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NDA Exam 2022: Latest News, Dates, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

September 8, 2022

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What is the NDA Exam?

The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC for admission of candidates in the defence forces of India including the Army, Air Force, and Navy. It is a national-level defence examination that is conducted two times a year by UPSC. The first part of the exam is NDA 1 where the candidates have to qualify for a written test. The second part of the exam is NDA 2 where candidates have to qualify for a personality test and interview conducted by SSB (Service Selection Board).

  • The UPSC NDA exam is held twice a year and consists of two selection processes: a written exam and an SSB interview.
  • Candidates who pass both rounds and make the merit list are assigned to the National Defence Academy for training.
  • Candidates are not considered commissioned officers until they have completed the three-year training program.

Read more about other government exams in India.

UPSC NDA Notifications 2022

  • The notification for National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam 2 2022 has been published on upsc.gov.in by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 18th May 2022.
  • Unmarried male and female candidates can now apply for the UPSC NDA 2 Exam 2022 via upsconline.nic.in. The commission has 400 seats available for admission to the NDA’s Army, Navy, and Air Force wings for the 150th Course, as well as the 112th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC), which begins on 02nd July 2023.
  • The notification was released in PDF format and includes information such as the number of vacancies, exam dates, exam pattern, syllabus, course name, salary, exam centers, eligibility criteria, medical standards, the application process, and so on.
  • Any changes to the NDA exam structure, eligibility, or syllabus are also conveyed to candidates through an official UPSC notification. 

Read more about the official notification for UPSC NDA exam

Supreme Court Update for NDA Exam 2022

The Supreme Court of India passed an interim order to allow women to join the NDA (National Defence Academy & Naval Academy). Women can now sit for the NDA 2 exam 2022 that will be held on the 4 September 2022. 

Vacancies for Men & Women for NDA Exam 2022

NDATotal Vacancies Female
Army20810
Navy423
Air ForceFlying – 92 2
 Ground Duties (Tech) – 182
 Ground Duties (Non-Tech) – 102
Naval30 (male candidates only)

UPSC NDA 1 Notification 2022

NDA 1 Notification 2022Dates
Release of Notification22 December 2021
Release of Application Form22 December 2021
End date to apply11 January 2022
Written Exam10 April 2022

UPSC NDA 2 Notification 2022

NDA 2 Notification 2022Dates
Release of Notification18 May 2022
Application Form18 May 2022
End date to apply07 June 2022
Written Exam04 Sept2022

UPSC NDA Exam 2022: Overview 

Exam NameNDA 2022
NDA Full FormNational Defence Academy
Conducting BodyUPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
Defence ForcesArmy, Air Force, and Navy
Frequency of ExamTwice a year
Minimum Qualification12th Pass
Selection ProcessNDA Written Test exam & SSB Interview
Number of applicants5-6 lakhs
Exam Centers41 Cities across India

Important NDA 1 & 2 Exam Dates (2022)

EventsNDA 1 2022NDA 2 2022
Official Notification22 December 202118 May 2022
Starting of NDA Application form22December 202118 May 2022
End Date to Apply for NDA Exam11 January 2022 07 June 2022
Starting of NDA Application Withdrawal18 January 202214 June 2022
End Date of NDA Application Withdrawal24 January 202220th June 2022
NDA Admit card15 March 2022August 2022
NDA Written Test10 April 202204 September 2022
Declaration of NDA Written Result10 May 2022October 2022
SSB InterviewJuly to Sept 2022Yet to Be Known

Read more about NDA Exam Important Dates

NDA Exam Eligibility Criteria 2022

Before applying for the NDA Exam, interested candidates should examine the qualifying requirements. The eligibility conditions are an important aspect of the NDA exam; otherwise, the candidate’s application will be rejected. The NDA Eligibility Criteria are described in-depth below.

