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This is to bring to the attention of Candidates that the Nigerian Defence Academy Screening Test will now hold on 10th April 2022 at designated centres.

All candidates are expected to come with their acknowledgement card, NDA Screening Test Admission Card, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination registration slip, two Postcard size (3.5 x 5 inches) photographs.

Each candidate is to write his/her JAMB registration number, full names, state of origin, chosen course, name of the test centre and signature at the back of the photograph.

All candidates are to wear their facemasks and face shields as any candidate without this protective equipment will not be allowed to write the Test. Please note for strict compliance.



Brigadier General

Academy Registrar.

The authorities of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) have announced that prospective candidates can proceed to select their exam centres and also print their exam cards.

Brief Info About Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)

The Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA was established on 5 February 1964. The Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA was brought to existence in response to the defence needs of independent Nigeria to train officers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The institution became known as the Nigerian Military Training College after its independence in 1960.

NDA objectives

NDA’s purpose and objective are to provide each officer cadet with the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to fulfil a military officer’s requirements through military, academic, and character growth.

The NDA is basically an institution in which selected young qualified men and women are groomed into well-educated, brave, virile, and erudite subalterns. NDA Exam Centres Selection.

Administration Pattern

The military institution trains the officer corps of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force. The initial class had only 62 cadets, and the trainers were mostly officers in the Indian Army.

The Nigerian National Defence Academy (NDA) follows the pattern of similar NDA in Khadakwasla, Pune, India

First Commandant

The first commandant of NDA was Indian Army Brigadier M.R Verma. The NDA grew to an all Nigerian training staff only in 1978.

Bilateral Training

 In 1981 itself began bilateral training of foreign militaries. In 1985 the academy commenced 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.

NDA Mission Statement

The central mission remains the training of young officer cadets in the 5 years “Regular Combatant Course” in which cadets are groomed in Military, Academic and Character development to instil discipline and leadership skills.

According to global best practices, culminating in the award of a bachelor’s degree and presidential commissioning into the rank of second lieutenant for Army cadets or equivalent in the Navy and Air Force for respective cadets.

Until 2011 this course used to be exclusively for males, the first set of female cadets commenced training in September 2011. As of 2019, its total cadet class is around 2500.

List of NDA Commandants

Below is the chronological list of NDA Commandants:

➢ Brigadier M.R. Varma 1964–1969 (Indian national and 1st Commandant of the NDA)

➢ Major General David Ejoor 1969–1971 (1st Nigerian Commandant)

➢ Major General Adeyinka Adebayo 1971

➢ Major General E.O. Ekpo March 1971 – February 1975

➢ Brigadier Illiya Bisalla February 1975 – August 1975

➢ Brigadier Gibson Jalo August 1975 – January 1978

➢ Brigadier E.S. Armah January 1978 – July 1978

➢ Brigadier Joseph Garba July 1978 – July 1979

➢ Brigadier Zamani Lekwot July 1979 – 1982

➢ Brigadier Abdullahi Shelleng 1982–

➢ Major General Paul Tarfa 1984–1985

➢ Major General Peter Adomokai 1986 – 1988

➢ Lieutenant General Salihu Ibrahim 1988–1990

➢ Lieutenant General Garba Duba 1990–1992

➢ Lieutenant General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau 1992–1993

➢ Lieutenant General Mohammed Balarabe Haladu 1993 – 1994

➢ Air Marshal Al-Amin Daggash 1994 – 1998

➢ Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi 1998–1999

➢ Major General T.L. Ashei 2000-2002

➢ Major General Okon Edet Okon (2002-2003)

➢ Major General Akpa (2004)

➢ Lieutenant General Abel Akale (2004-2006)

➢ Major General Harris Dzarma (2006–2008)

NDA Cut-Off Mark

According to the management, 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 2024 examination shall be offered admission into NDA by the AFSB.

NDA Exams Centre Selection and Printing of Exam Cards Procedure

The selection of screening centres would end by 11:59 pm on Friday, 31st July 2020.

Applicants must select their centres and print out all forms before then.

Follow the links below for the List of Successful Candidates for the Screening Test for NDA 72nd Regular Course:



Use the link below to login into the NDA portal:


Centre List

1AdamawaGovernment Day Secondary School, Opposite HQ 23 Armd Bde, Yola
2Akwa IbomCommunity Secondary School, Aka Offot, Uyo.
3BauchiGovernment Day Secondary School/Command Day Secondary School, Shadawaka Barracks, Bauchi.
4BornoCommand Day Secondary School, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri
5EdoArmy Day Secondary School NASST, Benin
6EnuguCommand Day Secondar
y School, Abakpa Barracks, Enugu
7FCTCommand Children School, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja
8ImoHoly Ghost College, Owerri
9KadunaNigerian Defence Academy, Old Site, Ribadu Campus, Kaduna
10KadunaNigerian Defence Academy, Permanent Site, Afaka, Kaduna
11KanoAir Force Comprehensive Secondary School, Kano
12KwaraNigerian Army School of Education (NASE) Ilorin
13LagosCommand Day Secondary School, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos
14LagosCommand Day Secondary School, Ojo, Lagos
15OndoCommand Secondary School, Akure
16OyoCommand Day Secondary School Odogbo, Ibadan
17PlateauCommand Secondary School, Zaria Road


NDA Examination Centres in Nigeria

➢ NDA Entrance Exam Date & Subject Combinations – 72 Regular Course

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