NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY & NAVAL ACADEMY (NDA & NA)
TYPE OF COMMISSION - Permanent commission
DATE OF FOUNDATION - 7 December 1954
COLOUR - Maroon
MOTTO - Service Before Self
CAMPUS - 7015 Acre
LOCATION - Khadkwasla, Maharashtra, India
AFFILIATION - Jawaharlal Nehru University
COMMANDANT - Air Marshal Kulwanth Singh Gill AVSM, YSM, VM
NO. OF VACANCIES - 300(approx.)
(a) 208 - Army
(b) 70 - Air Force
(c) 42 - Navy
DATE OF NOTIFICATION - 27 Dec 2014
DATE OF WRITTEN EXAM - 9th Apr 2015
LAST DATE APPLY - 23 Jan 2015
LIKELY SSB DATE - Sept. to Oct. and Jan. to Apr.
DATE COMMENCEMENT OF TRAINING - Jan. and July
TRAINING ACADEMY - National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune
ABOUT :- The NDA campus is located about 17 km south-west of Pune city, north-west of Khadakwasla Lake. It spans 7,015 acres of the 8,022 acres donated by the Government of the former Bombay State. The site was chosen for being on a lake shore, the suitability of the neighbouring hilly terrain, proximity to the Arabian Sea and other military establishments, an operational air base nearby at Lohegaon as well as the salubrious climate. The existence of an old combined-forces training centre and a disused mock landing ship, HMS Angostura, on the north bank of the Khadakwasla lake which had been used to train troops for amphibious landings, lent additional leverage for the selection of the site. NDA is also located in the hunting grounds of the legendary Shivaji, with the Sinhagad Fort as a panoramic backdrop.
The administrative headquarters of the NDA was named the Sudan Block, in honour of the sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the Sudan theatre during the East African Campaign. It was inaugurated by then Ambassador of Sudan to India, Rahmatullah Abdulla, on 30 May 1959. The building is a 3-storey basalt and granite structure constructed with Jodhpur red sandstone. Its architecture features an exterior design comprising a blend of arches, pillars and verandahs, topped by a dome. The foyer has white Italian marble flooring and panelling on the interior walls. On the walls of the foyer hang the portraits of NDA graduates who have been honoured with the highest gallantry awards, the PVC or the Ashok Chakra.