NDA Eligibility Criteria 2018 for Male/Female Physical Standard, Age Relaxation, Education UPSC NDA NA 1 & 2 Details

NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA Eligibility Criteria have to be confirmed by all candidates (Male / Female) who are willing to apply for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy examination 1 & 2. Conditions are admissible to apply for NDA NA Exam that is one need to satisfy all given NDA exam eligibility norms in terms of physical standard, age relaxation, and Education qualification. Applicants must fulfill UPSC NDA NA 1 & 2 eligibility as required for the posts. This page is well designed with latest NDA Eligibility Criteria 2018, interested contenders must read this entire page. 

There are lots of facilities and benefits which are provided by the government to NDA officers along with the high package of salary, these benefits are so attractive that joining National Defence Academy is like a desire for many aspirants. The union commission selects only those aspirants who are suits best for the reputed job in accordance to eligibility, so it is foremost important that candidates must meet with the eligibility requirement before applying. In this concern we have provided all the significant information related to NDA Eligibility Criteria, candidates who are willing to apply can check the details by scrolling down the page which is well modified by the hardworking team members of resultinbox.com

NDA Eligibility Criteria


Candidate’s residence is an important factor for NDA, so the concerned authority has set some condition according to which the candidates belonging to the following are only eligible to apply for NDA Exam and they should attain centrally issued nationality certificate, so have a look:

A candidate must be citizen of India.

A Subject of Bhutan.

A Subject of Nepal.

Tibetan refugee who came in India before 01st January 1962 with the intention settled in India.

People who finally settled in India and are 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.

Candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) shall be a person in whose favour certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Get Details: NDA Application form

Marital status:

Male candidates should not get marry in the training period if they do so, they are declared disqualified and are liable to pay the training expense done by the government on them till then.

Educational Requirements:

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Applicants must be 12th Class passed of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by 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 Academy : Candidates must be 12th Class passed of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Pay attention!!!

Those applicants who are still pursuing their 11th class, they are not eligible to appear fo NDA examination, If they will fill the application form, their form will be rejected by the authority.

Age Limitation for NDA Examination:

  • Age of the aspirants must lie between 2nd July 1998 to 1st July 2001, those candidates who are born before 2nd July, 1998 and after 1st July, 2001 are not eligible to apply for NDA (1) 2017 exam.
  • Age of the aspirant must lie from 2nd January 1999 to 1st July 2002 they are not eligible to appear for this exam.

Get Here: NDA Previous Year Question Paper

Are Tattoos banned to apply for NDA examination?

Those applicants who have Tattoos on the visible part of their bosy like elbow, wrist or side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand they are not accepted by the authority and candidates will be declared unfit for the job. Tattoos are allowed only on inner face of forearm

Those candidates who are tribes and as per their custom and traditions they have tattoo on the face or body part, then it will be accepted.

Physical Standards

To get admission through National Defence Academy Naval Academy Examination, candidates should be physically fit and meet the requirement on the basis of set physically standards, so have a careful glance on the below given information.

For Navy:

Height (cms) Weight in Kgs
(without shoe) 16 years 18 years 20 years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
167 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67

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For Army/Air Force

Height (cms) Weight in Kgs
(without shoe) 16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65.0 66.5

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NDA Physical Requirements:

Running  2 to 4 Km. in 15 minutes
Pushups & Sit-ups  Minimum 20 each
Chin ups  Minimum 08
Rope Climbing  3 to 4 metres.

For pilots in Air Force

Minimum Maximum
Leg Length 99.00 cms 120.00 cms
Thigh Length  – 64.00 cms
Sitting Height 81.50 cms 96.00 cms

Spinal Condition

If applying candidate attains any of the following skin disease then they will be declared disqualified for Air Force:

Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) and bilateral incomplete sacralisation/ lumbarisation.
Compression fracture of vertebrae.
Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
Degenerative Disc. Disease.
Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demon strable neurological  or circulatory deficit.
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.
Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
Presence of schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae in cervical or dorsal spine.

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About Medical Examination:

Candidates who will successfully qualify the entrance exam will have to attend the personal inbterview which is taken by Services Selection Board, after that the selected contenders are required to qualify the medical examination which will be judged by Board of Service Medical Officers. So aspirants are therefore suggested to overcome the minor defects/ailments for final medical examination. So you need to pay focus on these minor things such as Wax (Ears), Deviated Nasal Septum, Hydrocele /Phimosis, Overweight/ Underweight, Under Sized Chest, Piles, Tonsillitis, Gynaecomastia and Varicocele.

Visual Standards

For Naval Candidates:

Uncorrected without glass 6/6
Corrected with glass 6/6
Limits of Myopia -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Limits of Colour Perception I
Binocular Vision III

For Air Force Candidates:

Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia +2.00 D Sph
Manifest Myopia Nil Re
Tinoscopic Myopia 0.5
Colour Vision CP-I (MLT)
Astigmatism +0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)
Near Vision N-5 each eye

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Maddox Rod Test:

At 6 meters—  Exo-6 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypo-1prism D

At 33 cms—  Exo-16 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypo-1 prism D

Standards for Air-Force or Navy

Those who will have any of the condition described below while examining, will get disqualified and will not get entry in Army and Navy-

  • Granulomatous disease of spine.
  • Arthritis/Spondylosis
  • Scoliosis more than 10º degree as measured by Cobb’s Method.
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis.
  • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis.
  • Herniated nucleus pulposes.
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  • Sacralisation 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 Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral.
  • Spinabifida other than SV 1 and LV 5.
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.

Radial keratotomy and Laser Surgery:

Applicants gone for Radial Keratotomy, in order to improve their visual acuity they will be permanently rejected for three services. However applicants, undergone for Laser Surgery they will eligible to get entry in Army, only when if they will be able to fulfill basic requirements as given below-

  • Age of the candidates must be more than 20 years.
  • Uncomplicated stable LASIK/Excimer (PRK) and laser procedure done for Myopia or Hypermetropia must be stable refraction for period of six months.
  • One shall have a Healthy retina
  • Vision of the candidates should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worst eye, with maximum residual refraction of +1.50 in any meridian for myopia or hypermetropia.
  • Axial length within permissible limits.

Candidates will be examining for PRK/LASIK at SMB to measure the axial length by A-Scan biometer.

Other Physical Ailments:

Any physical ailments specified below If find in the NDA examination appliers candidates, are not eligible to as NDA Eligibility Criteria

  • One should have any functional or organic disease in their heart and blood vessels.
  • Blood pressure of one should be normal.
  • Abdomen should be well developed, enlargement of liver or spleen will not be expectable.
  • Any disease found in internal organ will lead to rejection of those candidates.
  • Applicants have not any disease such as hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
  • Un-operated Hernia is not accepted unfit so, it should be operated
  • Applicants shall not have any Urine abnormality.


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