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NDA eligibility criteria are specified by UPSC in the NDA official notification. It includes factors like nationality, age limit, educational qualification, and physical & medical requirements. The age criteria for the NDA exam are between 16 to 19 years. Candidates who have passed or are either appearing for the class 12th exam are eligible to fill in the NDA Application Form.NDA Current Affairs

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NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023: Highlights

NDA eligibility criteria highlights for the 2023 exam are provided below in the table:

Name of the ExamNDA
NDA Full FormNational Defence Academy
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
Exam LevelNational
Gender and Marital RequirementsUnmarried Female and Male
NDA Age LimitUpper Age – 18.7 years
Lower Age – 15.7 years
NDA Educational QualificationsArmy Wing – Pass certificate in the 10+2 exam
For Air Force and Naval Wings – Passing Certification of Class 12th exam with Physics and Mathematics
Selection ProcessWritten Test
SSB Interview
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NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023

As per the female eligibility criteria stated in the NDA notification, the age limit, educational qualification, & marital status requirements for female candidates is the same as for male candidates. The details of both are given below.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023: Nationality

All the candidates including females need to meet the criteria with regard to nationality to be eligible for the NDA application. The candidate must be either one of the following:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently
  • A PIO (Person of Indian origin) is someone who has migrated from the countries specified below, with the intention of permanently settling in India. The nationals from the following countries would fall under this category such as Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Vietnam.
Note: It must be noted that all foreign nationals are required to produce a certificate of NDA eligibility issued by the Government of India. This certificate will however not be needed in the case of those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
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NDA Age Limit

To know detailed information about the NDA age limit, go through the following table.

  • Unmarried males/ females born not earlier than July 1, 2004, and not later than July 1, 2006, are eligible for the NDA 1 exam.
  • Unmarried males/ females born not earlier than January 2, 2005, and not later than January 2, 2008, are eligible for the NDA 2 exam.
  • Married candidates are ineligible to apply for the NDA Exam.
  • The date of birth mentioned in the application must be the same as that mentioned in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.
Note: Any candidate who clears the exam and is selected for NDA has to do an undertaking to not marry until the completion of the training. Failure to observe this condition would cause the debarment of the candidate from NDA. Additionally, any charge incurred on him by the government would be required to be refunded.
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NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023: Educational Qualification

The academic qualifications vary slightly according to the post that the candidate has applied for. The details of the educational qualification requirements for different posts are specified below.

NDA PostsRequired NDA Educational Criteria
Army Wing of NDA ExamPass certificate in 10+2 exam from a recognized board or University.
Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence AcademyCandidates should have passed their 10+2 or equivalent from State Education Board or University with Physics and Mathematics.
10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval AcademyCandidates should have passed their 10+2 or equivalent from State Education Board or University with Physics and Mathematics.
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NDA 2023 Physical Fitness and Medical Standards

There are certain requirements pertaining to physical fitness or features that must be fulfilled by the candidate at the time of submitting the NDA Application forms.

  • The NDA eligibility criteria for physical fitness vary slightly according to the post for which the candidate is applying.
  • It must be understood that if a candidate has resigned or withdrawn from any of the training academies of the Armed Forces, on disciplinary grounds, he/she will not be eligible to apply for the NDA exam 2023. Read about NDA admit card

The required NDA Physical Criteria are listed below.

NDA Physical Fitness: Undesirable Health Issues

The candidate must not be suffering from any of these minor conditions at the time of the NDA medical exam as that would lead to the candidate’s ineligibility:

  • Wax (Ears)
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Hydrocele / Phimosis
  • Condition of Overweight / Underweight
  • Under Sized Chest
  • Piles
  • Tonsillitis
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Varicocele

NDA Physical Fitness: Case of Body Tattoos

  • The candidates must ensure that the permanent body tattoos (if there) should only be present on the inner side of the forearm.
  • Under no circumstances the UPSC will accept tattoos on the inside of the elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of the hand.
  • Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are also not acceptable.
  • In case the candidate happens to belong to a tribe where it is customary to have tattoo marks on the face or body, acceptance will be granted on a case-to-case basis, considering the traditions involved. The decision of authorities would be final in such instances.

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NDA 2023 Height and Weight Requirements For Applicants

Candidates need to follow the guidelines laid down by the recruitment body. Individuals can understand the guidelines with the help of points and the table mentioned below:

  • Body Mass Index should be below 25.
  • The Waist to Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females.
  • Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females.
  • All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits.

