electricity and electronics, mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and thermodynamics.
6 Chemistry: Organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, basic concepts of chemistry, alkalies and acids, concepts of physical chemistry, and periodic tables.
7 Biology: Cells, tissues, food source, protoplasm, morphology and anatomy of plants, plant and animal reproduction, the organs of the human body, the diseases and their causes, living and non-living things.