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NDA Notification 2024 PDF: Apply for NDA 1 From Dec 20


NDA Notification 2024: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued the NDA 1 notification 2024 on December 20, 2023. The online application submission for NDA I will start on December 20, 2023, and will continue until January 9, 2024. Candidates will be allowed to apply online for UPSC NDA I 2024 on the official website, i.e., upsc.gov.in. The NDA 1 exam will be conducted on April 21, 2024, and NDA 2 will be conducted on September 1, 2024.

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Applicants interested in this exam must fill out the application form from December 20 to January 9, 2024. The selection will be done through a written examination and SSB interview. This article provides all the important details about the UPSC NDA 1 and 2 exams. To know more, read this article.

Latest Updates: 
UPSC NDA 1 application form submission started on December 20, 2023, and will end on January 9, 2024. Download the official notification to know more and check the steps to know how to apply online.

— UPSC will conduct NDA I 2024 exam on April 21, 2024.

NDA Exam Notification 2024

Presently, there is an official NDA 2024 notification PDF released on December 20, 2023. Since UPSC announced the NDA 1 2024 exam notice, we have updated the same in this article.

According to the NDA 2024 notification, there is a total of 400 vacancies in Army, Navy, Air Force, and Naval Academy. UPSC NDA will be conducted for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC).

Old Vacancies: Earlier, UPSC released the UPSC NDA 1 2023 notification PDF on December 21, 2022, at upsc.gov.in, declaring 395 vacant positions for boys and girls to be hired for the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy for the year 2024.

NDA Exam Date 2024

The UPSC has released the dates for the NDA 1 and 2 exams. Candidates can check the complete exam schedule from the table mentioned below:

EventsNDA 1 DatesNDA 2 Dates
NDA Notification 2024December 20, 2023May 15, 2024
NDA Application Form 2024December 20, 2023May 15, 2024
Last Date to Apply for UPSC NDA 2024 ExamJanuary 9, 2024June 4, 2024
Application WithdrawlJanuary 2024To Be Notified
NDA Admit Card 2024March 2024August 2024
NDA Exam Date April 21, 2024September 9, 2024
NDA Result 2024May 2024September 2024
SSB InterviewTo Be NotifiedTo Be Notified

UPSC NDA 1 Vacancy 2024

Currently, there is no news on the NDA 1 vacancy. Keep an eye on this page for the latest updates.

National Defence AcademyArmy208 (including 10 for female candidates)
Navy42 (including 12 for female candidates) 
Air Force Flying-92 (including 02 for female candidates)Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (including 02 for female candidates) (Ground Duties (Non Tech) – 10 (including 02 for female candidates)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)30 (including 09 for female candidates)

UPSC Previous Year Vacancies

Earlier, UPSC released a total of 395 vacancies to be recruited from the NDA 1 2023 exam. Of the total openings, 352 belong to the NDA and 42 to the NA. The detailed breakdown of vacancies is given in the below table:

Name of the Post


National Defence Academy


208 (including 10 for female candidates)


42 (including 3 for female candidates)

Air Force


92 (including 2 for female candidates)

Ground Duties (Tech)

18 (including 2 for female candidates)

Ground Duties (Non-Tech)

10 (including 2 for female candidates)



Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)

25 (for Male Candidates Only)



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NDA Salary 2024

The NDA salary is INR 56,100 for the entire duration of training in service academies. Following successful training, the Officer Commissioned’s salary will be fixed in the first Cell of Level 10.

UPSC NDA Eligibility 2024

To be eligible for the exam, candidates must meet the following NDA 2024 eligibility criteria:

  • Nationality: The candidate should be an Indian or a citizen of Bhutan/Nepal or a Tibetan refugee or have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam.
  • Age Limit, Gender, and Marital Status: Both male and female candidates for the NDA 1 exam must have been born between July 2, 2004, and July 1, 2007.
  • Educational Qualification: Different academies have different educational requirements. Candidates can see the educational criteria in the table below.
AcademyEducational Qualification
Army Wing of National Defence AcademyPassed Class 12/HSC or equivalent from a State Education Board or a University.
For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the INA:Passed Class 12/HSC or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics from a State Education Board or a recognised University.
  • The candidates should be physically fit.

How to Apply Online for NDA 2024 Recruitment?

The online application form for the UPSC NDA 1 2024 exam will be provided on December 20, 2023. However, the NDA 1 registration will be active from December 20, 2023. Candidates must follow the stepwise procedure to apply for this exam:

  • 1st Step: Go to the official website of UPSC: upsconline.nic.inNote that the link might show that the connection is not secure for mobile users. So, go to “Advanced” and click on “Proceed to upsconline.nic.in”.
  • 2nd Step: Click on “Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC” and then on the relevant link to apply for NDA 2024 Exam.
  • 3rd Step: A new page will appear where candidates must fill in Part-I and Part-II to complete the application procedure.
  • 4th Step: In Part I, candidates must enter their personal details and other information to register themselves. Upon successful registration, a registration ID will be generated. This registration ID will be required to complete Part II of the NDA Application Form.
  • 5th Step: In Part II, candidates must enter their payment details and preferred examination centre and upload a photograph, signature, document, and photo identity.
  • 6th Step: Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • 7th Step: Click on Submit NDA Application form.

