According to the UPSC calendar, the NDA 1 2023 exam notification will be released 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 successful 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.
Prepare for the NDA Exam 2023:
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.
|NDA 1 2023 EVENTS||IMPORTANT DATES|
|Notification Release date||21 December 2022|
|NDA 1 2023 Application Start||21 December 2022|
|NDA 1 2023 Apply Last Date||10 January 2023|
|Release of Admit card||Before 3 weeks of exam|
|NDA 1 2023 Exam date||16 April 2023 (SUNDAY)|
|Declaration of result||May – June 2023|
|NDA 1 2023 SSB Interview Dates||Enroll In NDA 1 2023 SSB Interview Course|
|NDA 1 2023 Merit List||December 2023|
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.
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.
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 the form with 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.
NDA 1 2023 Eligibility Criteria:
A candidate must be an unmarried male or female and must be:
- A citizen of India
- A subject of Nepal
- A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
- 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 favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
NDA Educational Qualification:
|Military Wing||Educational Qualification|
|Air Force Wing||12th 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 Wing||12th 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 Wing||12th 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 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.
Females applying for the National Defence Academy examination:
In compliance with the judgment of the Honourable Supreme Court, the UPSC released a notice allowing females to appear for the NDA exam 2 in 2021.
All the eligibility criteria remain the same as the male candidates.
Health and physical standards, infrastructure for females at the National defence Academy, strength intake, nature of training and medical standards was left to be decided by the Ministry of Defence.
It was also specified that separate physical infrastructure and residential quarters with strict physical separation would be allotted to female candidates including separate bathroom cubicles, swimming, equitation, games, and sports facilities.
As per the female eligibility criteria stated in the NDA 2022 notification, the age limit, educational qualification, & marital status requirements for female candidates are the same as for male candidates.
NDA Physical Fitness- Undesirable Health Issues:
- Wax in Ears
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Hydrocele / Phimosis
- Condition of Overweight / Underweight
- Under Sized Chest
Case of Body Tattoos:
- The candidates must ensure that the permanent body tattoos, if any, should only be present on the inner side of the forearm.
- 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.
- Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are also not acceptable.
- 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.
NDA 1 2023 Exam Syllabus:
The NDA exam is divided into two papers namely Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT).
|Total Marks||300 marks|
|Number of Questions||120|
|Marks Awarded for Correct Answer||2.5 marks|
|Negative Marking||-0.83 marks|
|Exam Duration||2.5 hours|
Topic-Wise Question Distribution:
|Matrices and Determinants||30|
General Ability Paper:
|Total Marks||600 marks|
|Number of Questions||150|
|Number of Questions in English Section||50|
|Number of Questions in General Knowledge Section||100|
|Maximum Marks for English||200 marks|
|Maximum Marks for General Knowledge||400 marks|
|Marks for Correct Answer||4 marks in both section|
|Negative Marking||-1.33 marks in both sections|
|Exam Duration||2.5 hours|
Topic-Wise Question Distribution:
|Topic||Number of Questions||Number of Marks|
|Ordering of Words in a Sentence||9||36|
|Topic||Number of Questions||Number of Marks|
|History and Freedom Movement||16||64|
NDA 1 2023 Exam Centres:
Last Official NDA Exam Cut Off
NDA 1 2023 Results:
The NDA 1 2023 exam results will be announced approximately after a month of 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 analyse previous years cut-offs to get an approximate:
|Previous Year||NDA 1||NDA 2|
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 of 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 after 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.
|Dearness Allowance||Admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are applicable to the civilian personnel|
|Kit Maintenance Allowance||INR 20,000/- annually with dress allowances|
|Para Allowance||INR 10,500/- per month|
|Special Forces Allowance||INR 25,000/- per month|
|Para Jump Instructor Allowance||INR 10,500/- per month|
|Project Allowance||INR 3,400/- per month|
|Para Reserve Allowance||INR 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:
|Lieutenant||10||Rs. 56,100 – 1,77,500|
|Captain||10 B||Rs. 61,300 – 1,93,900|
|Major||11||Rs. 69,400 – 2,07,200|
|Lieutenant Colonel||12 A||Rs. 1,21,200 – 2,12,400|
|Colonel||13||Rs. 1,30,600 – 2,15,900|
|Brigadier||13 A||Rs. 1,39,600 – 2,17,600|
|Major General||14||Rs. 1,44,200 – 2,18,200|
|Lieutenant General HAG Scale||15||Rs. 1,82,200 – 2,24,100|
|HAG + Scale||16||Rs. 2,05,400 – 2,24,400|
|VCOAS/Lieutenant General (NFSG)/Army Cdr||17||Rs. 2,25,000 fixed|
|COAS||18||Rs. 2,50,000 fixed|
NDA 1 2023 Roles:
Certain roles include:
- Being disciplined
- Performing your duties to the best of your abilities
- Putting the nation first
- Being a team player
- 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.
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NDA 1 2023 Frequently Asked Questions:
The age limit for answering the entrance exam is between 16.5 years to 19.5 years.
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.
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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