UPSC NDA Recruitment 2024: Registration for NDA 2 Begins, Direct Link to Apply

UPSC NDA 2 Recruitment 2024

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has officially announced the NDA 2 Recruitment 2024. The notification, released on 15th May 2024, invites applications from eligible unmarried boys and girls for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) for the 154th Course and the 116th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). The NDA 2 exam is scheduled for 1st September 2024, and the registration process has already begun. Let’s delve into the details and answer some frequently asked questions about this significant recruitment drive.

NDA Recruitment 2024 Notification

The NDA Recruitment 2024 is a national-level examination conducted twice a year by the UPSC to select candidates for the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA and the Indian Naval Academy. This exam serves as a gateway for young aspirants to join the Indian Defence Forces as officers.

NDA 2 Registration Link 2024
National Defence Academy :Army208 (including 10 for female candidates)
Navy42 (including 06 for female candidates)
Air ForceFlying –92 (including 02 for female candidates) Ground Duties
(Tech) –18 (including 02 for female candidates) Ground Duties
(Non Tech) –10 (including 02 for female candidates)
Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme) : 34 (including 05 for female candidate)
Total               :              404

The NDA offers a prestigious career path, complete with rigorous training and the honor of serving the nation. By joining the NDA, candidates receive an exceptional education and military training that prepares them for leadership roles in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

How to Apply for NDA 2024?

The application process for NDA 2 2024 is straightforward. Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Visit the official UPSC website:
  2. Click on the link for the NDA 2 application form.
  3. Fill in the required details and upload the necessary documents.
  4. Pay the application fee (if applicable).
  5. Submit the application and take a printout for future reference.

Key Dates and Events

It’s crucial to keep track of important dates for the NDA 2 2024 exam. Here’s a summary:

NDA 2 Notification Release15th May 2024
Application Start Date15th May 2024
Last Date to Apply4th June 2024 (6 PM)
Admit Card ReleaseAugust 2024
NDA 2 Exam Date1st September 2024
Result DeclarationTo be notified

What are the Eligibility Criteria for NDA?

Educational Qualifications

  • Army Wing: 12th pass/HSC or equivalent from a recognized board or university.
  • Air Force and Naval Wings: 12th pass/HSC or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics from a recognized board or university.

Age Limit

Candidates must be unmarried males or females born between 2nd January 2006 and 1st January 2009.


Candidates must be:

  • Citizens of India, or
  • Subjects of Bhutan or Nepal, or
  • Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962, or
  • Persons of Indian origin who have migrated from specific countries to permanently settle in India.

Physical Standards

Candidates must meet the physical standards set by the NDA. This includes specific requirements for height, weight, and fitness levels.

Selection Process for NDA 2024

The selection process for NDA 2 2024 involves two stages:

  1. Written Examination: This consists of two papers—Mathematics and the General Ability Test (GAT).
  2. SSB Interview: Candidates who pass the written examination will be called for the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview, which includes intelligence and personality tests.

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NDA Officers Salary

RankPay Level (in Rs.)
Lt to MajLt – Level 10 (56,100 – 1,77,500)/-
Capt – Level 10 B (61,300-1,93,900)/-
Maj – Level 11 (69,400 – 2,07,200)/-
Lt Col to Maj GenLt Col – Level 12A (1,21,200 – 2,12,400)/-
Col – Level 13 (1,30,600 – 2,15,900)/-
Brig – Level 13A (1,39,600 – 2,17,600)/-
Maj Gen – Level 14 (1,44,200 – 2,18,200)/-
Lt Gen (HAG Scale)Level 15 (1,82,200 – 2,24,100)/-
Lt Gen (HAG+ Scale)Level 16 (2,05,400 – 2,24,400)/-
VCOAS/Army Cdr/ Lt Gen (NFSG)Level 17 (2,25,000/-) (fixed)
COASLevel 18 (2,50,000/-) (fixed)

Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy

    Army    Navy    Air ForceMinimum Reckonable Commissioned Service required for Substantive Promotion
LieutenantSub LieutenantFlying OfficerOn Commission
CaptainLieutenantFlight Lieutenant02 Years
MajorLt. CommanderSquadron Leader06 years
Lieutenant ColonelCommanderWing Commander13 years
Colonel (Selection)Captain (Selection)Group Captain (Selection)On Selection
Colonel (Time Scale)Captain (Time Scale)Group Captain (Time Scale)26 years
BrigadierCommodoreAir CommodoreOn Selection
Major GeneralRear AdmiralAir Vice MarshalOn Selection
Lieutenant GeneralVice AdmiralAir MarshalOn Selection
GeneralAdmiralAir Chief MarshalOn Selection

Exam Pattern for NDA

The written examination is divided into two sections:

SubjectMaximum MarksDuration
Mathematics3002.5 hours
General Ability Test6002.5 hours
Total9005 hours

Marking Scheme

  • Mathematics: Each question carries 2.5 marks, with a deduction of 0.83 marks for incorrect answers.
  • GAT: Comprises 150 questions, with each question carrying 4 marks. Incorrect answers lead to a deduction of 1.33 marks.

NDA 2 Vacancies 2024

UPSC has announced a total of 404 vacancies for NDA 2 2024. Here’s the detailed breakdown:

National Defence Academy
Army208 (including 10 for females)
Navy42 (including 03 for females)
Air Force92 (including 04 for females)
Naval Academy34 (including 05 for females)

Application Fee for NDA 2 2024

The application fee for NDA 2 2024 is:

  • General Category: Rs. 100
  • SC/ST/Sons of JCOs/NCOs/ORs: Exempted

The fee can be paid online via net banking or through credit/debit cards, or offline by depositing cash at any SBI branch.