National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination - upsc NDA/NA


National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination

NDA & NA Exam is a common entrance exam conducted by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of national defence academy course & naval academy course.

A 12th passed male candidate can apply for the exam. After successful completion of the courses he will be commissioned in his desired organization. You can join Indian Army, Indian navy or Indian Air Force through this exam.

Notification for NDA & NA Exam:

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases notification to conduct National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination twice in a year.

Application for admission in Part I  courses will start on on January 2017.

Application for admission in Part II  courses will start on July 2017.

The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.

Check for the Latest Notification Here.

Vacancy Position:

Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy.

The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination will be as under :

National Defence Academy :
Naval Academy : -
Total :

Pay Structure for Army, Air Force and Navy Officers:

Officers get a wonderfull pay structure. They get a lot of pay with basic pay and other allowances. Details are described below.

Moreover, a fixed Stipend is given during training period at IMA and OTA of Rs. 21,000/- p.m. (Rs. 15,600/- as pay in Pay Band plus Grade Pay of Rs. 5,400/-).

  • Pay Band:
Here is the list of pay band for army officers and equivalent ranks in Air force and Navy. Pay band for each rank is given below-
  1. Lt to Maj 15,600—39,100/- (PB-3) 
  2. Lt Col to Maj Gen 37,400—67,000/- (PB-4) 
  3. Lt Gen HAG Scale 67,000/-(annual increment @3%)--79,000/- 
  4. HAG+ Scale* 75,500/-(annual increment @3%) 80,000/- 

Below pay bands are admissible to 1/3rd of total strength of Lt Gens
  1. VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lt Gen (NFSG) 80,000/- (fixed)
  2. COAS 90,000/- (fixed) 

  • Grade Pay:
In addition to basic pay, they will get a Grade Pay too. This is given to the officers as below :
  1. Lt Rs. 5,400/- 
  2. Capt Rs. 6,100/- 
  3. Major Rs. 6,600/- 
  4. Lt Col Rs. 8,000/- 
  5. Col Rs. 8,700/- 
  6. Brig Rs. 8,900/- 
  7. Maj Gen Rs. 10,000/- 

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  • Military Service Pay:
This Fixed pay of Rs. 6,000/- p.m. is given to the officers from the rank of Lt to Brig as Military Service Pay (MSP) .

  • Qualification Grant:
Officers possessing certain prescribed Qualification are entitled to lump-sum Qualification Grant of Rs. 6,000/-, 9,000/-, 15,000/- or 20,000/- based on the qualification held by them.

The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in Army Aviation Corps are entitled to the Qualification Pay, based on the Qualification held by them, as under :
  1. Master Aviation Instructor—Rs. 500/- p.m. 
  2. Senior Aviation Instructor Class I—Rs. 400/- p.m. 
  3. Senior Aviation Instructor Class II—Rs. 280/- p.m. 
  4. Aviators holding Master Green Card—Rs. 400/- p.m. 
  5. Aviators holding Green Card Rs. 280/- p.m. 

  • Allowances:
Not only the above pays, but the officers get some allowances too. In addition to pay, an officer at present receives the following allowances:

(a) Dearness Allowance:

Dearness Allowances are admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the Civilian Gazetted Officers from time to time.

(b) A kit maintenance allowance of Rs. 400/- p.m. is also entitled for the oficers.

(c) Depending upon rank and area of posting, officer posted to Field Areas will be eligible for compensatory Field Area Allowance
  1. Highly Active Field Area Allowance at the rate of Rs. 6,780/- to Rs. 8,400/- p.m.
  2. Compensatory Field Area Allowance at the rate of Rs. 4,200/- to Rs. 5,200/- p.m. and
  3. Compensatory Modified Field Area Allowance at the rate of Rs. 1,600/- to Rs. 2,000/- p.m.

(d) In addition to the Compensatory Field Areas Allowance, officers posted to areas situated at a height of 9000 ft. and above are entitled for High Altitude Allowance in the range of Rs. 1,060/- p.m. to Rs. 11,200/- p.m. depending upon rank of the officer and place of posting.

(e) Uniform allowance : Initial allowance for one time kit @ Rs. 14,000/- and Rs. 3,000/- for every three years.

