NDA: All About National Defence Academy & Selection Procedure

By Gagan Makkar|Updated : July 28th, 2021

National Defence Academy is an academy where future of Indian Armed forces is built. It is a Joined Academy of Indian Armed Forces, located in Khadakwasala, Pune, Maharashtra. Cadets of all three services, Here cadets of three services Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce train together before going further for training in their respective academies. keep reading this article to know more about NDA & how you can be a part of this prestigious academy.

National Defence Academy is an academy where future of Indian Armed forces is built. It is a Joined Academy of Indian Armed Forces, located in Khadakwasala, Pune, Maharashtra. Cadets of all three services, Here cadets of three services Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce train together before going further for training in their respective academies. keep reading this article to know more about NDA & how you can be a part of this prestigious academy.

National Defence Academy is the First Tri-Service academy. It is an eminent institution and epitome of global excellence in military education. In the last few years, it has become a unique military training academy that attracts the youth of our & foreign Countries to train & become topnotch officers. 

Historical Background of NDA

Indian Armed Forces played an important role in WW2 & after it ended, then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck after consulting with committee recommended to establish a training centre, Joint Services Military Academy based on United States Military Academy at West Point.

After Independence, the committee started the work of implementing the recommendation of the committee started working to implement the recommendations of the Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck. Dehradun was chosen for the academy initially but later Khadakwasla was finalized because of its location & surroundings.

How to Join NDA in 2021

Admission Process NDA 2021

Phase 1: Written Examination

Phase 1 of the process is written examination, UPSC conducts the exam twice a year for selection in NDA. Youth of our Country aged between 16.5 and 19.5 are eligible to apply for NDA Exam. The examination for NDA is conducted twice a year; each year almost 4.5 lakh aspirants sit for these prestigious exam out of which approximately 6300 go to phase 2, i.e. SSB interviews and only a handful of aspirants finally get into NDA.

Phase 2: SSB Interview

Candidates who pass written examination are called for SSB interview that is held in 2 phases. It has various psychological tests, group tasks, and personal interview. Approximately 1-2 percent students get finally recommended in NDA SSB.

Phase 3: Medical & Merit List

After getting recommended in SSB, a medical test is carried out thoroughly of all the candidates & a final merit list is made on the basis of written + SSB marks (total 1800 marks, 900 for written & 900 for SSB). Approximately 300-350 cadets get themselves into the NDA.

Training

After joining cadets go through a rigorous training process for 3 years. They graduate with a BA or BSc (Computer Science) or BCs (Computer Science) degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). 

For more information about training period & Life at NDA, read the below article.

Life At National Defence Academy

Hoping the selection process for NDA is clear to you & if you want to apply for NDA 2 2021, you can use the link below. But before that you must also know about eligibility criteria for NDA 2 2021. Click on the link below for knowing the eligibility criteria.

NDA 2 2021 Eligibility Criteria

NDA 2 Application Form 2021, Apply Online Here!

The Alumni of NDA are awarded:

  1. 3 Param Vir Chakras
  2. 31 Mahavir Chakras
  3. 160 Vir Chakras
  4. 11 Ashok Chakras
  5. 40 Kirti Chakras
  6. 135 Shaurya Chakras

NDA has also given:

  1. 11 Chiefs of Army Staff
  2. 10 Chiefs of Naval Staff 
  3. 4 Chiefs of Air Staff
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Himmat Pal

Himmat PalJun 17, 2021

Sir NDA first  ka result kaise dekhe
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Aj SandyJul 30, 2021

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  • National Defence Academy is a Joined Service Academy of Indian Armed Forces, located in Khadakwasala, Pune, Maharashtra


  • Cadets (future officers) of three services including the Indian Army, Indian Airforce & Indian Navy train together in NDA.


  • Below is the duration of training of NDA cadets

    • 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA (For cadets of Indian Army)
    • 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at Naval Academy(For cadets of Indian Navy)
    • 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For Cadets of Indian Air Force)


  • Candidate must have not been born earlier than 02nd January 2003 and not later than 01 January 2006.


  • No, girls are not eligible to apply for NDA exam.


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