NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Check Age Limit, Educational Qualification & Physical Standards
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) defines the NDA 2020 eligibility criteria in its official notification. The eligibility criteria of NDA 2020 consist of nationality, physical standards, age limit, number of attempts and candidate’s marital status. UPSC NDA eligibility criteria 2020 specifies that only unmarried male candidates aged between 16.5 to 19.5 years can apply for NDA. Also, candidates must have passed 12th examination can take the NDA exam. NDA 2020 will be held twice by UPSC - April 19 and September 6. NDA (I) notification was released on January 08, 2020, while NDA (II) notification will be released on June 10, 2020, in online mode. Interested candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of NDA 2020 or else their candidature might get rejected at any stage of the admission process. To know all the details of NDA eligibility criteria 2020, check the complete article below.
Latest: UPSC is expected to release the NDA 2020 admit card on May 22, 2020. Start solving NDA Question Papers 2020
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Highlights
UPSC issues guidelines related to NDA 2020 eligibility criteria. Candidates willing to apply for NDA 2020 must go through the detailed eligibility criteria listed down before applying.
- Only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA 2020
- Candidates who fall between the age group 16.5 years - 19.5 years are only eligible to apply
- Minimum education qualification required to apply for NDA is 10+2 (Army), 10+2 (Physics and Maths for Air Force & Navy)
Candidates must meet the following NDA eligibility criteria 2020 to appear in the exam:
- Age Limit
- Education Qualification
- Physical Standards
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020- Age Limit
The specifications of NDA 2020 age limit are as follows
NDA Age limit 2020
Date of Birth Criteria
NDA (1) 2020
16.5 years - 19.5 years
July 02, 2001, to July 01, 2004
NDA (2) 2020
16.5 years - 19.5 years
January 02, 2002, to January 01 2005
- Minimum age of a candidate to apply for NDA 2020: 16.5 years
Maximum age limit as per NDA 2020 eligibility criteria: 19.5 years
Note: There is no reservation hence there is no age relaxation for candidates belonging to any category in NDA.
Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 02, 2001, and not later than July 01, 2004, are eligible to apply for NDA (1) 2020. Candidates who meet the NDA age limit criteria can only apply for the exam.
The date of birth mentioned in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate will be accepted by UPSC. These certificates are required to be submitted only after the results of the NDA written exams are declared.
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Nationality
The following candidates can apply for NDA 2020
1. A Citizen of India
2. A subject of Nepal
3. A subject of Bhutan
4. A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently
5. A Person of Indian origin who has migrated from the below-specified countries, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia
UPSC NDA Eligibility 2020- Educational Qualification
NDA/ Naval Wings
Qualifying Exam details
For Army Wing of NDA
12th passed by State Education Board or a University
For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA AND 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy
12th passed (Physics and Mathematics) by State Education Board or a University
Candidates appearing in 12th class in 2020 and who are yet to qualify can also apply for NDA 2020 exam given that they produce the proof of passing the 10+2 exam by December 24, 2020, tentatively.
In case they cannot produce the Matriculation certificate in original, they can forward the self-attested photocopies to the authorities by 24th December 2020 tentatively. The certificates in original issued by the Principal of the institution is also accepted in case the Board hasn’t issued the certificate.
NDA Eligibility 2020 - Marital Status
Only male candidates who are unmarried and are born between July 02, 2001, to July 1, 2004, can appear for the NDA 2020 exam. Also, candidates must undertake not to marry until their NDA training period is over. If a candidate marries after applying for NDA or during the training, he will be discharged and will have to refund all the expenses incurred by the government on him.
NDA selection process includes 3-steps:
Offline Written Test
Physical Test/Medical Round
UPSC NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020- Physical Standards
Candidates qualifying the SSB interview will have to go through the medical round. They will have to be physically and mentally fit according to the prescribed physical standards during this round as there are a number of candidates who get rejected on medical grounds. Candidates are advised to get themselves medically examined before appearing for the exam so that they won't face disappointment during the later stages. Check NDA Eligibility criteria for SSB here
Army and Air Force - Height and Weight Requirements
Height (in cm)
Age in years
16 - 17
17 - 18
18 - 19
Weight (in kg)
Indian Navy - Height and Weight Requirements
Height (in cm)
Age in years
Weight (in kg)
Vision standard for Naval candidates
Uncorrected without glass
Corrected with glass
Limits of Myopia
Limits of Hypermetropia
Limits of colour perception
Vision Standards for 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
Details of ailments to be checked or rectified before the medical examination
Deviated Nasal Septum
Candidates recommended by SSB will have to undergo a medical examination conducted by the Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates will be admitted into NDA who are declared fit by this Board.