NDA Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

To be eligible for the NDA exam, candidates must be one of the following:

  • Indian National
  • A Nepalese or Bhutanese subject
  • A Tibetan refugee who arrived in India before 01January 1962, intending to remain permanently.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia, or Vietnam, with the intention of settling permanently in India.
  • Foreign nationals (except Gorkhas) will be required to produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Relaxation of the NDA’s age limit

  • Candidates born between 02 July 2003 and 01 July 2006, are eligible to take the NDA 1 2022 exam.
  • Candidates born between 02 January 2004, and 01 January 2007, are eligible to take the NDA 2 2022 exam.
  • The age of the applicant should be between 16.5 and 19.5 years.
  • The date of birth must be written exactly as it appears on the matriculation certificate, secondary school leaving certificate, or any other equivalent certification recognized by the Indian University. The commission will not accept any other document as verification of date of birth.

NDA Eligibility Criteria: Sex and Marital Status

  • Both male and female candidates must be single during the selection process and until the program is completed.
  • An applicant will not be chosen if they marry before completing training.
  • If a candidate marries while undergoing training, they will be fired and held accountable for the government’s entire training expense.

NDA Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualifications

  • Candidates for the Army branch of the National Defence Academy must have completed their 12th grade under the 10+2 educational model from any state board or comparable test.
  • Candidates for the National Defence Academy’s Air Force and Naval Wings must have a 12th-grade pass in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics or be enrolled in one of 10+2 patterns of school education from any state board or equivalent.

Eligibility Criteria NDA Women: Height & Weight for NDA 

Age (yrs)Minimum weight for all agesAge: 17 to
20 yrs
Age: 20 +01
dav-30 yrs
Age :30 + 01
Day- 40 yrs
Age: Above 40 yrs
Height (cm)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)
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Eligibility Criteria NDA Men: Height & Weight for NDA 

Age (yrs)Minimum weight for all agesAge: 17 to
20 vrs
Age: 20 +01
dav-30 vrs
Age :30 + 01
Day- 40 yrs
Age: Above 40 yrs
Height (cm)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)Weight (Kg)
14035.343.145.147.049.0
14135.843.745.747.749.7
14236.344.446.448.450.4
14336.845.047.049.l51.l
14437.345.647.749.851.8
14537.846.348.450.552.6
14638.446.949.051.253.3
14738.947.549.751.954.0
14839.448.250.452.654.8
14940.048.851.153.355.5
15040.549.551.854.056.3
15141.050.252.454.757.0
15241.650.853.155.457.8
15342.l51.553.856.258.5
15442.752.254.556.959.3
15543.252.955.357.760.l
15643.853.556.058.460.8
15744.454.256.759.261.6
15844.954.957.459.962.4
15945.555.658.160.763.2
16046.l56.358.961.464.0
16146.757.059.662.264.8
16247.257.760.463.065.6
16347.858.561.163.866.4

Height Relaxation for Men in NDA 

CategoryMin Height for Male
Tribals from Ladakh155 cm
Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and Minicoy Islands155 cm
Gorkhas, Nepali, Assamese, Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Uttarakhand152 cm
Bhutan, Sikkim & North East Region152 cm

Height Relaxation for Women in NDA 

CategoryMin Height for Female
Tribals from Ladakh150 cm
Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and Minicoy Islands150 cm
Gorkhas, Nepali, Assamese, Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Uttarakhand147 cm
Bhutan, Sikkim & North East Region147 cm

NDA Exam Vacancies 2022

The total number of vacancies to be filled through the NDA 2 exam has been released in conjunction with the official notification of the UPSC NDA 2022 exam on 18 May 2022. According to the NDA 2 2022 Notification, a total of 400 vacancies will be filled for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA), with 370 going to the NDA and the remaining 30 going to the NA. The number of openings for female candidates has remained at 19. The table below shows the split of the vacancies announced for the year 2022:

CourseNumber of Vacancies
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Army)208 (including 10 for female candidates)
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Navy)42 (including 03 for female candidates)
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Air Force)120
107th Indian Naval Academy Course30(for male candidates only)
Total400

The competition is very high with 4, 00,000 students applying once a year, vacancies being about 400-450. Though on a mean 5000-6000 qualified written exam, eventually only as several as are needed per the vacancies get elite. The unpunctual preparation for Tier-1, take look at it. To qualify, you need to begin by making ready physically and intellectually for Tier-2 conjointly.

