The NDA (National Defence Academy) exam, conducted twice a year by UPSC, is a big chance for people who want to become officers in the Indian Army, Navy, or Air Force. The NDA 1, 2024 exam is an opportunity for candidates to fulfill their dream of serving in these special branches of the Indian Armed Forces. Passing the NDA exam is an important step towards becoming an officer in the country’s defense services.

Overview NDA & NA 1st 2024
Exam Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Exam Name NDA & NA Examination, 2024
Exam Level National
Frequency Twice a Year
NDA 1 Notification 2024 Status December 20, 2023
Eligibility 12th Pass
Vacancies 400
Selection Process Written Exam

SSB Interview

Exam Language English & Hindi
Job Location All Over India
Official Website


UPSC NDA & NA 1st Exam – Important Dates

The UPSC Calendar 2024 mentions that the UPSC NDA Exam 2024 will be held offline on April 21, 2024. To remember the important dates for the NDA exam 2024, check the table below.

Important Dates
Application Starts From 20/12/2023
Last Date to Apply 09/01/2024 (6:00 PM)
Last Date To Pay Exam Fee 09/01/2024
Modify/Edit Form 10-16 January 2024
NDA I Exam Date 21/04/2024


UPSC NDA & NA 1st Exam – Notification

You can find the NDA & NA 1, 2024 notification and online application link directly in the table below.

Official Notification UPSC NDA & NA

UPSC NDA & NA 1st Exam – Eligibility

If you want to join the National Defence Academy (NDA) & NA 1, you need to be Indian, qualify for a certain age, and meet educational requirements.

Age Limit

Eligibility Criteria of UPSC NDA 2024
Gender Only unmarried males/females
Age Limit Born between 02 July 2005 and 01 July 2008
Additional age relaxation will be provided as per the rules of the NDA I Exam 2024.

Academic Qualification

Post Name Wing Name Eligibility for UPSC NDA & NDA 2024
(NDA for Male/Female) Army  Passed 12th Class or its equivalent examination
Navy Passed/Appearing 12th Class with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics or its equivalent examination



NA (Only for Male) 10+2 Cadet Entry


To apply, candidates should be unmarried and:

  1. An Indian citizen, OR
  2. A citizen of Nepal, OR
  3. A person of Indian origin who moved from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, or Vietnam and plans to settle permanently in India.

UPSC NDA & NA 1st Exam – Application Fee

For NDA 1, 2024, the application fee is Rs. 100 for general category candidates. SC/ST, female candidates, and wards of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are exempt. Pay the fee at an SBI branch in cash or through Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card, UPI, or Internet banking.

Application Fee
General / OBC ₹100
SC / ST ₹0 (Nil)
All Category Female ₹0
Payment Modes Net Banking, Debit Card, Credit Card, Cash E Challan (Submit at SBI Branch)

UPSC NDA & NA 1st Exam – Vacancies

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced job openings in the official NDA Notification 2024. The NDA 1 notification for 2024 came out on December 20, 2023.

Check below for the number of vacancies in each department for NDA 1, 2024.

Department   Vacancies
National Defence Academy Army Army – 208 (including 10 Female)
  Navy Navy – 42 (including 12 Female)
  Air Force Flying – 92 (including 2 Female)
    Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (including 2 Female)
    Ground Duties (Non Tech) – 10 (including 2 Female)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)   30 (including 09 for female candidates)
Total Vacancies   400

How to Apply for NDA & NA 1 Exam 2024?

Below are the steps to apply fort NDA & NA 1 2024:

  1. Go to
  2. Register using the one-time registration (OTR).
  3. Fill in the Application Form carefully, including your qualifications and personal details.
  4. Choose your exam center.
  5. Upload your signature and photos as instructed.
  6. Pick your payment method, online or offline.
  7. Review your form and submit it.
  8. Print the Application receipt for your records.