NDA Written Exam


NDA written entrance examination is conducted by UPSC twice a year. Notification for the exam appears in all major national dailies in the month of Dec/Jan for the April exam and in the months of May/June for the September exam. The exam is held in the months of April and September. Candidates must apply to sit for the examination, online on the UPSC website after notification is released by UPSC.


Tentative Vacancies Per Course NDA : 339 (208 for Army, 39 for Navy and 92 for Air

Force) or As notified from time to time.


Notification in Employment News/ leading daily news Paper/ UPSC website Jun and Dec as Notified by UPSC
Age Between 16 ½ to 19 ½ years as on first day of the month in which course is due to commence.
Qualification (i) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy :—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.


(ii) For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy :—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics 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.

Sex Male candidates only. Women cannot apply for NDA.
Marital Status Un Married
Likely SSB Date Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Date Commencement of Training Jan and Jul
Training Academy NDA , Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA(For Army cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at Naval Academy( for Naval cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & ½ Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)



NDA written exam is comprised of two tests. Duration of each test is two and a half hours and both are conducted on the same day, consecutively. Examination is set by the UPSC


 Test/ Paper  Subject  Duration  Maximum Marks
 I  Mathematics  2 .5 hours  300
 II  General Ability Test  2.5 hours  600
 Total= 900


PAPER-I MATHEMATICS (Code No. 01) (Maximum Marks-300)


Concept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams. De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation.

Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers—basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity. Binary system of numbers. Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations with real coefficients. Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs. Permutation and Combination. Binomial theorem and its applications. Logarithms and their applications.


Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.


Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians. Trigonometrical ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.


Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system. Distance formula. Equation of a line in various forms. Angle between two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard and in general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three dimensional space, distance between two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation of a sphere.


Concept of a real valued function–domain, range and graph of a function. Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples. Continuity of functions—examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications. Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function, derivative of a composite function. Second order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima.


Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals— determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves—applications.

Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of a differential equations, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types—examples. Application in problems of growth and decay.


Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.


Statistics : Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution—examples. Graphical representation—Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon—examples. Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median and mode. Variance and standard deviation—determination and comparison. Correlation and regression.

Probability : Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical— examples. Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.

PAPER-II GENERAL ABILITY TEST (Code No. 02) (Maximum Marks—600)

Part ‘A’—ENGLISH (Maximum Marks—200)

The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like : Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part ‘B’—GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Maximum Marks—400)

The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects : Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

The syllabus given below is designed to indicate the scope of these subjects included in this paper. The topics mentioned are not to be regarded as exhaustive and questions on topics of similar nature not specifically mentioned in the syllabus may also be asked. Candidate’s answers are expected to show their knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

Section ‘A’ (Physics)

Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer.

Motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Power and Energy. Effects of Heat, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat. Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments. Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye. Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet.

Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays. General Principles in the working of the following:


Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses.

Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)

Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems). Properties of Air and Water.

Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbondioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts. Carbon— different forms. Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial. Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun-Powder. Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.

Section ‘C’ (General Science)

Difference between the living and non-living. Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals. Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs. Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.

Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet. The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists

Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)

A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation. Freedom Movement in India. Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India. Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development. Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution. Impact of Science and Technology on Society. Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism. Role of India in the present world.

Section ‘E’ (Geography)

The Earth, its shape and size. Lattitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time. International Date Line. Movements of Earth and their effects. Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification; Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate, Major Natural regions of the World. Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities. Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India.


Section ‘F’ (Current Events)

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years. Current important world events. Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

NOTE : Out of maximum marks assigned to part ‘B’ of this paper, questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightages respectively.



UPSC declares the result of NDA written exam in 3-4 months after the written exam. The same can be viewed on the UPSC website. Being a competitive exam and there is no fixed cut off percentage for passing. Candidates who perform better are sent the call letters for SSB interviews. The final merit list is prepared after the SSB interviews final result and displayed on the UPSC website. Joining instructions are sent to students based on vacancies available as per the merit list.




Candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments in order to speed up finalisation of medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB.

Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below :

(a) Wax (Ears)

(b) Deviated Nasal Septum

(c) Hydrocele/Phimosis

(d) Overweight/Underweight

(e) Under Sized Chest

(f) Piles

(g) Gynaecomastia

(h) Tonsillitis

(i) Varicocele

NOTE : Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on inner face of forearm i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand/Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis. Comdt Selection Centre will be competent auth for clearing such cases.

Civilian candidates appearing for all types of commission in the Armed Forces will be entitled to out-patients treatment from service sources at public expense for injuries sustained or diseases contracted during the course of their examination by the Selection Board. They will also be entitled to in-patient treatment at public expense in the Officer’s ward of a hospital provided—

(a) the injury is sustained during the tests or,

(b) the disease is contracted during the course of the examination by selection board and there is no suitable accommodation in local civil hospital or it is impracticable to remove the patient to the civil hospital; or,

(c) the medical board requires the candidate’s admission for observation.

NOTE: They are not entitled to special nursing.

A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates will be admitted to the academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. The proceedings of the Medical Board are confidential and will not be divulged to anyone. However, the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and the procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board will also be intimated to the candidate. Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.

(a) The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of Military duties.

(b) There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or under weight. The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.

(c) The minimum acceptable height is 157 cms(162.5 cms. for Air Force). For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable heights will be 5 cms. less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms. Height and weight standards are given below :



Height in                                             Weight in Kgs.


(Without                             16-17                     17-18                     18-19

shoes)                                  years                     years                     years


1                                              2                              3                              4

152                                         42.5                        44.0                        45.0

155                                         43.5                       45.3                       47.0

157                                         45.0                       47.0                        48.0

160                                        46.5                       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


NOTE 1: Height relaxable upto 2.5 cm may be allowed where the Medical Board certifies that the candidate is likely to grow and come up to the required standard on completion of his training.





 Height in                            Weight in Kgs.


 (Without                            16                           18                           20

 shoes)                                 years                    years                    years


1                                              2                              3                              4

152                                         44                          45                           46

155                                        45                           46                          47

157                                         46                           47                           49

160                                         47                           48                           50

162                                         48                           50                           52

165                                         50                           52                           53

168                                        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


“Individual’s weight is considered normal if it is within ±10% departure from average weight given in the table I and II”. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad build as well as individuals with thin build but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

NOTE 1 : To meet special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height will be as under :


Minimum                            Maximum

Leg Length                          99.00 cms.                           120.00 cms.

Thigh Length                      —                                           64.00 cms.

Sitting Height                    81.50 cms.                           96.00 cms.


(d) Chest should be well developed. Fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a tape so adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the lower angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.

(e) There should be no maldevelopment or impairment of function of the bones or joint.

Spinal Conditions

(f) Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacro iliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected radiologically during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service:

(i) Granulomatous disease of spine

(ii) Arthritis/spondylosis — Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders — Ankylosing spondylitis — Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease — Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.) — Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, , polymyositis, vasculitis.

(iii) Spondylolisthesis/spondylolysis.

(iv) Compression fracture of vertebrae.

(v) Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)

(vi) Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.

(vii) Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.

(viii) Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.

(ix) Degenerative Disc. Disease.

(x) Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.

(xi) Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.

(xii) Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.

(xiii) Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.

(g) Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis where deformity is barely noticeable and there is no pain or restriction of movement will not preclude acceptance.

(h) In case of noticeable Scoliosis or suspicion of any other abnormality or spinal deformity, more than mild, appropriate X-rays of the spine are to be taken and the Examinee referred for specialist’s advice.

(i) The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Armed Forces : (i) Granulomatius disease of spine.

(ii) Arthritis/spondylosis

(iii) Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army and Navy).

