NDA Exam 2022 - Eligibility, Selection Criteria and Cut-offs

An Introduction to NDA

National Defence Academy (NDA) examination is one of the most prestigious recruitment drives conducted twice a year to facilitate admission to the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA exam 2022 will also be held to recruit candidates for this respectable job position. The examination has two stages - written and SSB interview. The exam pattern of NDA 2022 will be set by the UPSC. Based on the results of these two stages, the admission procedure is executed. Nearly 4 lakh aspirants apply every year for this examination. 

 

The NDA 1 2022 exam will be held on April 10, 2022 and NDA 2 on September 4, 2022. This page has all the details of the eligibility criteria, important dates, exam patterns, etc. that you would want to know about the NDA Exam 2022.

 

NDA Exam 2022 – Highlights

  • Name: National Defence Academy Exam and Naval Academy Examination

  • Exam Level: National level

  • Frequency: Twice a year

  • Stages: The exam is conducted in two stages, written and SSB interviews

  • Mode: Offline

  • Conducting Board: The NDA examination is conducted by UPSC

  • Written Examination Duration: The total time allotted for written examination is 5 hours, 2.5 hours for mathematics and 2.5 hours for GAT

  • Language: ​English and Hindi

 

NDA 2022: Eligibility 

Candidates who want to apply for the NDA examination must strictly fulfil the criteria laid out by the Indian Government. First thing first, their citizenship must be one of the following types: 

  • A citizen of India 

  • A resident of Nepal 

  • A resident of Bhutan 

  • A Tibetian refugee who came to India before 1 June 1962 intending to permanently settle in India 

  • Any person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and East African countries like Ethiopia, Malawi, Zaire, Vietnam, or Zambia and have the intention to settle in India permanently. They have to provide a certificate in favour of their migration.

 

Educational Qualification Requirements

The educational qualification is not the same for all NDA academic streams; it is different for different courses.


To apply for the army, a candidate has to pass the 12th standard or HSC examination of school education in 10+2 format or any other examination which is equivalent to the HSC examination from a recognised board or a university.

 

To apply for the Air Force, Navy or Naval academy of NDA, a student has to pass the 12th standard or HSC examination with a 10+2 format from a recognized State Education Board with Physics and Mathematics.

 

Physical Criteria for Selection

For admission to the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examinations (I) and (II), 2022, candidates must be physically and intellectually fit. Every year, a considerable number of candidates fail the medical exam. As a result, applicants are urged to get a medical assessment before applying for the exam. 

 

Under-sized Chest, Wax (ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Overweight/ Underweight, Piles and Tonsillitis are among the minor defects/ailments that aspirants should address.

  

NDA 2022 Height and Weight Requirements for Army and Air Force

Height (in cms)

Weight (in kgs)

 

16-17 years

17-18 years

18-19 years

152

42.5

44.0

45.0

155

43.5

45.3

47.0

157

45.0

47.0

48.0

160

46.0

48.0

49.0

162

48.0

50.0

51.0

165

50.0

52.0

53.0

167

51.0

53.0

54.0

170

52.5

55.0

56.0

173

54.5

57.0

58.0

175

56.0

59.0

60.0

178

58.0

61.0

62.0

180

60.0

63.0

64.5

183

62.5

65.0

66.5

 

NDA 2022 Height and Weight Requirements for Navy

Height (In cms)

Weight (in kgs)

 

16 years

18 years

20 years

152

44

45

46

155

45

46

47

157

46

47

49

160

47

48

50

162

48

50

52

165

50

52

53

167

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

 

Exceptions - Female candidates must be at least 152 cm tall to be accepted for the Armed Forces. Gorkhas and applicants from India's North-Eastern Hills, Garhwal, and Kumaon will be admitted if they are at least 148 cm tall. Candidates who are under the age of 18 at the time of the examination will be given a growth allowance of 02 cm. 

