NDA II 2021 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Educational Qualifications, Physical and Medical Standards

NDA II 2021 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Educational Qualifications, Physical and Medical Standards

UPSC has released the much awaited notification of NDA II 2021 on 9th June 2021 on its official website. NDA Exam is conducted twice every year by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to select eligible candidates for admission to the elite National Defence Academy and Naval Academy.

The written examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). Candidates will be issued Admit Card for the same 10-15 days prior to the commencement of the NDA II 2021 Exam.

Start of Online Application: 9th June 2021
Last Date to Apply: 29th June 2021
Examination Date: 5th September 2021

In this article, we will discuss all information regarding NDA II 2021 Exam and its detailed Eligibility Criteria.

NDA II Notification 2021

The Official Notification for NDA II 2021 Exam is released on 9 June 2021. With the release of NDA Official Notification, the pattern, dates, syllabus etc. has been released. You can read the official notification for NDA II 2021 Exam by clicking on the link given below.

The approx number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination are as follows:

National Defence Academy370 to include 208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 120 for Air (including 28 for Ground Duties)
Naval Academy: 30 (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)

Total Vacancies: 400

Let's have a look at the detailed NDA II 2021 Exam Dates:

UPSC NDA 2 Notification Date09 June 2021
Starting Date for UPSC NDA 2 2021 Application Form09 June 2021
Last date for online application for UPSC NDA 2 Registration29 June 2021 till 6 PM
Online Application Withdrawn Date06 July to 12 July 2021
UPSC NDA 2 Exam Date05 September 2021.
UPSC NDA 2 Admit Card 2021 Dateexpected in August 2021
UPSC NDA NA 2 Result 2021 Dateto be announced
UPSC NDA NA 2 Answer Key 2021 Dateto be announced
UPSC NDA 2 Interview Dateto be announced
Date for 149th Course for the NDA and 110th Course for the Naval Academyto be announced

NDA II 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who interested in applying must check the Eligibility Criteria before filling the application form. If a candidate does not meet the desired eligibility criteria then his application form will be rejected. 

Candidates who wish to apply for this job profile must be an unmarried male and must meet the following eligibility criteria:

(i) Nationality:

(i) a citizen of India, or

(ii) a subject of Nepal, or 

(iii) A subject of Bhutan

iv) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam intending to permanently settle in India.


Note: Candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal will not be considered eligible. 

(ii) Educational Qualification

Candidates must meet the following Educational Qualifications to complete the application process.


Educational Qualification

For Army Wing of National Defence


Candidates who wish to apply must be : 

12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School

Education or equivalent examination

conducted by a State Education Board or

a University.

For Air Force and Naval Wings of

National Defence Academy and the

10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the

Indian Naval Academy

Candidates must be 

12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry,

and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of

School Education or equivalent conducted

by a State Education Board or a University.  


- Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination. 

- Such candidates who qualify the SSB interview but could not produce Matriculation/10+2 or equivalent certificate in original at the time of SSB interview should forward duly self-attested Photocopies to ‘Directorate General of Recruiting, Army HQ, West Block.III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi110066’ and for Naval Academy candidates to ‘Naval Headquarters, DMPR, OI&R Section, Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhavan, New Delhi-110011’.

(iii) Physical Standards 

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2021.
Candidates are advised to read the guidelines given in Appendix-IV to check whether they meet the required physical standards and whether they are eligible to apply.

They should be able to fulfill the following criteria:

(a) Running: 2.4 km in 15 minutes
(b) Skipping
(c) Pushups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each
(d) Chin-ups: Minimum 08
(e) Rope Climbing: 3.4 meters

Height & Weight for Army and Air Force

The minimum height prescribed is 157 cms (For Air Force it is 162.5 cms). Certain exceptions are applicable for candidates based on the region from where they belong.

Height (in cms) Weight (in kgs)
16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44.0 45.0
155 43.5 45.3 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65.0 66.5

For Gorkhas and candidates belonging to hills of North-Eastern areas of India, Garhwal, and Kumaon, the minimum height will be 5 cms less than the figure mentioned above. For candidates belonging to Lakshadweep, the minimum height standard is reduced by 2 cms.

Height and Weight requirements for Navy

Height (In cms) Weight (in kgs)
16 years 18 years 20 years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
167 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67

(iv) Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

Age Limit - C
andidates born not earlier than 02nd January, 2003 and not later than 1st January, 2006 are eligible.
Gender - Only Male Candidates are eligible.
Marital Status - Unmarried

(v) Height requirements

    For Ground Duty Branch

The minimum height for entry into ground duty branches- 157.5 cm.
Minimum acceptable height for Gorkhas and individuals belonging to North Eastern regions of India and hilly regions of Uttarakhand- (152.5 cm).
In the case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cm- (155.5 cm)

    For Flying Branch

Height RequirementsMinimumMaximum
(i) Sitting height81.5 cm96.0 cm
(ii) Leg Length99.0 cm120.0 cm
(iii) Thigh LengthMaximum- 64.0 cm

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