NDA Exam Application Fee 2022 

Given below is the NDA application fee structure for online applications. The candidate needs to pay the fee online.

CategoryAmount
General Category / OBC CandidatesRs.100
SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officer) /NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers) /ORs (Other Ranks of Army) and equivalent ranks in the Indian Navy/Indian Air ForceExempted
  • Applicants who choose the “Pay by Cash” option should print the system-generated Pay-in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the SBI Branch counter on the following working day only. The “Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 23:59 hours on 06 June 2022, one day before the closing date.
  • The fee is not refundable under any circumstances, and it cannot be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.
  • Candidates from Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and those listed in the table above are exempt from paying any fees. All such candidates must obtain a certificate of eligibility for fee exemption from the Principals concerned individually and present it for verification at the time of the SSB Test/Interview by the candidates who are declared qualified for the SSB Test/Interview.

NDA Exam Application Form 2022

Candidates must be aware of the detailed NDA Eligibility before filling out the NDA 2 Application Form, and only those who meet the required eligibility criteria can submit their NDA Online Form before 07th June 2022 (till 6 pm).

What is the process for completing the NDA Application Form 2022?

The following are the procedures for filling out the NDA Application Form 2022:

A. Part 1 of NDA Application Form

Step 1: Visit the UPSC official website.

Step 2: Select “ONLINE APPLICATION FOR VARIOUS UPSC EXAMINATIONS.”

Step 3: Fill out the registration form with all of your personal information, such as your name, father’s name, date of birth, phone number, and email address.

Step 4: Sort your branch preferences from one to four.

Step 5: Click Verify to validate your registration and make a note of the system-generated registration ID and Password.

B. Part 2 of NDA Application Form

Step 1: Log in to the UPSC NDA official website using your registration ID and password.

Step 2: Pay the UPSC NDA II Exam application fee, if applicable.

Step 3: Choose the city in which you want your exam center to be located.

Step 4: Save your photograph, signature, and photo identity proof in the appropriate file size and format.

Step 4: Accept the declaration and submit your UPSC NDA 2 Exam application form. Make a copy of the application form for future use.

Application Fees for NDA 2022

  • After completing the application form, the candidate must pay the application fees either online or offline.
  • The NDA Exam has an application fee of INR 100.
  • The application fees are waived for SC and ST candidates.
  • Application costs can be paid online or by depositing funds at any SBI Bank branch.

Documents Required for Filling out the NDA 2 Application Form

All candidates must ensure that they attach all of the following documents when filling out the NDA 2 application form 2022:

  • Class 10th Mark sheet
  • Class 10+2 Mark sheet
  • Photograph in passport size
  • Signature of the candidate
  • Certificate of Nationality
  • Address verification
  • Certificate of Caste
  • Phone number
  • Aadhar card
  • Email ID

NDA 2 2022 Application Withdrawal

The Commission will provide a withdrawal option to candidates who do not wish to take the Examination. Candidates must provide the details of the registered application with the registration id that was finally completed and submitted. There is no way to withdraw any incomplete applications.

If candidates wish to withdraw because they do not wish to take the exam, they must follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Visit the official website of the NDA at upsconline.nic.in.
  2. To withdraw the application form, click on the NDA application.
  3. An OTP will be sent to the applicant’s registered email and mobile phone numbers.
  4. After validating the OTP, the request for NDA 2022 withdrawal will be processed.

