NDA for Female vs Male Candidates

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In August 2021 Supreme Court of India allowed female candidates to participate in the NDA exam conducted by UPSC. It was a historical decision by Supreme Court that promoted equal rights to girls in the country. The effect of this decision is seen when in Punjab, the number of female candidates is five times higher than the male candidates. A career in NDA for females gives girls new options to have their career and gives them an equal chance to grow. Before 2021, NDA careers were only for male candidates, but now female aspirants are showing more interest in this career option.

UPSC has released the notification for NDA I exam 2022. The application process to participate in the exam is the same. In addition, the notification has detailed information on the eligibility criteria for female candidates in NDA. Considering the ratio of female and male candidates in NDA II 2021, it seems that female candidates are more interested in having their career in NDA. Therefore, this article will discuss female vs male candidates in NDA.

NDA for Female vs Male Candidates  

NDA or National Defense Academy is a training institute for Indian armed forces. UPSC conducts this examination twice a year for interested candidates to get admission to the institute. The age and educational eligibility criteria to apply for the NDA exam are the same for male and female applicants. Here have a look at the eligibility criteria for NDA aspirants;

  • The applicant must be a citizen of India or Nepal or of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma or some of the other countries.
  • Both male and female applicants should be unmarried, and their date of birth should be between 02nd July 2003 to 1st July 2006.
  • NDA is the students’ gateway to enter into the Indian Army, Navy and Air force. If you want to be a part of the Indian Army, you must have a qualified 12th exam conducted by the state or central education board.

If you want to enter the Air force or Navy, you must have studied Physics, Chemistry and Maths in 12th standard. As you read that aforementioned eligibility criteria are the same for both male and female candidates willing to qualify NDA exam. Here, look at the physical standard that is a must for aspirants to match if they want to qualify for the NDA exam. The physical standards are different for male and female candidates;

Male Candidates

Female Candidates

Minimum Height is 157 cm but if he applicant belongs to Bhutan, Sikkim, North-east, Uttarakhand or similar places  then it can be 155 to 152 cm. Minimum height for female candidates is also 157 cm. For candidates belong to some certain places, it can be 150 to 147 cm.
Waist Hip ratio should be below 0.9. It should be below 0.8 for female applicants.

In official notification for NDA I 2022, UPSC has given different weight height charts for male and female candidates. Therefore, read it once before filling the form online to have a career in NDA.

Vacancies In NDA 2022

Now have a look at the vacancies in NDA I 2022 for both male and female candidates;

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Number Of Vacant Posts



Army 198 10
Navy   39 03
Air Force (Flying)   90 02
Air Force (Ground Duty Tech)   16 02
Air Force (Ground Duty Non-Tech)   08 02
Navel Academy   30 00
Total 381 19


The Bottom Line

We have entered a new era with the nod of the Supreme Court to allow the girls to have a career in NDA. Many girls must have dreamed of them in uniform, but they had limited options. Now the gates of NDA are open for both boys and girls both. We hope the female candidates will use this opportunity to show their caliber in the Indian Armed forces.

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