UPSC NDA 2023 Notification – 395+ Vacancies [Apply Now]

UPSC NDA 2023 Recruitment Notification | NDA 2023 Exam | 395+ Vacancies for NDA Recruitment | NDA Notification 2023 PDF | Eligibility Criteria & Details

Union Public Service Commission is inviting online applications for National Defence Academy posts in Army, Airforce, Navy Wing, and Naval Academy, 10+2 Cadet entry. Interested candidates can apply for the NDA 2023 Exam if they meet all the eligibility criteria. In today’s article, we will tell you all the details about the UPSC NDA 2023, including the eligibility criteria, exam date, exam pattern, application fee, and so on. Please read the complete article before applying for UPSC NDA Vacancy.

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UPSC NDA 2023 Notification

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued the UPSC NDA 2023 exam on December 21, 2022. UPSC administers the NDA exam for admission to the Indian Defence Force – Army, Navy, and Air Force wings. This exam is the first step toward becoming an officer in the Indian Army, Navy, or Air Force.

UPSC NDA 2023 Exam

Overview of UPSC NDA Recruitment

Exam NameNational Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA-I)
OrganisationUnion Public Service Commission
Total vacancies395
Application ModeOnline
Starting Date of Registration21st December 2022
Last Date of Registration10th January 2023
Exam StagesWritten Test and SSB Interview
Exam PatternGAT: 150 Objective type questions
Mathematics: 120 Objective type questions
Exam durationFive hours (Mathematics: 2½ hours, General Ability Test (GAT): 2½ hours)

Eligibility Criteria for Applying for the NDA Exam

The candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria for applying for the NDA 2023 Exam.


  • Citizen of India, or a Subject of Bhutan, or Nepal, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

NDA Age Limit

  • Only unmarried male and female candidates born between July 2, 2004, and July 1, 2007, are eligible.

Educational Qualification

For the Army Wing of the National Defence AcademyThe candidate should be 12th pass/HSC or equivalent examination from a State Education Board or a University
For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval AcademyThe candidate should have completed their 12th Class/HSC or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics from a State Education Board or a recognised University.

Candidates enrolled in the 12th grade through the 10+2 School Education or equivalent examination is also eligible to take the UPSC NDA examination.

NDA Physical Standard

  • Running: 2.4 km in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Push-ups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each
  • Chin-ups: Minimum 08
  • Rope Climbing: 3.4 meters

Height Requirement for NDA

For Ground Duty

Except states mentioned below157.5 cm
Height for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to North Eastern regions of India and hilly regions of Uttarakhand152.5 cm
Candidates from Lakshadweep155.5 cm

For Flying Duty

Sitting Height81.5 cm96 cm
Leg Length99 cm120 cm
Thigh Length64 cm

Application Process and Selection Procedure of UPSC NDA 2023

Eligible candidates need to visit the official website and fill up the online form. Upload the required documents and pay the application fee if any. Submit the form and take a printout for future reference.

The selection procedure of the NDA 2023 includes two stages.

  • Written examination
  • Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)

A candidate who passes a written examination will be invited to take a personality test to assess intelligence and personality. To be included on the merit list, candidates must pass both stages. UPSC will generate a merit list/final result based on the cumulative score of the Written Exam, and the SSB will be considered for final selection.

Application Fees & Vacancy Details of UPSC NDA 2023

A general category candidate’s application fee is Rs 100/-.

The fee can be deposited in any SBI branch in cash or by using the State Bank of India’s net banking facility or directly by using a Visa/ MasterCard/ Rupay Credit/ Debit Card.

SC/ST candidates, sons of JCOs/NCOs, and ORs are exempt from paying the fee.

Name of the PostsNumber of Vacancies
National Defence Academy (Army)208 (including 10 for female candidates)
National Defence Academy (Navy)42 (including 03 female candidates)
National Defence Academy (Air Force)Flying – 92 (including 02 for female candidates)
Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (including 02 for female candidates)
Ground Duties (Non-Tech) – 10 (including 02 for female candidates)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)25 (for male candidates only)

UPSC NDA 2023 Exam Date

EventsNDA-1 DatesNDA-2 Dates
NDA Notification21st December 202217th May 2023
NDA Application form21st December 202217th May 2023
Last date to apply10th January 202306th June 2023
Application With drawl18th to 24th January 2023To be notified
NDA Admit card 2022March 2023August 2023
NDA 2023 Exam Date 16th April 202303rd September 2023
NDA Answer Key [Unofficial]16th April 202303rd September 2023
NDA Result 2023May 2023September 2023
SSB InterviewTo be notifiedTo be notified

NDA 2023 Exam Pattern

Candidates who are preparing for the NDA 2023 exam must be familiar with the UPSC exam pattern. The following are the specifics for the NDA 2023 Exam Pattern:

  • The exam will be given in a paper-and-pencil format.
  • The questions will be in the form of multi-choice questions.
  • The questions will be asked in both English and Spanish (English & Hindi)
  • There will be a 0.83-point deduction for Math, a 1.33-point deduction for English, and a 1.33-point deduction for GK.
  • Examine the detailed exam pattern for the NDA I Examination.
CodeSubjectMax. MarksDuration
1Mathematics3002.5 hours
2General Ability Test6002.5 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the date of the UPSC NDA 2023 Exam?

UPSC will hold the UPSC NDA 1 exam 2023 on April 16, 2023, and the NDA 2 exam 2023 on September 3, 2023.

2) When the NDA 1 exam has released?

Yes, on December 21, 2022, the NDA 1 Notification 2023 pdf was released to fill 395 vacancies for various courses.

3) What stages are there for the NDA Exam 2023?

To select candidates for defence jobs through the NDA Exam, the commission will hold a written examination followed by an interview round.

4) Is it necessary to obtain the minimum qualifying marks in each NDA exam subject?

Yes, candidates must achieve minimum qualifying marks in each subject of the NDA Exam 2023.

5) What subjects are covered in the NDA Exam?

The NDA Exam is divided into two sections: Mathematics and General Ability Test (English & General Knowledge).

6) Are females eligible to take the NDA 2023 Exam?

Yes, unmarried girls can now sit for the NDA Exam.

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