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NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA is a national-level entrance examination, organized by UPSC (Union public service commission) every year. To apply for NDA Exam 2023, candidates must fulfil NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023 including Qualification/Age Limit/Height/Weight.

Through this examination candidates can get admission in the Indian Military, Indian Navy, and Indian Air force. The detail description of NDA Eligibility Criteria for I/II Examination and NDA Exam Dates are mentioned on this page.


NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA 2023 Highlights:

Name of the Organization Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Name of Exam NDA
Exam full form National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination
Types of exam Board Level
Level of exam National Level
Course Offered UPSC Exams (Indian Army, Navy & Air Force)
Exam Conduct By Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Mode of application form Online
Mode of exam Offline
Helpline Number 011-23098543/23381125/23385271/23098591
Email Address [email protected]
Official Website www.upsc.gov.in

NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA 2023 Exam Dates

Candidates can check here the official exam dates of NDA 2023 exams:

Events Dates
Notification released 21-12-2022 May 17th, 2023
Starting of application form 21st December 2022  May 17th, 2023
Last date to fill application form 10-01-2023 6th June 2023 
Last date to pay application fee January 2023 2nd week of June 2023
Withdraw of application February/ March 2023 June/ July 2023
Admit card release date 1st week of April 2023 Last week of August 2023
NDA 2023 exam date 16-04-2023 03-09-2023
Declaration of result April/ May 2023 September 2023
Interview April/ May 2023 September/ October 2023

NDA Eligibility Criteria – Nationality:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria for NDA – Marital Status:

According to the norms of NDA Exam Eligibility Criteria , Only Unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA Exam.

NDA Eligibility Qualification:

Post name Eligibility For NDA Qualification Required
For Army wing
of National
Applicants must have passed
12th Class of the 10+2 pattern
of School Education or equivalent
examination organized by a State
Education Board or a University.
For Air Force and
Naval Wings of
Defence Academy
and for the 10+2
Cadet Entry Scheme
at the Indian Naval Academy
Candidates should have done
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.

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NDA Exam Eligibility Age:

  • According to the NDA Recruitment Eligibility / NDA Eligibility Age Limit candidates born not earlier than 02nd July, 1999 and not later than 1st July, 2002 are eligible
  • No relaxation in age will be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC categories as mention in NDA Age Eligibility.

Physical Eligibility for NDA Exam:

  • NDA Physical Eligibility includes various norms that are structured below, candidates are advised to go through these norms carefully.
  • According to the NDA Exam Eligibility norms candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Examination. The Detailed criteria for Physical Eligibility For NDA is given below:

Let’s start with Minor Errors, candidates are advised to rectify the minor errors as:

  • Wax (Ears)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele/Phimosis
  • Overweight/Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Tonsillitis
  • Varicocele

NDA Eligibility 2023 – Body tattoos:

NDA Entrance Exam Eligibility also has a norm over Tattoos. Tattoos on inner face of forearm and candidates belongs to that tribes in which tattoo marks on any body part is in their traditions and customs will only be accepted by the Comdt Selection Centre.

Tattoos on any other body part will not be accepted such as on the inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand.

Height/Weight Standards For Army/Air Force:

According to the NDA Eligibility Criteria for the Height/Weight standards must be as follows:

For Army Air Force:

Height (cms) Weight (kgs)
Without shoe 16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.0 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.0 55.0 56.0
173 54.0 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65.0 66.5

For Navy:

Height (cms) Weight (kgs)
Without Shoe 16 Years 18 Years 20 Years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
167 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67

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:

Special OR Specific Requirements for Air Force Pilot
Leg length 99.00cm 120.00cm
Thigh length Max 64.00cm
Sitting height 81.50cm 96.00cm

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NDA Exam Eligibility Criteria for Chest:

  • Chest of applying candidate must be fully developed.
  • Fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms.
  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  • There should be no mal development or impairment of function of the bones or joint.

