NDA Exam-2017 Exam Calendar:

NDA 2017- National Defence Academy is a premier joint training institution and center of excellence for grooming junior leaders for the Indian armed forces and armed forces of Friendly Foreign Countries. The training entails equipping the cadets with mental, moral and physical attributes required to cope with the challenges of the future battle field with the aim of leading troops to victory in conventional, non-conventional and asymmetrical conflicts.

NDA & NA is All India National Exam conducted by UPSC. This exam is an entry point for candidates into prestigious job in Army, Air Force, and Navy. The NDA & NA exam is conducted twice in a year. NDA (I) will be organized on the month of April, 2017 and NDA (II) will be organized on the month of September, 2017. Through this article, we are giving you the insights about NDA-2017 exam and related information like notifications, application form, important dates, eligibility, etc.

NDA-2017 syllabi encompass science, technology, arts and military subjects. The three-year course is split into six terms. A cadet is awarded a Bachelor's Degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The regimen consists of physical conditioning which includes drill, swimming, horse riding, full gamut of games and adventure activities. In three years at the Academy, he is transformed from a Cadet into a potential Officer and a gentleman. 

After Successfully Completion of NDA Exam:

On successful completion of the NDA’s three-year course, Army cadets proceed to Indian Military Academy at Dehradun, Naval cadets to Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala and Air Force cadets to the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad. After completion of one year of training at their respective academies, they are commissioned as Officers into respective services. 

To become the Army personnel is always every child’s dream during their childhood days. Because since our childhood days, we have been listening, watching and even been taught that Army soldiers are real heroes who always willingly put their life in danger to safeguard country’s border and its citizens. And therefore there are many who wants to give themselves for the services of the nation by joining any of the services from Army, Air force and Navy by choosing it as a career option. But, it’s a cumbersome task to crack any of their test and rigorous training. All the aspiring candidates have to appear for an exam. Candidates who appeared in the exam for National Defense Academy are selected on merit basis. 

NDA & NA Exam is an all India test is held every year under the supervision of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). The UPSC holds this exam twice a year, in the month of April and September. While applying, candidates should give his preference for the service that he/she desires to join. 

On the basis of NDA Written exam and SSB interview, final list of selected students are declared. All the successful candidates then undergo the rigorous training.

The objectives of training are:

To provide academic training of the highest quality in order to equip cadets with appropriate qualification as a foundation for their service careers.
To carry out focused training to enable cadets to achieve the requisite physical standards, with proficiency in troop games.
To inculcate in cadets qualities of leadership, a desire for self improvement and a drive to excel in every sphere.
Incorporate culture of jointmanship in training and to promote the spirit of jointmanship in thought, word and deed.
Conduct high quality service training to enable cadets to have a substantial edge over their counterparts during their service careers.
Hone the communication skills of Cadets to articulate their thoughts coherently, concisely and clearly both in speech and writing.
Emphasize on overall personality development of a Cadet by inculcating a sense of self-discipline, honour, integrity, and camaraderie and spirit de corps.
Strive towards enhancement of infrastructure and networking of the Academy in accordance with the infrastructure development of NDA.
Improve and upgrade the quality of life of all personnel in the campus and to foster an environment of spirited and happy team NDA. 
Continue the drive towards conserving and preserving the environment, flora and fauna to make NDA plastic free, green campus with zero carbon footprints.

NDA Exam- 2017: Pattern and Syllabus

The exam pattern of NDA & NA consists of two stages: Written and SSB Interview. The written test is objective question based. The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:–

1. Mathematics (Objective type) 300 Marks
2. General Ability Test (Objective type) 600 Marks
Total marks for written examination 900 Marks
Marks for SSB Interviews 900 Marks


Both the paper in written test are set bilingually i.e. in English and Hindi both. The use of calculator or Mathematical or logirithmic table for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets) are not allowed inside the examination hall.

After the written test , the Union Public Service Commission shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission in their discretion. Such candidates shall appear before a Services Selection Board for intelligence and Personality Test where candidates for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 Executive branch of Naval Academy will be assessed on officers potentiality and those for the Air Force in Pilot Aptitude Test and for officers potentiality.