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Body Tattoo
While appearing for SSB interview process in NDA exam aspirants ask questions i.e "Is a tattoo allowed in NDA?" or "Am I eligible to join NDA if I have a Tattoo on my body?" and other questions. Through the following pointers, we have tried to clear this concern.
- If candidates have permanent body tattoos in the inner face of the forearm that is from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/backside of hand/Permanent body tattoos.
- Candidates belonging from tribal communities having tattoos on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis, their case will be subject to the decision taken by Comdt Selection Centre.
- If candidates have a tattoo on any other part of the body the will be barred from further selection.
NDA 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Special or Specific Requirements for Air Force Pilot
99.00 cm - 120.00 cm
Up to 64.00 cm
81.50 cm - 96.00 cm
According to the eligibility criteria of NDA 2020, the minimum height allowed for Navy, Army and the Naval Academy is 157 cm while for Air Force it is 162.5 cm. For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern, the minimum acceptable heights will be 5 cm less than the above mentioned.
Candidates not eligible to apply for NDA 2020:
Candidates who are married.
A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from training academies of the Armed Forces.
Candidates who have failed CPSS/PABT are not eligible for Air Force.
Candidates debarred by the Ministry of Defence.
Candidates appearing/passing class 11 exam are not eligible for the exam.
UPSC conducts NDA exam twice in a year. The application process for NDA (I) 2020 started from January 08 to January 28, 2020, whereas the NDA (II) the applications will start from June 10 to 30, 2020. Interested candidates must meet the above-mentioned NDA eligibility criteria 2020 before applying. According to NDA exam dates 2020, the NDA (I) exam has been postponed and is expected to be conducted on June 14, 2020. Earlier the exam was to be held on April 19, 2020, while the NDA (II) exam will be conducted on September 06, 2020. While filling out the application form candidates must enter their details, pay the NDA application fees, select the exam centres, upload photograph and signature and agree to the declaration. The NDA application fees are Rs. 100 and can be paid both in the online as well as an offline mode for general and OBC candidates while for candidates belonging to the SC, ST category are exempted from paying the application fee.
Preparation Tips for NDA 2020
Candidates appearing for NDA 2020 exam must kick-start their preparations at least 9-10 months in advance, they should refer to coaching institutes but not rely on it completely as self-study can also do wonders. A self-made plan can benefit you in the written exam as well as the SSB Interview. Candidates can check how to prepare for NDA through the points mentioned here.
Know the NDA exam pattern - Candidates should have a clarity about the NDA exam pattern, which helps in clearing their concerns related to the number of papers, sections, questions, marking scheme etc asked in the exam.
Make a proper time-table - Candidates should make a proper time-table to study and follow it strictly. The time-table will help candidates pay equal time to the papers and the topics, sub-topics.
Make your concept clear - Candidates should clear their basics and should remember them on their fingertips like the clarity of formulas, addition, subtraction, percentages etc this will help them to make their NDA 2020 preparations easier.
Solve previous years NDA question papers - Make a habit to practise previous years NDA Question Papers on a regular basis. This will help you enhance your problem-solving skills and also help in getting an idea about the questions asked in the exam. It is always advisable to use a clock-timer while solving them so that you can increase your speed and accuracy.
Take mock tests - While preparing for NDA 2020, candidates must take mock tests regularly. The mock test can help candidates measure their preparation and can also help them identify their weaker areas and rectify them.
Few more points to keep in mind while preparing for the NDA 2020 exam:
- Divide equal time to all papers
- Refer to the Best Books for NDA
- Make a regular habit to revise the studied topics
NDA Contact Details:
Candidates are advised that while communicating with the commission they should mention the following particulars.
1. Name and year of the examination.
2. Registration ID (RID).
3. Roll Number (if received).
4. Candidate's Name (in full and in block letters).
5. Postal Address as given in the application.
If they don't follow the above points, their request won't be attended.
Directorate General of Recruiting,
Army HQ, West Block. III,
DMPR, OI&R Section,
Room No. 204,
‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhavan,
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Check Age Limit, Educational Qualification & Physical Standards
Question: What is the educational qualification required to apply for NDA exam?
Dear aspirant, Yes, you are eligible provided you satisfy other eligibility criteria of NDA as mentioned above.
Question: What are the important things to keep in mind before applying for NDA exams?
Dear aspirant, after meeting the above-mentioned eligibility criteria of NDA you only have to understand the NDA exam pattern and NDA syllabus. It is always advised to solve previous year papers, practise mock test and evaluate your performance on a day-to-day basis.
Question: In which language the NDA exam is conducted?
