NDA 2024 exam dates and eligibility criteria

NDA 2024

NDA 2024 exam dates and eligibility criteria. The application form will open on 20 December 2023.  NDA NA exam is organized twice a year i.e. NDA (1) April session and NDA (II) November session by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The candidates need to clear the written test by scoring the minimum cut-off marks after which they can appear for a 5- a Days Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview round and hence get admission into the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The candidates after qualifying for the interview round of SSB have to go through the medical examination and document verification procedure.

What is the cut-off marks and pay scale for NDA NA candidates

 NDA NA-1 2024 Schedule

Application Opens 20 Dec-23
Application Closes 9 Jan-24
Exam Date 21 Apr-24

Application Fees: ₹ 100

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SC/ST/Women candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from paying the fees.

Eligibility for NDA-NA I 2024 Application:

  • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent 6 examinations conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Air Force, Naval(NDA) and INA Cadet Entry Scheme

  • Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:—12th Class pass with subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

NDA-NA I Application – Appearing Candidates: Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

Admit Card

Only eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website (upsconline.nic.in)


Candidates should note that there will be a penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

Important Instruction in Exam

Black Pen in Exam

The candidate must use a black ball pen only for both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet (Answer Sheet). Do not use a Pencil or Ink pen.


The total Number of Vacancies is as follows-:

Army Total 208  10 for female candidate
Navy A total of 42    03 female candidate
Flying Total 92 02 for female candidates
Ground Duties Total 18 02 for female candidates
Ground Duties Non-Tech Total 10 02 for female candidates

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 30 (for male candidates only)

Total Vacancies-400

NDA Exam Pattern 2024

The written exam of NDA has two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The written test carries a total of 900 marks. Candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam are called for SSB Interview

NDA Syllabus 2024

The syllabus covers topics from Mathematics and the General Ability Test (GAT). The syllabus is taken from 10, 11, and 12 standards.


Mathematics: Algebra, Calculus, Matrices and Determinants, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations,  Trigonometry, Vector Algebra, Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension and Statistics and Probability.

GAT: The General Ability Test is divided into two parts.

Part A comprises questions in English,

Part B has questions from General Knowledge. Questions in the English part carry Grammar and Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Cohesion. Questions in General Knowledge are asked from Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, Geography, and Current Events.

 Cut Off Marks

Minimum qualifying standard at the written stage (out of 900)

  • With at least 25% marks in each subject)

The number of Recommended candidates was 519 in the year 2022 in NDA NA I

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