TES Vs NDA: Difference Between NDA and Technical Entry Scheme

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 11th, 2023

In this post, we have provided you with the difference between NDA and Technical Entry Scheme. Defence forces are one of the most prestigious and respected careers in the country. Today, many youngsters are choosing a life in the Indian Armed Forces, fueled by their passion to serve the nation. Several of the aspirants who have passed out of the National Defence Academy and Officers Training Academy (Gaya) had the option to go for IITs and other institutes but they choose to serve the nation by joining the Indian Armed Forces by going through entries like NDA and TES.


Many of the students are confused about NDA and Indian Army TES Entry to join the Defence forces. They want to know the best entry to join the armed forces. In this article, we will clear all these doubts and discuss the differences between National Defence Academy (NDA) exam entry and Technical Entry Scheme (TES).

The elite institutions like the NDA and OTA (Gaya) are ideally poised to instill the values of discipline, comradeship, and a common platform to integrate not just the Armed Forces.

Difference Between NDA and TES Entry

Here in the following table, we are sharing the differences between NDA and TES Entry. Candidates can check the different TES Vs NDA parameters including education qualification, age limit, Training period, etc., from the following table:



TES Entry

Education Qualification

Students from all streams can apply.

12th Class of 10+2 for Army and with Physics and Maths for Air Force and Navy

Students with 70% aggregate marks in PCM, can apply.


You need to clear the written exam

Directly appear for SSB Interview

Age Limit

16.5 to 19.5 years

16.5 to 19.5 years

Training Academy

NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune

OTA Gaya


This entry is for Indian Air Force, Indian Army, and Indian Navy

Only for the Indian Army

Degree on completion of training

A Bachelor of Arts or A Bachelor of Science. Candidates have a choice.

Candidates are awarded an Engineering degree

Training Period

3 years in NDA and 1 year in IMA before getting commissioned.

1 year at OTA (Gaya)- Military Training and 4 years at respective college in CME Pune, MCTE Mhow and MCEME Secunderabad (1-year post-commission training)

Technical Allowance

No technical allowance to NDA officers

Technical officers entry receive a technical allowance(10K/Month)

Which Entry is Better NDA or TES?

Now talking about promotions it has been seen that the officers who are from NDA have a higher and faster chance of promotion when compare with TES officers. It is seen from the fact that till now NDA has given 27 service Chiefs of Staff. An amazing fact is that all the current three chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force are alumni of NDA from the same course. 

The cadets who join Indian Armed Forces through NDA entry get the chance to join the fighting arms Infantry, Artillery, Para SF, etc. But for the officer of TES, these opportunities are very limited. On the other side, TES officers get more pay allowance when we compare it with NDA officers.

TES Vs NDA: Conclusion

There are some differences between NDA and TES entries and by going for both entries you will get the chance to serve as a Grade-A officer in Indian Armed Forces. A candidate must go for NDA and TES entries and take the opportunity he is getting.

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