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NDA Exam Scheme & Pattern

Nov 2, 2015 17:51 IST

    National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA) Examination (commonly known as NDA Exam) has been organised by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice a year, usually in the months of April and September for which UPSC issues notifications in months of December/January and June respectively.

    Candidates declared successful in NDA & NA Exam followed by interview by SSB would get admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA for year wise courses and Indian Naval Academy year wise Course.

    Each year approximately 7 lac candidates appear to NDA & NA exam conducted two times in a year and termed as NDA & NA Examination (I) and NDA & NA Examination (II). Data wise, out of almost 3.5 lac candidates appearing for NDA exam each time, only 9000 are called for interview by SSB (Services Selection Board). The candidates willing to join Air Force, would additionally go for a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test.  Finally, 300-350 cadets are accepted to the academy each semester. About 66 cadets are accepted for the Air Force, 39 for the Navy and 195 for the Army.

    Jagranjosh is providing exam scheme and pattern of NDA & NA Examination for the candidates aspiring to join defence forces, e.g. Indian Army, Navy an Air Force, as below-

    Exam Scheme and Pattern of National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA) Exam

    The subjects of the written examination, time allowed and maximum marks are as follows-




    Max. Marks



    2.5 Hours


    General Ability Test


    2.5 Hours


    SSB Test / Interview


    •    The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only.

    •    The question papers of (test booklets) of Mathematics and Part ‘B’of General Ability test will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English.

    •    In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set.

    •    Candidates will be required to write the papers in their own hand. No scribe will be allowed.

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