NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021, Age & Qualification Criteria – Know Here

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021 must be check by the candidates before applying. The candidates want to join National Defense Academy (NDA) have to appear in the entrance examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi. The authority schedules the examination two times within a year in the month of April and September. All the aspirants are suggested to check the prescribed eligibility mentioned here. In this article, we have provided the detailed information about NDA 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021

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NDA 2021 is conducted for the All India candidates whose desire is to join Indian Defense forces. Through NDA, the candidates are recruited in Air Force, Navy, and Army.

The interested candidates can fill NDA 2021 application form from 30th December 2020 (for NDA I) and from 9th June 2020 (for NDA II).

Before applying, must ensure your eligibility as only those who have satisfying the eligibility condition are eligible to write the exam. Confirm your eligibility from here. The NDA 2021 eligibility criteria are given below:


  • The appearing candidate must be a citizen of India, Nepal or Bhutan.
  • A Tibetan refugee came to India before 01 January 1962 with a mindset to become a permanent resident of India are also eligible.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, SriLanka, Pakistan & 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 are also eligible to apply.

Candidates other than the citizen of India and Gorkha subjects of Nepal have required a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits, Gender & Marital Status:

  • For NDA (1) 2021: The candidates whose DOB falls between 2nd July 2002 to 1st July 2005 are eligible for the examination. If born before 2nd July 2002 and after 1st July 2005 then not eligible for NDA (1) 2021 exam.
  • For NDA (2) 2021: Those whose DOB falls between 2nd January 2003 to 1st January 2006 are permitted to write the exam. If the candidate bears the age before 2nd January 2003 and after 1st January 2006, they are not allowed to appear the exam.
  • Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA examination. Girls are not allowed for the NDA entrance examination.

Note-1: The DOB mentioned in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate available or an equivalent certificate will be considered by the commission.

Note-2: Candidates are informed not to marry until they complete their full training. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at this or any subsequent exam will not be selected for training. A candidate who marries during the training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

Qualification Criteria:

The minimum qualification required for Indian Army wing, Navy and Air Force is as follows:

Eligibility for Indian Army:

  • The candidates want to apply for Indian Army must have completed 12th (10+2 pattern) or its equivalent exam from a well-recognized board.
  • The appearing candidates can also apply.

Eligibility for Indian Navy and Air Force:

  • Those seeking for Indian Navy and Air Force must have passed their 12th/appearing (10+2 pattern) from a recognized board or University with Physics and Mathematics as a compulsory subject.

Note: Students who have debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services are not eligible to apply. Those candidates have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force.

Physical Standards: 

  • Candidates must be physically & mentally fit as per the physical standards maintained by the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2021.
  • A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.

The detailed physical standards are mentioned here:

Candidates are required rectify minor defects/ailments in order
to speed up finalization of a medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB. Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below:

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

Body Tattoos:

  • Permanent body tattoos are accepted only on the inner face of a forearm. Tattoos on the inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand/Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable.
  • Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case by case basis.
  • Comdt Selection Centre will be competent authority for clearing such cases.

Click here to view detailed NDA Eligibility Criteria

Height & Weight Standards: 

  • The minimum height measurement is 157 cms (162.5 cms. for Air Force).
  • For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon, the minimum heights will be 5 cms. less.
  • In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum height can be reduced by 2 cms.
  • The detailed height/weight standards are mentioned below:

Height/Weight Standards for Army/Air Force:

Height (cms)Weight in Kgs
 (without shoe)16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years

Height/Weight Standards for Navy:

Height (cms)Weight in Kgs
 (without shoe)16 years18 years20 years

Note-1: “Individual’s weight is considered normal if it is within ±10% departure from average given weight”.  However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad build as well as individuals with a thin build but otherwise healthy this may be given some relaxation on merit.

Note-2: Height relaxation is up to 2.5 cm. (5 cm. for Navy) may be allowed where the Medical Board certifies that the candidate is likely to grow and come up to the required standard on completion of his training.

There will be some extra physical requirements as a pilot in the Air Force. The acceptable length is as follows:

Leg Length99.00 cms120.00 cms
Thigh Length –64.00 cms
Sitting Height81.50 cms96.00 cms

Other Physical Standards

Candidates recommended by the Services Selection Board will go through a medical examination by Board of Service Medical Officers. Candidates who are declared fit by the Medical Board will be admitted to the academy.

