Altaf kh 2 months ago

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Altaf KhLast Seen: 1 month 5 days agoJoined on: 23-Dec-2018Education Interest: MedicineEducation Level: Class 12

What is the difference between nda and na?

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Bachan Thakur 2 months ago

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Bachan ThakurLast Seen: 14 hours 43 min agoJoined on: 18-Sep-2015Education Interest: CompetitionEducation Level: Graduate & Above


There's no major difference, but just a term or title given to NDA & NA. It's that the exam is named like that. However, both have different full forms, while the exam is only one which is conducted by UPSC only. 

NDA & NA is termed as NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY & NAVAL ACADEMY EXAMINATION. However, there are different wings for which the eligibility and requirements are different. You have to opt for the wing you aspire to join. For Army Wing of NDA, you need to have passed/appearing 12th of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent exam, while for Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy, you should have passed or appearing 10+2 of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics.

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Dhameer Bhatia 2 months ago

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Dhameer BhatiaLast Seen: 6 hours 46 min agoJoined on: 09-Jan-2019Education Interest: Degree ProgrammesEducation Level: In Graduation

Hello Altaf Kh,

NDA stands for National Defence Academy. 12th class pass student of the 10+2 pattern of School Education can apply for Army Wing of National Defence Academy.

NA stands for Naval Academy. Only 12th Pass students of the 10+2 pattern of School Education with subjects Physics and Mathematics can apply for Naval Wing. Same conditions of educational qualifications apply for Air Force Wing.

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Shreya Pandey 2 months ago

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Shreya PandeyLast Seen: 1 week 17 hours agoJoined on: 08-Mar-2018Education Interest: Degree ProgrammesEducation Level: Graduate & Above

Dear Student,

The fullform of NDA is National Defence Academy and NA stands for Naval Academy. Both the exams are conducted by U.P.S.C. For NDA, the candidate must have passed 10+2 from a recognised university with any stream but for NA, the candidate should pass 10+2 with science stream only. Rest of the criterias are same for both the fields. After NDA, the candidate can work in Air Force Academy,Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy but after NA one cn work in Indian Navy only.

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