The details in this regard are discussed below.

Height (cm)Weight (KG) wrt Age (yrs)
Minimum weight for all agesAge: 17 to 20 yrsAge: 20+01 day – 30 yrsAge: 30 + 01 day – 40 yrsAge: Above 40 yrs
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Note: There are some important points to know before applying to the NDA exam 2023:

  • If a candidate’s weight will be less than the minimum number, then he/she will be rejected (not in some exceptions mentioned below). Weights higher than the acceptable limit will be acceptable only in the case of candidates with documented evidence of bodybuilding, wrestling, and boxing at the National level. In such cases, the following criteria will have to be met.
  • The height and weight of candidates below 17 years will be followed as per guidelines by ‘The Indian Academy of Paediatrics growth charts for height, weight, and BMI for 05 Years to 16 Years old children’ amended from time to time.
  • The minimum height required for male candidates for entry into the Armed Forces is 157 cm or as decided by the respective recruiting agency. Gorkhas and candidates belonging to the Hills of North Eastern region of India. Garhwal and Kumaon will be accepted with a minimum height of 152 cm.
  • An allowance for growth of 02 cm will be made for candidates below 18 yrs of age at the time of examination. The minimum height requirement for the Flying Branch is 163 cm. Anthropometric standards like sitting height, leg length, and thigh length are also required by the Flying Branch.

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NDA Height and Weight Requirements for Air Force

Candidates applying for Air Force should know the required height and weight standards in advance to avoid any unwanted problems. A 10% variation on the higher side of the average is acceptable. The required standards are mentioned in the table below:

Height in cmWeight in Kg
16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years
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In case, the candidate wishes to be a pilot in the Air Force, the minimum height requirement for the Flying Branch is 163 cm. Candidates who want to apply for the Flying Branch must keep the following requirements in mind, due to the constraints of the flying vehicle:

  • Leg Length: Minimum of 99 cms and Maximum of 120 cms
  • Thigh Length: Minimum is not applicable while Maximum of 64 cms
  • Sitting Height: Minimum of 81.50 cm and Maximum of 96 cm

Note: Weights higher than the stated limit will be acceptable only in exceptional circumstances in case of those candidates who have documented evidence of bodybuilding, wrestling, and boxing. However, in such cases, the following criteria will have to be met:

(a) BMI should be below 27.

(b) The Waist to Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and 0.8 for females.

(c) Waist circumference should be less than 94 cm for males and 89 cm for females.

(d) All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits.

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NDA Height and Weight Requirements for Indian Navy

Weights higher than the acceptable limit will be acceptable only in the case of candidates with documented evidence of bodybuilding, wrestling, and boxing at the National level. In such cases, the following criteria will have to be met.

  • Body Mass Index should be below 25.
  • The Waist to Hip ratio should be below 0.9 for males and females.
  • Waist Circumference should be less than 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females.
  • All biochemical metabolic parameters should be within normal limits.

The standards are different for Navy posts and the particulars are summarized below:

Height in cmWeight in Kg
16 years18 years20 years
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NDA Other Eligibility and Conditions 2023

There are some medical conditions that are not acceptable and it will lead to the rejection of the application. Candidates must be aware of the following conditions in advance to avoid rejection.

  • It must, however, be ensured that the candidate is in good health.
  • There should be no evidence of weak constitution, imperfect development of any system, or any congenital deformities/ diseases/syndrome or malformation.
  • No swelling/s including tumors/cysts/ swollen lymph node/s anywhere on the body. No sinus/es or fistula anywhere on the body.
  • No hyper or hypopigmentation or any other disease/syndrome/disability of the skin.
  • No hernia anywhere on the body. #NDA Eligibility Criteria
  • No scars that can impair functioning and cause significant disfigurement.
  • No arterio-venous malformation anywhere in/on the body.
  • No malformation of the head and face including asymmetry, deformity from fracture or depression of the bones of the skull; or scars indicating old operative interference and malformation like sinuses and fistulae, etc.
  • No impairment of vision including color perception and field of vision.
  • No hearing impairment, deformities/disabilities in-ears the vestibule-cochlear system.
  • No impediment of speech due to any etiology.
  • No disease/disability/ congenital anomaly/syndrome of the bones or cartilages of the nose, palate, nasal polyps, or disease of the nasoPharynx, uvula, and accessory sinuses.
  • There should be no nasal deformity and no features of chronic tonsillitis.
  • No disease of the digestive system including any abnormality of the liver, or pancreas in endocrinal, congenital, hereditary, or genetic diseases /syndromes and disabilities.
  • No diseases/syndrome/disability of any endocrinal system, or reticuloendothelial system.
  • No diseases/ syndrome/ disability of the genito-urinary system including malformations, atrophy/hypertrophy of any organ or gland.
  • No active, latent, or congenital venereal disease.
  • No history or evidence of mental disease, epilepsy, incontinence of urine, or enuresis.
  • No disease/deformity/syndrome of the musculoskeletal system and joints including skull, spine, and limbs.
  • There is no congenital or hereditary disease/ syndrome/disability.

