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NDA Eligibility Criteria

nda online coachingWhen a student plans to join defence at the position of officers right after 12th, then some of the important questions arise in his mind. One of them is related to the nda eligibility criteria. So to know about the nda eligibility criteria terms & conditions becomes very important for him.

Here in this article we are discussing detailed nda eligibility criteria. To become successful in nda entrance exam, one has to clear nda written exam, ssb interview & medical fitness test. So find below the nda eligibility criteria in details as laid down in upsc notification & defence forces.

Citizenship – Candidate must be a citizen of India OR a subject of Bhutan, Nepal OR a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 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.

Age criteria – The age of the candidate must be between 16½ years & 19½ years. Kindly note that age limit is count on the date of joining not the date of releasing of the nda notification. So candidate is advised to add 12 months to his present age & then match the age to lower & upper age limits. Specific dates for upcoming nda exam are given below.

  • For NDA April 2024 - 2nd July 2005 to 1st July 2008
  • For NDA Sep 2024 – 2nd Jan 2006 to 1st Jan 2009
  • For NDA April 2025 – 2nd July 2006 to 1st July 2009
  • For NDA Sep 2025 – 2nd Jan 2007 to 1st Jan 2010

Educational qualification – The candidates must have passed 10+2 board education from any state board & central board recognised school or college.

  • Open schooling / distance schooling +2 students are also 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.
  • For Air Force & Navy wings the students must have science with Physics & Maths as mandatory subjects in +2.
  • To apply for Army wing any science, arts & commerce students are eligible.
  • Is there any certain percentage of marks required for nda?
    No, To appear in nda exam, you only need to pass 12th board exam with any % of marks. The nda merit list is prepared on the basis of performances of nda written exam only.
  • 12th Board Appearing Students - Candidates who are studying in 12th & going to appear in board exam are also eligible to appear in nda exam.

Marital Status & Gender – Only unmarried male & female candidates are eligible to appear in nda exam. Now girls are also eligible to appear in this nda exam.

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 and candidates will be barred from further selection.

Physical Standard

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination as per guidelines.

  • 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 duties.
  • There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight. The candidate should not be overweight or obese.
  • The minimum acceptable height for Army & Navy 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. (These concessions are not applicable for Air Force.)
  • 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.
  • 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.

Physical Conditioning: Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine :—

  • Running : 2 to 4 Km. in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Pushups & Sit-ups : Minimum 20 each
  • Chin ups : Minimum 08
  • Rope Climbing : 3 to 4 metres.

Visual Standard

Visual Standards for Army

  • Vision (corrected) better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/9
  • Myopia of not more than minus 2.5 D
  • Manifest hypermetropia of not more than plus 3.5 D including Astigmatism

Visual Standards for Navy

  • 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 perception I

Visual Standards for Indian Air Force

  • Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible 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 CPI Hypermetropia : +2.0 D Sph
  • Manifest Myopia : Nil

And now finally mark this point that a candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.