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NDA is the most sought-after exam by the 12th pass/appearing candidates to join the defence forces of the country. NDA 2023 exam is held two times in a year termed as NDA 1 and NDA 2. NDA 2 notification will be released on 17395 vacancies. Know about NDA exam date, application form, eligibility, pattern, syllabus and more.

NDA 2023 Exam

NDA 2023: Candidates can apply for NDA 2 2023 exam from 17th May to 6th June 2023. The exam date for NDA exam is 3rd September. NDA exam is held twice a year for admission into the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). Unmarried male and female candidates are eligible to apply for it. Know about NDA exam date, notification release date, eligibility criteria, and other important details on this page. 

NDA Exam Latest Updates:

  • 17 May 2023: NDA 2 notification 2023 has been officially released by the UPSC. 
  • 16 May 2023: NDA 2 notification 2023 will be released tomorrow. 
  • 3 May 2023: NDA 1 result 2023 has been officially released by the UPSC. 

NDA 2023 Highlights

NDA exam is held twice a year, termed as NDA 1 and NDA 2. NDA 1 exam has been successfully completed while NDA 2 is yet to be held on 3 September. Here are the major highlights of the NDA exam in the table below. 

NDA 2023 Exam Particulars


Exam name

National Defence Academy Exam (NDA)

Conducting institute

Union Public Service Commission

Exam level


NDA syllabus

Maths and General Ability Test (GAT)

NDA pattern

Written exam conducted in pen and paper mode

Exam frequency

Twice a year

Exam fees

INR 100 (SC/ST/Women candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from fee payment)


Passed Class 12 or are appearing in the same

Exam purpose

Admission of candidates for Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy courses

Exam website


What is NDA Exam - Full Form and Details

The full form of NDA is National Defence Academy. The NDA exam is a national level exam that is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission two times a year. More than 2.5 lakh unmarried male and female candidates fill NDA for each year. 

The selection process for NDA exam is composed of a written exam followed by SSB and interview. Candidates who qualify each stage of the examination process are eligible to undergo the NDA course. After the successful completion of the NDA course, the candidates are appointed as officers in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. 

NDA 2023 Exam Date

NDA exam date is declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The exam date is released for both NDA 1 and NDA 2 2023 exam. We have mentioned te NDA 2023 exam date in the following table below. 

NDA 2 2023 Exam Date 

NDA 2 2023 Exam Date

NDA 2 2023 Exam Events


NDA 2 2023 Notification releases on

17th May 2023

NDA 2 2023 Apply Online Link Activates on

17th May 2023

Last Date to Apply for NDA 2 2023 exam

06th June 2023

NDA 2 2023 Exam Date

03 September 2023

Result release date

To be Notified

NDA 2023 Notification 

NDA 2 2023 notification will be released by the UPSC on 17th May 2023. The notification shall consist of the important information related to the exam that includes, exam date, eligibility, steps to fill the form, vacancy, exam pattern, syllabus and more. In the meantime, you can go through the previous year NDA notification PDF. 

Download NDA 2 Notification PDF (Released on 17 May)

NDA Vacancy 2023

NDA Vacancy 2023 is 395 for NDA 2 exam. Check the branch wise NDA vacancy 2 in the table below. 

NDA 2 Vacancy 2023 
National Defence Academy  Army 208 (including 10 for female candidates)
Navy 42 (including 03 for female candidates) 
Air Force (i) Flying – 92 (including 02 for female candidates) 
(ii) Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (including 02 for female candidates) 
(iii) Ground Duties (Non Tech) – 10 (including 02 for female candidates) 
Naval Academy 
(10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)
  25 (for male candidates only)
Total 395

NDA 2023 Online Form

The NDA 2023 online form can be filled from the UPSC website. The NDA 2 application form link has been activated on 17th May. Candidates can fill out the form by entering their details, uploading the required documents and paying the application fee. The steps to apply for NDA exam is as follows: 

NDA 2 2023 Apply Online Process

  • Visit the official website of UPSC ad click on the NDA 2 2023 online form link. 
  • Complete the One Time Registration (OTR) Process if not registered earlier.
  • Those who have already registered for it can proceed to fill out the application form. 
  • The NDA 2 application form has to be completed in two parts, Part 1 and Part 2. 
  • In Part 1 process, they have to full the basic details while in Part 2, the scanned copy of photograph, signature, fee payment, etc has to be done. 
  • Candidates will also have the option to withdraw their NDA 2 application form during the date that shall be notified by the UPSC. 

NDA Application Fee

The NDA application fee can be paid through SBI challan or through online mode. The application fee for NDA exam is Rs. 100/-. SC/ ST/ NCOs/ Sons of JCOs/ ORS category are exempted from paying the application fee. 

Here is the table depicting the category-wise exam fee for NDA exam.

Category of candidates



Rs. 100/-

SC/ST/Sons of JCOs, NCOs, ORs


NDA Eligibility Criteria

The UPSC defines the NDA eligibility criteria. Candidates who wish to fill the NDA online from should ensure that they fulfil the following given criteria. 

NDA Age Limit

The age limit plays a crucial role to determine the candidates’s eligibility for NDA exam. The age limit of the candidates for NDA exam must be as follows:

NDA age parameters

NDA Age Limit

Minimum Age

16.5 years during the commencement of course

Maximum Age

19.5 years during the commencement of course

Educational Qualification for NDA

The educational qualification fo NDA exam remains the same for NDA 1 and NDA 2 exam. Here is the educational qualification for NDA exam:

  • Candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12th exam can apply for the Army Wing.
  • Candidates who wish to join the Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of NDA should have passed or are appearing class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Math.

NDA Nationality

Any candidate who is an Indian citizen or subject of Nepal/ subject of Bhutan/ refugee of Tibetan who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention to settle permanently in India is eligible to fill the NDA form. Other than this, the following candidates are also eligible to apply for NDA exam:

  • Candidates who have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and east African countries of Zambia, Tanzania, Zaire, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda or Vietnam with an intention of settling in India.
  • Foreign nationals (except Gorkhas) will be required to produce a certificate of eligibility which is issued by Govt. of India

Gender and Marital Status for NDA Exam

The gender and marital status to fill the NDA online form is as follows:

  • Male and Female candidates, both are eligible to apply for NDA exam 2023 
  • The candidate must be unmarried. They must not have married until their training period gets over. 

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NDA Exam Pattern 2023 for Written Exam

NDA exam pattern 2023 for the written test is composed of two papers-Maths and General Aptitude Test (GAT). Both the papers will be held on the same day with a break in between. Each paper of NDA written exam is objective in nature. GAT is for 600 marks where one has to attempt 150 questions. The exam duration for each paper of NDA exam is 2.5 Hours. The NDA exam pattern is tabulated below.

Know about NDA syllabus



Maximum marks


Paper 1



2.5 Hours

Paper 2



2.5 Hours



5 hours

NDA Exam Pattern 2023 for SSB Interview

The candidates who will qualify the NDA written exam shall be called to appear for the SSB Interview. There are two stages for the NDA SSB and Interview. The stage 1 of the NDA SSB consists of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). While Stage 2 consists of Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference. The total marks for the NDA SSB interview is 900 marks. 

NDA Cut off 2023

UPSC releases the NDA cut off marks after the declaration of final result. It is mandatory to score at least 25% in each subject of NDA written exam. We have provided the NDA previous year cut off in the following table below for your reference.

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