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NDA Medical and Physical Criteria: Dental Conditions

The presence of any of these dental conditions will lead to the rejection of the application:

  • Incipient pathological conditions of the jaws are progressive or recurrent.
  • Significant jaw discrepancies between the upper and lower jaw which may hamper efficient mastication and/or speech will be a cause for rejection.
  • Symptomatic Temporo-Mandibular Joint clicking and tenderness. A mouth opening of less than 30 mm was measured at the incisal edges, Dislocation of the TMJ on wide opening.
  • All potentially cancerous conditions.
  • Clinical diagnosis of submucous fibrosis with or without the restriction of mouth opening.
  • Poor oral health status in the form of gross visible calculus, periodontal pockets, and/or bleeding from gums. #NDA Eligibility Criteria
  • Loose teeth: More than two mobile teeth will render the candidate unfit.
  • Candidates who have undergone cosmetic or post-traumatic maxillofacial surgery/trauma will be considered UNFIT for at least 24 weeks from the date of surgery/injury.

NDA Physical Criteria 2023: Spinal Conditions

The presence of any of these conditions will immediately render the candidate disqualified:

  • The granulomatous disease of the spine.
  • Arthritis/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders / Ankylosing spondylitis / Osteoarthritis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease / Non-articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago, etc.) & Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, polymyositis, vasculitis.
  • Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis
  • Compression fracture of vertebrae
  • SC Heuer man’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
  • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine. #NDA Eligibility Criteria
  • Unilateral / Bilateral cervical ribs with demon stable neurological or circulatory deficit.
  • Scoliosis measures more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s method.
  • Degenerative Disc. Disease.
  • Presence of Schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
  • Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in the cervical, dorsal, or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in the cervical or dorsal spine. #NDA Eligibility Criteria
  • Unilateral Sacralisation or lubrication (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralization or lubrication.

Any other abnormalities if and so considered by the specialist.

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NDA Physical Fitness 2023: X-Ray Examination

There will be an x-ray performed to detect any of the below-mentioned conditions as the presence of any of these will disqualify the applicant for posts in the Armed Forces:

  • The granulomatous disease of the spine.
  • Arthritis/spondylosis
  • Scoliosis is more than 15 degrees as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degrees for Army and Navy).
  • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Spondylolisthesis / Spondylosis / Spondylolysis
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus.
  • Compression fracture of the Vertebra.
  • Sacralisation Disease
  • Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
  • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
  • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
  • Incomplete Sacralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
  • Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised
  • Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist

NDA Physical Fitness 2023: Visual Standards

  • The distance vision (corrected) of the candidate should be 6/6 in the better eye and 6/9 in the worse eye.
  • Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not be more than 3.5 D, including Astigmatism.
  • It must be remembered that an internal NDA exam of the eye will be done by means of an ophthalmoscope to rule out any possibility of eye diseases.
  • Candidates must possess good binocular vision. The color vision standard for the Army is (CP-III).
  • The ability to recognize red and green colors is vital.
  • A certificate that neither the candidate nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness, will have to be produced.
  • Another noteworthy point is that candidates who have undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve their visual acuity, or Laser Surgery, will be permanently rejected for all Services.

