UPSC NDA Recruitment

Exam Date

Nov 14, 2021

Result Date

Dec 10, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


This section will guide you towards different selection procedures that are used for the recruitment of candidates for Army, Navy, and Air Force.

NDA 2021 Recruitment 

Selection procedure after candidates clear the NDA 2021 Written Exam is divided into two stages and has been introduced at Service Selection Boards/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards based on:

Stage 1: NDA 2021 Psychological Aptitude Test

  • All the candidates will be put to the stage-one test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards.

  • Only those candidates who qualify at stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests.

Stage 2: NDA 2021 Intelligence Test

  • Those candidates who qualify stage II will be required to submit the Original Certificates along with with one photocopy each of : (i) Original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth, (ii) Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.


  • Candidates who appear before the Services Selection Board and undergo the test there will do so at their own risk and will not be entitled to claim any compensation from Government with respect to any injury which they may sustain in the course of or as a result of any of the tests given to them.

  • Parents or guardians of the candidates will be required to sign a certificate to this effect.

Selection Criteria

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

(i) NDA 2021 Written examination as fixed by the Commission at their discretion and

(ii) NDA 2021 Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by the Services Selection Board at their discretion.

Air Force aspirants: Over and above candidates for the Air Force, and all the SSB qualified candidates as per their willingness, eligibility, and preference for Air Force, should separately qualify the PABT.

Merit List: Subject to conditions, the qualified candidates will be placed in a merit list on the basis of total marks secured by them in the Written Examination and the SSB Tests.

Final Allocation: The final allocation/selection for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force of the National Defence Academy, and Indian Naval Academy will be up to the number of vacancies available subject to eligibility, medical fitness, and merit-cum-preference of the candidates.

Allocation based on candidate’s preference: The candidates who are eligible to be admitted to multiple Services/Courses will be considered for allocation/selection with reference to their order or preferences and in the event of their final allocation/ selection to one of the Service/Course, they will not be considered for admission to the other remaining Services/Courses.

Air Force Wing Examination

  • Air Force aspirants can take up a computerized pilot selection system (CPSC) and pilot aptitude test only once.

  • Grade secured by him at the first test will, therefore, hold good for every subsequent interview he has with the air force selection board.

  • A candidate who fails in the first pilot aptitude test cannot apply for admission to the national defense academy.

Disqualification for admission to the training course

Disciplinary grounds: 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 for lack of officer-like qualities or on disciplinary grounds will not be admitted to the Air Force Academy.

Medical grounds: Candidates who were previously withdrawn from the National Defence Academy or Indian Naval Academy on medical grounds or left the above Academy voluntarily are, however, eligible for admission to the Air Force Academy provided they satisfy the medical and other prescribed conditions.

Career Prospects

NDA 2021 Career Prospects
Army Navy Air Force Minimum Reckonable Commissioned Service required for Substantive Promotion
Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Flying Officer On Commission
Captain Lieutenant Flight Lieutenant 02 Years
Major Lt. Commander Squadron Leader 06 years
Lieutenant Colonel Commander Wing Commander 13 years
Colonel (Selection) Captain (Selection) Group Captain (Selection) On Selection
Colonel (Time Scale) Captain (Time Scale) Group Captain (Time Scale) 26 years
Brigadier Commodore Air Commodore On Selection
Major General Rear Admiral Air Vice-Marshal On Selection
Lieutenant General Vice Admiral Air Marshal On Selection
General Admiral Air Chief Marshal On Selection

Retirement benefits: Pension, gratuity, and casualty pensionary award will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

Leave: Leave will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

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