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 in Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.
The training at NDA is rigorous. In addition to service training for the Army, Navy and Air Force, the cadets are also taught academics to cover the graduation level degree in Arts, Sciences or Computers. The training at NDA is broken into six terms and the total duration of training is three years. Once their training is concluded, the cadets are awarded their bachelor’s degree at the passing out parade of NDA. Thereafter the cadets go to their respective service institutes i.e., the Indian Military Academy or IMA for army cadets, Air Force Academy Hyderabad for Air force cadets and Naval Academy Cochin for Naval Cadets.
NDA and NA- a written entrance examination is conducted by UPSC twice a year. The examination can be taken up by students who are pursuing 12th St. Candidates must apply to sit for the examination, online on the UPSC website after notification is released by UPSC.
Upcoming plan of Rajinikanth foundation
Every year, the Rajinikanth foundation will provide high-quality training to 100 students from the poor and marginalized strata of a society free of cost to help them compete in the National Defence Academy (NDA) Examination of the UPSC. The selection of the candidate for the training shall be based on their 10th marks along with the Entrance Exam based on the Math (10th std level), Logical Reasoning (10th std level) and General Knowledge (10th std level) according to NCERT syllabus. The selection of the 100 candidates will be based on the following criteria.
|S.No.||Particulars||% of Seats|
|1.||Children from Below poverty line family.||20%|
|2.||Children who will be first generation graduate.||20%|
|3.||Children of slum Inhabitant.||10%|
|4.||Children of economically constrained single parent or Orphan||14%|
|5.||Children of farmers with less than 3 acres of land||16%|
|6.||Children from General Category (top 10 boys and girls)||20%|
The notification for the above course shall be released every year in the announcement column of the website.