The NDA exam is conducted by the UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the Indian Defense Services. This exam is an opportunity for the youngsters looking forward to joining the Defence Forces including Army, Navy and Air Force. This is a central level exam conducted twice a year: NDA I and NDA II to help candidates make a career in Defence services.
Steps are given below to fill the NDA application form -
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (NDA & NA) Examination will be a two-step process where candidates need to take the written exam first and then qualify the personality test or interview conducted by the Service Selection Board (SSB). The UPSC is solely responsible for issuing guidelines and fixing the criteria for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.
Like other exams, the NDA (I) scheduled on April 19, was postponed due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. The official notice reads that a common examination will be held for both NDA & NA (I) and NDA & NA Exam (II) 2020 on September 6, 2020. Aspirants who have applied for NDA (I) are not needed to apply for NDA (II), as both the exams are going to be conducted together. The Commission has released the NDA & NA (I) 2020 notification prior lockdown on January 8. The online applications were accepted till January 28, 2020. The notification was released in the month of January for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy. The admission will be for the 145th Course of the National Defence Academy, and for the 107th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC).
The total number of vacancies for NDA & NA (I) 2020 are 490. NDA & NA (I) 2020 Vacancies National Defence Academy 370 (208 for the Land Army, 42 for Naval Services and 120 for Air Force Services) Naval Academy has a vacancy for a total of 50 posts.Candidates should note that, 120 vacancies under the Air Force including 28 for Ground Duties.
The Commission was supposed to release the NDA & NA (II) 2020 notification on June 6. The online applications for the same were supposed to be accepted until July 6, 2020. The notification was to be released for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 146th Course, and for the 108th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). But because of the lockdown this notification is dissolved. And the exam has been conducted as per the latest norms.
The approximate number of the vacant posts for NDA & NA (II) 2020 are as under - NDA & NA (II) 2020 Vacancies National Defence Academy 370 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air Force) Naval Academy 43.
Every year, the UPSC releases the NDA exam notification to shortlist the candidates for the courses in National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA). The Defence Services aspirants are advised to download NDA notification pdf for more clarifications. The official NDA exam notification contains all the important details such as application process, eligibility, exam pattern and selection process.
The first step in the selection process of the NDA & NA Exam is the online registration for the exam. After carefully checking all the details in the NDA notification, candidates should start their registration for the exam. The NDA exam application form will be available only on the official website of the UPSC. Candidates are suggested to go through the complete details about the NDA application form prior filling it.
1. Visit the official website of UPSC.
2. Go to the ''Apply Online'' tab.
3. Select the ''Online Application for Various Examinations''.
4. Click on the ''ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS EXAMINATIONS OF UPSC''.
5. Start the NDA registration process with Part-I.
6. Fill-up all the details.
7. Pay the NDA application fee.
8. Upload the scanned photograph and signature.
9. Agree to the declaration.
10. Submit the application.
11. Download the NDA application form for future reference
Eligibility Criteria for NDA & NA
Being young and energetic, candidates must be physically and mentally fit. This is a mandatory criteria for admission to National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination (I) & (II), 2020. Every year, many candidates do not qualify and fail the medical test. Hence, candidates are advised to get themselves medically examined before applying for the examination. Aspirants are also advised to remove or solve a few minor defects of their bodies such as Waxed (ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, Under Sized Chest, Piles, and Tonsillitis.
Height And Weight Standard
The minimum height required is 157 cms for Land & Naval Forces and 162.5 cms for Air Force. There is a relaxation of 5 cms for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of the North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon. However, for the candidates of Lakshadweep, the minimum height is reduced by 2 cm.
Candidates have to meet the special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force. There are also certain measurement criteria for leg length, thigh length and sitting height, which are to be followed, these are given below -
Leg Length 99.00 cms 120.00 cms
Thigh Length - 64.00 cms
Sitting Height 81.50 cms 96.00 cms
Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6
Limits of Myopia –0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Binocular vision III
Limits of colour perception I
Air Force Candidates who habitually wear spectacles habitually are not eligible for the Air Force. According to the official notification, the minimum distant vision is to be 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia.
Colour vision CP-I
Hypermetropia: +2.0 D
Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil
Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any Meridian permitted
The aspiring candidates are required to be in a good and healthy physical condition by following the routine mentioned below -
1. Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
3. Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
4. Chin ups (minimum 08)
5. Rope climbing 3-4 metres.
A candidate must be either:
(i) a Citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with an intention to settle permanently in India, or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, or Burma. Also, people from East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam who came to India with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Note: Provided that a candidate belonging to any of the above mentioned categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) shall be the one in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. The Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be important in the case of Gorkha subjects candidates who are residents of Nepal.
1. For Army Wing of the National Defence Academy: The candidates must have passed Class 12 of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by any 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: The candidates must have passed the Class 12 of the 10+2 pattern of the School Education System or any equivalent certificate with Physics and Mathematics as the compulsory subjects, conducted by any State Education Board or a University.
Note: Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class final examination under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or any equivalent examination such that she can also apply for this examination easily. Such candidates who qualify the interview taken by the SSB panel but are not able to produce their Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original at the time of interview should forward duly self-attested Photocopies of their certificates prior to the final procedure.
Candidates who are in the 11th class can not take this examination. Those candidates who have given the 12th class or equivalent examination but are waiting for their results are allowed to appear in the NDA Examination. They should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are also required to submit proof of passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed date as mentioned by the UPSC. No request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of the Board/University Examination.
Also, any delay in the declaration of results or any other reason whatsoever, will cancel your candidature. Candidates who are debarred on any ground by the Ministry of Defence, from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination. If such a candidate is admitted, their candidature will be cancelled. Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for the Air Force.
Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status
For NDA & NA (I):
Age Limit: Only male candidates who are unmarried and born not earlier than July 2, 2000, and not later than July 1, 2003, are eligible for this exam.
For NDA & NA (II):
Age Limit: Only male candidates who are born not earlier than January 2, 2001, and not later than January 1, 2004, are eligible for this exam.
Note: The date of birth which is accepted by the Commission is the one entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by any School Board as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the High School or Higher Secondary examination or an equivalent certificate examination.
Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate which is available on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission. No subsequent request for any change in the date of birth will be considered. Candidates should also keep a notice that once any date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the admission purpose in the examination, no change will be allowed subsequently on any ground whatsoever.
The candidates should take proper care while entering their date of birth in the respective column of the Online Application Form for the examination. If during verification at any later stage, any variation is found in the date of birth of the respective candidate, from the one entered in their matriculation or any equivalent examination or certification course, disciplinary action will be taken against the candidates by the Commission. Candidates must undertake the clause not to marry until they complete their full training. A candidate who marries after filling the examination form, though successful in the exam will not be selected for training. A candidate who marries during training at his own consent or under the pressure of his parents, shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.
Roles and Responsibilities
After reporting to the Academy, a cadet is allotted one of the 18 Squadrons, which is their new home far away from their homes for the next three years. The Squadrons are named as - Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hunter, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Panther, Quebec, and Romeo. No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 Battalions have four squadrons each while No. 5 has 2 squadrons. Each squadron has approximately 100 to 120 cadets under several senior as well as junior courses for training in the Academy.
They earn INR 21,000 as a stipend. After completion of three years training in Pune, the candidates will obtain a degree from JNTU in Computer Science or B.A.. After that, trade training is given and their career starts in the Indian army as a lieutenant. And navy candidates can start their career as a sub-lieutenant and those who are selected in the Air force start their career as a flying officer.
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