NDA Eligibility 2022-23, Age Limit, Educational Qualifications, Physical Standards And Other Details Here!

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Wed, 23 Nov 2022 06:56 PM IST


Looking for details on NDA Eligibility? Get to know age limit, educational qualifications, and number of attempts along with other details.

Are you looking for NDA eligibility criteria?  The NDA Examination is the most sort after examination after class 12 th. The candidates aspiring for the NDA Exam must be aware of the details related to their eligibility for the exam. The official notification for the examination is released by the Union Public Service Commission. The examination notification has all the details related to NDA Eligibility along with physical standards and other details. The candidates (Boys or Girls) must check out the detailed eligibility. The space below has all the information on NDA Eligibility and other details like physical parameters related to the examination.

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NDA Eligibility Criteria: Overview

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2022: Overview

The major overview of NDA eligibility criteria is as follows:

 Exam Name

NDA Examination 2022

Examination Body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam level




Age Limit 15.7 years/ 16 years to 19 years
Educational Qualification
  • Army Wing - Pass certificate in 10+2 exam
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings - Passing Certification of Class 12th exam with Physics and Mathematics

Number of attempts

No limit


NDA Eligibility Criteria 2022

NDA eligibility criteria for male and female candidates are defined under the following categories:
  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification
  • Physical Parameters 
These are the major four criteria that determine eligibility for NDA. The age limit, educational qualification, & marital status requirements for female candidates is the same as for male candidates.If you do not meet any physical criteria then too, you can sit for the NDA Exam. Physical parameters are tested after the SSB Interview. The details of each of the above are given below.
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NDA Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

A candidate must be
  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee permanently settled in India from and before January 1, 1962.
  5. A person of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zaire, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


  • It should be clear that the applicant who belongs to categories 2,3,4, and 5 must have a Certificate of eligibility that has been issued by the Government of India.
  • Gorkha applicants who are subjects of Nepal however, do not need to produce this certificate.
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NDA Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

The minimum age limit is that candidates should be 15.7 years/ 16 years of age during the commencement of the course and the maximum age limit is that candidates should be 18.7 years/19 years of age during the commencement of the course.

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There are no age relaxations provided to candidates in this exam.
That is he or she must have not been born earlier than 02nd January 2004 and not later than 01 January 2007.

Age Limit Age (Years)
Minimum Age Born not later than January 01, 2007/ 16 years during the commencement of the course
Maximum Age Born not earlier than January 02, 2004/ 19 years during the commencement of the course

Note: The date of birth mentioned in the application must be the same as that mentioned in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.


NDA Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification

The required educational qualification for NDA Exam is as follows:
Wing Educational Qualification
Army Wing of NDA  Candidates should have studied up to 12th Class and passed the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
Air Force and Navy  Candidates should have studied up to 12th Class and passed the 10+2 pattern of School Education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University. 

Note - Candidates who will appear for the board exams this year are eligible to appear for the exam. The educational qualification for males and females is the same in NDA eligibility.


NDA Eligibility Criteria: Marital Status

Only unmarried male/female candidates are eligible to apply for NDA Exam.

Other than the above-mentioned eligibility criteria, there are certain physical fitness standards that must be fulfilled by the candidates to be finally selected. The physical standards are mentioned below:

NDA Eligibility Criteria: Physical Standards

The general guidelines related to the physical guidelines are mentioned below, candidates who wish to read particular details related to height and weight standards must visit the official notification for the examination. 
  • The applicant must have good physical and mental health and should be free from diseases and disabilities.
  • The candidates are advised to rectify minor defects/ailments.
    Permanent body tattoos are only allowed from the wrist to the inside of the elbow and on the hand’s backside. Tattoos on any other body part are not acceptable.
    Candidates belonging to tribes who have tattoos/ marks on the face/ body as part of their custom/ traditions will be allowed on a special case basis.
  • The chest should not be less than 81cm after full expansion. The expansion of the chest after full inspiration should be more than 5cm. X-ray of the chest will be taken to examine any kind of disease.
  • Bones/Joints should not be impaired of any function. These should be developed properly.
  • The candidate should not have any history of mental breakdown/ fits.
  • Un-operated Hernia will lead to disqualification. In the case of an operated Hernia, it should be operated before 1 year before the final medical examination.
  • The liver and spleen of the candidate should be of normal size.
  • The hearing should be normal. The candidate should be able to hear a whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cm. There should not be any disease of the ear, nose, and throat.
  • Blood Pressure should be normal.
  • There should not be any functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.
  • There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles, or any kind of skin disease.
  • Any kind of disease of the internal organs of the abdomen will lead to disqualification.
  • Examination of urine will also be done and any abnormality if found, will lead to disqualification.
  • The applicant should have a sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. There should be a minimum of 14 dental points.
  • USG abdomen examination will be performed and any congenital structural anomaly will lead to disqualification.
  • Candidate should not be of weak constitution, overweight/underweight.
The guidelines and standards mentioned above are as per the criteria set by UPSC and the defense forces. The specific details related to the NDA Eligibility - Physical criteria are as follows:

