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How to Join NDA After 12th (Commerce, Arts, Science) - Eligibility, Application, Selection Process

How to Join NDA After 12th (Commerce, Arts, Science) - Eligibility, Application, Selection Process

Edited By Vishnukumar | Updated on Dec 20, 2023 03:30 PM IST | #NDA

How To Join NDA After 12th?- The NDA and NA exam is one of the most popular exams in India meant for candidates looking to join the Indian defence services. The UPSC conducts this exam twice yearly. The NDA exam can be attempted after 10+2 by candidates who want to join the Indian Defence Services.

It is an extremely competitive exam with strict standards. On this page, we shall discuss in detail how to join the NDA. We will be going over details such as how to join the NDA after 12th, the eligibility criteria etc. Candidates looking to attempt the NDA can go through the material below.

How To Join NDA After the 12th?

  • Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria of NDA can apply for it.

  • To apply for NDA candidates will have to visit the official website of UPSC and apply online.

  • Those who successfully apply for UPSC NDA will have to appear in the NDA exam and qualify for it.

  • Post clearing the NDA candidates will have to go through a course for the initial 3 years.

  • After completing the course, they will be stationed as a lieutenant in the Indian defence services.

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How To Join NDA After 12th? - NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescribes the NDA eligibility criteria and mentions them in the official notification. As per the eligibility criteria, only unmarried candidates who have completed their Class 12 or equivalent examination can apply for the exam.

The eligibility criteria also include nationality, age limit, educational qualification and physical standards which candidates need to fulfil in order to be eligible for the exam. From the following table, candidates can check the detailed eligibility criteria of NDA 2024 consisting of academic qualification, age limit and physical requirements.

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NDA educational qualification 2024

NDA Wings

Qualifying Exam details

For Indian Army

Passed 12th standard from State Education Board or a University

For Air Force and Naval

Passed 12th standard with Physics and Mathematics from State Education Board or a University

NDA 1 & 2 age limit 2024

Exam

Age limit

Date of Birth Criteria

NDA (1) 2024

16.5 years - 19.5 years

July 2, 2005 to July 1, 2008

NDA (2) 2024

To be announced

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Height and Weight Requirements: Indian Army & Air Force- Males

Height and Weight Requirements: Indian Army & Air Force- Females

Height (in cm)

Minimum weight

Age in years

17-20

20-30

30-40

40+

Weight (in kg)