  • The candidate should be in good physical & mental health and free from any kind of disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of Military duties.
  • There should be no symptoms of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight. The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.
  • Well developed chest. A fully expanded chest should not be less than 81cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. Chest X-Ray is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any chest diseases.
  • No maldevelopment or impairment of a function of the bones or joint.
  • No past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  • The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Audiometric test will be done for AF. Audiometric hearing loss should not be greater than 20 db in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. There is no impediment of speech.
  • Blood Pressure should be normal with no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.
  • There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. There will be not any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen.
  • Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. In case of Hernia which has been operated, a minimum of 6 months must have passed prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.
  • No hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
  • Urine examination will be done and any abnormality if detected will be a cause for disqualification.
  • Any kind of skin diseases which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
  • USG abdomen examination will be carried out and any congential structural anomaly or disease of the abdominal organs will be a cause for rejection in Armed Forces.
  • Candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be accepted. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
  • Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must be within normal limits.

Spinal Condition

Past medical history of diseases or any injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. Any of the following conditions detected radiologically during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force:

  • Granulomatous disease of spine
  • Arthritidies/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders/ Ankylosing spondylitis/ Osteoarthrosis, 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.
  • Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
  • Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demon strable  neurological  or circulatory deficit.
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree 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.

Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis where deformity is barely noticeable and there is no pain or restriction of movement will not preclude acceptance.

In case of noticeable Scoliosis or suspicion of any other abnormality or spinal deformity, more than mild, appropriate X-rays of the spine are to be taken and the Examinee referred for specialist’s advice.

X-Ray Examination

Any of the following conditions detected at the time of X-Ray examination will be disqualified for Armed Forces:

  • Granulomatius disease of spine.
  • Arthritidies/spondylosis
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army and Navy).
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis
  • Herniated nucleus pulposes.
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  • Sacaralisation 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 Sacaralisation 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) should be 6/6 in better eye (6/9 in worse eye). Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of opthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate should have good binocular vision. The color vision standard will be (CP-III) for Army.

A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colors. Candidates will be required to produce certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity will be permanently rejected for all the Services. Candidates who have undergone Laser Surgery for correction of refractive error are also not permitted to defence services. The detailed eyesight eligibility is given below:

Eyesight Eligibility for Naval Candidates:

Uncorrected without glass6/6
Corrected with glass6/6
Limits of Myopia-0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5
Limits of Colour PerceptionI
Binocular VisionIII

Eyesight Eligibility for Air Force Candidates:

Uncorrected without glass6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of MyopiaNil
Limits of Hypermetropia+2.00 D Sph
Manifest MyopiaNil Re
Tinoscopic Myopia0.5
Colour VisionCP-I (MLT)
Astigmatism+0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)
Near VisionN-5 each eye

Maddox Rod Test

The details of Maddox Rot Test are as the following:

At 6 metersExo-6 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
Hypro-1 prism D
At 33 cmsExo-16 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
Hypo-1 prism D

Candidates wear the spectacles habitually then not eligible for AF. Hand held Stereoscope–All of BSV grades Convergence–Up to 10 cm Cover test for distant and near-Lateral divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete Radial Keratotomy, Photo Refractive Keratotomy/laser in Situ, Keratomileusis (PRK/LASIK) surgeries for correction of refractive errors are not accepted for any Air Force duties.

Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be not eligible to apply.Candidates must posses a good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).Candidates who have undergone LASIK surgery are not declared fit for permanent commission in flying branch in IAF.

Physical Conditioning

Candidates are suggested to keep themselves in a good physical condition, by following the routine given below:

  • Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
  • Chin ups (minimum 08)
  • Rope climbing 3-4 metres.

In case of any doubt or query regarding NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021, you may ask us by commenting below.

