A career in defence services promises one of the most adventurous and prestigious positions in a nation. For youngsters aspiring to choose a career of excitement and challenges, armed forces can meet all their professional expectations. The Armed Forces of India consist of four professional uniformed services: the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. Recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Air Force is mainly done through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) by conducting a national level entrance. The entrance (NDA Exam) is conducted twice in a year i.e. NDA Exam (I) on 17th April, 2016 and NDA Exam (II) on 18th September 2016, which is an opportunity for youngsters who are passionate about joining Indian armed forces as officers.
1.How to Apply for NDA Exam (I) 2016
Eligible candidates can apply online by using the website www.upsconline.nic.in. Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form are given in the following sections. It is advised that candidates should read the instructions carefully before filling the required details. Also, retain a printed copy of online application form for future purposes.
2.Instruction to the Candidate for filling online NDA EXAM (I) 2016 :
Detailed instructions for filling up the applications Online are as follows:
•For applying online, a candidate must have scanned copies of photograph and signature in JPG/JPEG format in such that each file should not exceed 40kB in size and should not be less than 3 kB in size for photograph and 1 KB for signature.
•Candidates must fill the Online Applications (Part I and II) from 2nd January, 2016 to 29th January, 2016 till 11.59 PM after which the link will be disabled.
•Log on to the official website of UPSC (www.upsconline.nic.in).
•Click on “Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC”.
•Select the desired option & fill the application form containing two stages viz. Part I and Part II by selecting the desired link.
•In online mode, candidates can pay the application fee through online access (credit card, debit card or net banking). Candidates can also pay offline at any SBI Bank Branch through the E-slip generated during the filling of form.
•After submitting the application form, take print out of system generated application form for further reference.
i. Multiple applications should be avoided.
ii. The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, a valid and active E-mail Id is provided, as the Commission may use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of examination process.
iii. Candidates are advised to apply well in time without waiting for the last date for submission of online application.
3. Application fee for NDA Exam (I) 2016
The application fee to be paid by the candidates is Rs. 100/- (Rupees one hundred only) either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using any Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.
The candidates belonging to SC/ST need not to pay the application fee against NDA Exam (I) 2016 application form. Those who are the sons of ex-serviceman/ JCO/NCO and Other Ranks of the Army are also not required to pay any fee for the application form. If such candidates are currently pursuing their studies form Sainik or military school then they are required to produce the certificate of eligibility duly signed by the principals at the time of SSB interview.
4. Eligibility Criteria for NDA Exam (I) 2016
The interested candidates for upcoming NDA Exams I 2016 should full fill the eligibility criteria given below.
i.a citizen of India, or
(ii) a subject of Bhutan,or
(iii) a subject of Nepal, or
(iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will not, however, be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
ii.Age Limitation for candidates: The candidate should not be born before 2nd July 1997 and not later than 1st July 2000. The age verification will be considered from the mark sheet of high school.
The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificates. These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted. The expression Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.
iii.Educational Qualifications for NDA Exam (I) 2016:
For Indian Army wing of National Defence Academy: The candidates appearing for the exam must have passed or appearing class 12th from a recognized board or university.
For Air force and Indian Navy: The candidates must have passed or appearing class 12th with physics and Mathematics from a recognized board or university.
5.Exam Pattern of NDA Exam (I) 2016
The NDA Exam consist of two papers: Mathematics and General ability test, below we have discussed both the papers in details.
Mathematics: The mathematics paper is of 300 marks and consist of multiple choice questions based on the syllabus of class 10th and 11th. The time allowed to write the paper is 2.5 hr.
General Ability: The General Ability test comprises of two section i.e. Section A and Section B. The section A is of English (200 marks) and Section B (400 marks) is of general knowledge.
All the question are multiple choice questions type and contain a negative marking for the wrong answers.
6. Selection Process for NDA Exam (I) 2016
The candidates are selected on the basis of their score in the written test followed by the SSB interview which generally last for 4-5 days. The candidates who successfully qualify the written exam are called for the SSB interview and after clearing all the rounds in the interview, the final merit list is prepared and the selection is done after the medical process and document verification.
7.Important Dates of NDA Exam (I) 2016
Date of Notification: 2nd January, 2016
Last date for filled application Forms: 29 January, 2016
Date of exam: 17th April, 2016
8.Admit Card of NDA Exam (I) 2016
(i)The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for being downloaded by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post. For downloading the e-Admit Card the candidate must have his vital parameters like RID & Date of Birth or Roll No. (if received) & date of birth or name, father's name & Date of Birth available with him.
(ii)If a candidate does not receive his e-Admit Card or any other communication regarding his candidature for the examination one week before the commencement of the examination, he should at once contact the Commission. Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office either in person or over Phone Nos. 011–23385271011–23385271/011–23381125011–23381125/011–23098543011–23098543. In case no communication is received in the Commission’s Office from the candidate regarding non-receipt of his e-Admit Card at least one week before the examination, he himself will be solely responsible for non-receipt of his eAdmit Card.
(iii)No candidate will ordinarily be allowed to take the examination unless he holds a certificate of admission for the examination. On receipt of e-Admit Card, check it carefully and bring discrepancies/errors, if any, to the notice of the UPSC immediately. The courses to which the candidates are admitted will be according to their eligibility as per educational qualifications for different courses and the preferences given by the candidates. The candidates should note that their admission to the examination will be purely provisional based on the information given by them in the Application Form. This will be subject to verification of all the eligibility conditions.
(iv)If a candidate receives an e-Admit Card in respect of some other candidate on account of processing error, it should be notified to the Commission with a request to issue the correct e-Admit Card. Candidates may note that they will not be allowed to take the examination on the strength of an e-Admit Card issued in respect of another candidate.
(v)The decision of the Commission as to the acceptance of the application of a candidate and his eligibility or otherwise for admission to the Examination shall be final.
(vi)Candidates should note that the name in the e-Admit Card in some cases, may be abbreviated due to technical reasons.
(vii)Candidates must ensure that their e.mail Ids given in their online applications are valid and active.
9.Result of NDA Exam (I) 2016
The NDA result 2016 is declared one month after the examination, the candidates can check their result from the official website of UPSC
10. SSB for NDA Exam (I) 2016
Qualified candidates in the written examination will be called for Interview conducted by SSB (Services selection board). For Army, Navy Wings & 10 +2 Entry Scheme candidates need to undergo Intelligence Test & Personality Test, but for Air Force Wing the candidates must attend a Pilot Aptitude Test. The Interview Consists both Intelligence & Personality Test.
Intelligence and Personality Test:
The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process-stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are :
a. Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in QIR Test and PP and DT.
b. Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.
The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. the Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO)and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also alloted based on the initial perfomance of the caniddate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.
The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/ absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.
11. Important Guidelines for Physical standard for admission to the NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY.
Candidates should be physically fit in all aspects and must not be resigned or withdrawn from any armed force training in past.
10.BRIEF PARTICULARS OF THE SERVICE
The National Defence Academy (NDA), an academy of armed forces in India, provides a joint place to cadets of the three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) to train together before pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies. It is located at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. Over the years NDA has emerged as a unique military academy, attracting the youngsters from India and also from friendly foreign countries and transforming them into officers and gentlemen.
11.TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICES
Only Unmarried candidates are eligible for this examination and candidates cannot marry before the final training completion.