140

35.3

43.1

45.1

47.0

49.0

141

35.8

43.7

45.7

47.7

49.7

142

36.3

44.4

46.4

48.4

50.4

143

36.8

45.0

47.0

49.1

51.1

144

37.3

45.6

47.7

49.8

51.1

145

37.8

46.9

49.0

50.5

51.8

146

38.4

46.3

48.4

50.5

52.6

147

38.9

47.5

49.7

51.9

54.0

148

39.4

48.2

50.4

52.6

54.8

149

40.0

48.8

51.1

53.3

55.5

150

40.5

49.5

51.8

54.0

56.3

151

41.0

50.2

52.4

54.7

57.0

152

41.6

50.8

53.1

55.4

57.8

153

42.1

51.5

53.8

56.2

58.5

154

42.7

52.2

54.5

56.9

59.3

155

43.2

52.9

55.3

57.7

60.1

156

43.8

53.5

56.0

58.4

60.8

157

44.4

54.2

56.7

59.2

61.6

158

44.9

54.9

57.4

59.9

62.4

159

45.5

55.6

58.1

60.7

63.2

160

46.1

56.3

58.9

61.4

64.0

161

46.7

57.0

59.6

62.2

64.8

162

47.2

57.7

60.4

63.0

65.6

163

47.8

58.5

61.1

63.8

66.4

164

48.4

59.2

61.9

64.6

67.2

165

49

59.9

62.6

65.3

68.1

166

49.6

60.6

63.4

66.1

68.9

167

50.2

61.4

64.1

66.9

69.7

168

50.8

62.1

64.9

67.7

70.6

169

51.4

62.8

65.7

68.5

71.4

170

52

63.6

66.5

69.4

72.3

171

52.6

64.3

67.3

70.2

73.1

172

53.3

65.1

68

71

74

173

53.9

65.8

68.8

71.8

74.8

174

54.5

66.6

69.6

72.7

75.7

175

55.1

67.4

70.4

73.5

76.6

176

55.8

68.1

71.2

74.3

77.4

177

56.4

68.9

72.1

75.2

78.3

178

57

69.7

72.9

76

79.2

179

57.7

70.5

73.7

76.9

80.1

180

58.3

71.3

74.5

77.8

81

181

59

72.1

75.4

78.6

81.9

182

59.6

72.9

76.2

79.5

82.8

183

60.3

73.7

77

80.4

83.7

184

60.9

74.5

77.9

81.3

84.6

185

61.6

75.3

78.7

82.1

85.6

186

62.3

76.1

79.6

83

86.5

187

62.9

76.9

80.4

83.9

87.4

188

63.6

77.8

81.3

84.8

88.4

189

64.3

78.6

82.2

85.7

89.3

190

65

79.4

83

86.6

90.3

191

65.7

80.3

83.9

87.6

91.2

192

66.4

81.1

84.8

88.5

92.2

193

67

81.9

85.7

89.4

93.1

194

67.7

82.8

86.6

90.3

94.1

195

68.4

83.7

87.5

91.3

95.1

196

69.1

84.5

88.4

92.2

96

197

69.9

85.4

89.3

93.1

97

198

70.6

86.2

90.2

94.1

98

199

71.3

87.1

91.1

95

99

200

72

88

92

96

100

201

72.7

88.9

92.9

97

101

202

73.4

89.8

93.8

97.9

102

203

74.2

90.7

94.8

98.9

103

204

74.9

91.6

95.7

99.9

104

205

75.6

92.5

96.7

100.9

105.1

206

76.4

93.4

97.6

101.8

106.1

207

77.1

94.3

98.6

102.8

107.1

208

77.9

95.2

99.5

103.8

108.2

209

78.6

96.1

100.5

104.8

109.2

210

79.4

97

101.4

105.8

110.3

Height and Weight Requirements: Indian Army & Air Force- Females

Height (in cm)

Minimum weight

Age in years

17-20

20-30

30-40

40+

Weight (in kg)

140

35.3

43.1

45.1

47.0

49.0

141

35.8

43.7

45.7

47.7

49.7

142

36.3

44.4

46.4

48.4

50.4

143

36.8

45.0

47.0

49.1

51.1

144

37.3

45.6

47.7

49.8

51.1

145

37.8

46.9

49.0

50.5

51.8

146

38.4

46.3

48.4

50.5

52.6

147

38.9

47.5

49.7

51.9

54.0

148

39.4

48.2

50.4

52.6

54.8

149

40.0

48.8

51.1

53.3

55.5

150

40.5

49.5

51.8

54.0

56.3

151

41.0

50.2

52.4

54.7

57.0

152

41.6

50.8

53.1

55.4

57.8

153

42.1

51.5

53.8

56.2

58.5

154

42.7

52.2

54.5

56.9

59.3

155

43.2

52.9

55.3

57.7

60.1

156

43.8

53.5

56.0

58.4

60.8

157

44.4

54.2

56.7

59.2

61.6

158

44.9

54.9

57.4

59.9

62.4

159

45.5

55.6

58.1

60.7

63.2

160

46.1

56.3

58.9

61.4

64.0

161

46.7

57.0

59.6

62.2

64.8

162

47.2

57.7

60.4

63.0

65.6

163

47.8

58.5

61.1

63.8

66.4

Height and Weight Requirements: Indian Navy- (Males/females)

Height (in cm)


Age in years


Upto 17


17-18


18-20


20-30


30+


Weight (in kg)

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

1.47

37

45

40

45

40

48

40

50

40

52

1.48

37

46

41

46

41

48

41

50

41

53

1.49

38

47

41

47

41

49

41

51

41

53

1.5

38

47

42

47

42

50

42

52

42

54

1.51

39

48

42

48

42

50

42

52

42

55

1.52

39

49

43

49

43

51

43

53

43

55

1.53

40

49

43

49

43

51

43

54

43

56

1.54

40

49

43

49

43

52

44

55

44

57

1.55

41

50

44

50

44

53

44

55

44

58

1.56

41

51

45

51

45

54

45

56

45

58

1.57

42

52

46

52

46

54

46

57

46

60

1.58

42

52

46

52

46

54

46

57

46

59

1.59

43

53

47

53

47

56

47

58

47

61

1.6

44

54

47

53

47

56

47

59

47

61

1.61

44

54

48

54

48

57

48

60

48

62

1.62

45

55

49

55

49

58

49

60

49

63

1.63

45

56

49

56

49

58

49

61

49

64

1.64

46

56

50

56

50

59

50

62

50

65

1.65

46

57

50

57

50

60

50

63

50

65

1.66

47

58

51

58

51

61

51

63

51

66

1.67

47

59

52

59

52

61

52

64

52

67

1.68

48

59

52

59

52

62

52

65

52

68

1. 69

49

60

53

60

53

63

53

66

53

69

1.7

49

61

53

61

53

64

53

66

53

69

1.71

50

62

54

62

54

64

54

67

54

70

1.72

50

63

55

63

55

65

55

68

55

71

1.73

51

64

55

64

55

66

55

69

55

72

1.74

51

64

56

64

56

67

56

70

56

73

1.75

52

65

57

65

57

67

57

70

57

74

1.76

53

66

57

66

57

68

57

71

57

74

1.77

53

66

58

66

58

69

58

72

58

75

1.78

54

67

59

67

59

70

59

73

59

76

1.79

54

67

59

67

59

70

59

74

59

77

1.8

55

68

60

68

60

71

60

75

60

78

1.81

56

69

61

69

61

72

61

75

61

79

1.82

56

70

61

70

61

73

61

76

61

79

1.83

57

70

62

70

62

74

62

77

62

80

1.84

58

71

63

71

63

74

63

78

63

81

1.85

58

72

63

72

63

75

63

79

63

82

1.86

59

73

64

73

64

76

64

80

64

83

1.87

59

73

65

73

65

77

65

80

65

84

1.88

60

74

65

74

65

78

65

81

65

85

1.89

61

75

66

75

66

79

66

82

66

86

1.9

61

76

67

76

67

79

67

83

67

87

1.91

62

77

67

77

67

80

67

84

67

88

1.92

63

77

68

77

68

81

68

85

68

88

1.93

63

78

69

78

69

82

69

86

69

89

1.94

64

79

70

79

70

83

70

87

70

90

1.95

65

80

70

80

70

84

70

87

70

91

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Vision requirement - Indian Navy

