SC Judgement – Girl Candidates can Apply for the NDA Exam [Latest News]

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 11th, 2023

Can Girls Apply For NDA?: Women can take the NDA exam now, thanks to the Supreme Court! The prestigious National Defence Academy of India (NDA) is a dream organization for aspirants who want to work in the Army, Navy, or Air Force at the country’s vanguard. Around 2.5 lakh candidates battle it out for seats in the Indian Armed Forces’ joint-defense training academy. Keep reading this article to learn the correct responses to this pressing social issue. To break the deadlock: “Can girls apply for NDA?” we did our best to provide information about the NDA Planning in Motion, and forthcoming updates.

NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year in offline mode. The two stages of NDA exams are written and SSB interviews. Minimum qualifying marks are stated by the officials of UPSC. Every year approximately 5-6 lakh Male candidates participate in the recruitment process.

Latest News: Supreme Court Directs to Allow Girls in NDA exam

22 September 2021: Supreme Court said that girl candidates should be allowed to appear for NDA II 2021 exam, rejecting the government’s request until next year to establish the new system.

According to the government, girl candidates can apply for NDA I 2022 exam. As NDA II 2021 is scheduled for 14th November 2021 and hence very little time is left to make all the arrangements for female candidates.

As per Supreme Court If women candidates are allowed to appear in the exam from the next cycle (May 2022) then they will join the academy in January 2023. This will delay the whole process for female candidates by a year and hence suggest the center include female candidates to appear in NDA from this cycle itself.

Earlier in the NDA for Girls Case:

The Centre on 08th September in the Supreme Court said it has decided to allow female candidates in National Defence Academy. Now female candidates can appear for the NDA exam similar to male candidates.

The Center has said that it will take some time to frame guidelines for female candidates and in reply, Supreme Court has told the center to file its reply by September 20.

Supreme Court expressed its happiness and said that an important step has been taken towards ensuring equal rights for women in the Armed Forces.

In a petition filed by lawyer Kush Kalra, Supreme Court has given a direction to the concerned authorities to allow eligible girl candidates to appear in the NDA examination and train at the National Defence Academy.

The Supreme Court stated that the policy of the Armed Forces to not allow girls in the NDA exam is based on gender discrimination. The Government meanwhile, told the Supreme Court that women are being given equal opportunity in the armed forces and there is no violation of any fundamental right.

About NDA Exam

Exam Name National Defence Academy
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Exam Type National Level
Eligibility Criteria Unmarried Male candidates can apply
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Offline
  • Mathematics: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • General Ability Test: 2 hours 30 minutes 
Number of cities for exam centers 41
Helpdesk Contact Details 011-23385271/011-23381125/011- 23098543 
Official Website

Why Girls were not Allowed in National Defence Academy?

This defense entrance exam consists of a written cumulative SSB that is used to assess applicants for admission to the NDA and INA.

According to the background of this academy, it was designed to instill the gentleman spirit of commander and leadership among teen groups for them to become future leaders of society and serve their country. However, at the time of independence, every workplace was dominated by males of the society. So, in the case of the defense sector, where tremendous physical strength is required and stereotypes toward females were prevalent at the time, recruiting females was out of the question. Nevertheless, we must now accept that societal transformation is underway, and women are increasingly being recruited as officers in the defense sector, and who knows, one day women will be the majority.

A petitioner in the Supreme Court has challenged the government’s refusal to admit women to the National Defence Academy, and the court has asked the government to answer.

  • Women’s admission to the National Defence Academy (NDA) is a breach of their constitutional right to equality and the right to practice their career, according to a petition filed by advocate Kush Kalra.
  • The National Defense Academy (NDA) is the country’s joint military training institution for developing junior military leaders.
  • According to the petition, qualifying women candidates with a 10+2 qualification are refused the opportunity to take the NDA examination because of their gender, and as a result of this rejection, they are unable to join the armed forces as officers at this rank.
  • According to the petition, the number of women in the armed forces is extremely low, even though the defense services have opened more doors for women over the years, especially after the Supreme Court authorized women to join the Permanent Commission.
  • According to the petition, the NDA refuses admission solely based on gender and provides no justifiable justification.
  • The center, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), and others were then served with a notice by a bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde, who asked for their responses.

