National Defence Academy

National Defence Academy

The National Defence Academy (NDA) admits students to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings through an entrance examination held twice a year, generally in the months of April and September. This examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Age and marital status:

A candidate must be an unmarried male not below 16½ years and above 19½ years on the first day of the month in which the course is commencing.

Educational Qualifications:

1) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:

Must have successfully completed Class XII in the 10 + 2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination conducted by a State education board or a university.

2) For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10 + 2 (Executive Branch) Course at the Naval Academy:

Must have passed Class 12 of the 10 + 2 pattern of school education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State education board or a university. Candidates currently in Class XII in the 10 + 2 pattern of school education, or equivalent examination, can also apply.

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


1) Plan of the Examination:

The examination comprises

(i) a written examination and

(ii) intelligence, obstacles and group tests of the candidates who qualify in the written examination.

NOTE: The papers in all subjects will consist only of objective-type questions. The question papers (test booklets) will be set in English.

2) Examination Subjects:

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows:

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Syllabus for Mathematics

  1. Trigonometry
  2. Matrices and Determinants
  3. Algebra
  4. Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
  5. Differential Calculus
  6. Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  7. Vector Algebra
  8. Statistics and Probability

3) Syllabus for General Studies



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.


General Knowledge

The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects : Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

The syllabus given below is designed to indicate the scope of these subjects included in this paper.

The topics mentioned are not to be regarded as exhaustive and questions on topics of similar nature not specifically mentioned in the syllabus may also be asked.

Candidate’s answers are expected to show their knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

Section A Physics
Section BChemistry
Section CGeneral Science
Section DHistory
Section EGeography
Section FCurrent Events