NDA Salary Scale 2022

During the coaching period of the National Defense Academy (NDA), the aspirants can get a certain amount of remuneration. The Joint training team welcomes cadets to the NDA (JTT). The advantages of NDA pay and allowances begin during the training period, when cadets are in IMA. Following the implementation of the 7th pay commission, there have been changes in the pay scale and other aspects of salary for Indian Army officers. Candidates chosen through the NDA exam will be paid a stipend of INR. 56100/- per month (at pay matrix level 10) for the first three years of training. Following successful training, the officer’s pay in the pay matrix will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10. For more knowledge, bear the subsequent table:

NDA RankRank Pay (in Rupees)
Lieutenant56,100/-to 1,77, 500/-
Captain61,300/-to 1,93,900/-
Major69,400/- to 2,07,200/-
Lieutenant Colonel1,21,200/- to 2,12,400/-
Colonel1,30,600/- to 2,15,900/-
Brigadier1,39,600/- to 2,17,600/-
Major General1,44,200/- to 2,18,200/-
Lt. General HAG Scale1, 82, 200/- to 2,24,100/-
HAG+ Scale2,05,400/- to 2,24,400/-
VCOAS/ Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG)2,25,000/- (fixed)
COAS2,50,000/- (fixed)

Along with NDA Salary, the aspirants can get the below-mentioned allowances: Uniform Allowance, consistent with the designation, extremely active field area allowance, Compensatory Modified Field area allowances, Dearness allowances, Transport allowances, Compensatory field area, etc.

Allowances for Flying

Army Aviators (Pilots) in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to a monthly flying allowance of Rs.25, 000/-.

Education Allowance for Children (CEA)

For the two oldest children still alive, a monthly allowance of Rs.2250/- is provided. From Nursery to Class 12, children are eligible for the Children’s Education Allowance.

Subsidy for Hostels

The two oldest children alive receive a monthly allowance of Rs.6750/- each. From Nursery to Class 12, the allowance is available.

NDA Exam Pattern 2022

The NDA Exam is conducted within the typical pen and paper kind and has multiple-choice queries. The NDA written examination consists of two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Boys and girls who want to apply for NDA 2022 should start preparing for the written exam by reading the detailed NDA Syllabus 2022 that has been discussed in this article. According to the UPSC Calendar 2022, the NDA 1 Exam will be held offline on April 10, 2022, and the NDA 2 Exam will be held on September 4, 2022.   

The majority of the questions will be of the 10+2 level. To assess their preparations, candidates can solve model questions and refer to answer keys.

The following table exactly offers all the required info on the NDA exam pattern: 

NDA 2 2022MathematicsGeneral Ability Test
Exam Duration2 hours and 30 minutes2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections12 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions120150
Total marks300600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
MediumEnglish & HindiEnglish and Hindi
Type of questionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

NDA 2022 Syllabus for Mathematics

Paper 1 of NDA has solely supported Mathematics. No modification is determined in NDA Syllabus 2022 from the previous year. The sub-sections during this half are basic-level mathematics.

Here are all necessary topics in the NDA syllabus 2022 for Paper 1, i.e. Mathematics: 

TopicsTopic includes
AlgebraConcept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams, Binary system of numbers, Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers—basic properties, modulus, and argument, cube roots of unity, Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions, Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs, Permutation and Combination, Binomial theorem, Logarithms and their applications, Cartesian product, Logarithms.
TrigonometryAngles and their measures in degrees and in radians, Trigonometrical ratios, Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae, Multiple and Sub-multiple angles, Inverse trigonometric functions, Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.
Differential CalculusConcept of a real valued function–domain, range and graph of a function, Composite functions, Notion of limit, Standard limits. Continuity of functions, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative, Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function. Second order derivatives, Increasing and decreasing functions, Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima.
Vector AlgebraVectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors, Vector product or cross product of two vectors, Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.
Matrices and DeterminantsTypes of matrices, operations on matrices, Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants, Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.
Analytical Geometry of Two and Three DimensionsRectangular Cartesian Coordinate system, Distance formula, Equation of a line in various forms, Angle between two lines, Distance of a point from a line, Equation of a circle in standard, Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic, Point in a three dimensional space, distance between two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios, Equation two points, Direction Cosines and direction ratios, Equation of a plane and a line in various forms, Angle between two lines and angle between two planes, Equation of a sphere.
Integral Calculus and Differential EquationsIntegration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions, Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plan eregions bounded by curves. Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation, General and particular solution of a differential equations, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types, Application in problems of growth and decay.
Statistics and ProbabilityStatistics: Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution, Graphical representation—Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon, Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median and mode, Variance and standard deviation—determination and comparison, Correlation and regression.
Probability: Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical, Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems, Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems, Random variable as function on a sample space, Binomial distribution.