NDA 2023 Eligibility for Spinal Conditions:

Any past injury or medical history of diseases of spine or sacroiliac joints/history of spinal fracture/prolapsed inter vertebral disc and surgical treatment is a main cause for rejection in NDA. If any condition detected at the time of medical exam, then candidate will get disqualified for Air Force:

  • Granulomatous disease of spine
  • Arthritidies/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders/ Ankylosing spondylitis/ Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease/ Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.) & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis.
  • Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis.
  • Compression fracture of vertebrae.
  • Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
  • Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demon strable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
  • Degenerative Disc. Disease.
  • Presence of schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
  • Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
  • Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.
  • Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.
  • Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis where deformity is barely noticeable and there is no pain or restriction of movement will not preclude acceptance.

Eligibility For NDA :

In case of noticeable Scoliosis or suspicion of any other abnormality or spinal deformity, more than mild, appropriate X-rays of the spine are to be taken and the Examinee referred for specialist’s advice.

Eligibility Criteria For NDAX-Ray Examination:

According to the NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023, If any candidate found with following diseases at the time of medical test then he/she will immediately disqualified:

  • Granulomatius disease of spine
  • Arthritidies/spondylosis
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army and Navy)
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis
  • Herniated nucleus pulposes
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra
  • Sacaralisation Disease
  • Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit
  • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies
  • Incomplete Sacaralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
  • Spinal Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist

NDA Eligibility Hearing:

  • Hearing is also a part of NDA Physical Eligibility requirements
  • Hearing of candidate must 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.
  • Candidate must not have any disease related to 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.

NDA Eligibility Criteria Eye Sight:

Distance Vision (Corrected): Better Eye 6/6; Worse Eye 6/9. Myopia should not be more than -2.5D including astigmatism and manifest hypermetropia not more than +3.5D including Astigmatism.

NDA 2023 Eligibility Eye Sight For Navy:

Uncorrected without glass 6/6
Corrected with glass 6/6/
Limits of Myopia -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Limits of color perception I
Binocular vision III

NDA Recruitment Eligibility For Air Force:

Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other,
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)

NDA Eligibility Maddox Rod Test:

at 6 meters Exo-6 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
Hypro-1 prism D
at 33 cms Exo-16 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
Hypo-1 prism D

According to the rules of Eligibility For NDA Exam, Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be not eligible.

Physical Standards:

  • Applicants must be physically & mentally fit as per the physical standards maintained by the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2023
  • Those who have resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces may not apply as per NDA Eligibility Criteria.

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PRK/LASIK Requirements:

LASIK surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
At least 12 months should have elapsed post uncomplicated stable LASIK with no history or evidence of any complication.
The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.
Individual with high refractive errors (> 6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded. (vi)Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery for correction of refractive errors is not permitted for any Air Force duties. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit.

Physical Conditioning:

  • Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
  • Chin ups (minimum 08)
  • Rope climbing 3-4 metres.

Other NDA Eligibility Medical Requirements:

  • no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels should found in candidate
  • Candidate BP should be normal
  • no enlargement of liver or spleen will be entertained
  • Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. In case of Hernia which has been operated, a minimum of one year must have passed prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.
  • Candidate should now have hydrocele, varicocele or piles
  • Urine examination must get qualified by contender
  • Skin disease causing disability or disfigurement may cause rejection
  • Candidate 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.
  • Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must be within normal limits.

Selection Procedure for National Defence Academy

UPSC conducts NDA (National Defence Academy) Exam in Two Stages which is mention below:

NDA Written Exam

  • Firstly, organization conducts written examination for the selection of NDA.
  • After conducting the Written Examination, qualified candidates are eligible to appear for next stages.

SSB Interview

  • Qualified candidates will be called for Intelligence and Personality Test conducted by SSB (Services Selection Board).
  • Selection procedure will be based on two stages 1st is Psychological Aptitude Test and 2nd is Intelligence Test which will be organized at Selection Centers/Air Force Selection Boards.
  • After qualifying both stages, applicants need to submit original certificates along with one photocopy each of original matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth, original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent.

NDA Eligibility Criteria FAQs:

Question 1: Which nationals other than Indians are eligible to apply Nda?

Answer: A subject of Nepal, or 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 are eligible to apply for Nda other than Indians.

