NDA Exam

NDA 1 Notification 2023 Out: NDA Exam is conducted twice every year for selecting eligible candidates for the admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC). For the upcoming year, the NDA Exam will be conducted for the 151st Course and for the 113th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The selection of eligible males & females will be done through written Examination and SSB interviews. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the UPSC NDA 1 Notification 2023 pdf today 21st December 2022 for the course commencing on 2nd January 2023. The complete details including registration dates, eligibility criteria, application fee, and other information have been released along with the notification. 

NDA Exam 2023 Notification

NDA notification 2023 pdf for NDA 1 Exam has been released by the UPSC at www.upsc.gov.in on 21st December 2022 announcing vacancies for boys & girls to be recruited for FY 2023 for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the Indian Defence Forces. This exam is a gateway to joining the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force as an officer. The direct link for the official NDA 1 notification pdf is provided below, once it has been published on the official website.

NDA Notification 2023- Download Official PDF

NDA Exam 2023 Exam Summary

To have an overview of the UPSC NDA 1 Exam, the candidates must refer to the below summary table including all important details for the exam. Now eligible girls can also apply for National Defence Academy  & Naval Academy Examination. 

UPSC NDA 1 Exam 2023

Exam Name

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA-I)


Union Public Service Commission

Exam Level 


Total vacancies


Application Mode


Online Registration

21st December 2022 to 10th January 2023

Frequency of exam 

Twice a year

Exam stages 

Written Test and SSB Interview 

Exam mode 


Exam duration 

Five hours (Mathematics: 2½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT): 2½ hours) 

Exam pattern 

  1. GAT: 150 Objective type questions
  2. Mathematics: 120 Objective type questions


Unmarried Boys & Girls 

Language of Exam

English and Hindi 

Official website


NDA Exam Date 2023

NDA Exam Date 2023 has already been released by the UPSC for NDA 1 2022 exam along with UPSC NDA Notification 2023 pdf on 21st December 2022. The UPSC NDA-I 2023 Offline Written Examination will be conducted on 16th April 2023 (Sunday) & NDA-II will be conducted on 03rd September 2023 (Sunday) as mentioned in the notification pdf. Check the important dates for NDA 2023 from the below table and mark them on your calendar so you do not miss out on the exam dates.

UPSC NDA Exam Date 2023


NDA-1 Dates

NDA-2 Dates

NDA Notification 

21st December 2022

17th May 2023

NDA Application form 

21st December 2022

17th May 2023

Last date to apply 

10th January 2023

06th June 2023

Application Withdrawl

18th to 24th January 2023

To be notified

NDA Admit card 2022

March 2023

August 2023

NDA Exam Date 2023  

16th April 2023

03rd September 2023

NDA Answer Key [Unofficial]

16th April 2023

03rd September 2023

NDA Result 2023

May 2023

September 2023

SSB Interview 

To be notified

To be notified

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NDA 1 Vacancy 2023

The total number of vacancies to be recruited through the NDA 1 exam 2023 has been released along with the official NDA notification 2023 of the UPSC NDA 2023 exam on 21st December 2022. This year, a total of 395 vacancies are to be recruited through NDA 1 Exam 2023 for National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) out of which 352 belong to NDA and the remaining 42 for NA. Check the below table for detailed vacancy distribution for NDA 1 exam 2023.

NDA 2 Vacancy 2023 

National Defence Academy 


208 (including 10 for female candidates)



42 (including 03 for female candidates) 


Air Force

(i) Flying – 92 (including 02 for female candidates) 
(ii) Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (including 02 for female candidates) 
(iii) Ground Duties (Non Tech) – 10 (including 02 for female candidates) 

Naval Academy 
(10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)


25 (for male candidates only)




NDA 1 2023 Online Form 

The online application form for UPSC NDA 1 2023 exam has been activated today 21st December 2022 and ends on 10th January 2023 on www.upsc.gov.in. All the eligible boys & girls candidates interested in NDA-I 2023 can fill the NDA form 2023 through online registration by clicking on the link given below. The candidates can withdraw their NDA Application form between the 18th to 24th of January 2023.

NDA I 2023 Online Application Form Link 

NDA 2023 Application Fee

The Application fee for a General Category candidate is Rs 100/-

The fee can be deposited in any Branch of SBI by cash or can be submitted by using the net banking facility of the State Bank of India or directly by using Visa/ MasterCard/ Rupay Credit/ Debit Card.

Candidates belonging to SC/ ST candidates/ Sons of JCOs/ NCOs/ ORs are exempted from payment of the fee.

NDA Previous Year Question Paper PDFs- Click to Download

UPSC NDA 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must hold the minimum qualification to be eligible for Defence Jobs. Below we have mentioned the details for Education Qualification, Age Limit, Nationality, and Physical Standards.

NDA Education Qualification

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: The candidate should be 12th pass/HSC or equivalent examination from a State Education Board or a University

For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: The candidate should have completed their 12th Class/HSC or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics from a State Education Board or a recognised University

NOTE: The candidates appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 School Education or equivalent examination are too eligible to appear in the UPSC NDA examination.

NDA Age Limit 

Only unmarried male/female candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 2004 and not later than 1st July 2007 are eligible.


