NDA 2024

NDA 2024 Application Form is releasing from 20th December 2023. Exam Date has been released. The exam will be held on 21st April 2024 (NDA I) and on 1st September 2024 (NDA II).NDA (National Defence Academy) exam is a national level entrance examination conducted two times annually. Admission through this exam is offered in Indian Military, Indian Airforce and Indian ArmyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the conducting authority of NDA exam. Successfully qualified candidates will be shortlisted for SSB Rounds. Selection procedure will comprise of written examination and SSB Interview. Examination is conducted in two sessions i.e. NDA I & NDA II. Read this article to know all about NDA 2024 exam including application form, exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus and much more.

NDA 2024 Overview

Name of ExamNDA 2024
Full FormNational Defence Academy
Level of ExamNational Level
Conducting AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Purpose of ExamFor admission into Indian Military, Indian Airforce and Indian Army courses.
Frequency of ExamTwo Times in a Year
Mode of ApplicationOnline Mode
Exam ModeOffline (Pen-Paper Based)

NDA 2024 Exam Dates

Check below the official Exam Dates for NDA 2024:

Events Dates (Announced)
Notification released20th December 202315th May 2024
Availability of online application20th December 202315th May 2024
Last date to apply9th January 20244th June 2024
Last date to pay application fee2nd week of January 20242nd week of June 2024
Correction in OTR details3rd week of January 20242nd week of June 2024
Withdraw of application4th week of January 2024June/ July 2024
Availability of admit card4th week of March 2024Last week of August 2024
NDA 2024 exam date21st April 20241st September 2024
Announcement of result1st week of May 2024September 2024
Interview May/June 2024September/ October 2024

NDA 2024 Application Form

Candidates must go through the below provided details to know about NDA 2024 Application Form:

  • Application form of NDA 2024 will be made available through online mode. There will be no offline facility available to fill the form.
  • Candidates must fill application form from 20th December 2023 for NDA I & from 15th May 2024 for NDA II.
  • Before filling the application form candidates must check and fulfil all the eligibility norms in order to be eligible for exam.
  • Registration process will be competed in two parts i.e. Part I & Part II.
  • In Part I, candidates will be able to do basic registration & filling of other details. However, Part 2 will include documents upload & fee payment.
  • Candidates must fill correct details in the application form to avoid any kind of mistake.
  • Fill details i.e. qualifications, personal details, communicational details in the NDA 2024 registration form.
  • Candidates must fill exam centre preferences at the time of registration.
  • Upload scanned image of photograph and signature in the specific format.
  • Application form will be filled till 9th January 2024 for NDA I 4th June 2024 for NDA II.
  • Authority will also provide the facility for withdraw of application in fourth week of January 2024 and June/ July 2024 respectively for NDA I & II.
  • Do not forget to take printout of the filled-in application form for future references.

Application Fee:

  • Application fee will be submitted through online as well as offline mode.
  • Candidates will need to submit Rs. 100/- as an application fee.
  • Online payment will be received via Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Baking/ UPI transactions.
  • In case of offline payment, candidates can submit fee through SBI Bank Challan/ By Cash.
  • Candidate who belongs to SC/ ST/ NCOs/ JCOs/ ORS category will be expected from the fee.
  • Application once paid will not be refunded.

How to Apply for NDA 2024:

  • Step-1: Go through the official website (Link will be given above).
  • Step-2: Click on OTR (one time registration) button and enter basic details.
  • Step-3: Now, login using registration ID & password and fill application form.
  • Step-4: Fill application form in two parts i.e. Part I and Part II.
  • Step-5: Enter required details carefully i.e. qualification, communication, personal, exam centre preferences etc.
  • Step-6: Upload documents like photograph and signature in the specific format.
  • Step-7: Make the payment through online or offline mode.
  • Step-8: Verify and recheck application form and take printout of the same for further usage.

NDA 2024 Eligibility

Candidates must check the following NDA Eligibility Criteria before filling the application form:


  • Candidates should be an Indian citizen/ subject of Bhutan/ subject of Nepal/ refugee of Tibetan who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention to settle permanently in India.
  • A person of Indian who have migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and east African countries of Zambia, Tanzania, Zaire, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda or Vietnam with an intention of settlement in India will be eligible.
  • Certificate: Candidates of foreign nationals (except Gorkhas) will be required to produce a certificate of eligibility which is issued by Govt. of India.


  • For Army Wing: Candidates must have passed 12th exam to be eligible.
  • For Air Force & Naval Wings (Cadet entry scheme): Candidates must pass 10+2 class examination with PCM as compulsory subjects.
  • Appearing: 12th class appearing candidates will also be eligible to apply.

