NDA Notification 2023 - NDA & NA Recruitment 2023-24

NDA 2 Notification 2023 Released! Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the NDA 2 2023 Notification consisting of 395 vacancies on the 17th May 2023. NDA 2 2023 will be held on the September 3 this year. The application forms have been rolled out for the same. Applicants intending to join the forces can fill out the online application forms starting from the May 17th to 6th June by 6:00 pm. Interested candidates can check the detailed notification of the NDA 2 2023 exam below-

NDA 2 Exam 2023 Notification:-Download PDF Here

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is expected to soon release NDA 1 admit card 2023. For more details on the NDA I and II Exam 2023 visit the linked article here. 

The commission releases NDA notifications to recruit eligible candidates to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. The NDA recruitment is a biannual process to fill vacancies in the Indian Security Forces. The selection of eligible males & females will be done through written Examination and SSB interviews. 

This article will provide detailed information on NDA recruitment. Aspirants will know about the number of vacancies, examination dates, the process of application and other details mentioned in the NDA official Notification. 

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UPSC released NDA 2 notification on May 17th, 2023. NDA 2 exam will be on September 3, 2023. Candidates can go through the UPSC Exam Calendar 2023 for further details. 

Aspirants of various Government Exams can know the details of upcoming examinations on the linked page. 

Preparing for the NDA exam? Do a comprehensive exam preparation! Check the links for assistance- 

NDA Notification – NDA/NA Recruitment

The Union Public Service Commission conducted the NDA recruitment twice in a year. The NDA/NA notification is released by the commission to fill up the vacancies in the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force of NDA. 

The applicants were given a thorough handout through the NDA notification 2023 PDF which was released on 17th May 2023. The NDA 2 2023 application form must be read in order to obtain all the necessary information for the exam. The notification includes all of the exam’s fine details, which candidates must be aware of. The NDA notification 2023 contains all the necessary details for applicants who wish to sit for the exam, including eligibility requirements, syllabus, exam format, application deadlines and other information.

To download the PDF, you can either go to the official website or click the direct link and save it to your devices.

NDA 2 Exam 2023 Notification:-Download PDF Here

NDA Exam Dates

The UPSC has already announced the NDA Exam Date 2023 for the NDA 1 and NDA II 2023 exam as well as its yearly exam schedule.  To ensure you don’t miss the exam dates, review the table below for the NDA-I and NDA II 2023 crucial dates and mark them on your calendar.

Important dates related to NDA Notification 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 are mentioned below for aspirants’ reference.

NDA Exam 2023 Dates

According to the UPSC Calendar 2023, the important dates for NDA I and II are as follows:

NDA Events NDA I Exam Dates 2023
Release of NDA Notification 21st December 2022
Release of Application Form 21st December 2022
Last Date to Apply 10th January 2023
NDA I Admit Card Release Date 24 March 2023
NDA I Written Exam Date 16th April 2023
NDA I Result To be announced


NDA Events  NDA II Exam Dates 2023
Release of Notification  17th May 2023
Release of Application Form 17th May 2023
Last Date to Apply 6th June 2023
NDA II Written Exam Date 3rd September 2023

NDA Notification 2022 Dates

The Union Public Service Commission released its 2022 Calendar on 13th August 2021. According to that the dates of the NDA & NA examination are as tabled below:

UPSC NDA I and II 2022: Exam Dates
Events Exam Dates
NDA I Notification 2022 22nd December 2022
NDA I Last date to apply  11th January 2022
NDA I 2022 Written Exam   10th April 2022
NDA I Result 2022 9th May 2022
NDA II Notification 2022 18th May 2022
NDA II Application form  18th May 2022
NDA II Last date to apply  7th June 2022 (6 pm)
NDA II Application Withdrawl Date 14th to 20th June 2022
NDA II Admit Card 2022 10th August 2022
NDA II 2022 Written Exam   04th September 2022
NDA II Answer Key [Unofficial] 04th September 2022
NDA II Result 2022 October 2022
SSB Interview  January 2023 to April 2023

NDA Notification 2021 Dates

Through the official NDA notification 2021, UPSC has released the tentative date for NDA recruitment 2021. The dates is as follows:

NDA Notification 2021 dates 
NDA exam event NDA Dates 
NDA I Notification 2021 December 30 2020
NDA I Online Application last date January 19th 2021
NDA I Written exam 2021  April 18th 2021
NDA II Notification 2021 June 9th 2021
NDA II Online Application last date June 29th 2021
NDA II Written exam 2021  September 5th 2021 Postponed

November 14th 2021 New Dates

Aspirants of NDA examination can check the detailed NDA Salary and Allowances in the given link. 

