How to join National Defence Academy

To join the National Defence Academy, a prospective candidate should attend the entrance examination organised by the Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, and twice a year.


The qualification for joining the NDA is 12th Class of 10+2 system of education or equivalent for the army and with Physics and Mathematics for Air Force and Navy. The candidate should be a bachelor. The training starts in January and July every year at National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, Pune.


For army cadets, the training is given for three years at NDA and another year at Indian Military Academy. For Naval cadets, the practice is the same for three years at NDA and another year at Naval Academy, and for Air Force aspirants, it is again three years at NDA and one and one and a half years training at Air Force Academy at Hyderabad.

Training at NDA

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is a premier joint training institution and centre of excellence for grooming juniors for the Indian armed forces and armed forces of friendly overseas nations. The training includes equipping the cadets with mental, moral and physical attributes required to cope with the challenges of the future battlefield with the aim of leading troops to victory in conventional, non-conventional and asymmetrical wars.


The syllabi encompass science, technology, arts and military subjects. The three-year course is split into six terms. A cadet is awarded a Bachelor’s Degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The regimen consists of physical conditioning which includes drill, swimming, horse riding, the full gamut of games and adventure activities. In three years at the Academy, one is transformed from a Cadet into a potential Officer. On successful completion of the three-year course, Army cadets join Indian Military Academy at Dehradun, Naval cadets in Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala and Air Force cadets to the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad. After completion of one year of training at their respective academies, they are commissioned as Officers into separate services.


Three formative years at the academy instil in the cadets a sense of intense belonging, bonding and feelings of oneness with the alma mater. Breaking bread and training together engender the spirit of camaraderie which in the ultimate analysis forms the bedrock of inter-services co-operation in times to come. Herein are sown the seeds of ‘Jointmanship’, the new mantra of coordinated inter-services strategy. The cadet during one’s vacation at the NDA holds many a thing close to heart. By merging one’s identity with others, the cadet gains the solace of a herd, the power of a team and the leverage of a group. This attribute of solidarity stands the soldier in good stead during testing times and crunch situations.

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