NDA Eligibility Criteria (Women eligible now) 2021: Age Limit, Registration, Educational Qualification & Physical Standards

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NDA Eligibility Criteria (Women eligible now) 2021: Age Limit, Registration, Educational Qualification & Physical Standards

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Latest updates:

  • September 24, 2021: NDA 2 Application Forms Released for Women on the official website. Check Direct Link.
  • September 22, 2021: The Supreme Court of India has said that Women should be allowed to take the NDA exams this year. Check details here.
  • September 8, 2021: The Armed Forces have decided to induct Women in NDA. Check details here.
  • August 18, 2021: SC passes interim order to allow women for NDA exam. Read More.
  • June 9, 2021: UPSC NDA 2 2021 Registration Link Available @upsc.gov.in: 400 Vacancies for National Defence Academy & Naval Academy

एनडीए परीक्षा में बैठने के लिए, उम्मीदवारों को कुछ शैक्षिक और साथ ही शारीरिक पात्रता मानदंडों को पूरा करना होगा। उम्मीदवारों को यह सुनिश्चित करना चाहिए कि वे एनडीए आवेदन पत्र भरने के लिए आगे बढ़ने से पहले सभी एनडीए पात्रता मानदंडों को पूरा करते हैं। यदि पाठ्यक्रम पूरा नहीं हुआ है और यह परीक्षा का समय है; उम्मीदवार एनडीए अध्ययन सामग्री का उल्लेख कर सकते हैं जिसमें सभी महत्वपूर्ण विषयों पर संक्षेप में चर्चा की जाती है। इस तरह, उम्मीदवारों को कई पुस्तकों का उल्लेख नहीं करना पड़ेगा और वे कम समय में पाठ्यक्रम को पूरा कर सकते हैं

NDA Syllabus 2021 PDF Download in Hindi/ English Exam Pattern



NDA Eligibility: Nationality

All the candidates need to meet the criteria with regard to nationality to be eligible for application. To be eligible, a candidate must be either one of the following:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently
  • A PIO (Person of Indian origin) is someone who has migrated from the countries specified below, with the intention of permanently settling in India. The nationals from the following countries would fall under this category such as Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Vietnam.




NDA Eligibility: Age Limit and Marital Status

To know the detailed information about the age limit of the NDA exam, go through the following table:

Age Limit

Age (years)

Minimum Age

  • न्यूनतम आयु

15.7 years (not later than 1st January 2005)/ 16 years during the commencement of course

15.7 वर्ष ( 1 जनवरी २००5 के बाद नहीं)/पाठ्यक्रम शुरू होने के दौरान 16 वर्ष

Maximum Age

  • अधिकतम आयु

18.7 years (not earlier than 2nd January 2002)/ 19 years during the commencement of course

18.7 वर्ष (2 जनवरी 2002 से पहले नहीं) / पाठ्यक्रम शुरू होने के दौरान 19 वर्ष



  • It should be clearly noted that only candidates, who are not born earlier than July 2, 2002, and not later than July 1, 2005, are eligible to appear for  NDA 1 Exam.
  • For NDA 2 2021, candidates must be born between January 2, 2003, and January 1, 2006.
  • Married candidates are ineligible to apply for the NDA Exam.
  • The date of birth mentioned in the application must be the same as that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.
  • In short, candidates should be between the age of 16.5 years and 19.5 years to be eligible for the exam.
Note: Any candidate who has been selected after qualifying the exam has to undertake not to marry for the duration of the training. Failure to observe this condition would cause the debarment of the candidate from NDA. Additionally, any charge incurred on him by the government is required to be refunded.
Qualification

NDA Eligibility: Educational Qualification

उम्मीदवार ने जिस पद के लिए आवेदन किया है, उसके अनुसार शैक्षणिक योग्यता थोड़ी भिन्न होती है। विभिन्न पदों के लिए शैक्षणिक योग्यता का विवरण नीचे दिया गया है: राष्ट्रीय रक्षा अकादमी के आर्मी विंग के लिए: मान्यता प्राप्त बोर्ड या विश्वविद्यालय के माध्यम से 10 + 2 परीक्षा में उत्तीर्ण प्रमाण पत्र। राष्ट्रीय रक्षा अकादमी के वायु सेना और नौसेना विंग के लिए और भारतीय नौसेना अकादमी में 10 + 2 कैडेट प्रवेश योजना के लिए: उम्मीदवारों को स्कूल शिक्षा के 10 + 2 पैटर्न में कक्षा 12 वीं की परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण करनी चाहिए या भौतिकी और गणित के साथ समकक्ष होना चाहिए। राज्य शिक्षा बोर्ड या विश्वविद्यालय। यह ध्यान दिया जाना चाहिए कि कक्षा 11 में पढ़ने वाले उम्मीदवार एनडीए 1 या 2 में उपस्थित होने के योग्य नहीं हैं। वे उम्मीदवार जो पहले INSB / PABT में फेल हो चुके हैं, उन्हें वायु सेना में भर्ती के लिए पात्र नहीं माना जाएगा। वे उम्मीदवार, जो वर्तमान में आवेदन के समय कक्षा 12 में पढ़ रहे हैं, उन्हें समय सीमा तक परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण करने का प्रमाण प्रस्तुत करना होगा। नियत तारीख को बढ़ाने के अनुरोध पर किसी भी आधार पर विचार नहीं किया जाएगा। यह भी ध्यान दिया जाना चाहिए कि जिन उम्मीदवारों को रक्षा मंत्रालय द्वारा रक्षा सेवाओं में किसी भी प्रकार का कमीशन रखने से रोक दिया गया है, उन्हें परीक्षा में प्रवेश के लिए अयोग्य माना जाएगा।



