How to Join NDA After 12th (Commerce, Arts, Science)? - Eligibility, Application, Selection Process
How To Join NDA After 12th?: The National Defense Academy (NDA) exam is one of India's most popular and competitive exams in India. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the National Defense Academy and Naval Academy (NDA & NA) exam which is a direct gateway for Indian male candidates into the Indian Defense forces. It is one of those competitive exams dreamt by school kids in 10+2 who eye on serving the nation by being army officers of tomorrow. In this article, we will discuss every aspect of how to join NDA after 12th. We will also answer general queries of NDA on how to join NDA after 12th etc. The eligibility criteria, the selection process of how to join NDA after 12th.
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How To Join NDA After 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.
Only male candidates in the age group 16.5-19.5 can join NDA after the 12th.
Those who successfully apply for UPSC NDA will have to appear in the NDA exam and qualify for it.
Post qualifying in 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.
How To Join NDA After 12th? - NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021
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 male 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 2021 consisting of academic qualification, age limit and physical requirements.
NDA educational qualification 2021
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 2021
Date of Birth Criteria
NDA (1) 2021
16.5 years - 19.5 years
July 2, 2002, to July 1, 2005
NDA (2) 2021
January 2, 2003, to January 1, 2006
Height and Weight Requirements: Indian Army & Air Force
Height (in cm)
Age in years
16 - 17
17 - 18
18 - 19
Weight (in kg)
Height and Weight Requirements: Indian Navy
Height (in cm)
Age in years
Weight (in kg)
Vision requirement - Indian Navy
Uncorrected without glass
Corrected with glass
Limits of Myopia
Limits of Hypermetropia
Limits of colour perception
Vision requirement - Indian Air Force
Minimum distant vision
Corrected with glass (for Hypermetropia)
Sph Manifest Myopia
0.5 in any Meridian permitted
+ 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
How To Join NDA After 12th? - Application Process
The NDA application form is released on the official website of 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 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
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to Join NDA After 12th (Commerce, Arts, Science)? - Eligibility, Application, Selection Process
Question: How can I prepare for NDA after 12th?
Candidates can prepare for the NDA exam by practising previous year question papers, giving mock tests etc.
Question: Can a girl join NDA after 12th 2021?
No, girls cannot apply for NDA as only male candidates who have qualified 10+2 can apply for NDA.
Question: Does 12th marks matter in NDA?
No, 12th marks don’t matter for NDA. Candidates must qualify for the 10+2 with PCM.
Question: What is NDA salary?
The starting salary of candidates is Rs. 56100 while candidates in training will get a stipend.
Question: What is the age limit to apply for the NDA 1 exam?
The age limit for candidates willing to apply must be between 16.5-19.5 years.
Question: What are the physical standards required for NDA exam?
The detailed physical standards required for NDA is mentioned in the article above.
Question: What is the passing marks in NDA exam?
There are no passing marks in the NDA exam, however, candidates must score the cut off marks.
Question: How hard is 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
If I am born in 09/08/2005 what attempts are left for me for Nda exam please tell with actual birth date and actual attempts
NDA is am exam conducted twice an year for admission into various branches of defense which includes army, navy and air force.
Minimum eligibility criteria for students to sit for the exam is,
-The student should have completed his or her class 12th from a recognised Institute.
-His or her age should be between 16-19 years.
As your date of birth is 5/08/2005 so that means you will eligible for exam from NDA 2 2021. You can give the exam till 19 years of age.
So from that perspective you will have a total of 7-8 attempts.
Hope that helps.
my date of birth is 11 January 2004 am I able to give nda 2022 exam ?
Hello Rohan Singh
I hope you are doing good. As per your query, I would like to know you that maxmium age to give nda exam is 19.5 year . According to your age you will turn 18 on 11 january 2022 so you are sure elgiible to appear for the exam for both the attempts of 2022 and first attempt of 2023.. I request you to start studying hard and dont miss the opportunity
Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future
am i eligible for 2023 NDA exam, my DOB is 14/2/2004 ? if not then how many attempts I have left besides this April postponed NDA exam
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) mentions the eligibility criteria of NDA in the official notification.
As per the eligibility criteria stated,one must be between the ages of 16.5 and 19.5 years to be eligible to appear for the NDA examination.
So,as your DOB is 14th Feb,2004 you are eligible to give NDA Exam in 2023,as by that time you will be 19 years old.
And you will have two phases of NDA Exam :
NDA (1) and NDA (2)
The other eligibility criterias are :
- You have to be an Indian National
- Minimum education qualification required for NDA is 10+2 (Army), 10+2 with Physics and Maths (Air Force & Navy)
To know more about NDA Examination , Eligibility Criteria, Admission Process,etc. visit : https://www.google.com/amp/s/competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-eligibility-criteria/amp
Hope it helps
Thank You !!!
Im in 12th right now ...and willing to opt for nda (airforce) please tell me if something is important to know for me ...it would be a great help
You can join Indian Air Force after 12th through NDA route. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts entrance for candidates who want to join National Defence Academy. NDA exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities. Educational Qualifications is 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics.
For more information go through below link.
Hope this helps you.
All The Best!!
how many students appear for NDA and how many seats in NDA?
I would like to inform you that in NDA 1 2021 attempt around 4-4.5 lakhs had appeared for nda exam. In 4-4.5 lakhs appearing, around 6000 students are called for an SSB interview. Getting clear the nda written exam is pretty easier than nda ssb interview. You just need to go through all the 10 year nda exams.