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  1. sir my 2 molar teeth one of ipper jaw and one of lower jaw has been removed will am able tp qualify the medical examination of nda

    1. Hello Anurag, in case of teeth in the medical exam, 14 points are required i.e., 28 teeth exactly.

  2. Sir i want to join indianairforce as a pilot but my height is 180cm sir pls tell me i am eligible for it or not

    1. Hello Narendra, According to your height you are eligible but there are other parameters you should also check. All the best!!!

  3. Hello! Sir/mam I just completed my 12th with science stream(PCMB) and in maths I’m fail can I eligible for NDA exam or not and if I will pass in maths through compartment then….plz help me sir!!!!

    1. Hello Vaibhav, you have to clear your compartment then you will eligible or NDA exam. But still you can give exam but there will be limitations since you fail in maths so you cannot fill for Airforce and Navy. You are eligible for Indian army only.

  4. Dear sir/maam,
    I am a 12th student with science stream but there is a problem that i got failed in maths and now i’m thinking to give compartment exam for maths i am a cbse student. So i jst want to know that will there be any problem in nda because of compartment.. need help plzzz

    1. Hello Prince, No, there will be no problem in NDA.

  5. Sir for NDA what should be height?

  6. Ma’am i am interested in bio rather than maths and i’m in class tenth so i would like to know the difficulties that i will face with bio as my subject for NDA examination and i’m not interested in maths at all

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Aryan,
      You will not get eligible for NDA if you don’t have Maths in 12th

  7. Hi sir, Girls can give NDA exam or not?

    1. Hello Kundan,
      No, girls can not give NDA Exam. The only way for girls to join Indian army is through OTA.

  8. I have myopia in my eyes near about +1.5D
    Am I eligible for NDA?

  9. sir my question is that why NDA eligibility is only for science medium?

    1. Hello Sri Papu,
      There are various reasons for it, like you know through NDA you will be recruited directly for as officer and one must have knowledge of science and maths for airforce and navy. For army, you just need to be 12th pass, they do not ask for science or maths.

  10. Sir, is NDA Exam the only way to join Indian Army?

    1. Hello Balaram,
      There are other ways to join Indian army like, rally and bharti organised by army, CDS exams and many more. Please visit the official website of Indian army i.e joinindianarmy.nic.in and click on the option “how to join” under “Indian army” in the header to know more.

  11. Hi mam. My name is Mahendra and I’m in 12th class. What should I do to join NDA? what type of questions are asked during interview? Please let me know.

    1. Hi Mahendra.
      As, you have mentioned that you are 12th class so, gathering all information regarding NDA is quite important as it is golden opportunity for 12th appearing and 12th pass out students who wants to join Indian armed forces. This exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year only for students who aspires become an officer in army, Navy and Air Force. If you are interested in joining NDA then first of all make sure you fit in the age limit criteria which is 16 and half to 19 and half years. Next thing is you will have apply online for this exam. This year’s NDA II paper was conducted on 10th of this month so if you haven’t given that exam then you will only get your chance next year. You can prepare for NDA 2018 exam. You have to be dedicated and hard working if you dream to join NDA. Interview questions are mostly based on your experience of 5 days SSB and what you have learned in these days. For more information on NDA interview just search for ‘Top 13 Traditional Questions Asked In NDA Interview’ in the search box of our website.

  12. Hello sir. I’m Prabhakar. How can I check NDA marks and rank?

    1. Hi Prabhakar.
      You cannot check NDA marks. UPSC only releases the list of candidates who are eligible for SSB Interview, not the marks or ranks. The aspirants who are short-listed for the interview get a call letter from the SSB centre on their e-mail regarding all the details of SSB. Even after SSB, candidates are not informed anything regarding their marks, they just say whether you are recommended or not. If you are you proceed for medical examination.

  13. Hi. I am from Mysore and my son is interested in joining NDA. I would like to know if a Karnataka state board student can apply and manage to clear the NDA Exams. How tough would it be for state board candidate to cope up with CBSE curriculum in NDA? Please advise.
    Thanks and regards.

    1. Hi Raghu.
      First of all it is really impressive to hear that your son look forward to join armed forces through NDA exam. Any state board or central board student can give NATIONAL DEFENSE ACADEMY (NDA) exam. Only condition is that your age is in between 16.5–19.5 years, and a student is either studying in class 12th or completed the senior secondary exam. It might be a little difficult for him to manage CBSE curriculum but if he is really dedicated then he can crack the exam for sure. He will have to go thorough NCERT books so that he will have the idea of the types of questions that are asked in the exam. The basic concepts of Maths, Physics will be same, all he need to do is practice a lot. If he’s really interested in NDA exam then we would recommend you to support him. Tell him to be focused on his dream and start doing hard work.

  14. Oinam Aristopher Meitei

    Sir my name is Oinam Aristopher Meitei. Recently I have completed 10+2 exam with science stream and I have score 52% marks but I failed in maths subject. It was my forth subject. So, can I apply for NDA written exam?