Displaying 944 Comments
  1. Paurush Singh says:

    CAN A 10th pass student appear for NDA

  2. Azhar says:

    Sir i use spectacles regularly…

  3. anusheel tiwari says:

    can i appear in the exam my height is 6 ft and i am studying in class 12 with maths and commerce . Can i give the paper of NDA while studying in class 12 or after class 12 and my birth date is 29 july 1999

  4. Koushik says:

    My birth date is 18 march 1997 am i eligible or nt

  5. YASH POPAT says:

    One thing i forget. I’m passed 12th commerce then i apply for INDIAN NAVY/ AIR FORCE only.

  6. YASH POPAT says:

    My DOB was 9th/march/2016 i can apply NDA2 exam.and any relaxation in hight &weight basis.i check it on that link.my height was 172 & weight was 90

  7. Pragvansh says:

    Sir, I am currently in class 11th and my date of birth is 16th August 2000 ,am I eligible for participating in the NDA(II) Exam which will be going to held in September ? I have opted for PCM subject.

  8. Abhilasha verma says:

    i m girl born on 1st april 1998 and i want to give nda

  9. shyam says:

    my DOB is 31-12-1989 can i apply for NDA exam.?

  10. Aslam Khan says:

    Physical Requirement for MARCOS….
    ….Hope You Help Me…..

  11. akky says:

    Hi I am 5feet 2inch tall am I eligible
    Also what if I have knee knots. Please reply seperately

  12. Ashwini singh says:

    Sir i am student of diploma civil 2nd year and my date of birth is 31-12-1999 can i eligible for NDA exam plz sir i am waiting for your response its a matter of my future plz reply me fast sir

  13. Abhishek Sarkar says:

    Will you please ensure me about the required percentage of a candidate in PCM/PCB of 12th standard ?? Plzz sir reply please

  14. Shashank says:

    If I am heavier than I am supposed to be, am I eligible

  15. Gourav says:

    My dob is 19-06-1999. Can I apply for NDA (ll) exam of September 2016 ?

  16. Amartya Yadava says:

    Hello i wanted to know if lasik eye surgery allowed for Army Wing Of NDA

  17. Saquib rehan says:

    Currently i m preparing for my class 10 cbse board exam am i elligible for nda

  18. Anuj Narang says:

    Diploma Holders Can Apply for NDA or not ?

  19. Kamlaksh says:

    If we have qualified the NDA exam which is to be held in the month of April and we are studying in class 12 at that time then what is to be done

  20. omkar says:

    My eye sight is -2.5, so please tell am i eligible for army force

  21. ishank dahiya says:

    If i have more then weight from this table can i can eligible for this

  22. Gaurav more says:

    I am 10 th appeared,my eye sight -2.25D ,please tell me can i eligible for air force, if not give me solution, suggest me other options.

  23. Tejas says:

    what r the posts given a person doesn’t qualify in the medical test like eye problem,etc.,

  24. nidhi says:

    But why girls can not applied to appear in entrance examination?

  25. Jaypalsinh says:

    My height is 167 and weight is so high (75). So sir I am select on nda

  26. atil says:

    i am studying in class 11 can i apply for nda

  27. Diptesh Das says:

    sir if anyone don’t know swim then he was selected for navy or not……

  28. Parth says:

    i am in class 10 but my dob is 2 october 2000 am i eligible ?

  29. ARUNKUMAR says:


  30. Anshul Sharma says:

    I’m not eligible for this exam because I’m of Oct96. Right!

  31. Tashi Tshering Bhutia says:

    Sir is there any chance in other NDA entrance exams that i m eligible for.

  32. SAGAR KUMAR says:


  33. Amit Kumar says:

    Is all this height weight etc. eligibilities are checked before examination or one have to maintain this before exam.

  34. Anurag Vishwakarma says:

    I am in class 11th up board and my DOB 15.1.2000 then I can able for NDA?

  35. Tashi Tshering Bhutia says:

    Sir my DoB is 22-june-1997. I have taken all the subjects as required. I am giving my ISC board exam this March. So sir can I appear for the exams.

  36. Rahul Kumar says:

    iam studying inter 1st year
    my date of birth is may16 2000
    am i eligible for N.D.A

  37. Tashi Tshering Bhutia says:

    Sir my dob is 22/6/1997 and i m in class 12 and have taken all the subjects as required. Can i give the entrance exams

  38. arvinder says:

    i study in +1 non medical
    my date of birth is 25 june 1999 am i eligible for nda?

  39. Mayank chavan says:

    I am born on 12th March 2000
    Am I eligible for NDA
    Waiting for your reply sir

  40. Gauri kadam says:

    Are girls allowed to appear for entrance examination , if not why ? If her physical fitness is good , why she not been allowed to fill the form ?

  41. charan says:

    i study in +2 medical
    my date of birth is 15 august 1997
    can i eligible for NDA exam?

  42. Mayank chavan says:

    I’m born on 12 march 2000.
    Am I eligible

  43. Nrujal says:

    The weights shown here are maximum weights or minimum weights for a candidate of a specified height?

  44. charan says:

    my date of birth is 15 august 1997
    and i am in +2 can i apply for NDA?

  45. Apoorva Jagtap says:

    Can I apply for NDA?? still I am in FYME i. e First Year diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

    plz. ……
    ..give me feedback

  46. rachna yadav says:

    my date of birth is 27-08-1998. my eye sight is -2D can i give nda exam

  47. pavan kumar says:

    it has an option in registration like are you a creamy layer or not..?
    what it means..

  48. athul p kuriakose says:

    my birthday is on 09 September 1996. am I eligible for NDA EXAM.?

  49. Ram Dershan says:

    I am appearing for May 2016 board exam for the IB (International Baccalaureate). My results will come in first week of August. Am I still eligble?

  50. rakesh says:

    My date of birth is 27/11/1997
    Can i apply for nda air force…???

  51. jayjit says:

    Can I apply for NDA after a laser operation to correct myopia??

  52. jayjit says:

    I have eye sight problem (-2.0 both)
    Can I apply for NDA


    if there is no possibilities.. can you please suggest me any other defence entrance examination 2016 to which i am eligible and also if one of the eligibility is 12th pass for the candidates whose d.o.b is 1995. i m doing my BE.ECE(ELECTRONIC AND COMMUNICATIONS) 3RD YEAR at present.



  55. RAHUL RAJ says:

    I am a +2 science student and my date of birth is 18/12/1997 .now i am only have 18 years old .as i know i can apply for NDA-1 2016 .but in the case of NDA-2 ,is their any change in the eligibility date at the applying time .

  56. Roy Augustian says:

    in the exam time (April 2016)i will be in 12th class now i am in 11th class so i can apply this january 2016 notification or not ?? DOB is 19-02-1999

  57. riya says:

    I got a message from sarvgyan for applying the form of nda. My dob is 23rd april 1997. Can I apply?

  58. Ashish says:

    i’m in 11 now and after 1 month i will be in 12 and i also have ST caste certificate . can i apply for NDA1 and NDA 2??

  59. ARUN BABU says:

    I’m a 11th standard Science student this year itself I’ll be in 12th. Can I apply for NDA(1)2016

  60. Thanushri says:

    Can girls apply for nda exam

  61. Shivendra singh tomar says:

    NDA me joining hone par sallery milti h ya nahi batai or NDA koi fees bharni hoti h

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      Yes, the salary will be paid to the qualified candidates after joining. To join Indian defense force through NDA, you have to fill the NDA 2016 application form and for that fee will be Rs 100/- for gen candidates. No fee for SC/ST or son of army person.

  62. HARSHA says:


  63. Absar Khan says:

    What is eligibility of subjects for applying NDA ?

  64. sachin says:

    mai upbord se 11th class me hun 1april ko mai 12th class me pahuch jaoga kya mai avedan kar sakta hu

  65. sarimul laskar says:

    Cn i apply for NDA2016 as i was born in the year 31st dec1996

  66. Karthik says:

    is there any relaxation for eligibility on the basis of height and weight ? cuz i am 175 cm tall but i am 73 kgs in weight will they allow me ?

  67. Navratan says:

    Can a 12th readiding stu appl for

  68. Abhay rajan says:

    I m an…
    commerce student …!!!
    I can apply for !!!
    NDA ??
    I have !!! this particular subjects … chosen…
    business studies
    english …..
    can I apply for this ???

  69. Bharti says:

    how can girls apply for NDA then?

  70. varun kumar says:

    my date of birth is 29 march 1997 am i eligible

  71. varun says:

    my birth date is 29 march am i eligible

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