What is the age limit for NDA?

29th April, 2021 Published by: Saloni Bhatia Updated Wed, 16 Feb 2022 10:28 PM IST

The Union Public Service Commission sets the NDA eligibility requirements. Candidates who are interested in taking the NDA exams must meet the NDA Eligibility Criteria.The NDA's eligibility requirements are divided into four categories, each of which must be met by all applicants. The following are the four major aspects of NDA eligibility:
  • Age, Marital Status
  • Nationality/Citizenship
  • Educational Requirements
  • Physical/Medical Requirements
The above-mentioned NDA eligibility requirements related to age limit will be discussed in-depth in this article. Aspirants to the Indian Defense Services must fulfill the eligibility requirements for the National Defense Academy Exam. If you are preparing for NDA/NA (I) 2022 Exam and are looking for expert guidance, then join now: NDA 2022 (1) Champoin Batch.

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NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA Eligibility: 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: 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. 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 2003 and not later than 01 January 2006.

NDA Eligibility: Educational Requirements

  1. For Army, wing candidates should have studied up to 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
  2. For other forces, candidates should have studied up to 12th Class pass of 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 education qualification for males and females is the same in NDA eligibility.

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NDA Eligibility: 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.

Candidates must note that NDA eligibility for males and females is the same, except for the physical criteria.  For details related to expected physical criteria candidates must refer to the official notification by UPSC for all the details related to NDA eligibility.

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NDA Eligibility: Marital Status

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 operated Hernia, it should be operated before 1 year to 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 cms. 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.

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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 on 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 authorities would be final in such instances.
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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. 
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Who decides which people are eligible for the NDA?

The National Defense Academy/Naval Academy eligibility requirements are set by UPSC, which is the conducting body for the NDA Exam.

What is the minimum educational requirement to take the NDA examination?

Candidates must have passed their 12th Board exam to sit for the NDA/NA exam.

Is there a limit on how many times an applicant can take the NDA exam?

There is no mention of the number of attempts in the notification. Candidates will take the exam as long as they are under the age limit.

Are the candidates appearing in class 12th eligible for NDA exam?

Yes, candidates in their final year of high school meet the NDA age limit.

Is there some kind of physical or medical prerequisite for the NDA exam?

Yes, applicants must be physically and medically fit according to the requirements outlined in the official notification.

What is the age limit to be eligible for NDA Exam?

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.

Are female candidates eligible to apply for NDA Exam?

Yes, female candidates are eligible to apply for NDA Exam.

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