NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021- Educational Criteria, Physical Standards

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021- Educational Criteria, Physical Standards

NDA exam will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit motivated candidates in the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force respectively. It is a national level entrance test that is organized twice a year i.e. NDA I and NDA II. It is a two-tier examination where after the written test; aspirants will also have to clear SSB Interview round. Before applying for the exam, it is mandatory for aspirants to seek their eligibility through the NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021. In this article, we’ll deal with the said criteria and associated elements. Aspirants are advised to stay tuned to this page as we’ll keep on updating information once the official notifications are released.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021

Candidates should follow the given NDA Eligibility Criteria 2021 carefully as mentioned below-


  • Indian Citizens or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan.
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • PIO who migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Zambia, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

Educational Criteria

Educational Criteria

Indian ArmyIndian Navy & Indian Air ForceAge CriteriaGender & Marital Status
  • Aspirants should have passed class 12th or its equivalent from recognized board.
  • Students appearing for class 12th boards are also eligible to apply for the exam.

Aspirants seeking admission in Indian Navy and Air force should have cleared class 12th/appearing from a recognized board or University with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.


  • Students debarred by Ministry of Defense from holding any type of Commission in the Defense Services are not eligible to apply.
  • Aspirants who failed INSB/PABT are not eligible for Air Force.

For NDA I, aspirants must have born between 2nd July 2002 and 1st July 2005.


For NDA II, aspirant should have born between 2nd January 2003 and 1st July 2006.

Only unmarried male candidates are eligible


Female candidates are not allowed.

Note 1 For Age Proof of the candidate, UPSC will consider the DOB mentioned on the matriculation/HSC certificate or any other equivalent document.

Note 2

  • Aspirants will not be allowed to get married until they complete their training.
  • An individual who marries prior to the date of exam will not be shortlisted for training under any circumstance.
  • An individual who gets married during the training will be dismissed from the service and will have to all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.

Physical Standards

Aspirants must be mentally and physically fit as per the medical standards set by NDA and Naval Academy Examination 2021. They can go through the given details of Physical standards for more reference –

Body Tattoos:

  • Aspirants willing to participate in NDA exam should not have permanent tattoos except on inner arm of forearm.
  • Tattoos on inside of elbow, on wrist, reverse of palm or any other part of the body will not be permitted.
  • Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on individual basis.

Height and Weight Standards:

  • The minimum height measurement as declared by UPSC is 157 cms (162.5 cms. for Air Force).
  • For Aspirants of Gorkha tribe and hills of North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon, minimum height standard will be 5 cms Less than normal.
  • For aspirants from Lakshadweep the minimum height can be reduced by 2 cms.

Height/Weight Standards for Indian Army/Air Force

Without Shoe16-17 Years17-18 Years18-19 Years

Height/Weight Standards for Indian Navy

Without Shoe16 Years18 Years20 Years

Note-1: Individuals with heavy bones and broad build as well as individuals with thin build but otherwise healthy may be given some relaxation on merit.

Note-2: Height relaxation is up to 2.5 cm. (5 cm. for Navy) might be permitted where the Medical Board states that the aspirant will probably grow and come up to the required standard on completion of his training.

There will be some extra physical requirements as a pilot in the Air Force. The acceptable length is as follows:

Physical Standards of IAF

Leg Length99 cms120 cms
Thigh Length65 cms
Sitting Height81.50 cms96 cms

Visual Standards

  • Distance vision (corrected)6/6 in better eye & 6/9 in worse eye.
  • Myopia case-Under 2.5D.
  • Hypermetropia case-Under 3.5 D including Astigmatism.
  • To rule out the possibility of any eye disease, ophthalmoscope will perform a thorough examination of the eye.
  • Aspirants should have good binocular vision.
  • The color vision standard will be (CP-III) for Army.
  • Aspirant should be able to identify red and green colors.

Eyesight Eligibility for Naval Candidates

Uncorrected without glass6/6
Corrected with glass6/6
Limits of Myopia-0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5
Limits of Color PerceptionI
Binocular VisionIII

Eyesight Eligibility for Air Force Candidates

Uncorrected without glass6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Myopia LimitNil
Hypermetropia Limit+2.00 D Sph
Manifest MyopiaNil
Tinoscopic Myopia0.5
Color VisionCP-I (MLT)
Astigmatism+0.75 Cyl(Within +2D max)
Near VisionN-5 each eye

Maddox Rod Test

At 6 MetersExo-6 Prism D
Eso-6 Prism D
Hyper-1 Prism D
Hypo-1 Prism D
At 33 CentimetersExo-16 Prism D
Eso-6 Prism D
Hyper-1 Prism D
Hypo-1 Prism D

Hope you understand the minimum eligibility requirements for taking NDA exam. If you are meeting the said criteria, you can apply for NDA exam.

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