NDA Physical Fitness: Undesirable Health Issues

The candidate must not be suffering from any of these minor conditions at the time of the NDA medical exam as that would lead to the candidate’s ineligibility:

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

NDA Physical Fitness: Case of Body Tattoos

  • The candidates must ensure that the permanent body tattoos (if there) should only be present on the inner side of the forearm. 
  • Under no circumstances will UPSC accept tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist and the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand. 
  • Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are also not acceptable.
  • 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 official authority would be final in such instances.

NDA  Height and Weight Requirements For Applicants

  • Body Mass Index should be below 25.
  • The Waist to Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females. 
  • Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females. 
  • All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits. 
The chart is as follows:
Height (cm) Weight (KG) wrt Age (yrs)
Minimum weight for all ages Age: 17 to 20 yrs
140 35.3
141 35.8
142 36.3
143 36.8
144 37.3
145 37.8
146 38.4
147 38.9
148 39.4
149 40.0
150 40.5
151 41.0
152 41.6
153 42.1
154 42.7
155 43.2
156 43.8
157 44.4
158 44.9
159 45.5
160 46.1
161 46.7
162 47.2
163 47.8
164 48.4
165 49.0
166 49.6
167 50.2
168 50.8
169 51.4
170 52.0
171 52.6
172 53.3
173 53.9
174 54.5
175 55.1
176 55.8
177 56.4
178 57.0
179 57.7
180 58.3
181 59.0
182 59.6
183 60.3
184 60.9
185 61.6
186 62.3
187 62.9
188 63.6
189 64.3
190 65.0
191 65.7
192 66.4
193 67.0
194 67.7
195 68.4
196 69.1
197 69.9
198 70.6
199 71.3
200 72.0
201 72.7
202 73.4
203 74.2
204 74.9
205 75.6
206 76.4
207 77.1
208 77.9
209 78.6
210 79.4


NDA Height and Weight Requirements for Air Force

Height in cm  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 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
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 62.5 65 66

Candidates who want to apply for the Flying Branch must keep the following requirements in mind:

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

NDA Eligibility Height and Weight Requirements for Indian Navy

  • Body Mass Index should be below 25. 
  • The Waist to Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and females.
  • Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females.
  • All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits. 

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

Height in cm 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 Vision Standards for Candidates

The vision standards are the main concern for several candidates in NDA Eligibility. For your benefit we have clarified the vision standards for NDA Exam:
NDA Vision Standard For ARMY
Distance Vision (Corrected) Better Eye 6/6; Worse Eye 6/9
Colour vision CP-III (Defective Safe).

Myopia should not be more than -2.5D

Hypermetropia should not be more than +3.5D 

NDA Vision Standards for Air Force
Candidates who wear spectacle Not eligible for Air Force
Minimum distant vision

6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other

correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia

Colour vision CPI Hypermetropia: +2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia: Nil Retinoscopic Myopia: 0.5 in any Meridian permitted Astigmatism: + 0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)
Vision standard for Navy
  1. Uncorrected without glass -6/6, 6/9
  2. Corrected with glass – 6/6, 6/6
  3. Limits of Myopia – –0.75
  4. Limits of Hypermetropia – +1.5
  5. Binocular vision – III
  6. Limits of color perception – I
Thus candidates who wear glasses are not eligible for the Air force wing but they can apply for other forces.


What is the minimum age limit to apply for NDA Exam?

Candidate should be 15.7 years/ 16 years of age during the commencement of the course.

Are female candidates eligible to apply for NDA Exam?

Yes female candidates are eligible to apply for NDA Exam.

Are married candidates eligible to apply for NDA Exam?

No, only unmarried candidates can apply for NDA Exam.

What is the maximum age limit to apply for NDA Exam?

Candidate should be 18.7 years/19 years of age during the commencement of the course.

Am I eligible to apply for NDA Exam if I have tattoo on my arms?

No, you are not eligible to apply for NDA Exam if you have permanent tattoo on your body.

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