- If you are pursuing your final year intermediate education then the NDA exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission is an excellent career opportunity for those of you who wish to choose a career in the Air Force, Army or the Navy as a Class I Commissioned Officer at the National Level. In the Armed Forces, one can opt for Administration, Logistics, Meteorology, Accounts, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Signals and Communication Technology Academics, apart from sailing, flying, architecture and host of other options.
- The Forces is one place where professional growth takes place at every step. Nowhere else will you get such phenomenal opportunities to constantly upgrade your skills? NDA cadets are awarded Bachelors degrees in Arts, Science or Computer Science on completion of training. If you join the technical stream, you will acquire graduate and Post-Graduate in Engineering, at some of the finest institutes of technology with all expenses taken care off. Selection for the prestigious Defence Services Staff College course results in the award of a M.Sc. in Defence and Strategic Studies.
- What’s more, you can also get study leave for two years to further upgrade your professional skills. These growth opportunities are virtually unlimited. You could even get into Research and Development, if you have the aptitude. The Forces run some of the country’s most prestigious academies and institutes. These cover a wide range, from engineering to medicine, from administration to strategy, from armament technology to management, you name it, and they have it.
- ALL ABOUT THE NDA ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
(a) General: The NDA entrance examination is conducted by the UPSC during April and September every year. The advertisement for the same comes out in the Employment News and other National dailies approximately 3-4 months earlier. The entrance examination is objective type and the 10+2 level. Only men can apply.
(b) ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS TO APPLY
(i) Age: 15 ½ to 18 ½ years at the time of writing the examination and 16 ½ to 19 ½ years at the time of commencement course at NDA.
- Educational Qualification: Passed 10+2 or in final year from any discipline.
- SEQUENCE OF EVENTS FOR SELECTION
Step – 1 To submit application ONLINE www.upsc.online.nic.in to UPSC before the due date if all eligibility conditions are met.
Step – 2 Download e-admit card from UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in approximately 20 to 30 days before exam.
Step – 3 Check results approximately after three months of written exam in UPSC website www.upsc.gov.in
Step – 4 Having come in the National Merit, proceed for interviews (SSB) which includes medical examinations.
Step – 5 Having thus being finally selected, join the NDA at Khadakwasla, Pune, for graduation in 3 yrs time with all expenses taken care off by the Govt. of India.
Note : After having completed the graduation course at NDA one automatically branches out either in the Army, Navy or Air Force depending upon his choice given.
(d) WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
In case the candidate opts for Air Force: The individual thereafter proceeds to the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad and after completion of his basic training passes out as a Commissioned Officer in the rank of a Flying Officer.
In case the candidate opts for the Navy: The individual thereafter proceeds to the Indian Naval Academy at Cochin and after completion of his basic training passes out as a Commissioned Officer in the rank of a Sub-Lieutenant.
In case the candidates opts for the Army: The individual thereafter proceeds to the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun and after completion of his basic training passes out as a Commissioned Officer in the rank of a Lieutenant.
After getting his commission as Class I Gazetted Officer he starts his career with any of the Defence Establishments in the country and enjoys excellent pay and perks with an enviable professional and social life which is very secure and rewarding, which is otherwise difficult to come by in the civil life at such an early age of 21 years.
- The selection process for NDA involves 2 Stages :-
Stage-1 NDA written examination total Marks– 900 Conducted by Union public service commission (U.P.S.C.)
Paper I – Maths (Matrices & determinants, Algebra, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two & three dimensions, Differential and integral calculus and differential, Equations Vector Vector Algebra, statistics & probability) – 300 Marks
Paper II – General Ability (English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, History, Pol.Science, International and National affairs) – 600 Marks
Total 900 Marks
Stage – 2 Service Selection Board Interview total Marks – 900
- Basic Intelligence Verbal Perception Non-verbal
- Psychological Projective Word Association Test (WAT) Personality Thematic Apperception Test(TAT) Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
- Group Testing Indoor Tests Group Discussion, Series Group Planning Exercise Lecturette Outdoor Tests Command Tasks / Progressive Group Task / Half Group Task. Individual / Group Obstacle Race
- Personal Interview Indoor Sequential
Total 900 Marks
Grand Total of Stage – 1 + Stage-2 1800 Marks
- The final National Merit list of NDA is the sum total of the score of written exam and the SSB score. Candidates are selected on total final score obtained both in the written and SSB out of 1800 Marks.
- The reason why the marks of the written examination becomes important in the end before the finalization of merit list is because the maximum amount of marks possible for an individual to score in the SSB would be about 40–50%. Hence, the need to do well in the written exam.
- If one decides to prepare the vast syllabus of NDA on his own it becomes impossible for him to avoid the clutter inherent in the UPSC syllabus thereby missing out on major thrust areas.
- That is exactly where the Officers Academy comes in. With their vast experience of over 28 years in the same line their faculty and training team is able to focus on examination orientation of the UPSC (which is a changing parameter and requires deep study) and are able to prepare the student thoroughly towards maximizing his efforts in a short duration of time to score maximum percentage to be in the reckoning of the final merit list when it is prepared.
- Otherwise it becomes merely taking a chance with the examination
SO, WHEN IS THE NEXT NDA EXAMINATION AND WHO ARE ELIGIBLE ?
- The schedule for the forthcoming NDA exam of APRIL 2017 is as follows :
- Date of Notification for NDA : 18 JAN 2017
- Last Date to submit Form ONLINE to UPSC : 10 FEB 2017
- Date of Examination : 23 APR 2017
- Candidates who are born between 2ND JULY 98 TO 1ST JULY 2001 (both dates inclusive) with the qualification of Intermediate or equivalent passed OR presently undergoing Inter/Equivalent FINAL YEAR any stream (Sciences / Humanities) and likely to appear for Final Exams in Mar/Apr.
- Our Course: Our preparatory course for the above NDA examination at Officers Academy commences from 20TH MARCH 2017 TO 22ND APRIL 2017.
- The Officers Academy also provides the under-mentioned fundamental support to the aspirants of NDA examination.
- Facility to fill and forward ONLINE application forms to the UPSC.
- Complete career counseling for the NDA entry systems.
- Further details can be had by a personal visit to the OFFICERS ACADEMY and speaking to the counselors. The Academy is conveniently located at 10-3-166/C, St. John’s Road, Lane Opp. Keyes High School, Opp. Wesley Girls Jr. College, Secunderabad – 25. Ph: 040 – 27834739/ 27820339.