How to Become a Pilot After NDA? – NDA Exam for Pilot

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 11th, 2023

The NDA Pilot is the joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces (IAF), where cadets of the three services, namely the Army, the Navy, & the Air Force train together before they go on to their respective service academy for further pre-commission training. The NDA is situated in Khadakwasla, Pune in the Maharashtra state of India. In this article, we will provide you with information on the NDA exam for pilot.

NDA Exam for Pilot

After the NDA Exam for Pilot, the selected aspirants are trained for a period of three years & after successful completion of the training, aspirants are commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers & posted as Pilot at one of the Air Force Base Stations.

Eligibility Criteria for NDA Pilot

To enter the Air Force through the NDA Exam, one should have passed his 12th class examination or its equivalents with Maths & Physics as one’s main subjects from an institution recognized by any Central or State Education Board.

  • One will also be eligible if he is appearing for his 12th Class examination in the same year as that of the entrance examination, provided that one can submit his mark sheet before the specified date.
  • It is to be recognized that candidates who have failed in PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) or INST (Institute of Nano Science & Technology) earlier will not be eligible to join the Air Force.
  • The minimum age to apply is 16 ½ years & the maximum age is 19 1/2 years.
  • Also, only male candidates can apply for NDA.

Admission Procedure for NDA Pilot

The admission procedure for the NDA pilot comprises the following:

  1. Written Examination: This is based on Maths & General Ability. The questions are based on elements of Physics, Chemistry, Maths, General Knowledge, English, History, Geography, and also Current Events.
    • The selection procedure for the Air Force wing of the NDA is a two-stage process. The 1st stage comprises the written examination test. This test consists of two parts: Part 1 is a Maths-based paper & Part 2 is a General Ability Test (which includes Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, General Knowledge, History, Geography & Current Events).
    • The time duration for both papers is 2 & a half hours each. Both papers will be objective type & consist of multiple-choice questions. There will be negative markings.
  2. SSB Interview: This is the second & final phase of the NDA selection process. The SSB Interview round consists of two separate tests: The intelligence test & the Psychological Aptitude Test.
  3. Pilot Aptitude Test: One can take this test only once. If one is not able to clear it on the first attempt, the candidate will never be eligible to appear for the flying division again. This comprises written & machine tests to evaluate the candidate on the basis of his ability to read instruments, control one’s actions, and also his mental strength.
  4. Medical Examination: The candidate’s eyesight, weight, height, and general health will be examined. The minimum height required for an NDA aspirant is 152 cm along with correlated weight. The eye vision should be 6/6 in the better eye & 6/9 in others, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia (i.e. a vision condition in which nearby objects are blurry.).

Aspirants can join the NDA pilot after completing the 12th Class. For other courses, one should be a graduate to apply.

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