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NDA 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Updated On - January 28th 2019 by ANUPAMA SINGH

NDA  2018 Eligibility specifies the requirements an aspiring candidate must meet in order to be eligible for appearing in the exam. Aspirants planning to take the exam must satisfy various criteria such as nationality, age, academic qualification and physical fitness before they proceed to fill NDA Application Form 2018.

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NDA II 2018 was conducted on September 9, 2018 and the result for the same will be declared in the month of October. The exam is conducted twice every year by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit candidates for Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Naval Academy.

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 Any applicants found to be flouting the eligibility norms and any other application requirements would be summarily rejected from taking part in any subsequent process of NDA.

NDA 2018 Criteria for Nationality

All the candidates need to qualify the eligibility criteria pertaining to nationality. To be eligible for NDA 2018, a candidate must be either one of the following:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962 with the intention of settling here permanently
  • A PIO (Person of Indian origin) is someone who has migrated from the countries specified below, with the intention of permanently settling in India. The nationals from following countries would fall under this category.
  1. Pakistan
  2. Burma
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia
  5. Vietnam

NOTE: It must be noted that, all the foreign nationals are required to produce a certificate of eligibility that has been issued by the Government of India. This certificate will however not be needed in case of those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

NDA 2018 Age Limit and Marital Status

It should be clearly noted that only unmarried male candidates, who are born not earlier than July 02, 1999 and not later than July 01, 2002, are eligible for NDA (II) 2018.

Married candidates and female candidates are ineligible to apply for NDA exam. The date of birth mentioned in the application must be the same as that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

Any candidate who has been selected after qualifying the exam has to undertake not to marry for the duration of the training. Failure to observe this condition would cause the debarment of the candidate from NDA. Additionally, any charge incurred on him by the government is required to be refunded

NDA 2018 Eligibility- Qualification

The academic qualifications varies slightly according to the post that the candidate has applied for. The details of educational qualification for different posts are specified below:

  • For Army Wing of National Defence Academy: Pass certificate in 10+2 exams via recognized 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: Candidate should have passed Class 12th exam in the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.


  1. It must be noted that candidates studying in Class 11 are not eligible for appearing in NDA 2018 exam. Additionally, those candidates who have failed INSB / PABT earlier will not be considered eligible for recruitment in Air Force.
  2. Those candidates, who are currently studying in Class 12 at the time of application, must submit proof of passing the exam by deadline. Requests for extending the due date would not be entertained on any grounds.
  3. It must also be noted that the candidates who have been debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services will be considered ineligible for admission to the exam.

NDA 2018 Physical Eligibility

There are certain requirements pertaining to the physical fitness or features that must be fulfilled by the candidate at the time of submitting NDA Application forms. The eligibility would vary slightly according to the post for which candidate is applying.

It must be understood that if a candidate has resigned or withdrawn, from any of the training academies of Armed Forces, on disciplinary grounds, he will not be considered eligible to apply for NDA 2018. The required physical criteria are listed below.

Undesirable health issues

The candidate must not be suffering from any of these minor conditions at the time of medical examination –

  • Wax (Ears)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele / Phimosis
  • Condition of Overweight / Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Tonsillitis
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Varicocele

Case of Body Tattoos

  1. The candidate must ensure that any permanent body tattoos are present only on their inner side of forearm. Under no circumstances will UPSC accept tattoos on the inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm / back (dorsal) side of hand. Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are also not acceptable.
  2. In case the candidate happens to belong to a tribe where it is customary to have tattoo marks on the face or body, acceptance will be granted on a case to case basis, considering the traditions involved. The decision of authorities would be final in such instances.

Height and Weight Requirements

  1. Army and Air Force

Candidates must note that the minimum height measurement specified is 157 cms (162.5 cms for Air Force). There are exceptions for certain candidates based on the region they hail from. The details in this regard are discussed below.

Height (in cms)Weight (in Kgs)
16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years

For Gorkhas and those belonging to hills of North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum height will be 5 cms less than the usual figure. On the other hand, for candidates belonging to Lakshadweep islands, the minimum height standard may be reduced by 2 cms.

