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Ripul Agarwal | Updated On - January, 12 2023

NDA 1 2023 Exam Details

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (I) 2023 will be conducted on April 16th, 2023. Candidates preparing for NDA/NA (I) 2023 have the best opportunity to join the defence force.

UPSC administers the NDA exam twice a year for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy as well as the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA 2023 accepts applications from both male and female candidates. The selection procedure includes a written exam and an SSB interview. In 2020, a total of 5.3 lakh candidates applied for the exam, with 2.4 lakh candidates taking the test. NDA 1 2023 Math Syllabus and NDA 1 2023 GAT Syllabus are discussed below in this article.

NDA 1 2023 Notification

The NDA 1 2023 notification will be made public on December 21, 2022. The NDA 2 notification 2023 will be made public on May 17, 2023. The NDA notification will be released to invite applications from eligible candidates who have completed Class 12 and are between the ages of 16.5 and 19.5 to join India’s defence forces. The NDA notification is in PDF format and includes information such as important dates, nda form 2023, vacancies, eligibility, exam pattern, and syllabus.

NDA 1 2023 Exam: Overview

The National Defence Academy 1 2023 exam will be conducted offline, complete details are given below:

Exam name National Defence Academy Exam (NDA I 2023)
Conducting Authority Union Public Service Commission
Exam Level National
NDA syllabus Maths and General Ability Test (GAT)
NDA pattern written exam conducted in pen and paper mode (offline)
No. of test cities More than 70
Exam frequency Twice a year
Exam fees INR 100 (SC/ST/Women candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempted from fee payment)
Eligibility  Passed Class 12 or appearing
Exam purpose Admission of candidates for Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy courses
Exam website https://www.upsc.gov.in

NDA 2023 Exam: Important Dates

The NDA 2023 exam dates are mentioned below, candidates can check out the important dates and start the preparation for NDA Exam 2023:

NDA 1 2023 notification 21-Dec-2022
NDA 1 2023 application form 21-Dec-2022 to 10-Jan-2023
NDA 1 2023 16-Apr-2023

NDA 1 2023 Exam Eligibility Details

The eligibility criteria for the NDA I 2023 exam is consists of Nationality, Age, Educational Qualifications, and Physical Standards. Through eligibility criteria are mentioned below:

A) NDA 1 2023: Nationality

A candidate must be unmarried male/female and must be –
(i) a citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iii) a person of Indian origin who has 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 with the intention of permanently settling in India.

B) NDA 1 2023: Age Limit, Gender, and Marital Status

Only unmarried male/female candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 2004 and not later than 1st July 2007 are eligible.

Minimum Age ➤ 16.5 Years
Maximum Age ➤ 19.5 Years

C) NDA 1 2023: Education Qualifications

(i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:—12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination.

D) NDA 1 2023: Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically and medically fit to meet NDA eligibility requirements. The table below shows NDA physical eligibility for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. NDA height, weight, and chest measurements are required.

NDA Height & Weight for Army and Air Force
The prescribed NDA height is 157 cm (For Air Force it is 162.5 cm). Certain exceptions apply to candidates based on their geographical origin. Girls’ NDA height is 157 cm.

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 65.0 66.5

NDA 1 2023 Application Fee

The application fee for NDA I 2023 Exam is tabulated below:

General/OBC 100
SC/ST/Women candidates/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs Nil

NDA 1 2023 Application Form

Interested candidates should complete the NDA I 2023 application form online. After the application form is released, a link to it will be provided on this page. The fee is payable both online and in person. Following the completion of the application process, a link to withdraw NDA form 2023 is made available. The following are the steps to fill out the NDA application form:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC.
  • Click on Part 1 of NDA form 2023
  • Register for the exam, choose the preferred branch, verify the details and submit the application form.
  • Registration ID and password will be generated.
  • In Part 2 of the NDA application form, candidates need to pay the application fees, select the exam centre, upload scanned images of photographs and signatures.

