How to Join Nigerian Defence Academy

In this post, I will you how to How to Join Nigerian Defence Academy. The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), located at Wudil, Kaduna is the only Military University in Nigeria. The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was established in January 1964 as a reformation of the Royal Military Forces Training College (RMFTC) which was created and ran by the British, though the college had been renamed the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) on independence. The NDA is the primary training ground of the Nigerian Armed Forces, which is composed of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force.

In 1985 the Nigerian Defence Academy started offering undergraduate programmes to Military Officers in training and now also currently offers post graduate studies both for Msc and Ph.D for both military and civilian students alike. However, the central mission of the NDA remains the five year cadet officer training “Regular Combatant Course” for the Nigerian Armed Forces. This implies that whomever that aspires to serve in any of the arms of the Armed Forces will have to start from the Academy, especially secondary school leavers.

How to Join Nigerian Defence Academy

How to Join Nigerian Defence Academy

Admission Requirements for the NDA Regular Course

For candidates interested in getting admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), they must fulfill the following requirements to be considered eligible for admission into the Academy. These requirements includes:

  • A minimum of five credit passes at SSCE (that is either WAEC or NECO) or GCE ‘O’ Level examinations, obtained in not more than 2 sittings relevant to the Faculty of their choices. Two of those five credits must be in English Language and Mathematics. Then at least two supporting relevant credits in addition to the compulsory credits in Faculty of Military Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science. However, only one supporting relevant credit is required in the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Interested applicants must be at least 17 years old and not more than 21 years old as at the month of August in the year of entry into the Academy. Candidates that desire to join the Nigerian Air Force must be between the ages of 17 and 18 years as at the time of entry. 
  • Interested candidates must not be less than 1.68 metres tall for male and 1.58 metres for female.
  • Interested candidates must be medically and physically fit and must be of good moral character.
  • All candidates must be single male or female without legal obligation to support any child or other individuals.
  • All applicants must 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.
  • A working knowledge of French Language will be an added advantage to applicants.
  • Interested candidates awaiting results are not qualified. Also application forms submitted without results will not be accepted.
  • Only results (that is SSCE or GCE or its equivalent) of 5 years old from the date of application into the Academy will be accepted.
  • Currently, the Nigerian Army has suspended the enlistment of female candidates in her Regular Combatant programme in the NDA.

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NDA Course Requirements

All the faculties in the Nigerian Defence Academy require a minimum of five credit passes in not more than two sittings including English Language and Mathematics. However, the different faculties have particular courses that candidates must possess a credit in to be eligible for admission into that faculty, including other relevant courses.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR FACULTY OF MILITARY SCIENCES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

BSc Intelligence and Cyber Security Studies

  • Compulsory Credits: which includes English Language, Computer Studies and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Economics, Government/Civic Education, Geography and History.

BSc Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Compulsory Credits: including English Language, Government/Civic Education and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Economics, Geography and History.

BSc Leadership and War Studies

  • Compulsory Credits: this includes English Language, History and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Economics, Government/Civic Education and Geography.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

BSc Economics

  • Compulsory Credits: this includes English Language, Economics and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Accounts, Commerce, Government/Civic Education, Geography and History.

BSc Accounting

  • Compulsory Credits: this consists of English Language, Economics and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Commerce, Government/Civic Education, Accounting, Geography and History.

BA French

  • Compulsory Credits: this includes English Language, French and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Economics, Geography, Government/Civic Education and History.

BSc Geography

  • Compulsory Credits: includes English Language, Geography and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: History, Economics, Government/Civic Education Physics, Chemistry and Biology (preference will be given to those having credits in social science subjects).

BA History

  • Compulsory Credits: this includes English Language, History or Government/Civil Education and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Economics, Geography, Commerce and French.

BSc Political Science and Defence Studies

  • Compulsory Credits: including English Language, Government/Civic Education and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: History, Economics, French and Geography.

BSc Psychology

  • Compulsory Credits: this comprises of English Language, Biology and Mathematics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Economic, Government/Civic Education, Chemistry and Geography.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

BEng Civil Engineering

  • Compulsory Credits: this includes English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Technical Drawing, Further Mathematics, Biology and Geography.

BEng Electrical and Electronics Engineering

  • Compulsory Credits in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Technical Drawing, Further Mathematics and Biology.

BEng Mechanical Engineering

  • Compulsory Credits: including English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Technical Drawing, Further Mathematics and Biology.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR FACULTY OF SCIENCE

BSc Biological Sciences

  • Compulsory Credits: this includes English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Physics, Further Mathematics and Agric Science.

BSc Chemistry

  • Compulsory Credits: comprising of English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Physics and Further Mathematics

BSc Mathematics

  • Compulsory Credits: this includes English Language, Mathematics and Physics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Chemistry and Further Mathematics.

BSc Computer Science

  • Compulsory Credits: this comprises of English Language, Mathematics and Physics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Chemistry, Further Mathematics and Biology.

BSc Physics

  • Compulsory Credits: consisting of English Language, Mathematics and Physics.
  • Other Relevant Credits includes: Chemistry, Biology, Further Mathematics and Technical Drawing.

