FAQ about NDA

Most frequently asked questions for NDA are listed below. If you have any query regarding NDA then before google your query, go through our FAQ session.

Frequently Asked Questions About NDA

After completing your 10th standard go for 11th science with subjects Physics, Chemistry and Math.

One thing you kept in your mind that if you does not want non-medical stream then also it is mandatory to take mathematics as a compulsory subject.

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts NDA examination, twice a year, normally in month of March and August. Only unmarried male candidate can be apply.

After passing NDA written examination, candidate must pass SSB (Services Selection Board), and medicals.

NDA Salary – Army, Navy, Air Force

Stipend during the training of the candidates in IMA    INR 56,100/

Lieutenant        INR 56,100/- to INR 1,77, 500/-

Captain INR 61,300/- to 01,93,900/-

Major   INR 69,400/- to 02,07,200/-

Lieutenant Colonel       INR 01,21,200/- to 02,12,400/-

Colonel            INR 01,30,600/- to 02,15,900/-

Brigadier          INR 01,39,600/- to 02,17,600/-

Major General  INR 01,44,200/- to 02,18,200/-

Lt. General HAG Scale INR 01,82,200/- to 02,24,100/-

HAG+ Scale     INR 02,05,400/- To  02,24,400/-

VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG)     INR 02,25,000/- Fixed

COAS  INR 02,50,000/- Fixed

NDA examination is one the toughest examination in India like IIT.

Note thar, almost 15 lakh students sit for the IIT-JEE exam each year, and only 9 thousand (approx.) are selected, where on the other hand, only 29% of the candidates who apply for NDA are selected.

No. Remember that only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA examination. 

For appearing in NDA examination you must pass 12th science examination with Mathematics as a compulsory subject. Marks and stream does not matter.


Like OTA and IMA cadets, NDA cadets get holidays on Sunday.




Duration of Training

4-4.5 Years 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA (For Army cadets) 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at Naval Academy(For Naval cadets)/ 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)

18 months for IMA Cadets 37-40 months for Navy Officers 74 months for Air Force Officers

As per the rules and regulations of National Defence Academy, mobile phones are not allowed. On regular basis officers checks for mobile. If a cadet is found with a mobile phone the get punished as per the rules of NDA.


If you really want to crack NDA examination NCERT books are your best friend. The questions asked in NDA examination are 12th standard or below. If you read the book thoroughly and grasp all the concept in the book, you don’t need and other reference book to pass the examination.


See the Final cut off of the last year. You need to get 350 marks (With at least 25% marks in each subject)         

Air force. Air force is the first priority, after that navy and then Army.

NDA cadets get stipend during their entire training in service academies. During training period at IMA cadets get stipend of Rs. 56,100. On successful commissioning in NDA, the pay in the Pay matrix of the Officer commissioned will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10.

NDA syllabus is very vast. Without any proper guidance It is almost impossible to go through the entire syllabus. DSA break the entire syllabus into subject, topics, and sub-topics that enable cadets to cover it in less time.

Even if IAS is difficult than NDA but NDA Examination is not easy.

NDA is established in 1954. At that time girls were not allowed to do jobs. That’s why girls are not allowed in NDA.

To test cadet’s fitness, stamina, will power, endurance and several other factors, NDA conducts physical test. This will used in day to day work and activities of cadets. The candidates must run at least 2.5 kilometers every day. Also, the running should be timed by the candidate.

UPSC generates NDA final merit list as per the marks of NDA written examination as well as the SSB. In order to be in merit list you need to score decent marks in the written examination as well as SSB. The list of successful candidates is declared about in three months by UPSC.

The candidates should be between the age of 16.5 years and 19.5 years to be eligible for the NDA exam. Remember that, Females and Married male candidates are not eligible to apply for NDA Exam.

Yes, NDA questions are repeated. Mostly the questions are asked from previous year papers only questions are changed but concept would be same. So please do practice with previous year papers.

After successful completion of two years of service, candidates are promoted to the rank of Captain. On completion of 6 years, they are promoted to Major. After 13 years of service, candidates get the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Candidates get the rank of Colonel (Selection) on selection.

Yes! Most of the cadets, who graduate from National Defence Academy, Do continue as officers in the armed forces.

Yes! You can go for UPSC examination after getting into NDA. The basic eligibility criteria is that the candidate must hold a graduation degree in any discipline recognized by the government of India.

There are approx. 368 vacancies for every single NDA recruitment and almost 2.5 lakh aspirants from all around the country participate in the written NDA examination. Out of these, only 545 (approx.) are called for the SSB (Services Selection Board) interview.

NDA solves the dilemma of career and provides plethora of opportunities. The exam is not that tough and applying serious efforts can take you to the next level.

Candidates can pay NDA 2021 application form fees both online and offline. The fee for general and OBC category is INR 100. SC, ST, Sons of JCOs, NCOs, ORs are exempted from fee payment.

Yes, of course. Why not? If you are smart and hard working to cover English, GK, Math and Science Subjects in stipulated time period then you can go for NDA. Using 12th state board books and NCERT books your dream can come true.

The NDA exam is not so easy. However, it is not so difficult if the candidates start preparing from an early stage. If the students get to start the preparation just after the board exams then the chances of their success are far better. The selection of right kind of books and study material also help them in their preparation.

As we all know SSB is the toughest interview for any service in this country. Only few candidates are able to crack this interview in first attempt. So it is very difficult to clear SSB interview. By practicing and hard work nothing is impossible.

Yes, you can! Start your preparation by solving the previous year’s exam question paper in order to crack the NDA exam in the first attempt. The NDA written exam pattern has not changed a lot.

Ripunjay Naithani scored 1015 marks out of 1800 marks. He scored All Indian Rank 1 in NDA exam. He scored 536/600 in written exam and 479/900 marks in SSB interview. The AIR-2 and AIR-3 were achieved by Deep Yagnesh and Nitin Prabhakar respectively.

Without maths, you are not eligible for Indian Navy and Air Force. It is compulsory, to clear the math written exam conducted by UPSC. The written exam consists of Mathematics of 300 marks and General Ability Test of 600 marks.

In General Ability Test (GAT), candidates get four marks for every correct answers.

In the Mathematics section, for every correct answers candidates scores 2.5 marks.

For wrong answers, 0.33 marks are deducted.

In NDA, cadets study English, Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French or Russian), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, History, Political Science, Economics and Geography. Note that all cadets must take basic classes in all these subjects except Foreign Languages.

Students who have passed 1oth class and studying in 10+2/Intermediate in final year and students who have already passed XII standard exam or higher exam may apply for National Defence Academy (NDA).

To join the Air Force, you need to clear the AFCAT exam, held twice a year (February and August). Women can enter the Flying branch, Technical branch and Non-Technical branch through AFCAT.

For NDA fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.

In NDA facilities like spacious classrooms, hostel, mess, gym and indoor and outdoor clubs are available to every cadet.

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training.

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