National Defence Academy

Updated on: Feb 1, 2013

The National Defence Academy in Pune was established 57 years ago and has been an extremely admired entity throughout. The academy also known as the NDA is a national pride and has advanced rigorously as the years have passed by. NDA today symbolizes excellence in every pursuit. The institution has implemented the highest standards of education and professionalism as the foundation and core of its thoughts and beliefs.

Its vast estate is replete with the best looking buildings, structures, lots and lots of natural beauty and an impeccable tidiness that can only be associated with military men. The institution proudly boasts the several prestigious awards won by its students, many of whom have not been around to receive them and are now called martyrs. The institution has churned out plenty of President’s Medal winners, Arjuna Award winners and other award winners.


The National Defence Academy provides you with a necessary foundation for a career in the Indian military services. Fundamental military sciences are taught along with a three year mandatory course including subjects typical of a University degree. In the final year, there is specialization into the specific branch of the Indian military services that the cadet desires to join.
On successful completion of the three-year course, the cadet is given a University Degree and goes on to the training establishments of the Service he has opted for. Army cadets go to the IMA at Dehra Dun, Air Force cadets to the ab-initio flight training establishments and the Naval cadets for Midshipman training to the Training Ships.


XII Class / Equivalent passed certificate conducted by State Board / Universities. Candidate appearing for above examination can also apply.
Unmarried male candidates only
Age between 16 1/2 to 19 years
Nationality - A candidate must be either:
A citizen of India, or
A subject of Bhutan, or
A subject of Nepal, or
A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia and Vietnam, with the intention of permanently setting in India)
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.


About a year before the commencement of a Course, a brief notice appears in the leading daily newspapers and a detailed notification in the Government of India Gazette, offering about the entrance examination to be held by the UPSC six months later at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Cochin, Cuttack, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur (Guwahati), Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Kohima, Lucknow, Madras, Madurai, Nagpur, Panji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Tirupati, Trivandrum, Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam.


A candidate seeking admission to the examination must apply to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur, House, New Delhi-110011, on the application form published in newspapers. The candidates may utilise the original form published in newspapers or in "Employment News" and fill up the columns in their own handwriting with ball-point pen. They may also use the application form and the Attendance Sheet neatly typewritten on white paper (foolscap size) in double space typed on only one side of th,e paper. There is no objection to candidates using printed/Application Form and Attendance Sheet, if available, from private agencies as long as the format is exactly the same as published in the advertisement. Candidates who have appeared for the previous examinations will not be considered. The envelope containing the application should be superscribed in bold letters as "APPLICATION FOR NATIONAL ACADEMY EXAMINATION".


The process of selecting cadets for the National Defence Academy is split into three phases:

A written examination held by the Union Public Service Commission.
An interview by the Service Selection Board to assess a candidate's officer potentialities (Intelligence and personality test).
A medical examination by a Service Medical Board.
Scheme of the Examination
The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows :
Subject Code Duration Max Marks
Mathematics 01 2 1/2 hours 300
General Ability02 2 1/2 hours 600
The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. the question papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.


Paper I - Mathematics : (Maximum Marks 300)
Arithmetic, Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics.
Paper II - General Ability
Part A - English (Maximum Marks 200)
Part B - General Knowledge (Maximum Marks 400)

Section A (Physics)
Section B (Chemistry)
Section C (General Science)
Section D (History, Freedom Movement etc)
Section E (Geography)
Section F (Current Event)

Note : Out of the maximum marks assigned to Part B of this paper, questions on Sections A, B, C, D, E and F carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightage respectively.

For more details please refer to Advertisement, along with APPLICATION FORM and detailed subject-wise Prospectus published by the UPSC every six months, i.e. April / May and October / November in all the local newspapers and Employment News.


Science Stream (B. Sc.) / B. Sc. (Computer Science) Social Science Stream (B.A)


  • Physics (Compulsory)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (Compulsory)
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Political Science

Cross Stream Subjects (Non-Credit) (Any 3)

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

Common Non-Credit Subjects

  • Workshop
  • Auto
  • Area Study
  • Military History

Common Non-Credit Subjects

  • Common Service Subject - CSS (I to V Semesters)
  • Special Service Subject - SSS (VI Semester) (Based on service of a cadet)
  • Computer Appreciation Course (All Cadets)


Khadakwasla Lake, Dudhanvadi Plateau
Pune - 411024
Landmark: Near Pune Railway Station
Phone: 25206828, 25206616

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Deputy Commandant
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Colonel in charge Administration
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Director Training
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OC 1 Battalion
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OC 2 Battalion
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OC 3 Battalion
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OC 4 Battalion
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Cadet Section
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Training Branch
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Adventure Cell
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Administration Branch
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Education Branch

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Web Master NDA Website
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Public Relations Officer
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NDA Ball
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Passing Out Parade related activities
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MIS Cell
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