UPSC NDA Exam 2024 – NDA 1 And 2 Exam Schedule Released, Application Form, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC NDA Exam 2024 – The Commission will release UPSC NDA 1 Notification 2024 on December 20, 2023, at UPSC NDA 1 2024 Application Form is also to be released with the official notification. Interested candidates need to check the eligibility details carefully before applying for NDA 2024 exam. Applicants must fill and submit UPSC NDA 1 Application Form 2024 by January 9, 2024. UPSC NDA 2024 Notification contains all the important information related to the exam including application form, NDA 2024 exam date, syllabus, exam pattern, vacancy and more.


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NDA 1 And 2 Exam Schedule Released:

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the dates of National Defense Academy (NDA) exam for NDA 1 and NDA 2 exams. NDA 1 examination will be conducted for the 153rd course and 115th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The candidates can check the schedule by visiting the official site. For which they can take the help of the steps given below.

As per the schedule, the notification for NDA 1 exam can be released in December 2023. Candidates will be able to submit the application form for this till January 9, 2024. At the same time, the National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Examination (NDA and NA-I) will be held on April 21, 2024 (Sunday) and the NDA and NA-II examination will be held on September 1, 2024.

UPSC NDA Exam 2024 Overview



Exam Name


NDA Full Form

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination

NDA 2024 Exam Dates

NDA 1 2024 exam – April 21, 2024

NDA 2 2024 exam – September 1, 2024

Commonly known as


Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam category


Exam Level


Exam mode


Frequency of conduct

Twice a year


Written exam and SSB Interview

Exam Cities


Scope of NDA

Admission to

  1. Army

  2. Air Force

  3. Navy

Official Website

What is NDA?

National Defense Academy (NDA) is an institution of global excellence in military education. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA examination twice a year to recruit the most eligible candidates into NDA. This exam is generally conducted in April (NDA I) and September (NDA II). Only male candidates who have passed 12th can apply for this exam.

Through NDA I and NDA II, UPSC seeks to fill officer level vacancies in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Naval Academy vacancies are also filled through the NDA examination. The most important stage in the selection process of NDA is the rigorous 5-day exam which is conducted to select the best candidate. During these 5 days, the candidates are tested on various grounds including their speed, intelligence, presence of mind, and psychological and physical fitness.

What is the NDA’s full form?

NDA’s full form is National Defense Academy. Many people commonly know it as NDA. NDA exam is conducted by UPSC to recruit students who have passed 12th class into defense services.

NDA 2024 Exam Dates


NDA 1 2024 Exam Dates

NDA 2 Exam Dates 2024

NDA exam 2024 notification

December 20, 2023

May 15, 2024

Starting date of UPSC NDA application form 2024

December 20, 2023

May 15, 2024

Last date to submit the application form

January 9, 2024

June 4, 2024

Last date of fee payment online

Announced Soon

Announced Soon

Last date of offline fee payment

Announced Soon

Announced Soon

UPSC NDA application form withdrawal window

Announced Soon

Announced Soon

Admit Card

Announced Soon

Announced Soon

UPSC NDA 2024 Exam date

April 21, 2024

September 1, 2024

UPSC NDA result for written test

Announced Soon

Announced Soon

Final NDA result 2024

Announced Soon

Announced Soon

NDA 2024 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for UPSC NDA 2024, candidates must fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria. These criteria are determined by UPSC NDA 2024 exam eligibility should be met based on the following factors:

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024



What is the age limit for the NDA 1 2024 exam

The age limit of the candidates applying for NDA 2024 should be between 16.5 and 19.5 (Candidates should not be born before 2 July 2002 and not later than 1 July 2005)

Educational Qualification

  • For Army Wing, candidates should have passed Class 12/HSC
  • For 10+2 cadet entry scheme of Air Force and Indian Naval Academy, candidates must have passed 12th class with Physics and Mathematics.

Physical Measurement

  • For Army, Navy and Naval Academy – 157 cms (minimum)

  • For Air Force – 162.5 cm (minimum)

NDA 2024 Application Form

The Commission will release NDA 1 Application Form 2024 online on December 20, 2023 at Eligible candidates can fill the NDA 1 2024 application form in two parts. In Part I, they will have to complete One Time Registration (OTR) for UPSC NDA Exam 2024 by filling basic information. In Part II, they have to log in and proceed to fill the application form and pay the exam fee.

Candidates can edit details in NDA application form 2024 within the due date of application. The NDA 2024 registration fee for general category candidates is Rs 100, while SC/ST candidates, JCOs, NCOs and sons of ORs are exempted from paying the fee for the NDA application form 2024.

NDA 2024 Exam Pattern

Along with knowing the syllabus, it is advised to also know about the NDA Exam Pattern 2024. The exam pattern includes stages of exam, time duration and marking scheme etc. UPSC NDA exam is held in pen and paper mode. The NDA examination consists of two papers, Mathematics and General Aptitude Test (GAT). Duration of the each test is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Mathematics paper contains a total of 120 questions while the GAT paper contains 150 questions.

The maximum marks allotted for the written test is 900. As per the marking scheme, candidates with correct answers in Mathematics will receive 2.5 marks. Candidates will get 4 marks for correct answers in GAT. For wrong answer, 1/3rd mark of the marks assigned to that particular question will be deducted as penalty. SSB Interview will be held for 900 marks.