How to Apply for Nigerian Defence Academy Admission

Entrance into the Nigerian Defence Academy is through JAMB, just like every other higher institution in Nigeria. Those aspiring to be admitted into the Academy must score above the general JAMB cut-off mark of 180, while those who will be going for engineering courses need to score 210 as above to be able to apply.
Your subject combinations in your JAMB UTME Examination must be the same as the subject combinations relevant to your intended Course of Study in Nigerian Defence Academy as provided by JAMB.

Read Also: Tips to Pass JAMB exams and Using JAMB Past Questions

All other information concerning degree courses, eligibility and examination centres are as contained in the NDA website/applications portal. Please read through the Requirements section before continuing with the application.

Application into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is done via its portal www.ndaapplications.net. To apply go to the portal, then click on Purchase Access Code, fill in your details as required via REMITA then click NEXT to obtain your ORDER ID and REMITA Retrieval Reference (RRR) Code. Click on ‘Pay with Remita’ after which you would be redirected to Remita’s site to make payment. Follow the instructions on the site to pay online after which you would be returned to the sign up page on the Application Portal to create your login profile, OR Click on Print Invoice to print your details and pay at any designated bank.

Go back to the Application Portal to www.ndaapplications.net and click on Create Account/Login, on the Login page select Sign Up Here to create your account profile after entering all the required details including the RRR Code. If you have previously created an account then click on Create Account/Login and then login using your registered Email and Password credentials previously created. If you have previously created credentials protocol but have forgotten your Password, click on Create Account/Login and then on Recover Password link to take you to the password recovery page to recover your password.

The next step is the Creating your Credentials (Sign Up) page. All the fields on this page are compulsory. You must provide your full name, email address (working email address), mobile number and password. Your password and confirm password must be the same and must have at least six (6) characters in length preferably with a combination of alphabets and numbers.

The portal will respond with a success message if you have successfully created your credential data and redirect you to the Log In Page automatically. On the Login Page, provide the email and password that was used to create your credential protocol, and click Log In.

This will take you to the Application Form Page. This page is divided into six sections (Personal Data, Schools Attended, Qualifications Obtained, Choice of Service, Faculty and Departments, Passport Upload).
Note that all the fields marked asterisk (*) are compulsory

Personal Data: Application Number is generated by the System if your application is successful. Fill the Form in a Capitalize Each word Format (e.g Nigerian Defence Academy). Provide your Phone Numbers as (e.g 070XXXXXXXX). Date of Birth must be filled in the format dd-mm-yyyy. Height must be in numeric format only (e.g 170) in centimeters.

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Schools Attended: You should provide the complete name of each school attended. From and To Fields must be numeric only 4-digit year.

Qualifications Obtained: You must provide your correct JAMB details as required. You can only use 1 or 2 results which can be two (2) different exams in a particular year or two (2) exams done in different years or one (1) single exam of any of the Exam Type. Select your Subject and grades as applicable.

Choice of Service: You must choose two (2) different options here.

Faculty and Department: Select faculty and then the department for the course you wish to study. Only one option is available here. It must correspond with the course you chose on JAMB portal.

Passport Upload: Please choose passport with a clear view of your face showing your two ears with a plain background. The passport size should not be more than 300KB.

If you have not completed some parts of the Application Form you can use save it using the save button. The platform will retrieve your saved session when next you log in to complete the form.
Note: You must complete the form and sikubmit before the closing date of the application.

Where you have provided all the compulsory and optional fields of the Application Form click on the ‘Submit’ button to submit your application. (This will automatically take you to Document Upload Form). Changes cannot be made to the Application Form once it is submitted.

The Document Upload Form must be completed, otherwise your application will be disqualified. You must upload the following documents: Scanned WAEC/NECO Certificate for each of the Qualification submitted; Scanned birth Certificate.
Click on Submit to Complete as soon you have uploaded the scanned documents.

Then print the Acknowledgement Form as soon as you have completed the Application as specified above.
Note: The Link to Print Acknowledgment Form will be automatically seen after you have completed your application form and submitted your documents.

You will also select the examination centre of your choice, where you will prefer to write the entrance examination. This can be done at the portal.

All eligible candidates are to bring along their Acknowledgement Form, Examination Admission Card, JAMB result slip and two (2) postcard sized (3.5 x 5 inches) photographs to the Examination Centre on the examination date. 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 Entrance Examination will subsequently be invited for the Armed Forces Selection Board following which the list of admitted candidates will be published.

Subsequently, an sms and email will be sent to you to print the LGA and Parents/Guardian Attestation Form. Which must be filled and signed/authenticated by the appropriate persons.

Admitted candidates into NDA for the Regular Course will undergo military and academic training as Officer Cadets for a duration of five (5) years. On successful completion of training, graduands will earn a honours degree in a core discipline (BSc, BEng or BA). They will equally earn a commission into the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

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2 Comments

  1. oginni taiwo

    March 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    i am not able to put my photograph in the form what should i do

    • Ekemini Ekpo

      April 3, 2017 at 7:23 am

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