NDA 2022 Syllabus for General Ability Test

Paper 2 in NDA – the overall Ability to take a look at judges a candidate’s basic awareness, and English proficiency. This section is divided into two parts, English and General knowledge.

Part A: English Syllabus

English question paper within the NDA exam is framed in such the simplest way that the aspirant understands, the in-depth data of English may be examined. In the following, the NDA 2022 English syllabus has been highlighted in a much-elaborated manner:

  •         Grammar and usage
  •         Comprehension and cohesion
  •         Spotting of errors
  •         Para Jumbling
  •         Fill in the blanks
  •         Synonyms and antonyms
  •         Vocabulary
  •         Cloze test
  •         Sentence correction and improvement
  •         Idioms and proverbs
  •         Completion of Sentence and Para

Part B: General knowledge

 The question paper on General knowledge will cover current affairs, questions from Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography, and Current Events. NDA Syllabus 2022 of every topic is given below. The paper aims to check knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

NDA Exam Syllabus: Physics 

The table below includes the vital topics asked within the Physics section of the General Ability Test: 

States of Matter and its properties, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer.Light and Sound (Properties), Simple musical instruments. Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye.
Motion and Laws of Motion, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation.Magnet and its properties, Natural and Artificial Magnets, Earth as a Magnet
Work Energy and Power, elementary ideas of workCurrent and Electricity, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement ofElectrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.
Modes of Transfer of Heat and its effect, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat.General Principles of Working of Simple Pendulum, Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass, Lightning Conductors, Safety Fuses

NDA Exam Syllabus: Chemistry

The basic information of Chemistry and varied chemicals are tested within the chemistry section. The topics to be thought about for preparation are given below: 

Physical and Chemical ChangesPreparation and Properties of Oxygen, Hydrogen, etc. with Oxidation and Reduction
Air and water (Properties)Carbon and its forms
Formulae and simple Chemical EquationsAtomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency
Laws of Chemical CombinationAtom and its structure (details)
Elements, Compounds, and MixturesFertilizers- Natural and Artificial
Acids, Bases, and SaltsUse of materials for the preparation of different chemicals like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun-23 Powder

NDA Exam Syllabus: General Science

The topics for general science are tabulated below. The candidates should prepare in step with the NDA info 2022 to get an honest score within the NDA exam: 

Basic Unit of Life: CellGrowth and Reproduction in Plants and animals
Proto plasms and TissuesConstituents of food
Living and Non-Living ThingsHuman Body and Life processes
Epidemics: causes and preventionsFood and Balanced Diet
Solar System- Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.Achievement of Eminent Scientists

NDA Exam Syllabus: History 

The necessary topics coated within the history section of the final ability to take a look at in NDA are given within the table below:

Indian History: Culture and CivilizationConstitution and Administration of India
Nationalism in IndiaPanchsheel, Democracy, Socialism, and Communism
Five Year Plans of IndiaRenaissance, Exploration and Discovery
French, Russian, and Industrial RevolutionUnited Nations and the Concept of one world
Democracy of IndiaThe teaching of Mahatma Gandhi
Freedom Movement in IndiaPanchayati Raj, Co-operatives and community development.
Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare StateImpact of Science and Technology on Society.

NDA Exam Syllabus: Geography 

Candidates should prepare the subsequent topics thoroughly for the Geographic section in NDA 2022:

Earth and its Origin and Movement (Latitudes and Longitudes)Tides and Oceanic Currents
Rocks and their classificationThe atmosphere and Atmospheric Pressure
Types of ClimateRegional Geography of India
Agricultural and IndustriesTransportation and Trading routes of India
Imports and Exports of IndiaConcept of time, International Date Line. 
Movements of Earth and their effects, Origin of EarthPlanetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation;
Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and VolcanoesMineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activitie

