National Defense Academy (NDA) – Pride of India
// June 4th, 2013 // NDA
National Defense Academy or NDA is the joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces. This academy gives training to the cadets of three services which are Army, Navy and Air Force. Here they are trained together before they go to training in their respective areas. It is located at Khadakswala near Pune. It is the first tri-service academy and one of the best among the world. To get admission here one has to clear the entrance examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission. The candidate who is applying for this exam should complete 12th board. If he wants to join Navy or Air Force then he should pass 12th with Physics and Math. The age of the candidate should be between 16 and half years to 19 years and of course unmarried.
All the candidates who join the academy have to undergo a training of three years where they need to do graduation in BSc, BA or BCS. Apart from academic training, the candidates will also be trained in outdoor skills like drill, PT and games. The main objective of this academy is to develop the physical as well mental strength of the candidates, give importance to character building and develop leadership skills thus leading to an overall development of the individual. NDA has very good infrastructure with excellent facilities which include spacious and well maintained classroom, well equipped lab, gymnasium, swimming pool, football ground, a cricket stadium etc. The academic year consists of two semesters. One semester is from Jan to May and another from July to December.