NDA 1 Exam Date 2024 Out: The NDA Exam is conducted twice every year for selecting eligible candidates for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC). For the upcoming year, the NDA Exam will be conducted for the 153rd Course and the 115th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The selection of eligible males & females will be done through written Examination and SSB interviews. This year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conduct the UPSC NDA 1 exam on 21st April 2024 to recruit 400 Officer vacancies in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The complete details including the selection process, exam pattern, and other information have been released along with the notification. 

NDA 2024 Exam

To have an overview of the UPSC NDA 1 2024 exam, the candidates must refer to the below summary table including all important details for the exam. Now eligible girls can also apply for the National Defence Academy  & Naval Academy Examination. 

UPSC NDA 1 Exam 2024
Exam NameNational Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA)
OrganisationUnion Public Service Commission
Exam Level National 
Total vacancies400
Application ModeOnline
Exam Date21st April 2024
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 1 2024 Exam Date

NDA Exam Date 2024 has already been released by the UPSC for the NDA 1 and NDA 2 exams along with the UPSC Calendar 2024. The UPSC NDA-I 2024 Offline Written Examination will be conducted on 21st April 2024 and NDA 2 exam is scheduled to be conducted on 1st September 2024. Check the important dates for NDA 1 2024 from the below table and mark them on your calendar so you do not miss out on the exam dates.

EventsNDA 1 2024 DatesNDA-2 2024 Dates
NDA Notification 202420th December 202315th May 2024
NDA Application Form 202420th December 202315th May 2024
Last date to apply 09th January 202404th June 2024
Application Withdrawl10th to 16th January 2024To be notified
NDA Admit Card 2024April 2024August 2024
NDA Exam Date 202421st April 202401st September 2024

NDA 1 2024 Vacancy

The total number of vacancies to be recruited through the NDA 1 2024 exam has been released along with the official NDA 1 Notification 2024 of the UPSC NDA 1 2024 exam on 20th December 2023. This year, a total of 400 vacancies are to be recruited through the NDA 1 Exam 2024 for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA). Check the below table for detailed vacancy distribution for the NDA 1 vacancy. 

NDA 1 Vacancy 2024
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 (including 09 for female candidates)

NDA 1 2024 Notification

NDA 1 Notification 2024 pdf for the NDA I Exam has been released by the UPSC at www.upsc.gov.in announcing 400 vacancies for unmarried boys & girls to be recruited for FY 2024-2025 for the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The NDA exam is conducted twice in a year by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the Indian Defence Forces. This exam is a gateway to joining the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force as an officer. The direct link for the official NDA 1 notification pdf has been provided below. 

UPSC NDA Notification 2024- Click to Check

NDA 2024 Online Application Form 

The online application form for UPSC NDA 1 2024 exam has been activated on 20th December 2023 and ends on 9th January 2024 on www.upsc.gov.in. All the eligible boys & girls candidates interested in NDA-I 2024 can fill out the NDA 1 form 2024 through online registration by clicking on the link given below. 

NDA 1 2024 Online Application Form Link- Click Here

NDA 2024 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 2024 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 

Only unmarried male/female candidates born not earlier than 02nd July, 2005 and not later than 1 st July, 2008 are eligible. 


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 of January 1962 to permanently settle 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 to permanently settle 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 Uttarakhand
152.5 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 1 Eligibility 2024

UPSC NDA 1 2024 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 2024 will be conducted in two stages:

  1. Written examination
  2. 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 2024 Exam Pattern 

The candidates who are preparing for NDA I Exam 2024, must be familiar with the exam pattern that is followed by UPSC. We have discussed the details for NDA-1 Exam Pattern 2024 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

NDA 1 2024 Exam Pattern 
CodeSubjectMax. MarksDuration
1Mathematics3002.5 hours
2General Ability Test6002.5 hours
Total9005 hours

NDA 2024 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

Matrices and Determinants
Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
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
Selecting Words
Ordering of Words in a Sentence
Sentence Improvement

Topics covered under General Knowledge

General Science
History & Freedom Movement
Current Affairs/ Events

Detailed NDA 1 Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024

NDA 1 SSB Interview 2024

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 1 Exam 2024 Admit Card

UPSC will release the NDA Admit Card on around 2 days before the exam date. The candidates who are going to register for the exam can download their UPSC NDA II Admit Card from the official website @upsc.gov.in using their required credentials.

NDA 1 Exam 2024 Answer Key

The answer key for UPSC NDA 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 1 Exam 2024 Result

The result of the written test will be released around a month later after the conduction of the NDA 2024 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 153rd Course and for the 115th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) after the SSB Interview process.

UPSC NDA 2024 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

UPSC NDA 2024 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 2024 will be conducted on 21st April 2024.

NDA 1 2024 Exam Centres
JorhatGarwhal (Srinagar)
BhopalGautam Budh Nagar
Navi MumbaiShillong
Panaji (Goa)Shimla
Port BlairSrinagar
Prayagraj (Allahabad)Thane


NDA 1 Exam 2024: FAQs

Ans. UPSC will conduct the NDA 1 2024 exam on 21st April 2024.

Ans. NDA 1 Notification 2024 pdf has been released on 20th December 2023 as per UPSC Calendar 2024.

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 2024.

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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