NDA(National Defence Academy)

About NDA
The National Defence Academy is a Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are trained together before they go on to pre-commissioning training to their respective service academies. It is located in Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. It was the 1st tri-service academy in the world and is rated amongst the best in the world.

NDA admission trivia
Applicants to the NDA are selected via a written exam conducted by the UPSC, followed by extensive interviews covering general aptitude, psychological testing, team skills as well as physical and social skills, along with medical tests.
Incoming classes are accepted twice a year for semesters starting in July and January. About 320,000 applicants appear for each written exam.
Typically, about 9,000 of these are invited to interview.
Applicants to join the Air Force also go through a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test.
About 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.

Eligibility Criteria
Unmarried male candidates only
Age between 16 1/2 to 19 years
Nationality: Indian, (c) Educational Qualifications :
(i) For Army wing of National Defence
Academy :- 12th Class pass of the 10+2
pattern of School Education or equivalent
e x a m i n a t i o n   c o n d u c t e d   b y   a   S t a t e
Education Board or a University.
(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of
National Defence Academy and for the
10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian
Naval Academy :- 12th Class pass of the
1 0 + 2   p a t t e r n   o f   S c h o o l   E d u c a t i o n   o r
equilvalent with Physics and Mathematics
conducted by a State Education Board or
a University.
Candidates who are appearing in the 12th
Class under the 10+2  pattern of School
Education or equivalent examination can
also apply for this examination.

How to apply?
About a year before the commencement of a Course, a brief notice appears in the leading daily newspapers and a detailed notification on the website, offering  details about the selection procedure(listed below) to be held by the UPSC six months later.
A written examination will be held by the Union Public Service Commission.
An interview by the Service Selection Board to assess a candidate’s officer potentialities (Intelligence and personality test).
A medical examination by a Service Medical Board.

Important Dates
Tentative Schedule: (Examination held twice a year)
Notification of Examination
Feb and July
Conduct of Examination
April and September

Scheme of the Examination
The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows :

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. the question papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only. 

Syllabus for Entrance Examination
Paper I – Mathematics : (Maximum Marks 300)
Arithmetic, Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics.

Paper II – General Ability
Part A – English (Maximum Marks 200)
Part B – General Knowledge (Maximum Marks 400)

Syllabus for Entrance Examination
General Ability – Part B consists of the following section:
Section A (Physics) 
Section B (Chemistry) 
Section C (General Science) 
Section D (History, Freedom Movement etc) 
Section E (Geography) 
Section F (Current Event)

Syllabus for Entrance Examination
Out of the maximum marks assigned to this part, questions on Sections A, B, C, D, E and F carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightage respectively.