NDA Eligibility Criteria: All the young aspirants out there who are dreaming of joining the Indian Armed Forces and looking to serve their nation as an officer by joining the Army, Indian Airforce, or Naval Academy must be waiting for the NDA & NA (I) Notification which was usually released by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) in Dec/Jan. But to be a part of one of the most esteemed forces in the world is not an easy task; you have to be the best, meet NDA Eligibility Criteria, and be suitable in all forms.
Through this article, we have shared eligibility criteria details for NDA & NA, which is most important for each candidate before they move forward to submit their NDA application online.
NDA Eligibility Criteria
Are you one of the aspirants preparing for the NDA & NA Examination? If your answer is Yes! Then, do you know every year, several applicants toiled away day and night and cleared the written examination? Still, at a later stage, they have been disqualified just because they didn’t fulfil the medical, physical, and other important eligibility criteria for the post, which are mentioned in the notification.
We know there are many readers out there who are similar to them, and don’t the head and tail of it? So, just for you, we came up with this article in which we will let you know in detail about the Eligibility criteria for NDA.
What are the NDA Eligibility Criteria?
Before you may proceed, we want to inform you to read all the details carefully because if at any stage you fail to fulfil any of the criteria which were mentioned below, you will be debarred from the selection process. Eligibility criteria for NDA examination are given as:-
Applicant applying must be an unmarried male and also
- An Indian Citizen OR
- Subject of Bhutan or Nepal or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st Jan 1962
- Indian origin person migrates from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia, or Vietnam.
Note: Candidates of (b) and (c) categories must have a certificate issued by the Indian Government.
For NDA I: Male and female unmarried candidates with age lying between 16.5 years to 19.5 years (inclusive of both crucial dates as per the notification)
For NDA II: Male and female unmarried candidates with age lying between 16.5 years to 19.5 years (inclusive of both crucial dates as per the notification)
The DOB, which was mentioned in the matriculation/equivalent exam certificate or on a birth certificate issued by the registrar, will be accepted by the commission as some of the important points of NDA Eligibility Criteria.
- Such certificates will be required once the commission has declared the result.
- It is to be noted that the DOB mentioned in such certificates on the date of submission of the application will be accepted, and the request to change the same will not be accepted.
- Also, candidates are not to marry until they complete their training. If any candidate marries, though he is selected for training, he will not be selected, and any candidate who marries during the training period will be discharged and liable to pay the expenditure incurred on him by the Govt.
Army Wing of National Defence Academy: – for this, applicants must have completed their 10+2
Air Force and Naval Wing of NDA 7 for 10+2 cadet entry at INA: – for this application must pass their 10+2
Note: Those who are appearing for the qualifying examination can also submit their application, but they need to produce proof of clearing the said examination by the prescribed dates.
If any of the candidates who are debarred from the Ministry of Defence from any commission in Defence service will not meet NDA Eligibility Criteria for this.
Candidates, who had failed in CPSS/PABT earlier, are now only eligible for Air force ground duty branches.
Physical and Medical Standard Details
As the job nature is not relaxing, it will test your mental and physical strength anytime without sending any prior notice. So before you may proceed do check twice whether you fulfill the physical strengths criteria whose details are given as: –
There are a few ailments or defect which every candidate need to rectify from their end to speed up the medical examination if they recommended for SSB and some of them defect is given as: –
- Ear Wax
- Deviated nasal septum
- Phimosis/ hydrocele
Height and Weight Standard for Army Entries
The weight of the applicant should be proportionate according to their height below we have given the height and weight chart:
|Height (CMS)||Weight (KG) Age 17 to 20 years|
|Uncorrected Vision (maximum applicable)||6/36 & 6/36|
|BCVA||Rt 6/6 & Lt 6/6|
|Myopia||≤ -2.5 D Sph ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl)|
|Hypermetropia||≤ + 2.5 D Sph ≤ +/- 2.0 D Cyl|
|Lasik/ equivalent surgery||Not Allowed|
The minimum height for NA entries should be 157 cm, but relaxation will be allowed to candidates who possess the domicile of the below-mentioned areas:
|Category||Minimum height in cms|
|Ladakh region tribal||155|
|Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy island||155|
|Gurkhas, Nepali, Assamese, Garhwali, Kumauni, and Uttarakhand||152|
|Bhutan, Sikkim, & North East Region||152|
Height & weight standards for NA are given as: –
|Height in cms||16 year (in kgs)||18 years (in kgs)||20 years (in kgs)|
Vision standard for NA
|Uncorrected without glass||6/6 & 6/9|
|Corrected with glass||6/6, 6/9|
Physical Standard for Navy
Applicants must keep themselves physically fit so that they can complete the following routine:
- Running: 2.4 KM in 15 minutes
- Push up and situ ups: Minimum 20 each
- Rope Climbing: 8 Mr
- Chin-Ups: Minimum 8
NDA Eligibility Criteria – Physical and Medical Standard (Flying and Ground Duty)
The minimum height for ground duty is 157.5 cm but
Candidates belonging to North Easter, Hilly region of Uttarakhand, and Gurkhas will receive a 5 cm of relaxation i.e. 152.5 cm. whereas candidates of Lakshadweep will receive a 2 cm relaxation
The minimum height for flying branch is: 162.5 cm
|Sitting height||81.5 cm||96.0 cm|
|Leg Length||99 cm||120 cm|
|Thigh length||–||64 cm|
Ideal Nude weight for male candidates for NDA (Flying and ground duty)
|Height (in cms)||Age Range|
NDA Eligibility for Medical Standard
To be medically fit, the applicant should be in a good mental and physical state and must be free from some of the diseases/disabilities/syndrome mentioned below: –
- No Swelling/tumors/ cyst/ swollen lymph node in any part of the body
- No sinus/ fistula on the body
- Hyper or hyperpigmentation or any other kind of skin disease
- Scars which can impair the functioning
- Arteriovenous malformation in the body
- Head and face malformation
- Deformity due to fracture
- Colour perception and field of vision
- Any kind of disease or syndrome of the endocrinal system
- Free from any kind of history or evidence of meant