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NDA Frequently Asked Questions


How many times NDA entrance exam are conducted?


NDA entrance exams are conducted twice a year i.e. NDA I in April & NDA II in SEPTEMBE or NOVEMBER

What are the qualifications required to appear in NDA entrance exam?


For Indian Army wing, candidates should be 12th passed and for Indian Navy & Indian Air Force, candidates should be 12th passed with Physics & Maths as compulsory subjects.

What is the age limit for NDA entrance exam?


A candidate should be age of between 16 ½ to 19 ½ years. For NDA I 2019, students should born between 2nd July 2000 & 1st July 2003. For NDA II 2019, students should born between 2nd January 2001 & 1st January 2004. *Both dates are inclusive. **Age calculation will be date from the date of NDA Course Commencement.

Is there any specific % require to apply for NDA?


No. As per the NDA notification & UPSC website, there is no such criteria is mentioned.

Is there any specific 12th board required for appearing in NDA entrance exam?


Students from any state board, CBSE & ICSE board can appear in NDA entrance exam.

How many attempts are allowed for appearing in NDA entrance exams?


There is no such no. of attempts is mentioned in NDA notification or on UPSC website. Students can attempt till they fulfill the age criteria of NDA application.

Which organization conducts NDA entrance exams?


UPSC conducts NDA entrance exams.

What is the application fee to apply for NDA exam?


Application fee for NDA is Rs.100. SC & ST are exempted from payment of fee.

What is the mode of submitting NDA Exam application?


There is only online mode of submitting application for NDA exam. Although payment of fee can be done either online or deposited the money in the branch of SBI.

What is the NDA selection procedure?


The selection of candidates is done on the basis of written exam followed by Intelligence and Personality Test - SSB/Interview & Medical fitness test. Written test of Mathematics – 300 Marks – 2 ½ Hrs & General Ability Test (English -200 Marks & General Knowledge – 400 Marks) – 600 Marks – 2 ½ Hrs will be taken. Successful candidates then will be called for SSB Test/Interview – 900 Marks. The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only.

What is PABT?


The candidates, who are applying for Air Force wing as First choice & one of the choice as Air Force subject to their eligibility and if they are so willing, have to separately qualify the PABT - Pilot Aptitude Battery Test. Pilot Aptitude Battery Test is an aptitude test designed and conducted for all those candidates who aspire and apply for a flying career in the Air Force. The main aim is to test the mental alertness, presence of mind and self-confidence of the candidate. It checks whether a prospective candidate has proper control over his nerves while he is flying an aircraft. For this, the candidate is put through tests including meter reading, flying test and drum test. Now CPSS (Computerized Pilot Selection System) is being used in place of PABT. Any candidate can appear only once in PABT or CPSS.

What is SSB?


SSB stands for Service Selection Board, having responsibility to conduct Interview - Intelligence and Personality Test to evaluate prospective candidates for recruitment in the Army, Navy and Air Force. There is no limit on the number of attempts for SSB Interview. The selection system is designed over a five-day process, Day 1 is the screening test, Day 2 is the Psychologist Tests, Day 3 & 4 is the group tasks and Day 5 is the Conference (Results). The personal interview will be conducted either in day 2,3 or 4 during the post lunch or evening hours.

What is the date of course commencement for selected candidates in NDA I and II ?


For the candidates who qualifies NDA I Exam, the course will be commencing from January and NDA II Exam, the course will be commencing from July for Course at NDA & Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC).

I have passed NDA written exam. What should I do next for SSB?


After having cleared the NDA written examination the candidates should log on to the following websites for their ssb centre & date of interview :- joinindianarmy.nic.in, joinindiannavy.gov.in, careerairforce.nic.in

* Candidates appearing for SSB interview for the first time for a particular type of Commission i.e. Permanent or Short Service, shall be entitled for AC III Tier to and fro railway fare or bus fare including reservation cum sleeper charges within the Indian limits only once.

What are the lists of documents required to appear in SSB?


Following documents in ORIGINAL must be brought along with two photocopies each duly self attested (Origininal documents will be returned after verification at the SSB) (Also refer Checklist attached as Appendix ‘K’):- (a) Matriculation or Equivalent Certificate for verification of your date of birth. [Certificates issued by the board concerned (CBSE/State Boards/ICSE)/ admit Card/ Mark sheet/ transfer/ Leaving Certificate etc in which date of birth is reflected are not acceptable proof of date of birth.] (b) Marks Sheet of Matriculation or equivalent. (c) Intermediate/ 10+2 pass certificate. (d) Marks Sheet of Intermediate/10+2 examinations. 2 (e) Graduation Degree/ Provisional Degree showing clearly having passed the degree examination and eligible for award of degree. (f) Mark Sheets of all years / semesters. (g) NCC ‘C’ Certificate. (Not required for wards of Battle Casualty). (h) One copy of Online Application duly signed and affixed with self attested photograph. (Applications of candidates serving in the Armed Forces should be duly countersigned by the Commanding Officer). (j) Self Declaration Certificate (Only One SSB Appearance). Candidates can appear for ONLY one of the SSB interviews, that is, either for SSC (NT) -109 Course (Apr 2019) as CDSE candidate OR NCC Spl Entry-45 Course (Apr 2019). A declaration to this effect needs to be filled and submitted by the candidates at the time of SSB interview, as per format attach at Appendix ‘A’. (k) No Claim Certificate. Format is attached as Appendix ‘B’. (l) Valid Proof of Identity with photograph - Aadhaar Card/ PAN Card/ Voter ID Card/ Passport. (m) Certificate for Not Having Duplicate Profiles/Registration IDs. A declaration to this effect as per format attached at Appendix ‘C’. (n) For Candidates from Universities Following CGPA/ Grades System:- (i) Conversion Certificate regarding formulae for conversion of CGPA/ Grades into marks as followed by the University. (ii) Self Certified Declaration Certificate (Aggregate Percentage) regarding aggregate percentage obtained. Format is attached as Appendix ’D’. (o) In Case Original Documents Submitted for Pursuing Higher Studies. Candidates are required to bring a Bonafide cum Custodian Certificate as per Appendix ’E’ on original letter head duly signed by the Principal/ Head of institution where the documents have been submitted. (p) Candidates Of Final Year/ Semester Of Graduation Degree Course should be able to furnish the proof of passing to the Directorate General of Recruiting by 01 Apr 2019 and produce the graduation degree certificate either before or within 12 weeks of commencement of the Course at the training Academy. Such candidates are required to bring following documents:- (i) Certificate on original letter head duly signed by the Principal/ Head of institution as per Appendix ‘F’. (ii) Self Declaration Certificate (Proo of of Passing) regarding submission of Proof of Passing by the Candidate as per Appendix ‘G’.

* Candidates have to report at the concerned Railway Station before 14:30 hrs on the reporting date. A representative from the SSB will be present at the railway station for reception. In case of any difficulty, candidates can contact the MCO office.

Can female/girl candidates apply for NDA entrance exam?


No, Only unmarried male candidates can apply for NDA entrance exam.

18. Is there any standard height of the candidates required for NDA?


Yes, the minimum acceptable height is 157 cms (162.5 cms. for Air Force). For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable heights will be 5 cms. less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms.