NDA Admission Application Form 2023/2024 (71st Regular Course)

NDA admission for is out for 2023/2024 71st regular course. The Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA application form for 2023/2024 admission exercise is out.

This is the application process for the 71st regular course of the NDA. The 2023 registration has started online and interested members of the public can now apply. This article has the requirements and information on how to apply.

Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) 71st regular course admission online application form will be available for sale as from Monday 22 October, 2023 to Thursday 14 March, 2023 and it is open to both male and female Nigerians. That’s NDA application closing date.


Candidates admitted into NDA for Regular Course will undergo military and academic training as Officer Cadets for a duration of 5 years for Nigerian Army cadets 4 years for Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air force cadets.

On successful completion of training, graduands will earn a honours degree in a core discipline (BSc, BEng, BA). They will equally earn a Presidential Commission into the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The NDA screening test will be conducted as phase one of the Post-UTME screening and is scheduled to hold on Saturday 13 April 2023 at designated centres across the country. Only candidates with JAMB 2023 Registration Number will be eligible to write the exams.

NDA will await JAMB 2023 examination results before shortlisting candidates for the 71 RC Armed Forces Selection Board (AFSB) interview.


Only candidates who score a minimum of 180 (for Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Military Science & Interdisciplinary Studies) and 210 (for Faculty of Engineering) in JAMB 2023 examination shall be offered admission into NDA by the AFSB.

Only 2023 Registration Number and subsequent JAMB results will be considered in the NDA admission process for 2023.

Note: Read the instructions available on this page carefully.


The requirements for various undergraduate degree programmes are as detailed in the NDA website / applications portal, as well as in the JAMB Brochure and website.

All other information concerning degree courses, eligibility and examination centres are as contained in the NDA website / applications portal. Please note that working knowledge of French, Arabic and Mandarin will be an added advantage to applicants.

WAEC/NECO or NABTEB results of 2023 will not be accepted.

1. To be eligible for admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy, a candidate must have the following:

Passed the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) and attained an acceptable minimum national standard (as determined by JAMB annual policy meeting) in English language, Mathematics and any other two subjects relevant to the proposed course of study as set out by the JAMB brochure.

The course applied for on JAMB and NDA portal must be the same.

The choice of UTME subjects combination must be relevant to the course applied for in NDA.

Minimum of Five O level credits at GCE, SSCE (WAEC,NECO and NABTEB that is now accepted by NDA) in English language, Mathematics and three other subjects which are relevant to the intended programme at not more than two sittings.

Candidate be up to 17 years but not less than 21 years by 1 August 2023.

Note:(1) Candidates who desire to join the Nigerian Air Force must be between 17 and 19 years old at entry.
(2) The Nigerian Air Force has suspended the enlistment of female candidates in her Regular Combatant programme in NDA.

Must not be less than 1.68 meters tall for maleand 1.65meters for female.

Must be medically and physically fit and must be of good moral character.
Must have a BMI of between 18.5 – 25.5 kg/m2 to be considered for selection.
Must be single male or female without legal obligation to support any child or other individuals.
Present a Certificate of indigeneship from the State Government or Local Government Area.
Working knowledge of French, Arabic or Mandarin language is an added advantage.
2. Furthermore, candidates are to note the following:

Candidates awaiting results are not qualified. Application forms submitted without results will not be accepted.
Only examination results of not more than 5 years old from the date of examination will be accepted.
Currently, admission into the Academy is for both male and female Nigerians only, but Nigerian Air force does not accept female candidates for now.


Candidates should log on to the application portal www.nda.edu.ng or RCapplications.nda.edu.ng. The application fee is N3,500.00 only.

Please NOTE that only payment against RRR Codes generated via the application portal would be accepted.

Interested candidates are advised to go online and complete the NDA application on the websites indicated above. Please download and read carefully, the Instructions provided on the website.

Applicants applying for admission into NDA MUST also apply to the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), but may not necessarily select NDA as their choice of university. Such applicants are expected to sit for the JAMB Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

Method of Application for NDA 71st Regular Course (Application Procedure)

Your first step to apply to the Nigerian Defence Academy is to create an account.
Click Here to create an account. if you already have an Account, click to login to the portal. Your account will enable you purchase a form and also complete your application over several sessions. You will access your secure application in subsequent sessions by signing in under “Log in” or “Application Status”. If you have started an application previously, you can always login to continue. The system will prompt you on how to complete the application. Once satisfied with the application, click on submit!

Applicants can pay for their applications Online via the portal or via REMITA Retrieval Reference RRR at any Nigerian bank of choice. Ensure you have completed the previous step “CREATE AN ACCOUNT” to proceed.
To pay Online, Login to the application portal, choose ‘Pay Online’.
To pay via at any Nigerian bank of choice, login to the application portal, choose ‘Pay at Branch’
The application will guide you through the rest of the straightforward payment process

The online upload of required application documents is necessary, it is therefore advised that you please come along with the originals of this uploaded documents for sighting during your interview. Your application information is maintained on a secure server and remains confidential prior to submission. Use the Support link to get help or assistance during the completion and submission process.
Kindly note that your application is not complete until all copies of your Credentials, have been uploaded and submitted along with your application.

Your application will be reviewed online by the appropriate admission officials once submitted to Nigerian Defence Academy Online. All required application procedures must be completed on or before the appropriate application deadline.

Check the status of your application by logging into this system with the login details assigned to you for the application.


Applications forms are to be submitted together with the scanned SSCE results online. On submission of the online application, candidates are to download an Acknowledgement Form.


The screening test will be conducted as phase one of the Post-UTME screening and is scheduled to hold on Saturday 13 April 2023. Therefore, all eligible candidates are to bring along their Acknowledgement Form, Screening Test Admission Card, JAMB result slip and TWO (2) postcard size (3.5 x 5 inches) photographs to the Screening Test Centre.

The photographs should show only from the chest upwards and should contain the candidate’s Name, Exam number. State, Exam Centre, Course of study and Signature at the back.

Only successful candidates at the NDA Screening Test will subsequently be invited for the Armed Forces Selection Board (phase 2 of the screening test) following which the list of admitted candidates will be published.


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


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.

Website: www.nda.edu.ng
Application Portal: RCapplications.nda.edu.ng
E-Mail: rcapplications@nda.edu.ng
Regular Cadets Admission Support Line: 09058093934

ALSO SEE: NDA School Fees Schedule and Details

We wish you all the best!!!