The details of eyesight levels for different posts are provided below:

ConditionNavalAir Force
Uncorrected without glass6/66/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass6/66/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia-0.75Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5+2.00 D Sph
Limits of Colour PerceptionINil
Binocular VisionIIINil
Manifest MyopiaN.A.Nil Re
Retinoscopic MyopiaN.A.0.5
Color VisionN.A.CP-I (MLT)
AstigmatismN.A.+0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)
Near VisionN.A.N-5 each eye

NDA Medical Standards & Procedures for Officers’ Entry into the Navy

A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board (SSB) will undergo an NDA medical exam (Special Medical Board) by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates, who are declared fit by the Medical Board, will be admitted to the Academy. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

However, the President of the Medical Board will intimate the candidates declared unfit of their results and the procedure for an Appeal Medical Board (AMB) will be completed in a Command Hospital or equivalent within 42 days of the Special Medical Board. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates who are declared unfit by the Appeal Medical Board (AMB) may request for Review Medical Board (RMB) within one day of completion of the Appeal Medical Board.
  • The following investigations will be carried out mandatorily during the Special Medical Board. However, a candidate may ask for any other investigation as required or indicated:
  1. Complete Haemogram
  2. Urine RE/ME
  3. X-Ray chest PA views
  4. USG abdomen & pelvis

Medical Conditions

NDA Medical Conditions During Examination

During NDA Medical Examination, candidates must be physically and mentally fit as per the below statements.

  • The candidate is mentally sound and intelligent. The hearing is good and there is no sign of any disease of the ear, nose, or throat.
  • Vision in each eye is up to the required standard. His/ her eyes are bright, clear, and with no obvious squint or abnormality. Movements of eyeballs should be full and free in all directions.
  • Speech is without impediment. There is no glandular swelling.
  • Chest is well-formed and his/her heart and lungs are sound.
  • The limbs of the candidates are well-formed and fully developed.
  • There is no evidence of hernia of any degree or form.
  • There is free and perfect action of all the joints. Feet and toes are well-formed

Kerato Refractive Surgery: Those candidates who have undergone any refractive surgery such as PRK/LASIK/SMILE can be considered fit in every branch except submarine, diving & MARCO cadre.

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Ear, Nose & Throat Standards for NDA Exam

An individual must know the required standards related to Ear, Nose & Throat in advance to avoid any last-minute hustle. The major requirements are. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

  • A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper at a distance of 610 cm with each ear separately with back to the examiner.
  • The operation of tympanoplasty with or without cortical mastoidectomy for a dry central perforation of the tympanic membrane is considered curative once the graft has been taken up provided the tympanic membrane is intact, mobile with free field hearing of 610 cm in each ear 45 separately and a normal hearing threshold on pure tone audiometry.
  • A gap of three months is considered adequate after the operation of complete healing and graft stabilization.

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NDA Medical Eligibility for Flying & Ground Duty Branches

This section will cover the required medical standards for candidates to get eligible for commissioning through NDA into Flying & Ground Duty Branches in the IAF. All candidates during their induction should meet the basic physical fitness standards which will enable them to proficiently undergo the training and the subsequent service in varied climatic and work environments.

A candidate will not be assessed as physically fit unless the complete examination shows that he/ she is physically and mentally capable of withstanding the severe physical and mental strain for prolonged periods. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

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General Physical Requirements for NDA in Air Force

Every candidate who is required to fulfill the below-given physical standards to become eligible for the NDA exam will be opting for the Air Force. The various physical standards are the following.

  • Spine injuries – Cases of old fractures of the spine are unfit. Any residual deformity of the spine or compression of a vertebra will be cause for rejection.
  • Nerve injuries – Injuries involving the trunks of the larger nerves, resulting in loss of function, or neuroma formation, which causes pain and significant tingling, indicating unsuitability for employment in flying duties.
  • Surgical Scars – Minor well-healed scars e.g. as resulting from any superficial surgery do not, per se, indicate unsuitability for employment. Extensive scarring of a limb or torso that may cause a functional limitation or unsightly appearance should be considered unfit.
  • Birthmarks – Abnormal pigmentation in the form of hypo or hyper-pigmentation is not acceptable. Localized, congenital mole/ naevus, however, is acceptable provided its size is <10 cm. Congenital multiple naevi or vascular tumors that interfere with function or are exposed to constant irritation are not acceptable. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA Height & Leg Length for Flying Branch

Candidates need a minimum height of 162.5 cm for the Flying Branch. The detailed requirements of leg, thigh & sitting length are as follows.

