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NDA (1) 2018 Notification, Application Form, Exam Dates

Updated On - January 15th 2018 by SAKSHI JAIN

NDA 2018 Exam Schedule for Paper 1 & Paper 2 has been released now. NDA 2018 examination is a gateway for those candidates seeking for entry in Defence Forces like Army, Navy and Air Force. It is a national level examination, which is organized two times in a year, i.e. NDA 1 and NDA 2. The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the NDA exam in various cities across the country. 

Latest Update: NDA 1 Application Form Released. Click Here to Apply
  • NDA 2018 Application Form will be available via online mode from January 15, 2018 (for NDA-1) & June 06, 2018 (for NDA-2) on the official website
  • The application fee will be INR 100 for general & OBC students.
  • Candidates who will be appearing for class XII examination in March 2018 can also take this examination. Check NDA Eligibility Criteria
  • The authority will release NDA 2018 Admit Card via online mode from March 2018 onwards. 
  • NDA 2018 Result will be declared via online mode through the website.
  • The exam will be conducted through pen and paper based mode. Check NDA 2018 Exam Pattern
  • NDA Syllabus has been divided into two sections, i.e. Mathematics & General Ability Test.
  • Minimum Qualifying Standard approved at the written stage (out of 900 marks). Check NDA Cut off 

NDA 2018 Highlights

Exam NameNational Defence Academy
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
Exam TypeNational Level
Eligibility CriteriaUnmarried Male candidates can apply
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Exam ModeOffline
Duration2 hours 30 minutes

NDA 2018 Exam Dates

NDA Exam Dates for 2018 session have been released now. Here we are providing the official dates of NDA 2018:

NDA 2018 eventsNDA 1NDA 2 
Notification Issue DateJanuary 15, 2018June 06, 2018
Application Form Release DateJanuary 15, 2018June 06, 2018
Last Date to Submit the Application FormFebruary 05, 2018July 02, 2018
Admit Card Issue DateMarch 2018August 2018
Exam DateApril 22, 2018September 09, 2018
Result Declaration DateJuly 2018November 2018

NDA 2018 Eligibility criteria

There are various parameters on the basis of which the candidates’ eligibility is checked so that they can appear for the exam and eligible for the further procedure.


  • On the basis of nationality, the candidates must take care that they fulfill the following criteria:
  • Indian Citizenship
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India prior to January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • A PIO (Person of Indian Origin) who has come back from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention to get settled down permanently in India.

Age limit

Only unmarried male candidates, who are not born before 2nd January, 1999 and not after 1st January, 2002 are eligible to appear for NDA 2018 conducted by UPSC.

The candidates would only get approval of their Date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or an extract from Register of Matriculates maintained by a University.

Educational qualification

1. For Army wing

Candidates must have passed 12th class or cleared equivalent examination of the State board to be eligible for NDA 2018.

2. For Air Force or Naval wings and for 10+2 Cadet entry scheme at the Indian Naval Academy

Candidates must have passed 12th class with Physics and Mathematics as subjects or cleared equivalent examination of the State board to be eligible for NDA 2018.

Candidates who are appearing in 12th class or equivalent examination of the State board are also also eligible for NDA 2018.

NDA 2018 Application Form

Candidates will be provided with Application form of NDA 2018 on the website of UPSC. Candidates can apply only online in order to register for the exam. There are some points that the candidates need to keep in mind while registering for NDA 2018:

  • Form for NDA 1 2018 will be made available on January 10, 2018 and for NDA 2 2018 will be made available on June 06, 2018.
  • Candidates must fill in the information carefully as no changes will be allowed to be made thereafter.
  • All the necessary scanned copies of the documents should be in access while registering for the test.
  • Candidates are advised to note down the registration number once they have registered.
  • Candidates don’t have to send any printed form to the UPSC.

The application form fee will be announced by the UPSC. The candidates of reserved categories are exempted from paying any fee for the registration. Payment of fee can be done offline by paying cash in any State bank branch and offline as well by Credit or Debit card or through Net banking.

NDA 2018 Admit card

  • The authority will release NDA 2018 Admit Card via online mode.
  • Students can get their admit card via online mode through the website.
  • To download the admit card, candidates have to fill up details like RID, Date of Birth or Roll Number & other details.
  • Candidates note down the NDA hall ticket will not be sent by post.
  • The admit card bear exam related details like students name, roll number, exam centre, exam date & timing, etc.
  • Without admit card, candidates will not be permitted to appear in the examination.

