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UPSC NDA Selection Process 2024 - Step wise process, Written Exam, SSB Interview

UPSC NDA Selection Process 2024 - Step wise process, Written Exam, SSB Interview

Edited By Soujanya K | Updated on May 06, 2024 05:31 PM IST | #NDA

UPSC mentioned the NDA 2024 selection process in the official notification. The NDA 2024 notification containing the details will be available for download on their official website Candidates are encouraged to go through the selection process to get an idea of how the NDA exam will take place.

UPSC NDA Selection Process 2024 - Step wise process, Written Exam, SSB Interview
UPSC NDA Selection Process 2024 - Step wise process, Written Exam, SSB Interview

There are 3 Main stages in the NDA selection process 2024. First, Candidates must appear for the NDA 2024 written exam followed by the SSB interview and medical examination. According to the NDA admission process, only candidates who have cleared the written exam will be called for the SSB interview. Hence, it is important for candidates to prepare well for the NDA 2024. Candidates can prepare effectively using NDA question papers, the exam pattern, and the syllabus. The NDA final merit list 2024 will be prepared based on how candidates perform in both the written exam and interview. Candidates can go through the material below for more information about the NDA Joining Process 2024.

NDA Selection Process 2024- Stages

  • NDA Written Exam 2024

  • NDA SSB Interview

  • Medical Examination

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NDA Selection Process 2024 - Written Exam

The first stage in the NDA selection process is the written exam. The NDA 2024 written exam comprises two papers - Elementary Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The total marks allotted to the NDA written exam is 900. Candidates have to clear both papers separately.

NDA Paper 1 comprises 120 questions for 300 marks while paper 1 comprises 150 questions for 600 marks. As per the NDA exam pattern 2024, there will be a negative marking of one-third marks in both papers. Candidates who score marks equal to or more than the NDA 2024 cut-off marks will be called for the SSB interview.

NDA 2024 Selection Process - SSB Interview

Candidates who clear the NDA exam 2024 will be called for the SSB interview at various selection centres. NDA SSB Interview is a five day process held at Indian Armed Force selection centres. NDA SSB day 1 comprises a Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PPDT) and an Officer Intelligence Rating Test (OIR). Shortlisted candidates on day 1 are retained at the selection centre for the next four days.

The further NDA interview process comprises Psychology Tests, Group Testing Officers Task (GTO), Personal Interviews and a Conference of the NDA selection process. There is no specific syllabus of 2024 NDA for the interview round. For more details, candidates can check the table provided below.

NDA Selection Process 2024: Stepwise Selection Process




  • Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PPDT)

  • Officer Intelligence Rating Test (OIR)

Psychological Tests

  • Thematic Apperception Test

  • Word Association Test

  • Situation Reaction Test

  • Self Description Test

Group Testing Officers Task (GTO)

  • Group Discussion

  • Group Planning Exercise

  • Progressive Group Task

  • Half Group Task

  • Individual Obstacles Task

  • Command Task

  • Snake Race and Group Obstacle Race

Personal Interview

Personal Interview with Officers


It comprises interaction with all board members including GTO, psychologist, board president and others

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NDA SSB Selection Centres 2024

Candidates appearing for NDA 2024 must check selection centres from the table mentioned below.

List of SSB Interview Centres


SSC Centres

Indian Air Force (IAF)

  • 1 AFSB Dehradun

  • 2 AFSB Mysore

  • 3 AFSB Gandhi Nagar

  • 4 AFSB Varanasi

Indian Navy

  • NSB Coimbatore

  • 12 SSB Bangalore

  • 33 SSB Bhopal

Indian Army

  • Selection Center East Allahabad

  • Selection Center Central Bhopal

  • Selection Center South Bangalore

NDA Selection Process 2024 - Medical Examination

Recommended candidates from the SSB interview of the NDA selection process will be called for medical examination. In the SSB medical exam, candidates will be tested on various factors like height, weight, physical fitness and others. Candidates declared physically fit in all respects will be commissioned as Cadets in various academies of the Indian Army Forces.

Documents Required for NDA Selection Process 2024

Candidates appearing for the NDA interview process at SCN have to carry the below-mentioned documents.

