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NDA Selection Process 2023

NDA is one of the most popular exams among young aspirants and a huge number of candidates appear for the NDA exams every year with a dream of getting commissioned into the Indian Army. NDA 1 2023 official notification will be released on 21st December 2022 on its official website for the course commencing in 2023.

In this article, we will look at the selection process for NDA exams to get a better insight.

Check NDA 1 2023 Official Notification

NDA Selection Process

The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year to induct cadets into the National defence academy later to get commissioned as Indian Army officers, the selection process involves 3 Steps, which are as follows

  1. NDA Written exam
  2. SSB Interview
  3. Medical Examination

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NDA Exam – Overview

Before diving deep into the details of the selection Process, Let’s have a closer look at the NDA Exam Overview

Name of the Exam National Defence Academy (NDA)
Conducting Body  Union Public Service Commission, UPSC.
Frequency Of Exam Twice in a Year
Selection Process
  1. Written Test consisting of Objective Type Questions
  2. Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)
Mode of exam Offline
Papers in NDA Exam
  1. Mathematics
  2. General Ability Test
Marks Segregation
  1. Mathematics: 300 Marks
  2. GAT: 600 Marks
Total No. of Questions
  1. Mathematics: 120
  2. GAT: 150
Negative Marking
  1. Mathematics: -0.83
  2. GAT: -1.33 marks
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours For Each Paper
Language of Question Paper English Hindi

NDA Written Exam

The First step of the selection process is the written exam which carries a weightage of 900 marks, student clearing the written exam are called for the Interview. There will be objective-type questions on:
Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Mathematics 2½ Hours 300
General Ability Test 2½ Hours 600
Total 900
SSB Test/Interview 900
  • The Mathematics & General Ability Test will be objective type.
  • The question papers of Mathematics and Part “B” of the General Ability Test will be set in Hindi as well as English.

NDA Syllabus 2023

For preparing Better it is crucial to know the Syllabus, hence we are providing you here the subjects and Topics that are asked in the written exam.

Paper 1 NDA Syllabus of Maths (300 Marks)

Algebra Matrices & Determinants Trigonometry
Differential Calculus Analytical Geometry 2D & 3D Integral Calculus
Differential Equations Vector Algebra Probability

Paper 2 – Part A – NDA Syllabus of English (200 Marks)

The syllabus covers various aspects like Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Paper 2 – Part B – NDA Syllabus of General Knowledge (400 Marks)

This test will consist of 6 sections. Candidates will have to prepare the basics of all these sections for the UPSC NDA 2023 Exam. The sections are as follows:

General Science
Current Affairs

NDA Selection Process 2023: SSB Interview

Candidates who clear the written test are called for an Interview which is quite tough and here your Personality and Intellect is analysed, the 5 days long interview decides whether or not you possess the qualities of an Officer. on clearing the Interview you get recommended by the Board.

The SSB Round consists of two stages:

  • Stage I comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception * Description Test (PP&DT).
  •  Stage II Comprises of Interviews, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference.

Medical Examination

Once the SSB results are out, the recommended candidates have to appear before the Medical Board,  It takes 4 to 5 days time for the concerned Military Hospital to complete the medical board and after that, the candidates are dispersed.  The President of the medical board will guide the candidates for Appeal/Review Medical Board procedures. Candidates may seek the advice of the President Special Medical Board for review/appeal in case they have been declared unfit.

The Final Call

Once the medical exams are over, a final merit list is made of the candidates who are declared medically fit, a candidate who makes it to the final merit list, without any doubt, will be part of the next batch of officers.

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FAQs related to NDA Selection Process 2023

Q1. What is the procedure for NDA selection?

Ans. The NDA selection process is of three stages – a written exam SSB Interview and Medicals.

Q2. Does 12th marks matter in NDA?
Ans. No, Class 12 marks don’t matter in NDA.
Q3. How many are selected in NDA?
Ans. The selection is based on the vacancies released. NDA 1 2023 notification will reveal the number of vacancies.

Q4. Is it necessary to score 25% in each subject in NDA?
Ans. Candidates are required to score a minimum of around 25% marks in each subject to clear the NDA Written Examination.

NDA Important links

NDA Syllabus NDA Eligibility  NDA Previous year Question Papers
NDA Admit Card NDA Salary NDA Selection Process
NDA Cut-off NDA SSB Interview  


What is procedure of NDA selection?

The NDA selection process is of three stages - a written exam  SSB Interview and Medicals. 

Does 12th marks matter in NDA?

No Class 12 marks don't matter in NDA.

How many are selected in NDA?

The selection is based on the vacancies released. NDA 1 2023 notification will reveal the number of vacancies.

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