Requirements

Vision Standard

Uncorrected without glass

6/6, 6/9

Corrected with glass

6/6, 6/6

Limits of Myopia

-0.75

Limits of Hypermetropia

1.5

Binocular vision

III

Limits of colour perception

I

Vision requirement - Indian Air Force

Requirements

Vision Standard

Minimum distant vision

6/6, 6/9

Corrected with glass (for Hypermetropia)

6/6, 6/6

Colour vision

CP-I

Hypermetropia

+2.0 D

Sph Manifest Myopia

Nil

Retinoscopic Myopia

0.5 in any Meridian permitted

Astigmatism

+ 0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D maximum)

Maddox Rod Test at 6 meters

Exo-6 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypro-1 prism D

Maddox Rod Test at 33 cms

Exo-16 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypo-1 prism D

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How To Join NDA After 12th? - Application Process

The NDA 1 application form 2024 will be released on the official website of the UPSC. The NDA form comprises two parts. The first part consists of registration while the second consists of detailed form filling, selecting exam centres and paying the application fee. Check the steps here to fill out the application form.

  • Registration for the exam by filling in required details

  • Choosing preferred branches

  • Verifying the details

  • Generation of registration ID

  • Selecting exam centre

  • Paying application fee

  • Uploading signature and photograph

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How can I prepare for NDA after 12th?

Candidates can prepare for the NDA exam by practising the previous year's question papers, giving mock tests etc.

2. Can a girl join NDA after 12th 2024?

Yes, girls can apply for NDA as long as they have cleared 10+2.

3. Does 12th marks matter in NDA?

No, 12th marks don’t matter for NDA. Candidates must qualify for the 10+2 with PCM.

4. What is NDA salary?

The starting salary of candidates is Rs. 56100 while candidates in training will get a stipend.

5. What is the age limit to apply for the NDA 1 exam?

The age limit for candidates willing to apply must be between 16.5 and 19.5 years.

6. What are the physical standards required for the NDA exam?

The detailed physical standards required for NDA are mentioned in the article above.

7. What are the passing marks in the NDA exam?

There are no passing marks in the NDA exam, however, candidates must score the cutoff marks.

8. How hard is the NDA exam?

Yes, NDA is one of the toughest exams in India. Due to the high competitive level and a lot of candidates applying for it. However, with proper preparations and an effective study plan candidates can qualify it easily.

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Questions related to NDA

Have a question related to NDA ?

Hello!

The application fee of NDA examination is Rs 100 for General/ OBC/ EWS category aspirants and for SC, ST, Sons of JCOs, NCOs, and ORs, it is free of cost.

These are the credentials and details needed for NDA application:

  • Active email ID and mobile number.

  • Scanned photograph and signature.

  • Valid photo ID card details.

  • Other NDA exam registration details/documents and certificates (if applicable).

  • Basic personal and academic details

  • NDA form fee payment details - Visa/Master/Rupay debit or credit card/UPI payment or by using internet banking of any bank etc

Please visit the website by clicking on the link given below for more information:

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-application-form#toc_2

Hope this information will help you. Thank you.


Hello,


Yes, a student who has passed their 12th grade with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) and meets the age and physical fitness requirements can apply for the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam. However, the admission process also involves clearing written exams and interviews conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).


Hope this helps,


Thank you

Hello,

Having a small crack in your right elbow may impact your eligibility for the NDA exam due to the specific medical standards required. It is always advisable to consult with a medical professional familiar with NDA medical criteria for clarification.

Hope this helps you,

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https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-eligibility-criteria


Hii There,

Yes, Hindi medium students can join the National Defence Academy (NDA). The NDA entrance exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), and candidates can choose to write the exam in either Hindi or English. The exam includes papers on Mathematics and General Ability, and candidates can choose the language in which they are most comfortable.

To join NDA, candidates must also meet other eligibility criteria related to age, nationality, and physical fitness. It's important to thoroughly review the official NDA notification and guidelines provided by the UPSC to ensure you meet all the requirements before applying.

Eligibility criteria of NDA:

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-eligibility-criteria


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Hii There,

The age limit for candidates appearing for the NDA exam is as follows:

  • For NDA 1, candidates should be born between July 2, 2005, and July 1, 2008.
  • For NDA 2, candidates should be born between January 2, 2004, and January 1, 2007.

I hope this answers your question.

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