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NDA 1 2023 Notification And Exam Date

The UPSC released the NDA 1 2023 exam notification on 21st December 2022. The National Defence Academy Exam is conducted twice a year. It is a national-level examination conducted by the Union Public...

The UPSC released the NDA 1 2023 exam notification on 21st December 2022. The National Defence Academy Exam is conducted twice a year. It is a national-level examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The NDA Exam can be attempted in Hindi or English and is an offline, written examination.

On successfully passing, the entrance exam, clearing the SSB Interview, and the medical exam, candidates who complete their training at the National Defence Academy are recruited into the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The NDA 1 2023 exam will take place on the 16th of April, 2023.

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NDA 1 2023 Important Dates

NDA 1 2023 Exam Dates: UPSC will publish the NDA 1 2023 notification and important dates. Let’s have a look at the schedule for NDA 1 2023 exam.

Notification Release date21 December 2022
NDA 1 2023 Application Start21 December 2022
NDA 1 2023 Apply Last Date12 January 2023 (Updated)
Release of Admit card3 weeks before the exam
NDA 1 2023 Exam date16 April 2023 (SUNDAY)
Declaration of resultMay – June 2023
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NDA 1 2023 Merit ListDecember 2023
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NDA 1 2023 Notification

As per the Union Public Service Commission calendar, the notification for the NDA 1 2023 exam will be released on 21st December 2022.

Also Read: NDA Exam 2023 Age Limits – Who Can Apply For NDA 1 2023 And NDA 2 2023

NDA 1 2023 Application Fee:

General and OBC candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/-. Women, SC and ST candidates are exempted from fee payment.

Prepare for the NDA Exam 2023:

NDA 1 2023 Applications

Once the application process begins, candidates can visit the official UPSC website and click on “NDA Applications”. Candidates are then required to fill out the form with the correct details, pay the application fees and submit the form. It is advisable to have all relevant documents scanned and ready beforehand in order to apply for the exam as and when the applications start.

NDA 1 2023 Admit Card

The admit card to the exam will be released approximately two weeks prior to the exam on the official website. Candidates are required to download and print the admit card and check their details thoroughly. If there is any mistake one can inform the authorities via email. Do not forget to carry the admit card on the day of the exam.

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NDA 1 2023 Eligibility Criteria


A candidate must be an unmarried male or female and must be:

  1. A citizen of India
  2. A subject of Nepal
  3. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  4. A person of Indian origin who has 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 with the intention of permanently settling in India. 

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (1), (3), and (4) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.  

A certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

If you are preparing for the NDA 1 2023 and NDA 2 2023 written exam and SSB interview, you can check SSBCrackExams online courses and mock tests.

NDA Educational Qualification

Military WingEducational Qualification
Air Force Wing12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.  
Naval Wing12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.  
Army Wing12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University  


The age limit is between sixteen years, during the commencement of the course, to nineteen years, during the commencement of the course.

A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies of the Armed Forces shall not be eligible to apply.

For NDA 1, unmarried candidates not born earlier than 1st July 2004 and not later than 1st July 2006 can apply.

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NDA Physical Fitness- Undesirable Health Issues:

  • Wax in Ears
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele / Phimosis
  • Condition of Overweight / Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Tonsillitis
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Varicocele

Case of Body Tattoos:

  1. The candidates must ensure that the permanent body tattoos if any, should only be present on the inner side of the forearm.
  2. Under no circumstances will UPSC accept tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand. 
  3. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are also not acceptable.
  4. In case the candidate happens to belong to a tribe where it is customary to have tattoo marks on the face or body, acceptance will be granted on a case-to-case basis, considering the traditions involved. The decision of authorities would be final in such instances.
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NDA 1 2023 Exam Syllabus

The NDA exam is divided into two papers namely Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT).

