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NDA Eligibility Criteria 2017–2018 OBC/SC Age, Education for Male/Female

NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA is an entrance exam which is held twice in a year in the month of April and September. Candidates who want to apply for NDA Enterance Exam should be aware of any changes in NDA Eligibility Criteria.  National Defence Academy has released latest eligibility criteria for reserved categories like SC/OBC (male/female) including Age criteria/Education details/Physical Standards etc. candidates applying for NDA 1 & 2 Exam shall check the eligibility criteria from this page before applying. You may also go through this page to get more details regarding NDA Eligibility Criteria 2017.

This Page Includes

Citizenship Spinal Condition
Qualification Requirement X-Ray Examination
Age criteria Maddox Rod Test
Physical Eligibility Physical Conditioning
Physical Standards Selection Process
Body Tattoos Note

Every year UPSC conducts National Defence Academy Examination for which appliers get to know about NDA Eligibility Criteria. After that application of those candidates will be shortlisted who satisfy eligibility criteria for NDA Exam. Candidates to grab more information regarding. You may go through this page that is designed by the team of www.recruitmentinboxx.com, to get complete details regarding National Defence Academy Eligibility Criteria 2017. On the basis of this exam, candidates will be selected in Navy & Air Force wings of National Defence Academy posts.

NDA Eligibility Criteria

UPSC Conducts NDA to recruit the candidates in Army, Navy & Air Force wings of National Defence Academy posts. Candidates can check the relevant information about NDA Eligibility Criteria from the below section of this page which is prepared for you by the team of www.recruitmentinboxx.com


  • A candidate must be either be a
  • A citizen of India , or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came back to India before the 01 January , 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • Only unmarried male candidates are eligible
  • Girls are not allowed to appear for NDA exam.

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NDA Educational Qualification:

  • For Army wing of National Defence Academy: Applicants must have passed 12th Class of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination organized by 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: Candidates should have done 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
  • Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under 10+2 Pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

NDA Age Limit:

  • Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 1997 and not later than 01st July 2000 are eligible
  • No reservation in age is allowed for SC/ST/OBC etc candidates.

NDA Physical Eligibility:

Applicants, who have qualified the UPSC NDA NA Exam need to go through the UPSC Medical Exam for taking admission in National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2017. You have to clear the following UPSC Physical test:

Wax (Ears) Deviated Nasal Septum Hydrocele/Phimosis
Overweight/Underweight Under sized Chest Piles
Gynaecomastia Tonsillitis Varicocele

The given below Physical Standards are required for the candidates who are applying for air force wing of the National Defence Academy:

Special OR Specific Requirements for Air Force Pilot
Leg length 99.00cm 120.00cm
Thigh length Max 64.00cm
Sitting height 81.50cm 96.00cm

Height/weight standard for Army/Air Force:

Height (cms) Weight (kgs)
Without shoe 16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.0 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 52.0 55.0 56.0
173 54.0 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

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Height/Weight for Navy:

Height (cms) Weight (kgs)
Without shoe 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

Eyesight Criteria for Navy:

Uncorrected without glass 6/6
Corrected with glass 6/6/
Limits of Myopia -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Limits of color perception I
Binocular vision III

Eyesight criteria for Air Force:

Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia +2.00 D Dph
Color Vision CPI (MLT)
Astigmatism +0.75 Cyl
Near Vision N-5 each eye

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Physical Standards NDA Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates applying for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2017 shall be physically and mentally fit according to NDA Eligibility Criteria. Following are the physical standards mentioned by NDA:

Applying candidates must avoid these minor defects during medical examination:

  • Wax (Ears)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele/ Phimosis
  • Overweight/Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Tonsillitis
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Varicocele

Body Tattoos

Tattoos on inner face of forearm and candidates belongs to that tribes in which tattoo marks on any body part is in their traditions and customs will only be accepted by the Comdt Selection Centre. Tattoos on any other body part will not be accepted such as on the inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand.

