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UPSC NDA (II) Notification 2024 Out: Apply By 4 June 2024

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UPSC NDA (II) Notification 2024 Out: Apply By 4 June 2024

UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Notification has been issued by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 15 May 2024 for National Defence Academy & Naval Academy. UPSC NDA 2024 Application can be submitted from 15 May to 4 June 2024 till 6:00 PM. Interested and eligible candidates can apply within the stipulated time frame by visiting the official website of the UPSC. 

A total of 404 vacancies have been announced by the UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 154th Course and for the 116th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). UPSC NDA Exam 2024 will take place on 1 September 2024 and the course will commence on 2 July 2025. Scroll down this page to get updates on the UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Exam.

UPSC NDA Recruitment 2024  

UPSC NDA Recruitment Notification 2024 has been issued with all the required details related to the NDA 2 Exam 2024 such as exam date, application process, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus etc. To get selected for the UPSC NDA (2) 2024, candidates must go through the two-layer selection process Written examination and Interview. It is recommended that candidates submit their applications ahead of the deadline to prevent encountering technical difficulties.

What is the NDA & NA Exam?

The National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA Exam) is a national-level test conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) biannually. It aims to choose suitable candidates for the Army, Air Force, and Navy wings. This year, the exam is scheduled for 1 September 2024, for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 154th Course, and for the 116th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) starting from 2 July 2025.

UPSC NDA Exam 2024: Overview

UPSC NDA Exam Date 2024 is out now and the application window for the same is open now. Candidates can check the table below to know the exam highlights of the NDA II 2024:-

UPSC NDA (II) Exam - Important Updates

Exam Conducted By

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Examination Name 

National Defence Acadamy & Naval Academy Examination (II), 2024



Application Dates

15 May to 4 June 2024 till 6:00 PM

Application Mode


Examination Mode

Written Exam

Frequency of Exam

Twice a year

Job Location


Selection Process

  • Written Exam
  • Interview

UPSC NDA Important Dates 2024

UPSC NDA Exam Applications can be submitted by 4 June 2024 and candidates should apply within the time limit. To know all the important dates related to the UPSC NDA Exam 2024, check the table below:-



Notification Release Date

15 May 2024

Application Start Date

15 May 2024

Last Date to Apply

4 June 2024

Exam Date

1 September 2024

Admit Card Release Date

To Be Announced

Answer Key

To Be Announced

Result/Final Selection

To Be Announced

UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Recruitment: Important Links

UPSC NDA Exam 2024 Notification is out for those who want to apply for NDA II. In the below table we are providing all the required links related to recruitment for your reference:-

Official Website

UPSC NDA Notification PDF 2024

UPSC NDA Apply Link

Course Buy Link

UPSC NDA (II) Admit Card 2024 

UPSC NDA 2024 Answer Key

UPSC NDA (II) Result 2024

UPSC NDA 2024 Vacancy

A total of 404 vacancies have been announced by the UPSC for NDA (II) 2024. Vacancies are subject to change and are provisional, contingent upon the training capacity availability of the National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy. The approximate number of vacancies to be filled based on the results of this examination will be as follows:

                                              UPSC NDA 2024 Vacancy 




National Defence Academy


208 (including 10 for female candidates)


42 (including 06 for female candidates)

Air Force

  1. Flying –92 (including 02 for female candidates)
  2. Ground Duties (Tech) –18(including 02 for female candidates) 
  3. Ground Duties (Non-Tech) –10(including 02 for female candidates)

Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 


34 (including 5 vacancies for female)

UPSC NDA Eligibility Criteria 2024 

UPSC NDA Eligibility Criteria has been detailed in an official notification which typically contains nationality, age limit and educational qualification etc. Candidates applying for the examination must ensure they meet all eligibility criteria for admission. Their admission at every stage of the examination will be provisional, contingent upon satisfying the specified eligibility conditions. Check the below points to know the NDA 2 Eligibility Criteria:-


A candidate must be unmarried (male/female) and must either 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 intending to permanently settle in India. 

Age Limit and Marital Status

Only single male and female applicants born between 2 January 2006 and 1 January 2009, are eligible to apply for the UPSC NDA (II) 2024.

The candidates are required to submit Proof/Documents in Support of Age Limit and marital Status.


  • The Commission will only accept the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary School Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of application submission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
  • Candidates must also be unmarried and can only marry once their training term is completed.

Note: A candidate who marries after the date of his application, even if he is successful in this or any later examination, will not be chosen for training. A candidate who marries while in training will be discharged and must reimburse the government for all expenses incurred on his behalf.

Educational Qualification 


Educational Qualification 

Army Wing of National Defence Academy

Must have passed 12th Class of the 10+2 School Education pattern or similar examination administered by a State Education Board or a University.

Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy 


Candidates of the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy

  • Must have completed the 12th grade with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics from a State Education Board or a University, or an equivalent programme.
  • Candidates enrolled in the 12th grade under the 10+2 school education pattern or an equivalent examination can also apply.


Candidates who qualified for the SSB interview but were unable to produce their Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original at the time of the SSB interview should send duly self-attested photocopies to 'Directorate General of Recruiting, Army HQ, West Block III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066' and for Naval Academy candidates to Naval Headquarters, DMPR, OI&R Section, Room No. 204, 'C' Wing. The submission deadline for this request is 24 June 2025. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the cancellation of their candidature.

D. Physical Standards

For admission to the National Defence Academy (2) Examination, 2024, a candidate must be physically fit according to the physical standards and guidelines set up by the various wings of NDA and by the Naval Academy. 

Online Allpication Process & Fees for UPSC NDA (II) 2024

Candidates willing to participate in the NDA (II) Exam 2024 must apply online by visiting the official website of UPSC. They will be required to complete the Online Application form, which consists of two stages, Part I and Part II. In case any issue persists during the online application process, candidates are suggested to read the steps mentioned below: 

Follow these step-by-step instructions mentioned below to apply online for the NDA Exam. 

  • First, visit the official online application portal of UPSC (a link for the same is given above in the Important Links section).
  • You need to enter your details in the “Part I” section of the application form.
  • Following “Part I,” a registration ID will be generated, and you can proceed to “Part II” of the NDA II application form.
  • Upload all scanned documents and signatures in the format specified.
  • Finally, pay the application fee and select the examination centre.
  • Re-check all details entered by you before clicking the “Submit” button.
  • Print the generated application number and a copy of the final application form for future reference.

Application fee


Application Fee

General and OBC Candidates 

INR 100/- 

SC/ST, Wards of JCOs/NCOs/ORs and Female Candidates

Exempted from payment of fees

Mode of Fee Payment:

The application fee can be paid online by Visa/Master/Rupay Credit/Debit Card/UPI Payment, or by using any bank's internet banking facility or in cash at any SBI branch.

Selection Process of UPSC NDA (II) 2024

The candidates who wish to join the prestigious National Defence Academy will have to undergo the two-stage selection process, which is further divided into two substages:

Stage I -  Written Examination

  • The written exam is divided into two parts: Elementary Mathematics and the General Ability Test (GAT).
  • In the written exam for Maths and General Ability, only objective questions (MCQs) will be asked.
  • Candidates must pass both papers separately.

To advance to the next phase, the candidate must pass a written examination.

Stage II -  Intelligence & Personality Test

Following the written examination, the next level is the SSB interview, which involves the Personality test/Interview. The SSB interview has two parts. An IQ and personality test is administered initially, followed by a psychology test that comprises an interview, group discussion, and conference round.

Note: Candidates who clear Stage - I of the Personality Test are permitted to appear for Stage - II.

Candidates who pass both the interview and the document verification rounds are eligible for the medical exam.

UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Exam Pattern

The NDA exam pattern serves as a guide for students, providing important details on the exam's structure and organization. Knowing the highlights of the NDA test pattern will allow you to optimize your study strategy and increase your chances of passing this difficult exam.

The written exam has two sections: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The written exam contains objective-style questions in both sections. The structure of the written exam and SSB interview is shown in the table below.


  • The papers will exclusively include objective-type questions.
  • The General Ability Test will be divided into two sections: English and General Knowledge. The broad Knowledge section will cover themes such as current events, history, broad science, and so on.
  • The duration of each paper will be 2½ hours.
  • The maximum and minimum marks will be 300 for the Mathematics Paper and 600 for the General Ability (GAT) Paper.
  • For each wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of ⅓ marks.

UPSC NDA Written Exam

Subject Code


Maximum Marks 





2 ½ hours


General Ability Test


2 ½ hours



5 Hours


The SSB interview is worth 900 marks, and the total marks for the written exam and the SSB interview are 1800.

The NDA SSB Interview, as previously stated, is divided into two stages, each of which includes an intelligence and personality test:

(a) Stage I: Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests include Picture Perception & Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on a combination of performance in the OIR Test and PP&DT. 

(b) Stage II: Interviews, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over a period of 4 days.

Syllabus for NDA (II) Exam 2024

Now that you understand the exam pattern, have a look at the UPSC NDA Syllabus to assist you in comprehending the topics and arrange your study and time for each paper accordingly. Every year, the syllabus for the NDA Exams (I and II) remains the same.  