    1. Hi Oinam.
      As, you have mentioned that you have failed in one subject so, until you have cleared the compartment exam you will be considered fail in 12th class. Only when you will pass the compartment exam you can apply for NDA exam. Because only 12th appearing or 12th pass out students can apply for NDA exam.

  15. Hello sir. I am in class 12th (commerce) at present. So, am I eligible for NDA exam?

    1. Hi Saurabh.
      Yes, both 12th appearing and 12th pass out students can apply for NDA exam. But make sure you fit in the age limit criteria which is 16 and half to 19 and half years.

  16. Hello ma’am.
    Myself Vaibhav and I am 17 years old. Recently I filled up the TES form and I also got the call letter on 16 July 2017. I scored 93% marks in PCM and the cut off is set for TES is 85%. But I am not able to understand how can I start preparing for my SSB interview. I am not taking any coaching for it. Shall I take or not? What is the level of English required in SSB. Please provide me some tips so that I will start preparing accordingly.

    1. Hi Vaibhav.
      First of all congratulation on getting selected for the SSB directly. Now, what you need to do is first gather all the information regarding the SSB. The SSB will last for 5 days. The benchmarks on which the candidates are assessed include intelligence, personality, compatibility and potential. Hence, mental preparation holds prominence over physical preparation, although physical fitness will be an added advantage. SSB pattern is same for nearly for all defence exam like NDA, TES, UES. For detail information on SSB search for ‘Success Mantras to Crack NDA SSB – 5 Days Strategy’ in the search box of our website. During SSB maintain a confident and positive frame of mind and believe in your capabilities. Read interviews of those candidates who have cleared the SSB, it will help you a lot for sure. Don’t worry about the level of English. Yes, during the interview which will be the last stage of SSB you will have to answer in English but remember it’s not about how good is your English but how dedicated you are towards joining Indian army. This is the golden opportunity for you so give your best shot.

  17. Dear ma’am, what is the minimum % required in 12th class to directly get selected for the SSB.

    1. Hi Ankit.
      There is no such criteria. To join NDA you will have to clear the written exam and then qualify the SSB. The one entry, which I think you are talking about (direct entry after 12th) is known as TES or technical entry scheme. Its only for Science students who had Maths as a subject in 12th std. You need minimum 70% in PCM aggregate to apply. The cutoff is decided by army, and it can go as high as 85%
      If you make the cut, you will be directed called for SSB interview. And the rest of the procedure here onward remain same. So in this entry you don’t have to crack the written.

  18. HellO mam. I am Rajwinder singh and my age is 20 years. Mene mam +2(inter arts) mai math, economics and history english, punjabi se kiya hai aur mere 89% marks aaye hai. Kya mai NDA exam de skta hu?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Rajwinder.
      As, you have mentioned that you are 20 years old so, you have crossed the age limit criteria for this exam which is 16 and half to 19 and half. Sorry to say but you are not eligible for this exam. But don’t loose hope. If you really want to join Indian army then pursue graduation and after completing graduation you can apply for CDS exam. This exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year only for graduates who wants to join Indian army, Navy and Air Force as officers.

  19. Indrajeet Rajeshirke

    Hello sir. Is there any selection in Army, Navy or Air force on the basis of JEE mains marks?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Inderjeet.
      In Indian army or Air force no such selection procedure has been implemented. But those candidates aspiring to join Indian Navy through 10+2 B Tech Cadet Entry Scheme will now be shortlisted to join the force based on JEE Main scores instead of Class XII marks. Now, the marks obtained in the PCM in your 12th board exams will be invalid for this scheme and JEE Marks For B Tech Entry scheme will be considered for shortlisting the applicants.

  20. Hello mam. Please bto ki kitna % mark chahiye 12th mai airforce & Navy mai join karne kai liye.

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Vivek.
      There is no specific percentage criteria that is required to be eligible for NDA exam. Although you must have studied Maths and Physics in 11th and 12th if you look forward to join Indian Navy and Air Force.

  21. Prabhat Kumar singh

    namastey sir.i am 12th passed,with 55%marks in science.sir,i wanted to join “indian army” to work for my country.so sir thanks of lot to give the best advice for get succed in every exam,i shall following your advice to do best,thank you.and my father is indian army.

  22. Hello.
    It’s Ravikant. I’m studying in 12 class so, please give me some guidelines to get better % and tell me about NDA. How may I join NDA to officer rank as well captain in IAF?
    Thanks.

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Ravikant.
      As, you have mentioned that you are in 12th and look forward to join Indian Air Force through NDA. For NDA exam the age limit is 16 and half to 19 and half. Both 12th appearing and 12th pass student can apply for it. If you want to join IAF or INA then you must have studied Physics and Maths in 11th and 12th. For joining Indian army there is no such specific requirement. At present just keep yourself focused and work hard. For more information regarding the NDA exam read ‘Complete NDA Selection Process – How To Get Selected’ in our website.

