Career in NDA (National Defence Academy)

For a career in NDA (National Defence Academy), one needs to qualify in the National Defence Academy Entrance Examination. The examination is generally held twice in a year, in the months of April and August/September. It is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). Selected candidates undergo training and at the end of training period, get recruited for various posts in Indian Army, Air Force or Navy.

Why Choose this Career?

A career in defense service is for those who are passionate for an adventurous life and dedicated patriots. Apart from acquiring leadership qualities and respect of fellow countrymen, the career offers ample opportunities to upgrade a person’s skills. After training a candidate can choose either a technical or a non-technical field of specialization, as per his preference. Growth opportunities both in terms of knowledge and finances are unlimited. Even during the service and after retirement, individuals get to enjoy exclusive facilities and tax exemptions.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should be between 16.5 years to 19 years. The minimum academic qualification required a pass in the higher secondary (10+2) examination from a recognized institute. For admission to navy or air force, candidates need to have physics and mathematics as compulsory subjects in the higher secondary examination. Applicants also need to conform to the physical standards as specified by the regulations of NDA. All applicants should be unmarried males.

NDA Entrance Exam

As NDA / NA examiantion is conducted twice a year, these are known as “NDA 1″ (April) & “NDA 2″(August)

Dates for NDA I:

  • Last date of submission of application form: 16th November (tentative)
  • Date of Examination: 18th April 2012 (tentative)

Dates for NDA II:

  • Last date of submission of application form: 9th May (tentative)
  • Date of Examination: 21st August 2012 (tentative)

After qualifying in the written examination, candidates need to pass personal interview and medical test rounds.

How to Apply

Candidates need to apply in a common application form, which can be purchased at all head post offices and branch post offices across the country, against cash payment of INR 20 (may change).

Applicants can also download the form from However, OBC candidates are not exempted from fee payment. Candidates applying online can pay INR 25 (may change) through debit/credit card or through net banking in any State Bank of India branch.

Payment of INR 50 (may change) needs to be done through Central recruitment Fee Stamp. Applicants belonging to SC/ST/PH categories need not pay the fee.

Completed applications should be sent either by speed post, regular post, courier service or hand-delivery to -

Controller of Examination,
Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi-110069

How to Prepare for the Examination

For qualifying in the examination, fundamentals of higher secondary NCERT syllabus need to be cleared. Candidates also need to keep themselves updated on general knowledge and current affairs. Special emphasis also needs to be given on biology and its various subsections. You can download previous papers of the examination or buy offline to practice. Candidates can also refer to guide books.

Recommended Books

Some of the reference books that can prove to be helpful for candidates who are appearing for the NDA exams are as follows:

  • Arihant Pathfinder for NDA & NA Entrance Examination Guide
  • NDA Exam Practice Work Book by Upkar Prakashan
  • JPNP A Comprehensive Kit for N.D.A.
  • NDA/NA Exam Guide by R P Verma, A K Sharma
  • Practice Work Book for NDA Examination by Dr. H. P. Sharma & Dr. M. B. Lal
  • NDA Exam National Defence Academy by Dr. H. P. Sharma & Yash Srivastava

Coaching Centres for NDA

  • A.C. Vidyasagar Classes
  • Akshardham the Competitive Exams Academy
  • Baalnoi Academy
  • Bolster Academea
  • C.M.I.
  • Cavalier India
  • Cavalier Pvt Ltd.
  • Impact Coaching & Educational Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • New Careers Academy
  • Olive Greens
  • Tara Institute