NDA 2019, NDA Exam Date & Centres, NDA Syllabus, NDA Eligibility, Admit Card, Preparation TipsThe National Defence Academy is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training. NDA alumni have led and fought in every major dispute in which the Indian Armed Forces has been called to action since the academy was established.NDA is said to be the first tri-service academy in the world.

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) will conduct the NDA 2019 examination. It is a national level entrance test and is conducted to recruit candidates in the Army, Navy and Air Force which is followed by an extensive interview conducted by SSB. Finally, a medical test to keep a check on the candidate’s overall health and physical fitness.

Around 4,50,000 applicants appear for the exam every year, among which only 6,300 are called for the interview round. Out of these, only 320 cadets are accepted to the academy, each semester. 70 for the Airforce, 42 for Navy and 208 cadets for the army.

At NDA, all cadets of Army, air force and navy are trained together for 3 years together, after which they are given B.SC Degree in science. After which, Army cadets go to IMA, Air Force cadet goes to AFA Hyderabad and, Naval cadet goes to INA Ezhimala, Kerala.

NDA Application Form Filling Procedure:

Before filling the application, candidates must check the guidelines to fill the application form.

Procedure for filling the application form:-

  • UPSC will provide the NDA 2019 application form through online mode.
  • The application form will be released from 9th January (for NDA I) and 7th August (for NDA II).
  • The registration form comprises of two parts, i.e. Part I and Part II.
  • Candidates will have to provide their general details in Part I.
  • In Part II, candidates have to select their exam, pay the application fee and upload the scanned images of photograph and signature.
  • The images should be in JPG format with photograph (3KB – 40KB) and signature (1KB – 40KB) size.
  • No correction facility provided after the final submission of UPSC NDA application form.
  • No need to send the printout of the application form to the UPSC.

Application fee details:-

  • The application fee will be Rs. 100/-.
  • Candidates will have to pay the application fee through debit/credit card and SBI net banking.
  • Fee payment can also be done through challan of SBI bank.
  • SC/ST candidates, Sons of JCOs, NCOs & Ors are exempted from the payment of application fee.

NDA Rules & Regulations:

  • The candidates are allowed to carry the following essentials inside the examination hall – Clipboard or hardboard (on which nothing is written), a good quality H.B. pencil for making responses on the Answer Sheet, eraser, pencil sharpener and a pen containing blue or black ink. Answer Sheet and sheet for rough work will be supplied by the Invigilator.
  • Articles exempted from being carried inside the examination hall – Do not bring into the Examination Hall any article other than those specified above, e.g., books, notes, loose sheets, electronic or any other type of calculators,mathematical and drawing instruments,Test Booklets and rough sheets pertaining to earlier session(s), etc.
  • No candidate shall copy from the papers of any other candidate nor permit his papers to be copied nor give nor attempt to give nor obtain nor attempt to obtain irregular assistance of any description.
  • No candidate should misbehave in any manner or create disorderly scene in the Examination Hall or harass the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of the examination. Any such misconduct will be severely penalized.

  • Since the answer sheets will be evaluated on computerized machines, candidates should exercise due care in handling and filling up the answer sheets.
  • Carrying of electronic devices to the Examination hall by the candidates are strictly prohibited.
  • Please read and abide by the instructions on the cover of the Test Booklet. If any candidate indulges in disorderly or improper conduct he/she will render itself liable for disciplinary action and/or imposition of a penalty as the Commission may deem appropriate.

NDA Eligibility Criteria:

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has prescribed the eligibility criteria of NDA 2019. The eligibility criteria include nationality, age limit, educational qualification, and physical standard. To be eligible, candidates must fulfill the following NDA eligibility criteria


  • A citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 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.

Note: Candidate belonging to these categories must have a certificate of eligibility in their favor issued by the Government of India. However, candidates hailing from the Gorkha region of Nepal will not require a certificate of eligibility.

Age Limit

For NDA (1) 2019: The candidates possessing age between 2nd July 2000 to 1st July 2003 are eligible for the examination. If born before 2nd July 2000 and after 1st July 2003 then not eligible for NDA (1) 2019 exam.

For NDA (2) 2019: Those who have age between 2nd January 2001 to 1st January 2004 are permitted to write the exam. If the candidate bears the age before 2nd January 2001 and after 1st January 2004, they are not allowed to appear the exam.