(f) Transport allowance : Transport  allowance @ Rs. 3,200/- + DA thereon p.m. in A- 1/A class Cities and Rs. 1,600/- + DA thereon p.m. at other places shall be admissible to officers.

In the case of allowances specific to Defence Forces, the rates of these allowances have been further enhanced by 50% as Dearness Allowance has gone up by 100%.

(g) The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to another allowance called flying allowance as under :
  1. Brig & above Rs. 10,500/- 
  2. Maj to Col Rs. 14,000/- 
  3. Capt Rs. 11,000/- 
  4. Lt Rs. 9,000/- 

  • Group Insurance Fund:
(a) Army Group Insurance Fund is a compulsory contributory group scheme, which provides insurance cover for Rs. 15 Lac on payment of one time non refundable premium of Rs. 6400/-

For those who are medically boarded out of NDA on account of Disability, the cover provided is 50 per cent of the insured amount for 100 per cent disability i.e. Rs.7.5 lac for 100 per cent disability which is proportionately reduced to Rs.1.5 lakh for 20 per cent disability.

Cadets being boarded out with less than 20 per cent disability during initial years of training will be given an ex-gratia grant of Rs. 50,000/- and Rs. 1 lac for cadet invalided out with less than 20 per cent disability during last year of training.

(b) At IMA when in receipt of stipend, the Gentlemen Cadets are provided insurance cover of Rs. 60 lac with a monthly contribution of Rs. 5,000/- w.e.f. 01 October, 2015 as per main AGI scheme as applicable to regular officers.

Those who are medically boarded out of IMA on account of disability, the cover provided is Rs. 25 Lac for 100 per cent disability which is proportionately reduced to Rs. 5 lac for 20 per cent and an ex-gratia grant of Rs. 50,000/- for less than 20 per cent disability.

Retirement Benefits of NDA & NA cadates:

An officer gets the benefits from govt of India even after his retirement. Pension, gratuity and casualty pensionary award will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

Eligibility for NDA Entrance Exam:

To apply for the national defence academy & naval academy examination, you have to fulfill some important conditions.

You should ensure that you fulfill all the eligibility as mentioned below, before filling the online application.

These eligibility conditions includes-

  • Nationality :
A candidate must either be
  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Bhutan, or
  3. A subject of Nepal, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

  • Age Limits:
Your age must not exceed the limit as per rule of UPSC.

As per the notification of July 2016 candidates born not earlier than 02nd January, 1998 and not later than 1st January, 2001 were eligible for the exam.

The date of birth accepted by the Union Public Service Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

Or, date of birth should be mentioned in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be certified by the proper authority of the University.

Or, date of birth should be mentioned in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificates.

Document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like is not accepted.

These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination.

  • Sex and Marital Status:
Only unmarried male candidate can apply for this exam.

Until completing the full training, a candidates must undertake not to marry.

A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at this or any subsequent Examination will not be selected for training.

A candidate who marries during training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

  • Educational Qualifications:
(i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy :

A candidate must be 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a recognized University.

(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:

A candidate must be 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a recognized University.

Candidates have to produce their Matriculation and 10+2 pass or equivalent certificates in original at the time of attending the SSB interview and have to get verified by the SSB authorities.

Certificates in original issued by the Principals of the Institutions are also acceptable in cases where Boards/Universities have not yet issued certificates.

Certified true copies/photostat copies of such certificates will not be accepted.


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.

This is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed date.

Such candidates who qualify the SSB interview but could not produce Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original at the time of SSB interview should forward duly self attested Photocopies to ‘Directorate General of Recruiting, Army HQ, West Block.III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi- 110066’ and for Naval Academy candidates to ‘Naval Headquarters, DMPR, OI&R Section, Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhavan, New Delhi-110011’

In exceptional cases the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his admission to the examination.

Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination.

Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.
Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force
A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.

  • Physical Standards:
Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination.

The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of Military duties.

There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or under weight. The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.

(a) Minor Defects:

Rectify minor defects/ailments in order to speed up finalisation of medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB.

Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are:

  1. Wax (Ears) 
  2. Deviated Nasal Septum 
  3. Hydrocele/Phimosis 
  4. Overweight/Underweight 
  5. Under Sized Chest 
  6. Piles 
  7. Gynaecomastia 
  8. Tonsillitis 
  9. Varicocele 

(b) Body tattoos:

Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of forearm i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand/Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable.

Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis.

