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NDA Selection Process

NDA Exam conducted for recruiting candidates for Army, Navy and Airforce in NDA (National Defence Academy) and Naval Academy. The Selection Procedure for NDA is divided into 2 stages - Written Examination and Interview. NDA 2017 Exam will hold on  April 23 and September 10, 2017.

Candidates successfully qualifying in the written test would be shortlisted for further selection rounds at SSB (Services Selection Board). The list of shortlisted candidates would be only released post declaration of Result for NDA 2017. Those who clear the cut off for NDA Written Exam would be only selected to participate in the interview rounds.

The qualifying candidates will be made to appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test. The SSB conducts an interview for these candidates. The SSB interviews are mostly held around the month of September – December 2017 and January –  April 2018.

After the completion of the selection rounds, the Commission would publish a combined list of selected candidates on the basis of their marks in the written test and the scores of the interviews with the SSB. According to the NDA Selection Process, the final allocation for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force of the National Defence Academy and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy is done on the basis of vacancies, eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference of the candidates.

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NDA Cut off List

NDA Cut off is the minimum cut off marks for that the candidates need to secure in the Written Test and Selection Process. Candidates are required to sit for the examination

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts an Entrance Examination for the interested candidates. The candidates are required to sit for the examination and only successfully qualified candidates are considered eligible for the next round. This minimum score is called the cut off. This cut off score is what ensures whether a candidate will move further on the selection process or get eliminated from the admission process.

Steps to download the Cut off marks

The candidates who wish to download the result and get the cut off list will have to follow the steps given below.

  • The candidates should log into the official website of UPSC NDA.
  • Click on the tab “Results”.
  • Cut off marks are released a few days later after the declaration of the results.
  • Cut off marks are the minimum required score that the candidates need to be considered eligible for the next rounds of admission.
  • The cut off marks would be different for candidates from different category.
  • To check the cut off score, the candidates are required to visit the official website and download the file.

Previous years cut off of NDA

The table below the previous year cut off for NDA. The 3 columns show the year of the examination, the marks secured by the candidate in the written test and the final score after completion of the SSB interview.

NDA & NA (II) 2015269637
NDA & NA (I) 2015306674
NDA & NA (II) 2014283656
NDA & NA (I) 2014360722
NDA & NA (II) 2013360721
NDA & NA (I) 2013333698
NDA & NA (II) 2012335699

Selection Process for NDA

The NDA Selection Process 2017 is primarily divided into two stages, the first is a written examination and the second is the SSB Interview. The candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the written test are required to participate in the Selection Process of NDA 2017.

The candidates meeting the NDA Cut off for their respective categories are required to appear for the interview before the selection boards of Army, Navy and Air Force.

Written Examination

The written examination is the first stage of the selection of candidates under NDA & NA II 2017. The successful candidates from the first stage would be only invited to participate in the next round.

  • The entrance examination is a 900 marks test which is further divided into two sections such as Mathematics and General Ability Test.
  • The entrance examination is 2 and ½ hours long.
  • The entire entrance examination comprises of objective type questions.
  • It is an online entrance examination. Candidates are required to obtain the minimum qulaifying marks decided by the commission for participating in the selection process.
  • The candidates qualifying the written examination are required to sit for the interview consisting of Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence or Personality test.

SSB Interview (Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test)

The SSB Interview is the second and final round of NDA Selection Process. The SSB Interview round comprises two separate tests – Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

The two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test has been introduced at Selection Centres / Air Force Selection Boards/ Naval Selection Boards. The qualifying candidates have to be put to stage for test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards. 

Only those candidates who qualify at stage 1 will be called for the second stage/remaining tests. The candidates who qualify stage II will be required to submit the following Original Certificates along with one photocopy each of:

  • Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth,
  • Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.

To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in:

  1. Written examination of NDA 2017 as set by the Commission.
  2. Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by the Services Selection Board at their discretion.

NOTE: Besides, candidates with first choice for the Air Force, and all the SSB qualified candidates with one choice as Air Force, should separately qualify the PABT (Pilot Aptitude Test) and Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS), if fulfil the eligibility for Air Force.


Documents Required for NDA Selection Process

The candidates selected for the interview are required to carry and later on submit the following documents to the academy for verification of their eligibility. Candidates claiming admission under reserveed categories should carry the relevant documents.

All the documents should be carried in original as well as photostat copies. Failure to carry any of the necessary documents could lead to disquaification of the candidate.

The candidates are required to submit their Class 10th Board Passing certificate or equivalent supported with the Birth Certificate which works as a proof of age.

  • Original 10+2 or Class 12th passing certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.
  • Certificate of Eligibility for certain category of students.
  • Category or Cast certificate applicable to SC, ST, OBC etc.
  • Identity and Address Proof

Disqualification From NDA Training 

The candidates can also be disqualified from the admission process of the training course and the academy if any of the following appears to be the case:

  1. If the Candidates who were admitted to an earlier course at the National Defence Academy, or to the 10 + 2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy but were removed or turned out of the Academy due to any lack or inappropriateness, will not be admitted to the Academy.
  2. If the Candidates applying this year were previously removed or turned out of the due to medical reasons the National Defence Academy or Indian Naval Academy on medical grounds or left the above Academy voluntarily are however or were previously withdrawn from the Academy, can be taken in again provided they satisfy the medical and other prescribed conditions.


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