NDA Exam Syllabus: Current Affairs 

Candidates should understand the recent newspapers and magazines with information about this event in the country. The topics to be ready to qualify during that section with smart marks tabulated here:

Important and Recent Events in IndiaCurrent and Important World Events
Important India or Non-India Personalities related to Cultural Activities and Sports

NDA Exam Syllabus: Intelligence and Personality test

The SSB method contains two stages: I and II. Solely the qualified aspirants from stage I will get permission to require the stage II method. Scan the subsequent content to know the elaborate info of 2 stages:

NDA Exam SSB Personality Test

Stage 1Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT) Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)
Stage 2Interview (IO) Psychology Tests (Psych) Group Testing Officer Tasks (GTO) Conference

Three different assessors evaluate a candidate’s personality: the Interviewing Officer (IO), the Group Testing Officer (GTO), and the Psychologist. There is no individual weightage for each test. Assessors assign marks only after considering the candidate’s overall performance across all tests. Furthermore, marks for Conference are assigned based on the Candidate’s initial performance in the three techniques and the Board’s decision. All of these are equally weighted

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NDA Exam Admit Card 2022

The National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) examinations are held twice a year, in April and September, by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates must take a written examination followed by an SSB interview. In order to appear for the NDA written test, candidates should possess a valid admit card. Without a UPSC NDA admit card, candidates will not be allowed to sit in the examination hall. The conducting body has the NDA Admit Card on the official website three weeks prior to the exam. Candidates can access their UPSC NDA 2 Admit Card 2022 by entering their Registration ID or Roll Number, which was generated during registration. The following details are mentioned on the admit card:

Student’s NameRoll NumberExam Centre
NDA Exam DateTimingPhoto & Signature

If candidates face any problems in downloading the e-admit card for the National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (I) and (II), 2022, please contact them at usnda-upsc@nic.in.

How to Download NDA Exam Admit Card 2022?

To download, follow the steps given below:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC.
  • Click on the ”Admit Card” section or direct link in ”What’s New.” 
  • Enter the registration/ roll number with the password and captcha code.
  • Click on submit. The admit card can be seen on the screen.
  • Download the admit card and take a printout of the same for future reference.

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NDA Exam Result 2022

  • Within a month and a half, the NDA Results are announced (tentative). Candidates are urged to keep monitoring the official website for updates on the result announcement.
  • Within 20 days following the announcement of the results, the selected candidates must visit the respective websites to indicate their willingness to proceed to the next round of selection, the SSB interview.
  • Within a 40-day period, the SSB results, including the medical result and final merit list, are announced.

How to Check NDA 2022 Results?

The procedure for checking the NDA Results 2022 is outlined below:

  • Go to the UPSC’s official website.
  • Search for the NDA exam result 2022 in the homepage search box and click on it.
  • Enter your roll number and the captcha image code on the next screen, then click submit.
  • The result will then appear, and you can print it or save a soft copy.

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NDA Exam Cut-Off: Previous Years

The table below shows the NDA cut-offs for previous years. It may give you a good idea of how the trend has been over the last four years.

YearWritten Test Qualifying Marks (Out of 900 marks)Final Exam Marks
NDA 2021343709
NDA (I) 2020355723
NDA (II) 2019346709
NDA (I) 2019342704
NDA (II) 2018 NDA (I) 2018325 338688 705

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Frequently Asked Questions About NDA (FAQs)

Q.1 How to clear the NDA exam in the first attempt?

Ans. A smart study plan is required to pass the exam on the first try. A smart study plan entails effectively managing your time and the NDA 2022 syllabus. Your preparation schedule must be well-organized in order for you to receive high marks. Begin preparing the topics from the ground up. Only you can answer high-level questions if your fundamentals are clear. You can improve your general knowledge by reading newspapers, magazines, journals, and books by well-known authors on current events, among other things. All these tips can help candidates to crack the exam easily.

Q.2 What does NDA stands for?

Ans. NDA is an abbreviation for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds the NDA exam twice a year for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy courses. The Supreme Court of India allowed women candidates to join the NDA in 2021. Other exams held by the commission for candidates who have completed Class 12 or graduation include UPSC CSE or IAS, CDS, CAPF, UPSC ESE, UPSC CMS, and others.