Spinal Condition

Any past injury or medical history of diseases of spine or sacroiliac joints/history of spinal fracture/prolapsed inter vertebral disc and surgical treatment is a main cause for rejection in NDA. If any condition detected at the time of medical exam, then candidate will get disqualified for Air Force:

  • Granulomatous disease of spine
  • Arthritidies/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders/ Ankylosing spondylitis/ Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease/ Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.) & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis.
  • Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis
  • Compression fracture of vertebrae
  • Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine
  • Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demon strable  neurological  or circulatory deficit
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method
  • Degenerative Disc. Disease
  • Presence of schmorl’s nodes at more than one level
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies
  • Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine
  • Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation
  • Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.
  • Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis where deformity is barely noticeable and there is no pain or restriction of movement will not preclude acceptance.

X-Ray Examination

Candidate found with any of the following diseases during X-RAY Examination will get disqualified:

  • Granulomatius disease of spine.
  • Arthritidies/spondylosis
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army and Navy)
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis
  • Herniated nucleus pulposes
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra
  • Sacaralisation Disease
  • Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit
  • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies
  • Incomplete Sacaralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
  • Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist

Maddox Rod Test

Following are the details regarding Maddox test under NDA Eligibility Criteria:

  • At 6 meters Exo-6 prism D
  • Eso-6 prism D
  • Hyper-1 prism D
  • Hypro-1 prism D
  • At 33 cms Exo-16 prism D
  • Eso-6 prism D
  • Hyper-1 prism D
  • Hypo-1 prism D
  • Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be not eligible.

Physical Conditioning

Candidates must follow these Physical Conditions to be physically fit:

  • Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
  • Chin ups (minimum 08)
  • Rope climbing 3-4 metres

Read More on: Physical Tests for Indian Armed Forces

NDA Selection Procedure:

UPSC conducts NDA (National Defence Academy) Exam in Two Stages which is mention below:

1st Step: NDA Written Exam

  • Firstly, organization conducts written examination for the selection of NDA.
  • After conducting the written examination, qualified candidates are eligible to appear for next stages.

2nd Step: SSB Interview

  • Qualified candidates will be called for Intelligence and Personality Test conducted by SSB (Services Selection Board).
  • Selection procedure will be based on two stages 1st is Psychological Aptitude Test and 2nd is Intelligence Test which will be organized at Selection Centers/Air Force Selection Boards.
  • After qualifying both stages, applicants need to submit original certificates along with one photocopy each of original matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth, original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent.

Important Note:

To grab more information regarding NDA Eligibility Criteria 2017–2018, candidate must visit the Official Link provided here. Aspirants are suggested to stay tuned with this web portal to get latest updates regarding UPSC NDA Eligibility Criteria.

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  1. Sir/mam I am studying in class 11th can I give the entrance exam .
    My age is 19 may 2002.

  2. sir NDA me kitna marks ayenge to hame interview ke liye call ayega

    • Hii siddharth rai,
      As per 2016 Stats:
      NDA 1 Cut Off: 288 (With at least 25 % marks in each Subject)
      NDA 2 Cut Off: 315

  3. Respected sir/mam … I’m yet 16 years old and I want a good guidance …i want to crack NDA ..I need ur guidance ..plz sir/mam ..I want a superb guidance will u be my guide .

  4. I completed my 12th….now im interested to join and perfect height and weight…

  5. Hi,
    I have just completed my 10th std and I am based out of Bangalore, Can you please suggest me the best stream for PUC,( that is Science with PCM or Commerce or Arts) which will help me for NDA . I want to join Indian Army

  6. I am 20 year old can I join NDA after completing college

    • hello…
      i will complete my diploma in informetion technology and i am 19 year old ..
      so i am elegible for NDA??

      • Dear Sachin Suthariya,
        You have meet the age criteria of National Defence services, as the candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 1997 and not later than 01st July 2000 are eligible for NDA Exams.

    • vinit kumar Tiwari

      Sir i did diploma engineering after 10th can i eligible fot appearing in NDA exam

  7. I am studying in 11th standard now,
    can I do my NDA exam in this class?

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