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How to Join Indian Defence Academy

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First of all,  I would like to tell you that there is no academy that is called as Indian Defence Academy. There is a National Defence Academy that some people know as Indian Defence Academy. Here in this article, I will share with you the complete details about the National Defence Academy aka Indian Defence Academy. We will get to know like Selection Procedure, Eligibility Criteria, Age Limit Criteria as well as the lifestyle of the cadets in the academy.

Indian defence academy

So, here I will refer to the National Defence Academy as the Indian Defence academy, It would be easy for you to understand. Remember, there is no organization called as Indian Defence Academy, There might be some Defense coaches in India with that name that train the candidates to clear the defense examination. Now let’s see the information related to the Indian Defense Academy or National Defense Academy. To get detailed information about this, check the blog in the below paragraphs.

About National Defense Academy:

The National Defense Academy is a Government organization that trains the candidates in all manner to become an Officer into the tri forces of the nation. The Tri forces are the Indian Air force, Indian Army and Indian Navy, etc. Through the NDA, one can become an officer in any of the mentioned forces above. The National Defense Academy is the only academy in the world known for the training of the tri forces. After the selection in the academy, one gets proper training for three years, After the NDA Training, One can choose any wings and switch to Naval Academy or Air force academy or Indian Military Academy for the further respected wings.

In order to join the Indian Defense Academy or National Defense Academy, There is a separate vacancy has been released by the Union Public Service Commission. UPSC releases vacancies every year. One can check the NDA Entry on Google to get the latest details about this. The vacancy is released two times a year. One will get selected in the academy after clearing the selection Phase. In the selection phase, One will need to clear Written Exam, SSB Interview, and Medical Examination, etc. Now let’s see the complete required eligibility Criteria and after that, we will see the details of the Selection Procedure in explained manner.

Eligibility Criteria for (National) Indian Defense Academy:

There is nothing much in the eligibility Criteria section. Here are the following criteria that are mandatory to have to apply for the vacancy:

  • A candidate must have passed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, etc.
  • One must have passed from any recognized Board. Either it should be State Board or Central Board or any other government recognized Board etc.
  • The age of the candidates should not be less than 16.5 years old and It should not be more than 19 years old while applying online.
  • A candidate must be 167cm tall and must have well build body.
  • There is no relaxation that has been given to any candidates on the basis of their Caste, Community, or Religion regarding Educational Qualification, Age Limit criteria, etc.
  • There are some relaxation has been given to candidates the regarding their height if they belong to any particular region like Manipur and hilly areas etc. To get exact details about the relaxation criteria,  Check the official Notification.
  • Rest, the required eligibility criteria would be the same for all.

These are the some required eligibility criteria that are mandatory to have to apply for the NDA Entry vacancy. Now let’s see the complete details about the Selection process and how tough is the selection process.

National Defense Academy Selection Process:

The Selection Process is consists of Written Examination, SSB (Service Selection Board) Interview and Medical Examination, etc. It is mandatory to clear these three steps individually to be considered for the selection. The UPSC is responsible for conducting a Written test of NDA.

The Written Exam is for 900 marks. There is almost every subject in the syllabus of the NDA Upto class 12th Level. A candidate will be given three hours to finish the paper. After clearing the written Exam, All the candidates who have qualified for the written exam will proceed for the SSB Interview.

The SSB Interview is the toughest Interview at the 12th level. Well, In this Interview, One will be tested in all different manner for 4-5 days. Each day of the Interview is different and will appear for different types of tests and activities etc. In order to prepare for the SSB Interview, You must join the best SSB Interview training school to learn all the basic and advance tips about the Interview and its procedure.

After the Written Exam and SSB Interview, One will proceed for the medical test which would be conducted by the Military doctors at the Military hospitals. The Selection process is not that tough but, one needs proper preparation to clear this. You can take the help of the Coaching to get trained well for all these phases. If you are new to this and have no prior experience with this. Join the coaching and get trained well for this.

Lifestyle at the National Defense Academy:

Well, The Cadets are in the National Defense Academy for at least 3 years. After the completion of the training, each one will be awarded a graduation degree from the Jawahar Lal Nehru University. Cadets at the academy live one of the best lives. They get trained in all manner to become a warrior.

During the training, all the expenses of the cadets will be bear by the Academy and they will also be given some amount monthly as a stipend. There is nothing to mention that is not in the academy. The National Defense Academy is sufficient for every kind of the activities, Training, Clubs, barbershop, Library, Polo ground and other facilities, etc. One can live really the best life in the academy. This is all about the Indian Defense Academy aka National Defense Academy. I hope that you got the answer to your question.

FAQs For Indian Defence Academy

When NDA Written Exam is conducted?

It is conducted twice a year, Once in the month of April and again in the month of September

What is the required educational qualification for NDA?

One just needs to pass class 12th with PCM (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics), etc

Is there any number of attempt criteria in NDA?

No, One can appear for the exam again and again till the age criteria match.

How many are required to clear NDA Written Exam out of 900?

On average, The marks of NDA in the Written Exam have not gone over 480 marks. A candidate who scored 450 or more than this. There are high chances that they would clear the Written Exam.


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