NDA 1 2023: Notification, Exam Dates, Registration, Syllabus

The NDA examis held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice every year. It is one of the most demanding exams in the country to get admission to the defense forces that comprises a written and personality test.

DA 1 2023: Notification, Exam Dates, Registration, Syllabus

In this blog, we will cover all the essential notification, exam dates, registration and syllabus for NDA 1, 2023, starting with the highlights.

Highlights of NDA 2023

Refer to the table below for the NDA 2023 highlights

Exam NDA 2023
Conducting Body/ Institute UPSC
Level of Exam National
Syllabus Mathematics & General Ability Test (GAT)
Exam Pattern Written
Number of test cities +70
Frequency of exam Twice a year
Exam Fee INR 100
However, the following are exempt from paying the fee - SC, ST, Women, Sons of JCOs, NCOs, and ORs
Eligibility The candidate needs to have cleared the 12th class board exam or needs to be appearing for the final exam
Website www.upsc.gov.in

NDA 1 2023 Notifications

  • The UPSC extended the date for the NDA 1 application form till 12th January 2023. Earlier, the last date to apply for the same was 10th January 2023.
  • The application form was released last year on 21st December and the exam is said to take place on 16th April 2023.
  • Acceptance of online fee payment is applicable till 12th January, however, offline payments were accepted till 9th January
  • The dates for withdrawal of the form will take place from 18th January till 24th January.
  • Moreover, 395 vacancies have been announced for NDA 1 in the Navy and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy, Army, Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC)

Exam Date for NDA 1 - 2023

Notification of NDA 1- 2023 21st December 2022
Date for filling out the NDA application form 21st December 2022 - 12th January 2023
Exam Date 16th April 2023
Result Date May 2023

Application Form for NDA 2023

The NDA exam form/ application form is available online on UPSC’s website. Before filling out the form, the candidates need to complete the OTR process i.e. the one-time registration process, following which they can fill out the form.

Note: The application form for NDA 2 will be available on 17th May 2023.

How to Apply Online

  • Visit UPSCs website
  • First complete the OTR process
  • Those who have registered can fill out the NDA application form
  • There are two parts to the registration process namely parts 1 and 2
  • Part 1 includes basic registration in addition to other details
  • Part 2 of the registration process includes uploading scanned documents such as the candidate’s photograph, signature, and fee payment.
  • Choose your preferred exam center
  • Take a printout of the form

NDA Application Fee

The NDA application fee is INR 100. However, women candidates, SC/ST/ and sons of ORs, NCOs, and JCOs are exempt from paying the fee.

Moreover, the NDA application fee can be paid via credit card/ debit card/ net banking or SBI challan method

Category Fees (In INR)
General Category/OBC 100
SC/ST/Sons of JCOs, NCOs, ORs N/A

NDA 2023 Syllabus - Mathematics

Topic Sub-Topic
  • Sets
  • Venn diagrams
  • De Morgan laws
  • Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation.
  • Real numbers, Complex numbers
  • Modulus
  • Cube roots
  • Conversion from Binary system to Decimals and the other way round.
  • Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions.
  • Quadratic equations
  • Linear inequations
  • Permutation and Combination (PnC)
  • Binomial theorem, and Logarithms.
  • Function - domain, range, and graph of a function.
  • Composite functions, one-to-one, onto, and inverse functions.
  • The notion of limit
  • Standard limits
  • Continuity of functions
  • Algebraic operations on continuous functions.
  • Derivative of a function and physical interpretation of a derivative application.
  • Derivatives of sum, product, and quotient of functions, the derivative of a function concerning another function, and the derivative of a composite function.
  • Second-order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions.
  • Applying derivatives in maxima and minima based problems
Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Integration - as inverse of differentiation, by substitution,by parts, in addition to standard integrals that involve algebraic expressions. Moreover trigonometric, exponential, and hyperbolic functions.
  • Evaluation of definite integrals and determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves-applications.
  • Order and degree of a differential equation & their definition
  • Formation of a differential equation by examples.
  • General and particular solutions of differential equations in addition to solutions of the first order, and also first-degree differential equations of various types with examples.
  • Application in problems of growth and decay.
Matrices and Determinants
  • Types of matrices, operations on matrices.
  • Basic properties and determinant of a matrix
  • Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix,
  • Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns via Cramer’s rule and via the Matrix Method.
  • Angles which include their measures in degrees and radians.
  • Trigonometric ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae.
  • Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions.
  • Applications - Height and distance, in addition to properties of triangles.
Vector Algebra
  • Vectors (two dimensions and three dimensions, their magnitude, and direction of a vector)
  • Vectors - unit/ null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication, scalar product, or dot product of two vectors.
  • Vector product/ cross product of two vectors.
  • Applications of work done by a force and also moment of a force
Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension
  • Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system
  • Distance formula
  • Equation of a line (in various forms).
  • Measuring the angle between two lines as well as the distance of a point from a line.
  • Equation of a circle (standard and in general form)
  • Standard forms of parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic.
  • Point in a 3D space, in addition to the distance between two points.
  • Direction Cosines and direction ratios.
  • Equation two points.
  • Direction Cosines and direction ratios.
  • Plane and line equations
  • Measuring the angle between two lines & two planes.
  • Equation of a sphere.
Statistics and Probability
  • Probability: Random experiments, their outcomes, and events that are mutually exclusive. Additionally, cover exhaustive events, impossible and certain events.
  • Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary, and composite events.
  • Definition of probability and examples -classical and statistical.
  • Elementary theorems on probability-simple problems.
  • Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem.
  • Random variable on a sample space.
  • Binomial distribution, with examples of random experiments that give rise to Binomial distribution.


UPSC has extended the date of filling out the application form for NDA 1 2023 till 12th January 2023. Therefore, candidates who wish to apply for the same can do so but must register first before applying.

Moreover, the NDA syllabus and other notifications can be found on the UPSC website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is the age limit for NDA 1 2023?

Ans. The age limit for NDA 1 2023 is 16.5 Years to 19.5 Years

Q2. Can I qualify for NDA in 3 months?

Ans. Ideally, it takes at least 6 months to prepare for the NDA exam and may require up to a year to complete the syllabus and solve past papers. Therefore, it is not possible to crack or qualify for the NDA exam in 3 months.

Q3. Which newspaper is best for NDA?

Ans. The two best newspapers you can refer to for the NDA exam are The Hindu and Indian Express.

Q4. Which stream is best for NDA?

Ans. The best stream to clear NDA is the science stream.

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