NDA 2019: NDA 2 Application process starts from 7 August


NDA is a national level entrance exam for Indian Army, Indian Air Force & Indian Navy. The full form of NDA is National Defense Academy. NDA exam is being organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice in a year. With this examination, thousands of youth from all over the country get the opportunity to go to different parts of the Indian Forces and serve for the country. UPSC release NDA 2 Application form on the official website from 7th August 2019. Candidates can fill the application form till the last date September 03, 2019. NDA 2019 examination will be held on 17th November 2019. Candidates who have passed their 12th or studying in the 12th class can fill the application form. To more information about NDA 2019, read this article carefully.

NDA 2019

  • Candidate should be unmarried.
  • Candidate must be an Indian citizen or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee.
  • Candidate must be completed 16 years of age.
  • Candidate must have passed 12th.

NDA Schedule 2019

Event Date
Application Starts Date 7 Aug 2019
Last date to apply 3 Sep 2019
Admit Card Nov 2019
Exam 17 Nov 2019
Result to be announced

NDA 2019 Pay Scale

Rank Level Pay
Lieutenant to Major Lt.- Level 10
Capt – Level 10B
Maj – Level 11
₹ 56,100 – ₹ 1,77,500
₹ 61,300 – ₹ 1,93,900
₹ 69,400 – ₹ 2,07,200
Lieutenant Col to Major Gen Lt Col – Level 12A
Col – Level 13
Brig – Level 13A
Maj Gen – Level 14
₹ 1,21,200 – ₹ 2,12,400
₹ 1,30,600 – ₹ 2,15,900
₹ 1,39,600 – ₹ 2,17,600
₹ 1,44,200 – ₹ 2,18,200
Lieutenant Gen
HAG Scale
Level 15 ₹ 1,82,200 – ₹ 2,24,100
HAG+Scale Level 16 ₹ 2,05,400 – ₹ 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lt Gen (NFSG) Level 17 ₹ 2,25,000/- (fixed)
COAS Level 18 ₹ 2,50,000/- (fixed)

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2019

Those candidates wish to make a career in the various parts of the Indian Forces can see the eligibility criteria given below.

NDA 2019 Nationality

  1. Candidate must be a citizen of India. OR
  2. Candidate must be a subject of Nepal. OR
  3. Candidate must be a subject of Bhutan. OR
  4. Candidate must be a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India. OR
  5. Candidate must be an Indian origin person who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

NDA 2019 Age limit

  • Candidate’s age must be between 16 to 19 years.

NDA Educational Qualification

  • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy
    • Candidate must be passed 12th or appearing in 10+2 pattern of school education from any board of India.
  • For Airforce and Navy wings of National Defence Academy
    • Candidate must be passed 12th or appearing in 10+2 pattern of school education with Physics and Mathematics from any board of India.
  • For the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy
    • Candidate must be passed 12th or appearing in 10+2 pattern of school education with Physics and Mathematics from any board of India.

NDA 2019 Physical Standard

Height/weight Standards for Army/Air Force

Height in centimetres (Without shoes) Weight in Kg
16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.5 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 51.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 63.5 65.0 66.5

Height/weight Standards for Navy

Height in centimetres (Without shoes) Weight in Kg
16 years 18 years 20 years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
167 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67

NDA Application Form 2019

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria i.e. given above can fill the application form. The application form will be available on UPSC’s official website form 7th August 2019. Interested and eligible candidates can fill their online form till 3rd September 2019.

Application Form: Click here to apply.

Application Fee

  • Candidates who are belonging from Unreserved and OBC category are required to pay ₹100/- application fee.
  • All SC/ST candidates, Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from the application fee.
  • Candidates can pay the fee by cash, by using the net banking and through debit/credit card.

How to apply for NDA 2019?

  1. Firstly you have to visit UPSC’s official website www.upsconline.nic.in.
  2. Click on the application link “ONLINE APPLICATION FOR National Defence Academy OF UPSC”
  3. Now, you can see the NDA 2019 application form link here in this page.
  4. You have to do registration for NDA 2019.
  5. Fill personal details on the application form and generate an application number.
  6. Save this application number for login and other purposes.
  7. Pay the application fee, upload documents.
  8. Submit the application form and save it for future reference.