(iv) More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis

(v) Spondylolisthesis/Spondylosis/Spondylolysis

(vi) Herniated nucleus pulposes. (vii) Compression fracture of Vertebra.

(viii) Sacaralisation Disease

(ix) Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.

(x) Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level. (This serial be treated as deleted for Air Force candidates).

(xi) Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.

(xii) Incomplete Sacaralisation Unilateral or Bilateral

(xiii) Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 if completely Sacralised

(xiv) Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.

(j) A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.

(k) The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Audiometric test will be done for AF. Audiometric hearing loss should not be greater than 20 db in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. There is no impediment of speech.

(l) There should be no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Blood pressure should be normal.

(m) There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.

(n) Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. In case of Hernia which has been operated, a minimum of one year must have passed prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.

(o) There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.

(p) Urine examination will be done and any abnormality if detected will be a cause for rejection.

(q) Any disease of skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.

(r) Distance Vision (Corrected): Better Eye 6/6; Worse Eye 6/9. Myopia should not be more than -2.5D including astigmatism and manifest hypermetropia not more than +3.5D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The Colour vision standard will be CP-III (Defective Safe). Candidates should be able to recognize white, signal red and signal green colours correctly as shown by Martin’s Lantern at a distance of 1.5 metre or read the requisite plate of Ishihara Book / Tokyo Medical College Book. Candidates who have undergone or have evidence for having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity     will be permanently rejected for all the services. Candidates who have undergone Laser Surgery for correction of refractive error are also not acceptable to defence services.

Vision standard for Naval candidates

Uncorrected without glass                           6/6,                        6/9

Corrected with glass                                       6/6,                        6/6

Limits of Myopia                                               –0.75

Limits of Hypermetropia                               +1.5

Binocular vision                                                III

Limits of colour perception                         I


Visual Standards for Air Force

Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Air Force, Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia. Colour vision CP-I Hypermetropia : +2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any Meridian permitted Astigmatism : + 0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D.Max) Maddox Rod Test

(i) at 6 meters                                                   Exo-6 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypro-1 prism D

(ii) at 33 cms                                                       Exo-16 prism D

Eso-6 prism D

Hyper-1 prism D

Hypo-1 prism D

Hand held Stereoscope–All of BSV grades Convergence–Up to 10 cm Cover test for distant and near–Latent divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete.

(a) “Candidates who have undergone PRK (Photo Refractive Keratotomy / Lasik (Laser in Situ Keratomileusis) may be considered fit for commissioning in the Air Force in all branches”. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit. Binocular vision must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth).

(b) “Post PRK/Lasik candidates must meet the visual requirements required for the branch”.

(c) The following criteria must be satisfied prior to selecting post-PRK/LASIK at the time of Air Force Medical Examination:-

(i) LASIK surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.

(ii) The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.

(iii)At least 12 months should have elapsed post uncomplicated stable LASIK with no history or evidence of any complication.

(iv)The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.

(v) Individual with high refractive errors (> 6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded.

(vi)Radial Keratotomy (RK) surgery for correction of refractive errors is not permitted for any Air Force duties. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit.

(s) USG abdomen examination will be carried out and any congential structural anomaly or disease of the abdominal organs will be a cause for rejection in Armed Forces.

(t) The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.

(u) Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must be within normal limits.

(v) Physical conditioning : Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition, by following the under mentioned routine :—

(a) Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes

(b) Skipping

(c) Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)

(d) Chin ups (minimum 08)

(e) Rope climbing 3-4 metres.



  1. Army Officers and equivalent ranks in Air Force and Navy

(i) Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training:-

Stipend to Gentlemen Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service academies i.e. during training period at IMA. Rs 56,100/- p.m.*

* On successful commissioning, the pay in the Pay matrix of the Officer commissioned shall be fixed in first Cell of Level 10 and the period of training shall not be treated as commissioned service and arrears on account of admissible allowances, as applicable, for the training period shall be paid to cadets.

