National Defence Academy Examination 2024

Ranjan K Baruah
One of the best careers in life is none other than joining the defence forces as an officer and the best option is to appear in the National Defence Academy(NDA) Examination and get selected and become an officer at an early age and serve the nation. The best thing is that like boys nowadays, girls can also choose to get admission in the prestigious NDA and serve the nation as an officer. One must remember that to be an officer one must be physically fit, mentally alert, socially active and also emotionally stable.
An Examination will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission( UPSC)  on 01st  September, 2024 for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 154th  Course and for the 116th  Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 2nd  July, 2025. The total vacancy this time including all services and for boys and girls is 404 and only unmarried male/female candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 2006 and not later than 1st January, 2009 are eligible.
Educational Qualifications:
Ø  For Army Wing of NDA :—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
Ø  For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy :—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 must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to NDA and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2024as per guidelines. Candidates (excepting SC/ST candidates/female candidates / Wards of JCOs/NCOs/ORs specified in Note 2 below who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees one hundred only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card/UPI Payment or by using internet banking of any Bank.
Candidates are required to apply online by using the website It is essential for the applicant to register himself/herself first at One Time Registration (OTR) platform, available on the Commission’s website, and then proceeds for filling up the online application for the examination. Candidates should also have details of one photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/ Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.
The Online Applications can be filled upto 04.06.2024 till 6:00 PM. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card on the last working day of the preceding week of the date of examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website ( for being downloaded by candidates. Candidates should note that there will be a penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
This is one of the best opportunities and our aspirants must apply for the same. There are many senior ranked officials from different parts of North East India. The region has produced Lieutenant General, Air Marshal, etc. Aspirants must visit the official website of UPSC for further details and for filling in the details.
(The write is the Advisor, Skill Employment and Entrepreneurship Department of Bodoland Territorial Council, Kokrajhar and can be reached at [email protected] or 8473943734)