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NDA Exam

Posted on : 27 Aug 2021

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The Supreme Court of India on August 18, 2021 passed an interim order stating that girls can also appear for the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Key Points:

  • The apex court also slammed the Indian Army for not allowing women to take part in NDA entrance exams and called the Army’s policy decision as gender discrimination.

  • With this order, women will now be able to appear for the NDA exam which is scheduled for September 5, 2021.

  • According to the Apex Court, admissions will be subject to final orders of the court.

  • The court has also directed Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to take out the corrigendum and advertise it widely.

  • This is for the first time that women candidates are allowed to appear for the NDA exam to take admission in the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC).

  • The court has also directed Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to take out the corrigendum and advertise it widely.

Background:

  • This order was issued on the basis of a writ petition filed by Kush Kalra seeking permission for women to sit in the exam for the entry in NDA.

  • The petition for the NDA exam raised the issue of violation of Articles 14, 15, 16, and 19 of the Indian Constitution by denying the opportunity to eligible women candidates to join NDA.

Important Info:

NDA II 2021 written exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 14 across 75 exam centres spread throughout the country. Earlier, the exam was scheduled to be conducted on September 5.

About NDA Exam:

  • National Defence Academy or NDA is one of the most sought-after defence entrance exams in the country.

  • The exam is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC).

  • NDA is conducted twice a year in two stages: written exam and Services Selection Board (SSB) Interview.

  • It covers general aptitude, team skills, psychological testing, Physical and social skills besides the medical tests.

  • NDA exam, before the latest order by the Supreme Court permitting women to appear for the exam, was only reserved for unmarried men between the age of 16-19 years.

  • The educational qualification is the pass certificate in 10+2 exams via a recognised board or University.

About NDA alumni:

  • Alumni of NDA comprises of 3 Param Vir Chakra recipients and 12 Ashoka Chakra recipients.

  • It has also produced 27 service Chiefs of Staff as of now.

About NDA:

  • The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the joint defence service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces.

  • This academy trains cadets of three services namely, the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy together before they go on to respective service academy for pre-commission training.

  • This academy is world’s first tri-service academy.

  • The NDA was commissioned on December 7, 1954, with an inauguration ceremony that was held on January 16, 1955.

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