NDA 2025: Exam Dates (Out), Application Form, Eligibility, Pattern

NDA 2025 Exam Dates have been announced. Examination will be conducted through pen & paper based mode. National Defence Academy (NDA) is conducted at national level two times i.e. April & September, every year. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is authorised to conduct the NDA I & NDA II examination.

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NDA 2025 Notifications – Exam Dates Out

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NDA 2025 Exam Dates have been announced. The exam will be held on 13th April 2025 (NDA 1) and 14th September 2025 (NDA 2). Check here for exam date details.

NDA is a most popular examination in the India which offers admission into Indian Military, Indian Army & Indian Air Force. If candidates age fall between 16.5 to 19.5 years they are eligible to apply. Selection of the candidates is based on written test & SSB interview. Shortlisted candidates should go through the SSB Interview for final selection.

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Overview

 Name of ExamNDA 2025
Full FormNational Defence Academy
Exam LevelNational Level
Frequency of ExamTwice a year
Conducting AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission
Stages of ExamWritten & SSB
Mode of ExamOffline (Pen & Paper Based)
Purpose of ExamTo offer admission in Indian Defence & Naval Academy
Application ModeOnline

NDA 2025 Exam Dates

In the given table, we have provided official NDA 2025 dates for both NDA I & NDA II:

Events Dates (Announced)
NDA INDA II
Notification release date11th December 202428th May 2025
Registration Starts from11th December 202428th May 2025
Last date to submit registration form31st December 202417th June 2025
Correction in OTR details2nd week of January 20252nd week of June 2025
Application withdraw2nd week of January 2025June/ July 2025
Releasing of admit card4th week of March 20254th week of August 2025
NDA 2025 exam date13th April 202514th September 2025
Declared of result1st week of May 2025September 2025
Interview datesMay/June 2025September/ October 2025

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NDA 2025 Application Form

Candidates must go through some basic details about NDA 2025 Application Form in the below section:

  • Application form will be made available from 11th December 2024 for first session.
  • For second session, registration will be started from 28th May 2025.
  • Candidates will be able to fill application form through online mode.
  • Registration process will be done in two parts i.e. Part I & Part II.
  • Candidates must fill details carefully in the registration form of NDA 2025 to avoid mistakes.
  • One must have details i.e. educational, personal, communications, photo identity etc.
  • Upload documents in a valid format including photograph & signature.
  • The last date to submit application form will be till 31st December 2024 for session I & 17th June 2025 for session 2.
  • Authority will also provide correction facility to the candidates for a limited time period. It will be done in second week of January 2025 for NDA I.
  • Candidates must take printout of the filled application form and keep it safe for further admission references.

Application Fee:

  • Application fee of NDA 2025 will be Rs. 100/- for all category candidates.
  • Candidates will be able to submit application fee through online/ offline mode.
  • Online payment will be accepted using Debit Card/ Credit Card/ UPI or Internet Baking of any other bank. However, in case of offline payment, fee will be submitted through SBI Bank Challan/ By Cash.
  • Female/ SC/ ST/ NCOs/ JCOs/ ORS category will be expected from the fee.
  • Application fee will be non-refundable under any circumstances.

Application Correction

Correction window will be opened to the candidates from second week of January 2025 for NDA I. Window will be opened through online mode. If candidates want to modify details in OTR profile, it will be allowed only once in a lifetime. Correction will be done anytime throughout the year.

Authority will open NDA 2024 correction window for particular details only. After the last date, no modifications will be done in application form. Candidates are advised to make correction carefully to avoid rejection of the registration form. Download the corrected application form and keep it safe.

