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The National Defence Academy (NDA) admits students to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings through an entrance examination held twice a year, generally in the months of April and November (as per the latest change, earlier it was September). This examination is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).
A candidate must be an unmarried male not below 16½ years and above 19½ years on the first day of the month in which the course is commencing
Age Limit for:
NDA (II) 2019: 02nd January, 2001 to 1st January, 2004
NDA (I) 2020: 02nd July, 2001 to 1st July, 2004
For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Must have successfully completed Class XII in the 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination conducted by a State education board or a university
For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and Naval Academy:Must have passed Class 12 of the 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State education board or a university. Candidates currently in Class XII in the 10 + 2 pattern of school education, or equivalent examination, can also apply.
Note: Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.
The examination is divided into two Phases
(i) Written examination and
(ii) SSB Interview