 

The Flying Branch requires a minimum height of 163 cm. Ground Duty branches will have a minimum height requirement of 157.5 cm.  

 

The minimum acceptable height for Gorkhas and those from India's north-eastern areas and Uttarakhand's mountainous districts would be 5 cm lower (152.5 cm). The minimum allowable height for applicants from Lakshadweep might be decreased by 2 cm (155.5 cm). 

 

The following table includes the minimum requirements for heights of candidates who belong to different regions. 

Sl. No.

Category

Minimum Height Required for Male Candidates 

1.

Height requirement for tribals belonging to Ladakh

155 cm

2.

Height requirement for people belonging to the Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and Minicoy Islands

155 cm

3.

Height requirement for people belonging to Gorkhaland, Nepal, Assam, Garhwal, Kumaon, and Uttarakhand 

152 cm

4.

Height requirement for people belonging to Bhutan, Sikkim, and the Northeast Region

152 cm

 

Vision Standards

  • The acceptable distance vision (corrected) is 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye.

  • Maximum myopia allowed is 2.5 D.

  • Hypermetropia including astigmatism is allowed till 3.5 D.

  • Spectacles are a strict no for Indian Air Force candidates.

 

The visual standards for the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force are as follows:

Specifications

Air Force

Naval

Uncorrected without glass

6/6, 6/9

6/6

Corrected with glass

6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)

6/6

Astigmatism

+0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)

-

Limits of Hypermetropia

+2.00 D Sph

+1.5

Limits of Myopia

Nil

-0.75

Limits of Colour Perception

Nil re

I

Binocular Vision

Nil

III

Near Vision

N-5 each eye

-

Colour Vision

CP-I (MLT)

-

Retinoscopic Myopia

0.5

-

 

Tattoos Guidelines

  • Permanent body tattoos are allowed only on the inner side of the forearms out of the whole body.

  • UPSC has strictly banned tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist and the backside of the hand.

  • Relaxation will be given to a candidate if they belong to a tribe where it is customary to have a tattoo.

 

Age Limit 

  • Candidates who were born between July 02, 2003, and July 01, 2006, are eligible to take the NDA 1 2022 exam.

  • Candidates born between January 02, 2002, and January 01, 2005, are eligible to take the NDA 2 2022 test.

  • The date of birth must be written exactly as it appears on the matriculation certificate, secondary school leaving certificate, or any other similar certification recognised by the Indian University. The commission will not accept any other document as verification of date of birth.

 

Sex and Marital Status

  • Till 2022, only unmarried male candidates could apply for the NDA exam, but now even unmarried female aspirants can also participate in the NDA 2022 exam, as per the latest ruling of the Supreme Court.

  • During the selection process and until the programme is finished, both male and female candidates must be single.

  • An applicant will not be chosen if they marry before completing training.

  • If a candidate gets married while undergoing training, he or she will be fired and held accountable for the government's whole training expense.

 

Important Dates of NDA Exam 2022

It is the UPSC that declares the important dates of the NDA exam. Students can get updated information both on the official website of the UPSC as well as here, on this page.

 

Important Dates of NDA 1 Examination 2022

According to the UPSC 2022 calendar, here’s what the schedule of the NDA 2022 examination looks like:

Events

Dates

Things to do

Notification for NDA 1  exam 

December 22, 2021

The schedule for NDA 1, 2022 was published. Students must go through it. 

The application form opening

December 22, 2021

Registration started for the written examination of the NDA 1 examination. 

Last date for application

January 11, 2022.

Online application forms should be submitted within the deadline.

Withdrawal of application 

18 January 2022 – 24 January 2022

Candidates who don’t want to apply can withdraw their application.

Admit card

March 14, 2022

Candidates will get their admit cards 3 weeks before the NDA examination 1, on UPSC’s website. Aspirants will have to log in and download the admit card from the site.

