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Ripul Agarwal | Updated On - January, 14 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:

Type Details 
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:

Events  NDA 1 Exam Date 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.

NDA Height (in cms) NDA Weight (in kgs)
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:

Category Fees (In INR)
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:

Academy Wings No. of Vacancies
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:

NDA Wings Number of Vacancies
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.
Papers Subject Maximum marks No. of Questions Duration
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.

Concept of a real valued function, domain, range and graph of a function. Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits, Continuity of functions, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative-application. Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function. Second order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima

Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.

Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves-applications.

Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of differential equations, solution of first order and first-degree differential equations of various types—examples. Application in problems of growth and decay.

Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians. Trigonometric ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.

Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude, and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, the addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product, or dot product of two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.

Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system, Distance formula, Equation of a line in various forms. The angle between two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard and in a general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three-dimensional space, the distance between two marks. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation of a sphere.

Probability: Random experiment, outcomes, and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary, and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical—examples. Elementary theorems on probability-simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binomial distribution.

Check here NDA 2023 GAT Syllabus

The topic-wise distribution of Questions in Math Subject

Topic Questions
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 Marks 300 Marks
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:

  • Physical Properties and States of Matter
  • Mass
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Density and Specific Gravity
  • Principle of Archimedes
  • Pressure Barometer
  • Motion of objects
  • Velocity and Acceleration
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Force and Momentum
  • Parallelogram of Forces
  • Stability and Equilibrium of bodies
  • Gravitation
  • Elementary ideas of work
  • Power and Energy
  • Effects of Heat
  • Measurement of Temperature and Heat
  • Modes of transference of Heat
  • Sound waves and their properties
  • Simple musical instruments
  • Rectilinear propagation of Light
  • Reflection and refraction
  • Spherical mirrors and Lenses
  • Human Eye
  • Natural and Artificial Magnets
  • Properties of a Magnet
  • Earth as a Magnet
  • Static and Current Electricity
  • Conductors and Non-conductors
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Simple Electrical Circuits
  • Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current
  • Measurement of Electrical Power
  • Primary and Secondary Cells
  • Use of X-Rays
  • General Principles in the working of the following:
    • Simple Pendulum,
    • Simple Pulleys,
    • Siphon, Levers,
    • Balloon,
    • Pumps,
    • Hydrometer,
    • Pressure Cooker,
    • Thermos Flask,
    • Gramophone,
    • Telegraphs,
    • Telephone,
    • Periscope,
    • Telescope,
    • Microscope,
    • Mariner’s Compass;
    • Lightning Conductors,
    • Safety Fuses.
  • Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts. Carbon— different forms
  • Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial
  • Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gunpowder
  • Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom
  • Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights
  • Valency
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
  • Elements
  • Mixtures and Compounds
  • Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equation
  • Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems)
  • Properties of Air and Water
  • Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention
  • Food-Source of Energy for man
  • Constituents of food
  • Balanced Diet
  • The Solar System-Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists
  • Difference between the living and non-living
  • Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues
  • Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals
  • Elementary knowledge of the Human Body and its important organs
  • Forces shaping the modern world: The Renaissance
  • Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution
  • Impact of Science and Technology on Society
  • Concept of one World
  • United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism
  • Role of India in the present world
  • A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation
  • Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Freedom Movement in India
  • Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration
  • Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Co-operatives and Community Development
  • Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State
  • The Earth, its shape and size
  • Latitudes and Longitudes
  • Concept of time
  • International Date Line
  • Movements of Earth and their effects
  • Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification
  • Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Earth’s Functioning - Ocean Currents, Tides, Atmosphere and its composition, Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anticyclones, Humidity, Condensation and Precipitation
  • Types of Climates
  • Major Natural regions of the World
  • Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities
  • Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India
  • Main items of Imports and Exports of India
  • Important events in India in recent years
  • Prominent personalities
  • Current important world events

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

Book Name Publisher Buy Link
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.