Age Limit, Gender, Marital Status:

  • Unmarried male & female both candidates will be eligible to apply.
  • Candidates age should be in between 16.5 to 19.5 years.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to marry until they complete their training.
  • To apply for NDA I, the candidate must be born in between 2nd July 2005 to 1st July 2008.
  • To apply for NDA II, the candidate must be born in between 2nd January 2006 to 1st January 2009.

Physical Fitness:

  • Candidates must be medically fit as per the fitness criteria fixed by the authorities.
  • Candidates those have withdrawn and resigned on disciplinary ground from any of the training academies will not be eligible to apply.

NDA 2024 Exam Pattern

Check out the complete information related to NDA 2024 Exam Pattern below:

  • Exam Mode: The exam will be conducted through offline mode (Pen-paper based).
  • Duration: Candidates will be given total 5 hours (2 hours for each Mathematics & GA section) to solve the test.
  • Number of Sections: Exam will consist of two sections i.e Mathematics & GA section.
  • Types of Questions: The exam will consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Language: The paper will be asked in bilingual, i.e English & Hindi both languages.
  • Negative Marking: 33% of marks assigned to the question paper will be deducted.

We have providing the table below regarding the distribution of time duration & marks:

SubjectsCodeMaximum marksTime duration
Mathematics013002 hours 30 min
General Ability Test (GA)026002 hours 30 min
Total900 marks5 hours

NDA 2024 Syllabus

The NDA 2024 syllabus will be published online by the authority on the website. The syllabus will consist of various topics from the Mathematics & GA section:

Part A: EnglishIt will be designed basically to test understanding of students in English & how to use proper words. The syllabus will include vocabulary, grammar, comprehension & usage of cohesion in extended text. Candidate’s proficiency in English will be checked.
Part B: General KnowledgeIt will include various topics from various subjects as Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social studies, and Geography & current events.
Paper 1 (Code No. -01) MathematicsIntegral Calculus & differential equations, Analytical geometry of two & three dimensions, Trigonometry, Statistics & probability etc.
Paper II (Code No.-02) English & General KnowledgeIt will consists of two parts as Part A- English & Part B- General Knowledge.

NDA Preparation Tips

Candidates must go through the given preparation tips to score higher in the NDA exam:

  • Go through the complete exam pattern to prepare accordingly.
  • Try to take help from the best NDA books through online & offline modes.
  • First step is to check out the complete syllabus of the exam.
  • Make a proper and balanced schedule to study for the exam.
  • Try to solve as much as the last years’ of questions paper to understand the questions.
  • Take care of your health and stay hydrated.

NDA 2024 Admit Card

NDA Admit Card will be available in fourth week of March 2024 for NDA I. It will be released separately for NDA I & II. For NDA II, it will be released in last week of August 2024. Candidates must keep their login details ready to download hall ticket. Details about exam time, venue & all instructions will be mentioned in your admit card.

Any false information found in admit card during exam will lead to rejection of candidature. So, one must make sure all details are in correct format. In case of any discrepancies, one must contact with officials. Along with hall ticket, do not get forget to carry ID proof at the exam venue.

NDA 2024 Answer Key

The answer key for NDA 2024 will be display by various coaching institutions. Authority will not provide any answer key. Institutions will publish it within 24 hours after the exam. Through institutional answer key, students will be able to assume their score before result declaration.

The NDA answer key will be released separately for each set in the form of pdf. Along with answer key, some institute might also release question paper. One must make sure that this answer key will not be considered as final marks.

NDA 2024 Result

NDA Result will be announced via online mode in the form of pdf. For NDA I, it will be published in first week of May 2024 whereas for NDA II, it will be announced in first week of September 2024. Candidates are advised to download the available pdf in officials & keep it safe till admission purpose.

Result will be announced via online mode. No candidate will receive it via post or any other offline medium. Candidates whose name will appear in the merit list will have to participate in the interview process.

NDA 2024 Cut off

The cut off criteria for NDA 2024 will be published via online mode in the form of pdf. Army, Navy, Air force, etc will release their separate cut off list. First, cut off will be published for written exam & then final cut off for SSB Interview round.

NDA cut off marks are the minimum marks one have to score to qualify the marks. Only candidates who will score cut off marks or more than cut off criteria will be eligible/ allowed to participate in the interview process. Cut off criteria depends on various factors such as difficulty level of exam, marks scored by students, previous year trend & much more.

NDA 2024 SSB Interview

The NDA 2024 SSB Interview will be the final stage of clearing the NDA entry procedure. Those candidates who successfully cleared the written test round by obtaining the cut of marks will be allowed to appear for the SSB Interview round.

There will be two stages in the SSB Interview which will be organized in 4 days by the authority. The process of stage 1 will consist of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) are picture perception and description test (PP & DT). In stage 2, candidates will go through the various process such as interview, group testing officer tasks, psychology test, and the conference.

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