NDA Eligibility Criteria 2019

03 Jan, 2019

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2019 is framed by the official authority depending on the factors like age limit, educational qualification, medical standards, physical standards, and Nationality. Eligibility Criteria must be checked by every candidate before going to fill the online NDA Application from 2019.  Candidates fulfilling the NDA eligibility Criteria 2019 will be able o submit the application form successfully only. The official authority will not entertain any application of ineligible candidates. Moreover, UPSC will directly cancel the candidature of those candidates who will be found ineligible during the process of selection.  NDA (National Defence Academy) is an entrance exam conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice in a year.  NDA is conducted with the motive of selecting eligible candidates for Defence Department of India. Selected candidates can join the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Airforce. Candidates who eagerly want to join Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Airforce should pursue this exam. The exam is conducted in the month of April and in the month of September. 

Candidates read the below article to know the eligibility criteria framed by the official authority.

NDA Eligibility Criteria 2019

    NDA is conducted all over India for those who want to join Armed Forces of India. Whosoever clear every test like a physical test, medical test, written test, and SSB interview can join the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce. However, criteria to join them are a bit different from each other. Before applying to confirm your eligibility here.

    1. Nationality

    A Candidate should be:

    1. A Citizen of India.
    2. A Subject of Bhutan
    • A Subject of Nepal
    1. A Tibetan refugee who become a permanent citizen of India before 1st January 1962.
    2. A person whose origin is India but migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zaire, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia and Vietnam to settle in India permanently.

    NOTE: Candidate belonging to i, ii, iii should have a certificate issued from Government of India.

    1. Age Limit, Marital Status, Gender
    2. For NDA – 1- Candidate is required to be born between 2nd July 2000 to 1st July 2003. For NDA – 2- Candidate is required to be born between 2nd January 2001 to 1st July 2004.
    3. Candidate should be an unmarried male.

    NOTE 1: Candidate should be unmarried until they complete their full training.

    NOTE 2: Date of birth will be considered which is mentioned on the certificate of matriculation, higher senior secondary or equivalent by the commission.

    1. Educational Qualification
    2. For Army wing of National Defence Academy- candidate should have passed class 12th or can be appearing in same or equivalent in any stream can apply.
    3. For Indian Navy and Airforce – 12th pass or appearing or equivalent in physics and mathematics subjects.

    NOTE: 1. Candidates who are debarred by the Ministry Of Defence for holding any type of Commission in defense service are not eligible. 

    Those Candidates who earlier have failed in the exam of INSB/PNBT are not eligible for Airforce.

    NDA physical standards

    Every candidate who is applying for NDA exam has to physically and medically fit as per the physical standards set by the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2019.

    The Physical standards are as follows:

    Every Candidate has some minor defects and ailments. To finalize in the medical test that will happen in Military Hospital, Candidate should rectify their all minor defects.  Some of the defects and ailments are:

    • Wax (Ears).
    • Deviated Nasal Spectrum.
    • Hydrocele/Phimosis.
    • Overweight and Underweight.
    • Under Sized Chest.

    Body Tattoos:

    Tattoos are accepted but not in every place. There are certain different conditions for permanent tattoos. Conditions are:

    • Permanent tattoos are accepted only on the inner face of a forearm.
    • Tattoos on the elbow to the wrist, back side of the palm, or on any other part are not accepted.
    • Only Tribes with tattoos on the face or body which belongs to their tradition are allowed on a case basis.

    NOTE: Comdt selection center will be the competent authority for such cases.

    1. Height and Weight standard for Indian Army and Airforce:

    • Minimum height required for Army is 157cm.
    • Minimum height required for Indian Airforce 162.5.
    • For Gorkhas and candidates belonging from North Eastern hills, Garhwalis and kumaunis height requirements are reduced by 5cm.
    • If the candidate is from Lakshadweep then height required is reduced by 2cm.

    Detailed height and weight are as follows:

    Height(in cm)

    Weight(in kgs)

    (without shoe)

    16-17 years

    17-18 years

    18-19 years


















































    NOTE: if there is some ±10% difference in weight then it will be considered negligible. Individuals with the thin build or heavy bones, strong build will be provided relaxation in merit.

    If the Medical Board found the candidate to come up with the required standard till the completion of the training then relaxation up to 2.5 cm in Army and 5cm in Navy is allowed.

    For the post of pilot some more physical standards are required:




    Leg Length

    99 cm

    120 cm

    Thigh Length

    64 cm

    Sitting Height




    1. Spinal Condition

    If candidate the is found with any previous history of the disease or any spine injury which prevented him to live a physically fit life then the candidate will not be able to qualify for Indian Airforce.  Below mention detects in medical test can disqualify a candidate for IAF.

    • Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demon strable neurological or circulatory deficit.
    • Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis.
    • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
    • Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
    • Presence of schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
    • Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of the cervical spine.
    • Granulomatous disease of spine
    • Degenerative Disc. Disease.
    • Compression fracture of vertebrae.
    • Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
    • Arthritidies/spondylosis (Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders/ Ankylosing spondylitis/ Osteoarthrosis, 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.
    • Hemivertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
    • Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.

    In case any abnormality is found then the candidate will send for an X-ray examination which will be examined by the specialist.

    1. X-ray Examination

    If any of the following defects are found in the candidate while going through the X-ray examination then the candidate will not be able to allow to go for further training.

    • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis
    • Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised
    • Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army and Navy).
    • Sacaralisation Disease
    • Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
    • More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
    • Incomplete Sacaralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
    • Herniated nucleus pulposes.
    • Granulomatius disease of the spine.
    • Compression fracture of Vertebra.
    • Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
    • Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
    • Arthritides/spondylosis
    1. Visual Requirements

    Perfect vision is required for the armed forces. Examination of the eye will be done by the means of ophthalmoscope to detect any disease in the eye. For Army, vision will be (CP-III). Green and red color should be recognized by the candidate. Candidates are required to submit a medical certificate claiming that nor the candidate neither any family member has suffered from congenital night blindness. If any candidate has gone through any Radial Keratotomy to improve the vision, he will be permanently rejected. Candidates wearing regular spectacles are not eligible for Indian Airforce. Those candidates who have undergone Cataract surgery are also not eligible to apply. Candidate should have good binocular vision. Candidate with LASIK surgery is not eligible for flying branch in Indian Airforce.

    Eyesight Eligibility is as follows:

    Eyesight Eligibility for Indian Navy

    Uncorrected with glass


    Corrected with glass


    Limit of Myopia


    Limit of Hypermetropia


    Limit of color perception


    Binocular Vision


    Eyesight Eligibility for Indian Airforce

    Uncorrected with glass


    Corrected with glass

    6/6 for hypermetropia

    Limit of Myopia


    Limit of Hypermetropia

    +2.00D sph

    Manifest myopia


    Tinoscopic myopia


    Color scopic

    CP-I (MLT)


    +0.75 Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max)

    Near vision

    N-5 Each Eye


    Maddox Rod Test

    The details of Maddox Rot Test are as the following:

    At 6 meters

    Exo-6 prism D

    Eso-6 prism D

    Hyper-1 prism D

    Hypro-1 prism D

    At 33 cms

    Exo-16 prism D

    Eso-6 prism D

    Hyper-1 prism D

    Hypo-1 prism D

    Some Other Physical Conditions

    As discussed above only those candidates will qualify for recruitment who will found physically and mentally fit by the selective service board. The condition for the same are:

    • A Candidate’s chest after expansion should not be more than 81. And candidate should be able to expand his chest up to 5cm. Those candidates who are not able to expand their chest will not be eligible.
    • No impairment and Maldevelopment of function of the bones and joints.
    • Hearing power of the candidate should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear up to 610 cm in the aquiet room. An Audiometric test will be taken for Indian Airforce. Audiometric loss should not be more than 20db frequencies. Between 250 to 8000 Hz.
    • Blood pressure should be normal.
    • No sign of disease oh heart and blood vessels.
    • Routine ECG for Airforce candidates should be normal and in limits.
    • In case a candidate has Hernia, then it should be operated before final medical examination.
    • There should not be enlargement in the liver. No disease in internal organs of the Abdomen.
    • Urine will be examined and any abnormality will make a candidate ineligible.
    • Candidate should have normal teeth and natural. 14 dental points will be accepted minimally. And in the case of 32 teeth, 22 dental points are accepted. Candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.

    NDA Physical Test 2019

    After being found fit in Medical test, a candidate will go for a physical test. The physical test is as follows:

    • Running of 2.4 km in 15 minutes.
    • Pushups and situps, 20 each.
    • Chin ups, minimum 8.
    • Skipping
    • Rope climbing, 3-4 meters.

    NDA selection procedure 2019

    There are different stages every candidate needs to qualify to get an entry in the Defence department.

    1. Written Examination
    2. SSB Interview
    3. Medical Test
    4. Physical Test

    NOTE: Candidates who will qualify all the 4 stages can join Defence department.

    For further details regarding NDA 2019 stay connected. 


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