National Defense Academy(N.D.A.)
Applicants to the NDA are selected via a written exam conducted by the UPSC, followed by extensive interviews covering general aptitude, psychological testing, team skills as well as physical and social skills, along with medical tests. The entrance exam for NDA is conducted twice a year ie. in the month of April and September. About 420,000 applicants sit for each written exam. Typically, about 6,100 of these are invited to interview.
About 320 cadets are accepted to the academy each semester. About 70 cadets are accepted for the Air Force, 42 for the Navy and 208 for the Army.
Note: Applicants to join the Air Force also go through a Pilot Aptitude Battery Test. About 320 cadets are accepted to the academy each semester. About 70 cadets are accepted for the Air Force, 42 for the Navy and 208 for the Army.
Candidate need to pay Rs. 100 when ever applying the application form for NDA Examination.
The NDA offers only a full-time, residential undergraduate program. Cadets are awarded a Baccalaureate degree (a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science) after 3 years of study. Cadets have a choice of two streams of study. The Science stream offers studies in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science. The Humanities (Liberal Arts) stream offers studies in History, Economics, Political Science, Geography and Languages.
Cadets spend the first four semesters on the Compulsory Course and the Foundation Course. They take the Optional Course during the fifth and sixth semesters. They may transfer to other Service academies for the optional courses.
If a candidate want to apply for NDA examination then he/she must be either –
1) Only unmarried candidates
2) A subject of Bhutan
3) Indian citizen
4) A subject of Nepal
5) A Tibetan refugee who must have come back to India before 1st January 1962 for staying here for the rest of their life.
Candidate must be physically fit. Candidate must fulfill all the physical standards norms such as hight weight and eye sight.
Note: The Application Form and the exam dates are made available on the official NDA website: www.nda.nic.in/
All the cadets joining the NDA after their 10+2 Examination are trained in the Academy for three years culminating in graduation with BA/BSc or BCs (Computer Science) degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Apart from academic training they are also trained in outdoor skills, like Drill, PT and games; apart from one of the foreign languages up to the lower B1 level (according to the international standards). The emphasis in NDA is on character building, esprit-de-corps, mental and physical robustness, leadership and a sense of keen observation.
The National Defense Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Force, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies.
The NDA is located at Khadakwasla near Pune in Maharashtra.
It is the first tri-service academy in the world.