UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility

Exam Date : 21st April 2019
Result Date : 9th May 2019

UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility

  • The eligibility criteria for the UPSC NDA 2019 Exam has to be fulfilled by aspiring candidates for them to be qualified to apply for the exam.

  • The eligibility criteria for the UPSC NDA 2019 are as follows: 

UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility - Based on Nationality:

A candidate must either be:

  • a citizen of India

  • a subject of Bhutan

  • a subject of Nepal

  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement.

  • 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 permanent settlement.


  • Candidates belonging to the above categories should possess a certificate of eligibility 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.

UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility  - Based on Age Limit, Gender and Marital Status:

  • Age: Candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1998 and not later than 1st July 2001 are eligible. Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any subsequent examinations on any grounds whatsoever.

  • Gender: Only male candidates are eligible to register for the exam.

  • Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates are qualified for the exam. A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application will not be selected for training.

  • Proof: For proof of age the following can be shown:

    • Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent or,

    • An extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be certified by the proper authority of the University or,

    • A Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

    • Note: no subsequent request for certificate change will be considered or granted by the UPSC.
  • Documents: These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility - Based on Education:

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:

  • The candidate must have passed10+2 School Education or equivalent 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:

  • The candidate must have passed 10+2 in School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics as subjects conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

  • Candidates who are appearing for 10+2 in School Education or equivalent can also apply for this examination.

Note: Candidates who qualify the SSB interview but could not produce Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original should forward self-attested Photocopies to the following address:

Directorate General of Recruiting,

Army HQ, West Block.III,

R.K. Puram, New Delhi- 110066

For Naval Academy candidates they must address it to:

Naval Headquarters,

DMPR, OI&R Section,

Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhavan,

New Delhi-110011

  • Date: If the candidate fails to send the documents by 22nd December 2017, their candidature will be cancelled.

  • Matriculation: All other candidates who have produced their original Matriculation and 10+2 pass or equivalent certificates at the time the SSB interview and have got the same verified by the SSB authorities are not required to submit the same to Army HQ or Naval HQ.

  • Documents: Certificates in original issued by the Principals of the Institutions are also acceptable in cases where Boards/Universities have not yet issued certificates. Certified true copies/photocopies of such certificates will not be accepted.

  • Note: In exceptional cases, the Commission may treat a candidate, who does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed in this rule as educationally qualified provided that he possesses qualifications, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission, justifies his admission to the examination.

Important notes:

  • Candidates appearing in the 11th standard exam are not eligible for this examination.

  • Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the 12th standard or equivalent examination and are allowed to appear in the UPSC Examination but this is only a special concession.

    • Such candidates are required to submit proof of passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed date (i.e. 22nd December 2017). No request for extending this date will be entertained.

  • Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Post in the Defence Services shall not be eligible for admission to the examination and if admitted, their candidature will be cancelled.

  • Those candidates who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force.

UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility - Based on Physical Standards:

  • Fitness: Candidates must be fit as per the physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2019 as per the given guidelines.

  • Resigned: A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the training academies is ineligible to apply.

UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility - Based on Visual Standards:

  • Distance: The corrected distance vision should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done using the ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.

  • Colour: A Candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be (CP-III) for the army. A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colours and candidates will be required to give a certificate that neither he nor any member of his family has congenital night blindness.

  • Radial keratotomy: Candidates who have undergone radial keratotomy to improve the visual acuity will be permanently rejected for all the services. Candidates who have undergone laser surgery for correction of the refractive error are also not acceptable to defence service.

  • Visual Standard for Naval Candidates:
    • Uncorrected without glass 6/6,6/9

    • Corrected with glass 6/6,6/6

    • Limits of Myopia -0.75

    • Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

    • Binocular Vision III

    • Limits of colour perception I

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