NDA Syllabus - Eligibility


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  • Following are the important criteria that define the eligibility −

Nationality

  • 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, or

  • 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.

Age Limit

  • The minimum age is - 16 years

  • The maximum age is - 19 years

Sex

  • Only Male candidates

Marital Status

  • Only Unmarried candidate

  • Candidates must undertake not to marry until they complete their full training.

  • A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at this or any subsequent Examination will not be selected for training.

  • Candidate who marries during training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

Educational Qualifications

  • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy − 12th Class pass (with the 10+2 pattern) of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

  • For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy − 12th Class pass (with the 10+2 pattern) of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Physical Standards

Height

  • The minimum acceptable height is 157 cms (162.5 cms. for Air Force).

  • 5 cms is given relaxation is given to Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon.

  • 2 cms is given relaxation to the candidates from Lakshadweep.

Weight

  • Weight varies according to height, see the given table I and table II for details −

HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FOR ARMY/AIR FORCE
Weight in KG
Height (in CM) 16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.5 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65.0 66.5

Table II

HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FOR NAVY
Weight in KG
Height (in CM) 16 years 18 years 20 years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
168 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67
  • There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight.

  • The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.

  • The candidate must be in good physical and mental health.

  • The candidate must be free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of Military duties.

  • In case of pilot in the Air Force, candidates have to meet special requirement, as the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height must be −

Leg Length

  • Minimum - 99.00 cms

  • Maximum - 120.00 cms

Thigh Length

  • Minimum - N/A

  • Maximum - 64.00 cms

Sitting Height

  • Minimum - 81.50 cms

  • Maximum - 96.00 cms

Chest

  • Chest should not be less than 81 cms

  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms

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