NDA Eligibility Criteria for Female - Age Limit, Qualification, Marital Status

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : January 20th, 2023

In this post, we have provided the detailed NDA Eligibility Criteria for Females. Previously, only unmarried male candidates were allowed to take the NDA exam, and female candidates were not. With the latest announcement by the Supreme Court of India, NDA for girls and women are now allowed to take the exam in an interim order issued on August 18, 2021.

The eligibility requirements in NDA for girls are more or less similar. Read the entire article to know the NDA eligibility for female in detail.

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NDA Eligibility for Female 2023

The eligibility criteria for the NDA Exam to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission were set by a couple of conditions. The following are the major components of the UPSC NDA exam eligibility for female:

  • Nationality
  • NDA age limit
  • Education
  • Marital Status
  • Physical health

NDA Girl Eligibility - Nationality

Any female applicant who is an Indian citizen can apply for the examination, according to the UPSC notice. Alternatively, they must satisfy the Commission's NDA nationality criteria for female listed below.

  1. A  Nepalese subject or  
  2. A  Bhutanese subject
  3. People of Indian descent returned to India or Vietnam from Zaire, Ethiopia, East African countries Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Burma, Pakistan, Zambia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.
  4. Tibetan refugees arrived in India before January 1, 1962, seeking to cooperate there.

Note: Those who meet any of the four criteria listed above and have a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India are eligible to apply for the UPSC NDA 2023 exam.

NDA Age limit for Female

The question which is frequently asked is "How to join NDA for females?". The answer for this question is in the official notification. The Union Public Service Commission stipulates the NDA age limit for girl. According to the UPSC, aspirants between the ages of 16.5 and 19.5 years can apply online.

As per UPSC regulations, those who come under the reserved category are allowed for age relaxation. For more details on NDA age limit for female and age relaxation, check the tables below:


NDA Age Limit for Girl

NDA Exam

16.5 years to 19.5 years

Age limit for NDA 1 2023

02 July 2004 - 1st July 2007

Note: As per the Union Public Service Commission's norms, reserved category applicants for the NDA and NA tests are not eligible for age relaxation.

NDA Female Eligibility Criteria - Academic Qualification

The NDA educational criteria for female for applying for the exam and filling out the NDA Application Form 2023 are also given by the Union Public Service Commission. Aspirants must have completed class 12th from a recognized board to be eligible to take the exam.

NDA Exam Eligibility for Female - Marital Status

Candidates who want to take the NDA 1 2023 and NDA 2 2023 exams must be unmarried and intend to stay unmarried until the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy training begins. If a candidate marries while undergoing UPSC NDA training, he would be expelled from the Academy.

NDA Eligibility for Female - Physical & Medical Standard

Those who pass the written exam and interview will be invited to take the NDA physical fitness or medical test for female. The authorities will examine the candidate's physical and mental health at this stage.

Physical & Medical Standards for Female candidates in NDAStandards
Minimum Height
  • Flying Branch- 162.5 cm
  • For Ground Duty & other Services- 152 cm

Note: There is a relaxation in height for the female candidates holding domicile of areas as mentioned in the official Notification of NDA.

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FAQs on NDA Eligibility Criteria for Female

  • The NDA Age Limit for Girls is set by the Union Public Service Commission. The female applicants for the NDA 2023 exam must be between 16.5 and 19.5 years old.

  • Yes, according to the recent judgment of the Supreme Court, female candidates can apply for NDA.

  • The NDA 1 2023 application form will be released on 21 December 2022. Now, female candidates can also apply for the exam by visiting the official site of UPSC.

  • There are three stages to the NDA selection process 2022 for female candidates. They are as follows:

    • Exam (written)
    • Interview with SSB
    • Medical exam or physical standard
  • Minimum NDA height criteria for female candidates are provided below:

    • Flying Branch- 162.5 cm
    • For Ground Duty & other Services- 152 cm

    Note: There is a relaxation in height criteria for the candidates belonging to certain regions of the country.

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