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All Ways to Join National Defence Academy (NDA) in 2023

Defence aspirants who are looking forward to write the NDA exam in 2023 and join the National Defence Academy can go through this article for more details.

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces. It is where cadets from the Army, Navy, and Air Force train together before going to their own service academies for pre-commissioning training. The NDA is in Khadakwasla, which is near Pune in the state of Maharashtra. So, let’s talk about what you need to do to get into the National Defence Academy in 2023.

How to Join National Defence Academy (NDA) in 2023

NDA 1 2023 Important Dates:

NDA 1 2023 Exam Dates: UPSC will publish the NDA 1 2023 notification and important dates. Let’s have a look at the schedule for NDA 1 2023 exam.

Also Read: NDA 1 2023 Notification And Exam Date [Out Now]

Notification Release date21 December 2022
NDA 1 2023 Application Start21 December 2022
NDA 1 2023 Apply Last Date10 January 2023
Release of Admit cardBefore 3 weeks of exam
NDA 1 2023 Exam date16 April 2023 (SUNDAY)
Declaration of resultMay – June 2023
NDA 1 2023 SSB Interview DatesEnroll In NDA 1 2023 SSB Interview Course
SSB Interview Live Classes 3

NDA 2 2023 Exam Dates: UPSC will publish the NDA 2 2023 notification and important dates. Let’s have a look at the schedule for NDA 2 2023 exam.

Notification Release date17 May 2023
NDA 2 2023 Application Start17 May 2023
NDA 2 2023 Apply Last Date06 June 2023
Release of Admit cardBefore 3 weeks of exam
NDA 2 2023 Exam date03 Sep 2023 (SUNDAY)
Declaration of resultOct – Nov 2023
NDA 2 2023 SSB Interview DatesEnroll In NDA 2 2023 SSB Interview Course
NDA 2 2023 Merit ListJune 2024
NDA 2023 Live Classes 2

Training Period :

For Army Wing Cadets :

3 years at NDA + 1 year at IMA, Dehradun

For Air-Force Wing Cadets:

3 years at NDA + 1.5 year at AFA, Dundigal

For Naval Wing Cadets:

3 years at NDA + 1 year at INA, Ezhimala.

Cadets are offered one of BA, BSC or B.Tech in various streams as per their service.

The process to join is Written Exam->SSB Interview->Medical Tests->Final Merit Lists.

Let’s deep dive into the process

Also Read: NDA Exam 2023 Age Limits – Who Can Apply For NDA 1 2023 And NDA 2 2023


Age Group– 16.5-19.5 years (at the time course commences)

Education– Completed class XII or studying in class XII (and can get their marksheets prior to commencement of course) . Candidates who opt for Air Force or Navy as first choice must have taken Physics, Chemistry and Maths amongst the subjects in class XII while for Army wing candidates of any stream can apply subject to their passing marks.

If you are preparing for the NDA 1 2023 and NDA 2 2023 written exam and SSB interview, you can check SSBCrackExams online courses and mock tests.

Filling of application form :

Candidates will have to fill to fill the application form available on the website

There will be two parts :

Part 1: Registration where you will have to fill personal particulars, qualifications, preferences for choice of service . Fill the e-mail id and phone number which is permanently with you as only this e-mail id will be used while creating id on joinindianarmy website for SSB Interview. After you fill the part -I a registration ID will be allotted to you and also will be sent to you through your mail and phone number, note it down.

Part II: Log in with the registration ID and complete the fee payment. Then continue to choose your examination centre. After that upload your identity proof(one you used while registering), latest photo and signature in the format asked.

After the complete process is over print the slip for future references.

NDA 2023 Live Classes 3 1

Written Exam

There will be two exams

  • PAPER 1 – Mathematical Ability Test

120 Questions of 2.5 marks each

 Correct response +2.5 , Wrong Response -0.83, No response +0

Syllabus : Complete NCERT Syllabus till class XII plus some additional chapters like binary numbers, etc( for complete syllabus refer to UPSC notification)

  • PAPER 2 – General Ability Test

Comprises of two parts totalling to 150 questions of 4 marks each

Correct response +4 , Wrong Response -1.33, No response +0


  • English: 50 questions
  • General Awareness: A total of 100 questions from History , Geography, Polity, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Knowledge, Current Affairs .

Tips for Written Exam:

  • Make your own study plan after analysing the complete syllabus and previous year question papers, all available on UPSC Website
  • Make a list of topics you want to leave for the exam as risks should be avoided at any costs due to negative marking. And make other topics your strength by focusing on problem solving
  • Focus on clearing concepts from NCERT books as recently many questions especially in maths were basic definitions of terms.
  • Keep attempting regular mock tests and analyse your performances to work on weak areas. Focus on accuracy first and then move to speed.
  •  For current affairs follow the trend of questions asked from this subject and prepare as per that otherwise current affairs as a whole is too vast to complete. Same for other subjects.
NDA 2023 Live Classes 1

Result of written exam and SSB call-up letter:

Result of written exam is released by UPSC on its website through a pdf which contains the name and roll number of candidates. Succesful candidates  who have cleared the exam for first time need to register through their e-mail id(used while filling the form) on joinindianarmy portal within two weeks of declaration of result. It is mandatory for the candidate to register himself otherwise he will not get his SSB call-up.

On this portal will be the allocation of SSB Centres and a week’s time will be allotted to the candidates for selection of selection of SSB dates. If candidate doesn’t choose a date the System will allocate a random date.

After selection of dates usually call-up letters are sent to candidates by post.

But nowadays except SCS Allahabad none of the SSBs do so. Instead candidates are advised to download the common call-up letter available in downloads section of joinindianarmy website.

Candidates are advised to go through the call-up letter religiously and first arrange all the requisite documents and dress/uniform as given in call-up letter.

How to prepare for the NDA Exam?

SSB Interview Live Classes 3

SSB Interview

SSB interview is a two stage process

Stage -1(Day-1)

After document verification comprises of two tests

  • Two OIR Tests which are basic intelligence(reasoning) tests.
  • PPDT in which candidates have to write a story along with its details in 4.5 mins on a picture shown to them for 30 secs. After this candidates will be divided into groups and they will first narrate their story to group after which discussion on a common story will take place.

 Results will be announced after candidates and candidates who make it will stay for stage -2 ending with conference on 5th day and rest will be dropped at the gates.

As stage -II is quite a big process to explain here candidates can refer to 5 Days Complete SSB Interview Procedure: Everything You Need To Know

For preparation candidates can get SSB Online Course for all tests from SSBCrackExams.

As you saw in blog I referred above that candidates who get recommended stay for medicals and of those who opted for Flying branch of IAF first appear for CPSS then their medicals take place.


A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates are admitted to the academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. However the candidates declared unfit are intimated by the President of the Medical Board and the procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board also intimated to the candidate. Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board are intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.

NDA 2023 Live Classes 2

Final Merit List :

UPSC will release final merit lists as per aggregate of marks obtained in written exam and SSB Interview. This list will contain name of all those candidates who were recommended by the SSBs.

Joining Letters:

The academy will issue joining letters as per the merit list only to those candidates who are medically fit.


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Ashish Tiwari
Ashish Tiwari
Intern at SSBCrackExams. Maths Undergrad and Defence Aspirant, been to SSB 4 times for NDA Entry. Enjoy reading novels and playing cricket
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