How to Apply for the NDA Entrance Exam

Instructor: Bill Sands
The registration process for the NDA Entrance Exam is fairly straightforward and easy to understand. Read on for a step-by-explanation of each phase of the process.

NDA Registration

Applying for the NDA Entrance Exam must be completed online. The following list contains a step-by-step guide on how to go about it, and also offers advice on what to do before and after you register.

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

The NDA has an extremely rigid set of qualifications that prospective candidates must satisfy before they can sit for the Entrance Exam. You'll need to meet a wide range of physical, educational, mental, and nationality requirements before you can even apply, and if you can't satisfy these requirements, your application will be invalid.

The NDA publishes a booklet that details each and every prerequisite. Consulting this resource must be your first step. If you are eligible, continue on to Step 2. If you are not eligible, begin taking steps to rectify this.

Step 2: Know the Important Dates

Registration for the NDA Entrance Exam is contained within a tight window that is usually only open for a few weeks. For 2017, registration opened on January 18th and will close February 10th. This will give students a little over three weeks to sign up for the assessment.

In order to avoid missing out, check the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) website on a regular basis, as that's where registration dates will be posted. The site also lists the test date month in advance; though registration for 2017 ends in early February, the exam will not be held until April. This advance notice allows candidates to clear their schedule and prevent scheduling conflicts.

Step 3: The Online Form

Once a candidate is sure that he is eligible and the registration window is open, it is then time to complete the online application. This form should only be completed on the UPSC website. The online application is divided into two parts.

Part 1 involves the supplying of basic information, such as name, birth date, and address, while Part 2 includes identification checks, the choosing of a testing center, and payment.

Step 4: Payment

After providing basic personal information, you'll next need to provide your payment details. The exam fee is 100 rupees and can be paid with cash at State Bank of India branches, online using State Bank of India internet banking, or with a debit/credit card. Those who choose the pay by cash option will have to print off a pay-in form at the time of registration. Payment can then be made 24 hours after registration. Be advised that the pay by cash option will not be available on the last day of registration.

Payment for the NDA Entrance Exam is not always required; the exam makes a number of exceptions for students with special statuses, such as:

  • Those currently performing government service
  • Cadets of the Rashtriya Indian Military College
  • Students at military schools and Sainik Schools
  • Sons of JCOs, NCOs, or Ors

If you fall into any of those three categories, you do not need to pay the exam fee.

Step 5: Choosing an Exam Center

Next, you will need to choose the site where you would like to sit for the exam. The test is administered at more than 40 locations. They are as follows:

Vishakhapatnam SambalpurMumbaiJammuDharwadBengaluru
Udaipur RanchiMaduraiJaipurDelhiAllahabad
Tirupati RaipurLucknowItanagarDehradunCuttack
ThiruvananthapuramPort BlairKolkataImphalChennaiAhmedabad
ShimlaPanaji (Goa)KochiGangtokBhopalAgartala

A word of caution: there are a limited number of available seats at most locations, so be sure to register early. Students who wait too long may find that an exam has already filled up. At Dispur, Chennai, Kolkata, and Nagpur, there is no limit on the amount of test-takers.

Step 6: Upload Photo ID and Signature

The final step of the process is to confirm your identity and intention to take the NDA Entrance Exam. You will need to upload an image of yourself (in JPG format) and provide an electronic copy of your signature. These forms of ID will be used to verify your identity on test day.

Step 7: Confirmation

Once you upload all the required information, click the 'I Agree' button. At this point, you will be supplied with your registration number. Write this down or print it out, as you cannot take the test without this number.

You are now registered for the NDA Entrance Exam.

Next Step

Now that you've officially registered, it's time to start studying (if you haven't already started, that is). This NDA Exam Study Guide contains multiple lessons, each of which provides an extensive review of important topics on the exam. This course includes practice quizzes and exams, so you'll be able to test your understanding of key topics before exam day. The entire course can be accessed through your tablet, smartphone, or computer.

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