Career Opportunities in Defence (NDA)



They make men out of boys! There is not even a jot of falsity in the fact that National Defence Academy or NDA is working its best to make a peaceful and safe living a reality for crores of us living in the country. For more than 60 years, NDA has been on guard in training and producing capable defence officers who work day in and day out at the borders to safeguard our country. The National Defence Academy or the NDA is a joint service academy of the Indian Armed Forces i.e. the Navy, the Army and the Air Force where in cadets for all these three forces get trained. They are trained till the time they are ready to go on pre-commissioned training to their respective service academies. Based in Khandakwasla in Pune, Maharastra, NDA is ranked amongst the best defence training academies in the world that is working to educate, train and develop future military leaders.

Personality Traits

  • Dedicated patriots
  • Strong physical built
  • Adventurous
  • Leadership qualities
  • Commitment
  • Dedication
  • Perception
  • The will to fight and face hardships in order to protect the nation
  • An alert mind
  • Integrity
  • Willingness to obey orders

Course / Training

Getting through NDA is not that easy. Young, unmarried males between 161/2 years to 19 years are eligible to apply for NDA. The entrance procedure is extremely stringent and is divided into three stages. In the stage I candidates have to first appear for a written entrance exam that is conducted twice a year in the months of April and September by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates applying for army have to clear class XII in any stream, whereas candidates applying for naval or air force have to compulsorily study Mathematics and Physics in class XII. The written test is basically an objective type test that comprises two sections. The first section carries questions on mathematical ability where as the second section is further divided into two sub parts namely English and General Ability.

On clearing the written exam, successful candidates are then called for the stage II i.e. the interview stage. Aspirants have to then go through various sessions of interviews, intelligence & personality tests and group discussions conducted by Staff Selection Board. Candidates are also made to appear for various psychometric and psychological tests to test their aptitude and mental toughness.

The stage III consists of an equally strict medical and fitness test conducted by Staff Medical Board. Only upon clearing these three stages, a few deserving candidates are selected for getting admitted into NDA.

List of Institutes for undergrad and post-grad courses in Defence Sevices

Institute Website
National Defence Academy, Pune
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad

Career opportunities

On completing their preliminary three years training at NDA, candidates then venture out into Army, Navy or Air force wings. NDA graduates also get an opportunity to join the technical fields wherein after their completion at NDA they are awarded a BSc or a B.Tech degree. On the basis of their performance at NDA they can also get selected for the research and development wings or Defence Services Staff College courses or strategic courses.


On completing their training at NDA, as and when these cadets join any of the wings for further training they get eligible for an initial stipend of Rs 21,000. Their actual remuneration after completion of their training depends on which wing one joins and the rank that they hold.

Career Opportunities in Defence (NDA)
Career Opportunities in Defence (NDA) - By : | Date Published : 05-05-2016 | Category : Career Options |
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