NDA 2017 – National Defence Academy & Naval Academy commonly referred as NDA/ NA is a national level entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for 10+2/ HSC candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in Army, Navy, Air Force and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA 2017 is conducted twice a year, NDA (I) 2017 was held on April 23 and NDA II on September 10, 2017. UPSC had announced applications for NDA (I) 2017 on January 18 in online mode. Candidates who are minimum of 16.5 years of age and have passed or will be passing 10+2/HSC are eligible to apply for NDA 2017. Candidates have to fill their preferences for the defence course at the time of applying for NDA 2017.
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The candidates joining Indian Naval Academy will undergo 4 years B. Tech Course and then they will be given an opportunity to join executive and technical branches of the Indian Navy subject to availability of vacancies. NDA 2017 is conducted for recruiting around 800 officers’ vacancies Indian Army, Navy, Air Force. Both NDA I & II will have approximately 400 vacancies. Candidates who will pass the NDA 2017 written test will be called for Services Selection Board (SSB) for Personality cum Psychometric tests and Intelligence Interview. The selected candidates for the three services - Army, Navy and Air Force will be given preliminary training both academic and physical for a period of 3 years at the National Defence Academy located at Khadakwasla. The training of first two and half years is common to the cadets of three wings. Get here the complete details on NDA 2017 eligibility, application, seats, admit card, results, cut off and important dates.
NDA Vacancy 2017: Candidates who wish to appear in NDA 2017 can check the details of vacancies available from the table given below. The table below shows tentative vacancy for NDA II. It will be updated on availability of NDA II 2017 information brochure.
NDA 2017 Courses
NDA I 2017 Vacancies (approx.)
NDA II 2017 Vacancies (approx.)
National Defence Academy
335 (208 for Army, 55 for Navy 300 and 72 for Air Force)
355 (208 for Army, 55 for Navy and 92 for Air Force)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)
The examination schedule of NDA 2017 has been announced by UPSC for NDA I on January 18, 2017. The NDA I 2017 is to be conducted on April 23, 2017. While, NDA II 2017 is scheduled to be held on September 10, 2017. Candidates can check important dates from the table mentioned below.
NDA 2017 Important Dates
NDA 2017 Exam Events
Application form starts on
January 18, 2017
June 7, 2017
NDA 2017 application form last dates
February 10, 2017
June 30, 2017
NDA 2017 admit card
March 28, 2017
NDA 2017 Exam Dates
April 23, 2017
September 10, 2017
Declaration of NDA 2017
Candidates can download the answer key after the conclusion of defence academy test. NDA answer key 2017 has been released by various coaching institutes like Cavalier, Baalnoi Academy, and Resonance, etc. Candidates can know their score with the help of NDA answer key. The examination authority UPSC will also release the official answer key of NDA 2017. The official answer key will be released within three months from the conduct of NDA examination.
NDA Result 2017
The result of NDA 2017 will be declared only for those candidates who will secure qualifying marks in the exam. The qualifying marks for the written examination will be decided by the Commission based on their discretion after considering candidates appeared and difficulty level of questions. The NDA I 2017 will be declared in May/June. The result of NDA II 2017 will be declared December. The qualified candidates will be called by Services Selection Board (SSB) for intelligence and personality test where candidates for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be assessed on Officers Potentiality.
NDA Cut off 2017
Candidates have to secure the cut off score as decided by examination authority to qualify the NDA 2017. Candidates have to secure overall cut off score of NDA 2017 to become eligible for next round of selection process i.e. SSB. NDA 2017 cut off of written test will be calculated out of a total mark of 900. Candidates have to also score qualifying marks in SSB. The total marks allotted for SSB is 900. The overall cut off score of NDA 2017 will be calculated out of a total of 1800. Candidates can check previous year NDA cut off score from the table given below.
NDA I Cut off
NDA Cut off for written test out off 900
Marks secured by last recommended candidate (Out of 1800 marks)
NDA Selection Procedure 2017
Candidates who will qualify the written test of NDA 2017 will be called by Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test. SSB board evaluates intelligence, personality, compatibility and potential of prospective candidates for Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy. SSB is a two-stage selection procedure. All the candidates will be put to stage-one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. Only those candidates who qualify at stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests. The stage 2 of SSB continues for 4 to 5 days followed by medical test of 3 to 4 days.
The admit card of NDA 2017 releases three weeks prior to schedule date of examination. The NDA I 2017 admit card is available from March 28. NDA 2017 admit card is available in online mode only, therefore candidates have to download it through link provided here. Candidates can download NDA 2017 admit card with their login credentials i.e., registration number and password. The admit card of will have candidate’s details like their name, address of allotted exam centre, roll number, category, photograph, signature, name, etc. Candidates are advised check all the information furnished on the admit card of NDA 2017. In case of any discrepancy, candidates should immediately inform the exam conducting authority.
UPSC will be conducting NDA examination in as many as 41 exam cities across India. The stage I examination of NDA/NA will be conducted in offline mode. Candidates will be allotted exam centre as per their responses marked at the time of NDA application. Candidates must reach the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the exam time with a valid admit card for NDA 2017. Candidates also need to carry Photo Id Card, Black ball point pen and two photographs. Candidates must read all instructions related to NDA exam centres as mentioned on the admit card.
NDA Exam Pattern 2017
The pen & paper based NDA 2017 exam to be conducted in two sessions- morning and afternoon. Each session of NDA 2017 will be of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The question booklet of NDA 2017 of Mathematics will have a total of 120 multiple choice questions. The question booklet of NDA 2017 of General Ability Test will have a total of 150 multiple choice questions. The standard of the papers will be of Matriculation and 10+2 level. The duration of each paper will be of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The table given below shows the detail of NDA Exam Pattern 2017.
NDA 2017 exam pattern
Subjects & Code
No. of Questions
2 Hours & 30 minutes
General Ability Test 02
2 Hours & 30 minutes
Candidates applying for NDA 2017 must fulfil the minimum eligibility requirements as prescribed by examination authority. Check below educational qualifications, age criteria and marital status required for appearing in NDA 2017.
Age Limit: Candidates applying for NDA 2017 must be between 16.5 and 19.5 years of age
For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Candidates must have passed class 12 with 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University
For Air Force and Navy and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy: Candidates must have passed class 12 with 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics by a State Education Board or a University
Candidates who are appearing in the 10+2/HSC or equivalent examination can also apply for NDA 2017
Candidates could fill application form of NDA 2017 in online mode only. The application form of NDA I 2017 was available from January 18 to February 10, 2017. The examination fee for NDA was Rs. 100 for candidates belong from Unreserved and OBC while SC and ST category candidates were exempted from paying the fee. The fee could be remitted either online payment gateway using net banking, debit/credit card or through SBI bank challan. Candidates were advised to read the prospectus carefully to ascertain their eligibility and know the application procedure before filling up the online registration of NDA 2017.
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