(ii) Pay.

(a)          Rank                                                                      Pay Level (in Rs.)

Lt to Maj                                                             Lt – 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 Gen                                            Lt 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)

HAG+Scale                                                          Level 16 (2,05,400 – 2,24,400)

VCOAS/Ar my Cdr/ Lt Gen(NFSG)             Level 17 (2,25,000/-) (fixed)

COAS                                                                     Level 18 (2,50,000/-) (fixed)


(b) MSP to the officer is as follows:-

Military Service Pay(MSP) to the officers from   the rank of Lt to Brig       Rs 15,500 p.m. fixed


(a) Qualification Grant Final order on the issue is yet to be issued by the Govt. Hence the information will be provided after receipt of Govt order on the issue.

(b) Qualification Pay :- Pertaining to Indian Air Force.

(c) Flying allowance :- The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in the Army Aviation Corps are entitled to flying allowance as under:-

Rank                                     Level

Lt & above                         Level 10 and above Rs 25,000/- p.m. fixed

(iv) Other Allowances:-

(a)                          Dearness Allowance      Admissible at the same rates and under the same conditions as are

applicable to the civilian personnel from time to time.

(b)                         Kit maintenance allce    Subsumed into the newly proposed Dress Allowance i.e. Rs 20,000/- per year

(c) Depending upon rank and area of posting, officer posted to Field Areas will be eligible for the following Field Area allces:-

Rank                      Level                                    HAFA                    Fd Area Allce     Mod Fd Area Allce

Lt & above         Level 10 and above         16900                    10500                    6300

(d) High Altitude Allowance

Rank                      Level                                     CATI (PM)           CAT-II (PM)        CAT-III (PM)

Lt & above         Level 10 and above        3400                       5300                       25000

(e) Siachen Allowance Siachen Allowance will be Rs. 42,500/- per month.

(f) Uniform allowance. Subsumed into the newly proposed Dress Allowance i.e. Rs. 20,000/- per year.

(g) Transport Allce (TPTA).

 Pay Level            Higher TPTA Cities (Rs. Per month)        Other Places (Rs. Per month)

9 and above       Rs. 7200+DA thereon                                     Rs. 3600+DA thereon

Note :-

(i) Higher Tpt Cities (UA). Hyderabad, Patna, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Surat, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kozhikode, Indore, Greater Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Kolkata.

(ii) The allowance shall not be admissible to those service personnel who have been provided with the facility of Government transport

(iii) Officers in Pay Level 14 and above, who are entitled to use official car, will have the option to avail official car facility or to draw the TPTA at the rate of Rs. 15,750+DA thereon. (iv) The allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered by leave.

(iv) Physically disabled service personnel will continue to be paid at double rate, subject to a minimum of Rs. 2250 + DA.

(h) Children Education Allowance. Rs. 2250/- per month per child for two eldest surviving only. CEA is admissible from Nursery to 12th Class.

(i) Reimbursement should be done just once a year, after completion of the financial year (which for most schools coincides with the Academic year).

(ii) Certificate from the head of institution where the ward of government employee studies should be sufficient for this purpose. The certificate should confirm that the child studied in the school during the previous academic year.

In the case of allowances specific to Defence Forces, the rates of these allowances would be enhanced by 25% automatically each time the Dearness Allowance payable on the revised pay band goes up by 50% (GoI letter no. 1/(16)/2017/D(Pay/Services) dated 18 Sep 2017).

(i) The following monetary benefits are available to the Cadets (Direct)/NoKs in the event of invalidment on medical grounds/death of a Cadet (Direct) due to causes attributable to or aggravated by military training :


(i) Monthly Ex-gratia amount of Rs. 9,000/- per month.

(ii) Ex-gratia disability award @ Rs. 16200/- per month shall be payable in addition for 100% of disability during period of disablement subject to prorate reduction in case the degree of disablement is less than 100%. No disability award shall be payable in cases where the degree of disablement is less than 20%.

