UPSC NDA Physical Requirements

UPSC NDA Physical Requirements

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.

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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
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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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
152 41 42.5 44 45
155 42 43.5 45.3 47
157 43 45 47 48
160 45 46.5 48 49
162 46 48 50 51
165 48 50 52 53
167 49 51 53 54
170 51 52.5 55 56
173 52.5 54.5 57 58
175 54.5 56 59 60
178 56 58 61 62
180 58.5 60 63 64.5
183 61 62.5 65 66.5

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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
152 46 45 44
155 47 46 45
157 49 47 46
160 50 48 47
162 52 50 48
165 53 52 50
167 55 53 52
170 57 55 53
173 59 57 55
175 61 59 57
178 62 61 59
180 64 63 61
183 67 65 63

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)
Leg Length 99.00 120.00
Thigh Length N.A. 64.00
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
  • Hydrocele/Phimosis
  • Overweight/Underweight
  • Undersized Chest
  • Piles
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Tonsillitis
  • Varicocele

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
  • Uncorrected eyes without glass -6/6, 6/9
  • Corrected eyes with glass – 6/6, 6/6
  • Myopia Limit –0.75 D Sph
  • Hypermetropia Limit – +1.5
  • Binocular Vision – III
  • Colour Perception Limit – I
  • Astigmatism (within limits of myopia and hypermetropia)  + 0.75 D Sph / Cyl 

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

We hope you have found this article on UPSC NDA Physical Requirements helpful. If you would like to ask anything or if you would like to share your feedback with us regarding the same, you could do that using the comment segment. For all forthcoming latest updates on the physical test of UPSC NDA, keep an eye on this page.


  1. Hey guys i am studying in class 9th and i am 170 cm in height but i have 72 kg weight should start doing something now or is it okay at NDA

    • Hello Nandan,
      We didn’t get the term Cadet Angle, do check the spelling.
      And about the term flat foot, when the middle part of the foot raises off the ground when you stand, while the rest of the foot remains flat on the ground, it is called flat foot.

  2. sir…. I want to join the India Navy. My height is 6 feet 1 inch .. how much should be mt weight so that I dont face rejection in the medical test???

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