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National Defense Academy and Naval Academy

National Defense Academy and Naval Academy

The National Defense Academy is located in Pune and is the common ground for training the three wings of Indian Defense, Army, Navy and Air Force.


The National Defense Academy is located south-west of Pune City and north-west of Khadakwasla Lake on 7015 acres of land, out of the 8022 acres. Pune was chosen as the training site because of number of reasons. Healthy climatic conditions, suitability of terrain for military training, proximity to the Arabian Sea, existence of an operational airfield at Lohegaon, vicinity of military establishments and the presence of a lake nearby, the existence of a combined training centre and the 'mock' landing ship, HMS Angostura on the north bank of the Khadakwasla lake all contributed to making Pune the best site for the Academy.

Course Structure

The NDA is the foundation for a career in the Indian military services.

Training and education program has a four year structure. In the first three years includes courses in all subjects for a University Degree plus basic training of fundamental military sciences. After completion of three years the cadet gets a University Degree. The final year focuses on the specialization into the specific branch of the Indian military services that a cadet desires to join. Army cadets go to the IMA at Dehra Dun, Air Force cadets to the flying training establishments in Hyderabad and the Naval cadets for Midshipman training to the Training Ships.


Admission to the NDA is conducted twice a year via an entrance examination, held every six months by the UPSC. The candidates selected from the competitive exam, further go through a multiple-round interviews including physiological and group testing followed by a thorough medical examination.

For more details about the terms and conditions of the NDA Academy check Particulars of Service.

For detailed instructions about Application Procedure, Vacancies, Eligibility Conditions, and Examination click on one of links in the left column.