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NDA is a career which offers a very bright future to students who have graduated from higher secondary comparing with C.A., Engineering or Medical fields. NDA stands for NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY and its motto is ‘Seva Parmo Dharma’ which translated in English means ‘Service Before Self’ . Jawaharlal Nehru, The prime minister of India laid the foundation stone for the academy on 6/10/1949. NDA then was commissioned on 7/12/1954 and Inauguration ceremony was held on 16/01/1955.

If you are very passionate, an aspirant to join the defence academy and want to contribute to the society then NDA is right choice for you. NDA is an academy of INDIAN ARMED FORCES. NDA is the training center for cadets of INDIAN ARMY, INDIAN NAVAL FORCE and INDIAN AIR FORCE before they join their respective service academics The NDA is located at Khadakwasala in Maharashtra.

The cadets are well trained before they are ready to join the respective armed forces. The Training period is of three years. First of all when they are admitted to NDA the cadets are classified according to Squadrons and Battalions. There are 18 Squadrons and 5 Battalions. Each cadet has to join one of the following squadrons as : Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hunter, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Panther, Quebec and Romeo.
Totally there are five Battalions and out of it the first four battalions include 4 Squadrons each and the last Battalion include 2 squadron. Each squadrons comprises of approximately 120 cadets combining all the seniors and juniors.

The NDA course is of three years and is split into six semesters. During this three years the cadets are given a very intensive training to make them strong physically, mentally and in education by doing activities such as drill, horse riding, swimming etc. This course in education covers all the subjects like science, Technology, Arts and Military Subjects. At the end of the course the special moment arrives when the candidate is awarded a bachelors degree from Jawaharlal Nehru university.

NDA is one of the highest paying job after 12th. The stipend offered to the candidate after getting selected in the interviews for NDA is of Rs.15,600/- as pay in pay band plus grade pay of Rs 5,400/- that is total of 21,000/.

The candidates are recruited to respective three forces through entrance test of NDA. This test is held twice a year. i.e. NDA-I and NDA-II. The Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The shortlisted candidates from the written exam are called on for various interviews starting off from SSB. These tests include various physical, psychological and group tasks. The candidates applying for Air Force will have to appear for an extra test named aptitude battery test.

The candidate filling the application should be in between 16.5 to 19 years of age.

· For Army Wing: A candidate who wants to join the Army Wing should have passed 10+2 exam in any stream.

· For Navy: A candidate should have passed 10+2 exam in science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as their basic subjects.

· For Air Force: A candidate should have passed 10+2 exam in science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as their basic subjects.

· Only male candidates are allowed to appear for the test and they should be unmarried.

· The following physical criteria should be fulfilled:


Army wings: 157.5 cms
Navy Wings: 157 cms
Air Force: 162.5 cms
The chest of the candidate should be well developed and should not be less than 81 cms.

The NDA written test consists of two papers. The paper I is of Mathematics and Paper II is of General Ability Test.
Paper I: Mathematics
Mathematics paper consists questions from the following topics: Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability.

Paper II is Divided Into Two Parts:

Part A : English
This question paper is used for checking the command of the candidate over the English language. It covers topics like Grammar usage, Use of sentences, comprehension etc.

Part B: General Knowledge

This part covers the basic science subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, History. The other questions are from Geography and Current Affairs and Events

Every year the tentative test schedule of the notification of the test is as below:

A) Exam Notification:
i) The first notification is around September – October.
ii) The second notification is around may – June.

B) Examination Date:
i) The first test is conducted around March – April.
ii) The Second Test is conducted around August – September.






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