UPSC NDA 2021 Female Recruitment in Indian Army/Navy/Air Force: Check Vacancies Announced by Ministry of Defence

UPSC NDA 2021 Female Recruitment in Indian Army/Navy/Air Force: Union Public Service Commission has notified vacancies for female candidates under UPSC NDA NA 2021 Recruitment Process announced by the Ministry of Defence.
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UPSC NDA 2021 Female Recruitment in Indian Army/Navy/Air Force

UPSC NDA 2021 Female Recruitment in Indian Army/Navy/Air Force: As per the official notification released by Union Public Service Commission, Total 19 Vacancies have been allotted to female candidates under UPSC NDA & NA II Recruitment Process. UPSC held NDA & NA 2021 Exam on 14th November 2021 for Female Candidates for the first time. As per government sources, over 6 Lakh candidates apply for the NDA & CDS Defence exams every year. This year around 1.8 Lakh women candidates applied for UPSC NDA 2021 Exam for recruitment in the Indian Armed Forces, i.e., Army, Navy, and Air Force.

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The notification states that in continuation of the Corrigendum dated 24th September 2021, which was issued by the Commission in compliance with the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order dated 18th August 2021 in WP (C) No.1416/2020 filed by Shri Kush Kalra vs UOI and Others permitting women candidates to participate in the NDA & NA Examination (II), 2021, it is hereby informed that the Ministry of Defence has furnished the following revised vacancy position thereby earmarking vacancies for women:

UPSC NDA & NA II 2021 Recruitment


National Defence Academy (148)


208 (including 10 for female candidates)


42  (including 3 for female candidates)

Air Force

120 (28 for Ground Duties)


92 (including 2 for female candidates)

GD Tech

18 (including 2 for female candidates)

GD Non-Tech

10 (including 2 for female candidates)



Naval Academy (110)

(10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)

30 (for male candidates only)



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Women’s Entry in Indian Army/Navy/Air Force through National Defence Academy (NDA) 2021

As per the media sources, NDA has already been working to add two more squadrons to its existing 18 and increase the annual intake of military cadets, considering a current shortfall in the number of armed forces officers. The academy is also trying to cater to a growing demand from foreign cadets and ground duty cadets of the IAF who were first admitted to the academy last year, as well as anticipating the need to admit women cadets. There have been talks to have around 120-150 women cadets in the NDA at a given time.

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National Defence Academy is also preparing to welcome the women cadets into its campus by way of modifying its infrastructure (housing), putting in place a strong security apparatus and initiating appointments of women instructors, doctors including gynaecologists, and other requisite support staff, among other steps. A separate panel is working out other modalities such as the physical fitness and medical parameters of the women cadets, including height, weight and eyesight.

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UPSC prepares a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission at their discretion. Such candidates shall appear before a Services Selection Board (SSB) for Intelligence and Personality Test where candidates for the Army/Navy wings of the NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be assessed on Officers Potentiality and those for the Air Force in addition to the above will have to qualify Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS).


Q1. How many Vacancies have been announced for female candidates under UPSC NDA 2021 Recruitment?

Total 19 Vacancies have been allotted to female candidates under UPSC NDA & NA II 2021 Recruitment Process.

Q2. What is the Women's Age Limit for UPSC NDA Exam?

Between 16.5 To 19.5 Years

Q3. What is the Women's Educational Qualification for UPSC NDA Exam?

12th Class Pass Of The 10+2 Pattern Of School Education Or Equivalent Examination Conducted By A State Education Board Or A University.

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