(c) Height and Weight:

Here is a list of height and weight standards for army and air force.

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.

Height and weight standards for Navy is given below :

Height relaxable upto 2.5 cm. (5 cm. for Navy) may be allowed where the Medical Board certifies that the candidate is likely to grow and come up to the required standard on completion of his training.

(d) Leg Length for Air Force:
To meet special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height will be as under :

(e) Measurement of Chest:

 Chest should be well developed. Fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms.

The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.

The measurement will be taken with a tape so adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the lower angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.

(f) Spinal Conditions:

There should be no maldevelopment or impairment of function of the bones or joint. Spinal Conditions .

Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacro iliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF.

History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection.

(k) Hearing Capacity:

The hearing should be normal.

A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room.

there should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Audiometric test will be done for AF.

Audiometric hearing loss should not be greater than 20 db in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. There is no impediment of speech.

(l) There should be no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Blood pressure should be normal.

(m) There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.

(n) Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. In case of Hernia which has been operated, a minimum of 6 months must have passed prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.

(o) There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.

(p) Urine examination will be done and any abnormality if detected will be a cause for rejection.

(q) Any disease of skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.

(r) Visual standards:

The distance vision (corrected) should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye.

Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of opthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.

A candidate must have good binocular vision.

The colour vision standard will be (CP-III) for Army.

A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours.

Candidates will be required to give certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness.

Candidates who have undergone Laser Surgery for correction of refractive error are also not acceptable to defence services.

Vision standard for Naval candidates
Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6
Limits of Myopia –0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Binocular vision III
Limits of colour preception I

Visual Standards for Air Force Candidates

A person who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Air Force,

Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in another,
(correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia)
Colour vision CP-I Hypermetropia : +2.0 D
Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil
Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any Meridian permitted
Astigmatism : + 0.75 D
Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)

Maddox Rod Test

(i) at 6 meters

  1. Exo-6 prism D 
  2. Eso-6 prism D 
  3. Hyper-1 prism D 
  4. Hypro-1 prism D 

(ii) at 33 cms

  1. Exo-16 prism D 
  2. Eso-6 prism D 
  3. Hyper-1 prism D 
  4. Hypo-1 prism D 

Candidates who have undergone LASIK surgery are not considered fit for permanent commission in flying branch in IAF.

(s) USG abdomen examination will be carried out and any congenital structural anomaly or disease of the abdominal organs will be a cause for rejection in Armed Forces.

(t) Condition of Teeth:

The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth.
A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable.
When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22.

A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.

(u) Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must be within normal limits.

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How to Apply for NDA:

Candidates are required to apply for NDA online by using the website

Before applying, ensure that you fulfill all the eligibility criteria for the exam.

You need not to upload any documents with the application form. But, failing to produce those documents later will lead to cancellation of your candidature.


Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the above mentioned website.

Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application form containing two stages viz. Part I and Part II as per the instructions available in the above mentioned site through drop down menu.

Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.

Applicants should avoid submitting multiple applications. However, if due to any unavoidable circumstances any applicant submits multiple applications then he must ensure that the applications with higher RID is complete in all respects.

In case of multiple applications, the applications with higher RID shall be entertained by the Commission

The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-mail Ids as the Commission may use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of examination process.

The applicants are advised to check their e-mails at regular intervals and ensure that the email address ending with are directed to their inbox folder and not to the SPAM folder or any other folder.

N.B. (a) Persons already in Government Service, whether in permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises; (b) Candidates serving in the Armed Forces, Sailors (including boys and artificers apprentices) of the Indian Navy; and (c) Cadets of Rashtriya Indian Military College (previously known as Sainik School, Dehra Dun), Students of Military Schools formerly known as King George's Schools and Sainik Schools run by Sainik Schools Society are required to inform their Head of Office/Department, Commanding Officer, Principals of College/School concerned, as the case may be, in writing that they have applied for this examination.

Candidates should note that in case a communication is received by the Commission from their employer/authority concerned withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected/candidatures will be liable to be cancelled.

Payment of Fee:

Candidates (excepting SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/-. A certificate of eligibility for fee exemption is required to be obtained by all such candidates from the Principals concerned individually and produced for verification at the time of SSB Test/Interview by the candidates who are declared qualified for the SSB Test/Interview.

