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How to prepare current affairs for defence exams?

Indian Defence Academy provides weekly classes of current affairs and also launch monthly compilations of current affairs.

I am not a science student, can I appear for NDA/CDS?

Yes, any student who has passed his 10+2 from a recognised board can appear for NDA and any graduate from a recognised university can apper foe CDS. But one needs to note that non-science students can opt only for army. Entry in Air force and Navy seeks physics and mathematics as essential subjects.

Why to prefer offline NDA/CDS courses over online courses?

It is obvious that students have an advantage of information in present online era. They can access lots of information on just a click. But this information avalanche becomes hindrance in their preparation also. Students are not able to distinguish between required and Non- required information and it kills both time and energy of the students. On the other hand although offline classes have less information as compared to online platform yet it provides well informed class, doubt session and regular test series which make preparation more real and close to the reality of exam.

What is NDA?

NDA is the short form of National Defence Academy which is a joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces. It is the place where trainees of Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy get training together before they appear to pre-commissioning training in their relevant service academies. National Defense Academy is the first tri-service school in the world. NDA candidates are selected by conducting a written exam, SSB and personal interview. This is held twice a year in the months of April and August.

Where is NDA located?

The NDA is located at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra.

What is NDA exam and who is in charge of conducting it?

For joining National Defence Academy, an aspirant has to appear in the entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which is known as NDA exam. It is conducted twice a year. The UPSC is exclusively in charge of issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination. The NDA exam consists of 3 levels, the written examination, SSB and personal interview.

How many wings come under NDA?

There are 3 wings which come under NDA namely Indian Air Force, Indian Army and Indian Navy. All the trainees from three wings are trained in the Academy for three years and graduating. They get their degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University. In addition, they get trained in outdoor skills.

Who is eligible for NDA exam?

It is only unmarried male/female candidates who have finished their class 12 or those who shall appear for their class 12 exams are eligible for this exam. They need to be between 16.5 years and 19 years.

The required age limit for the NDA Examination is 16.5 to 19.5 years. So, they can appear as many times as they want as there is no restriction on the number of attempts that are made.

What is the fee of NDA Examination?

The application fee for the NDA exam is Rs 100. They can deposit the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur/ Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit / Debit Card. There is a fees exemption for SC/ST/PH Applicants/ Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs.

How many seats are available in the exam?

Normally, it varies from year to year. In 2021, there were 340 seats in NDA.

When does one apply for the NDA exam?

Students can apply in December for April cycle of the exam and May for August cycle.

What is the selection criterion of the NDA examination?

Maths and General ability are the two papers of NDA exam. The selection is based on Written Test and SSB Interview. Each the subject is given the time limit 2 ½ Hours, maximum marks for Maths is 300 & General ability is 600. Qualified candidates in the written examination will be called for Interview conducted by SSB (Service Selection Board).

What is CDS ?

CDS or "Combined Defence Services"Examination provides a way for the graduates to get into the Indian Armed Forces. The exam is conducted twice a year by UPSC for recruitment into one of the following five courses of the Armed Forces:

  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun -only males
  • Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala -only males
  • Indian Air Force Academy, Hyderabad -only males
  • Officers Training Academy (Males), Chennai
  • Officers Training Academy(Females), Chennai
What is the Selection Procedure?

Combined Defence Services Exam comprises two stages as a part of the selection procedure.


As per the earlier years' data, approximately 1.5 lakh candidates appear for STAGE I (for each of the two exams in a year), out of which approx 9000 candidates get shortlisted for STAGE II. Finally, close to 450 candidates get recommended for different courses

Where do I get posting if I clear CDS exam?

You don’t get posting if you have cleared CDS exam rather you will undergo training in the respective academies IMA/Indian Airforce Academy/ NA/ Officer Training Academy . After you complete the training you will get appointed in the respective wings on the basis of your performance in the training period. To get the best coaching and to crack CDS exam with good marks you can join 'Indian Defence Academy'.

What is the age limit to apply for CDS examination?

The age limit to apply for CDS exam is-

  • For IMA and Airforce Academy- Minimum age is 19 years and maximum age is 24 years
  • For Naval Academy – Minimum age is 19 years and maximum age is 22 years
  • For OTA- Minimum age is 19 years and maximum age is 25 years
  • For IMA and Airforce Academy- Minimum age is 19 years and maximum age is 24 years

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