NDA 2024 Application Fee

As per the official notification, the application fee for the UPSC NDA 2024 exam is in the table below. The fee can be paid in both offline and online modes.

CategoryApplication Fee
SC/ ST candidates/ Sons of JCOs/ NCOs/ ORsExempted
  • Offline Mode: Candidates are required to submit a pay-in slip to any branch of SBI.
  • Online Mode: Candidates have to pay using a debit/ credit card or internet banking.

NDA 2024 Selection Process

There are two stages in the NDA selection process, i.e. written test and SSB interview. Candidates must clear the written examination to move to the second stage, i.e. SSB interview. After the SSB interview, document verification and medical examination will be conducted. Candidates will be asked to report for the medical examination based on the final merit list.

After selection, candidates must undergo training and, upon successful completion of training, will serve as an Indian Army/ Navy/ Air Force Officer.

NDA 2024 Exam Pattern

The NDA 1 Exam 2024 will have only objective-type questions. The questions will be asked in English as well as Hindi. Check the detailed pattern from the below table:

Subject (Code)DurationMaximum Marks
Mathematics (01) – 120 Questions150 mins300 Marks
General Ability Test (02) – 150 Questions
(English and General Knowledge)
150 mins600 Marks
Total300 mins900 Marks

NDA Marking Scheme

The NDA Exam has negative markings. One-third of the marks allotted to a question will be reduced on every wrong attempt.

Marking SchemeMarks AwardedNegative Marking
Mathematics2.5 Marks– 0.83 Marks
General Ability Test4 Marks– 1.33 Marks

NDA 2024 Syllabus

Candidates appearing for the NDA 1 2024 exam must prepare for Mathematics, General Knowledge and English Subjects:

  • Mathematics: Integral calculus and Differential Equations, Matrices & Determinants, Algebra, Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions, Statistics and Probability, Trigonometry, Differential Calculus, Vector Algebra, etc.
  • English: The candidate will be assessed based on the understanding of English and workman, like the use of words. This syllabus will cover Grammar and Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Antonyms and Synonyms.
  • General Knowledge: The question paper on General Knowledge will cover the subjects like Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

NDA 1 SSB Interview 2024

The SSB Interview comprises various psychological and intelligence tests, which will be conducted for 5 days. Candidates who pass the written exam must participate in a two-stage interview process administered by officials. Those who advance to the interview round must provide birth and pass certificates.

NDA Exam 2024 Admit Card

The NDA 1 admit card 2024 will be released on March 24, 2024, while NDA II admit card is yet to be issued. The candidates can download the hall ticket from the official website of UPSC. The hall ticket can be downloaded by logging in with the roll number or registration number. The candidates will not get any hard copy of their hall ticket via post.

NDA Exam 2024 Result

The written and final results are released online in two stages. A merit list for both stages has been released on the day of the NDA result. The results have been made available on the official website of the UPSC. It will comprise both the roll number and the names of the selected candidates. Candidates whose names will be present in the NDA result PDF are required to appear for the SSB Interview. 

NDA 2024 Cut-off

The NDA cut-off is the minimum qualifying mark applicants must achieve to pass the exam and advance to the next selection round. Following the completion of the hiring procedure, the cut-off marks for the written exam and SSB interview will be released separately. Candidates have to score at least 25% marks in each subject.

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FAQs on NDA Notification 2024

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the NDA 2024 notification:

Q: When will the NDA 1 2024 notification be released?

A: The NDA 1 2024 notification was released on December 20, 2023, while the NDA 2 notification is likely to be released on May 15, 2024, and this is the starting date to register for NDA 2, too.

Q: When will the NDA 2 2024 notification be released?

A: The NDA 2 notification will be released on May 15, 2024.

Q: Can female aspirants apply for the NDA 2024 exam?

A: Yes, after the Supreme Court’s interim judgement, female aspirants can now appear for the NDA 2024 exam. Previously, they were not permitted to apply for the exam.

Q: Can a married candidate apply for the NDA exam?

A: No, only unmarried male and female applicants are eligible to apply for the NDA exam.

Q: How many posts are available for NDA 1 female candidates?

A: As per last year’s NDA notification, there will likely be around 40 posts available for female candidates.

We hope that this detailed article on UPSC NDA Notification 2024 helps you. Feel to check our website or download our app if you have any queries. We will surely help you.

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