Q.3 Which stream is best for NDA exam after 10th?

Ans. According to the most recent NDA Examination eligibility criteria, students must have a minimum education qualification of 10+2 (Army), and 10+2 (Navy) (Physics and Maths for Air Force & Navy). So, if you want to join the army, any subject will suffice. However, in order to join the IAF or Navy, you must have completed PCM in grades 11 and 12.

Q.4 How to prepare for the NDA exam after 12th?

Ans. One must be very committed to their goal of joining the services; the candidate should begin preparing for it as soon as they finish class 12. Self-study is the best option for NDA exam preparation. Understand the syllabus and subjects first, when you begin preparing for the exam. This will help you understand the level of difficulty you may face when studying the subjects, plan wisely, and establish a consistent pattern for studying each subject. One should practice time management to improve their speed and ability to respond calmly. This will also help you avoid wasting time. You can learn about the nature of the question paper and the types of questions by solving previous years’ question papers.

Q.5 What is the NDA exam meant for?

Ans. UPSC administers the NDA exam for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA. This exam serves as a gateway for candidates interested in joining the Army, Navy, or Air Force. This is a national-level exam that is given twice a year. This examination will be a two-step process in which candidates must first pass the exam and then qualify for the Service Selection Board’s personality test or interview (SSB). The UPSC is solely responsible for issuing selection guidelines and overseeing the final administration of the entrance examination.

Q.6 What is the height for NDA Exam?

Ans. The prescribed NDA height is 157 cms (For Air Force it is 162.5 cms). Certain exceptions apply to candidates based on their geographical origin. Girls’ NDA height is 157 cm. The minimum height for Gorkhas and candidates from the hills of North-Eastern India, Garhwal, and Kumaon will be 5 cms less than the figure shown in the table. The minimum height requirement for candidates from Lakshadweep is reduced by 2 cm.

NDA Height (in cms) for Army and Air forceNDA Weight (in kgs)
 16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years
15242.54445
15543.545.347
157454748
160464849
162485051
165505253
167515354
17052.55556
17354.55758
175565960
178586162
180606364.5
18362.56566.5

Q.7 How is the NDA exam physical test?

Ans. Candidates must appear for the SSB interview after passing the NDA written exam. During the interview, all physical standards of the candidates are determined. The overall physical standards for Army Officers are determined by three factors:

  1. Height and Weight Requirements
  2. Visual Guidelines
  3. Other Physical Standards like Body Mass Index, Waist Hip ratio, Waist Circumference, biochemical metabolic parameters, etc.

All 3 forces that are Army, Air force, and Navy have different ranges and parameters in the physical test. It is mandatory to pass this test to get selected for the NDA. The following are the minor issues that frequently cause candidates to be deemed unsuitable for NDA recruitment. Ear Wax, Piles, Deviated Nasal Septum, Overweight/ Underweight, Hydrocele/ Phimosis, Undersized Chest, Varicocele, Tonsillitis, or Gynaecomastia are examples.

Q.8 Is swimming compulsory for NDA Exam?

Ans. Yes, Swimming is mandatory, and all trainees must pass the basic swimming test before the end of the second semester or risk being relegated. The basic swimming test consists of swimming 50 meters (any stroke) followed by three minutes of floating in a full-sleeved shirt and trousers. During the training, trainees must also pass advanced swimming tests, the details of which will be communicated to them upon arrival. The Academy will ensure the 10 m jump and increased distance of swimming proficiency to 1500 meters for the INAC course.

Q.9 What is the total score of NDA Exam?

Ans. The NDA 2022 exam will be divided into two parts: a written exam and a personality test (SSB interview). The written examination will include two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The Mathematics paper is worth 300 points. The GAT paper is worth 600 points. As a result, the total score for the NDA written exam will be 900. The questions in Mathematics will be drawn from topics covered in the 10+2 level. The GAT paper will include English, General Knowledge, and General Science questions.

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