UPSC NDA 2019 Eligibility

Exam Date : April 21, 2019
Result Date : May 9, 2019

UPSC NDA Eligibility

The candidates should verify their eligibility before applying for the UPSC NDA exam. The Eligibility condition has different parameters like citizenship, age, qualification etc.

The parameters are discussed below in detail:

UPSC NDA 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 Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan and East African Countries of  Malawi, Zaire, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanent settlement.


  • In order to be eligible for the exam, the candidates must possess the certificate of Eligibility issued by the Govt of India.
  • The candidates who are "Gorkhas" from Nepal are exempted from this necessity of having a certificate of Eligibility.

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

  • Age: Candidates should have been born between 2nd July 2000 and 1st July 2003. The Candidates should keep in mind that once the date of birth claimed by the candidate got into the records of the commission, it cannot be changed afterwards. Thus the candidates are advised to carefully check each and every detail before submitting the application form.

  • Gender: Only male candidates are eligible for the UPSC NDA Exam.

  • Marital Status: Only unmarried candidates are allowed to appear in the Exam. The candidate is also not allowed to marry during the Training period, doing which he is liable to get relegated from the academy.

  • Proof: Following documents can be treated as proof for age eligibility:

    • 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 only required and will be checked during the time of SSB Interview which is after clearing the written exam. No other document from the mentioned above ones relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

UPSC NDA Eligibility - Based on Education

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy

  • The candidate must have passed 10+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 candidates must have passed 10+2 exam or equivalent exam conducted either by the state board or any central board with Physics and Maths both.

  • Candidates who are appearing for 10+2 in School Education or equivalent are also eligible for the exam.

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

For National Defence Academy aspirants:

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

Important notes:

  • Documents: If the board has not published the results yet, a certificate is required from the school duly signed by the Principal of the school. These certificates are required in original and no Certified true copies/photocopies of these certificates will be accepted by the commission.
  • 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.
  • Candidates who are in 11th standard are not eligible for this exam.
  • 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.
  • The Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any post under the ministry are not eligible to appear in the exam. If they still appear for the exam, their candidature will be cancelled.
  • The candidates who got failed in CPSS/PABT tests conducted during SSB are not eligible for Air Force. However, they are still eligible for the Navy and Army.

UPSC NDA Eligibility - Based on Physical Standards:

  • Fitness: The Candidates should meet the physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination as laid down in the guidelines under Appendix VI.

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

UPSC NDA 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 for the army will be (CP-III). 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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