NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) defines the NDA 2020 eligibility criteria in its official notification. Candidates willing to appear in NDA 2020 exam should meet the eligibility criteria before applying. According to the official notification released on January 08, 2020, the NDA eligibility criteria 2020 specifies that only unmarried male candidates aged between 16.5 to 19.5 years who have passed or are appearing in class 12 examination can take the NDA exam. Apart from the minimum age limit criteria and educational qualifications, the NDA 2020 eligibility criteria also consist of nationality, physical standards, age limit, number of attempts and candidate’s marital status. To know all the details of NDA eligibility criteria 2020, check the complete article below.
Latest: NDA Application Form 2020 released on Jan 8, 2020
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.
UPSC issues guidelines related to NDA eligibility criteria 2020. Candidates willing to apply for NDA 2020 must go through the detailed NDA 2020 eligibility criteria listed down before applying.
Candidates must meet the following NDA 2020 eligibility criteria to appear in the exam:
The specifications of NDA 2020 age limit are as follows
NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age limit
Date of Birth Criteria
NDA (1) 2020
16.5 years - 19.5 years
July 02, 2001, to July 01, 2004
NDA (2) 2020
January 02, 2002, to January 01 2005
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.
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
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.
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
Candidates who clear the written will be subject to the SSB interview and must also clear the physical test to be considered for selection and training. The physical fitness eligibility criteria include height, weight and many other factors as detailed below.
Height (in cm)
Age in years
16 - 17
17 - 18
18 - 19
Weight (in kg)
For being eligible to be a part of the Indian Navy candidates must meet the following mentioned visual standards set for Indian Navy:
Uncorrected without glass
Corrected with glass
Limits of Myopia
Limits of Hypermetropia
Limits of colour perception
For being eligible to be a part of the Air Force, candidates must not wear spectacles. The visual standards set for Air Force has been provided below:
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
Hypo-1 prism D
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.
Candidates must rectify all minor and major health-related defects and ailments. This will help in speeding up their medical examination process which will be conducted at the Military Hospital. Care should be taken to see that the listed ailments in the table below are non-existent at the time of 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.
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.
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 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 has commenced from January 08 and will end on January 28, 2020, whereas for 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 will be conducted 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.
NDA application form can be filled and submitted in online mode only.
UPSC doesn't provide any correction window for NDA. So, candidates are advised to fill the application form with utmost care.
In case you have done a mistake while filling your application form, you can fill another form but with a different ID. For example, if you have filled out the application form using your Aadhaar Card, the next application must be filled using your Driving License or another document. You must also carry the ID at the time of exam and SSB interview.
The discrepancy in the admit card can make it invalid and therefore must be corrected by communicating with UPSC, a few days prior to the exam.
Candidates appearing for SSB interview for the first time will be allotted travel allowance.
UPSC is expected to release the NDA 2020 admit card on March 23, 2020, in online mode. Only those candidates who have successfully applied for NDA 2020 will be able to download the admit card. Candidates will be able to download the admit card of NDA 2020 till April 19 using their It is required for all the candidates to carry the NDA admit card along with a valid photo ID while appearing for the exam. The admit card will be released by NDA for both the written phase as well as for the SSB interview. Candidates qualifying the written exam will be qualified to appear for the SSB.
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:
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,
Dear aspirant, Yes, you are eligible provided you satisfy other eligibility criteria of NDA as mentioned above.
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.
NDA 2020 exam is conducted in both the languages English and Hindi. So you can choose either language as per your convenience.
There is an interview round for the candidates who qualify the NDA written exam. The interview is conducted by the SSB.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The minimum NDA age limit 16.5 years while the maximum NDA 2020 age limit is 19.5 years.
No. If you are from arts you cannot apply.
No girls are not eligible for NDA.
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You require minimum 60% aggregate in Physics, chemistry and Maths as a eligibility criteria in order to appear in the NDA exam. THERE IS NO MINIMUM MARKS REQUIRED FOR NDA. U JUST NEED TO PASS IN CLASS 12TH.
The documents required while filling the online application form are enlisted below
Here is the link for NDA 2020.You can find the important information
Yes you can apply for NDA while appearing in class 12th.
And your age must be in between 16.5 to 19.5.
Best of luck.
The cutoff varies over the years and each subject a candidate needs to score minimum 25% marks in the exam, the cutoff for the previous years is as follows
338 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)
325 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)
342 (With 25 % in each subject)
258 (With 25% in each subject)
288 (With 25 % in each subject)
229 (With at least 20% marks in each subject)
306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject)
269 (With 25% in each subject)
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