  • Original 10th pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth

  • Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification

  • Valid Photo ID proof

  • Caste certificate if belonging to SC, ST, OBC etc

  • SSB call letter

NDA Selection Process 2024 - Final Merit List

  • To get acquainted with the Indian Armed Forces, candidates need to secure a minimum NDA cut off 2024 to get an SSB call letter.

  • Candidates appearing for the Indian Air Force have to qualify Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).

  • The final result of the NDA 2024 selection process will be prepared on the basis of performance in the written exam and SSB interview.

NDA Selection Process 2024 - Final Call

The exam authorities will issue the NDA final call letter to join the course. The final call letter of the NDA 2024 will be issued after the entire selection process is over. UPSC will issue the final call letter to the candidates who cleared all the levels of the NDA selection process.

NDA Selection Process 2024 - Reasons for candidate’s disqualification

  • Candidates previously rejected on the basis of medical standards are not allowed to attend the SSB interview of the NDA selection process.

  • Candidates who were withdrawn previously from NDA/NA on medical grounds or left the training voluntarily will be eligible for admission only if they qualify for the medical fitness test.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Who conducts the NDA exam?

The NDA exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

2. What are the different stages of the NDA selection procedure 2024?

As per the selection procedure of NDA 2024, the stages include written examination, SSB interview, medical examination, and the final merit list.

3. What is the minimum age limit to apply for NDA 2024?

The minimum age limit for NDA 1 is 16.5 years.

4. Is the medical examination compulsory for NDA selection 2024?

Yes, the medical examination is one of the important stages of the NDA Selection procedure 2024.

5. What are the different branches of NDA?

The different branches of NDA include the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Indian Army and the Indian Navy.

6. Is the NDA selection procedure for the IAF, Indian Army and Indian Navy the same?

Yes, the selection procedure of NDA 2024 for all the branches is the same.

7. What are the documents required in the NDA selection procedure 2024?

Candidates need to submit class 10th and 12th certificates, valid photo ID, SSB call letter and caste certificate (if applicable) during the NDA selection procedure 2024.

8. What are the different stages of an SSB interview?

The different stages of the NDA SSB interview are screening. psychological Tests, Group Testing Officers Task (GTO), Personal Interview and conference.

9. I am medically not physically fit. Can I apply for NDA 2024?

If a candidate is not physically fit as per the NDA selection parameters, they cannot apply for NDA.


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Questions related to NDA

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The application fee of NDA examination is Rs 100 for General/ OBC/ EWS category aspirants and for SC, ST, Sons of JCOs, NCOs, and ORs, it is free of cost.

These are the credentials and details needed for NDA application:

  • Active email ID and mobile number.

  • Scanned photograph and signature.

  • Valid photo ID card details.

  • Other NDA exam registration details/documents and certificates (if applicable).

  • Basic personal and academic details

  • NDA form fee payment details - Visa/Master/Rupay debit or credit card/UPI payment or by using internet banking of any bank etc

Please visit the website by clicking on the link given below for more information:

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Yes, a student who has passed their 12th grade with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) and meets the age and physical fitness requirements can apply for the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam. However, the admission process also involves clearing written exams and interviews conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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Having a small crack in your right elbow may impact your eligibility for the NDA exam due to the specific medical standards required. It is always advisable to consult with a medical professional familiar with NDA medical criteria for clarification.

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Yes, Hindi medium students can join the National Defence Academy (NDA). The NDA entrance exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), and candidates can choose to write the exam in either Hindi or English. The exam includes papers on Mathematics and General Ability, and candidates can choose the language in which they are most comfortable.

To join NDA, candidates must also meet other eligibility criteria related to age, nationality, and physical fitness. It's important to thoroughly review the official NDA notification and guidelines provided by the UPSC to ensure you meet all the requirements before applying.

Eligibility criteria of NDA:


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The age limit for candidates appearing for the NDA exam is as follows:

  • For NDA 1, candidates should be born between July 2, 2005, and July 1, 2008.
  • For NDA 2, candidates should be born between January 2, 2004, and January 1, 2007.

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