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The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the 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. The NDA is located at Khadakwasla, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.

Applicants to the NDA are selected via a written exam conducted by the UPSC, followed by the SSB, medicals and an All India Merit list. Incoming classes are accepted twice a year for semesters starting in July and January.

About 350-375 cadets are accepted to the academy each semester. Cadets who are accepted and successfully complete the program are sent to their respective training academies for one year of training before granting of commission: army cadets go to IMA at Dehradun[1 year], Air Force cadets to AFA at Hyderabad[1-1/2 years], and naval cadets to INA, Ezhimala[1 year].


Only male candidates are eligible for this entry. The candidates appearing for this exam must be 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of school Education with Physics and Mathematics, or equivalent for Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for 10+2 (Executive Branch) Course at Naval Academy. For the Army Wing of NDA, 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of school Education, or equivalent.

Candidates appearing at the 12th Class Examination are also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the 12th Class Examination by a date to be specified in the notice for the Examination.

Age Limit: The lower limit of the age is 16-1/2 years and the upper limit of age is 19-1/2years for entry into Army wing and 19 years for entry into Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA.

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