(iii) Constant Attendant Allowance (CCA) @ Rs 6750/- per month for 100% disable on the recommendation of Invaliding Medical Board (IBM).


(i) Ex-gratia amount of Rs. 12.5 lakhs to the NoK.

(ii) The Ex-gratia amount of Rs. 9000/- per month to the NoK.

(iii) The Ex-gratia awards to Cadets (Direct) / NoK, shall be sanctioned purely on ex-gratia basis and the same     shall not be treated as pension for any purpose. However, dearness relief at applicable rates shall be granted              on monthly ex-gratia as well as ex-gratia disability award.


(a)          Army Group Insurance Fund is a compulsory contributory group scheme, which provides insurance cover for Rs. 15 Lakh on payment of one time non refundable premium of Rs. 6400/- for 3 years paid in advance in lump sum by the cadets including Naval and Air Force Cadets of NDA from the date of joining of Pre-commissioning training till completion of training at NDA. In case of relegation, an additional premium of Rs. 1,160/- per relegated term will be paid immediately on occurrence. For those who are invalided out from NDA by IMB on account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided Rs.7.5 lakhs for 100 per cent disability. This will be proportionately reduced to Rs 1.5 lakhs for 20 per cent disability. However, for less than 20 per cent disability, only an Ex-Gratia Grant of Rs. 50,000/- for initial year of training and Rs. 1 lakh during the last year of training will be paid. Disability due to alcoholism, drug addiction and due to the diseases of pre-enrolment origin will not qualify for disability benefit and Ex-Gratia Grant. In addition, a Cadet withdrawn on disciplinary grounds, expelled as an undesirable or voluntarily leaving the Academy will also not be eligible for disability benefits and Ex-Gratia.

(b)          At IMA when in receipt of stipend, the Gentlemen Cadets are provided insurance cover of Rs. 75 lakh with a monthly contribution of Rs. 5,000/- w.e.f. 01 October, 2016 as per maint AGI scheme as applicable to regular officers. Those who are invalidated out from IMA by IMB on account of disability and not entitled to any pension will be provided Rs. 25 Lakhs for 100 per cent disability. This will be proportionately reduced to Rs. 5 lakhs for 20 per cent disability. However, for less than 20% disability, only an Ex-Gratia Grant of Rs. 50,000/- for initial year of training and Rs 1 lakh during the last year of training will be paid. Disability due to alcoholism, drug addiction and due to the diseases of pre-enrolment origin will not qualify for disability benefit and Ex-Gratia Grant. In addition, Gentlemen cadets withdrawn on disciplinary grounds, expelled as an undesirable or voluntarily leaving the Academy will also not be eligible for disability benefits and Ex-Gratia.



S.No.     Army                     Navy                                      Air Force                              Minimum Reckonable Commissioned Service

                                                                                                                                                required for Substantive Promotion


(a)         Lieutenant          Sub Lieutenant                Flying Officer                     On Commission

(b)         Captain                 Lieutenant                          Flight Lieutenant              02 Years

(c)          Major                    Lt. Commander                                 Squadron                            Leader 06 years

(d)          Lt  Colonel           Commander                       Wing Commander           13 years

(e)          Colonel(Selection) Captain (Selection) Group Captain (Selection) On Selection

(f)           Colonel (Time Scale) Captain (Time Scale) Group Captain (Time Scale) 26 years

(g)          Brigadier              Commodore                      Air Commodore                On Selection

(h)          Major General                 Rear Admiral                      Air Vice Marshal               On Selection

(i)            Lt  General          Vice Admiral                       Air Marshal                         On Selection

(j)           General               Admiral                                Air Chief Marshal             On Selection


Pension, gratuity and casualty pensionary award will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.

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Leave will be admissible in accordance with the rules in force from time to time.