NDA Admit Card 2019

NDA examination 2019 will be held on 17th November 2019 and the admit card of NDA will be released in October 2019 on the official website of UPSC. Candidates will have to come with a photo ID proof along with the admit card in the examination centre. After the written examination, UPSC will release SSB call letter for selected candidates.

ID carries with Admit Card

  1. Aadhar Card
  2. Voter Card
  3. PAN Card
  4. Passport
  5. Driving License
  6. School Photo ID
  7. Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.

NDA Examination City

Agartala Cuttack Jaipur Nagpur
Ahmedabad Dehradun Jammu Panaji (Goa)
Aizawl Delhi Jorhat Patna
Allahabad Dharwad Kochi Port Blair
Bengaluru Dispur Kohima Raipur
Bareilly Gangtok Kolkata Ranchi
Bhopal Hyderabad Lucknow Sambalpur
Chandigarh Imphal Madurai Shillong
Chennai Itanagar Mumbai Shimla
Srinagar Thiruvananthapuram Tirupati Udaipur and Vishakhapatnam

NDA Selection Process 2019

There is a two-stage selection process. One is a written test and the second one is SSB. Based on the marks of the written exam, the candidate will select for 5 days interviews process known as SSB. Candidates who will qualify both processes will be called for medical examination.

NDA Scheme of Examination 2019

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

Written Exam

Subject Code Time Duration Max Marks
Mathematics 01 2½ Hours 300
General Ability Test 02 2½ Hours 600
Total 900


It is a 5 days interview process. SSB is a total of 900 marks. Candidates who will get selected for SSB will get marks out of 900.

NDA Syllabus 2019

Paper-I Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra
  • Statistics and Probability

Paper-II General Ability Test

Part A – English

  • Grammar and usage
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English

Part B – General Knowledge


Physical Properties and States of Matter
  • Mass
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Density and Specific Gravity
  • Principle of Archimedes
  • Pressure Barometer
The motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Force and Momentum
  • Parallelogram of Forces
  • Stability and Equilibrium of bodies
  • Gravitation
Work, Power and Energy
  • Effects of Heat
  • Measurement of Temperature and Heat
  • Change of State and Latent Heat
  • Modes of transference of Heat
  • Sound waves and their properties
  • Simple musical instruments
  • Rectilinear propagation of Light
  • Reflection and refraction
  • Spherical mirrors and Lenses
  • Human Eye.
Static and Current Electricity
  • Conductors and Non-conductors
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Simple Electrical Circuits
  • Heating
  • Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current
  • Measurement of Electrical Power
  • Primary and Secondary Cells
  • Use of X-Rays.
General Principles in the working of the following
  • Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses.


Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts. Carbon – different forms. Fertilizers – Natural and Artificial. The material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun-Powder. Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency. Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems). Properties of Air and Water.

General Science

Difference between the living and non-living. Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals. Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs. Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet. The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists.

History, Freedom Movement etc.

A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation.Freedom Movement in India. Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India. Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development. Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the Russian Revolution. Impact of Science and Technology on Society. Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism. Role of India in the present world.


  • Earth, its shape and size
  • Latitudes and Longitudes
  • Concept of time
  • International Date Line
  • Movements of Earth and their effects
  • Origin of Earth
  • Rocks and their classification
  • Weathering – Mechanical and Chemical
  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition
  • Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure
  • Planetary Winds
  • Cyclones and Anti-cyclones
  • Humidity
  • Condensation and Precipitation
  • Types of Climate
  • Major Natural Regions of the World
  • Regional Geography of India – Climate, Natural vegetation
  • Mineral and Power resources
  • Location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities
  • Important Sea ports and main sea
  • Land and air routes of India
  • Main items of Imports and Exports in India.

Current Events

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent years. Current important world events. Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

Previous years’ NDA Cut off for Written Exam

Year NDA 1 cut off NDA 2 cut off
2018 338 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject) 325
2017 342 (With 25 % in each subject) 258 (With 25% in each subject)
2016 288 (With 25 % in each subject) 229 (With at least 20% marks in each subject)
2015 306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject) 269 (With 25% in each subject)

NDA: Official notification

Now you are aware of all the information about the NDA exam in detail. To know more information you can check the Official website of UPSC, read to find the information Of syllabus, pattern, cut-off, eligibility criteria and much more.