It is followed by two stage test:  Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.  All the candidates will be put to stage one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force 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 who appear before the Services Selection Board and undergo the test there will do so at their own risk and will not be entitled to claim any compensation or other relief from Government in respect of any injury which they may sustain in the course of or as a result of any of the tests given to them at the Services Selection Board whether due to the negligence of any person or otherwise. Parents or guardians of the candidates will be required to sign a certificate to this effect.

To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy and Naval Academy should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in (i) Written examination and (ii) Officer potentiality test, as fixed by the Commission in their discretion, and candidates for the Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in (i) Written examination (ii) Officer potentiality test, and (iii) Pilot Aptitude Test as fixed by the Commission in their discretion.

Subject to these conditions the qualified candidates will then be placed in the final order of merit on the basis of total marks secured by them in the Written examination, and the Services Selection Board Tests in three separate lists-one for the Army and the Navy, the second one for the Air Force and the third for the Course at the Naval Academy. The names of candidates who qualify for all the Services of NDA and the Naval Academy will appear in all the three Merit Lists. The final selection for admission to the Army and Naval Wings of the National Defence Academy will be made in order of merit up to the number of vacancies available from the merit list for the Army and Naval Wings, for the Air Force Wing from the merit list for the Air Force; and for the Executive Branch of Naval Academy up to the number of vacancies available from the merit list for the Naval Academy, subject to medical fitness and suitability in all other respects. The candidates who are common to all the three merit lists will be considered for selection from all the three lists with reference to their order of preferences and in the event of their final selection from one list, names will be cancelled from the other lists.
Note: Every candidate for the Air Force is given Pilot Aptitude Test only once. The Grade secured by him at the first test will there-fore hold good for every subsequent interview he has with the Air Force Selection Board. A candidate who fails in the first Pilot Aptitude Test cannot apply for admission to the National Defence Academy Examination for the Air Force wing or General Duties (Pilot) Branch or Naval Air Arm.

Candidates who have been given the Pilot Aptitude Test for any previous N.D.A. course should submit their application for this examination for the Air Force Wing only if they have been notified as having qualified in the Pilot Aptitude Test.
The form and manner of communication of the result of the examination to individual candidates shall be decided by the Commission at their discretion and the Commission will not enter into correspondence with them regarding the result. 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.

The NDA Exam syllabus of the exam is strictly based on 12th std. paper.

Paper I- Mathematics Section includes:

•    Algebra 
•    Matrices and Determinants
•    Trigonometry
•    Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions
•    Differential Calculus
•    Integral Calculus and Differential equations
•    Vector Algebra
•    Statistics and Probability

Paper II- General Ability Test Includes:

Part ‘A’ - English (Maximum Marks 200). The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like : Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part ‘B’ – General Knowledge.

NDA-2017: Exam Eligibility Criteria

NDA Exam Educational Qualifications:-

(i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy- NDA :— 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
(ii)  For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy for the 10+2  Cadet Entry  Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:— 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.

Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 patternof School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July, 1997 and not later than 1st July, 2000 are eligible.

Nationality: A candidate must either be (i) a citizen of India, or (ii) a subject of Bhutan, or (iii) a subject of Nepal, or (iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or (v) 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. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India. Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

NDA- 2017: Tips & Strategy-

To achieve success in any exam including NDA/NA Exam require hard labour, consistency with tight discipline and some fundamental rules to follow. And much steel requires for preparing and cracking NDA exam. So dear students, here are some of the basic things which you must apply during your preparation days for better result.
Syllabus: The first thing you must do is to give a closer look to exam syllabus. Because your entire preparation is based on this. Syllabus of exam will help you to know the length and width of any topic or subject.

NDA Exam consistes of two papers:

Paper 1: Mathematics: Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability

Paper 2: General Ability Test:
Paper pattern: Once you are done with syllabus then try to understand the NDA exam pattern. The examination for NDA will consist of two papers, namely Mathematics (300 marks) and General Ability Test (600 marks). The candidates will be given a time of two and a half hours to finish the examination as the questions will be objective type questions. The exam pattern gives you the idea about which topic is important and which needs less devotion of time. So, that you can have your complete analysis of last year questions.

Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare with the NDA entrance examination:

The candidates must prepare schedule for their preparation and divide time for both papers accordingly
The candidates must refer to the NCERT books for their preparation
The Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry sections should be prepared from Class 12th books and Biology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Economics should be  prepared up to Class 10th level
The candidates must know the basic concepts of mathematics as questions are asked in both forms: to complete the statement or to solve
The candidates must keep a quick revision sheet for important mathematics points and formulae
The English questions under the General Ability test focus on reading comprehension, basic grammar and vocabulary. The candidates must revise the basic grammar rules from a reliable source
The English section for 200 marks is one of the most scoring sections in the NDA examination so it's important to prepare for it well
The candidates must not wait for the last day and must work on their vocabulary from now. The candidates must work on their reading skills and must try to learn new words everyday
Prepare for Part B of Paper II subject wise then revise topic wise also. The questions may not always be classified into the different sections so it's important you are ready for the questions.  
The candidates must understand the Physics topics and concepts and also their practical applications
For Chemistry, the candidates must know the basic concepts and classifications of elements, compounds and mixtures
The candidates must be aware of the current situations and prepare for Environment Science and General Science
The candidates must have a lot of knowledge of the India's struggle for freedom, Constitution of India and the political scenario of India
Current Affairs is one of the most important sections for the entrance. The candidates must be well aware of the events that took place, at least five years ago
The candidates must practice the sample papers in order to understand the pattern and the format of the question paper.
The candidates can study from the specified NDA preparation books to aid themselves in preparation


NDA 2016 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA I and NDA II exam for selection of the candidates in the India defence services, including Army, Naval Force and Air Force. NDA / NA 2016 exam is conducted twice in a year.
NDA 2016 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA I and NDA II exam for selection of the candidates in the India defence services, including Army, Naval Force and Air Force. NDA / NA 2016 exam is conducted twice in a year. NDA II 2016 was held on September 18, 2016 for the three wings (Army, Air force and Navy) of NDA for 138th Course and 100th India Naval Academy Course, commencing in July, 2017. Candidates can check below the complete information about NDA 2016, including selection process, application procedure, eligibility criteria, important dates, exam pattern, admit card, answer key, result, etc.

Exam Name: National Defense Academy


Commonly Known As: NDA

Exam Type: National

Exam Category: UG

Conducting Body: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)


NDA 2016 Selection Process – Eligible candidates have to appear in the written exam. The qualifying candidates of NDA 2016 are called for SSB Interview, which carries 900 marks and is conducted in two stages. Stage I contains of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP&DT). Stage II comprises Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and Conference at the SSB centres.


NDA 2016 Eligibility Criteria – The applicants for the defence courses must be citizen of India and are required to be appearing or have qualified 10+2 board exam. Apart from that, they must be unmarried and male. Candidates applying for NDA I 2016 must be born between July 2, 1997 and July 1, 2000 and those applying for NDA II 2016 must be born between January 2, 1998 and January 1, 2001. Candidates must check their eligibility for the recruitment exam before applying for the same.


NDA 2016 Application Form – The application form of NDA II 2016 has been invited from June 18 and the application process continued till July 15. Earlier, the NDA I 2016 application form was available in online mode from January 2 to January 29. The NDA Application Procedure was a two-step process, through which candidates had to fill in the online applications and remitted a payment against application fee of Rs. 100 only.  The mode of payment of fee could be Bank Challan or Online through Net Banking facility of State Bank of India or via SBI Debit/Credit Cards.

NDA 2016 Exam Pattern – NDA 2016 exam duration was 5 hours and it was conducted in around 41 cities across India. The exam comprises questions from Mathematics and General Ability, with as many as 900 marks. Negative Marking was applicable in this written exam and one-third mark allotted to the question was deducted for a wrong response marked by the candidate for the respective question. More than one responses made to any question was also treated as incorrect answer and negative marking system was applied to that question.


NDA 2016 Syllabus – The syllabus of NDA 2016 covers all the topics which the question paper revolves around. Candidates must know the list of the topics from which the questions will be asked in the written exam and they must do exam preparation accordingly.