NDA Notification 2020

The details of NDA Notification 2020 is as given below – 

NDA Notification 2020 
NDA exam event NDA Dates 
NDA I Notification 2020 January 8th 2020
NDA I Online application last date January 28th 2020
NDA I Written exam 2020 April 19th 2020 (postponed)

September 6th 2020 (new date)

NDA II Notification 2020 June 16th 2020
NDA II Online application last date July 6th 2020
NDA II Written exam 2020  September 6th 2020

Note – UPSC conducted a common exam for NDA I and NDA II 2020 on September 6th due to the postponement of NDA 1 exam because of COVID-19 disease.  

Government Exam 2023

NDA Vacancy 

NDA Vacancies 2023

The UPSC recently announced 395 vacancies in its notification for the NDA I Test 2023. Separate vacancies are released for various services, and for males and females. Candidates must note that these vacancies are provisional and may change depending on the training capacity of the NDA. The information regarding the vacancies by branch is provided below for candidates.

Sr. No. Academy Vacancies 2023
1. Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) 25 (Only for Male Candidates)
2. National Defence Academy
  • Air Force
    • Flying: 92 (including 02 female candidates)
    • Ground Duty (Tech): 18 (including 02 female candidates)
    • Ground Duty (Non-Tech): 10 (including 02 female candidates)
  • Navy: 42 (including 03 female candidates)
  • Army: 208 (including 10 female candidates)
Total 395

NDA Vacancies 2022

According to the announcement, there will be roughly 400 NDA positions available for the NDA exam in 2022. Female candidates who are interested can now apply through the NDA selection process. There are a total of 19 NDA seats available for women this year. This number represents the total number of female applicants that were accepted into the Indian military’s various branches. 

NDA Vacancy 2022 – Female Candidates
Branch No. of Vacancies
Indian Navy 3
Indian Army 10
Indian Air Force Flying – 2

Ground Duty (Technical) – 2

Ground Duty (Non-Technical) – 2

The detailed vacancy allocation for 400 positions of NDA II 2022, 370 of which will be at the National Defence Academy (NDA) and the remaining 30 at the Naval Academy (NA), is shown in the table below.

NDA/ NA Course NDA/ NA Vacancy
148th National Defense Academy in Indian Army 208
148th National Defence Academy in Indian Navy 42
148th National Defence Academy in Indian Air Force 120 (including 28 for Ground Duties)
110th Indian Naval Academy Course 30
Total 400

The detailed vacancies can be seen in the official notification: 

NDA 2 Exam 2022 Notification:-Download PDF Here

NDA Vacancies 2021

The commission has announced an approximate number of NDA vacancies for 2021 along with the official notification of NDA recruitment, which is as mentioned below-

NDA 1 2021 Vacancies

Candidates can go through the PDF below for details on NDA Vacancies-

NDA 1 2021 Notification PDF – Download PDF Here

NDA vacancies 2020

The UPSC publishes the NDA vacancies in detail in the official Notification PDF. NDA vacancies for different branches (Army, Navy, Air Force and Naval academy) are mentioned below –

NDA I 2020: Vacancy (Branch wise)

NDA/NA Course NDA Vacancy
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Navy) 42
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Air Force) 120 (28 for Ground duty)
145th National Defence Academy (Indian Army) 208
107th Indian Naval Academy Course 48
Total NDA Vacancies 418

NDA II 2020: Vacancy (Branch wise)

NDA/NA Course NDA Vacancy
146th National Defence Academy (Indian Army) 208
146th National Defence Academy (Indian Navy) 42
146th National Defence Academy (Indian Air Force) 120 (28 for ground duties)
108th Indian Naval Academy Course 43
Total NDA Vacancies 413

Candidates can go through PDF given below for the detailed NDA vacancies 2020 as given in the notification-

NDA I Notification 2020 PDF – Download PDF Here

NDA II Notification PDF 2020 – Download PDF Here

Find more links related to the NDA and other Defence Exams in the links given below:

Sashastra Seema Bal Central Reserve Police Force
Central Industrial Security Force Indo-Tibetian Border Police
Border Security Force Combined Defence Services

NDA Eligibility

The NDA Notification clearly mentions the eligibility criteria for candidates who can appear for the NDA recruitment exam. Aspirants willing to fill out the application form for NDA Notification 2023 must fulfil the prescribed eligibility conditions. 

The eligibility for NDA recruitment is as follows:

  1. Candidates must be a citizen of Indian Origin.
  2. Only unmarried male and female candidates can apply for NDA exams.
  3. Candidates born between 2nd January 2005 and 1st January 2008 are eligible to fill out an online application for NDA recruitment.
  4. For the Indian Army, candidates possess Class 12th pass certification or equivalent degree.
  5. For the Indian Navy and Air Force, candidates must possess a Class 12th certificate from a recognised board or university with Physics and Mathematics as a compulsory subjects.


