UPSC NDA Female Recruitment 2022 Latest Update: Induction of Women a Major Policy Decision, Need 3 months to Study Impact Centre told SC

UPSC NDA Female Recruitment 2022 Latest Update: Centre has told Supreme Court that Induction of Women is a Major Policy Decision and it needs 3 months to Study impact justifying 19 vacancies for women candidates under UPSC NDA 2022 Recruitment Process.

Created On: Mar 8, 2022 15:22 IST
Modified On: Mar 11, 2022 11:02 IST
UPSC NDA Female Recruitment 2022 Latest Update
UPSC NDA Female Recruitment 2022 Latest Update

UPSC NDA Female Recruitment 2022 Latest Update: On 7th March 2022, the Central government told the Supreme Court that induction of women cadets in National Defence Academy (NDA) has been a major policy decision and it requires at least three months for deliberating implications in the long term for induction and deployment of ex-NDA women cadets in the Indian Armed Forces.

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Let’s look at the details of the affidavit file by the Centre for Induction of women in National Defence Academy (NDA):

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Induction of women in NDA a major policy decision, need three months to study impact: Centre to SC

The Centre has filed its affidavit in a PIL saying, "The induction of woman cadets in NDA has been a major policy decision. The respondents need sufficient time for deliberating implications in the long term for induction and deployment of ex-NDA women cadets in the Indian Armed Forces. It is, therefore, submitted that the respondents require at least three months additional time towards this."

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Supreme Court Questioned Centre over Allocating 19 Vacancies for Women Candidates in NDA 2022 Recruitment

On 18th Jan 2022, Supreme Court asked the Centre to show the total figure on record with regard to the total number of women candidates who have appeared in the NDA 2 2021 Exam and for Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) &  Rashtriya Military School (RMS) entrance tests. SC asked the Centre to explain why the intake of women candidates in the National Defence Academy (NDA) for the year 2022 has been restricted to 19 only.

The affidavit was filed pursuant to the apex court's January 18 direction on a plea filed by advocate Kush Kalra about the data of the women who have appeared for the NDA-2021 examination and the number of women inducted. With respect to the number of candidates who took the examination and how many women were successful, it is submitted that a total of 5,75,854 candidates applied for the exam and 3,57,197 candidates took the examination.

"A total of 8,009 candidates, including 1,002 women candidates passed the NDA written examination held during November 2021. The Service Selection Board (SSB) is scheduled with effect from March-April 2022," the affidavit stated.

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UPSC NDA 2022 Female Candidates Vacancy Details

As per the official notification released by Union Public Service Commission, 19 Vacancies were allotted to female candidates under UPSC NDA & NA II 2021 & UPSC NDA & NA I 2022 Recruitment Process.

UPSC NDA & NA II 2021 Recruitment

Vacancies

National Defence Academy (148)

Army

208 (including 10 for female candidates)

Navy

42  (including 3 for female candidates)

Air Force

120 (28 for Ground Duties)

Flying

92 (including 2 for female candidates)

GD Tech

18 (including 2 for female candidates)

GD Non-Tech

10 (including 2 for female candidates)

Total

370 

Naval Academy (110)

(10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)

30 (for male candidates only)

Total

400

UPSC NDA & NA I 2022 Recruitment

Vacancies

National Defence Academy

Army

208 (including 10 for female candidates)

Navy

42 (including 03 for female candidates)

Air

(i) Flying – 92 (including 02 for female candidates)
(ii) Ground Duties (Tech) – 18 (including 02 for female candidates)
(iii) Ground Duties (Non Tech) – 10 (including 02 for female candidates)

Total

370

Naval Academy

(10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme)

30 (for male candidates only)

Total

400

In respect of the number of women to be inducted for 'NDA-II 2021' and 'NDA-I 2022, it is submitted that each course at NDA has 370 vacancies for the three services out of which 208 will get commissioned in the Indian Army, 120 cadets will get commissioned in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and 42 will get commissioned in the Indian Navy.

Younger Profile in NDA

The Centre while justifying the number of women cadets for all three forces, said that in respect of the Army, the ratio is to ensure that there is a younger profile and mobility of officer cadre, borne out of its operational role and tasks in difficult areas.

Officers commissioned through NDA have a major component of combat Arms and Women officers are not being inducted in combat arms, added the affidavit.

The Centre said that the average intake in the last four years of women officers in the eight arms and services has been up to 15% of the total cadre strength.

The Indian Army since has been simultaneously engaged in a large number of operational challenges, especially on Northern Borders which have effected permanent changes in deployment and various other operational facets requiring in-depth analysis and extrapolated impacts in cadre management to include women officers operational employment, it added.

Infrastructure for Female Cadets in NDA

As per the media sources, National Defence Academy is 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. The Centre had submitted that a study group has been formed to facilitate the entry of women, and the necessary mechanism to facilitate that can be put in place by May 2022.

Though the Centre had undertaken before the top court to put in place the infrastructural requirements for women candidates by May 2022, it has limited the number of intake to 19 candidates for this year also, the apex court was told. Last year the apex court had directed that female aspirants be allowed to appear in the NDA entrance examination.

FAQ

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

Total 19 Vacancies Have Been Allotted To Female Candidates Under UPSC NDA & NA II 2021 Recruitment Process.

Q2. What is the Age Limit for UPSC NDA 2022 Exam for Female Candidates?

Between 16.5 To 19.5 Years

Q3. What is the Educational Qualification for UPSC NDA 2022 Exam for Female Candidates?

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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