About 3,20,000 applicants sit for each NDA & NA written exam. Typically, about 9,000 of these are invited to Service Selection Board (SSB) rounds and finally around 300-350 cadets are accepted to the academy each term.
NDA 2017 notification for N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM.(I) was released by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) earlier this month and as decided on 18 January 2017 (Wednesday), the registration process has started for NDA’s 139th course and 101st Indian Naval Academy course commencing from January 02, 2018.
The NDA Exam is held twice in a year and selection is based on the written test followed by Interview. NDA (National Defence Academy) is a premier institute that trains the cadets (candidates) to get selected for Indian Armed Forces (Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy) as officers.
NDA (I) 2017 is scheduled to be held on 23rd April, 2017 and NDA (II) 2017 will be organised on 10th September, 2017.
But the exam date set by UPSC for the exam i.e., 23rd April has left Bengali students in a fix as NDA 2017 date clashes with WBJEE 2017. Even though the authorities have acknowledged the matter, any solution isn’t in the foresight.
The Online Applications can be filled upto 10th February, 2017 till 6.00 PM. Candidates are required to apply online at upsconline.nic.in only. No other mode is allowed for submission of application. The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination will be: National Defence Academy: 335 (208 for Army, 55 for Navy and 72 for Air Force), while 55 vacancies are for Naval Academy. So, all in all the total vacancies are 390.
The NDA Selection Process is done in three stages. First is the written test, second is the SSB Interview and third is the Intelligence & Personality Test.
NDA Exam (Written) is of 900 marks and Interview is also of 900 marks thus there is equal weightage for both the written test and the NDA Interview. NDA Exam is taken by students of Class 12 or who have completed Class 12 or equivalent. The Students who are selected as an NDA cadet are awarded BA/ BTech Degree based on some specific criteria.
The cadets of 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 after completing the programme. Army cadets go to IMA at Dehradun for training, Air Force cadets to AFA at Dundigal, Hyderabad for training and Naval cadets to INA, Ezhimala, Kerala for training
After 3 years of training all the cadets are given graduation in BA/BSc or BCs (Computer Science) degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Apart from academic training they are also trained in outdoor skills, like Drill, Physical Training, Sports and games. The emphasis in NDA is on character building, esprit-de-corps, mental and physical robustness, leadership and a sense of keen observation.
A cadet is welcomed in NDA by Joint training team (JTT) through the two months long ‘Orientation Capsule’ during which, he is conditioned to toughen up mentally and physically. Till fifth term all cadets undergo same training while the sixth term emphasis on service training. Similar to other colleges, exams are held at NDA at regular intervals.
The pace of training at the Academy is fast and intense and the time flies. During his short stay in the academy, a cadet learns to live his life with more passion. Days spent in the academy are golden moments of the life. No two days in academy are the same, and every day throws up a new challenge, a new experience.