Applications submitted without the prescribed fee/mode (unless remission of fee is claimed) shall be summarily rejected.

Pay the fees either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode, should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only.

Examination Centers:

Choose carefully the exam center. You can not change it latter.

The Examination will be held at the following Centres :

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad,
Bengaluru, Bareilly, Bhopal,
Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack,
Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur,
Imphal, Itanagar,
Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat,
Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata,
Madurai, Mumbai,
Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair,
Raipur, Ranchi,
Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar,
Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati,
Udaipur and

Change of Address:

Candidates recommended by the Commission for interview by the Services Selection Board who have changed their addresses subsequent to the submission of their applications for the examination should immediately after announcement of the result of the written part of the examination notify the changed address also to :

For candidates with Army as first choice—Army Headquarters, A.G’s Branch, RTG (NDA Entry), West Block-III, Wing-1, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066, Phone No. 26175473.

For candidates with Navy/Naval Academy as first choice— Naval Headquarters, Directorate of Manpower & Recruitment, OI&R Section, R. No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan,New Delhi-110011, Phone No. 23010097/23011282.

For candidates with Air Force as first choice—Air Headquarters, Directorate of Personnel (Officers), PO 3 (A), Room No. 17, ‘J’ Block, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110106, Phone No. 23010231 Extn. 7973.

All Communications to the Commission should invariably contain the following particulars.
1. Name and year of the examination.
2. Registration ID (RID).
3. Roll Number (if received).
4. Name of candidate (in full and in block letters).
5. Postal Address as given in the application.

Admit Card:

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination.

You can download it from the UPSC website.

No Admit Card will be sent by post.

All the applicants are required to provide valid & active e-mail i.d. while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

Selection Process:

After scrutiny of the application form UPSC will call the eligible candidates to appear in a written examination.

The Union Public Service Commission shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination..

Such candidates shall appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test.

Candidates for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be assessed on Officers Potentiality and those for the Air Force in Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and Pilot Aptitude Test (which forms the whole PAB Test) and for Officers Potentiality.

PABT applicable to candidates with Air Force as First choice would also be conducted for all SSB qualified candidates with one of the choice as Air Force subject to their eligibility and if they are so willing.

To get selected for admission to national defence academy & naval academy, you have to go through the following process.
  1. Written Examination
  2. SSB Interview
  3. Medical Examination

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows :
  1. Mathematics-  2½ Hours, 300 Marks
  2. General Ability Test 2½ Hours, 600 Marks
  3. SSB Test/Interview : 5 Days, 900 Marks

Process of NDA/NA Written Examination:

It is important to use black ball pen for both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet).

Do not use Pencil or Ink pen.

You should fill the OMR Sheet carefully. Any omission/mistake/discrepancy in encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet especially with regard to Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.

The question papers of written test (Excluding English Language section) will be set bilingually, in English and Hindi.

No scribe is allowed to write answers for a candidate in the exam.

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  • Method of marking answers 

The nature of questions are OBJECTIVE TYPE. So, you need not write the answers on paper. For each question several suggested answers are given. You have to choose one response to each item.

The question paper will be in the Form of TEST BOOKLET. The booklet will contain questions bearing numbers 1, 2, 3.......etc. Under each item, Responses marked as (a), (b), (c), (d) will be given.

Your task will be to choose the correct answer. If you think there is more than one correct response, then choose what you consider the best response.

If you select more than one response, your response will be considered wrong.

You have to mark your response by completely blackening with black ball pen to indicate your response.

For each question for which a wrong answer has been given, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given, there will be no penalty for that question.

Syllabus National Defence Academy :

  • Syllabus of Mathematics:


Concept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams. De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation. Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers—basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity. Binary system of numbers. Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations with real coefficients. Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs. Permutation and Combination. Binomial theorem and its applications. Logarithms and their applications.


Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.


Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians. Trigonometrical ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.


Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system. Distance formula. Equation of a line in various forms. Angle between two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard and in general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three dimensional space, distance between two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation of a sphere.


Concept of a real valued function–domain, range and graph of a function. Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples. Continuity of functions—examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications. Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function. Second order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima.


Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves— applications. Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of a differential equations, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types—examples. Application in problems of growth and decay.


Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.


Statistics : Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution—examples. Graphical representation—Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon—examples. Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median and mode. Variance and standard deviation—determination and comparison. Correlation and regression.

