Educational Qualification for NDA Exam

There are lots of doubts in minds of candidate regarding the education qualification requirement of NDA exam.

Following given are education requirement for the three services of the Indian armed forces.

Educational Qualification for NDA: Army wing of the NDA

12th class pass of the 10+2 pattern of school Education or equivalent examination conducted by a state education board or a university.

Students with non-mathematics background can also also apply for NDA but they will be eligible only for Indian army not Indian air force or Indian Navy. A commerce student can write NDA, students with arts background can also write NDA exam.

NDA Course for commerce students:


Education requirement for  Air force and Naval Academy

12th class pass of the 10+2 patter of school education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a state education board or a university.

Therefore Mathematics and physics is compulsory at 10+2 level if you want to apply for Indian navy and Indian air force after 10+2.

Student with commerce, arts or non-mathematics background cannot apply for Indian Air Force or Indian Navy.


What is the percentage requirement to apply for NDA exam?

NDA exam is conducted by UPSC and there no percentage requirement to apply for NDA exam. A candidate can apply for this exam with less than 50% marks or even if you have just passed with 35%.

NDA exam cut off marks:

Girls cannot apply for NDA exam at present.


Can students appearing for 12th class under the 10+2 patter apply for NDA?

Students who are currently in there 12th class can also apply for NDA, these candidates are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination but they are required to summit the proof of passing at later stage of selection.

Students appearing in 11th standard are not eligible for NDA examination.

So after going through educational qualification for NDA exam, we can say that any students who is in 12th standard or has passed his 12th standard can apply for NDA and join Indian army regardless of there subject/stream or percentage in board exam.


  1. Isha saini

    Can college unmarried students apply for NDA exam.
  2. Rahul soni

    i am from commerce and i need to apply NDA exam without maths
  3. Akhil

    I will also pass +2 (vase) we have no maths subject. But we have physics,chemistry,biology Can I apply to NDA
    1. Ashish

      YES YOU CAN APPLY FOR NDA and Please write us an email to with your contact details. Our team will follow up with you. Thanks!
  4. Dhananjay kashyap

    I am doing my +2 from commerce stream with maths as an optional , so can I go for navy or airforce
  5. John

    I have passed my class 11 in the year 2018 and I'm at class 12 in the same year 2018 can I appear nda exam
  6. Mark

    I'm in class 11 can I appear NDA exam
  7. Akash

    I have passed my 12th in compartmental with science with maths ,physics ,chemistry so ,can i also give nda exam
    1. varinderjeet

      if you have passed then you can who knows that you got a compartment

    Sir I'm studying diploma second year so can I give my NDA exam by producing 10+2 equivalent certificate
  9. Amrita Singh deora

    Can commerce(mathematics) students apply for nda examination
  10. Ashish Bhushan

    Can class 12 appring student apply NdA form
  11. Deba

    Is 12th back students can apply for NDA exam?
  12. Utkarsh rathore

    Sir can commerce student can apply for nda army
  13. Diveshsharma

    Sir kya arts ko bi non medical subjecT ayage
  14. akash

    Is commerce +computer students can opt for navy or airforce.
  15. mucharla saipavankumar

    why mec students have no chance for indian air force and whatwe have to do pleasetell me
  16. Shivrajsinh gogil

    Why the student of arts cannot apply in navy is air force if he is having ability to clear the exam
    1. ashutosh

      You can try after your graduation in armed forces.
    2. varinderjeet

      for navy and airforce you need physics which is not in arts

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