NDA Exam 2023 Notification: NDA Exam is conducted twice every year for selecting eligible candidates for the admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC) for the course commencing on 2nd January 2023. For the upcoming year, the NDA Exam will be conducted for the 151st Course and for the 113th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The selection of eligible males & females will be done through written Examination and SSB interviews. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will be releasing the NDA 1 Notification 2023 on 21st December 2022 as mentioned in UPSC Calendar 2022-23. The complete details including registration dates, eligibility criteria, application fee, and other information will be released along with the notification. 

NDA 1 Notification 2023

NDA 1 notification 2023 is announced to be released on www.upsc.gov.in on 21st December 2022 announcing vacancies for boys & girls to be recruited for FY 2023 for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The direct link for the official notification will be provided below, till then click on the link and download last year Notification 2022 PDF.

UPSC NDA 2 Notification 2022: Download PDF

NDA Exam 2023 Exam Summary

To have an overview of the UPSC NDA 1 Exam, the candidates must refer to the below summary table including all important details for the exam. Now eligible girls can also apply for National Defence Academy  & Naval Academy Examination. 

UPSC NDA 1 Exam 2023
Exam NameNational Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA-I)
OrganisationUnion Public Service Commission
Exam Level National 
Total vacanciesTo be notified
Application ModeOnline
Online Registration21st December 2022 to 10th January 2023
Frequency of exam Twice a year
Exam stages Written Test and SSB Interview 
Exam mode Offline 
Exam duration Five hours (Mathematics: 2½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT): 2½ hours) 
Exam pattern 
  1. GAT: 150 Objective type questions
  2. Mathematics: 120 Objective type questions
Eligibility Unmarried Boys & Girls 
Language of ExamEnglish and Hindi 
Official websitewww.upsc.gov.in

NDA Exam Date 2023

NDA Exam Date 2023 has already been released by the UPSC for NDA 1 2022 exam along with its annual UPSC exam calendar. The UPSC NDA-I 2023 Offline Written Examination will be conducted on 16th April 2023 (Sunday) & NDA-II will be conducted on 03rd September 2023 (Sunday) as mentioned in UPSC Calendar 2023. Check the important dates for NDA 2023 from the below table and mark them on your calendar so you do not miss out on the exam dates.

UPSC NDA Exam Date 2023
EventsNDA-1 DatesNDA-2 Dates
NDA Notification 21st December 202217th May 2023
NDA Application form 21st December 202217th May 2023
Last date to apply 10th January 202306th June 2023
Application WithdrawlTo be notifiedTo be notified
NDA Admit card 2022March 2023August 2023
NDA 2023 Exam Date  16th April 202303rd September 2023
NDA Answer Key [Unofficial]16th April 202303rd September 2023
NDA Result 2023May 2023September 2023
SSB Interview To be notifiedTo be notified

NDA 1 Vacancy 2023

The total number of vacancies to be recruited through the NDA 1 exam 2022 will be released along with the official notification of the UPSC NDA 2023 exam on 21st December 2022. Last year, a total of 400 vacancies were recruited through NDA 2 Exam 2022 for National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) out of which 370 belong to NDA and the remaining 30 for NA. Check the below table for detailed vacancy distribution for last year.

NDA 2 Vacancy 2022 [Last Year]
National Defence Academy Army208 (including 10 for female candidates)
 Navy42 (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)
 30 (for male candidates only)
Total 400

NDA Exam 2023 Online Form 

The online application form for NDA 1 Exam 2023 will be activated from 21st December 2022 and ends on 10th January 2023 on www.upsc.gov.in. All the eligible boys & girls candidates interested in NDA-I 2023 can fill the NDA form 2023 through online registration by clicking on the link given below. 

NDA I 2023 Online Application Form Link 

NDA 2023 Application Fee

The Application fee for a General Category candidate is Rs 100/-

The fee can be deposited in any Branch of SBI by cash or can be submitted by using the net banking facility of the State Bank of India or directly by using Visa/ MasterCard/ Rupay Credit/ Debit Card.