Body PartMaximumMinimum
Sitting Height81.5 cm96.0 cm
Leg Length99.0 cm120.0 cm
Thigh Length64.0 cm.
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NDA Body Weight Parameters

Most of the bodyweight parameters are similar for flying & ground duty. But, there are some essential points candidates must be aware of. These are:

(a) BMI should be below 27.

(b) The waist Hip ratio must be below 0.9 for males and for females it is 0.8.

(c) Waist circumference should be less than 94 cm for males and 89 cm for females.

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Height-Weight Parameters for Males

The details of the required weight criteria for the male candidates applying for Flying and Ground Duty are given below.

Height (in cm)Weight in Kg
15-16 years16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years
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Height-Weight Parameters for Females

The female aspirants of flying and ground duty branches have to fill the following weight requirements based on their height to be eligible.

Height (in cm)Weight in Kg
15-16 years16-17 years17-18 years18-19 years
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Physical Standards

General Physical Standards for Officer Entry

The candidates aspiring to join as officers have to fulfill the following physical requirements. Failure in fulfilling any criteria will result in immediate disqualification.

NDA Cardiovascular Parameters

There are various cardiovascular risk factors due to which candidates can face rejection in the medical round. Like, a History of chest pain, breathlessness, palpitation, fainting attacks, giddiness, rheumatic fever, ankle swelling, chorea, frequent sore throats, and tonsillitis should be given due consideration in the assessment of the cardiovascular system. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

An individual with Blood Pressure consistently greater than or equal to 140/90 mm of Hg shall be rejected. If an individual has undergone any cardiac surgery in the past, he/she will be considered unfit.

Respiratory System Requirements

Individuals must be aware of some conditions based on the respiratory system due to which they can face rejection. History of pulmonary tuberculosis, pleurisy with effusion, frequent episodes of expectorant cough, hemoptysis, frequent episodes of bronchitis, asthma, spontaneous pneumothorax, and injuries to the chest should be elicited. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

Any evidence of significant residual pleural thickening will be a cause for rejection. An individual could face rejection in case of bronchial asthma/ wheezing/ allergic rhinitis in the past.

Other factors leading to the rejection of the candidate are mentioned here.

Endocrine & Dermatological System Requirements

Candidates detected to have diabetes mellitus will be rejected. A candidate with a family history of Diabetes Mellitus will be subjected to blood sugar (Fasting and after Glucose load) and HbA1c evaluation, which will be recorded.

Careful interrogation followed by an NDA Medical Examination of the candidate’s skin is necessary to obtain a clear picture of the nature and severity of any dermatological condition claimed or found. Borderline skin conditions should be referred to a dermatologist. Any fungal infection (like Tinea Cruris and Tinea Corporis) of any part of the body will be unfit. Scabies may be considered fit only on recovery.

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Required Spinal Conditions for NDA Exam 2023

Past medical history of disease or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, which has prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning.

History of recurrent lumbar/ spinal fracture/ prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. If candidates want to know about the mode of examination and other required spinal conditions, they can have a look here. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

Conditions Affecting Upper & Lower Limbs Assessments

Deformities of the upper limbs or their parts will be cause for rejection. Candidates with an amputation of a limb will not be accepted for entry. Amputation of the terminal phalanx of the little finger on both sides is, however, acceptable.

Healed Fractures

In the following conditions, healed fractures of the upper limb are not acceptable:-

(i) Fractures involving articular surfaces. Fractures associated with neuro-vascular deficit

(ii) Malunited fractures. Fracture causing impairment of function

(iii) Fractures with the implant in situ. Fractures of the upper limb, presenting 06 months after the injury with none of the sequelae as mentioned above are acceptable after assessment by an orthopedic surgeon.

Fingers and Hands

Syndactyly and polydactyly will be assessed as unfit except when polydactyly is excised. Deformities and limitations to movements will be considered unfit. Painless limitation of movement of the wrist will be assessed according to the degree of stiffness. Loss of dorsiflexion is more serious than the loss of palmar flexion.

Further Conditions Affecting Upper & Lower limbs assessments are discussed here.

