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National Defence University, Islamabad

About Us

The National Defence University (NDU),  is a plainly financed military foundation situated in Islamabad, Pakistan.NDU was established in the year 1970 as the staff college, it achieved university status in the year 2007 and it is also funded by the Education Commission and the Defence Ministry. The NDU offers encyclopedic and critical learning in constructing and developing the defense methodology along with national security understanding to the joint military leadership of the military of Pakistan.


NDU’s mission is to form future headship from general and private sectors of Pakistan and friendly countries through various disciplinary educational and research programs,  professional interchanges and outreach, targetting on security and contemporary studies.


“Taught man that which he knew not” Al-Quran (30:96:5)


The National Defence University is affiliated with the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Three other colleges are affiliated with NDU including Command and Staff College Quetta, Pakistan Navy War College Lahore, PAF Air War College Karachi.


The National Defence University is located in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Departments & Programs

Selection Criteria for Undergraduate Programs

  1. 12 years of field related education, passed with at least a second division from any registered institution.
  2. 50% marks in the entry test.
  3. Interview Mandatory.

Selection Criteria for Graduate Programs

  1. 16 years of education with at least a second division with aggregate 45% in the annual system and 2.5 CGPA in the semester system.
  2. 50% marks in the entry test.
  3. Interview Mandatory.

Note:   Foreign degree holders must provide an equivalence certificate from IBCC & HEC.

The FAO is efficiently working in controlling scholarship affairs under the shade of PR&SA CenterThe scholarships and financial assistance to needy people includes incentive scholarships for the position holders at the time of admission, Excellence award on best academic performance , HEC Need-based scholarship, Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF), Balochistan Education Endowment Fund (BEEF) , Al-Falah Scholarship Scheme , Kinship Fee Concession , Fee concession for NDU Employees , Scholarship for Special Students , “Qarz-e-Hasna” Loan Scheme , Frontier Education Foundation (FEF)

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Research & Development
University Ranking

The National Defence University (NDU) has a very good position in the field of research and development and it stands among good universities of Pakistan in this aspect. Faculty of our University has already published a lot of research papers on the best journals with high impact factors. NDU’s Library is filled with 96,000 books, professional journals, and other materials on different subjects including military history, defense and security studies, nuclear studies, international relations, peace and conflict studies, governance and public policy, economics, politics, international relations, Pakistan affairs, Islam, etc. The books have been classified using the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme (DDC) and are very helpful to the candidates as well as to the faculty in order to succeed in the field of research.