Minimum Age: 16.5 years

Maximum Age: 19.5 years

Marital Status

Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA examination. Girls are not allowed for the NDA entrance examination.

Note: The DOB mentioned in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate available or an equivalent certificate will be considered by the commission.

Educational Qualification

(i) Eligibility for Indian Army:

The candidates want to apply for Indian Army must have completed 12th (10+2 pattern) or its equivalent exam from a well-recognized board.

The appearing candidates can also apply.

(ii) Eligibility for Indian Navy and Air Force:

Those seeking for Indian Navy and Air Force must have passed their 12th/appearing (10+2 pattern) from a recognized board or University with Physics and Mathematics as a compulsory subject.

  • Physical standards

(i) Candidates must be physically & mentally fit as per the physical standards maintained by the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2019.

(ii) A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.

(iii) There should be no symptoms of a weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight. The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.

(iv) Well developed chest. A fully expanded chest should not be less than 81cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. Chest X-Ray is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any chest diseases.

(v) No maldevelopment or impairment of a function of the bones or joint.

(vi) No past history of mental breakdown or fits.

(vii) A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colors. Candidates will be required to produce certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness.

NDA 2019 Exam Dates:

The National Defence Academy has announced the tentative schedule of the upcoming examination to be held in 2019. All the candidates who are appearing for the examination must understand the important dates provided. So, following is the complete schedule for Candidates –

Events Notification releases Application form availability Submission last date Admit card releases Examination date Results declaration
NDA I 9th January 2019 9th January 2019 4th February 2019 1 or 2 weeks prior to the examination 21st April 2019 May 2019
NDA II 7th August 2019 7th August 2019 3rd September 2019 1 or 2 weeks prior to examination 17th November 2019 November 2019.

NDA Exam Pattern:

Examination details Particulars
Mode Offline
Total number of questions 270
Type of questions Objective type – MCQs
Section Part 1 – Mathematics – 120 questions
Part 2 – General Ability – 150 questions English
General knowledge
Examination duration 2.5 hours for each subject
Marking scheme Correct answer – + marks
Wrong answer – 1/3 marks
Total marks 900
Answering mode Black ballpoint pen
Examination language English and Hindi

Segregation of marks according to subjects

Mathematics – 300 marks

General Ability Part 1 (English) – 200 marks

General Ability Part 2 (General knowledge) – 400 marks

SSB interview – 900 marks

Total – 1800 marks.

NDA Exam Centre:

  • Allahabad
  • Bareilly
  • Hyderabad
  • Bhopal
  • Port Blair
  • Ranchi
  • Mumbai
  • Cuttack
  • Kohima
  • Delhi NCR
  • Aizawl
  • Dehradun
  • Ahmedabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Lucknow
  • Jaipur
  • Chennai
  • Imphal
  • Nagpur
  • Jorhat
  • Shimla
  • Tirupati
  • Madurai
  • Panaji
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Udaipur
  • Srinagar
  • Jammu
  • Gangtok
  • Shillong
  • Itanagar
  • Dharwad

NDA Admit Card:

Follow the given procedure step by step to download the UPSC NDA admit card 2019:

  • Go to the official website. (Link will be provided above)
  • Click on the given link.
  • A new page will be opened on the computer screen.
  • Then, click on the “Click Here” link under the section of “To download e-Admit Card”.
  • Read the instructions carefully & click on the “Yes” button.
  • Take a print out copy of it for exam day.
  • Now, select any of the given options, i.e. “By Registration ID” & “By Roll Number”.
  • Fill your “Registration ID/Roll Number”.
  • Select your “Date of Birth”.
  • Now, click on the submit button.
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download it & take a print copy of it for further process.

During NDA hall ticket 2019 downloading process, candidates also have to download the “Important Instructions to the Candidate” & bring the same with the e-admit card.

NDA Exam Syllabus:


  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra
  • Differential calculus
  • Vector algebra
  • Integral calculus and differential equations
  • Matrices and determinants
  • Analytical geometry of two and three dimensions
  • Statistics
  • Probability


Part A

English: The English syllabus covers the topics like vocabulary, Grammar, and usage, comprehension, and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part B

General Knowledge: The question paper comprises of general knowledge and covers the subjects that include Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, Geography and Current Events.


