How to join NDA after 12th: Know the Complete Procedure and Eligibility Criteria Here

Safalta Expert Published by: Kirti Singh Updated Fri, 01 Apr 2022 07:27 AM IST

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Do you want to know How to join NDA after 12th? If yes then read this article for complete details and know the eligibility criteria, age limit, nationality, vision standards, height, and weight requirements, selection process and application process.

NDA (National Defense Academy) is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) and is for those ambitious students who are seeking to join the Indian army and want to serve their country. It’s one of the most popular competitive exams all over India. This exam is conducted twice a year and it’s the direct gateway for Indian defense forces. The next NDA 1/2022 exam has been scheduled for April 10, 2022. Every Class 12 student who wants to serve his/her nation dreamt to crack this competitive exam. The NDA exam has 2 stages i.e. Written test and a Personality test Which is also known as SSB.

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For getting selected in the final merit list, candidates need to qualify for both the written exam and SSB.

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Moreover, after the completion of 3 years, the candidate gets a Bachelor’s Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. After that candidate has to choose their specialization.
If they want to join the Indian Army then they have to join Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Air Force Academy, Hyderabad for joining Air Force and Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala Indian Navy. Another important point for the candidates willing to work in defense is that they should not wait for their 12th board exam to start the NDA preparation. They should start their preparation as soon as they enter the 12th class if they want to join as Junior Cadets. Hence, for helping all the aspirants applying for the NDA exam here we will be discussing How to join NDA after 12th. We will discuss the eligibility criteria, selection process for How to join NDA after 12th. 
 


How to join NDA after 12th? -  NDA Selection Procedure 2022

Candidates must meet all the eligibility criteria before applying for NDA.
  • Both Male and Female candidates can join NDA after 12th.
  • Candidates need to apply for NDA on the official website i.e. indianarmy.nic.in.
  • After applying for the exam the candidates have to go through a written examination and a 5-day SSB (Service Selection Board) interview. Moreover, candidates need to clear Medicals as well.
  • After qualifying for the exam candidate has to go through a course for 3 years.
  • After the course is completed they will be posted as a lieutenant in the Indian Defense Services.


NDA Eligibility Criteria 2022:

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has released the NDA eligibility criteria in the official notification for the year 2022. The candidate both male and female can apply for NDA 2022 after completing their 12th exam. The eligibility criteria for NDA include educational qualification, age limit, physical standards, and nationality. The candidate needs to fulfill all these to apply for the NDA exam.


NDA Educational Qualification:

Below is the educational qualification for the candidates who want to apply for the NDA exam. The educational qualification is the same for both men and women:
 
NDA Wings
Educational Qualification
Indian Army 12th pass with minimum 60 % marks from a recognized board
Air Force and navy 12th pass with minimum 60% marks with Physics and Mathematics from a recognized board.
 

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NDA 1 & 2 Age Limit 2022:

Below is the age limit for the NDA 1 & 2 exams 2022. The age limit is the same both for men and women:
 
Exam
Age limit
Date of Birth Criteria
NDA (1) 2022 16.5 years - 19.5 years July 2, 2002, to July 1, 2006
 
NDA (2) 2022  
January 2, 2003, to January 1, 2007
 

Nationality:

  • Should be a citizen of India.
  • Should be a subject of Nepal or Bhutan.
  • Before January 1, 1962, a Tibetan refugee came to India to settle permanently.
  • A PIO (Person of Indian Origin) is a person who has migrated to India from one of the nations listed below to reside permanently. Pakistanis, Burmese, Sri Lankans, Kenyans, Ugandans, Tanzanians (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambians, Malawians, Zaireans, Ethiopians, and Vietnamese nationals would fall under this category.

