NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 - 3:09 p.m. IST by Vikrant.shukla
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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.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Highlights

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.

  • 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 2020 eligibility criteria to appear in the exam:

  • Age Limit

  • Education Qualification

  • Nationality

  • Physical Standards

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NDA Age Limit 2020

The specifications of NDA 2020 age limit are as follows

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age limit

Exam

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

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.

  • Pakistan

  • Burma

  • Sri Lanka

  • East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia

  • Vietnam

NDA 2020 Eligibility Criteria - 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

Note:

  • 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

  • SSB Interview

  • Physical Test/Medical Round

NDA 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Physical Standards

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.

Army and Air Force - Height and Weight Requirements

Height (in cm)

Age in years

16 - 17

17 - 18

18 - 19

Weight (in kg)

152

42.5

44

45

155

43.5

45.3

47

157

45

47

48

160

46.5

48

49

162

48

50

51

165

50

52

53

167

51

53

54

170

52.5

55

56

173

54.5

57

58

175

56

59

60

178

58

61

62

180

60

63

64.5

183

62.5

65

66.5

Indian Navy - Height and Weight Requirements

Height (in cm)

Age in years

16

18

20

Weight (in kg)

152

44

45

46

155

45

46

47

157

46

47

49

160

47

48

50

162

48

50

52

165

50

52

53

168

52

53

55

170

53

55

57

173

55

57

59

175

57

59

61

178

59

61

62

180

61

63

64

183

63

65

67

Eligibility Criteria of NDA 2020: Vision standard for Naval candidates

For being eligible to be a part of the Indian Navy candidates must meet the following mentioned visual standards set for 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

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020: Vision Standards for Air Force

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:

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

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

Details of ailments to be checked or rectified before the medical examination

Ear Wax

Deviated Nasal Septum

Hydrocele/ Phimosis

Overweight/ Underweight

Undersized Chest

Piles

Gynaecomastia

Tonsillitis

Varicocele

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.

Permitted:

  • 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.

Not permitted:

  • 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

Leg length

99.00 cm - 120.00 cm

Thigh-length

Up to 64.00 cm

Sitting height

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.

NDA Application Form 2020

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.

Important things to note while filling the NDA 2020 Application Form:

  • 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.

NDA Admit Card 2020

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.

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.

Contact Details:

Army Headquarters

Directorate General of Recruiting,

Army HQ, West Block. III,

R.K. Puram,

New Delhi-110066

Naval Headquarters,

DMPR, OI&R Section,

Room No. 204,

‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhavan,

New Delhi-110011



Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: What is the educational qualification required to apply for NDA exam?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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
  • Piles
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Tonsillitis
  • Varicocele

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

  • 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?

Answer:

No. If you are from arts you cannot apply. 

Question: Is Girl eligibile for NDA?

Answer:

No girls are not eligible for NDA.

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aggregate 60% for nda means each subject have to get 60+marks ?

Dhameer Bhatia Student Expert 21st Feb, 2020

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.

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documents for 12 th students apply NDA form?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 20th Feb, 2020

Hello,

The documents required while filling the online application form are enlisted below

  • Class 10 marksheet
  • Adhaar card
  • Scanned image of passport size photograph
  • Scanned image of singnature
  • Valid email ID
  • Phone number
  • Credit card or debit card details.

Here is the link for NDA 2020.You can find the important information

https://competition.careers360.com/exams/nda

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Mai abhi 11th class Mai hu lekin Mai iss saal 12th me chala jaunga can I apply nda

Hello,

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.


Thank you.

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can you give me sample papers of NDA

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Feb, 2020
Hello

You can get nda previous year papers by visiting the following link-
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nda me passing mark kitana hota hai first exam me

Vikas gehlot 18th Feb, 2020

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

Year

NDA 1

NDA 2

2019 342(With at least 25 % marks in each subject) To be announced

2018

338 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)

325 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)

2017

342 (With 25 % in each subject)

258 (With 25% in each subject)

2016

288 (With 25 % in each subject)

229 (With at least 20% marks in each subject)

2015

306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject)

269 (With 25% in each subject)

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