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NDA Exam Date 2017. All Important Dates and Latest Updates regarding the Entrance Exam


Updated: Sep 11,2018 09:30 IST
NDA Exam Date 2017. All Important Dates and Latest Updates regarding the Entrance Exam
NDA Exam Date 2017. All Important Dates and Latest Updates regarding the Entrance Exam
NDA Exam Date is released by UPSC. We provide you with all updates regarding NDA Exam Date here. NDA Exam dates are published twice in a year for the NDA Exams that are conducted biannually. NDA Exams are mostly conducted in the month of April and September for which NDA Exam dates are released three months prior. To know all official updates regarding NDA Exam dates, follow the article.
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NDA Exam Date

NDA is the first tri-service academy, training the cadets of all three services before they go to pre-commissioning training in their respective service wing. Indian Naval Academy (NA) focus on training in Naval wing. The Exams are conducted twice a year, nationally. The entire selection process of candidates for admission in NDA and Naval Academy (NA) is done biannually. The entire selection is done in two Stages:
  • Written Examination 
  • Two-Stage Selection Procedure
The Two-Stage Selection Procedure is done by Services Selection Board (SSB) and has two phases i.e. Intelligence and Personality Test followed by Officers Potentiality Test. Candidates opted for Air Force as first choice, in addition to the Two-Stage Selection Process, should appear for Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and Pilot Aptitude Test (which forms the whole PAB Test). The Exam dates for Written Exam and the further process is published by UPSC.
Candidates who have applied for NDA Exams should be clear about the Exam dates and all the notifications regarding the Exam. For the information of the Candidates, we have furnished below all details with respect to the NDA Exams.
Online Application - Released June 7, 2017
Online Application - Closure June 30, 2017 (6:00 p.m.)
Last Date for Payment of Fees (Offline) June 29, 2017 (23:59 hours)
e-Admit Card - Released Three weeks prior to Written Exam
Written Exam Date September 10, 2017
Written Exam Results December 2017
SSB Interview Date January-April, 2018
Overall Results June 2018
Commencement of Course July 2018
For instant updates on all details regarding the NDA Exam Dates follow the article.

Application Form

Application Form for NDA and NA Exam is released three months prior. The Application form is released in Online mode only. Candidates applying for the Exam are expected to fill the Application form to be called for attending the Written Examination. Ensure to furnish exact details regarding age, address, e-mail ID, and other necessary details, as no further changes can be made on submission. The Commission holds the information furnished in the application for any further use and cross reference. Candidates providing incorrect data with or without knowledge are plainly rejected at any stage of the selection process. Candidates can Apply for the Exam once the Application form is released. Guidelines on each stage of filling the Application form, check NDA Application Form.


Candidates before applying for the NDA and NA Exams should be clear about if they are eligible to take up the Exam. As NDA and NA Exams recruits and trains candidates for the most prestigious services in India, the eligibility criteria of the Exam are well-defined and narrow.
  • Only Male candidate who are Unmarried can apply.
  • Candidates should be physically and mentally fit according to the physical standards given by UPSC.
  • Age limit: Candidates should be born not earlier than 02-01-1999 and not later than 01-01-2002.
  • Educational Qualification: (i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a 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: 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 University. 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.
  • Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination. 

Vacancy Details

The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination is given below
Academy Vacancies
National Defence Academy 335 (Army - 208, Navy - 55, and Air Force - 72)
Naval Academy 55 (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)
Overall 390

Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy. Candidates are required to specify their order of preference for the Services, as the Ranking, Final Merit List, and Allotment are based on the preference given by the candidate.


Candidates who have applied for the NDA and NA Exam should have a clear idea of the Syllabus for preparation and practice. The syllabus of the Exam is given along with the official notification. The Syllabus follows the CBSE pattern of class 10 to 12 and candidates are advised to follow the NCERT textbooks. The Written Exam has two broad divisions i.e. Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). GAT has two divisions - English and General Knowledge. Find below the detailed overview of the NDA and NA Exam.
Section Score Time Duration
Paper-I - Mathematics 300 2½ hours
Paper-II - General Ability Test English 200 2½ hours
General Knowledge 400
(Physics (25%)
Chemistry (15%)
General Science (10%)
History, Freedom Movement, etc (20%)
Geography (20%)
Current Events (10%))

To know further details, check NDA Syllabus. Candidates can also use NDA Sample Paper for practice.