Candidates belonging to SC/ ST candidates/ Sons of JCOs/ NCOs/ ORs are exempted from payment of the fee.

NDA Previous Year Question Paper PDFs- Click to Download

UPSC NDA 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must hold the minimum qualification to be eligible for Defence Jobs. Below we have mentioned the details for Education Qualification, Age Limit, Nationality, and Physical Standards.

NDA Education Qualification

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: The candidate should be 12th pass/HSC or equivalent examination from a State Education Board or a University

For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: The candidate should have completed their 12th Class/HSC or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics from a State Education Board or a recognised University

NOTE: The candidates appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 School Education or equivalent examination are too eligible to appear in the UPSC NDA examination.

NDA Age Limit 

For UPSC NDA 1 Exam 2023, candidates must have been born not earlier than January 2, 2005, and not later than January 1, 2008. 

Nationality

The candidates must be unmarried male/female and should be:

a Citizen of India, or

a Subject of Bhutan, or

a Subject of Nepal, or

a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

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

NDA Physical Standards

The candidates must be physically fit as per the physical standards for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. They should be able to fulfill the following criteria:

(a) Running: 2.4 km in 15 minutes

(b) Skipping

(c) Pushups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each

(d) Chin-ups: Minimum 08

(e) Rope Climbing: 3.4 meters

NDA Height Requirements

For Ground Duty
Height RequirementMinimum heightMaximum height
Except states mentioned below157.5 cm--
Height for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to North Eastern regions of India and hilly regions of Uttarakhand152.5 cm---
Candidates from Lakshadweep155.5 cm---
For Flying Duty
Height RequirementMinimum heightMaximum height
Sitting Height81.5 cm96 cm
Leg Length99 cm120 cm
Thigh Length---64 cm

Click for Detailed NDA Eligibility 2023

UPSC NDA 2023 Selection Process

UPSC NDA 1 is the examination process that is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to provide the opportunity to the youth of the country who wish to join defence jobs. The selection for defence jobs through NDA 1 Exam 2023 will be conducted in two stages:

Written examination

Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)

A candidate who qualifies in a written examination will be called for a personality test which will be conducted to check the intelligence and personality. The candidates have to clear both stages to get their names on the merit list. The merit list/final result will be generated by UPSC with the cumulative score of the Written Exam and the SSB will be considered for final selection.

NDA 2023 Exam Pattern 

The candidates who are preparing for NDA I Exam 2023, must be familiar with the exam pattern that is followed by UPSC. We have discussed the details for NDA-1 Exam Pattern 2023 below:

1. The exam will be conducted in an offline mode

2. The questions will be in Multiple Choice Questions

3. The questions will be asked in bilingual languages (English & Hindi)

4. There will be a negative marking of 0.83 marks for Maths, 1.33 for English, and 1.33 marks for GK

5. Have a look at the detailed exam pattern for NDA I Examination

CodeSubjectMax. MarksDuration
1Mathematics3002.5 hours
2General Ability Test6002.5 hours
Total9005 hours

NDA 2023 Syllabus 

There would be two subjects Mathematics & General Ability Test for which the candidates have to be well-prepared. The candidates are advised to not skip any topic for NDA Exam and begin their preparation along with the detailed syllabus. There will be questions from English (200 marks) and General Knowledge (400 marks) in the General Ability Test.

Topics covered under Mathematics

Algebra
Calculus
Matrices and Determinants
Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
Trigonometry
Vector Algebra
Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension
Statistics and Probability

Topics covered under General Ability Test

The questions in this paper will be asked from English language and General knowlegde.

Topics covered under English

Spotting Errors
Comprehension
Selecting Words
Ordering of Words in a Sentence
Sentence Improvement
Antonyms
Synonyms

Topics covered under General Knowledge

Physics
Chemistry
General Science
History & Freedom Movement
Geography
Current Affairs/ Events

Detailed NDA Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2023

NDA 1 SSB Interview 2023

The SSB Interview will be conducted for assessing the Intelligence and Personality Test. The candidates who have qualified in the written exam have to appear in 2 stages interview process conducted by the officials. The candidates who qualify for the interview round are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate. The merit list will be prepared on the basis of the candidate's performance in the written examination and interview round.

