National Defence Academy (NDA)

 

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training. The NDA is located at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.NDA alumni have led and fought in every major conflict in which the Indian Armed Forces has been called to action since the academy was established. The alumni include 3 Param Vir Chakra recipients and 12 Ashoka Chakra recipients. National Defence Academy has produced 27 service Chiefs Of Staff till date. Current Chiefs Of Staff of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are all NDA alumni.

 To join National Defence Academy a candidate must appear in the entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, twice a year. The Union Public Service Commission is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.

Eligibility Criteria (As obtained from official recruitment website of the Indian Army)
Age between As per  UPSC notification
Qualification 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF & Navy
Marital Status Unmarried
Application to be Received by As per  UPSC notification
Likely SSB Date Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Date Commencement of Training Jan and Jul
Training Academy NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA(For Army cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at Naval Academy(For Naval cadets)/

3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)