National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination-1

Pen & Paper Mode

NDA Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 100
  • Number Of Attempts:2
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

NDA NA (1) 2023: Application form(Out), Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus

Updated On - May 02 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

NDA 1 2023 Application form was released on 21 December 2023. NDA 2023 exam will held on 16 April 2023 by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). National Defence Academy is an entrance exam organized at the national level for the candidates who wish to be a part of the Indian Navy, Air Force, and Army. NDA is organized twice a year i.e. April and November session. The candidates are firstly supposed to clear the written test by scoring the minimum cut off marks. After which they can appear for 5- Days Service Selection Board (SSB) Interview round and hence get admission into National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The candidates after qualifying the interview round of SSB have to go through the medical examination and document verification procedure. Read the article for more information and the latest notifications related to UPSC NDA(1) 2023.

Latest Updates

  • NDA 1 Exam will be held on 16 April 2023.
  • The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the results for the NDA NA (I) 2023 written exam, which was held on April 16.
  • Candidates who appeared for the exam are required to register themselves online on the Indian Army Recruiting website joinindianarmy.nic.in within two weeks of the announcement of the written result.
  • Successful candidates will be allotted Selection Centers and dates for the SSB interview, which will be communicated on their registered e-mail ID.
  • Candidates who have already registered earlier on the site need not register again.
  • In case of any query or login problem, candidates can email to [email protected] as mentioned in the official notification.
  • The mark sheets of the candidates will be available on the Commission's website within fifteen days from the date of the final result publication.

NDA (1) 2023 Exam Status

National Defence Academy (NDA) Exam Status
UPSC NDA 2023 exam statusApplication form is closed for NDA 1

NDA (1) 2023 Important Dates

Candidates must have information about the important dates of the NDA exam. UPSC NDA exam dates are given in the table below:

NDA(1) 2023 Exam Dates
Important Dates

Release of Notification

21 December 2023

Application Form last date

12 January 2023

Admit card

April 2023

NDA(1) 2023 Exam Date

16 April 2023
Result Declaration Date
May 2023

These are the latest updated dates of the National Defence Academy by UPSC.

NDA (1) 2023 Admit Card

The vital information regarding NDA (1) 2023 Admit card is given below:

  • Candidates will have to enter their login id credentials and other details to download their NDA admit card.
  • Candidates can download e-Admit Card from the UPSC website.
  • In case, there is any mistake in the details printed on the Admit Card, the candidates must immediately contact the official authority.
  • Also, they must immediately contact the Commission in case of any discrepancies while downloading the admit card.
  • The details that are available on the admit card are as follows:
    • Examination’s Name and year.
    • Registration ID of the candidate.
    • Candidate’s roll number.
    • Applicant’s name.
    • Applicant’s address.
    • Examination centre and complete address of the exam.
    • Examination’s date and time.

NDA (1) 2023 Exam Pattern

The candidates can check the NDA (1) 2023 Exam Pattern and hence accordingly prepare for the test:
NDA (1) 2021 Question Paper Format
Exam ModeOffline (PBT)
Question Paper TypeMultiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Medium English and Hindi
Negative Marking

For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded in Maths

For every correct answer, 2 marks will be awarded in General Ability Test

For every incorrect answer, one Third (0.33) marks will be deducted

Exam Duration

Mathematics - 150 minutes (Two and a half hours)

General Ability Test - 150 minutes (Two and a half hours)

Candidates can check the Subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

Maximum Marks



2½ Hours


General Ability Test


2½ Hours






SSB Test/Interview




NDA(1) 2023 Syllabus

The NDA (1) 2023 Syllabus includes many topics from the following subjects:
1. 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 
2. General Ability Test
PART A - English: Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension, and cohesion in extended text to test.
PART B - General Knowledge: 
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Social Studies
  • Geography 
  • Current Events

NDA (1) 2023 Preparation Tips

Each exam conducted by UPSC is considered as one of the difficult examinations of the country, and NDA is one of them. Being a national level examination, it is hard for aspirants to crack the examination. With vast syllabus and high cutoff marks, candidates often find the preparation time consuming and exhaustive. However, qualifying the NDA I in one attempt are not unattainable. We provide here some tips that aspirants can refer to while preparing for the NDA 2023 exam.

  • Start referring to NDA previous year questions paper to understand the level of the exam, repeated sections/ questions and many other aspects of exams.
  • Practising with NDA mock tests is just another benefit. It helps aspirants to understand where they need to focus more and also increase the speed of attempting questions.
  • Start making short and easy to memorize notes. Start using pointers or highlighters to emphasize important topics and subjects.
Candidates can download the NDA (1) 2023 Information brochure Pdf here.

NDA (1) 2023 Answer Key

Once the entrance exam of NDA 2023 will be over, UPSC will release the answer key of the examination online at the UPSC website. Refer to this section below to know more about the NDA answer key

  • Aspirants have to visit the UPSC website, (upsc.gov.in) to check the NDA answer key.
  • Candidates have to navigate to the examination > Answer Key link to download UPSC NDA 2023 answer key.
  • As the examination is conducted with a different set, candidates have to to be careful while downloading the answer key of the correct set.
  • The answer key can also be used to estimate the scores for UPSC NDA 2023.

NDA (1) 2023 Result 

The detailed information detailed NDA(1) 2023 result is given below:

  • The result of NDA(1) will be released in the third week of June 2023.
  • The scorecard will be released in the form of a merit list.
  • The list will contain roll numbers of selected candidates.
  • Candidate can download the PDF of the result can check their result.

NDA (1) 2023 Selection Procedure

UPSC regulates the selection criteria by adopting a two-stage selection procedure. First, eligible candidates are called for the written stage. Subsequently, qualified candidates shall appear for the SSB interview. Look into the in-depth selection procedure in this section.