NDA Exam 2023 Admit Card

It is expected that UPSC will release the NDA II Admit Card in March 2023 for the exam which has been scheduled for 16th April 2023. The candidates who are going to register for the exam can download their UPSC NDA I Admit Card from the official website @upsc.gov.in using their registration number and password generated at the time of the UPSC NDA I 2023 Application Process.

NDA Admit Card 2023- Check Details

NDA Exam 2023 Answer Key

The answer key for UPSC NDA I Exam will be released officially after the conduction of the written test. The commission will be issuing a provisional answer key first to which the candidates can submit their objections. After the assessment of the provisional answer key and objections, the final answer key will be released.

NDA Answer Key 2023- Click to Check Details

NDA Exam 2023 Result

The result of the written test will be released around a month later after the conduction of the NDA-I 2023 Exam with the names of candidates shortlisted for the interview round. The commission will be releasing the merit list of candidates selected for the admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC) of the NDA for the 151st Course and for the 113th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) after the SSB Interview process.

NDA Result 2023- Click to Check Details

UPSC NDA 2023 Cut Off

The cutoff for the written exam and final selection is released after the declaration of the final result. NDA Cut Off marks for the written exam will be calculated out of 900. The final cutoff marks are calculated on the basis of marks scored by the last recommended candidates out of 1800 marks (900 marks for the written exam and 900 marks for the SSB Interview). The minimum qualifying mark for each subject is 25%. The candidates can check the previous year's cut off marks for NDA Exam below.

NDA (II) 2021 Cutoff

StageCut off
Minimum qualifying standard at the written stage (out of 900)343
Marks secured by last recommended candidate (Final Stage) (out of 1800) 726 

NDA (I) 2021 Cut Off

StageCut off
Minimum qualifying standard at the written stage (out of 900)355
Marks secured by last recommended candidate (Final Stage) (out of 1800) 709

UPSC NDA Cut Off [Previous Year]- Click to Check

NDA 2023 Exam Centres

The candidates were given choice to choose their preferred cities for the exam centres while filling their application form. Below is the list of cities where the UPSC NDA I Exam 2023 will be conducted on 16th April 2023.

AgartalaBilaspur
AgraChandigarh
AhmedabadChennai
AizwalCoimbatore
AligarhCuttack
AlmoraDelhi
AnanthapurDharwad
AurangabadDispur
BareillyFaridabad
BengaluruGangtok
JorhatGarwhal (Srinagar)
BhopalGautam Budh Nagar
GhaziabadGurgaon
GorakhpurGwalior
HyderabadImphal
IndoreItanagar
JabalpurJaipur
JammuJodhpur
KochiKohima
KolkataKozhikode
LehLucknow
LudhianaMadhurai
MysuruMumbai
NagpurSambalpur
Navi MumbaiShillong
Panaji (Goa)Shimla
PatnaSiliguri
Port BlairSrinagar
Prayagraj (Allahabad)Thane
PuducherryThiruvananthapuram
PuneTiruchirapalli
RaipurTirupati
RajkotUdaipur
RanchiVaranasi
VelloreVijayawada
VishakhapatnamWarangal

 

NDA Exam 2023: FAQs

Ans. UPSC will conduct the the UPSC NDA 1 exam 2023 on 16th April 2023 and NDA 2 Exam 2023 on 03rd September 2023.

Ans. NDA 1 Notification 2023 will be released on 21st December 2022 as mentioned in UPSC Calendar 2022-23

The commission will conduct written examination followed by interview round to select candidates for defence jobs through NDA Exam.

Yes, the candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks in each subject of NDA Exam 2023.

NDA Exam comprises of two subjects: Mathematics & General Ability Test (English & General Knowledge).

Yes, unmarried girls are now eligible to appear in NDA Exam.

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