NDA Selection Procedure Details

NDA Selection Procedure Overview: The National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy (NA) Exam-II is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Eligible candidates apply online, with a minimum educational qualification requirement of passing the 12th class in the 10+2 pattern. The selection process involves a Written Test and an SSB (Services Selection Board) Interview. The specific details are as follows…

Selection Procedure:

  • UPSC conducts  NDA (National Defence Academy)  Exam in Two Stages.
  • I. Written Examination: The examination will comprise two subjects, namely Mathematics and General Ability Test. Each subject has a time limit of 2 ½ hours, with a maximum of 300 marks for Mathematics and 600 marks for General Ability. All subject papers will consist of objective-type questions. The question papers for Mathematics and Part B of the General Ability Test will be provided in both Hindi and English. The Commission holds the discretion to determine qualifying marks in any or all subjects of the examination.
  • II. Interview: Candidates who qualify in the written examination will be invited for an Interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). For Army, Navy Wings, and 10+2 Entry Scheme, candidates are required to undergo both Intelligence Test and Personality Test. However, for the Air Force Wing, candidates must participate in a Pilot Aptitude Test. The interview encompasses both Intelligence and Personality Tests.

Intelligence and Personality Test:

  • The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process-stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are :
  • Stage I – comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in QIR Test and PP and DT.
  • Stage II –Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.
  • The assessment of a candidate’s personality involves three different assessors: the Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO), and the Psychologist. Each test does not carry separate weightage; instead, marks are allocated by assessors considering the candidate’s overall performance in all the tests. Additionally, marks for the Conference are assigned based on the candidate’s initial performance in the three techniques and the Board’s decision. All these components have equal weightage.
  • The various tests conducted by IO, GTO, and Psych are structured to unveil the presence or absence of Officer-Like Qualities and assess the trainability of a candidate. Based on these evaluations, candidates are categorized as Recommended or Not Recommended during the SSB.
  • N.B: Candidates for the Air Force undergo the Pilot Aptitude Test only once. Those who qualify in this test proceed to participate in every subsequent interview.

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