NDA Foundation

NDA Programme (Join the Best NDA Foundation coaching in India with schooling after class 10th)

NDA/NAVAL ACADEMY ENTRY: Boys who passed 12th science (PCM stream) can enter the national defence academy. At the National Defence Academy candidates are out through graduation (B.Sc./BA) whereas at the Naval academy candidates go through four years B Tech programme. The complete expenses towards lodging/boarding/education/medical are borne by the government. In addition, the candidates are paid 10000 per month. The aspiring candidates are required to go through an entrance test conducted by the UPSC, which are held twice a year and thereafter pass in the services selection board (SSB).

NDA/NA Exam Pattern

Paper -I

Subject Marks No. of Questions No. of Questions
Mathematics 300 Marks 120 Questions 150 Minutes


Paper- II

Subjects Marks

600 Marks

No. of Questions

150 Questions


150 Minutes

English: 50 Q

Physics: 19-25 Q

Chemistry: 13-15 Q

Biology: 10 Q

History: 20 Q

Geography: 10-15 Q

Polity: 3-5 Q

Economics: 2-4Q

Current Affair: 8-10 Q



SSB for NDA Selection:

The Indian Army has three selection centres across the country. These are Selection centre East at Allahabad, Selection Centre Central at Bhopal and Selection Centre at Bengaluru.

The navy has 3 SSBs, one each at Bhopal, Bengaluru and Coimbatore.

The Airforce has SSB,s one each at Dehradun, Mysore, Gandhinagar, Varanasi, and Kachrapara (WB).


Testing schedule:

Unlike other organization, the selection process in the Armed Forces is very elaborate and is done over five days. Three different assessors namely the Interviewing Officer, Group Testing Officer and the Psychologist test the candidate from three different perspectives and arrive at their respective decision .thereafter, on the last day in the board conference, they all sit together and discuss each case to arrive at a final decision.


National Defence Academy has approximately 370 Officers vacancy to include 208 for Army Officer, 42 for Naval and 120 for Air Force officer (including 28 for ground Duties). There is a special entry for 10+2 (30 ). Now we would share information regarding Examination Centre. There are different exam centres in different states. Which are as follows.

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


Candidates must not be married until they complete their full 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:

Any student who passes the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board is eligible For the Army Wing of National Defence Academy.

Students whop pass 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board is eligible For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy.

Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class appearing students can also apply for this examination.

For candidates with Army as the first choice can contact 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 the first choice can contact 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 the first choice can contact 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. 7645/7646/7610..

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There is a Two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test . All the candidates will be put to stage-one test on the 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. 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.

candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks separately in the Written examination and Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by the Services Selection Board at their discretion. Over and above candidates for the Air Force, SSB qualified candidates as per preference for flying branch of Air Force, should separately qualify the CPSS (COMPUTERISED PILOT SELECTION SYSTEM )(PILOT APTITUDE TEST).A CANDIDATE WHO FAILS IN THE CPSS CANNOT APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY EXAMINATION FOR THE FLYING BRANCH OF AIR FORCE WING OR GENERAL DUTIES (PILOT) BRANCH OR NAVAL AIR ARM.One thing is very clear that Success in the examination confers no right of admission to the Academy. A candidate must satisfy the appointing authority that he is suitable in all respects for admission to the Academy.


There are written exam and SSB exam information given below.








2½ Hours


General Ability Test 02

2½ Hours




SSB Test/Interview:


Intelligence and Personality Test

The SSB procedure consists of two-stage Selection process

Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT).

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 : The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The mks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.

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.

Medical Procedure

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.

  1. Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.

  1. Medical Standards and procedure for Army, Navy and Air Force (Flying Branch and Ground Duty Branch) are given in Annexure ‘A’. Annexure ‘B’ and Annexure ‘C’ respectively, which is also available at following websites:-

  1. For Officers Entry into Army : Medical Standards and Procedure of Medical Examination at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in

  2. For Officers Entry for Air Force (flying & Ground duty branches)

: Medical Standards and Procedure of Medical Examination at


  1. For Officers Entry for Navy : Medical Standards and Medical Examination at www.joinindiannavy.gov.in


    1. The Armed Forces Medical Services are responsible for ensuring selection of ‘Medically Fit’ individuals into the Armed Forces.

    1. All Armed Forces personnel regardless of occupational specialty, unit assignment, age or gender should have a basic level of general ‘Medical fitness’ when inducted into service. This basic level of fitness can then be used as a benchmark to train personnel for further physically demanding occupational specialties or unit assignments. This will enhance deployable combat readiness.

    2. Medical examinations are carried out meticulously by Armed Forces Medical Services Medical Officers. These Medical Officers are well oriented to specific working conditions of Armed Forces after undergoing basic military training. Medical examinations are finalized by the Board of Medical Officers. The decision of the Medical Board is final. In case of any doubt about any disease/disability/injury/genetic disorder etc noticed during enrolment/ commissioning, the benefit of doubt will be given to State.

  1. Height and Weight: Height requirement varies as per the stream of entry. Weight should be proportionate to height as per the chart given below:-

      1. Body Mass Index should be below 25.

      2. Waist Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females.

      3. Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females.

(iv) All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits.


A candidate will not be assessed physically fit unless the examination as a whole shows that he is physically and mentally capable of withstanding severe physical and mental strain for prolonged periods in any climate in any part of the world.

The medical standards spelt out pertain to initial entry medical standards. Continuation of medical fitness during training will be assessed during the periodic medical examinations held at NDA prior to commissioning. If, however, any disease or disability is detected during the training phase, which will have a bearing on the flight cadets subsequent physical fitness and medical category; such cases will be referred expeditiously to IAM (for aircrew)/ specialists of MH (for non-aircrew) under intimation to the office of DGMS (Air)-Med-7. At IAM.

After clearing all exam, 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 selected candidates for the three services viz, Army, Navy and Air Force have academic and physical training 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. All the cadets on passing out will be awarded degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi .

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.

On passing out from the National Defence Academy, Army Cadets will go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun, Naval Cadets to Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and Air Force cadets and Ground Duty-Non Tech streams to Air Force Academy, Hyderabad and Air Force cadets of Ground Duty–Tech stream to Air Force Technical College, Bengaluru.

Important thing which we should know that 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 them into 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.

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. Further they will be awarded by B Tech Degree by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Air Force Cadets receive 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.

Air Force Ground Duties Branch Cadets receive stream wise specialist training for a period of one year. At the end of one year of training they are given provisional commission in the rank of Flying Officer. Subsequently, they are absorbed as permanent commissioned officers on probation of one year.





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Group Captain



Colonel (Time Scale)

Captain (Time Scale)

Group Captain (Time Scale)




Air Commodore


Major General



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Air Marshal




Air Chief Marshal

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