  1. Candidates appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination.
  2. Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the 12th class or equivalent examination and are allowed to appear provided they submit proof of passing the 12th class or equivalent examination by the prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of Board/University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever.

Detailed NDA Eligibility is discussed in the given link. 

NDA Online Application

The application procedure for the NDA exam starts with the release of the NDA Notification. Aspirants are required to fill out the NDA online application form and submit the Application fee to confirm their registration for NDA recruitment.

The steps to fill out the application form along with the necessary fee is mentioned in the NDA notification. The application fee is Rs 100 and SC/ST/Sons of JCOs/ORs are exempted from fee payment. 

Aspirants of the next NDA recruitment process have to follow the given below steps to fill out the application form – 

  1. Visit the UPSC official website
  2. Go through the NDA Notification carefully and click the registration link
  3. Enter the required details (Name, mail ID, phone number, etc) for registration
  4. Choose the preferred branch
  5. Verify the details given and submit the NDA registration form, Registration ID and password will be generated and sent to the registered mobile number and mail Id.
  6. Complete the application form, select NDA exam centre.
  7. Upload scanned images of photograph and signature
  8. Agree to the terms and conditions and submit the application form
  9. Pay the application fee. 
  10. Save and download the application form for future reference.

Note – The application process and the application fee for NDA I and NDA II are the same.

Aspirants of the NDA exam can check the related links given below-

NDA Exam Pattern  

The Union Public Service Commission is the conducting body and reserves the right to set the exam pattern of the NDA examination. 

The NDA selection Process is divided into two stages-

  1. The written exam of 900 marks – is further divided into two parts – Paper I Mathematics and Paper II General Ability Test. Each paper is of 2 hours 30 minutes.
  2. SSB Interview – divided into two stages – Stage I – Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT). Stage II – comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. 
Code Exam Name Duration No. of Questions Maximum Marks
01 Mathematics 2 hours 30 minutes 120 300
02 General Ability Test 2 hours 30 minutes 50 200
100 400
SSB Interview 50 900
Total 1800

There is a negative marking of 1/3rd marks in the NDA examination. The detailed examination pattern of the NDA exam is mentioned in the syllabus page linked below in the article.

NDA Syllabus

The syllabus for both NDA I and NDA II exams is the same. The NDA syllabus is prescribed by the commission in detail in the NDA notification. 

The syllabus comprises Mathematics and General Ability Test. Candidates need to be thorough with Class 11th and 12th NCERTs for maths. 

The GAT has two papers, one is English and the other is General Knowledge which includes (History, Geography, General Science, Current Affairs, Chemistry and Physics). 

Candidates can go through the details NDA Syllabus and examination pattern on the given link. 

Aspirants of other exams conducted by UPSC can go through the given links for assistance-

UPSC Syllabus UPSC CAPF Syllabus UPSC CAPF Eligibility
IAS Exam UPSC 2023 NCERT Notes

Aspirants of the NDA exam and other government examinations can check the given links for assistance – 

Check details related to Government exams after 12th in the given link. 

For further assistance on preparation, strategy and tips, important books etc. look no further than BYJU’s. 

Online Quiz 2023

Frequently Asked Question – NDA Notification


Q.1. What is an NDA exam?

Ans. NDA exam is a gateway for candidates to get an entry into the Indian Defense Forces i.e. Army, Navy, Air Force and Naval Academy.

Q.2. Who conducts NDA recruitment

Ans. The Union Public Service Commission releases NDA notification and is responsible for the NDA Recruitment.

Q.3. What is the difference between NDA I and NDA II exam?

Ans. UPSC conducts the recruitment of NDA twice in a year, once in April and then in September to recruit candidates in the Indian Defense Forces. There is no such difference in the examination.

Q.4. Can I appear for both NDA I and NDA II exam

Ans. Yes, since the exam is conducted twice, candidates can appear for both NDA I and NDA II till he is fulfilling the eligibility criteria for the examination

Q.5. How to Register for the NDA Exam?

Ans. From the official UPSC website or the direct URL provided below, candidates can submit an online application for the NDA exam. To upload the online form, they require scanned copies of their picture, signature, and other supporting documents.

Q.6. At what rank do candidates join the forces after completing NDA?

Ans. After passing the NDA 2023 exam, candidates are referred to as a cadet during their time in training at IMA. Upon commission, the rank also changes to Lieutenant, and after two years, to Captain. Along with the increase in rank, there is also an increase in pay, which is based on levels ranging from 10 to 18


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