The candidates must be unmarried male/female and should be:

a Citizen of India, or

a Subject of Bhutan, or

a Subject of Nepal, or

a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

NDA Physical Standards

The candidates must be physically fit as per the physical standards for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. They should be able to fulfill the following criteria:

(a) Running: 2.4 km in 15 minutes

(b) Skipping

(c) Pushups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each

(d) Chin-ups: Minimum 08

(e) Rope Climbing: 3.4 meters

NDA Height Requirements

For Ground Duty

Height Requirement

Minimum height

Maximum height

Except states mentioned below

157.5 cm


Height for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to 
North Eastern regions of India and hilly regions of Uttarakhand

152.5 cm


Candidates from Lakshadweep

155.5 cm


For Flying Duty

Height Requirement

Minimum height

Maximum height

Sitting Height

81.5 cm

96 cm

Leg Length

99 cm

120 cm

Thigh Length


64 cm

Click for Detailed NDA Eligibility 2023

UPSC NDA 2023 Selection Process

UPSC NDA 1 is the examination process that is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to provide the opportunity to the youth of the country who wish to join defence jobs. The selection for defence jobs through NDA 1 Exam 2023 will be conducted in two stages:

Written examination

Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)

A candidate who qualifies in a written examination will be called for a personality test which will be conducted to check the intelligence and personality. The candidates have to clear both stages to get their names on the merit list. The merit list/final result will be generated by UPSC with the cumulative score of the Written Exam and the SSB will be considered for final selection.

NDA 2023 Exam Pattern 

The candidates who are preparing for NDA I Exam 2023, must be familiar with the exam pattern that is followed by UPSC. We have discussed the details for NDA-1 Exam Pattern 2023 below:

1. The exam will be conducted in an offline mode

2. The questions will be in Multiple Choice Questions

3. The questions will be asked in bilingual languages (English & Hindi)

4. There will be a negative marking of 0.83 marks for Maths, 1.33 for English, and 1.33 marks for GK

5. Have a look at the detailed exam pattern for NDA I Examination



Max. Marks





2.5 hours


General Ability Test


2.5 hours



5 hours

NDA 2023 Syllabus 

There would be two subjects Mathematics & General Ability Test for which the candidates have to be well-prepared. The candidates are advised to not skip any topic for NDA Exam and begin their preparation along with the detailed syllabus. There will be questions from English (200 marks) and General Knowledge (400 marks) in the General Ability Test.

Topics covered under Mathematics



Matrices and Determinants

Integral Calculus and Differential Equations


Vector Algebra

Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension

Statistics and Probability

Topics covered under General Ability Test

The questions in this paper will be asked from English language and General knowlegde.

Topics covered under English

Spotting Errors


Selecting Words

Ordering of Words in a Sentence

Sentence Improvement



Topics covered under General Knowledge



General Science

History & Freedom Movement


Current Affairs/ Events

Detailed NDA Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2023

NDA 1 SSB Interview 2023

The SSB Interview will be conducted for assessing the Intelligence and Personality Test. The candidates who have qualified in the written exam have to appear in 2 stages interview process conducted by the officials. The candidates who qualify for the interview round are required to submit a birth certificate and pass certificate. The merit list will be prepared on the basis of the candidate's performance in the written examination and interview round.

NDA Exam 2023 Admit Card

It is expected that UPSC will release the NDA II Admit Card in March 2023 for the exam which has been scheduled for 16th April 2023. The candidates who are going to register for the exam can download their UPSC NDA I Admit Card from the official website @upsc.gov.in using their registration number and password generated at the time of the UPSC NDA I 2023 Application Process.

NDA Admit Card 2023- Check Details

NDA Exam 2023 Answer Key

The answer key for UPSC NDA I Exam will be released officially after the conduction of the written test. The commission will be issuing a provisional answer key first to which the candidates can submit their objections. After the assessment of the provisional answer key and objections, the final answer key will be released.

NDA Answer Key 2023- Click to Check Details

NDA Exam 2023 Result

The result of the written test will be released around a month later after the conduction of the NDA-I 2023 Exam with the names of candidates shortlisted for the interview round. The commission will be releasing the merit list of candidates selected for the admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC) of the NDA for the 151st Course and for the 113th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) after the SSB Interview process.

NDA Result 2023- Click to Check Details

UPSC NDA 2023 Cut Off

The cutoff for the written exam and final selection is released after the declaration of the final result. NDA Cut Off marks for the written exam will be calculated out of 900. The final cutoff marks are calculated on the basis of marks scored by the last recommended candidates out of 1800 marks (900 marks for the written exam and 900 marks for the SSB Interview). The minimum qualifying mark for each subject is 25%. The candidates can check the previous year's cut off marks for NDA Exam below.

NDA (II) 2021 Cutoff


Cut off

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


Marks secured by last recommended candidate (Final Stage) (out of 1800) 


NDA (I) 2021 Cut Off


Cut off

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


Marks secured by last recommended candidate (Final Stage) (out of 1800) 


UPSC NDA Cut Off [Previous Year]- Click to Check

NDA 2023 Exam Centres

The candidates were given choice to choose their preferred cities for the exam centres while filling their application form. Below is the list of cities where the UPSC NDA I Exam 2023 will be conducted on 16th April 2023.






















Garwhal (Srinagar)


Gautam Budh Nagar

























Navi Mumbai


Panaji (Goa)




Port Blair


Prayagraj (Allahabad)


















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