NDA Exam Kit Contains:

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The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academy for further pre-commission training. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.

NDA Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nationality

All the candidates (including females) need to meet the criteria with regard to nationality to be eligible for application. To be eligible, a candidate must be either one of the following.

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently
  • A PIO (Person of Indian origin) is someone who has migrated from the countries specified below, with the intention of permanently settling in India. The nationals from the following countries would fall under this category such as Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Vietnam.
  • Age Limit

To know the detailed information about the age limit for the NDA exam, go through the following table.

NDA Age Limit Age (Years)
Minimum Age Born before July 01, 2006
Maximum Age Born before July 02, 2003
  • Educational Qualification

The academic qualifications vary slightly according to the post that the candidate has applied for. The details of educational qualifications for different posts are specified below.

Posts Required Educational Criteria
Army Wing of NDA Exam Pass certificate in 10+2 exam via recognized board or a University.
Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy Candidates should have passed their 10+2 or equivalent from State Education Board or University with Physics and Mathematics.
10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy Candidates should have passed their 10+2 or equivalent from State Education Board or University with Physics and Mathematics.
  • NDA Exam Pattern:

NDA Exam will have two parts- a written Exam and an interview. The Written Exam will consist of two papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The Mathematics paper is for 300 marks. The GAT paper will carry 600 marks. So, the written exam will carry a total of 900 marks. The Mathematics question will be up to the 12th staNDArd. The GAT paper will include questions pertaining to English, General Knowledge, and General Science.

The SSB interview will also have two stages. The first stage will have OIR and PPDT tests, while the second stage will have psychology tests and the conference. The interview will also carry a maximum of 900 marks. The details of every part of the Exam are discussed in the following sections.

Particulars Details 
Exam Mode and Medium Offline (Pen Paper Based) in English and Hindi
Number of sections 2
Question Paper Type Objective or MCQ
Total Number of Questions 270 Questions (120 from Mathematics and 150 from General Ability Test)
Total Marks for Entrance Test 900 Marks (300 Marks for Mathematics and 600 Marks for General Ability Test)
Exam duration 2.30 hours (Each Section)

So as indicated by the chart, the total duration of the written exam is 5 hours – two and a half hours for Maths and the same for GAT. The written exam is conducted in a single day. The questions will be in Hindi and English. More details of the NDA Exam pattern are discussed below.

NDA Written Exam Pattern

Mathematics: In the written test, the Maths paper will have 120 questions. The mark for the correct answer to each of these questions is 2.5. The total marks of this section are 300. There will be negative marking. The negative marking for each of the incorrect answers is ⅓ of 2.5 – that is 0.83.

General Ability Test: The GAT paper will consist of 150 questions. Each of these questions carries a total of 4 marks, and thus the total marks for this section are 600. There will be negative marking too. The negative marking for each of the incorrect answers is ⅓ of 4 –  that is- 1.33. This is where the NDA Exam pattern differs a bit from other Exams.


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