UPSC NDA & NA 2021: NDA is at the forefront of giving Army Chief to the Indian Army. Its entrance exam is conducted twice a year and the second cycle of the 2021 exam is to be held on 14th November.
National Defense Academy (NDA) is the most preferred route for the candidates aspiring to become an officer in the Indian Army. 12th pass candidates can appear in this examination which is held twice a year. After going to NDA, the youth have a tremendous opportunity to advance in the army and this is confirmed by the fact that most of the army chiefs are educated from NDA itself. This year NDA 2nd cycle exam is scheduled to be held on 14th November and this time the exam is very special. In fact, after the order of the Supreme Court, women have also got permission to appear in the NDA exam this time.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the conducting body of the NDA exam, started the application process for women candidates on 24 September, which ended on 8 October. It is noteworthy that the notification for this NDA exam was issued on June 9 and the application process for male candidates lasted from June 9 to June 29.
Most of India’s army chiefs are NDA-studied
NDA is far ahead of other institutions in giving army chiefs to the Indian army. Actually, till now NDA has given 13 Army Chiefs to the Indian Army. Current Army Chief Manoj Mukund Naravane is also a pass-out from NDA’s 56th course. Also, the current Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat is also a pass out from NDA. The main reason for the Indian Army getting most of the army chiefs from NDA itself is the tremendous training here and the admission of cadets here at a young age. It is noteworthy that entry is given to 12th pass cadets in NDA and because of this, they have more opportunities to grow after getting a commission in the army than the cadets who have passed out from other institutions.
Where has the matter reached about this time’s exam?
This time women candidates have also got a chance to appear in the NDA exam and because of this, the exam is slightly different from other years’ NDA exams. The application process of female candidates for this examination has been completed, but till now the physical qualifications and other things required for them have not been given. However, it is expected that the NDA exam will be held at its scheduled time on November 14 and other important information can be given soon.