Probability : Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical— examples. Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.

  • Syllabus of General Ability Test:

(a) ENGLISH (Maximum Marks—200)

The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.

The syllabus covers various aspects like :

Grammar and usage,
comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

(b) GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Maximum Marks—400)

Out of maximum marks assigned to this paper, questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightages respectively.

The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects : Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

The syllabus given below is designed to indicate the scope of these subjects included in this paper.

Section ‘A’ (Physics)

Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer.

Motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Power and Energy.

Effects of Heat, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat.

Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments.

Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye. Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet. Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.

General Principles in the working of the following:

Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses.

Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)

Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems).

Properties of Air and Water. Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbondioxide, Oxidation and Reduction.

Acids, bases and salts.

Carbon—different forms.

Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial.

Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun-Powder.

Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.

Section ‘C’ (General Science)

Difference between the living and non-living. Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals. Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs. Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention. Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet. The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists.

Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)

A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation. Freedom Movement in India. Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India. Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development. Bhoodan,

Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution. Impact of Science and Technology on Society. Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism. Role of India in the present world.

Section ‘E’ (Geography)

The Earth, its shape and size. Latitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time. International Date Line. Movements of Earth and their effects.

Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification; Weathering— Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes.

Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate, Major Natural regions of the World.

Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities.

Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India.

Section ‘F’ (Current Events):

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years. Current important world events. Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

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Intelligence and Personality Test (SSB Interview):

After qualifying in the written test candidates are required to report for SSB interview on the date intimated to them in the call up letter for interview.

You can details of Interview, dates, place of interview etc on the following websites-


Procedure of SSB Intrview consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II.

(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception  Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.

All the candidates will be put to stage-one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Only those candidates who qualify at stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests.

(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist.

The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

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PAB Test:

Candidates for the Air Force is to be passed in Computerised pilot selection system and pilot Aptitude Test. This is called PABT and a person can appear in these tests only once in life.

Candidates who have been given the PAB Test for any previous N.D.A. course should submit their application for this examination.

Preparation of Final Merit List:

Those candidates who qualify stage II will be required to submit the Original Certificates along with one photocopy each of : (i) Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth, (ii) Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.

After qualifying in the above mentioned tests, candidates will be placed in a single combined list on the basis of total marks secured by them in the Written Examination and the Services Selection Board Tests.

Medical Examination:

A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates will be admitted to the academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board.

The proceedings of the Medical Board are confidential and will not be divulged to anyone.

However, the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and the procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board will also be intimated to the candidate.

Admission to National Defence Academy:

Medically fit candidates are admitted to the NDA.

Immediately after the selected candidates join the Academy, a preliminary examination will be held in the following subjects:

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. Hindi.

The standard of the examination for English, Mathematics and Scence will not be higher than the level of Higher Secondary Education.

Test of Hindi is intended to test the standard attained by the candidate in Hindi at the time of joining the Academy.

Training at NDA:

The selected candidates for the three services, viz., Army, Navy and Air Force are given preliminary training both academic and physical for a period of 3 years at the National Defence Academy.

The training during the first two and half years is common to the cadets of three wings.

The cadets on passing out will be awarded B.Tech. B.Sc./B. Sc. (Computer)/B.A. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

B.Tech. will be awarded on completion of training at Pre-Commissioning Training Academy.

The selected candidates of the Naval Academy will be given preliminary training both academic and physical, for a period of 04 years at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.

The cadets of 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme will be awarded a B. Tech Degree on successful completion of training.

Training at IMA, NA and AFA:

On passing out from the National Defence Academy

(a)  Army Cadets go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun.

At the I.M.A. Army Cadets are known as Gentlemen Cadets and are given strenuous military training for a period of one year aimed at turning officer capable of leading infantry Sub-units.

On successful completion of training Gentlemen Cadets are granted Permanent Commission in the rank of Lt subject to being medically fit in "SHAPE" one.

(b) Naval Cadets to Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.

The Naval cadets are selected for the Executive Branch of the Navy, on passing out from the National Defence Academy and are given further training at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala for a period of one year on successful completion of which they are promoted to the rank of Sub Lieutenants.

(c) Air force cadets go to the Air Force Academy, HYDERABAD.

Air Force Cadets are given flying training for a period of 1½ years.

