NDA, Eligibility & Cut-off

NDA
The National Defence Academy is an iconic institution and hallmark of global excellence in the sphere of 
military education. Over the years it has emerged as a unique military academy, attracting the best of youth
from our nation and also from friendly foreign countries and transforming them into officers and gentlemen.
During the last six decades of its glorious existence, the National Defence Academy has grown both in 
grace and grandeur and from its portals have emerged 'Leaders of Men', who have demonstrated the 
essence of inter-services camaraderie and joint manship thereby vindicating the faith and vision of its 
founding fathers. Apart from leaders of men, the alumni have proved to be great mountaineers, cosmonauts, 
sportsmen, researchers, creative writers, artists, corporate honchos and more recently, Olympic champions.
Their achievements are all pervading and showcased in every echelon of our Armed Forces and also in the
civil society. The 'Cradle' has indeed rocked the nascent youth and groomed them into 'Leaders' who have 
lived up to its ethos: 'Seva Paramo Dharma' (Service Before Self).
The objective of training, in essence, is to impart academic and technological training of the highest quality 
in order to equip cadets with appropriate qualification as foundation for their service careers. Conduct 
focused training to enable cadets to achieve the requisite physical and endurance standards, with proficiency
 in troop games. To inculcate in cadets the qualities of leadership, a desire for self improvement and a drive
to excel in every sphere. Incorporate culture of joint manship in training and promote spirit of joint 
manship in thought, word and deed. Conduct high quality basic military training service and technological 
training to enable cadets to have a strong foundation in their service careers. Hone the skills of cadets to 
articulate their thoughts coherently, concisely and clearly, both in speech and writing. Emphasis on overall
personality development of a cadet by inculcating a sense of self-discipline, honour, integrity, duty, 
camaraderie and sense of pride.
The endeavour at the Academy has been to continuously upgrade the training methodologies and infrastructure 
with a view to provide training conforming to standards laid down by the COSC. With the 
synergetic approach, the Academy has been fulfilling this onerous task.

Outdoor Clubs

1. Archery 2. Skeet Shooting

3. Astronomy 4. Life saving skills

5. Automotive 6. Aeromodelling

7. Para Sailing 8. Kayaking & rowing

9. Paragliding 10. Trekking & rock climbing

11. Gardening 12. Water skiing & wind surfing

13. Material Arts 14. Environmental conservation & nature

15. Hiking 16. Golf

17. Sailing 18. Inline Skating

Indoor Clubs

1. Dancing 2. Western Music

3. Literature 4. 10m air wpn shooting

5. Arts 6. Media

7. Dramatics 8. Yoga

9. Design & craft 10. Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

11.Public speaking 12. Classical music

Eligibility Criteria

To join National Defence Academy a candidate must appear in the entrance exam conducted

by Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, twice a year. The Union Public Service

Commission is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct

of the entrance examination.

Age between                   -      16 ½ to 19 ½ years (As per UPSC notification)

Qualification                -      12th Class of 10+2 System of Education /

Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF & Navy

Marital Status                -      Unmarried

Pattern of the exam           -      Objective

Date of SSB                   -      Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr

Commencement of Training    -      Jan and Jul

Training Academy              -      NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune

Duration of Training          -      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)

Subjects  
Maximum Marks
Mathematics
- 300
General Ability Test
English 
200

General Knowledge
400
SSB / Interview
Total
900

NDA (cut-off Marks)

Year
NDA-1 (F.M.-900)
NDA-2 (F.M.-900)
2010
263
193
2011 290 253
2012 333 322
2013 337 313
2014 348
368



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