Height and Weight for NDA: Indian Army & Air force

Candidates must adhere to the guidelines released by the recruitment bodies. These are the most important part of How to Join NDA after passing 12th. Individuals can comprehend the guidelines by using the following points and table:
  • The BMI (Body Mass Index) should be less than 25.
  • Males should have a waist-to-hip ratio of less than 0.9, while girls should have a ratio of less than 0.8.
  • Males should have a waist circumference of less than 90 cm and females should have a waist circumference of less than 80 cm.
  • All biochemical and metabolic parameters should be normal.
Height (cm)
Weight (KG) wrt Age (yrs)
Minimum weight for all ages Age: 17 to 20 yrs Age: 20+01 day - 30 yrs Age: 30 + 01 day - 40 yrs Age: Above 40 yrs  
140 35.3 43.1 45.1 47.0 49.0
141 35.8 43.7 45.7 47.7 49.7
142 36.3 44.4 46.4 48.4 50.4
143 36.8 45.0 47.0 49.1 51.1
144 37.3 45.6 47.7 49.8 51.8
145 37.8 46.3 48.4 50.5 52.6
146 38.4 46.9 49.0 51.2 53.3
147 38.9 47.5 49.7 51.9 54.0
148 39.4 48.2 50.4 52.6 54.8
149 40.0 48.8 51.1 53.3 55.5
150 40.5 49.5 51.8 54.0 56.3
151 41.0 50.2 52.4 54.7 57.0
152 41.6 50.8 53.1 55.4 57.8
153 42.1 51.5 53.8 56.2 58.5
154 42.7 52.2 54.5 56.9 59.3
155 43.2 52.9 55.3 57.7 60.1
156 43.8 53.5 56.0 58.4 60.8
157 44.4 54.2 56.7 59.2 61.6
158 44.9 54.9 57.4 59.9 62.4
159 45.5 55.6 58.1 60.7 63.2
160 46.1 56.3 58.9 61.4 64.0
161 46.7 57.0 59.6 62.2 64.8
162 47.2 57.7 60.4 63.0 65.6
163 47.8 58.5 61.1 63.8 66.4
164 48.4 59.2 61.9 64.6 67.2
165 49.0 59.9 62.6 65.3 68.1
166 49.6 60.6 63.4 66.1 68.9
167 50.2 61.4 64.1 66.9 69.7
168 50.8 62.1 64.9 67.7 70.6
169 51.4 62.8 65.7 68.5 71.4
170 52.0 63.6 66.5 69.4 72.3
171 52.6 64.3 67.3 70.2 73.1
172 53.3 65.1 68.0 71.0 74.0
173 53.9 65.8 68.8 71.8 74.8
174 54.5 66.6 69.6 72.7 75.7
175 55.1 67.4 70.4 73.5 76.6
176 55.8 68.1 71.2 74.3 77.4
177 56.4 68.9 72.1 75.2 78.3
178 57.0 69.7 72.9 76.0 79.2
179 57.7 70.5 73.7 76.9 80.1
180 58.3 71.3 74.5 77.8 81.0
181 59.0 72.1 75.4 78.6 81.9
182 59.6 72.9 76.2 79.5 82.8
183 60.3 73.7 77.0 80.4 83.7
184 60.9 74.5 77.9 81.3 84.6
185 61.6 75.3 78.7 82.1 85.6
186 62.3 76.1 79.6 83.0 86.5
187 62.9 76.9 80.4 83.9 87.4
188 63.6 77.8 81.3 84.8 88.4
189 64.3 78.6 82.2 85.7 89.3
190 65.0 79.4 83.0 86.6 90.3
191 65.7 80.3 83.9 87.6 91.2
192 66.4 81.1 84.8 88.5 92.2
193 67.0 81.9 85.7 89.4 93.1
194 67.7 82.8 86.6 90.3 94.1
195 68.4 83.7 87.5 91.3 95.1
196 69.1 84.5 88.4 92.2 96.0
197 69.9 85.4 89.3 93.1 97.0
198 70.6 86.2 90.2 94.1 98.0
199 71.3 87.1 91.1 95.0 99.0
200 72.0 88.0 92.0 96.0 100.0
201 72.7 88.9 92.9 97.0 101.0
202 73.4 89.8 93.8 97.9 102.0
203 74.2 90.7 94.8 98.9 103.0
204 74.9 91.6 95.7 99.9 104.0
205 75.6 92.5 96.7 100.9 105.1
206 76.4 93.4 97.6 101.8 106.1
207 77.1 94.3 98.6 102.8 107.1
208 77.9 95.2 99.5 103.8 108.2
209 78.6 96.1 100.5 104.8 109.2
210 79.4 97.0 101.4 105.8 110.3
 

Height and Weight for NDA: Indian Navy

Below are the height and requirements for the Indian navy:
 
Height in cm 
   Weight in Kilogram (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
 

Visual Standards: Indian Navy

Below are the visual standards required in the Indian Navy:
 
Condition
Vision Standard
Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6
Limits of Myopia -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia 1.5
Binocular vision III
Limits of color perception I
 

Visual Standards: Indian Air force

Below are the visual standards required in Indian Air Force:
 
Requirements
Vision Standard
Minimum distant vision 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass (for Hypermetropia) 6/6, 6/6
Colour vision CP-I
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 maximum)
Maddox Rod Test at 6 meters Exo-6 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
Hypro-1 prism D
Maddox Rod Test at 33 cms Exo-16 prism D
Eso-6 prism D
Hyper-1 prism D
Hypo-1 prism D
 

Application Process for NDA:

On December 22, 2021, UPSC issued the NDA 1 application form 2022 on their official website. The NDA form is divided into two sections. Registration is the first step, followed by comprehensive form filling, exam center selection, and payment of the application cost. Fill out the application form by following the instructions outlined below.
  • Fill in the essential information to register for the exam.
  • Choosing your favorite branches
  • Checking the specifics
  • Registration ID generation
  • Choosing an exam location
  • Payment of the application fee
  • Signature and photograph to be uploaded

As we all know entering the defense forces is tough and needs lots of effort, dedication, courage, and a positive attitude. Also, it's a prestigious and respective job with several perks and benefits. Serving your country with all your dedication needs a lot of sacrifices as well. Hence, it is compulsory to match all the eligibility criteria mentioned above to clear NDA  after 12th. Well said by General J.J. Singh: “We fight to win and win with a knockout because there is no runner up in wars”.

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Is NDA a tough exam?

Yes NDA is a tough exam. The candidate needs to qualify both the written exam with a vast syllabus and also psychological test.

Can we join NDA directly after 12th?

Yes, candidates can join NDA directly after 12th.

Which subject is best for NDA after 12th?

Maths is the best subject to qualify the NDA exam.

Can a girl join NDA?

Yes a girl can also join nda.

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