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NDA Eligibility Criteria 2019 | Age Limit, Physical standards and Education details

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2019: The candidates who aspire to join National Defence Academy need to meet some qualification standards. It includes certain Physical and psychological standards and a specific age limit.

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Here we will discuss all the parameters of Eligibility Criteria for entering National Defence Academy.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2019

NDA exam is taken twice a year in the month of April and September. NDA trained people are deployed in Indian Navy, Armed Forces and Indian Army. To qualify for National Defence Academy, the aspirants have to follow the below specified standards.

NDA Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:
  • The candidate must have passed 12th standard in (10+2) pattern from any recognized board in India.
For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy
  • A candidates must have passed or appearing in class 12th or equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics by state board or any education board.

Prepare with NDA Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Age Limit

  1. To apply for NDA, the candidate should fall in a range of 16.5-19.5 years.
  2. NDA does not entertain any age relaxation in any form.
  3. The Date of Birth written on the Matriculation/ 10th pass certificate is only considered as the actual date of birth (DOB)
  4. For people, applying for NDA in the year 2019, the DOB should be between 2nd July 2000 to 1st July 2003.
  5. NDA accepts only unmarried male candidate applications. Female candidates are not allowed.

Physical Standard

For passing this test, the candidate should satisfy all the physical standards. These qualities are inherited from the parental generation. But a physically fit body can be achieved by a regular work on it like running, push-ups, sit-ups etc.

Here we will discuss the physical standards prescribed by National Defence Academy.


The height of the candidate should be at least 157 cms (5.15 ft ). For Air Force, the minimum height needs to be 162.5 cms (5.33 ft).

Note: A 5cm relaxation is given for Gorkhas in North East, Garhwal and Kumaon. For Lakshadweep candidates relaxation is 2cm.


Weight should be according to the height according to the Body Mass Index.

Below table shows the ratio of height to weight according to age.

Height in cmsWeight(16-17 yrs)Weight(17-18 yrs)Weight(18-19 yrs)

Height and weight ratio for Indian Navy Chart

Height in cms Weight(16 yrs)Weight(18 yrs)Weight(20 yrs)


The chest measurement should be a minimum of 81 cm. A 5 cm expansion is required after full inspiration (breathing inside).


  • A proper visibility of 6/ 6 is required for admission of NDA
  • For Indian Navy, myopia limitations is -0.75 and hypermetropia limitations is +1.5.
  • For Air Force, myopia limitations is -0.5 and hypermetropia limitations is +2.0.
  • Red and Green color visibility should be clear for the candidate.
  • No eye defect is acceptable.

Hope this article helps you to understand in detail NDA Eligibility Criteria and the educational and physical standards for cracking NDA exam.

Health Issues

Candidate who are suffering from any one or more than one diseases is not eligible for NDA:

  • Wax (Ears)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Condition of Overweight / Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Hydrocele / Phimosis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Piles
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Varicocele

Body Tattoos

Candidate must check that any permanent body tattoos are allowed only inner side of forearm. On any other part tattoos will not be allowed in any circumstances.

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NDA Selection Process

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