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Central Nervous System Acceptable/Not Acceptable Conditions

  • A candidate giving a history of mental illness/ psychological afflictions requires detailed investigation and psychiatric referral. Such cases should normally be rejected. Most often the history is not volunteered. The examiner should try to elicit a history by direct questioning, which may or may not be fruitful.
  • Every examiner should form a general impression of the candidate’s personality as a whole and may enquire into an individual’s stability and habitual reactions to difficult and stressful situations. Family history and prior history of using medication are also relevant.
  • History of insomnia, phobias, nightmares, or frequent sleepwalking or Bedwetting, when recurrent or persistent, will be a cause for rejection. #NDA Eligibility Criteria
  • Common types of recurrent headaches are those due to former head injury or migraine. Other forms of occasional headaches must be considered in relation to their probable cause.
  • A candidate with a migraine, which was severe enough to make him consult his doctor, should normally be a cause for rejection. Even a single attack of migraine with visual disturbance or Migrainous epilepsy is to be made unfit.

Other conditions which will cause the rejection of the candidate are mentioned here. Miscellaneous Conditions

UPSC NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023: Miscellaneous Conditions

There are a few other physical conditions besides the above-mentioned criteria that candidates should fulfill.

  • No symptoms of a weak constitution or bodily defects.
  • A well-developed chest; a fully expanded chest should not be less than 81cm.
  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm.
  • No mal-development or impairment of the function of the bones or joints.
  • No past history of mental breakdown or fits. Normal hearing capabilities- The candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cm. in a quiet room.
  • No impediment of speech. Normal Blood Pressure with no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.
  • No enlargement of the liver or spleen.
  • No abnormality in the urine examination
  • No presence of any kind of skin disease, likely to cause disability or disfigurement
  • No abnormalities in the USG abdomen examination
  • A sufficient number of natural and sound teeth.
  • A minimum of 14 dental points will be accepted.
  • Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must fall within normal limits.

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Ineligibility for UPSC NDA Exam 2023

  • If the aspirants are married, they are not eligible to apply for the exam.
  • If the candidates have withdrawn or resigned from the disciplinary grounds of training academies of armed forces, they cannot apply for the NDA exam.
  • The aspirants, who have not cleared their PABT/CPSS exam, can’t apply for the Air Force exam.
  • If the aspirants are debarred by the Defence Ministry, then the NDA exam is not for them
  • It must be noted that candidates studying in Class 11 are not eligible for appearing in the NDA Exam. #NDA Eligibility Criteria
  • Those candidates who have failed INSB / PABT earlier will not be considered eligible for recruitment in the Air Force, Indian Army, and Indian Navy.
  • Those candidates, who are currently studying in Class 12 at the time of application, must submit proof of passing the exam by the deadline. Requests for extending the due date would not be entertained on any grounds.

It must also be noted that the candidates who have been debarred by the Ministry of Defence from holding any type of Commission in the Defence Services will be considered ineligible for admission to the exam. Lastly, the 11th-standard pursuing students cannot apply for the NDA exam.NDA FAQs

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2023 FAQs

Ques. I am doing a diploma, am I eligible for NDA Exam?

Ans. No, Candidates must have passed 10+2 to be eligible for the NDA exam. Candidates can refer to the above article to know the detailed educational qualifications required for various posts under NDA.

Ques. Are females eligible for NDA Exam?

Ans. With the judgment of the Honourable Supreme Court dated September 22, 2021, Female candidates can also apply for the NDA Exam. To know about the eligibility criteria for female candidates, please refer to the article.

Ques. I am a female who migrated from Burma with the intention to permanently reside in India. Am I eligible for this exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a category known as Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and candidates falling under the category are eligible to apply for this exam. To know the full list and other eligibility standards, refer to this article. #NDA Eligibility Criteria

Ques. What is the minimum age requirement for NDA Exam 2?

Ans. For both Males & Females, the minimum age limit is 15.7 years (not later than 1st January 2006)/ 16 years during the commencement of the course & the Maximum age limit is 18.7 years (not earlier than 2nd January 2003)/ 19 years during the commencement of the course.

Ques. Are married individuals eligible for NDA Exam?

Ans. No, as per the official notification, married individuals are not eligible for the exam. And, marrying during the training period is also prohibited.

Ques. My height is 150 cm and I’m 19 years old. What should be my ideal weight for NDA Exam?

Ans. For the medical round, you must have 49.5 kgs of weight.

Ques. I have tattooed my arms, am I eligible for NDA Exam?

Ans. As per the official orders, a person having permanent tattoos on his/her body is not eligible for the NDA Exam.

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