NDA Eligibility: Physical Fitness

  • शारीरिक फिटनेस या सुविधाओं से संबंधित कुछ आवश्यकताएं हैं जिन्हें एनडीए आवेदन पत्र जमा करते समय उम्मीदवार द्वारा पूरा किया जाना चाहिए।
  • उम्मीदवार जिस पद के लिए आवेदन कर रहा है, उसके अनुसार एनडीए पात्रता मानदंड थोड़ा भिन्न होगा। यह समझा जाना चाहिए कि यदि किसी उम्मीदवार ने अनुशासनात्मक आधार पर सशस्त्र बलों के किसी भी प्रशिक्षण अकादमी से इस्तीफा दे दिया है या वापस ले लिया है, तो उसे एनडीए के लिए आवेदन करने के लिए योग्य नहीं माना जाएगा।

Undesirable Health Issues




The candidate must not be suffering from any of these minor conditions at the time of medical examination –

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

Case of Body Tattoos

  • The candidate must ensure that any permanent body tattoos are present only on the inner side of the forearm.
  • Under no circumstances will UPSC accept tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand.
  • Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are also not acceptable.
  • In case the candidate happens to belong to a tribe where it is customary to have tattoo marks on the face or body, acceptance will be granted on a case-to-case basis, considering the traditions involved. The decision of authorities would be final in such instances.

Height and Weight Requirements for Army and Air Force

  • Candidates must note that the minimum height measurement specified is 157 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force).
  • For Gorkhas and those belonging to hills of the North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon, the minimum height will be 5 cms less than the usual figure.
  • On the other hand, for candidates belonging to the Lakshadweep islands, the minimum height standard may be reduced by 2 cms.




The details in this regard are discussed below.

Height in cm Weight in Kg
16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65 66

Height and Weight Requirements for Navy




The standards are different for Navy posts and the particulars are summarized below:

Height in cm Weight in Kg
16 years 18 years 20 years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
167 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67

In case the candidate wishes to be a pilot in the Air Force, the following requirements will have to be kept in mind, due to constraints of the flying vehicle:

  • Leg Length: Minimum of 99 cms and Maximum of 120 cms
  • Thigh Length: Minimum is not applicable while Maximum of 64 cms
  • Sitting Height: Minimum of 81.50 cms and Maximum of 96 cms




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Spinal Conditions:

Presence of any of these conditions will disqualify the candidate immediately:

  • Granulomatous disease of the spine
  • Arthritis/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders / Ankylosing spondylitis / Osteoarthritis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease / Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago, etc.) & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis.
  • Spondylolisthesis / spondylolysis.
  • Compression fracture of vertebrae.
  • SC Heuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.
  • Unilateral / Bilateral cervical ribs with demon stable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  • Scoliosis is more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s method.
  • Degenerative Disc. Disease.
  • Presence of Schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
  • Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
  • Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.




Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.

X-Ray Exam

There will be a separate presence of any of the following conditions will disqualify the applicant for posts of Armed Forces:

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

Visual Standards



  • The distance vision (corrected) of the candidate should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye.
  • Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D, including Astigmatism.
  • It must be remembered that an internal examination of the eye will be done by means of an ophthalmoscope to rule out any possibility of eye diseases.
  • Candidates must possess good binocular vision. The colour vision standard for the Army is (CP-III).
  • The ability to recognize red and green colours is vital.
  • Certificate that neither the candidate nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness, will have to be produced.
  • Another noteworthy point is that candidates who have undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve their visual acuity, or Laser Surgery, will be permanently rejected for all Services.

The details of eyesight levels for different posts are provided below:

Condition Naval Air Force
Uncorrected without glass 6/6 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6 6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia -0.75 Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5 +2.00 D Sph
Limits of Colour Perception I Nil
Binocular Vision III Nil
Manifest Myopia N.A. Nil Re
Retinoscopic Myopia N.A. 0.5
Colour Vision N.A. CP-I (MLT)
Astigmatism N.A. +0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)
Near Vision N.A. N-5 each eye

NDA Miscellaneous Conditions

Vision standard for Army candidates

Distance Vision (Corrected)

Better Eye 6/6; Worse Eye 6/9

Colour vision

CP-III (Defective Safe).

Myopia should be less than -2.5D including astigmatism and manifest

hypermetropia should be less than +3.5D including Astigmatism.

Misc. Conditions

NDA Eligibility: Miscellaneous Conditions

There are a few other physical conditions besides the above-mentioned criteria that candidates should fulfill. These criteria are specific to specific wings of defence forces.

  • No symptoms of a weak constitution or bodily defects.
  • A well-developed chest; fully expanded chest should not be less than 81cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  • No mal-development or impairment of the function of the bones or joints.
  • No past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  • Normal hearing capabilities – Candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room.
  • No impediment of speech.
  • Normal Blood Pressure with no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.
  • No enlargement of liver or spleen.
  • No abnormality in urine examination
  • No presence of any kind of skin disease, likely to cause disability or disfigurement
  • No abnormalities in USG abdomen examination
  • A sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be accepted.
  • Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must fall within normal limits.

Non Eligibility

Who are Not Eligible For Applying NDA?



  • If the aspirants are married, are not eligible to apply for the exam.
  • If the candidates have withdrawn or resigned from the disciplinary grounds of training academies of armed forces, cannot apply for NDA exam.
  • The aspirants, who have not cleared their PABT/CPSS exam, can’t apply for the Air Force exam.
  • If the aspirants are debarred by the Defence Ministry, then the NDA exam is not for them
  • Lastly, the 11th standard pursuing students cannot apply for NDA exam.
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