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NDA Preparation


The National Defense Academy is arrived in south-west of Pune City and north-west of Khadakwasla Lake on around 7015 sections of land of area, out of the aggregate 8022 sections of land is best for NDA Preparation. Pune was being picked as the NDA Preparation site on account of numerous gainful reasons like Healthy climatic conditions, suitability of landscape for military preparing, nearness to the Arabian Sea, presence of an operational runway at Lohegaon, region of military foundations and the vicinity of a lake close-by, in view of a joined preparing focus and the "fake" arriving boat, HMS Angostura on the north bank of the Khadakwasla lake all helped Pune to turned into the best site for the NDA Preparation.

  Course Structure

NDA is the core foundation for a career in the Indian military services. Training as well as education program has a4 year time period. In the initial three years cover courses in all subjects for a University Degree plus the basic training of basic military sciences. After the successful completion of the three years the cadet gets a University Degree. The final year puts more emphasise on the specialization into the particular branch of the Indian military services that a cadet desires to join. Army cadets go to the IMA at Dehra Dun, Air Force cadets to the flying training establishments in Hyderabad and the Naval cadets for Midshipman training to the Training Ships.


The procedure of Admission to the NDA is organised twice in a year with the help of an entrance examination, which will be taken in every six months by the UPSC. Candidates who got selected from the competitive exam, they are called for a multiple-round interviews covering physiological and group testing and also a thorough medical examination.

  Age Limit

16 ½ to 19 yrs as of first day of the month in which course is being started.


12th Class of 10 + 2 System of Education for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy.

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Mode of Application

  •   Application to be Received by: As per UPSC notification
  •   SSB Advertisement Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr
  •   Training Commencement Date: Jan & July
  •   Training is held at NDA Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune
  •   Time of Training:
  •   3 years at NDA and 1 Year at IMA (For Army Cadets)
  •   3 years at NDA and 1 Year at Naval Academy (For Naval Cadets)
  •   3 years at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Year at AFA Hyderabad (For Air Force Cadets)

The entrance for National Defense Academy consists of a Written Exam followed by and Intelligence and Personality Test. The details are stated below: The written exam will comprise of 2 papers.


2.5 Hours: 300 Marks

  General Ability

2.5 Hours: 600 Marks. The General ability Test will comprise of:
  English: 200 Marks
  General Knowledge: 400 Marks

Total: 900 Marks


The Union Public Service Commission will decide a qualified list of candidates, on the basis of written exam. Candidates who are selected will appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test. Candidates for Army or Navy wings of the NDA and Executive branch of Naval Academy will be assessed on officers potentiality. Candidates for Air Force wing, with officer potentiality assessment will need to go through a Pilot Aptitude Test.

Selection Procedure: In 2 Stage

Two stages of selection procedure will be dependent on a Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test. All the candidates will be put to stage one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centres or Air Force Selection Boards. Only those who qualify at stage one will be admitted for the second stage. Those candidates who qualify stage II will be required to submit the original Certificates along with one photocopy each of: Original Matriculation pass certificate in support of date of birth
                Qualified candidates will then be placed in the final order of merit, based on the total marks secured by them in the Written examination and the Services Selection Board Tests in 3 separate lists: Army and the Navy, Air Force and Executive course at the Naval Academy. The names of candidates who qualify for all the Services of NDA and the Naval Academy will shown in all the three Merit Lists. Final selection for the admission will be made in order of merit depending on the number of vacancies in each wing. The selection will be done also on the terms of medical fitness and suitability in all other respects. IMPORTANT NOTE: A candidate who fails in the Pilot Aptitude Test cannot apply for admission to the National Defence Academy Examination, the Air Force wing or General Duties (Pilot) Branch or Naval Air Arm

Preparation Tips

  •   Perusing month to month magazine of 2 − 3 months before the date of exam will be useful.
  •   The Course is exceptionally broad, so consistent investigation of around 2 − 3 hours is critical. Course is being sorted into little sections and a well study arrangement will without a doubt bring achievemen
  •   For the Social Science (History, Geography, and so on) part, class 6, 7, 8 must be given only an unpleasant perusing; class ninth & tenth books will cover all the perspectives with extra data to those of class sixth, seventh & eighth.
  •   Earlier years inquiry papers can be viably used to comprehend the example of the exam and the vital themes to abbreviate the course.
  •   Arithmetic inquiries will expend time in unraveling, Hence fitting time administration must be remembered in light of the fact that its general situation that hopefuls are not able to complete the inquiries those are so natural. In this way, while composing the exam be mindful of the simple inquiries, so as to settle more inquiries.
  •   Negative checking is likewise there so abstain from composing the wrong replies, just tick that alternative on which you are certain. I will say in the event that you evade surmises, it will help you.
  •   All India Merit will incorporate the signs of your composed exam likewise, so concentrating on hard & getting great imprints is the main route for you to get great legitimacy rank.
  •   English will assumes a urgent part in upgrading your imprints. So its study alongside different subjects is vital. Intensive comprehension of PARTS OF SPEECH will help you do well in discovering the slips.
  •   Physical science & Chemistry will be simple for those having these subjects however only an update of their NCERT will be sufficient.
  •   Keep up velocity with the time, drop down the anxiety level and resist the urge to panic. In the most recent five minutes of the exam, tick all your reactions in one go in the OMR Sheet. Fitting center must be there on leaving the space on the off chance that you have not understood a specific inquiry.

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