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UPSC NDA Exam 2021 Latest Update: Supreme Court Allows Women to Appear in upcoming National Defence Academy Exam

Last updated on 19th Aug 2021

UPSC NDA Exam 2021 Latest Update: Supreme Court has passed the interim order on 18th August 2021 (Wednesday) allowing women to appear in the National Defence Academy (NDA) Competitive Exam. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts NDA Exam twice every year for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) for male eligible candidates as of now. The court slammed the policy decision of the Army for not permitting women to appear in the NDA exam and said that it is based on ‘Gender Discrimination’. Earlier the only route for women to enter the Army is by recruitment through short service commission.

The affidavit also stated that “Training at the NDA does not give any automatic advantage to male cadets over their counterparts from other training establishments/institutions. It has no bearing on the future career advancement prospects.” Centre suggested that the choice of training at any equivalent training academy cannot be a violation of Article 14, 15, 16, or 19 of the Constitution and does not result in gender discrimination.

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