NDA Physical Standards: Height, Weight, Vision, Tattoo Policy and Other Details

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : January 28th, 2022

NDA Physical Standards: Many candidates who want to join the Indian army have been confused about how much height is required for the Indian army and the minimum height for the Indian army in feet. In this article, we will simply cover whether or not you are eligible to join the Indian army with your current height, weight, and vision. Also, we will discuss what is the requirement regarding the minimum height for the Indian army in feet.

If an applicant is not physically and medically fit, he or she will not be chosen for the Indian Army, Navy, or Air Force. To pass the physical and medical examinations, candidates should not only prepare hard for the exams but also keep themselves physically and mentally fit by physical exercises. In this article, we will discuss how much height is required for the Indian army. Also, know the minimum height for the Indian army in feet along with other NDA physical standards such as weight and vision.

NDA Physical Standards: Height & Weight

The minimum height requirement is 157 cm (Male) & 152 cm (Female) candidates & 163 cm for flying branch. So, the minimum height for the Indian army in feet is 5.15 feet (Male) & 4.98 feet (Female). The minimum suitable heights for Gorkhas and people from the hills of India's north-eastern regions, such as Garhwal and Kumaon, would be 5 cm. less. The minimum suitable height for candidates from Lakshadweep can be reduced by 2 cm. Here in this article, Know the minimum height for the Indian army in feet and how much height is required for the Indian army. The following are the minimum height and weight requirements:

Minimum Height for the Entry into NDA for Male & Female

GenderMinimum HeightHeight Relaxation
Male157 cm (163cm for Flying Branch)Gorkhas and candidates belonging to Hills of North Eastern region of India.
Garhwal and Kumaon will be accepted with a minimum height of 152 cm.
Female152 cm (163cm for Flying Branch)Gorkhas and candidates belonging to Hills of North
Eastern region of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon will be accepted with a minimum
height of 148 cm.

Height and Weight Standards for Male Candidates joining NDA (Army): The Height requirement varies as per the stream of entry. Weight should be proportionate to height as per the chart given below:-

Age (yrs)

Minimum weight for all ages

Age: 17 to 20 yrs

Age: 20+01 day - 30 yrs

Age: 30 +01 day -40 yrs

Age: Above 40 yrs

Height(cm)

Weight(Kg)

Weight (Kg)

Weight (Kg)

Weight(Kg)

Weight(Kg)