  23. Can commerce students crack NDA exam, yes or no?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Aman.
      Yes, of course a commerce student can crack NDA exam if he works really hard. You just need to be dedicated and focused towards your goal. But you must be well aware that you must have Physics and Maths if you want to join Indian Navy or Air Force through NDA. Commerce student can only apply for Indian Army through NDA exam.

  24. Priyakanta samal

    Hi Mam.
    SSB interview mai kya hum Hindi bol sakte hain?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Priyakanta.
      In the SSB interview it is important that you don’t imitate anyone. Just be yourself. You have to speak in English there but if you find yourself stuck at something you can speak in Hindi but you probably have to come back to English again. There is nothing to worry about because they are not checking your fluency in English but more about your experiences and what you have learned in the 5 days of SSB.

  25. Hello mam
    My name is Mayank guru. My 12th result in 89%. My subject in maths group (math, physicus, chemistry, hindi, it/computer). But not in English sub. My 10th result in 86%. (Math,science,Hindi,English,So. Science,It/ computer). 10th English subject in 77% marks. I am apply in nda. Pls. Reply……

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Mayank, there is no such percentage consideration to appear in the NDA written exam. You must have cleared class 12th and your age must be between 16½ to 19½.

  26. Hello Maam,
    My name is Ashish rai and im 12th pass(arts).
    my question is, atrs students can join NDA?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Ashish.
      Yes, 12th appearing and 12th pass out student from any stream can apply for NDA. The only condition is that you must fit in the age limit criteria. And if you want to join Indian Navy or Air Force through NDA exam than you must have Physics and Maths in 11th and 12th.

  27. Hi Mam, My 12th physics mark is 35 practical-22 theory -13 but I passed 12th with 48%. Can I apply for Indian army through NDA?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Priyakanta.
      Yes, if you have passed your 12th class then you are eligible to apply for NDA exam.

  28. Debanshi Pramanik

    Mam what is the scope in army for girls?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Debanshi.
      Girls can join Indian army through CDS(combined defense services) exam only. Only graduates students can apply for this exam. The “Combined Defence Services” examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The eligibility criteria is different for Indian army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

  29. Priyakanta samal

    Hi MaM
    How many percentage to join Navy nda ?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Priyakanta.
      There is no specific percentage that is required in 12th class to apply for NDA exam. But if you want to join Navy through NDA then Physics and Maths subjects are compulsory in class 11th and 12th.

  30. namastey sir.i am 12th passed,with 75%marks in arts.sir,i wanted to join “indian army” to work for my country.so sir thanks of lot to give the best advice for get succed in every exam,i shall following your advice to do best,thank you.

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Subhankar. As you have mentioned that you have passed class 12th with 75% marks, you have a good opportunity to become army officer by appearing in the NDA exam. Apart from it, you can also appear in other exams of JCO/OR rank to become a part of this land based armed force. Good Luck.

  31. Namasty sir
    Meri matra bhasha hindi hai isliye main hindi me kahunga. ….
    Mera name tarun Singh hai ,maine 10th complete kiya hai,mai indian army ka officer banna chahta hu

    Sir mujhe kya karna chahiye …..
    Please bataaye

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Tarun.
      As, you have mentioned that you have completed your 10th class and are looking forward to join Indian army as an officer. The best option for you is to clear NDA exam if you want to become an officer directly but for that you must complete your schooling first. After completing 12th class you can prepare for NDA exam. The age limit for the exam is 17-19 and half years. At present continue with your studies and afterwards you can join Indian army.

  32. Sir what us meant by
    vision 6/6 in a better eye and 6/9 in worse eye.

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Swaraj.
      These are the numbers use to measure the visual acuity i.e how clear and accurate your vision is. It is a standard test in which you have read the eye chart from a certain distance. The first number is the distance you are standing from the chart and the second number is how well you can read the letters written in the eye chart as compare to the normal person. When you are standing at the distance of 6 meters from the eye chart and are able to read every letter as well as a normal person would read from 6 meters away you score 6/6 vision, that means you have normal vision. But when you are standing at 6 meters away from the chart but read like a normal person who would be standing at 9 meters distance than you have 6/9 vision. Having 6/9 vision means that what a normal person can see from 9 meters you find difficulty in it and can only see it from 6 meters away.

  33. Is the spectacles wearing student applicable for nda?
    Sir my spects no. Is -0.50 (myopia)

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Swaraj.
      Yes, the students who wear spectacles can apply for NDA but the vision should be 6/6 in a better eye and 6/9 in worse eye. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D.

  34. Sir, my ques is tht wht NDA Exam is only way to join Indian Army ?

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Suraj. Although, NDA exam is not the only way to join Indian army, you can also apply for Soldier GD and other posts as per your eligibility, but still i will suggest you to prepare for the NDA exam to get the officer rank.

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