Cutoff Score

Cutoff Score is the minimum score that is to be secured by the candidate. Cutoff score is fixed by UPSC and it varies every year based on many factors. Cutoff Score is mainly for the knowledge of the candidates where the Commission freezes the score every year. Cutoff score is basically to scrutinize candidates for next stage as all the 4 lakh+ aspirants can't be recruited. Candidates preparing for Exams are asked to use the cutoff score for their reference only and not fix that score as a target and prepare, but should always aspire for higher ranks. 
Exam   Year
2016 2015 2014
NDA (I) Minimum qualifying standard approved at the written stage (Out of 900 marks)   288 306 360
Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 656 674 722
NDA (II) Minimum qualifying standard approved at the written stage (Out of 900 marks)   229 269 283
Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks) 602 637 656

Overview of the Academy

NDA accepts about 335 cadets to the academy each semester of which 72 cadets are accepted for the Air Force, 55 for the Navy, and 208 for the Army. NDA offers a full-time residential undergraduate program and cadets are awarded a Baccalaureate degree (a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science) after 3 years of study. Cadets have a choice of two streams of study i.e. Science and Humanities. Candidates have three categories of study: (i) Compulsory Course, (ii) Foundation Course, and  (iii) Optional Course. There will be six semesters of which cadets spend four semesters in Compulsory Course and Foundation Course. Candidates may transfer to other Service Academies for Optional courses in fifth and Sixth semester. A cadet can only decline a commission in case of a serious permanent medical condition caused during the program.
Cadets will be in outdoor skills, like Drill, PT and games also learn one of the foreign languages. The emphasis in NDA is on character building, esprit-de-corps, mental and physical robustness, leadership, and a sense of keen observation.

Services Training

Cadets who are accepted and successfully complete the program are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before granting of commission:
  • Army cadets to IMA at Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Air Force cadets to AFA at Dundigal, Hyderabad
  • Naval cadets to INA, Ezhimala, Kerala

Army Wing

An Army cadet is taught judging distances, terrain study, indication and recognition of targets, camouflage and concealment, trench digging, observation by day and night, stalking, organisation of an Infantry section, section formations, field signals, fire control orders, section in attack, defence and patrolling. They are also taught handling of firearms, marksmanship and night firing. There will be three major camps in second, fourth and sixth semester, which focus on enhancing the practical content of the course. The training is geared to prepare a cadet to lead an infantry section effectively.

Naval Wing

Naval cadets on completion of their 3 years of training go to INA as their finishing academy for 1 year, where they commence their M.Sc degree along with cadets of INA who will be doing B.Tech (10+2 Navy Tech Entry). Cadets have the option to major in Electronics & Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Naval Architecture and are awarded a Bachelor of Technology degree upon graduation. Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned as sub lieutenants in the navy. Cadets majoring in Naval Architecture have to undergo an additional 6 months of training at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam after graduation. They also have the option to enroll for additional post-graduate specialisation in the field at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
The major emphasis is laid on Navigation, Seamanship and Communication. A total of 328 theoretical classes which are currently under revision are conducted for VI term naval cadets. Training focus on Training Theoretical and Practical Instructions, Camps, Watermanship Training, etc. An orientation visit to Mumbai is conducted prior to the commencement of service training.

Air Force Wing

The Air Force Training Team (AFTT) aims at training Air Force cadets in the basics of military aviation through ground training and flying training. Ground training is conducted with the help of modern training aids, aircraft models, and cross-sectional models of aero-engines and instruments, Radio Telephony simulators and Flight simulators. Visits to Air Force Academy, Air Wing at Indian Armament Technology, Air Base at Pune and College of Military Engineering are organised to enable the Air Force cadets to appreciate the Air Force aspects.

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