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How to Apply for NDA 2025

Check the steps below to know step wise procedure to apply for NDA 2025:

  • Step-1: Go through NDA website (Link will be given above).
  • Step-2: Click the “OTR (one time registration)” button and enter asked details.
  • Step-3: Click the login button & enter registration ID & password to fill the registration form.
  • Step-4: Application form will be filled in two parts i.e. i.e. Part I and Part II.
  • Step-5: Fill all the details carefully to avoid mistakes i.e. communication, qualification, personal, exam centre etc.
  • Step-6: Upload required documents i.e. photograph and signature.
  • Step-7: Now go to the payments section & select payment method to pay required fee.
  • Step-8: Check filled details carefully, before submission of the registration form.
  • Step-9: Take printout of the form & keep it safe for other purpose.
Check Here – How to Fill NDA Application Form

Eligibility Criteria

Here, we have provided NDA Eligibility Criteria that candidates must check & fulfill before filling the registration form:

Nationality:

  • Indian citizen/ subject of Nepal will be eligible to apply.
  • A person of Indian who have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with an intention of permanent settlement in India will be eligible.
  • Certificate: Gorkhas subject of nepal will be required to produce a certificate of eligibility which must issued by Govt. of India.

Qualifications:

  • Air Force & Naval Wings (Cadet entry scheme): To be eligible, aspirants must have passed 10th & 12th examination with PCM as compulsory subjects.
  • For Army Wing or NDA: One must pass 12th level or its equivalent from a recognised board.
  • Appearing: Candidates those are appearing their 12th class will also be eligible to apply.

Other Eligibility:

  • Gender: Unmarried male & female will be eligible to apply. No marriage will be allowed until aspirants have completed their training.
  • Age: Age of the candidates should lie in between 16.5 to 19.5 years.
  • For NDA I, aspirants must be born in between 2nd July 2006 to 1st July 2009.
  • To apply for NDA II, the candidate must be born in between 2nd January 2007 to 1st January 2010.
  • Medical FItness: Candidates must fulfill all medical requirements set by the authorities.
  • Aspirants who have resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary ground from training academies will not be able to apply.

Exam Pattern

Check the points given below for exam scheme/ exam pattern of NDA 2025:

  • Mode of Exam: Exam will be held through Pen-paper based (online mode).
  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) wil be asked in the exam.
  • Language of Paper: Question paper will be available in English & Hindi languages.
  • Duration: Total 5 hours will be provided to solve the paper.
  • Sections: There will be two sections in the exam i.e. Mathematics & GAT.
  • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 33% in the assigned marks.

Check the table below to get subject wise marks distributions:

SubjectsCodeTimeMaximum marks
Mathematics012 hours & 30 min300
General Ability Test (GA)022 hours & 30 min600
Total5 hours900
SSB interview900

NDA 2025 Syllabus

NDA Syllabus 2025 will include topics from the mathematics, english, general knowledge, chemistry, current affairs etc. Syllabus will be released by the authority in online mode.

In the section below, candidates can check some important topic of different subjects:

  • Mathematics (Paper I): Analytical geometry of two & three dimensions, Integral Calculus & differential equations, Trigonometry, Statistics & probability etc.
  • English (Part A): Comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English, Grammar and usage, vocabulary etc.
  • General Knowledge (Part B): It will include topics from the subjects i.e. Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

Preparation Tips

Here, we have provided few tips to prepare for NDA 2025 examination:

  • Know complete syllabus and exam pattern of NDA 2025.
  • Prepare a study plan and divide time for each subject.
  • Keep practicing and solve previous year question papers & mock tests.
  • Work on your weak areas & make efforts to improve.
  •  Read news papers & stay updated on current affairs.
  • Take breaks during your study time and drink plenty of water.
  • Take healthy meal & take care of your health.

Books

Below, we have given few of best NDA books compiled by the experts:

  • Pathfinder NDA/ NA National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Entrance Examination: By Arihant Experts
  • Mathematics for National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy: By S Chand
  • PW NDA/NA Book, Buy Best NDA/NA Books for Maths, General Knowledge, English, Science (Combo Set of 4) for NDA/NA Exam: By S Chand

Exam Centre

NDA 2025 examination will be conducted in some of the following examination centres:

AgartalaBengaluruDehradun
AjmerBhopalDelhi
AhmedabadBilaspurDharmshala
AgraBareillyGaya
AligarhBilaspurGangtok
Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)ChandigarhFaridabad
AizawlChennaiGaziabad
Almora (Uttarakhand)CoimbatoreGwalior
Aurangabad (Maharashtra)CuttackHyderabad
ItanagarKochiMumbai
JabalpurKolkataNagpur
JaipurLucknowPanji (Goa)
JammuLudhianaPatna
JodhpurMandiRanchi

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answer: No, candidates will only be able to submit application form through online mode.

