Everything You Want To Know About NDA Exam 2023

The National Defence Academy (NDA) exam is a competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for admission into the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The exam is held twice a year, with the next NDA exam scheduled for 2023.


Eligibility Criteria:


Candidates must be an Indian citizen

Candidates must be between 16.5 and 19.5 years of age on the first day of the month in which the training is due to commence

Candidates must have passed or be appearing for their 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects


Exam Pattern:


The NDA exam is divided into two parts: written examination and SSB interview

The written examination consists of two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test

The Mathematics paper is of 300 marks and is of 3 hours duration

The General Ability Test is of 600 marks and is of 6 hours duration

The SSB interview is of 900 marks and is of 5 days duration




Mathematics: Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability

General Ability Test: English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies and Current Events


Selection Process:


Candidates who qualify in the written examination will be called for the SSB interview

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the written examination and SSB interview

The final selection will be based on the combined merit of the written examination and SSB interview




Successful candidates will undergo training at the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune, Maharashtra

The training will consist of three years of training in the Army, Navy or Air Force, followed by one year of training at the Indian Military Academy (IMA) or Indian Naval Academy (INA) or Air Force Academy (AFA)

After completion of training, candidates will be commissioned as officers in the Indian Army, Navy or Air Force

It is important to note that the above information is subject to change and candidates should check the official UPSC website for the latest updates.


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