NDA Eligibility 2020 (Age Limit, Attempts)

NDA Eligibility
NDA Exam Eligibility

NDA exam is conducted after 12th standard for recruitment of officers in Indian Armed forces. In fact, after clearing the NDA exam, candidates are given a training of 3 years at National Defence Academy and then they are sent for specialized training of 1 year in respective academies like IMA, INA, AFA, etc.


But what is NDA eligibility? Who can apply for NDA exam? What is the age limit and educational qualification of NDA exam? Number of attempts? etc.

Just relax and read this article till end. Because all these questions will be answered in a very systematic and simple way. After reading this article, you will never need to search regarding eligibility for NDA exam.

NDA Eligibility 2020

In order to be eligible for the NDA exam, you need to fulfill 4 basic requirements.



  1. NDA Age limit criteria
  2. NDA Educational qualification
  3. NDA Medical requirements
  4. NDA Physical requirements

NDA Medical and physical requirements are not checked initially during written exam, but its recommended to do these SSB Medical tests before applying for exam. Because if you are not medically or physically fit, then there is no point of giving this year long process of NDA exam.

NDA Eligibility 2020 with Respect to Location

If you want to apply for NDA exam, then you must be: 

  • a citizen of India (or)
  • a subject of Bhutan (or)
  • a subject of Nepal (or)
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January,
    1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India

(Almost all aspirants reading this article are eligible for NDA exam with respect to location)

Only male unmarried aspirants are eligible for NDA Examination

Eligibility of NDA Exam for Different Branches

National Defence Academy is a joint Military training Institute where cadets of different all branches are trained. So, is there different eligibility for different branches?

  • There is no different eligibility for different branches in terms of Age
  • But Educational Quailification reqirement is different for different branches (Army, Navy and Air Force)

I have covered this point because in case of other defence entries like CDS exam, age limit is different for Army, Navy and Air Force (Even different for SSC and PC)

Also check : NDA Syllabus (with Chapter-wise weightage of all subjects)

NDA Exam Qualification 2020

Let us see NDA exam Educational qualification requirement for different academies:

  • NDA exam is entry after 12th standard. So, you need to Pass 12th Board Exam to appear for NDA exam.
  • You can also apply for NDA exam when you are perceiving 12th Boards (in 12th std)
  • Diploma candidates are not permitted for NDA exam. You need to be 12th pass before joining NDA.
  • Candidates of Science, Commerce as well as Arts stream can apply for NDA exam.

Let us see NDA Qualification for Army, Navy and Air Force:

You must have Passed class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with Physics and Maths (Compulsory)

Passed class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognized board (Arts, Commerce or Science)

You must have Passed class 12 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with Physics and Maths (Compulsory)

NDA exam Age Limit 2020

We have seen the exact educational qualification requirement for Army, Navy and Air force Branches of National Defence Academy.

Now let us see the age limit of NDA exam. Means, at what age you can give NDA exam if you are in the educational qualification specified above.

Age limit for NDA exam : 16.5 years to 19.5 years (as per UPSC Notification)

But this is the age limit at the time of joining National Defence Academy. You can give first attempt when you are 15 years and 10 months old.

To be very specific, we will see exact NDA Age limit criteria’s

NDA 1 2020 Age limit :

NDA 1 2020 Age limit

You must be born between 2nd July 2001 to 1st July 2004

NDA 2 2020 Age limit

You must be born between 2nd January 2002 to 1st January 2005

Now, let us see exact age requirement in terms of exact years and Months for NDA 1 2020 exam

NDA 1 2020 Age limit in terms of years

Your age must be between 15 years 9 months to 18 years 9 months

NDA 2 2020 Age limit in terms of years

Your age must be between 15 years 10 months to 18 years 10 months

NDA Exam Number of Attempts

On an average, every NDA aspirant gets minimum 4 attempts for NDA exam (if he gives his first attempt in 12th standard)

Number of NDA exam attempts depend on:

  • Aspirant age
  • Aspirant passing year of 12th board
  • And NDA notification age (which is same for each attempt) 

So, number of attempts may vary from aspirant to aspirant.

Also check : NDA exam Pattern 2020 (Must know things !!)

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2020 (No one will tell you this )

  • Almost everyone reading this article will be eligible for NDA 1 2020 exam.
  • But you must know that just being eligible to clear the writtren exam is not our only aim, we need to be eligible to become officer in armed forces.
  • For that, you need to clear NDA written exam and SSB Interview which will need detailed study and consistent efforts.
  • I am not here to tell you the NDA eligibility criteria, but I have also made NDA GAT preparation and NDA Maths preparation strategy and even SSB Interview tips which will make you eligible to be a officer in Indian Armed forces.

So, follow detailed strategies for NDA exam preparation.

Hopefully you understood what I mean to say.


If you have any confusion related to NDA exam Eligibility, do ask in comment section below. I will answer within 24 hours.

Jai Hind !!

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