Answer: No, only unmarried male or female will be eligible to apply.

Answer: Yes, you will be able to provide any one of the valid photo identity proof details i.e. adhaar card/ PAN card/ voter ID etc.

Answer: Yes, candidates will need to full fill physical requirements as per the authority guidelines.

Answer: No, there will be no need to send print copy of the application form.

Answer: No, candidates must have Mathematics as mandatory subject.

Answer: In Part I candidates will need to fill personal, category certificate, address details & in part II, documents uploading, fee submission will be done.

Answer: Candidates must upload photograph in between 20 to 300 kb.

Answer: No, maximum age of candidates must be 19.5 years in order to be eligible for NDA 2025.

NDA 2025 Admit Card

NDA Admit card 2025 will be released through online mode from fourth week of March 2025 for session I. Candidates must download their hall ticket before few days of conduct the exam. Admit card of NDA 2025 will be available through login details only. If candidates found any discrepancy on details, they must ask for the correction to authority, immediately.

Candidates will not send admit card to the candidates by post or through any other offline mode. If any candidates will not get their e- admit card then they will have to inform authority at least one week before the conduct of exam. Take printout of the admit card and bring it on the day of exam with other required documents.

NDA 2025 Answer Key

Various coaching institutes will release NDA Answer Key 2025. It will be released individually by the institutes. Candidates will be able to calculate their probable scores with the help of answer keys. It will be made available through online mode in PDF format. Candidates must know marking scheme, in order to calculate their scores.

Answer Keys will be made available for different sets i.e. set A, B, C & D. If candidates have any doubt regarding the answer key, then they will be able to object against it. Candidates must download the answer key PDF and keep it safe for future references.

NDA 2025 Result

Result will be declared through online mode in PDF format. It will be announced in first week of May 2025 for NDA I & in the month of September 2025 for NDA II. Eligible candidates will need to visit the website to check NDA 2025 result. Candidates who have qualified the examination, will have to register themselves for further procedure within two weeks.

NDA Result will be announced based on the performance of candidates in written examination. Candidates will be able to get their mark sheets/ score card approx 15 days after the declaration of result. Qualified candidates will be eligible to take part in the SSB interview. Candidates must keep a printout of the result safe.

NDA 2025 Cut Off

Cut off will be released in the month of May 2025 via online mode. Cut off will be the minimal marks that aspirant should obtained to qualify the exam. NDA Cut Off for both the sessions will be released after the final result. Candidates must obtain 25% marks in each subject to qualify.

NDA cut off will be calculated based on different factors i.e. number of seats, difficulty level of exam & number of aspirants appeared for exam. If in case two candidates will score same marks, then tia will be resolved in accordance with the principle approved by the authority.

NDA 2025 SSB Interview

Candidates who have qualified the written test of NDA 2025, will be able to go through the SSB interview process. It will be the final stage of NDA. Candidates will require to report as per the time and date given on call up letter for interview. Selection procedure will be done in two stages psychological aptitude test & intelligence test.

SSB Interview session will be completed in 4-5 days. Interview session will be started from May/ June 2025 for NDA I & for NDA II it will be started from September/ October 2025. Final selection of the candidates will be done only after interview rounds. Shortlisted candidates will be required to report at the reporting centre for document verification with required documents.

If candidates have any other query related to NDA 2025 exam, then they can feel free to ask us by leaving queries below in comment box.

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    1. For NDA I 2025, one must be born in b/w 2nd July 2006 to 1st July 2009. Students age must be b/w 16.5 to 19.5 years old.

    1. Candidates are required to secure between 400 to 500 to get into NDA final merit list. Also, students need to secure 25% marks in each subject.

    1. Yes, you can qualify NDA exam in 3 months if you have a proper study strategy and study material/ books.

  1. Hi, I was born in 26 may 2006…. can I give nda in 2025 as I would be only 19 years 4 months and the eligibility is 19.5?

    1. According to the latest statistics, out of total 400 vacancies, 37 are reserved for female candidates.

    1. The SSB interview is a two-stage selection procedures based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test conducted at the selection centers.

    1. A subject of Nepal, or 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.

  2. Hello sir, I am eagerly waiting for NDA 2025 registration. For how much time will the registration window remain open?

