15 Answers to Students’ Questions on NDA Admission

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You’re reading this post to find answers to some or any of the following questions:

  1. What is the Nigeria Defence Academy?
  2. Is NDA a university, polytechnic or college of education?
  3. What benefit do I have if I go to NDA instead of other universities?
  4. Does NDA use the JAMB UTME result for admission?
  5. Is NDA government school or private?
  6. How can I apply for NDA form?
  7. What are their admission requirements?
  8. Can I apply as a female Nigerian to NDA?
  9. Do they conduct entrance exams and what form does it take?
  10. Can I obtain their form as a direct entry applicant?
  11. Do the Nigerian Airforce and Navy also have a university like NDA?

The post below will answer the above-listed questions and a few others. But before answering your questions fully, let’s see the summary of how to gain admission to the University of Military called NDA.

Steps to Gain Admission to NDA

First, you must have the required SSCE results, you must write JAMB and score the national cut-off mark (or declared cut-off marks by NDA), partake in their entrance exams and if selected, attend the interview.

That’s the summary of the road to NDA Kaduna. You can see the comprehensive guide in the post, “NDA: How to Gain Admission to the Nigerian Defence Academy. Step By Step Guide“.

And if you’re here for the Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB) – which is different from NDA, I suggest you click the link to see if their form is currently on sales. 

If interested, you can check the list of military universities, polytechnic and colleges of education in Nigeria.  

Now to the questions,

Answers to your Questions on NDA Admission

1. What is NDA?

The full meaning of NDA is Nigerian Defence Academy. This is a joint university by the Nigerian Defence Ministry. That is, under NDA, we have the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, and Nigerian Airforce.

Hence, if you want admission into NDA, you’re allowed to select whether you want to be an officer of the air-force, navy, or army at the end of your course.

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2. Is NDA a university, polytechnic, or college of education?

NDA is like every other conventional university running the same courses or more. It’s not polytechnic or college of education.

When you’re done with your four- or five-year course at the university, you’re also awarded BSC, B.Tech, etc depending on your course just like in any other university.

3. What benefit do I have if I go to NDA instead of other universities? 

You can choose to remain with the Nigerian Army, Airforce, or Navy or choose to work elsewhere in the world.

It seems like a direct engagement (job) with Nigerian Defence Ministry if you’re a graduate of NDA.

4. Is NDA a government school or private? 

NDA is approved, owned, and administered by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It’s one of the listed federal universities in Nigeria.

5. What are their admission requirements? 

To be eligible for admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), a candidate must have the following:

  1. Minimum of 5 credit passes at SSCE (NECO, WAEC, or GCE ‘O’ Level) obtained in not more than 2 sittings relevant to the Faculty of their choices. Credit in English Language and Mathematics are generally compulsory across all the courses.
  2. Only ordinary level examination results of NOT more than 5 years old from the date of examination will be accepted.
  3. Be at least 17 years old and not more than 21 years old as of the month of September in the year of entry into the Academy.
  4. Must not be less than 1.68 metres tall for males and 1.65 metres for females.
  5. Must be medically and physically fit and must be of good moral character.
  6. Must be single male or female without a legal obligation to support any child or other individuals.
  7. Present a Certificate of State of Origin obtained from a Local Government Area or a Certificate of State Indigeneship from the Office of the State Governor.
  8. Working knowledge of the French, Arabic and Madarin Language will be an added advantage.

Full updated requirements can be found on the NDA application page

6. Can I apply as a female Nigerian to NDA?


Admission into the Academy is for both male and female Nigerians only.

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7. How can I apply for NDA form? 

Sale and filling of the NDA form are online.

To see the price, how to buy it online, and use the PIN, see the latest guide on their official admission website

8. Does NDA use the JAMB UTME result for admission?


You’ve been brief about this at the top of this post.

Every intending applicant must obtain the admission year UTME. Only candidates who satisfied the admission requirements and must have the UTME score of 180 for Arts and Social Sciences and Science while 210 score for Engineering courses will be enabled to print the Screening Test Admission Card and participate in the NDA Screening Test at the centre of choice.

9. Do they conduct entrance exams and what mode does it take?


NDA exam date is usually disclosed on their website some days after the closing date for the application or sometimes later.

Exams slip will be printed and it’s usually taken at desintated centres across the nation.

Applicants will be tested on English, Mathematics, General papers and related UTME subjects. This combination may change, hence applicants should prepare for all his or her UTME subject combinations and general papers.

10. Can I obtain the NDA form as a direct entry applicant? 


NDA doesn’t have room for Direct Entry 200 level admission for now.

To be cleared further on this, most candidates who are done with ND, NCE, IJMB, JUPEB, etc – are qualified to obtain JAMB Direct entry form. In DE form, they’re to choose two universities and courses of choice. But, NDA is not included for Direct Entry.

NDA: List of Approved Courses of the Nigerian Defence Academy

11. Do the Nigerian Airforce and Navy also have a university like NDA? 

As earlier mentioned, the Nigerian Army only spearheads this univeristy. It contains the same for all including the Navy and Air-force. Hence, no separate NDA for Airforce and Navy.

12. Can I use awaiting results to obtain NDA form? 

The best advice you can get is No.

It’s clearly written on their website.

Candidates awaiting results are not qualified.
NDA is usually faster in the processing of her admission for the years. They may not wait until your WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB results are released.

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So don’t use awaiting results, except you’re very sure that such results will be available before the entrance exams of the university

If however, you’re sure your result will be released before the form closes, you can still use awaiting results.

13. How can I get NDA Past Question Pack? 

You can get a copy of PDF NDA Past Questons and Answer Pack through my service.

Also, in response to requests from candidates for reference materials, the Academy has offered a Compendium of Past Questions & Answers at a token fee to interested candidates. This can be purchased from the Registry, NDA, Kaduna.

Applicants can equally borrow past questions pack from current students in the school or from a friend or family who had previously partaken in the entrance exams.

14. How Much is the NDA tuition or school fee? 


All Regular Course cadets will be trained in NDA and the cost of their administration and logistics will be borne by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

15. Where is the NDA entrance exams centre?

Generally, your examination centre will be available to you on your exam slip after printing.

To be sure of the centre before the printing of the slip, it should be your state of residence state or the closest state (where two or more states are joined).

A complete guide to gaining admission to NDA is well discussed in the post, “NDA: How to Gain Admission to the Nigerian Defence Academy. Step By Step Guide“. Take some minutes to read through.

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