NDA 2016 Sample Papers –The sample papers of NDA 2016 help the aspirants gain more accuracy and effective time management as they practice with them regularly. They get lots of confidence while solving the several previous year question papers before the exam day.


NDA 2016 Exam Centres – The aspirants have to appear in the written exam at the exam centres of NDA 2016 accross India. Candidates must make selection of nearest and convenient centre during fill up of the application form.


NDA 2016 Admit Card – UPSC isuue the admit card of NDA 2016 three weeks before the recruitment exam. Candidates could download their E-Admit Card of NDA 2016. UPSC did not send hard copy of admit card through post to any candidate by any means. Candidates appeared for the exam must take with them a valid NDA 2016 E-Admit card. If they fail to do so, they will not be allowed to appear in the exam.


NDA 2016 Answer Key – With the help of answer key of NDA 2016, aspirants come to know the correct answers to the questions asked in the NDA exam. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) generally releases NDA Answer Key 2016 around one month after the exam. However, Careers360 will publish the answer keys of NDA 2016 as provided by various coaching centres.


NDA 2016 Result – UPSC declares the result of NDA 2016 written exam generally two months after the exam. A list of candidates, securing minimum required marks for qualifying the competitive exam, is prepared and released as the result. The qualifying candidates of the competitive exam are invited to appear for the SSB Interview for Intelligence and Personality Test. The candidates, who apply for Air Force Academy, have to undergo PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) apart from SSB Interviews.


NDA 2016 Cutoff – UPSC declares the cutoff of NDA 2016 once the result of the defence services exam is announced. NDA Cutoff 2016 will be treated as the basis for eligibility of NDA 2016 SSB Interviews and only those aspirants who score at least the cutoff for NDA 2016 SSB are called for the interviews at the scheduled boards.

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क्या है  कट ऑफ :

२०१5 : NDA

लिखित में न्यूनतम अंक  : 306/900 (प्रत्येक विषय में न्यूनतम ३० प्रतिशत) 

अनुशंसित विद्यार्थी का न्यूनतम अंक : 674/1800

२०१४ : NDA 1 

लिखित में न्यूनतम अंक  : 360 /900 (३5  % प्रत्येक पेपर में )

अनुशंसित विद्यार्थी का न्यूनतम अंक : 722 /१८०० 


2013 :NDA/NA 1

लिखित में न्यूनतम अंक  : 333  /900(३० % प्रत्येक पेपर में ) 

अनुशंसित विद्यार्थी का न्यूनतम अंक :698  /1800 


2012  :NDA/NA 1


लिखित में न्यूनतम अंक  : 333  /900 

अनुशंसित विद्यार्थी का न्यूनतम अंक :695   /1800


2012  :NDA/NA 2 


लिखित में न्यूनतम अंक  : 335   /900 

अनुशंसित विद्यार्थी का न्यूनतम अंक :699   /1800

Important Dates for NDA-2017

NDA (I)-2017

Notification Releasing Date: 18th January, 2017
Application Form Releasing Date: 18th January, 2017
Last date of Submit the application Form: 10th February, 2017
Exam Date: 23rd April, 2017

NDA (II)-2017

Notification Releasing Date: 7th June, 2017
Application Form Releasing Date: 30th June, 2017
Last date of Submit the application Form: 30th June, 2017
Exam Date: 10th Sept, 2017

NDA 2016 Important Dates – Aspirants of the national defence academy exam have to appear for the same on the scheduled date. They can check all the important dates and events of NDA I and NDA II 2016 in the separate tables below:

NDA II 2016 Important Dates



Notification and Start of Online Applications

June 18, 2016

Last date of Online Applications

July 15, 2016

Issue of Admit Card

August 26

NDA II 2016 Exam

September 18, 2016


Two months after exam

NDA I 2016 Important Dates



Notification and Start of Online Applications

January 2, 2016

Last date of Online Applications

January 29, 2016

Issue of Admit Card

March 21, 2016

NDA I 2016 Exam

April 17, 2016


June 29, 2016

NDA Seat Matrix



Army Wings (NDA)


Navy Wings (NDA)


Air Force Wings (NDA)


NA (Naval Academy) or 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme




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