  • Algebra
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra
  • Statistics and Probability

General Ability Test (GAT)

Part A - English

  • Grammar and Usage
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension and Cohesion
  • Error Spotting
  • Cloze Test
  • Synonyms & Antonyms and their Usage


Part B - General Knowledge

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Indian History
  • Freedom Movement in India
  • Polity
  • Modern History
  • Geography
  • Current Affairs (National & International)

UPSC NDA (II) Exam Centre 2024

The NDA 2 exam will be conducted at various locations throughout India. UPSC announces the NDA 2024 Exam Centres through an official notification. Below is a table listing all the exam centres for the 2024 examination:

                                        UPSC NDA Exam Centre 2024



Navi Mumbai



Panaji (Goa)






Port Blair



Prayagraj (Allahabad)




Almora (Uttarakhand)



Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)



Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Aurangabad) (Maharashtra)












Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh)











Srinagar (Uttarakhand)





Kozhikode (Calicut)























Gautam Buddh Nagar


Hanumakonda (Warangal Urban)

UPSC NDA (II) Admit Card 2024

The admit card is an important document that the candidates must bring to the examination centre. It confirms the candidates’ eligibility and allows them to enter the examination hall. The UPSC will issue the NDA (II) admit card 2024 one week priorto the exam date. Candidates can view/download their NDA II Admit Cards from the official website of UPSC.

Candidates can obtain their UPSC NDA II 2024 admit cards by following the steps outlined below:

  • Visit the UPSC's official website.
  • On the homepage, click the Admit Cards tab.
  • Click on the E-Admit card for the NDA (II) Examination link.
  • Enter your User ID and Password to log into the portal.
  • Now, enter the captcha provided on the screen.
  • Then, click 'Login' to download your NDA admit card.
  • After that, a new page opens where you will see your admit card.
  • You can save your admit card and take a printout for future reference. 

UPSC NDA Answer Key 2024

UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Answer Key will be uploaded by the UPSC after the exam is conducted successfully. Candidates will be able to download the UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Answer Key and raise their objections once the answer key is uploaded. Below you will find the direct link to download the UPSC NDA Answer Key 2024, once the answer key is uploaded:-

UPSC NDA Answer Key 2024 Link (inactive)

UPSC NDA Result 2024 

The results of the NDA & NA 2 Examination 2024 will be announced approximately one month after the written examination, slated for September 1, 2024. The commission publishes the results of each stage, namely the written exam and the SSB interview, on its official website. Following the steps below, candidates can access their UPSC CDS Results.

Step 1: Navigate to the UPSC website at upsc.gov.in.

Step 2: On the homepage, click the Written Result NDA & NA II Examination 2024 link.

Step 3: The Result PDF will be shown on the screen.

Step 4: Examine the details in the result PDF and use the Ctrl+F key to find your roll number.

Step 5: Save a copy of the UPSC NDA result PDF for future reference.

UPSC NDA 2024 Exam Cut-off 

UPSC NDA (II) Exam Cut-off Marks will be announced after the exam is conducted successfully. Candidates must score above the cut-off marks to secure their seats. Once the cut-off marks is declared by the UPSC, we will update the direct link to download the UPSC NDA 2024 Exam Cut-off Marks:-

UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Exam Cut-off Marks Link (Inactive)

UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Salary

Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training:

  • Gentlemen or Lady Cadets would be paid a stipend of Rs 56,100/- per month for the duration of their training academies, i.e. at IMA.
  • After successful commissioning, the officer's pay in the Pay Matrix shall be fixed under 10, and the time of training shall not be recognised as commissioned service. Check the rank-wise pay scale in the table below:



Pay scale/ salary (in Rs.)


Level 10

56,100 – 1,77,500/-


Level 10 B

61,300- 1,93,900/-


Level 11

69,400 – 2,07,200/-

Lieutenant Colonel

Level 12A

1,21,200 – 2,12,400/-


Level 13

1,30,600 – 2,15,900/-


Level 13A

1,39,600 – 2,17,600/-

Major General

Level 14

1,44,200 – 2,18,200/-

Lieutenant General (HAG Scale)

Level 15

1,82,200 – 2,24,100/-

Lieutenant General (HAG+Scale)

Level 16

2,05,400 – 2,24,400/-

VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG)

Level 17

2,25,000/- fixed


Level 18

2,50,000/- fixed

Military Service Pay (MSP) to the officer is as follows:- 

From the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier 

Rs 15,500 p.m. fixed  


The UPSC NDA (II) 2024 Notification pertains to the National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (II), 2024, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the selection of candidates for the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings.

The application window for UPSC NDA (II) 2024 is open from 15 May to 4 June 2024, till 6:00 PM.

There are a total of 404 vacancies announced by the UPSC for NDA (II) 2024.

The eligibility criteria encompass nationality, age limit, educational qualifications, and physical standards. Applicants must be unmarried males or females born between 2 January 2006, and 1 January 2009 to be eligible to apply.

The selection process involves a two-layered process: a written examination followed by an interview.

The UPSC NDA Exam 2024 is scheduled to take place on 1 September 2024.

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