The respondents’ act of categorically excluding qualified and willing female applicants from appearing for the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examinations solely based on sex over the years is a breach of the universal right to equality before the law and equal protection under the law, the petition said.

This opportunity to take the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination at the age of 16.5 – 19.5 years, with the eligible academic credentials, is not open to eligible and willing female applicants, and the primary reason for this categorical exclusion is based on their sex, according to the petition.

According to the petition, the preparation time for Short Service Commission women officers is less than that of a male Permanent Commission officer who enters via the NDA.

A possible way to Get an Entry in Defence Forces for Female Candidates

However, there are several prospects for female applicants to join the Defense Forces in various wings. If you want to join the Indian Army, Navy, or Airforce, you can enroll in the best defense exam coaching in Dehradun for training.

  • Female candidates are being sought by the Indian Army.
  • Entry through UPSC

Female applicants between the ages of 19 and 25 are qualified to apply for UPSC admission. This exam is held twice a year by UPSC. Candidates must have completed their graduation or post-graduation in a recognized discipline in either stream.

1. Entry through NCC Special Entry

  • Only female NCC cadets are eligible for this entry.
  • These applicants must have two years of service in the NCC Senior Division army and a B grade on the C certificate test.
  • Female cadets should be between the ages of 19 and 25.
  • Candidates must have completed or appeared in their final year of graduation with a minimum of 50%.

2. Entry through SSC-Technical

  • SSC-Technical applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 27.
  • Candidates must be graduates or pursuing a degree in some discipline, or they must apply via SSC-Technical.

3. Entry through JAG

  • Candidates must have a law degree and be between the ages of 21 and 27.
  • Candidates must have an LLB/LLM degree with a minimum of 55 percent aggregate and be registered with the Bar Council of India or their respective state.

4. Entry through AFCAT

Candidates must pass the AFCAT exam to be considered for this role. The AFCAT is held twice a year. The SSB Interview will be held for the AFCAT eligible applicants. You may apply for jobs in the following branches using AFCAT:

  • Entry into the Flying Branch: Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 23 years old to be considered for a place in the Flying Branch. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with Physics and Mathematics at the 10+2 level OR a B.E/B.Tech degree from a recognized university with a minimum 60% mark.
  • Entry in Technical Branch: Female applicants between the ages of 18 and 28 years old are eligible to apply for the Technical Branch. Candidates in this branch can work in the following departments:
    • Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)
    • Aeronautical Engineer (Electrical)
  • Entry in Ground Duty Branches: Graduate and Post-Graduate applicants must meet various age requirements to qualify for Ground Duty Branches. Graduate candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 23, Post-Graduate candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 25, LLB candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 26, and M.Ed/Ph.D./CA candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 27. Female applicants who meet the requirements may apply for positions in the Ground Duty Branch’s following departments:
    • Logistics & Administration
    • Education 
    • Expenses

5. Non-AFCAT entries

  • Non-AFCAT applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 25, with Ph.D. candidates having to be between the ages of 27 and 28.
  • Candidates will be chosen and called for an SSB interview in this entry.
  • Candidates must have earned a minimum of 50% in a Post-Graduate degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Geography/CS/EVS/Physics/Geo-Physics, etc.

Female applicants are qualified to enter the Indian Navy.

Entries in Executive Branch

The following are the entries in the Indian Navy’s Executive Branch in various departments:

  • SSC-Air Traffic Controller: Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree in any science field or a master’s degree in mathematics, physics, or electronics. The age range is from 19.5 to 25 years old.
  • SSC-Observer: Candidates must have earned a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% in Mathematics and Physics at the 10+2 level. The age range for this event is 19 to 23 years old.


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