NDA Exam Pattern 2024


NDA Written exam

SSB Interview


Offline (Pen and Paper)

Offline (Group activities and F2F interview)


General Ability Test (GAT)

Screening Testing
Psychological Test
Group Testing Officers Test
Personal Interview


5 hours (2 hours 30 min for each paper)

5 days

Total marks

900 marks

900 marks

Total Questions

Maths – 120 questions
GAT – 150 questions

NDA 2024 Syllabus

UPSC prescribes the NDA Syllabus 2024 for all the candidates and mentions the same in the official notification. The NDA Exam Syllabus 2024 consists of the topics and sub-topics on which the question paper will be based. NDA 2024 syllabus consists of questions from Mathematics and General Aptitude Test (GAT). The standard of questions in the examination is of Matriculation and 10+2 level. Candidates can also check the UPSC NDA Exam syllabus here.

UPSC NDA Syllabus 2024




Algebra, Matrices And Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry Of Two And Three Dimensions, Integral Calculus And Differential Equations, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, Statistics And Probability


English, General Knowledge, History, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, General Science, Freedom Movement etc., Current Events

NDA SSB Interview 2024

SSB Interview will be conducted for the assessment of intelligence and personality test. Candidates who have qualified in the written examination have to appear in 2 stages interview process conducted by the officials. Candidates qualifying for the interview round are required to submit birth certificate and passing certificate. Merit list will be prepared based on the performance of the candidate in the written examination and interview round.

SSB Interview Stages


Activities conducted


  • Screening

  • Verbal and Non-verbal test

  • PPDT

Psychological Test

  • Thematic Apperception Test [TAT]

  • Word Association Test [WAT]

  • Situation Reaction Test [SRT]

  • Self-Description Test [ SD]

Group Testing Officers Test

  • Group Discussion (GD)

  • Group Planning Exercise (GPE)

  • Progressive Group Task (PGT)

  • Half Group Task (HGT)

  • Individual Obstacles Task (IOT)

  • Command Task

  • Snake Race/Group Obstacle Race

  • Individual lecture

  • Final Group Task (FGT)

Personal Interview


UPSC NDA 2024 Selection Process

UPSC NDA is an examination process which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to provide opportunities to the youth of the country who want to join the defense jobs. The selection for Defense Jobs through NDA Exam 2024 will be conducted in two phases:

  1. Written exam
  2. Intelligence and Personality Test (SSB)

Candidates who qualify the written test will be called for personality test which will be conducted to check intelligence and personality. Candidates have to pass both the stages to get their name in the merit list. Merit list/final result will be prepared by UPSC along with the cumulative score of written examination and will be considered for final selection by SSB.

NDA 2024 Admit Card

The examination authorities will release the NDA Admit Card 2024 in online mode only. NDA 2024 Admit Card will be released at Those candidates who have successfully submitted the application form will be issued NDA Admit Card 2024. To download NDA 2024 admit card, candidates have to use their registration number or roll number on the official website.

UPSC NDA Admit Card 2024 will contain information like candidate’s name, exam center details, date, exam time, roll number, category, photograph, signature and exam day guidelines etc. Candidates need to carry their admit card to the examination center along with any one of the prescribed photo identity proof – Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card or Passport.

NDA 2024 Result

The examination authorities will declare the NDA Result 2024 in online mode only. UPSC declared the result of NDA 2024 at The result will be declared in online mode in PDF format and will include the roll numbers and names of all qualified candidates. Based on UPSC NDA Result 2024, candidates are selected for SSB interview. After which UPSC will prepare final merit list.

Final merit list is prepared on the basis of written examination as well as SSB Interview. Final admission will be given to the candidates on the basis of their rank according to the merit list. UPSC also releases the scorecard of NDA 2024 examination on its official website within 15 days from the date of declaration of final NDA Result 2024. NDA 2024 Scorecard will be available for downloading for a period of 30 days.

How to prepare for NDA 2024?

This is one of the toughest and most competitive exams in India. To start preparation, candidates must know the exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus of the exam. Here are some points which can help the candidates in preparing for UPSC NDA exam.

  • Check NDA Exam Pattern to know about the number of papers, sections, questions, marking scheme etc. asked in the exam. By getting an idea of the exam pattern, candidates will be able to customize their plan on how to prepare for the NDA exam.
  • Refer best books for NDA preparation. The best books cover the entire curriculum. By referring to these books, candidates will be able to get detailed explanation of each subject in an effective manner.
  • It is important for candidates to make and follow an effective study plan. By following the study plan, they will be able to give equal time and attention to the question papers, subjects and sub-subjects.
  • Candidates should practice from previous year question papers of NDA 2024 regularly. Solving previous year question papers will boost confidence and also enhance problem solving skills. Candidates will also be able to know the difficulty level, paper pattern and trend of questions asked in the exam.
  • Along with studying for the examination, candidates should take as many mock tests as possible. Mock tests can help the candidates to measure their preparation level and identify their weak points, speed of question solving, accuracy etc.

FAQs (UPSC NDA Exam 2024)

What is the date of NDA 1 2024 exam?

The Exam date of NDA 1 2024 is scheduled to be on 21st April 2024.

When will be released the NDA 1 Notification 2024?

NDA 1 Notification 2024 PDF has been released on 20th December 2023 as per UPSC Calendar 2024.

What are the stages conducted for NDA Exam 2024?

To select candidates for defense jobs through NDA exam the commission will conduct written examination followed by interview round.

Is it necessary to secure minimum qualifying marks in each subject of NDA examination?

Yes, candidates must obtain the minimum qualifying marks in each subject of NDA Exam 2024.

What are the subjects included in NDA exam?

The NDA exam comprises two subjects: Mathematics and General Aptitude Test (English and General Knowledge).

Are girls eligible to apply for NDA 2024 examination?

Yes, unmarried girls are now eligible to appear for the NDA examination.

Is Maths necessary for NDA exam?

Yes, Mathematics is required for NDA exam and the difficulty level of Mathematics will be of 10+2 level. Mathematics is mandatory for the candidates applying for NDA Air Force and Navy courses.

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