UPSC NDA Physical Requirements: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the schedule for NDA-I and NDA-II for the 2022 session. The UPSC NDA will be uploaded on the website’s server on December 22, 2022. NDA is the foremost priority of the candidates who wish to join the defence. However, passing the written test will not suffice; candidates will have to appear for an interview and medical examination. This article is regarding that last picked—the physical requirements for UPSC NDA.
Meeting all the requirements is a must to pass the NDA physical test. Candidates’ height and weight must be in line with the prerequisites. Also, the chest size of the candidates is measured to ensure it is what UPSC has asked for. The visual standards, such as distance vision, better eye, worse eye, etc., are also taken into account while measuring the physical standards of the candidates. We have added all such details so candidates can understand what it takes to pass the test.
UPSC NDA 2022 Overview
|Authority||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam Name||National Defence Academy (NDA)|
|Notification||December 22, 2022|
|Written Exam Date||April 10, 2022|
|Result Date||June 2022|
|SSC Interview||Soon Out|
|Physical Test||To Be Notified|
UPSC NDA Physical Standards
After taking the written test, the eligible candidates are evaluated as per physical requirements set by NDA and NA norms. These physical and mental standards are necessary. Failure to clear these standards will result in instant disqualification of the candidate. This article will guide NDA aspirants regarding the specific physical standards (NDA height and weight chart) for the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force.
All NDA aspirants should get themselves medically examined to check if they are fit for recruiting them. Since medical and physical fitness is examined later, it is better to know things beforehand. The eligible candidates will also undergo a medical examination. To get recruited to the academy, candidates need to be declared fit by the Medical Board. There are a few set norms for NDA Physical Requirements.
- 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.
- There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects.
- The candidate should not be overweight or obese.
An examiner conducts the investigation based on the following points during the medical examination:
- Hearing is perfect, and ear, nose, and throat are disease-free.
- Eyes are bright, clear, and there is no abnormality in the vision.
- Clear speech without impediments.
- The chest is well-formed with healthy lungs and heart.
- Feet and toes are well-formed and free of irregularities.
- No sign of disease in Genito-Urinary tract.
- Absence of any congenital malformation or defects.
The major NDA Physical Requirements to be fulfilled by candidates are NDA Height & Weight and Visual Standards.
NDA Height and Weight Chart
Under NDA Physical Requirements, the minimum acceptable height is 157.5 cms for Army and 162.5 cms for Air Force. There are a few exceptions set according to the region of the candidate.
- For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable height will be 5 cm less than the general norm.
- In the candidates are from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be cut down by 2 cm.
Check out the table below to overview the minimum height requirements for candidates belonging to different regions:
|Sr. No.||Category||Minimum Height for Male Candidates|
|1||Tribals from Ladakh Region||155 cm|
|2||Aandaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands||155 cm|
|3||Gorkhas, Nepali, Assamese, Garhwali, Kumaoni and Uttarakhand||152 cm|
|4||Bhutan, Sikkim & North East Region||152 cm|
As per NDA Physical Standards Guidelines, minimum physical attributes are required for the Indian Army and Air force.
NDA Physical Requirements for Indian Army and Air Force
The NDA also sets the height and weight requirements for the Indian Army and Air Force. Check out the below table for complete details:
|Physical Standard For NDA|
|Height (in cm) for Army/ Air Force||Weight (in Kgs)|
|15-16 Years||16-17 Years||17-18 Years||18-19 Years|
NDA Physical Requirements for Indian Navy
The height and weight requirements for the Indian Navy is set up by the NDA. Check out the below table for complete details:
|Height (In cms) for Navy||Weight (in kgs)|
|20 years||18 years||16 years|
A few salient points regarding Height and Weight NDA Physical Requirements are as follows.
- The height is measured without shoes.
- Height relaxation up to 2.5 cm (5 cm for Navy) may be allowed where the Medical Board certifies that the candidates are likely to grow and come up to the required standard on completing their training.
To meet the special requirements as a pilot in the Air Force, the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height will be as under:
|Minimum (in cm)||Maximum (in cm)|
|Sitting Height||81.50||96. 00|
NDA Physical Requirements – Visual Standards
The candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments to finalise a medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB.
A few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below:
- Wax (Ears)
- Deviated Nasal Septum
- Undersized Chest
The 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 their examination by the Selection Board. They will also be entitled to in-patient treatment at public expense in the Officers ward of a hospital provided:
- The injury is sustained during the tests or,
- The disease is contracted during the examination by the selection board, and there is no suitable accommodation in a local civil hospital, or
- It is impracticable to remove the patient to the civil hospital, or
- The medical board requires the candidate’s admission for observation.
Candidates must clear the visual standards set by the NDA to be eligible for the NDA. The below table highlights the requirements for the Indian Army:
|NDA Vision Standard For Army|
|Distance Vision (Corrected)||Better Eye 6/6
Worse Eye 6/9
|Colour vision||CP-III (Defective Safe)|
|Myopia must not be more than -2.5D
Hypermetropia must not be more than +3.5D
Check out the visual standards for Air Force candidates in the below table:
|NDA Vision Standards for Air Force|
|Candidates with spectacles||Not eligible for Air Force|
|Minimum distant vision||6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other
Hypermetropia: Correctable to 6/6
|Colour vision CPI 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)|
Check out the visual standards for Navy candidates in the below table:
|NDA Vision standard for Navy|
FAQs on UPSC NDA Physical Requirements
Here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding the UPSC NDA Physical Test:
Q. When will UPSC conduct the Physical Test for NDA?
A. Currently, there is no date for the Physical Test. As soon as it is officially announced, we will let you know here.
Q. What vision is considered better in NDA Medical Test?
A. The better eye considered the best in the NDA Medical Test is 6/6; whereas, 6/9 is considered worst.
Q. Are physical standards for the Indian Army and Navy different in NDA?
A. Yes, the physical requirements are different for both the Indian Army and Navy. Check out what the differences are above.
Q. Can female candidates apply for the UPSC NDA?
A. Yes, as per the decision taken by the UPSC, the women can also apply for the NDA exam now.
Q. What is the exam date of UPSC NDA?
A. UPSC will conduct the NDA-1 exam on April 10, 2022; whereas, the NDA-2 will take place on September 4, 2022.
More on UPSC NDA:
|NDA Recruitment||NDA Preparation|
|NDA Syllabus||NDA Exam Pattern|
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