National Defence Academy (NDA)
NDA is one of the most sought after defence entrance exams in the country. The exam 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 in two stages: written exam and SSB Interview. Around four lakh, aspirants appear for NDA every year, out of which approximately 6,000 are called for SSB Interview. UPSC prepares a list of candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the written exam. Such candidates are called for SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test..
Candidates need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam.
Age Limit for NDA 2021: For NDA 1 exam, candidates must have born not earlier than July 2, 2003, and not later than July 1, 2006. For NDA 2 exam, candidates must have born not earlier than January 2, 2003, and not later than January 1, 2007.
Educational qualification: The educational qualification is different for different academies.
Army Wing of National Defense Academy: Passed Class 12/HSC or equivalent from a recognized board or university.
Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defense Academy: Passed Class 12/HSC with Physics and Mathematics
NDA Selection Process 2021
Filling the application formInterested candidates are required to fill NDA application form online. The application fee is Rs 100 which can be paid both online and offline. The commission releases the list of rejected applicants a few days after the closure of the application process. Besides, the examination authority also activates the link to withdraw NDA application form for a specified period. Candidates who do not wish to appear for the exam can withdraw their application form.
Written ExamAll the candidates who successfully register for the exam are required to appear for the written exam. The written exam comprises two sections: Mathematics and General Ability Test. The test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview. Read more on NDA exam pattern.
SSB InterviewThe SSB Interview is conducted for Intelligence and Personality Test. The test is conducted in two stages. All qualified candidates are put to stage 1 test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Candidates qualifying the first stage are called for the second stage exam. Those who will qualify the second stage are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate.
Final Selection Candidates are finally selected for admission to admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and INAC based on their performance in written exam and SSB Interview. The final allocation will be done as per the number of vacancies subjected to candidates eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference.