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NDA Selection Procedure 2017 (National Defence Academy) – Step by step guide

NDA Selection Procedure Detail: All the eligible candidates who has 10+2 qualification can apply for the National Defence academy exam. Few things are very essential to get into NDA. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organize NDA (National Defence Academy) & NA (National Academy) Exam.

This is one of the most seeking sector for 12th passed candidates. In NDA & NA(Naval Academy), classes are accepted twice a year for semesters starting in July and January.

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NDA Selection Procedure 2017

राष्ट्रीय रक्षा अकादमी ओर नौसैनिक अकादमी चयन प्रक्रिया – now lets breakdown the process in step and discuss nda selection process step wise. It is more similar to CDS selection process and AFCAT selection process. Lets first read about the NDA and then move to selection process.

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About NDA: The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies. The NDA is located at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.

NDA Selection Procedure in Hindi – राष्ट्रीय रक्षा अकादमी (एनडीए) भारतीय सशस्त्र बलों की संयुक्त सेवा अकादमी है, जहां तीनों सेवाओं के कैडेट्स, सेना, नौसेना और वायु सेना अपनी सेवा अकादमी में प्री-कमीशनिंग प्रशिक्षण के पहले ही ट्रेन करते हैं ।

NDA exam alumni have led and fought in every major conflict in which the Indian Armed Forces has been called to action since the academy was established. – About NDA content is Sourced from Wikipedia

Selection Process 2017

All the candidates applying for written exam conducted by the UPSC need to go through extensive Process (also called SSB) which consist of Interviewgeneral aptitude, psychological testing, team skills as well as physical and social skills, along with medical tests. Lets discuss the process:

Written Exam

लिखित परीक्षा- Very first step to get into NDA is written exam. To sit in the written exam you need to look for the application form for NDA exam. Here we are giving an overview of this exam pattern if you want to read the whole syllabus and pattern then click here for NDA full syllabus and Exam pattern Pdf Download.

NDA Paper is divided into two sections:

  1. paper 1: Maths
  2. paper 2: English & General Ability

Paper 1: Mathematics

Total Time:

Total Marks: 300

Type: objective type

Paper 2: General Ability & English

Total Time:

Total Marks: 600

Type: objective type

Note: both the paper (maths and General ability, except English) are bilingual (Hindi and English Both).

Interview: (SSB)

About 4,50,000 applicants sit for each written exam. Typically, about 6,300 of these are invited to interview. Only unmarried male candidates are eligible for NDA & NA Examination.

All the candidates who qualify in written examination will be called for SSB Process. Who is known as most embracing process to test the ability of candidates. It is similar to CDS SSB and AFCAT SSB.

Want to read day by day SSB process in detailSSB Process

Lets break down the Interview process of NDA exam.

This step is divided into two parts – Stage 1 (day 1 ) and Stage 2 ( day 2- day 5)

Stage 1: Screening Test

On first day, you need to report for screening test. Day 1, you will go through Officer Intelligence rating Test, Picture perception and Discussion Test. The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in QIR Test and PP and DT.  All the qualified candidates who qualify, need to go for next day for further evaluation, rest need to leave back to home.

Stage 2 (Day 2 -5)- (Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, Conference)

All the stage 1 qualified candidates need to go through stage 2 which comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and Conference. You need to appear for psychological test which is a a written test conducted by a Psychologist.

Also you need to go through interviews which involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officer who will judge you based on various parameters. All the exams and evaluation will be taken by experts i.e Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO)and the Psychologist.

On day 2, All the flying branch candidates, will go through CPSS / PABT (Computerised Pilot Selection System/Pilot Aptitude Battery Test).

Final day is conference day: Basically on conference day, all the officers who evaluated you (Psychologist, Ground Testing Officer and the Interviewing Officer) will decide on you personality and decide on whether to recommend you or not.

Medical Exam

You should be medically fit as per Air Force, Indian Navy And Indian Army physical standard for the final selection.

If you succesfully meet the medical criteria then you will be sent to respective training academies for one year of training before granting of commission. For example army cadets go to IMA at Dehradun, Air Force cadets to AFA at Dundigal, Hyderabad, and naval cadets to INA, Ezhimala, Kerala.

That’s on nda selection procedure (National Defence Academy) please comment if any queries.


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    1. you are eligible for NDA.. Prepare hard

  2. How hard is the interview process in ssb?

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