Written examination

April 10, 2022

The examination will take place in two shifts (morning- 10.00 am to 12:30 pm, and afternoon – 2.00 pm to 4:30 pm) and will be conducted in 41 cities.

Declaration of written result

May 2022

The results will be published online. Roll numbers of the shortlisted candidates will be given in PDF format.

SSB Interview

July to September 2022

Shortlisted candidates will have to attend the SSB interview in 2 stages.

 

Important Dates of NDA 2 Examination 2022

Events

Dates

Things To Do

Notification for NDA 2 examination 

18th May 2022

 

Notification for the NDA 2 examination 2022 will be published.

Application form 

18th May 2022 

 

 

The application form for NDA 2 examination will be made available online along with the notification.

The last date for submission of the application form

14th June 2022

Application forms should be submitted within the deadline.

Admit card

August 2022

 

Registered candidates can get their admit cards online from UPSC’s website.

Written examination

4th September 2022

 

The examination will be conducted in two shifts. 

Result for written exam

October 2022

Results for the NDA 2 examination 2022 will be published online.

SSB Interview

January 2023 to April 2023

SSB interview will be conducted in 2 stages.

Final result

May 2023

 

NDA 2 final result will be announced in May 2022.

 

Selection Procedure of NDA 2022 Exam

  1. Application Form: Candidates have to fill out an online application form with a fee of Rs 100. They can pay this amount either online or via offline mode. The rejected applications will be notified after the submission of the application form gets closed. The candidates who don’t want to go ahead with the admission can withdraw their application within the given timeframe.

  2. Release of the Admit Card: By the midweek of August, i.e., 3 weeks before the examination, candidates can get their admit card on the website. No hard copy of the admit card is sent to their mailing address. Candidates have to log in and download the admit cards from the website by providing their roll or registration number.

  3. Written Examination: The written examination of NDA 1 will be a total of 900 marks. There will be two subjects: Mathematics and General Ability Test or GAT.  

 

The Mathematics syllabus comprises Algebra, Matrices, Trigonometry, Determinants, Statistics, Probability, Vector Algebra, Differential Calculus, and Analytical Geometry with two and three dimensions.

 

The General Ability Test or GAT Syllabus for NDA Exam comprises subjects like English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events, etc.

 

There will be 150 objective-type questions in GAT and 120 objective-type questions in the Mathematics paper. The languages in which candidates can give the NDA written examination are English and Hindi. The total duration of the exam will be 5 hours – 2.5 hours for Mathematics and 2.5 for the GAT examination.

 

The candidates have to score a minimum of around 25 per cent marks in each subject to be able to sit for the SSB interview.

  1. Result of the Written Examination: The result of the written examination will be published online, in which the roll numbers of the qualified candidates will be given. 

  2. SSB Interview: The SSB interview is an intelligence and personality test for the aspirants. It is conducted in two stages. In the first stage, candidates have to report to the selection centre or Air force selection boards or Naval selection boards.

 

The candidates who qualify for this round can take part in Round 2. In this round, the candidates have to provide their birth certificate and pass certificate. 

  1. Final Selection: After going through all the above-mentioned procedures, the selected candidates will get a chance for admission to the Army, Navy, Air force of NDA, and INAC. The final result for the NDA 1 examination 2022 will be published online. The allocation will be done on the basis of the vacancy and the eligibility, fitness, and merit cum preferences of the selected candidates. 

 

Previous Years’ NDA Cutoffs 

Here is a table with previous years’ NDA cutoffs. This will give you an insight into what you can expect from the NDA 2022 exam cutoff.

Year

NDA 1 cutoff (written exam, 900 marks)

NDA 1 cutoff (final, 1800 marks)

NDA 2 cutoff (written exam, 900 marks)

NDA 2 cutoff (final, 1800 marks)

2021

343 

709

355 

719

2020

355 

723

346 

709 

2019

342

704

325

688

2018

338 

705

258 

624

2017

342 

708

229 

602

 

Important Requirements for Withdrawing an Application

  • Before filling out the request for withdrawal of the application form, students should read all of the official requirements.

