How To Join NDA (National Defence Academy) after 12th [2020]

Hello friends, today we are going to know about a particular exam which is called NDA. If you too want to know about what is NDA and how to join NDA after 12th If you want to know its full information, then this article will be very beneficial for you.

How to join NDA

NDA is one of the top posts of India. If you want to join the army, navy, or want to join the Airforce, then first you need to know about NDA.

The full form of NDA is National Defense Academy. NDA’s entrance exam is conducted every year by UPSC. You can join NDA after 12th pass. To join NDA, we have to prepare in advance. Popular posts such as ARMY, NAVY, AND Airforce jobs also require better body language.

How to join NDA (National Defence Academy)

We know, what is the NDA? Now I am going to talk on our main topic? How to join NDA? Friends, we need to know the NDA exam eligibility before joining NDA. Its exam eligibility is below.

How to Join NDA (Eligibility)

Age16 ½ to 19½ yrs as of first day of the month in which course is due to commence
Qualification12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy
Marital StatusUn-Married
Application to be Received byAs per  UPSC notification
Likely SSB DateSep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Date Commencement of TrainingJan and Jul
Training AcademyNDA , Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA(For Army cadets)/

 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at Naval Academy( for Naval cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)


Select better post for You

There are three posts under NDA. Navy, Airforce, and Army. Everyone has their own wish, which post they like more. Friends, these three posts give a better chance to serve the country. But the qualifications for these posts have been placed differently.

Meaning that if you want to join the army, you have to degree of 12th pass on arts. But if you want to join Navy or Air Force, then you must be passed with 12th science a group means passed with Maths.

Clear the Entrance Exam

It is important to give the entrance exam for joining NDA. Which you can apply for the 12th pass entrance exam. This exam is conducted by UPSC every year. These exams happen twice a year. You can fill the form of this exam by going to the official website of UPSC.

In this exam, the mathematics paper is of 300 marks, mathematics paper is of 120 questions. And the general ability test is of 600 marks. English is also comprised of 200 marks. General Science, Current Affairs and General Knowledge are also included in this exam. Here the penalty for the wrong answer is 1/3 mark of each answer.

Clear the SSB interview

The next step to join NDA, after the entrance exam is the SSB interview. The full form of SSB is the Service Selection Board. Which has been established by the Ministry of Defense. After clearing the entrance exam, candidates desirous of joining NDA are called for SSB interview.

This Interview is divided into 5 days.

  • First day-Screening test
  • Second Day– Psychological Test
  • Third and Fourth Day – Group Discussion
  • Fifth Day– Conference & Result

Medical Test

In order to serve the country, it is important for the candidates to be strong and healthy. Therefore, a medical test is taken to join the NDA. Candidates selected in SSB will have to pass this medical test. After clearing the medical test, you can go to the next step to join NDA.

Merit list

Friends, after the written exam and SSB interview, a merit list is released. It is not necessary that you have succeeded after clearing SSB and medical. You have to wait for the merit list also. Call letters are sent to the candidates who score more on the merit list. Entry to NDA is up to 335 marks in the merit list. Meaning that the candidates who get 335 marks are definitely able to join NDA. And their dream is complete of joining the NDA

Complete the training

If your name is also in the merit list, and a call letter has been received, then you must complete successful training to join NDA. During the training of NDA Joining, you have to ensure that you are mentally and physically ready to fight the challenges.

Friends, even after completing this training of three years, the candidate may have to complete 1-year training in the academy given below.

  • For Army – IMA- Indian military academy
  • For Airforce– AFA- air force academy
  • For Navy – INA – Indian navy academy

After complete one-year training complete, You join to complete your choice post-army, navy or airforce.

Some tips on preparation of NDA

  • To join NDA, start preparation of NDA related exams 1 year in advance.
  • To strengthen your body every day, resort to yoga, and exercise. The practice of running after getting up in the morning.
  • For the preparation of a written exam, study for 3 to 4 hours a day. If it is possible then join a coaching
  • Trying to get more and more information about NDA. Read daily updates of NDA from the official website and from the NDA related news channel.
  • Get help for the preparation of NDA from your experienced friends or partner.


Friends, how to join NDA and I have given complete information about NDA in this article today. If your dream is to serve the country and join NDA, then this article of mine must have been helpful to you.

Friends, if you have good knowledge about NDA besides this, then do share with us.


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