Medical Standards for NDA

The NDA exams are conducted by UPSC twice every year for induction of candidates in the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces, i.e. the Army, the Navy and the Airforce. The selection process of NDA comprises of a written exam followed by SSB interview along with medical tests. The recommended candidates by the Service Selection Boardundergo a medical test conducted by a board of service medical officers. To appear for the exams, the aspirants need to fulfil many requirements set by UPSC, which includes age criteria and medical standards for NDA.

Medical Standards for NDA

The height and weight standards for Army, Air Force and Navy are given below –

Height/Weight Standards for Army/Air Force
Height (in cm) Weight (in kg)
Without shoes 16-17 years 17-18 years 18-19 years
152 42.5 44 45
155 43.5 45.5 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 Navy
Height (in cm) Weight (in kg)
Without shoes 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
167 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
Medical Requirement for Candidates to Join Indian Air Force as Pilot – Medical Standards for NDA
Special Requirements for Air Force Pilot
Leg length 99.00cm – 120.00cm
Thigh length Max 64.00cm
Sitting height 81.50cm – 96.00cm
 Other Medical Requirement by Candidates – Medical Standards for NDA – 
  1. There should be no symptoms or any sort of organic disease of the heart and blood vessels.
  2. Candidate’s Blood pressure should be normal.
  3. Urine sample of the candidate will be tested and if any abnormality is detected, it will be a cause for rejection.
  4. Hernias, if not operated properly will make a candidate unfit. In case of operated Hernia, a minimum of 6 months has to pass prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.
  5. There should be no signs of piles.
  6. Any disease of skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be considered as a cause for rejection.
  7. There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen.
  8. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.
  9. Candidate should not have any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  10. No bony deformities like chest wall deformities, Elbow deformities, Finger deformities Knock Knee, Bowlegs and deformities of feet and toes should be present.
Hearing ability standardsMedical Standards for NDA

  The hearing should be normal with no sign of any operated anomalies. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 centimeters 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. Audio metric hearing loss should not be greater than 20 db in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. There is no impediment of speech.

Vision Standard for Air Force, Army and Navy – Medical Standards for NDA
For Air Force Candidates:

NOTE: Candidates who wear spectacles permanently are not eligible for air force

Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia +2.00 D Sph
Colour Vision CPI (MLT)
Astigmatism +0.75 Cyl
Near Vision N-5 each eye
For Naval/Army Candidates:
Uncorrected without glass 6/6
Corrected with glass 6/6
Limits of Myopia -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Limits of Colour Perception I
Binocular Vision III
 Dental Health – Medical Standards for NDA

The candidates should have healthy gums and teeth and should not be suffering from severe pyorrhea. A minimum of 14 dental points are acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22.

Few of such commonly found defects / ailments are listed below – Medical Standards for NDA

  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

General physical parameter exercises to be performed at the time of selection – Medical Standards for NDA

  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
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