  • Motion of objects
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Force and Momentum
  • Parallelogram of Forces
  • Stability and Equilibrium of bodies
  • Gravitation
  • Velocity and Acceleration
  • Power and Energy
  • Sound waves and their properties
  • Simple musical instruments
  • Natural and Artificial Magnets
  • Properties of a Magnet
  • Earth as a Magnet
  • Lightning Conductors
  • Safety Fuses
  • Simple Pendulum.


  • Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, and Carbon-Di-oxide
  • Oxidation and Reduction
  • The material used in the preparation of substances like soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches, and Gun-Powder
  • Carbon – different forms
  • Physical and Chemical changes
  • Symbols, Formulas and simple Chemical Equations
  • Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems)
  • Properties of Air and Water, Acids, bases, and salts
  • Elements, Mixtures, and Compounds
  • Fertilizers – Natural and Artificial
  • Elementary ideas about the Structure of Atom
  • Equivalent and Molecular Weights

General Science

  • The basis of Life – Cells, Protoplasms, and Tissues
  • Constituents of food, Balanced Diet
  • Achievements of Eminent Scientists
  • Difference between the living and non-living
  • Elementary knowledge of human Body and its important organs
  • Food – Source of Energy for man
  • Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals
  • Common Epidemics, their causes, and prevention
  • The Solar System – Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.


  • Freedom Movement in India
  • Bhoodan
  • Sarvodaya
  • National Integration and Welfare State
  • Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi
  • A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation
  • Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India
  • Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Forces shaping the modern world
  • Exploration
  • War of American Independence
  • French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, and the Russian Revolution.


  • Origin of Earth
  • Weathering – Mechanical and Chemical
  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • The atmosphere and its composition
  • Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure
  • Rocks and their classification
  • Planetary Winds, cyclones, and Anti-cyclones
  • Humidity, Condensation, and Precipitation
  • Major Natural regions of the World
  • Important Sea ports and main sea, land, and air routes of India.

Current Events

Current important world events, Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent years, prominent personalities – both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

NDA Preparation Tips:

Firstly, Candidates needs to make a detailed note of all the topics included in the NDA Examination 2019 and should prepare every topic thoroughly. Knowing the syllabus will help students prepare efficiently. As the syllabus will be completely based on the XI and XII standard, it will be a little relief for the appearing students.

Here are some tips that would be helpful for the students to score better –

  • Download previous years question papers and sample papers for the exam preparation.
  • Every equation and key points should be on the student’s fingertips.
  • Candidates should also try to recapitulate all the topics frequently.
  • Regular discussions on relatable topics with friends are very helpful.
  • Candidates should not ignore the topics in which they are weak if they have ample time for preparation. In case of less time, they can do the vice-versa.
  • Candidates should focus more on notes instead of textbooks as they are more effective.
  • If they face any problem/issue he/she should clear it out with their guide in order to secure good rank.
  • Last and most important revise what you study.
  • Always be healthy.

Important Books for NDA Preparation:

  • Pathfinder 2018 For NDA Entrance Examination by Your Book Publication
  • National Defence Academy Examination – Upkar Prakashan
  • Mathematics for NDA and NA – R.S Aggarwal
  • Compendium General knowledge 2018 with latest facts & data – Kumar Sundaram
  • General Knowledge 2018 for useful SSC, NDA, IAS, PCS and other exams – Rajat Wasan
  • Chapterwise – Sectionwise solved papers NDA & NA (Maths/English/General Ability) with explanatory solutions – Arihant experts.

How to check NDA 2019 result?

NDA Result 2019 will be declared one month after the conduction of the examination. It will be displayed in the .pdf format on the official website of NDA, www.nda.nic.in. Result for NDA 2019 written test and Selection process (SSB) shall be declared separately.

  • Steps to be followed to check the NDA 2019 result :
  • Visit the official link of UPSC,
  • Search for the link provided for “NDA Result 2019/cut-off public merit list” and click on it.
  • Enter your registration detail and submit.
  • The result will be displayed on the screen.
  • The result will be displayed in the PDF format, which will contain the roll no. of candidates will be qualified.
  • Candidates are required to take the print out of the result and keep safe for future use.