  • Candidates are recommended to supply information about their registered application form, as well as their completed and submitted registration ID. There will be no way to remove an unfinished application form.

  • Before requesting a withdrawal, candidates must ensure that their registration ID and number are still available. Only after giving the OTP given to the registered ID and no. will the request be granted.

  • Even if a candidate's application is successfully withdrawn, there is no provision for a return of the application cost. As a result, the money will be non-refundable.

  • Candidates must print the validated receipt after their final withdrawn online application request has been accepted. If a withdrawal is approved, it will not be revived in the future.

  • If a candidate filled out more than one application form, the registration ID with the most recent form will be considered for withdrawal. However, all previous forms will be rejected, and applicants will be notified through SMS or email.

  • After successfully withdrawing an application, an auto-generated email and SMS will be issued to the candidate.

 

How Many Seats are There in the NDA 2022 Exam?

In 2022, 400 seats in the National Defence Academy will be filled through the NDA 2022 Exam. Among these, 42 are for the Navy, 120 are for Air Force (28 ground duties), 208 vacancies are for Army, and the remaining 30 are for Naval Academy. 


Guidelines for the NDA Examination 2022

Candidates have to follow some guidelines for the NDA Examination 2022. These are discussed below.

  • Candidates have to carry their admit card and a photo id proof along with them.

  • Candidates can carry a clipboard with them.

  • Candidates will have to bring a black ball pen for the written examination.

  • Any kind of books, notes, loose sheets, instruments, electronic gadgets, calculators, log tables, and slide rules will be not allowed.

  • Any kind of misconduct of a candidate can cancel their candidature.

  • No cheating will be allowed during the examination.

 

Preparation Tips for NDA Exam 2022

  • Before beginning your UPSC NDA study, it is critical to have a thorough awareness of all aspects of the exam. Read the official announcement thoroughly to grasp the paper pattern and curriculum. Examine prior-year papers and cutoffs to have a solid knowledge of what to expect in the test.

  • After you've gone through the syllabus and prior year papers, make a study plan to cover the whole course thoroughly. Make sure your study plan includes enough revision time. Develop conceptual clarity for each topic covered in the course and put it to the test with sectional exams.

  • Revision is essential for passing any exam! Make repeated revisions of everything you've learned to improve conceptual understanding and idea retention.

  • Mock tests are the most effective instrument for assessing your performance in the UPSC NDA. Hence, write a sufficient number of mock tests at regular intervals. Perform a drill-down study to determine your strengths and shortcomings. 

  • Defence forces require candidates to be physically fit to carry out the demanding duties entrusted to them. As a result, maintain a balanced lifestyle and an exercise plan to stay physically fit and active.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. How are the exam centres allotted to the candidates?

The examination centres are allotted to the candidates on the ‘first-apply-first-serve’ basis. However, the candidates can choose exam centres as per their preference as well.

2. What is the application fee for this examination?

The application fee for the NDA exam is Rs 100.

3. Where can I get study material for the NDA 2022 examination?

You can find various Entrance Exam Solutions, including NDA 2022 from past years in PDF format, as well as questionnaires that have been solved by industry professionals on the Vedantu website. Get a head start on your exam preparation by downloading the Entrance Exam Question Papers with Solutions in PDF format for free.

4. How many seats are there at the National Defence Academy?

There are 418 seats vacant in the Academy, which will be filled by the NDA examination in 2022. 208 seats are vacant in Army, 42 seats in the Navy, and 120 seats in Airforce among which 28 seats are for ground duties. Other than this, 48 seats are vacant in the Naval Academy.

5. Who can apply for the NDA exam in 2022?

Any unmarried male can apply to the NDA examination 2022 who was born between 2 July 2001 to 1 July 2004. The candidates must pass the 10+2 exam from a recognized board or university.

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