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National Defence Academy Examination (II) NDA & NA Exam II 2014 Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to NDA physical standards for National Defence Academy admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2014 as per guidelines given in Appendix – IV.

A candidate who has resigned or withdrawn on disciplinary grounds from any of the NDA II training academies of Armed Forces is not eligible to apply.

Guidelines for Physical Standards for Admission to the National Defence Academy.

Note : Candidates must be physically and mentally fit according to the prescribed physical standards. The guidelines for the same are given below.

A Number of qualified candidates are rejected subsequently on medical grounds. Candidates are therefore advised in their own interest to get themselves medically examined before submitting their NDA II Online applications 2014 to avoid disappointment at the final stage.

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 :

  1. Wax ( Ears )
  2. Deviated Nasal Septum
  3. Hydrocele / Phimosis
  4. Overweight / Underweight
  5. Under sized Chest
  6. Piles
  7. Gynaecomastia
  8. Tonsillitis
  9. 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 authority for clearing such cases.

Civilian candidates appearing for all types of Union Public Service 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 NDA II examination 2014 by the Selection Board. They will also be entitled to in-patient treatment at public expense in the Officers ward of a hospital provided -

1. The injury is sustained during the NDA tests or
2. The disease is contracted during the course of the National Defence Academy II 2014 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

3. The medical board requires the candidate’s NDA admission for observation.

Note : They are not entitled to special nursing.

A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a NDA 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.

  1. 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.
  2. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or under weight. The candidate should not be overweight or obese.
  3. The minimum acceptable height is 157.5 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.

NDA Height and Weight Standards are given below :

NDA Height / Weight Standards for Indian Army / Indian Air Force
Height in Centimetres ( Without shoes ) Weight in Kgs.
16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44 45
155 43.5 45.3 47
157 45 47 48
160 46.5 48 49
162 48 50 51
165 50 52 53
167 51 53 54
170 52.5 55 56
173 54.5 57 58
175 56 59 60
178 58 61 62
180 60 63 64.5
183 62.5 65 66.5

Height / Weight Standards for Indian Navy
Height in Centimetres ( Without shoes ) Weight in Kgs.
16 years 18 years 20 years
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

A ± 10% ( A ± 6 Kg for Navy ) departure from the average weight given in the table 1 above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad build as well as individuals with thin but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

Note 1 :;Height relaxable upto 2.5 cm ( 5 cm. for Navy ) 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 National Defence Academy training.

Note 2 :;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 :

Leg Length99.00cms.120.00 cms.
Thigh Length-64.00 cms.
Sitting Height81.50cms.96. 00 cms.

On account of lower age of NDA II Exam 2014 candidates, a margin of upto 5.0 cm. in height, 2.5 cm. in leg length ( minimum ) and 1.0 cm. sitting height ( minimum ) may be given provided it is certified by the Medical Board that the candidate is likely to grow and come upto the required standard on completion of his training in NDA.

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.

National Defence Academy II Exam 2014 Visual Standard : A candidate should be able to read in a distant vision chart 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye with or without glasses. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hyper-metropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of opthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard, will be ( CPIII ) for Army. A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours. Candidates will be required to give certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of 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 Indian Naval candidates in NDA / NA II 2014

Uncorrected without glass6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass6/6, 6/6
Limits of Myopia-0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia+1.5
Binocular vision111
Limits of colour preceptionI

Visual Standards for Indian Air Force in NDA II 2014

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 metersExo - 6 prism D
Eso - 6 prism D
Hyper - 1 Prism D
Hypro - 1 Prism D
ii. at 33 cmsExo-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 – Lateral divergence / convergence recovery rapid and complete Radial Keratotomy, Photo Refractive Keratotomy / laser in Situ, Kerato – mileusis ( PRK / LASIK ) surgeries for correction of refractive errors are not permitted for any Air Force duties. 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. Candidates who have undergone LASIK surgery are not considered fit for permanent commission in flying branch in IAF.

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.

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.

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

(v) NDA / NA Exam II 2014 Physical Conditioning : Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition, by following the undermentioned routine :

  1. Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
  2. Skipping
  3. Pushups and sit ups ( minimum 20 each )
  4. Chin ups ( minimum 08 )
  5. Rope climbing -3-4 metres.