    1. NDA 2025 Registration dates are announced. Window to apply online will be available from 11th – 31st December 2024.

    1. Yes, you can but before filling the registration form it is compulsory to fulfil all eligibility norms.

    1. No, there is no such percentage required in 12th to apply for NDA. Candidates need to only pass in their 12th level exam.

    1. The RID is registration ID which is generated after completing the first part of registration form.

    1. The details about NDA 2025 vacancies will be announced soon after the release of notification. However, as per the previous year trends, it is expected around 208 in army wing, 42 in navy, 92 in air force and 30 in naval academy.

    1. For joining NDA, candidate must be physically or mentally fit as per the notification released by UPSC.

    1. Candidates applying for NDA in any wing (Army, military or Air force) can apply whose age falls between 16.5 to 19.5.

    1. Female candidates, Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) and candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories are exempted from paying the fee.

    1. The RID is registration ID, which is generated after the completion of first part of application form.

    1. Yes, dates are out now. You can register for NDA 2 2025 on 28th May 2025. The exam will be held on 14th September 2025. Do checkout the eligibility before registering.

    1. If you are paying through bank challan then you should apply one day before the last date of application. The authority will deactivate the challan generation facility automatically on the last date of application submission.

    1. No, you will not be eligible to apply for NDA 2025. For NDA I, aspirants must be born in between 2nd July 2006 to 1st July 2009 & to apply for NDA II, the candidate must be born in between 2nd January 2007 to 1st January 2010.

    1. Firstly, candidates should avoid submitting multiple application form. If such case happen, then the data provided in the last application which is submitted successfully will be considered.

    1. Yes, candidates who have done +2 open schooling/ distance schooling are eligible. However, such students should have done their open/ distance schooling of 2 years from a recognised board.

    2. Yes, but +2 education system should be of 2 years & your open school/ board must recognize by concerned authorities / education board.

    1. Yes, the medical standards do differ for male and female candidates in NDA. You can check medical standards in the article.

    1. The NDA exam paper is divided into two parts, i.e. written exam and SSB interview. Written exam is also divided into two sections which are GAT (General Ability Test) and Mathematics.

    1. Yes, SSB interview is considered toughest part as it is the final stage of NDA exam. Interview takes 4-5 days to complete. For more details about SSB, you can check our article.

    1. The age limit for girl candidates to apply for NDA is same as of male candidates. You can check age limit in the article.

    1. The UPSC release NDA syllabus along with notification before every examination. You can check it from our article.

    1. No, you are not eligible for NDA 1 2025. However, you are eligible for NDA 2 2025 and can appear for it.

    1. No doubt, it is one of the best career option if you want to serve the country. This field comes with lots of responsibilities and duties and it is rewarding too.

    1. Hello,
      Application form will be available only through online mode. We will provide the link in our article when it will get released officially.

    1. Hi, notification has not been released by the UPSC yet but UPSC Exam calendar 2025 is released now.

    1. NDA 2025 syllabus has not been released by UPSC yet. Till then you can check previous year syllabus from our article.

  3. Namaste, I will appear for NDA in 2025. If not qualified in NDA 1 . Can I appear for NDA 2. Is it eligible for me to appear for both sessions.

  4. I would be starting my 12 on 2025 but still can I give NDA exam before completing my 12th boards and getting the result

    1. Every year around 2 to 3 lakhs candidates appear for NDA exam and around 7 to 8K candidates qualify the exam.

  5. In 2025 I will be 19.1 years in the month of September. but in NDA2, 2025 it is showing 2nd jan 2007 it is possible that a 23 aug 2006 (19.1)yrs candidate can apply for NDA2 2025 .

    1. To apply for NDA 2025, candidate’s age must lie in between 16.5 to 19.5. To know detailed eligibility, you must visit eligibility article here.

  6. I want to clear that nda ppr me geography ,political science, history , and economy bhi aati h KYA? ?

  7. Is it compulsory to appear for NDA 2 after appearing NDA 1?
    Can I give only NDA 1 and if i pass that exam then would I be selected for SSB Interview

    1. NDA is National Defence Academy exam which is conducted for admission into Indian Military, Indian Army & Indian Air Force.

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