Can a girl join NDA after 12th? This is a common question among the female aspirants who wants to join National Defence Academy and serve the motherland. On 18th August (Wednesday), Supreme Court passed interim to allow women to take the admission exam to NDA Exam. Women can sit for the NDA (National Defence Academy) admission exam – which has been rescheduled for November 14 – the Supreme Court said Wednesday afternoon that could allow more women to serve in India’s armed forces. The result would be subject to final adjudication of the petitions.
Male aspirants appearing for NDA Exam are granted permanent commission in India’s armed forces. However, women candidates, currently however, are recruited as Short Service Commission Officers before being considered for a permanent commission at a later stage of their careers.
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With this, female aspirants will get the golden opportunity to join the defense forces as commissioned officer after 12th. Whether you are from Science, Commerce or Arts, stream, you are allowed to appear for NDA Exam. A division bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy passed the interim order in a writ petition filed by Kush Kalra seeking permission for women candidates to appear for the NDA exam.
The UPSC is also directed to take out a suitable corrigendum notification in view of the aforesaid order and “give due publicity so that intent of the order is translated into effect“.
“We have received the counter affidavit from the Union of India yesterday. In the counter affidavit, what they say is that it is purely a policy decision and should not be interfered with by the court and that because girls are not allowed to enter into NDA does not mean there is any difficulty in their progression or in their career“, Senior Advocate Chinmoy Pradip Sharma, for the petitioner, told the bench.
Presently there isn’t any opportunity for female aspirants to join Army, Navy and Air Force after 12th exam. Female aspirants can only join the defense forces after graduation. After graduation, they can appear for CDS Written Exam to join OTA, Chennai.