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NDA Eligibility Requirements
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2018-10-27T08:21:05

NDA Entrance Exam Eligibility

The National Defence Academy (NDA) Entrance Exam comes with a rigorous set of civil, academic and physical eligibility requirements


#1: Citizenship

First and foremost, your citizenship status must be in order. Candidates are required to be either:

  • An Indian citizen;
  • A subject of Bhutan or Nepal;
  • A Tibetan refugee who arrived in India in 1961 or earlier; or
  • A migrant of Indian origin relocating from one of the following countries: Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zaire, Vietnam or Burma. Returning immigrants must be planning on making their stay in India permanent.


#2: Gender & Marital Status

As of this time, the NDA is only considering applications from male candidates who are unmarried.


#3: Age

The NDA Entrance Exam is designed for students between the ages of 16 and 19.


#4: Educational Qualifications:

(i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University

(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: 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 the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination



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