Written Examination

The written examination takes place across the country at different examination centres. Candidates are called for the NDA written examination 2023 based on the eligibility criteria. The written examination is conducted for 900 marks. In these stages, candidates have to answer questions from the GAT and mathematics section which as of 12th standard level.

SSB Interview

NDA 2023 qualifiers are called for the SSB interview based on written exam result. SSB interview takes place for 05 days. It includes two stages – Stage 1 is officer intelligence rating (OPR) test and picture perception and description test and Stage 2 are group testing officer tasks, interview round, psychology test, and the conference.

NDA (1) 2023 Counselling 

Once the result will be declared, those who will qualify the exam will be called for the NDA(1) 2023 counselling process. The counselling will be organised by the UPSC. While this process, examinees will have to carry their documents in original for verification purpose.

NDA 2023 SSB Interview

NDA SSB Interview round will be organized after the written test. Candidates clearing the written test round will be considered eligible for the interview and medical round. SSB will be organized in a number of rounds.

It will be held in five days and candidates have to necessarily appear in all the rounds. On the first day, psychological tests will be done. The second-day test will be of situation reaction test, word association test, self-description test and thematic apperception test.

Military Planning Exercise, Group Discussion Test, Intergroup Obstacle race, Lecturettes, Snake Race, Progressive Group Task, command task & personal interview, half group task will be done on the third day of interview for candidates by the President.

On the last two days – fourth and fifth tests will be done related to Final Group Task, Individual Obstacles, Interview for remaining candidates, final board conference & announcement of results.

NDA (1) 2023 Exam Centre

Candidates should check the NDA 1 2023 Exam Centre list which is mentioned below:

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

NDA(1) 2023 Application Form

The detailed information regarding NDA(1) 2023 Application form is given below:
  • Application Form is available on the NDA official website.
  • Before filling the application form candidates must go through the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants must give their valid and active e-mail id while filling up the online application form as the Commission will be using the email id provided by applicants to contact the candidates.
  • Candidates must submit only one application. If they are submitting another/multiple applications then they need to make sure that the application having higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects such as applicants' details, examination centre, signature, photograph, photo identity card document, fee, etc. The fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID
  • Candidate should also have details of anyone photo ID like Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/ any other photo ID card issued by the state or central government.
  • The same photo ID should be uploaded with the online application form.
  • The photo ID will be used as future reference and the candidates need to carry the same while appearing for exam/SSB.
  • While filling the application form, the candidate should carefully choose the Centre for the Examination.

NDA(1) 2023 Application Fee

Details about the UPSC NDA(1) 2023 application fee charged for the candidates belonging to different categories are given in the table below:

UPSC NDA(1) 2023 Exam Fee

General Category / OBC Candidates


SC/ST candidates/Sons of JCOs (Junior Commissioned Officer) /NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers) /Ors (Other Ranks of Army) and equivalent ranks in the Indian Navy/Indian Air Force


Mode of Payment: The payment of NDA(1) application fees could be done in both online and offline methods. Candidates must keep in mind that the application fee will not be refunded back.
  • Offline: Applicants who opt for 'Pay by Cash' mode, should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day.
  • Online: Candidates can pay the application fee either by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/MasterCard/Rupay Credit/Debit Card.

NDA (1) 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates need to carefully go through the NDA (1) 2023 Eligibility given below and thereby check their eligibility before they apply for the exam:
  • Gender: Only male candidates can apply for the exam.
  • Nationality: Citizen of India, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibetan those came over to India before 01 January 1962 to permanently settle in India or person of Indian those have migrated from Burma, Pakistan,  Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam to permanently settle in India.
  • Candidates belonging to another state must have the certificate of eligibility which has been issued by the Government of India.
  • NDA exam Age Limit: Candidates born between 02 January 2003 to 01 January 2006 are eligible to apply.
  • Marital status: Only unmarried aspirants are eligible.
  • Educational Qualifications:
    • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:
      • Candidate must have cleared their 10+ 2 level or equivalent examination.
      • Senior secondary school certificate should be from a recognized board/ council. 
    • For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:
      • Candidate must have cleared their 10+ 2 level or equivalent examination.
      • Senior secondary school certificate should be from a recognized board/ council. 
      • Candidate must have Physics and Mathematics in his 10+2 level.
  • Those aspirants who are in class 12th can also apply for the examination. But at the time counselling candidate have to submit their 10+2 certificate.
  • Physical Standards: Candidate should be physically fit. If not candidate will be rejected in the medical round.

NDA (1) 2023 Highlights

The vital information regarding NDA(1) 2023 exam is given below:

Name of the exam

National Defence Academy 2021 (NDA(1) 2023)

Exam conducting body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)


National level entrance exam

NDA Official website


Application Form link


Exam Mode

Written Test (Pen and Paper-based Test)

Exam purpose

To determine the eligibility of the candidates who wish to be a part of the Indian Navy, Air Force, and Army.

About UPSC

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is India’s central recruitment agency for government vacancies. It takes care of the appointments and examination to All India Service and Group A and Group B of Central Services. The Commission was formed on 01 October 1926. UPSC headquarters are located at Dholpur House, New Delhi while it functions through its own secretariat. 

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NDA Important Dates

NDA 2023 Form Date21 Dec - 12 Jan 2023
NDA 2023 Exam Date16 Apr 2023

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination-1 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:0.33 mark will be deducted for wrong answer

Paper 2
Exam Duration:

2 hours 30 minutes

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :


Negative Marking:


NOTE:1.33 marks will be deducted for wrong answer

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Form Start Date:

21 Dec 2022

Form End Date:

12 Jan 2023

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