However, at the end of 1 year of training they are given provisional Commission in the rank of Flying Officer.

After successful completion of further training of six months they are absorbed as permanent commissioned officers on probation for a period of one year.

Pre-Training Activity:

  • Bond Sign:
Before a candidate joins the Academy, the parent or guardian will be required to sign-

(a) A certificate to the effect that, he or his son or ward shall not be entitled to claim any compensation or other relief from the Government in respect of any injury which his son or ward may sustain in the course of or as a result of the training or where bodily infirmity or death results in the course of or as a result of a surgical operation performed upon or anesthesia administered to him for the treatment of any injury received as aforesaid or otherwise.

(b) A bond to the effect that if, on account of his dismissal or discharge or withdrawal from National Defence Academy and he does not complete the prescribed period of training, then the Guarantors and the cadet shall jointly and severally be liable to pay forthwith to Government in cash on account of the Cadet on his training and all the money received by the Cadets as pay and allowance from the Government together with interest on the said money calculated at the rate in force for Government loans.

  • Cost of Training:
The cost of training including accommodation, books, uniforms, boarding and medical treatment will be borne by the Government.

  • Training Fees:
Candidates finally selected for training at the Academy will be required to deposit the following amount with the Commandant, National Defence Academy, on their arrival there-
  1. Pocket allowance for five months Rs. 15000.00 @ Rs. 3000.00 per month. 
  2. For items of clothing and equipment Rs. 17865.00 
  3. Army Group Insurance Fund Rs. 6400.00 
  4. Incidental Expenditure during Rs. 7516.00 1st Semester Total Rs. 46781.00 

Financial assistance of Rs. 1000.00 p.m. for the period of training may be granted by the Government whose parents income is less than Rs. 21,000/- per month.

They  should submit an application through the District Magistrate of his District who will forward the application with his recommendation to-
The Commandant, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune-411023.

Out of the amount mentioned above the following amount is refundable to the candidates in the event of financial aid being sanctioned to them :
  1. Pocket allowance for five months Rs. 2000.00 at Rs. 400.00 per month (Corresponding to Govt. Financial Assistance) 
  2. For items of clothing and equip- Rs. 13935.00 ment approximately

Scholarships/Financial Assistance at the National Defence Academy:


This Scholarship is granted to cadets overall first in Academics of Passing out Course. One time scholarship amount is Rs. 5000/-.


 This scholarship is of the value of Rs. 360.00 per annum and awarded to a MARATHA cadet who should be the son of an ex-serviceman. The scholarship is in addition to any financial assistance from the Government.


Two scholarships are awarded to cadets who obtain the highest position amongst candidates from BIHAR.

The value of each scholarship is Rs. 37.00 per mensem tenable for a maximum period of 4 years during the training at the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and thereafter at the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun and the Air Force Flying College; and Indian Naval Academy,

Ezhimala where the cadets may be sent for training on completion of their training at the National Defence Academy. The scholarship will, however, be continued subject to maintaining good progress at the above institution.


Two scholarships will be awarded to the cadets from ASSAM. The value of each scholarship is Rs. 30.00 per mensem and is tenable for the duration of a cadet’s stay at the National Defence Academy. The scholarships will be awarded to the two best cadets from ASSAM without any reference to the income of their parents.

The cadets who are granted this scholarship will not be entitled to any other financial assistance from the Government.


Two scholarships each of the value of Rs. 30.00 per month and an outfit stipend of Rs. 400.00 are awarded to two cadets who belong to UTTAR PRADESH on merit-cum-means basis and are tenable for a period of three years subject to satisfactory performance by the cadets at National Defence Academy.

Cadets who are granted these Scholarships are not entitled to any other financial assistance from Government.


One merit scholarship of the value of Rs. 480/- per annum for the entire period of training at NDA, will be awarded by the State Government of Kerala to a Cadet who is domiciled resident of the State of KERALA and who secures the first position in the All India UPSC Entrance Examination to NDA irrespective of the fact whether he has passed out from RIMC or from any of the Sainik Schools in India. The financial position of a Cadet’s father/guardian is not taken into consideration.


This is cash prize of Rs. 500.00 available for the best BENGALI boy in each Course of the Academy. Application Forms are available with the Commandant, National Defence Academy.


