National Defence Academy (NDA) Entrance Examination : Introduction
Recruitment of candidates to Army, Navy and Air force wings of the National
Defence Academy (NDA), is through National Defence Academy Entrance Exam
which is held twice a year, generally in the month of April and September.
NDA exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A
candidate must be an unmarried male. The course of training is for three
The candidate is required to give his preference for the service he
wishes to join, however the final decision also depends on the rank he
secures in the merit list. The candidate should first decide their preference
for the two academies i.e. National Defence Academy and Naval Academy
(Executive Branch) . If a candidate opts for NDA as his first choice,
he has to then give his preferences for the three wings of the NDA i.e.
Army, Navy, Air force, followed by his preference for Naval Academy. Alternatively,
if he gives his first preference for Naval Academy, he has to follow it
with his preference for the three wings of the NDA.
The Indian Army is a place where you’ll never stop learning. Nowhere else
can you get such phenomenal opportunities to constantly hone and upgrade
your skills. NDA awards you a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science or Computer
Science on completion of your training. If you join the technical stream,
you will be offered a Graduate and Post Graduate degree in Engineering
from one of the finest institutes of technology in the country. If you
are selected for the prestigious Defence Services Staff College course.
You’ll be awarded a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic
Studies. The Indian Army also runs some of the country’s most prestigious
academies and institutes. This covers a wide range of subjects from engineering
to medicine, administration to strategy, and armament technology to management.
The choice is indeed limitless. In fact, you can even get into Research
& Development, if you desire. That’s not all. You can also take a
study leave amidst your tenure for an added educational qualification.
Candidates who desire to join Air Force Academy must indicate AFA as
first choice, as they have to be administered pilot aptitude battery test
at one of the AFSB and AF Medical at Central Medical Establishment/ Institute
of Aviation Medicines.