  1. Navy

The standards are different for Navy posts and the particulars are summarised below:

Height (in cms)Weight (in Kgs)
16 years18 years20 years

In case the candidate wishes to be pilot in the Air Force, the following requirements will have to be kept in mind, due to constraints of the flying vehicle:

  • Leg Length: Minimum of 99 cms and Maximum of 120 cms
  • Thigh Length : Minimum is not applicable while Maximum of 64 cms
  • Sitting Height : Minimum of 81.50 cms and Maximum of 96 cms

Spinal Conditions

Presence of any of these conditions will disqualify the candidate immediately:

  • Granulomatous disease of spine
  • Arthritis / spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders / Ankylosing spondylitis / Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease / Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.) & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis.
  • Spondylolisthesis / spondylolysis.
  • Compression fracture of vertebrae.
  • SC Heuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
  • Unilateral / Bilateral cervical ribs with demon stable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
  • Degenerative Disc. Disease.
  • Presence of Schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
  • Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
  • Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.
  • Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.

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There will be a separate presence of any of the following conditions will disqualify the applicant for posts of Armed Forces:

  • Granulomatous disease of spine.
  • Arthritis / spondylosis      
  • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army and Navy).
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Spondylolisthesis / Spondylosis / Spondylolysis
  • Herniated nucleus pulposes.
  • Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  • Sacralisation Disease
  • Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
  • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
  • Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
  • Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist

Visual Standards

The distance vision (corrected) of the candidate should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hyper metropia not more than 3.5 D, including Astigmatism.

It must be remembered that an internal examination of the eye will be done by means of an ophthalmoscope to rule out any possibility of eye diseases. Candidate must possess good binocular vision. The colour vision standard for Army is (CP-III).

The ability to recognize red and green colours is vital. Certificate that neither the candidate nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness, will have to be produced.

Another noteworthy point is that candidates who have undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve their visual acuity, or Laser Surgery, will be permanently rejected for all Services. The details of eyesight levels for different posts are provided below:

ConditionNavalAir Force
Uncorrected without glass6/66/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass6/66/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia-0.75Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5+2.00 D Sph
Limits of Colour PerceptionINil
Binocular VisionIIINil
Manifest MyopiaN.A.Nil Re
Tinoscopic MyopiaN.A.0.5
Colour VisionN.A.CP-I (MLT)
AstigmatismN.A.+0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)
Near VisionN.A.N-5 each eye

Other miscellaneous conditions

There are few other physical conditions besides the above mentioned criteria that candidates should fulfil. These criteria are specific to specific wings of defence forces.

  1. No symptoms of weak constitution or bodily defects.
  2. A well-developed chest; fully expanded chest should not be less than 81cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  3. No mal-development or impairment of function of the bones or joint.
  4. No past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  5. Normal hearing capabilities - Candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room.
  6. No impediment of speech.
  7. Normal Blood Pressure with no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.
  8. No enlargement of liver or spleen.
  9. No abnormality in urine examination
  10. No presence of any kind of skin disease, likely to cause disability or disfigurement
  11. No abnormalities in USG abdomen examination
  12. Sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be accepted.
  13. Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must fall within normal limits.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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I am studying my 12 standard bipc present . Can i able to write nda.

02 Nov, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Rajesh, As you can check mentioned above for getting the NDA Exam eligibility.

02 Nov, 2018 11:08
Ritik Joshi

Can a person with commerce stream in 11th,12th and Ist year eligible for NDA examination.

26 Oct, 2018 20:45
Akansha Expert

Hi Ritik, Yes you are eligible for NDA Exam, as mentioned above the Eligibility.

29 Oct, 2018 12:45
Reddi sanyasi naidu

Are Diploma completed students eligible for this exam?

20 Jun, 2018 15:37
Akansha Expert

Hi Reddi, Eligible to appear for NDA Examination after completing your 12Th examination.

20 Jun, 2018 16:30
Sakshi garg

Female unmarried candidates can appy for nda exam?

06 Apr, 2018 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sakshi, No, you are Not eligible to appear for NDA Examination after completing your 12Th examination because NDA Examination is Only for Unmarried Male candidates only. So, Girls are not eligible for National Defence Academy Examination. If you are Interested in Defence, then please complete your Graduate degree course firstly and then you are eligible to apply for CDS Examination.

06 Apr, 2018 17:13

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