Question 2: Is there any specific % require to apply for NDA?

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

Question 3: Is there any specific 12th board required for appearing in NDA entrance exam?

Answer: No, Students from any state board, CBSE & ICSE board can appear in NDA entrance exam.

Question 4: Is open schooling / distance schooling +2 students eligible to apply for NDA?

Answer: Yes, open schooling / distance schooling +2 students are eligible to appear in NDA exam. But you must note that the +2 education system should be of 2 years & your open school / board must recognize by concern authorities / education board.

Question 5: How many attempts are allowed for appearing in NDA entrance exams?

Answer: 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.

Question 6: Are female candidates eligible for the NDA?

Answer: Yes, female candidates can apply for NDA.

Question 7: Can I correct the application form after submission?

Answer: No, you cannot correct the application form after submission.

Question 8: When can I register for the first session of NDA?

Answer: You can register for the first session of NDA 2023 on 22nd December 2022.

Question 9: Can I apply for both NDA-I and NDA-II sessions?

Answer: Yes, you can apply for both sessions if you fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Question 10: Can a married candidate apply for NDA?

Answer: No, a married candidate can not apply for NDA.

Question 11: Are the candidates appearing in the 12th level exam eligible?

Answer: Yes, the candidates appearing in the 12th level examination are eligible to apply.

Question 12: What is the negative marking in the NDA exam?

Answer: Yes, 33% of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Question 13: What is the complete selection procedure in NDA?

Answer: To get selected in NDA, candidates have to qualify for the written test followed by the SSB Interview round and medical test.

Question 14: I don’t have Physics & Mathematics as a subject in my 12th level. Can I apply for NDA?

Answer: Yes, you can apply for only the Army wing in NDA.

Question 15: What educational qualification is required for NDA?

Answer: Candidates must have passed 10th and 12th from a recognized board in order to apply for NDA.

About National Defence Academy

The first tri-service academy in world is National Defence Academy (NDA). This academy trains three service cadets Army, Navy and Air Force together. It is situated at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra.

It selects its candidates through written examination and after that interview conducted by Union Public Service Commission. It also take medical test of the candidate before appointing him/her for vacant post. Candidates who get selected then will be posted for training program.

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77 thoughts on “NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023 NDA 1 Qualification/Age Limit/Height/Weight”

  1. Respected Sir, my name is Ravi Naidu
    Studying in class 11.Stream- commerce
    and my D.O.B -22/10/1998.
    I’d be appearing for the 12th exam next year.So, m i eligible for NDA Sir.

  2. Sir I had completed my diploma in Textile.
    Now im thinking to persive 12th in science n now I’m 19 years old
    So did I’m eligible for nda nxt year in 2018 my birth date is 27/8/1998.

  3. sir actually wanted to know that for NDA Exam i have completed 12th commerce but i had taken maths and IT so just wanted to ask that in the application form i have mentioned just passed 12th without physics and maths so is it fine sir. thank u


    sir is it necessary to get minimum 30%marks in maths and general ability test?? i am getting more than expected cutoff but not getting 30%marks in maths..will i be selected??

      Only Those Male candidates who are unmarried & born not earlier than 02nd July 1997 and not later than 01st July 2000 are eligible. So you are eligible to apply for nda exam

    1. Hi Deepak Halder,
      Only those aspirants would be eligible to appear for NDA Exam that is born not before 2nd day in the month of July in the year 1998 and not after 1st Day of January in the year 2001. So You can apply for NDA Exam for next year

    1. Hi Vikas,
      Candidates applying for NDA 2 Exam must born not before 2nd day in the month of July in the year 1998 and not after 1st Day of January in the year 2001

    1. Hi Chandra Prakash,
      Candidates born not before 2nd day in the month of July in the year 1998 and not after 1st Day of January in the year 2001 is eligible to apply for NDA & NA Exam

    1. Hi Manoj,
      Only those aspirants would be eligible to appear for this examination that is born not before 2nd day in the month of July in the year 1998 and not after 1st Day of January in the year 2001

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