NDA 2020 exam is conducted in both the languages English and Hindi. So you can choose either language as per your convenience.
Question: Is there an interview round for the NDA?
There is an interview round for the candidates who qualify the NDA written exam. The interview is conducted by the SSB.
Question: What is the Eligibility criteria for joining NDA?
One should have done 10+2 from CBSE or equivalent boards, while the NDA age limit criteria are 16.5 years to 19.5 at the time of joining the academy.
Question: What is the eligibility criteria for Medical Exam of NDA?
The medical exam comes after the SSB interview. Qualifying the SSB interview and the medical round is tough. There are no such criteria but a candidate should keep in mind the following things:
1- Knock knee or Bow knee
2- Sweaty palm
3- Tattoo marks are allowed but only in the lower part of your hand or if it is a part of your tradition/religion.
Candidates should get the following things checked/tested before the medical round:
- Ear Wax
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Hydrocele/ Phimosis
- Overweight/ Underweight
- Undersized Chest
Question: Can I change my service option in NDA even if my first preference was Air Force after getting into merit and fulfilling all eligibility criteria?
If you have qualified and have been allotted the Air Force already you can apply for a change of service. Changing to Army generally is easier as based on the number of vacancies.
You can get detailed information and process at the training centre.
Question: Does the result of 12th standard matter for NDA?
There are no minimum marks in the form of cut off as such. You just need to pass your 12th exams to be eligible to apply for NDA exam. However, during your SSB interview, you may be asked about your marks. The final merit list will be based on the marks you scored in the written test as well as SSB interview.
Question: What is the age limit for NDA 2020?
The minimum NDA age limit 16.5 years while the maximum NDA 2020 age limit is 19.5 years.
Question: What are the requirements to join NDA?
- Your age should be between 16.5-19.5 years.
- You must have passed or must be appearing in class 12.
- Only unmarried male candidates can apply.
Question: Can I join NDA with arts?
No. If you are from arts you cannot apply.
Question: Is Girl eligibile for NDA?
No girls are not eligible for NDA.
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Questions related to NDA
When is the date of NDA EXAM PAPER 1 OF 2020
NDA I was supposed to be on April but it is now postponed and there are no official dates announced yet by the authoritites that when it will be re scheduled. Though i will provide you with the dates of NDA II
Release Date of form- 10 JUN'20
Last date to apply - 30 JUN'20
Exam date- 6 Sep'20
best book for self preparation for NDA without any coaching and apear in exam
Best books to prepare for NDA without any coaching through self study are as follows:-
@Previous Year Papers
- Pathfinder for NDA & NA National Defence Academy Naval Academy Entrance Examination - Arihant Publications
- Study Package for NDA/NA Entrance Exam - Tata McGraw-Hill Education India
- Chapter wise-Section wise Solved Papers NDA & NA - Arihant
- Study Package for NDA/NA Entrance Exam - Tata McGraw-Hill Education India
- Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations - RS Aggarwal
- NDA Entrance Exam - E. S. Ramasamy
- Mathematics for NDA/NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy - RS Aggarwal
- Study Package Mathematics NDA/NA Entrance Exam - Arihant Publications
- Science and Technology in India - Kalpana Rajaram: Spectrum
- Oxford School Atlas - Oxford Publications
- Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1) - Ram Ahuja
- Objective General English for Competitive Exams - S.P. Bakshi
- General Knowledge - Arihant Publications
- General Science Guide for Competitive Exams – CSAT/ NDA/ CDS/ Railways/ SSC/ UPSC/ State PSC/ Defence - Disha Publications
- History Of Modern India - Bipan Chandra
Refer here for more info - https://competition.careers360.com/articles/best-books-prepare-for-nda
Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.
I hope this information helps you.
Can I play cricket and do NDA as I am playing cricket
Dear aspirant,there is no sports quota in NDA in general, you have to appear for written and SSB, to qualify NDA.
However, you can go for Indian Navy through sports quota, but there are certain criterias. Check out the official website to match up your eligibility
I hope this helps you!
when a girl can apply for nda. After 12th or after any course.
No, female candidates are not eligible to appear in NDA.Only male candidates are eligible.You can join Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce after graduation.There are various exams such as CDS, AFCAT and INET so you after passing in graduation you can get in defence through various entries.
Can we apply NDA after doing any other course like bsc.
The education qualification required for a candidate to apply for Army Wing of NDA is 12th passed by State Education Board or a University and for Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA AND 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy 12th passed (Physics and Mathematics) by State Education Board or a University but the Maximum age limit as per NDA 2020 eligibility criteria is 19.5 years. So if your age is below 19.5 years you are eligible. Please click the below link to know more.