Direct Link to apply online for UPSC NDA 1 2023

NDA 1 2023 Vacancy

The vacancy details are given in the table below:

NDA Army  208 (including 10 for female candidates) 
Navy  42 (including 03 for female candidates) 
Air Force  (i) Flying-92 (including 02 for female candidates)
(ii) Ground Duties (Tech)-18 (including 02 for female
(iii) Ground Duties (Non-Tech)- 10 (including 02 for
female candidates) 
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 25 (for male candidates only)
Total   395

NDA 1 2023 Vacancy for Female Candidates

The Branch wise vacancy details are given below in the table:

Indian Army 10 
Indian Navy
IAF Flying 2
IAF GD Non-Tech
Total 19

NDA 1 2023 Exam Pattern

  • The NDA exam pattern 2023 is divided into two papers: Maths and GAT.
  • Both papers contain objective multiple-choice questions.
  • The Math paper has 120 questions worth 300 marks.
  • The GAT paper contains 150 questions worth 600 marks.
  • Each paper lasts two and a half hours.
  • The following is the structure of the NDA exam pattern 2023.
Paper 1 Mathematics 300 120 2 ½ hours
Paper 2 GAT 600 150 2 ½ hours
Total 900 270 5 hours

NDA 1 2023 Math Syllabus

NDA question papers for the Mathematics section are of Class 11 and 12 levels. Candidates can clear their math concepts by consulting the NCERT books for Class 11 and 12. The NDA 1 2023 Math Syllabus is given below:

Sets, Venn diagrams, De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation. Real numbers, Complex numbers, Modulus, Cube roots, Conversion of a number in Binary system to Decimals and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations, Linear inequations, Permutation and Combination, Binomial theorem and Logarithms.

Check here NDA 2023 GAT Syllabus

The topic-wise distribution of Questions in Math Subject

Calculus 20-25
Quadratic equation 20-15
Matrices & Determinants  30
Probability 10
Trigonometry 30
Complex number  10-15

NDA 1 2023 Marking Scheme for Maths

Total No. of Questions 120
Correct Answer  2.5 marks
Marks deducted for the wrong answer – 0.83
Total duration of Mathematics Paper  2 Hours 30 Minutes

NDA 1 2023 GAT Syllabus

The NDA GAT syllabus is divided into two sections. Part A contains English questions, while Part B contains General Knowledge questions. This section is worth 600 marks in total.

NDA 1 2023 English Syllabus

The question paper in English is designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English. The syllabus covers topics such as Grammar and Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Cohesion.

NDA 1 2023 GAT Syllabus

The NDA I 2023 GAT paper contains the following subjects:

NDA SSB Interview 2023

The SSB interview is divided into two stages. The following stages are described in detail:

Stage 1➤
Screening Test comprises Verbal and non-verbal tests and PPDT.

Stage 2➤
Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT), and Self Description Test are all part of the Psychological Test (SD). The Group Testing Officers Test consists of the following components: GD, GPE, PGT, HGT, IOT, Command Task, Snake Race/Group Obstacle Race, Individual Lecture, and FGT. Personal Interview & Conference is the final stage of stage 2.

Best Books for NDA/NA 1 2023 Exam

NDA/NA Maths & GAT Chapter-Wise in English Agrawal Examcart View Book
NDA/NA Maths & GAT Chapter-Wise in Hindi Agrawal Examcart View Book
NDA & NA 11 Years Solved Papers in English Agrawal Examcart View Book
NDA & NA 11 Years Solved Papers in Hindi Agrawal Examcart View Book

NDA 1 2023 Exam (FAQs):

Q1. What is NDA Exam 2023?

Ans. The National Defence Academy exam is conducted by UPSC for the recruitment of candidates in various defence wings such as the Airforce, Navy, and Army.

Q2. How many subjects are there in the NDA exam 2023?

Ans. There are Papers for the NDA Exam which contain various subjects such as Maths, English, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, and GK.

Q3. What is the exam date of NDA 1 2023?

Ans. The exam date for NDA 1 2023 is April 16th, 2023.

Q4. How to join NDA?

Ans. By taking the UPSC NDA exam anyone can join NDA.

Q5. Can girls join NDA?

Ans. Yes, Girls can join NDA.

Q6. From which year, the entry of female candidates was announced in NDA Exam?

Ans. The first female batch was announced for NDA recruitment in June 2022 NDA Batch.