How To Join NDA After 12th - One of the most common question arises in an aspirant's mind after 12th class is how to join NDA. UPSC NDA is the best opportunity for candidates to join Indian Defence Forces after 12th class. Union Public Service Commission conducts NDA exam to fill officer level vacancies in armed forces. The written exam comprises two papers - Elementary Mathematics and General Awareness Test. Candidates who qualify the written examination will be called for a 5 day SSB process at various selection boards. Candidates who clear the SSB interview will be called for a medical exam. Qualified candidates will be commissioned as officers in Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

How To Join NDA After Passing 12th

NDA 2020 written exam is scheduled to be conducted on April 19, in offline mode. Let's now discuss the eligibility criteria and documents required to join NDA after 12th.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020


Eligibility Criteria


Candidates applying for UPSC CDS I exam 2020 must be citizen of India.


Aspirants from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugee, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam are also eligible but only after subject to fulfill eligibility criteria as the rule of Government of India.

Marital Status


NDA 2020 Age limit

16.5 to 19.5 years

Educational qualification for NDA exam

For Army wing:
Candidates must have passed Class 12/HSC

For Air Force and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of INA:

Candidates must have passed Class 12 exams with Physics and Mathematics

Documents Required for NDA Exam

Candidates appearing in the NDA exam must keep certain documents ready before filing the application form. Check below documents required to join NDA after 12th.

  • Valid email ID and mobile number

  • Valid photo ID proof - Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.

  • Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate

  • Scanned image of photograph and signature.

  • Visa/MasterCard/Rupay/ Credit/Debit Card to pay NDA 2020 application fee.

NDA Selection Process 2020

Candidates who wish to join NDA after 12th class must go through the NDA 2020 selection process, candidates first need to appear for a written exam. Qualified candidates will be called for SSB interviews.

NDA Exam 2020

The written exam of NDA comprises two papers - Elementary Mathematics and General Awareness Test. The exam will be conducted for a duration of 5 hours. Paper 1 of NDA will be of 300 while paper 2 will carry 600 marks. Lets now discuss the SSB process of the NDA exam.

SSB Interview

Qualified candidates from the written exam have to face the Service Selection Board interview. The first day is called screening day. Candidates have to appear for two verbal and non verbal tests followed by PPDT. On the basis of performance of candidates, SSB board announces the result for all candidates. Qualified candidates from day one are retained for the next stage of SSB interview and remaining candidates will be sent back on the same day. The next stages in SSB interview are

  • Psychological Test

  • Group Testing Officers Test

  • Personal Interview

  • Conference

After the conference round final results will be announced. Candidates who got recommended will be called for medical examinations at various centres.

How to Apply for NDA after 12th?

UPSC releases the National Defence Academy application form twice every year at its official website. Aspirants can fill NDA application form in January and July. For more detail, check steps to fill nda application form below.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC -

  • Click on the “Apply Online” link.

  • Fill basic details in registration form part 1.

  • Now proceed to registration part 2.

  • Fill educational qualification, personal details and exam details.

  • Upload photograph, signature and photo ID proof as per the specifications.

  • Pay NDA application fee and submit the application form.

  • Download the application form for future reference.

How to prepare for NDA after 12th?

Candidates appearing for the NDA exam must check the preparation tips from below.

  • Make a study plan to distribute time for all topics.

  • Go through the NDA exam pattern thoroughly before starting your preparations.

  • Practice previous year NDA question papers regularly.

  • Practice online mock tests for better time management.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How To Join NDA After Passing 12th

Question: Can a commerce student apply for the NDA exam?


Yes, commerce stream aspirants can apply for the NDA exam.

Question: What is the age limit to appear for the NDA exam?


Candidates between 16.5 to  19.5 years of age with essential educational qualifications can apply for the NDA exam.

Question: Can a 12th appearing candidate apply for NDA exam?


Yes, 12th class appearing candidates can also appear for NDA exam.

Question: When will the UPSC release NDA admit card?


Candidates can download the admit card of NDA exam tentatively from March 30.

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Questions related to NDA

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what date fixed Jee (main) exam 2020 , NEET(UG) exam 2020 & NDA exam 2020?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

Pratham, at this point in time, all the entrance examinations have been postponed until further notice. While the exact dates have not been announced by the exam conducting authorities, we might have a clarity after April 15th because the lock down period would have been completed by then. Meanwhile please continue your preparation and watch out for any official press release.


Sir Diploma in eligible for NDA Exam Or not

Anantika Kushwaha 28th Mar, 2020
Hello Aspirant,

Diploma students are eligible to appear in NDA exam. You should either be final year student in Diploma or you have completed your diploma to be eligible for appearing in the NDA exam.

open intermediate is eligible for NDA exam

Nikki Nair 28th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant

Yes you can surely apply for NDA exam as you are eligible for the exam if you are in intermediate from open school and college.

The age limit for the exam is from 16.5 year to 19.5 year.

For more details you can refer the site :



sir Kay Nda me only English mein he paper hota hai Ya Hindi me bhi

lakshita shaan 27th Mar, 2020
Hey shaurabh,
Let me know you that NDA exam is held both in Hindi and English ,you can go according to your comfortable language
I wish good luck!

If A student Selected Stream Of Commerce Without Maths,then he will able to apply

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020


since you have studies in commerce stream of 12th course you are eligible to apply for NDA army wing, the eligibility criteria is candidates must pass or appearing in 12th exam from a recognized education board. you must also satisfy the age and physical standard criteria.

for air force and naval winds the candidates who passed 12th from science stream with physics and mathematics is eligible to apply.

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