Jun 12, 2024

Cleared NDA Written Exam? Here’s What Follows

The National Defence Academy is joint services academy for Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of Navy, Air force and Army are trained before they go to their respective academies for further training.The registration form for NDA (I), 2018 has been released through online mode on January 15th, along with the official notification. The candidates can fill the same till February 5th. The examination is scheduled to be held on April 22nd and will open the door to those seeking entry in defence forces, i.e. Navy, Air Force, and Army.

Admission to NDA are selected through a written exam conducted by UPSC, followed by an interview conducted by SSB covering team skills, psychological testing, general aptitude, as well as physical and social skills, along with the medical tests.

The minimum education required to be eligible for applying for NDA is 10+2. The candidates who are eligible for the exam can apply through online portals available for the same.


The registration for the exam is done in 2 parts. Part 1 requires personal details, educational qualification, communication and other details of the candidates. After successfully completing part 1, the candidates receive a registration number. In part 2, the candidates are asked to choose the examination center and submit the fee for the same through offline/online mode. The candidates are required to upload the scanned image of their photograph and signature. After accepting the declaration, the candidates are required to take the print out of the filled application for further use.

Application Fee

  • Fee for General and OBC candidates- INR 100.
  • SC/ST/ and candidates of JCOs/NCOs/ORs are not required to pay any fee.
  • In offline mode, the payment can be done through e-challan of SBI Bank.
  • The payment through online mode can be done using Visa/Debit/Master card/ and Net banking.

Once the candidate appears in the written examination of National DefenceAcademy and successfully cracks the exam, he has to go through a second round of interview. The results of written examination are announced in 1 month after the written exam and the candidates get the offer letter for the next round of interview within 2 months.

The second round goes on for five days and includes screening test, psychology tests, GTO, and Conference.

Screening test: A candidate has to clear the specified cut off to be eligible for this test. The questions asked in this test (day 1) are pretty easy and include verbal and non-verbal types.

PPDT (Picture Perception and Discussion Test): Under this, the perception and articulation skills of the candidates are tested. Hence, it requires good presentation on behalf of the candidate. Once the candidate clears this test, he is assessed for next four days on GT activities, Interview and Psychology.

After successful completion of the above mentioned 5 days process, the complete medical checkup of candidate is done. Based on medical condition, permanent or temporary rejection of the candidate is announced.

After this, the merit list is prepared for the candidates who get selected in the exam based on their overall score in written test and interview. This merit list is released two months after SSB test.

NDA Written Exam or Interview: Which is Tougher?

The very step obviously is to clear the written examination based on which a candidate will get a chance to appear for tthe interview. Yet, it can be said that there are many who crack the written examination easily but are not able to make it up till the end of and after the interview test.

Written exam for NDA can be prepared for through coaching classes, regular studying and remembering the study material. On the other hand, when it comes to interview session, candidates are required to reveal their personality traits, which they cannot learn in any specific amount of time or through any books. During the interview session of five days, the candidates are examined closely with regard to their psychology and other traits which make them win or lose. There is no specific way to learn for this test or the candidate does not have any option to behave in any specific manner because it is the examination of their actual personality. Thus, the candidates are left with no choice but to be true and reveal the traits they actually carry both personally and professionally.

Yet, it can be said that clearing the written examination is quiet easy than successfully completing the interview session. A candidate with high level of IQ and alert psychological state gets the chance to successfully go through the interview test.

Once the candidate successfully completes the written test and interview session, he gets selected for further training in National Defence Academy. This eventually turns out to be the initiation of success as a result of hard work of the candidate.


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