Medical Requirements for NDA

Medical standards for NDA

The medical standards for NDA qualification is quite high. The NDA conducts a very high quality medical test for the SSB qualified cadets. Very less percentage of students get selected in SSB and those who are able to sustain and proceed through all the five days of the test that is conducted on the pattern designed by the DRDO; the board sends them to the chosen medical centre across the country which are centrally administered. Various tests are conducted so as to get the full detailed analysis of the body, and if the cadet has no disfunctionality then the very person gets a go through, and will be successfully qualified for the trainings.

The total duration required or consumed by the military hospital to complete the examination process is four to five days. The procedure adopted by the medical board is highly confidential and is not revealed to anyone. However, if a candidate is declared unfit by the medical board, then they will have one more option of challenging or appealing to the president of the medical board. And, if there is any postural deformation then they have a specific time frame to correct their deformation. Else the re examination will be conducted at the military hospital under the president of the medical board.

Procedure to Appeal to the Medical Board

The candidates who want to challenge the medical board must appear before the examination board within the stipulated time frame which is 42 days from the date of examination. The special team will re conduct the examination under the medical boards president. This procedure will get completed within a day.

The centres for appeal are:

1.  INHS Ashvini, Mumbai

2.  Command Hospital, Central command, Lucknow

3.  Command Hospital, Eastern command, Kolkata

4.  Command Hospital, Western command, Chandimandir

5.  Command Hospital, Southern command, Pune

6.  Command Hospital, Air force, Bangalore

7.  Command Hospital, Northern command, C/o 5c APO

8: Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt.

The candidates who are declared unfit by the Appeal medical board, the the person may challenge the proceedings and then depending upon the merit of the candidates the review or appeal is taken into consideration.

Stay During the Medical Examination

The candidates who are selected in the SSB after the result declaration will have to stay in the selection centres, as described by the officials in the military hospitals, and they would be allotted a new chest number which is different from the one in SSB.

However, the candidates who go for an appeal have to make their own arrangements during their re medical examination.


The most important criterion to be fulfilled by the SSB qualifiers is the discipline at the military hospitals, else they might get rejected straight away.

Height and Weight Standards at the NDA

NDA height/ weight standards for the Indian Army and Indian Air force
Height cms. Weight kgs.
16-17 years 17-18years 18-19years
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


   NDA height/ weight standards for the Indian Navy
Height cms. Weight kgs.
16-17 years 17-18years 18-19years
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
Eyesight Required for NDA
Uncorrected without glass 6/6,6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6,6/6
Limits of Myopia -0.75
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Binocular vision 111
Limits of color perception 1

The above mentioned heights with respect to your weight along with the eyesight mentioned is a primary condition that is required by a candidate to qualify the exam. There are many more tests which are conducted and the people with some kind of postural deformity are the first ones to get eliminated. Many people who have given this exam say that it is very detailed analysis of the body and even if you have a certain problem which you have not even acknowledged may lead to your disqualification. Thus, the fact is you cannot hide anything in the medicals , such is the standard and requirement of the NDA. So, I recommend you to stay fit and adjust your weight according to your height. Keep exercising and enhance your fitness so as to gain confidence and improve your selection probability.

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