NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY (NDA)
By Sandeep Gupta,
Director, Doon Defence Academy, Dehradun
NDA is a career which offers a very bright
future to students who have graduated from
higher secondary comparing with C.A.,
Engineering or Medical fields. NDA stands
for NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY and its motto
is 'Seva Parmo Dharma' which translated in
English means 'Service Before Self' .
Jawaharlal Nehru, The prime minister of
India laid the foundation stone for the
academy on 6/10/1949. NDA then was
commissioned on 7/12/1954 and Inauguration
ceremony was held on 16/01/1955.
If you are very passionate, an aspirant to
join the defence academy and want to
contribute to the society then NDA is right
choice for you. NDA is an academy of INDIAN
ARMED FORCES. NDA is the training center for
cadets of INDIAN ARMY, INDIAN NAVEL FORCE
and INDIAN AIR FORCE before they join their
respective service academics The NDA is
located at Khadakwasala in Maharashtra.
Training Programme At NDA:
The cadets are well trained before they are
ready to join the respective armed forces.
The Training period is of three years. First
of all when they are admitted to NDA the
cadets are classified according to Squadrons
and Battalions. There are 18 Squadrons and 5
Battalions. Each cadet has to join one of
the following squadrons as : Alpha, Bravo,
Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hunter,
India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November,
Oscar, Panther, Quebec and Romeo.
Totally there are five Battalions and out of
it the first four battalions include 4
Squadrons each and the last Battalion
include 2 squadron. Each squadrons comprises
of approximately 120 cadets combining all
the seniors and juniors.
The NDA course is of three years and is
split into six semesters. During this three
years the cadets are given a very intensive
training to make them strong physically,
mentally and in education by doing
activities such as drill, horse riding,
swimming etc. This course in education
covers all the subjects like science,
Technology, Arts and Military Subjects. At
the end of the course the special moment
arrives when the candidate is awarded a
bachelors degree from Jawaharlal Nehru
Stipend Offered During Training:
NDA is one of the highest paying job after
12th. The stipend offered to the candidate
after getting selected in the interviews for
NDA is of Rs.15,600/- as pay in pay band
plus grade pay of Rs 5,400/- that is total
How To Get
The candidates are recruited to respective
three forces through entrance test of NDA.
This test is held twice a year. i.e. NDA-I
and NDA-II. The Exam is conducted by Union
Public Service Commission (UPSC). The
shortlisted candidates from the written exam
are called on for various interviews
starting off from SSB. These tests include
various physical, psychological and group
tasks. The candidates applying for Air Force
will have to appear for an extra test named
aptitude battery test.
Eligibility For Written Test Exam:
making application should be in between 16.5
to 19 years of age.
Wing: A candidate who wants to join the Army
Wing should have passed 10+2 exam in any
For Navy: A
candidate should have passed 10+2 exam in
science stream with Physics, Chemistry and
Force: A candidate should have passed 10+2
exam in science stream with Physics,
their basic subjects.
candidates are allowed to appear for the
test and they should be unmarried.
physical criteria should be fulfilled:
1. Army wings:
2. Navy Wings:
3. Air Force:
chest of the candidate should be well
developed and should not be less than 81 cms.
Syllabus For NDA:
The NDA written test consists of two papers.
The paper I is of Mathematics and Paper II
is of General Ability Test.
Paper I: Mathematics
Mathematics paper consists questions from
the following topics:
Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry,
Analytical Geometry of two and three
dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral
Calculus and Differential Equations, Vector
Algebra, Statistics and Probability.
Paper II is Divided Into Two
Part A : English:
This question paper is used for checking the
command of the candidate over the English
language. It covers topics like Grammar
usage, Use of sentences, comprehension etc.
Part B: General Knowledge:
This part covers the basic science subjects:
Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social
The other questions are from Geography and
Current Affairs and Events
Every year the tentative test schedule of
the notification of the test is as below:
first notification is around September –
ii) The second notification
is around may – June.
i) The first
test is conducted around March
ii) The Second Test is conducted around
August - September.
Important for NDA Aspirants :
NDA Written Test Solution and Written Test
Result Available on DDA Website Every After
03 Days of Exam / Result.
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Details for Admission