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NDA & NA Exam (I) : Apply by Jan 21

Dr.S Rajookrishnan

December 22, 2012: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified the National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (I), 2013, for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA for the 131st Course, and for the 93rd Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing in January 2014.

Exam Centre and Date: The Examination will be held at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur, Vishakhapatnam on 14th April, 2013.

Vacancies: The approximate number of vacancies to be filled on the results of this examination will be 355 of which 195 are for Army, 39 for Navy, 66 for the Air Force and 55 for Indian Naval Academy (10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme). Those joining Indian Naval Academy would undergo 4 years B.Tech Course and would be given an opportunity to join Executive and Technical Branches of the Navy subject to availability of vacancies. Vacancies are provisional and may be changed depending on the availability of training capacity of National Defence Academy.

Admission will be made on the results of the written examination to be conducted by the Commission followed by intelligence and personality test by the Services Selection Board (SSB), of candidates who qualify in the written examination.

Eligibility: Applicant should satisfy the eligibility conditions related to Nationality, Age, Sex, Marital Status, Educational Qualifications, Physical standards etc.

Nationality: Applicant must be a citizen of India. Exemptions in this condition are available in the detailed notification dated 22.12.2012 available at http://www.upsc.gov.in/ and also at http://www.upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status: Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January 1995 and not later than 1st July, 1997 are eligible.

Educational Qualifications:

(i) Army wing of NDA: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
(ii) Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA and for 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at Indian Naval Academy: 12th class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University, with Physics and Mathematics.

Those appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this examination subject to conditions specified in the Notification subject to submission of proof of passing the 12th Class/equivalent examination in original at the time of attending SSB Interview. Those who are unable to submit it at the time of SSB Interview, must send attested photocopies of such documents to the authorities mentioned in the detailed notification to reach them latest  by 5th December, 2013. Request for extending this date will not be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of Board/University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other ground whatsoever.

Those who have failed INSB/PABT earlier are not eligible for Air Force. Those appearing in the 11th class exam are not eligible for this examination.

Physical Standards: Applicant must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2013 as per guidelines given in the detailed Notification.

Examination Fee: Application Fee is Rs.100/-. SC/ST applicants/Sons of JCOs/ NCOs/ ORs specified in Note 2 of the Notification are exempted from payment of fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates.

Fee can be paid by cash at any Branch of SBI or by using Net Banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

Application: Application can be submitted only online, at http://www.upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php. Brief instruction for filling up the online Application Form is given in the Appendix-II of the Detailed Notification. Detailed instructions are available at the website.

Applicant has to specify in the online application form, the Services for which he wishes to be considered in the order of his preference (1 to 4). He may indicate as many preferences as he wishes to opt, so that having regard to his rank in the order of merit, due consideration can be given to his preferences when making appointments. Applicants should note that they will be considered for appointment only to those services for which they express their preferences and for no other service(s). No request for addition/alteration in the preferences already indicated by the applicant in his application will be entertained by the Commission.

All the applicants are required to provide valid & active email i.d. while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them.

Only one application should be submitted. However, if due to any unavoidable situation, if an applicant submits another/multiple applications, then he must ensure that the application with the higher (Registration ID) RID is complete in all respects like applicants' details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. In such cases, only the applications with higher RID will be accepted and the fee paid against one RID will not be adjusted against any other RID.

Last date for submission of applications: The Online Applications can be submitted up 11.59 pm on 21st January, 2013, after which the link will be disabled.

e-admission Certificate: Eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admission Certificate will be made available on the UPSC website (www.upsc.gov.in) for being downloaded by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

Scheme of Examination: Admission will be made on the results of the written examination to be conducted by the Commission followed by intelligence and personality test by the Services Selection Board (SSB), for candidates who qualify in the written examination.

Written examination: The written examination will have two papers, each of 2 ½ hours duration. Mathematics (Code 01) Paper will carry 300 marks while General Ability Test (Code 02; Part A- English (200 marks) and Part B- General Knowledge (400 marks)) will carry 600 marks. SSB Test/Interview will carry 900 marks. In Section B of Paper II, there will be subsections, namely, A- Physics( 25% weightage), B- Chemistry (15%), C- General Science (10%), D- History, Freedom Movement etc (20%), E-Geography (20%) and F-Current Events (10%).

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers (Test booklets) of Mathematics and Part ‘B’ of General Ability Test will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English. Each question will have four alternatives. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question. If a question is left blank (no answer is given by the candidate), there will be no penalty for that question. Detailed syllabus is available in the Notification.

Results of Written Examination: UPSC will prepare 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 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 Pilot Aptitude Test and for Officers Potentiality. PABT applicable to candidates with Air Force as First choice would also be conducted for all SSB qualified candidates with one of the choice as Air Force subject to their eligibility and if they are so willing.

Two-Stage Selection Procedure: Two-stage selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test has been introduced at Selection Centers/Air Force Selection Boards. Intelligence Tests include both verbal and non-verbal, designed to assess basic intelligence of candidates. They will also be put to Group Tests such as Group Discussions, Group Planning, Outdoor Group Tasks and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects. All these tests are intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interests in current affairs.

All candidates will be put to stage one test on first day of reporting at Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards. Only those candidates who qualify at stage one will be admitted to the second stage/remaining tests. Those candidates who qualify stage II will be required to submit the original Certificates along with one photocopy each of (i) original Matriculation pass certificate or equivalent in support of date of birth (ii) Original 10+2 pass certificate or equivalent in support of educational qualification.

Merit List: To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in (i) Written examination as fixed by the Commission at their discretion and (ii) Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by the Service Selection Board at their discretion. Over and above, candidates for the Air Force, and all the SSB qualified candidates as per their willingness, eligibility and preference for Air Force, should separately qualify the PABT. Subject to these conditions the qualified candidates will then be placed in a single combined list on the basis of total marks secured by them in the Written Examination and the Services Selection Board Tests.

The final allocation/selection for admission to the Army, Navy, Air Force of the National Defence Academy and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy will be made up to the number of vacancies available subject to eligibility, medical fitness and merit-cum-preference of the candidates.

For more details, see the detailed notification at http://www.upsc.gov.in and at http://upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php

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