NDA Exam Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Exam Syllabus - 2023


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2023, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Vacancy details.

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy examination is the sought-after defence examination in the country among young aspirants who want to serve the nation. The Union Public Service Commission holds the recruitment of NDA and NA exam as NDA- I and NDA- II twice every year in April and September. The exam is conducted for recruitment of the candidates to regular Army, Navy and Air force. This is a National level entrance examination. Every year lakhs of applications by the young aspirants from all parts of the country. Candidates who are willing to join the defence forces this is the best gateway to serve the nation.

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2022, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Vacancy details.

NDA and NA examination Important Dates 2022

The UPSC commence the NDA and NA examination 2022 from December 30, 2021. As per the latest UPSC Calendar, tentative exam dates are given below- 

For NDA & NA Examination , 2022

Exam Event Important Dates
Date of Notification 22 December 2021
Date of Online Application 22 December 2021 - 1 January 2022
Date of Examination 10 April 2022

For NDA & NA Examination , 2022

Exam Event Important Dates
Date of Notification 18 May 2022
Date of Online Application 18 May 2022 - 14 June 2022
Date of Examination 4 September 2022

The dates of notification, commencement and duration of Examinations/ RTs are liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant.

NDA & NA 2022, Eligibility Criteria

Candidates willing to appear for the NDA and NA exams are required to fulfil the eligibility conditions.


Applicant must be an Indian citizen/ subject of Bhutan/ subject of Nepal or refugee of Tibet (came to India before 1st January 1962 and settled permanently in India.

Candidates, migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Tanzania Zambia Uganda, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam or Ethiopia with an intention of settlement in India are also eligible to apply.

Foreign national (except Gorkha) will be required to produce eligibility certificate issued by Govt. of India.

Age, Gender & Marital Status

Age: Candidate age should be between 16.5 – 19.5 years. For NDA-I candidate must be born between 2 July 2003 – 1 July 2006. For NDA- II, he must be born between 2nd January 2004 – 1st January 2007.

Gender: Male & Female candidates are eligible to apply for NDA Exam.

Marital Status: For NDA, the male candidate should be unmarried. The candidate will not be allowed to get married until completing their training.


Educational Qualification

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: 10th & 12th passed from a recognized board or university.

For Air Force and Naval Wings (Cadet Entry Scheme): Passed 10th & 12th level from a recognized board or university with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

Appearing: Candidates who are appearing in 12th level or waiting for result will be eligible.

Physical Fitness

Candidate must be physically fit according to the physical standards set by the commission.

NDA & NA 2022, Exam Pattern

Students can check details of NDA Exam pattern below:

Exam Mode: Pen-paper based (offline)

Language of Paper: English or Hindi language.

Type of Questions: objective type of questions.

Number of Section: The paper will be divided into two sections : Mathematics & General Ability Test

Total Marks: The paper will be of  900 marks (Mathematics – 300, General Ability Test – 600). Also, the interview round i.e.SSB will be of 900 marks.

Marking Scheme: 33% of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Know distribution of marks and time duration of each subject

Subject Code Maximum Marks Exam Duration
Mathematics 01 300 02 hors and 30 minutes
General Ability Test 02 600 02 hours and 30 minutes
Total 900

NDA & NA 2022, Exam Syllabus

Every aspirant of NDA must go through the syllabus thoroughly before examination. Subject wise detail of the syllabus for the examination is given below.


Matrices & Determinants

Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions

Integral calculus and Differential Equations



Statistics and Probability

Differential Calculus

Vector Algebra etc.


Question paper of English will be designed for testing the student understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like:




Usage and Cohesion in extended text to test the candidate's proficiency in English.

General Knowledge

Paper of GK in NDA will cover various topics from the subjects:



Social Studies

General Science

Geography & Current Events.

SSB interview

The candidates who qualify the written examination will be called for SSB interview. The interview session will carry 2 stages as

Stage-l. Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR), picture perception, and description test.

Stage-ll. Group Testing Officer Tasks, psychology tests and Conference

NDA & NA 2022, Exam Centers

Examination will be held at the following centers:

State Exam Center
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Uttar Pradesh Bareilly
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Tripura Agartala
Karnataka Bangalore
Karnataka Dharwad
Mizorom Aizawl
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Tamil Nadu Madurai
Andhra Pradesh Tirupati
Andhra Pradesh Vishakhapatnam
Rajasthan Jaipur
Rajasthan Udaipur
Kerala Kochi
Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
Jammu & Kashmir Srinagar
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Cuttack
Odisha Sambalpur
Delhi Delhi NCR
Assam Dispur
Assam Jorhat
Sikkim Gangtok
Telangana Hyderabad
Manipur Imphal
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Nagaland Kohima
West Bengal Kohima
Jharkhand Ranchi
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Maharashtra Mumbai
Maharashtra Nagpur
Bihar Patna
Goa Panaji
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair

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