Mathematics Paper:

Total Marks300 marks
Number of Questions120
Marks Awarded for Correct Answer2.5 marks
Negative Marking-0.83 marks
Exam Duration2.5 hours

Topic-Wise Question Distribution:

Quadratic Equation15-20
Matrices and Determinants30
Complex Number10-15

General Ability Paper:

Total Marks600 marks
Number of Questions150
Number of Questions in English Section50
Number of Questions in General Knowledge Section100
Maximum Marks for English200 marks
Maximum Marks for General Knowledge400 marks
Marks for Correct Answer4 marks in both section
Negative Marking-1.33 marks in both sections
Exam Duration2.5 hours

Topic-Wise Question Distribution:


TopicNumber of QuestionsNumber of Marks
Spotting Errors520
Selecting Words1040
Ordering of Words in a Sentence936
Sentence Improvement1040

General Knowledge:

TopicNumber of QuestionsNumber of Marks
General Science1144
History and Freedom Movement1664
Current Affairs1768

NDA 1 2023 Exam Centres:

ChandigarhRaipurChennaiPort Blaire
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Last Official NDA Exam Cut Off

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NDA 1 2023 Results

The NDA 1 2023 exam results will be announced approximately after a month after the commencement of the exam. Candidates can check the official website for the result. If the candidate has achieved qualifying marks, they will be called for the SSB Interview.

NDA 1 2023 Expected Cut-Off

The cut-off is based on the difficulty of the exam, the number of vacancies, and the number of candidates who are attempting the exam. The cut-offs usually vary from exam to exam. We can analyze the previous year’s cut-offs to get approximate:

Previous YearNDA 1NDA 2
2022355 (expected)350 (expected)
2021343350-366 (expected)

NDA 1 2023 Selection Process

Step 1: Written Exam

  • The first step involves the written exam.
  • The exam involves two papers of mathematics and general ability.

Step 2: SSB Interview

  • The second step involves the SSB Interview.
  • Candidates who clear the written exam are called for the SSB Interview which tests them on their personality, physical fitness, group discussions, and psychology.

Step 3: Medical Exam

Candidates who clear the entrance exam and the SSB Interview are then thoroughly medically examined to determine whether or not they are fit to join the armed forces.

A medical practitioner will be appointed to scan the candidates for any defect.

If the candidates are deemed medically fit, they will proceed to join the academy.

NDA 1 2023 Answer Key

The UPSC will release the answer key to the examination after the exam has been conducted and around the same time as they will release the results.

Coaching institutions release answer keys much before discussing the solutions with their students. One can find the answer key to the exam on the website of any NDA coaching institution.

NDA 1 2023 Salary

The stipend given to cadets during the training session is Rs 56,100. 

AllowancesAmount Payable
Dearness AllowanceAdmissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the civilian personnel
Kit Maintenance AllowanceINR 20,000/- annually with dress allowances
Para AllowanceINR 10,500/- per month
Special Forces AllowanceINR 25,000/- per month
Para Jump Instructor AllowanceINR 10,500/- per month
Project AllowanceINR 3,400/- per month
Para Reserve AllowanceINR 2,625/- per month
Technical Allowance (tier 1)INR 3.000/- per month
Technical Allowance (tier 2)INR 4,500/- per month

With ranks, the salary also varies:

Lieutenant10Rs. 56,100 – 1,77,500
Captain10 BRs. 61,300 – 1,93,900
Major11Rs. 69,400 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel12 ARs. 1,21,200 – 2,12,400
Colonel13Rs. 1,30,600 – 2,15,900
Brigadier13 ARs. 1,39,600 – 2,17,600
Major General14Rs. 1,44,200 – 2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale15Rs. 1,82,200 – 2,24,100
HAG + Scale16Rs. 2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Lieutenant General (NFSG)/Army Cdr17Rs. 2,25,000 fixed
COAS18Rs. 2,50,000 fixed

NDA 1 2023 Roles

Certain roles include:

  1. Being disciplined
    1. Performing your duties to the best of your abilities
    2. Putting the nation first
    3. Being a team player
    4. Being hard-working and sincere

I hope this article was helpful in understanding the NDA 1 2023 application process along with the requirements and eligibility to appear for the exam.

Keep reading SSBCrackExams blog posts for more such articles!

NDA 1 2023 Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the age limit for NDA 1 2023?

The age limit for answering the entrance exam is between 16.5 years to 19.5 years.

2. How can one apply for the NDA 1 2023 exam?

Visit the official UPSC website and click on the NDA Application link. Fill in the form and upload the relevant documents. Make sure all the information is correct. Pay the application fee and submit the form.

3. How many times can one attempt the exam?

There is no limit on the number of attempts. However, one has to keep the age limit in mind as there are no age relaxations allowed.

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