140

35.3

43.1

45.1

47.0

49.0

141

35.8

43.7

45.7

47.7

49.7

142

36.3

44.4

46.4

48.4

50.4

143

36.8

45.0

47.0

49.1

51.1

144

37.3

45.6

47.7

49.8

51.8

145

37.8

46.3

48.4

50.5

52.6

146

38.4

46.9

49.0

51.2

53.3

147

38.9

47.5

49.7

51.9

54.0

148

39.4

48.2

50.4

52.6

54.8

149

40.0

48.8

51.1

53.3

55.5

150

40.5

49.5

51.8

54.0

56.3

151

41.0

50.2

52.4

54.7

57.0

152

41.6

50.8

53.1

55.4

57.8

153

42.1

51.5

53.8

56.2

58.5

154

42.7

52.2

54.5

56.9

59.3

155

43.2

52.9

55.3

57.7

60.1

156

43.8

53.5

56.0

58.4

60.8

157

44.4

54.2

56.7

59.2

61.6

158

44.9

54.9

57.4

59.9

62.4

159

45.5

55.6

58.1

60.7

63.2

160

46.1

56.3

58.9

61.4

64.0

161

46.7

57.0

59.6

62.2

64.8

162

47.2

57.7

60.4

63.0

65.6

163

47.8

58.5

61.1

63.8

66.4

164

48.4

59.2

61.9

64.6

67.2

165

49.0

59.9

62.6

65.3

68.1

166

49.6

60.6

63.4

66.1

68.9

167

50.2

61.4

64.1

66.9

69.7

168

50.8

62.1

64.9

67.7

70.6

169

51.4

62.8

65.7

68.5

71.4

170

52.0

63.6

66.5

69.4

72.3

171

52.6

64.3

67.3

70.2

73.1

172

53.3

65.1

68.0

71.0

74.0

173

53.9

65.8

68.8

71.8

74.8

174

54.5

66.6

69.6

72.7

75.7

175

55.1

67.4

70.4

73.5

76.6

176

55.8

68.1

71.2

74.3

77.4

177

56.4

68.9

72.1

75.2

78.3

178

57.0

69.7

72.9

76.0

79.2

179

57.7

70.5

73.7

76.9

80.1

180

58.3

71.3

74.5

77.8

81.0

181

59.0

72.1

75.4

78.6

81.9

182

59.6

72.9

76.2

79.5

82.8

183

60.3

73.7

77.0

80.4

83.7

184

60.9

74.5

77.9

81.3

84.6

185

61.6

75.3

78.7

82.1

85.6

186

62.3

76.1

79.6

83.0

86.5

187

62.9

76.9

80.4

83.9

87.4

188

63.6

77.8

81.3

84.8

88.4

189

64.3

78.6

82.2

85.7

89.3

190

65.0

79.4

83.0

86.6

90.3

191

65.7

80.3

83.9

87.6

91.2

192

66.4

81.1

84.8

88.5

92.2

193

67.0

81.9

85.7

89.4

93.1

194

67.7

82.8

86.6

90.3

94.1

195

68.4

83.7

87.5

91.3

95.1

196

69.1

84.5

88.4

92.2

96.0

197

69.9

85.4

89.3

93.1

97.0

198

70.6

86.2

90.2

94.1

98.0

199

71.3

87.1

91.1

95.0

99.0

200

72.0

88.0

92.0

96.0

100.0

201

72.7

88.9

92.9

97.0

101.0

202

73.4

89.8

93.8

97.9

102.0

203

74.2

90.7

94.8

98.9

103.0

204

74.9

91.6

95.7

99.9

104.0

205

75.6

92.5

96.7

100.9

105.1

206

76.4

93.4

97.6

101.8

106.1

207

77.1

94.3

98.6

102.8

107.1

208

77.9

95.2

99.5

103.8

108.2

209

78.6

96.1

100.5

104.8

109.2

210

79.4

97.0

101.4

105.8

110.3

Height and Weight Standards for Female Candidates joining NDA (Army):

Age (yrs)

Minimum weight for all ages

Age: 17 to 20 yrs

Age: 20 +01 day-30 yrs

Age : 30 + 01 Day- 40 yrs

Age: Above 40 yrs

Height (cm)

Weight (Kg)

Weight (Kg)

Weight (Kg)

Weight (Kg)

Weight (Kg)

140

35.3

43.1

45.1

47.0

49.0

141

35.8

43.7

45.7

47.7

49.7

142

36.3

44.4

46.4

48.4

50.4

143

36.8

45.0

47.0

49.1

51.1

144

37.3

45.6

47.7

49.8

51.8

145

37.8

46.3

48.4

50.5

52.6

146

38.4

46.9

49.0

51.2

53.3

147

38.9

47.5

49.7

51.9

54.0

148

39.4

48.2

50.4

52.6

54.8

149

40.0

48.8

51.1

53.3

55.5

150

40.5

49.5

51.8

54.0

56.3

151

41.0

50.2

52.4

54.7

57.0

152

41.6

50.8

53.1

55.4

57.8

153

42.1

51.5

53.8

56.2

58.5

154

42.7

52.2

54.5

56.9

59.3

155

43.2

52.9

55.3

57.7

60.1

156

43.8

53.5

56.0

58.4

60.8

157

44.4

54.2

56.7

59.2

61.6

158

44.9

54.9

57.4

59.9

62.4

159

45.5

55.6

58.1

60.7

63.2

160

46.1

56.3

58.9

61.4

64.0

161

46.7

57.0

59.6

62.2

64.8

162

47.2

57.7

60.4

63.0

65.6

163

47.8

58.5

61.1

63.8

66.4

Candidates who want to be pilots must meet the following criteria.

  • Leg length should be at least 99 cm and no more than 120 cm.
  • Thigh Length: 64 cm maximum
  • The minimum and maximum sitting heights are 81.50 cm and 96 cm, respectively.

NDA Physical Standards: Chest Dimensions

It's important to have a well-developed chest. The chest should not be smaller than 81 cm when fully expanded. After maximum inspiration, the minimum range of expansion should be 5 cm.