These scholarships, one for the Army, one for the Navy and the other for the Air Force of the value of Rs. 80.00 each per month will be awarded by the Government of Orissa to the cadets who are permanent residents of the State of ORISSA.

Two of these scholarships will be awarded on the basis of meritcum-means of the cadets whose parent’s or guardian’s income does not exceed Rs. 5,000/- per annum and the other one will be given to the best cadet irrespective of his parent’s or guardian’s income.

(9) Govt of West Bengal:

Initial Lump sum grant Scholarship per semester.

(10) Govt of Goa :

Rs. 1000/- per month during the period of training (subject to a maximum of 24 months or duration of the course whichever is less) & one time outfit allowance of Rs. 12,000/-

(11) Govt of Nagaland:  Rs. 1,00,000/- one time payment

(12) Govt of Manipur: Rs. 1,00,000/- one time payment

(13) Govt of Gujarat: Scholarship Rs. 6,000/- per annum

(14)  Govt of Uttarakhand:

 (a) Pocket Money Rs. 250/- pm for NDA Cadets of Uttarakhand domicile is paid to father/guardian of cadets (Ex-Servicemen/Widow, through respective Zilla Sainik Kalyan Officers.)

(b) Cash Award of Rs. 50,000/- for NDA Cadets of Uttarakhand domicile is paid to father/guardian of cadets through Directorate of Higher Education, Haldwani.

(15) Govt of Punjab: Rs. 1,00,000/-(one time payment)

(16) Govt. Sikkim: Rs.1.5 lakhs for all Offrs entry schemes

(17) Fg Officer Anuj Nanchal Memorial Scholarship. Rs. 1500/- (One time payment) – Second best all round Air Force cadet of VI term

(18) Pilot Officer Gurmeet Singh Bedi Memorial Scholarship. Pilot Officer Gurmeet Singh Bedi Memorial Scholarship. Rs. 1500/- (One time payment). Best all round Air Force cadet at the time of Passing Out of VI term.


Four scholarships will be awarded to cadets from HIMACHAL PRADESH. The value of each scholarship is Rs. 30.00 per month during the first two years of training and Rs. 48.00 per month during the third year of training.

These scholarships will be available to those cadets whose parent’s income is below Rs. 500.00 per month. No cadet in receipt of financial assistance from the Government will be eligible for this scholarship.


The Government of Tamil Nadu has instituted at NDA one scholarship per course of the value of Rs. 30/- per month plus an outfit allowance of Rs. 400/- (one only during the entire period of cadet’s training) to be awarded to a cadet belonging to the State of TAMIL NADU whose parent’s/guardian’s monthly income does not exceed Rs. 500/-.

The application by an eligible cadet can be made to the Commandant, National Defence Academy on their arrival.


The Govt. of Karnataka has awarded scholarships to cadets from Karnataka State who join the National Defence Academy. The value of the scholarship shall be Rs. 1000/- (Rupees One thousand) per month and outfit allowance of Rs. 12000/- in first term.


The Government of Bihar has instituted at NDA 25 Merit Scholarships at Rs. 50/- per month for entire period of six terms at the NDA and Rs. 650/- one time towards clothing and equipment.

The cadet awarded the above merit scholarship would not be eligible for any other scholarship or financial assistance from the Government.

The application by an eligible cadet can be made to the Commandant, National Defence Academy on their arrival.


Gp Capt. M Vashishta has instituted 3 scholarships of Rs. 125/- each per month at NDA for one term to be awarded to the first three cadets in the order of merit on completion of their first semester till end of second term.

The cadets in receipt of Govt. Financial Assistance will not be eligible for the above scholarships. The application for eligible cadets can be made to the Commandant, NDA on arrival.


MAHARASHTRA STATE The wards of Maharashtrian ex-service officers/men who are undergoing training as cadets at NDA will be given Rs. 50,000/- as one time incentive.

The parents/guardians of the wards should submit their applications to their respective Zilla Sainik Welfare Office alongwith the certificates obtained from the Academy.

Terms and conditions governing these scholarships are obtainable from the Commandant, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune – 411 023.


 The Haryana State Govt. has declared a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) to every individual who successfully completes the training at NDA/IMA/OTA and other Defence Academies of National Status and domicile of State of Haryana.


 Chandigarh Administration has introduced the scheme for grant of one time incentive of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) to the cadets who are resident of UT, Chandigarh and joined NDA .

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