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NDA - National Defence Academy


The National Defence Academy is a Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the 3 services : The Indian Army, The Indian Navy and The Indian Air Force are trained together.

The National Defence Academy was formally commissioned on 7 December 1954, with an inauguration ceremony held on 16 January 1955. The NDA campus is located in Khadakwasla about 17 km south-west of Pune city and it spans about 7,015 acres of land donated by the Government of India.

The alumni of this institution constitute the core leadership of the Indian Armed Forces. Applicants to the NDA are selected via a written exam conducted by the UPSC, followed by extensive interviews covering physical as well as social skills & medical tests.

The Training is of 3 types, separately for the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force :-

  • 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA(For Army cadets)
  • 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at Naval Academy(For Naval cadets)
  • 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA (For AF cadets)

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