NDA Physical Standards: Visual Eye Standard

Vision standard for Army candidates

Distance Vision (Corrected)

Better Eye 6/6; Worse Eye 6/9

Colour vision

CP-III (Defective Safe).

Myopia should not exceed -2.5D with astigmatism, and manifest hypermetropia should not exceed +3.5D with astigmatism.

Vision standard for Naval candidates

Uncorrected without glass

6/6, 6/9

Corrected with glass

6/6, 6/6

Limits of Myopia

–0.75

Limits of Hypermetropia

+1.5

Binocular vision

III

Limits of color perception

I

Visual Standards for Air Force

Candidates who habitually wear spectacle

Not eligible for Air Force

Minimum distant vision

6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other

correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia

Colour vision CPI Hypermetropia: +2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia: Nil Retinoscopic Myopia: 0.5 in any Meridian permitted Astigmatism: + 0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)

   

Candidates can also fix minor flaws/ailments to expedite the completion of the medical test at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB. The following are a few of the more common defects/ailments:

  • Wax (Ears)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Phimosis or Hydrocele
  • Overweight or Underweight 
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Gynaecomastia 
  • Tonsillitis 
  • Varicocele 

Tattoo Policies and Procedures for NDA Physical Test:

  • Candidates must ensure that any permanent body tattoos are only visible on the inner side of their forearm.
  • Tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist, as well as the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand, are not permitted by UPSC.
  • Tattoos on any other part of the body that are permanent are also not permitted.
  • If an applicant comes from a tribe where tattoos are common, approval will be given based on the customs involved.

Spinal Conditions for NDA Physical Test:

Candidates must not be infected with any of the diseases mentioned below.

  • Granulomatous disease of the spine
  • Arthritis or spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis & allied disorders or Ankylosing spondylitis or Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease or Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, recurrent lumbago, tennis elbow, etc.) and Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis
  • Spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis
  • Compression fracture of vertebrae
  • SC Heuerman’s disease (i.e. Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with the clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine
  • Unilateral or Bilateral cervical ribs with the demon stable neurological or circulatory deficit
  • Scoliosis more than 15 Degree as measured by Cobb’s method
  • Degenerative Disc. disease
  • Presence of Schmorl’s nodes at more than one level
  • Atlanto-occipital & atlantoaxial anomalies
  • Hemivertebrae and/or partial block (fused) vertebrae at either stage of the cervical, dorsal, or lumbar spine, as well as full block (fused) vertebrae at several levels of the cervical or dorsal spine
  • Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (i.e. Complete or incomplete) at all the levels and bilateral incomplete sacralization/lumbarisation
  • Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist

X-Ray Examination for NDA Physical Test:

Candidates will be disqualified if they meet any of the following criteria.

  • Granulomatous disease of the spine.
  • Arthritis or spondylosis
  • Scoliosis more than 15 Degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 Degree for Army and Navy).
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Spondylolisthesis or Spondylosis or Spondylolysis
  • Herniated nucleus purposes
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra
  • Sacralisation Disease
  • Cervical ribs with the demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit
  • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level
  • Atlanto-occipital & atlanto-axial anomalies
  • Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral/Bilateral
  • Spina Bifida other than SV 1 & LV 5 if completely Sacralised
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by the specialist

Other Medical Conditions for NDA Physical Test:

  • There should be no signs of a fragile constitution or physical defects.
  • A well-developed chest is required of candidates.
  • The bones and joints should be in good working order.
  • There is no history of medical problems or fits.
  • Candidates must be able to hear normally.
  • There is no speech impediment.
  • Blood pressure is normal, and there are no symptoms of heart disease or blood vessel disease.
  • There is no enlargement of the liver or spleen.
  • There are no anomalies in the urine.
  • There are no skin disorders.
  • The USG abdomen test revealed no anomalies.
  • A sufficient number of healthy, natural teeth
  • Candidates for the Air Force must have a routine ECG that is within normal limits.

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FAQs

  • Chest should be well developed. Fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cm. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.

  • Under NDA Physical Requirements, the minimum acceptable height is 157.5 cm for Army and 162.5 cm for Air Force. There are a few exceptions set according to the region of the candidate.

  • Wax (Ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele/Phimosis, Overweight/Underweight, Undersized Chest, Piles, Gynaecomastia, Tonsillitis, Varicocele.

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