Can Biology Student Apply for NDA?

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : September 21st, 2022

NDA is one of the best entries to join the defence forces. The students in class 12th and passing class 12th can apply for this entry to join Army, Navy, and Air Force. "Can Biology students apply for NDA exam?" is the most frequently asked question. In this article, we will discuss the eligibility criteria for NDA entry, age limit, educational qualification, and exam pattern for Biology students.

NDA Eligibility Criteria for Biology Students

The question is frequently asked, "Are Biology Students Eligible for NDA?" and the answer to that is in the official notification. You can find the answer to your queries related to the age limit, minimum height, etc., in the following table:

Eligibility Criteria for NDADetails
Who can Apply?Male & Female Candidates
Age Limit16.5 - 19.5 Years
Minimum HeightMale: 157 cms (Note- Relaxation is there for candidates, depending on Region )
Female: 152 cms (Note- Relaxation is there for candidates, depending on Region )
Male & Female Candidates (Flying Branch)- 162.5 cms

NDA Educational Qualification for Biology Students

The educational criteria for commerce students for applying for the NDA Exam and filling out the application form are also provided by UPSC in official notification. Check the following details for NDA for Biology Students:

NDA Educational QualificationDetailsCan Biology Students Apply for NDA?
For Army Wing of NDA12th Class pass with the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a
University.
Yes
For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.No
For the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the INA12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.No

NDA Exam Pattern for Biology Students

Before preparing for the exam, you must go through the exam pattern. This will give you an idea of the exam and help the students understand the different parameters of the exam.

Exam Name

Duration

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Mathematics

2 ½ hours

120

300

General Ability Test

English

2 ½ hours

50

200

General Knowledge

100

400

SSB Interview

-

50

900

Total

1800

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Can Biology Students Apply for NDA Exam FAQs

  • Yes, Biology students who are appearing or passed 10+2 are eligible to apply for the NDA examination. Therefore, biology students can apply for NDA.


  • Biology students are eligible only for the Army wing of NDA. Candidate must have completed their 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics to apply for the Air Force or Navy wing of NDA.


  • To apply for NDA, candidates must fulfill the height parameters mentioned in the UPSC notification for the exam. Following are the details regarding the minimum height required for the exam for male and female candidates.

    • Minimum height for male candidates- 157 cms
    • Minimum height for female candidates- 152 cms
    • Height for Flying (Male & Female)- 162.5 cms

    Note there is relaxation in height for male and female candidates belonging to a particular region.

  • No, only those students who appear or pass class 12th can apply for the NDA exam. Biology students are only eligible to apply for the Army wing of NDA.

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