NDA 2018 Exam pattern

The mode for NDA 2018 exam will be offline mode. NDA 2018 has two exams, one of Mathematics (300 marks) and General Knowledge (600). The time duration for each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The following table has further information regarding duration, no. of sections, and no. of questions for candidates:

Exam Pattern Highlights
NDA 2018MathematicsGeneral ability test
Exam Duration2 hours and 30 minutes2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections12 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions120150
Total marks300600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
MediumEnglish and HindiEnglish for English section. English and Hindi for GK section
Type of questionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

The candidates can go through the above bifurcation for the clarity regarding Exam pattern of the NDA 2018.

The general knowledge section of the NDA 2018 consists of the following topics:

  • Physics (100 marks)
  • Chemistry (60 marks)
  • General Science (40 marks)
  • History and Freedom Movement (80 marks)
  • Geography (80 marks)
  • Current Events (40 marks)

NDA 2018 Result

  • The result of NDA written examination will be released after one month from the exam.
  • NDA 2018 Result will be declared via online mode through the website.
  • The result of shortlisted candidates for SSB Interview will be displayed in PDF format.
  • Shortlisted candidates are needed to appear for the SSB Interview round organized by the Services Selection Board (SSB) of the Ministry of Defence.
  • After clearing the SSB interview & other rounds, the final result will be declared.

NDA 2018 Selection Process

The selection process in the National Defense Academy is a two-stage process. Stage-1 is the written examination i.e. NDA 2018 test and the stage-2 is the SSB interview stage where the deserving candidates who score the minimum qualifying marks given in the cutoff have the chance to appear for. The complete recruitment process in the NDA is judged on the basis of marks scored out 900 collectively in both the stages of recruitment.

After stage-2 is completed, a final merit list is generated by the UPSC which gives the final recruited candidates. The candidates who finally make it are asked to provide with the originals and the Photostats of 10th and 12th standard passing certificates.

SSB process has 3 parts. They are as follows:

The list of qualified candidates is declared by the UPSC based on the performance of shortlisted candidates in the written exam. There, aspects like confidence and personality of the candidates that will be assessed in the interview round. The desire to serve the country and to be served in the armed forces should be manifested by the candidates genuinely in order to get recruited. The candidates who qualify the interview round become eligible to appear in the verification round.

Candidate’s Verification

After personal interview round the eligible candidates are needed to appear for the verification round. There they are required to get their eligibility criteria and admission requirements verified. The qualified candidates are needed to present the required original documents along with 1 set of Photostat of the required documents at Services Selection Center (SSC).

Below is the set of required documents to be carried for the NDA 2018 selection process:

  • Qualification Certificate
  • Proof of Identity (Pan card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, etc.)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport Size Photographs
  • Category certificate for the Reserved category candidates
  • Proof of Residence

Medical examination

Medical examination is the final round in the Selection process. The candidates will be referred to the Board of Service Medical officers by the SSB for medical examination. Candidates shall be deemed eligible for recruitment if and only if they are found to be medically fit by the medical officers.

NDA 2018 Cutoff

The cutoff for the two cycles of NDA 2018 shall be declared approximately one month after the conduction of exams in both the cycles. The cutoff is prepared by UPSC after the declaration of results. The candidates who score the minimum qualifying marks of the cutoff are approved for further process of SSB.

There are various factors that affect the cutoffs of the NDA 2018 examination. They are:

  • No. of candidates appearing for the NDA 2018 examination in the two cycles.
  • Past trend of the pattern of the examination and cutoff set by UPSC.
  • Difficulty level of the present examination i.e. NDA 2018.
  • No. of seats available for the deserving candidates.

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What is the cutoff score this year to get entry in the Naval Academy?

16 May, 2017 16:28
VaishaliChauhan Expert

Hi Arindam, Cutoff is released only for Round 1 for the selection in SSB round. There is no such cutoff for Naval Academy. Candidates get selected on the basis of preference they had given at time of registration.

16 May, 2017 18:19
Soumya Sehgal

I am unable to find my name in the result PDF file. What should I do?

16 May, 2017 12:53
VaishaliChauhan Expert

Hi Soumya, if your name is not mentioned in the PDF that means you have not qualified the exam because there will be a result file which will highlight the list of qualified candidates with their roll numbers and names specified.

16 May, 2017 17:36
shivani tiwari

When will we be called for NDA Selection Process?

16 May, 2017 12:50
VaishaliChauhan Expert

Hi Shivani, You will get the call for the selection process between 10 to 15 days after declaration of result

16 May, 2017 17:48

Can 10th std students write NDA exam

06 Mar, 2017 12:00

are girls not eligible for NDA?

06 Mar, 2017 12:00

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