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Vishwabharati Defence Academy

Application Form for AY2021-22 | First Floor | Lara Building | Nr Sadhu Vaswani Chowk | Pune - 411 001

FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
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1. What are the courses and/or trainings provided by Vishwabharati Defence Academy (VDA)
VDA trains students to get into armed forces as officers through National Defence Academy (NDA, 2 years NDA cum Junior college residential programme), short term courses for NDA, Combined defence services(CDS), Naval Academy (NA), Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET), Technical entry scheme (TES) and Air Force common admission test (AFCAT) and Service Selection Board (SSB) interview for all entrances. In addition, VDA trains students of class 10th for entrance into Service Preparatory Institute (SPI) a premier defence training institute and also conducts online Spoken English and personality development classes. Please also read para 8 for more information.

2. What is NDA?
NDA stands for National Defence Academy.
It is a tri-service training institute located at Khadakwasla, Pune.
It's a cradle for military leadership.

3. What are the advantages of joining NDA?
NDA is one of the most premier institutes of the country. There are a multitude of advantages of joining NDA as compared to other defence training institutes:
a) The career is set at a young age.
b) Armed forces take up the responsibility of training, grooming and development of the cadet for 3 years at their own cost. In fact after NDA, in the 4th year of training, the Government pays a stipend of Rs.56,100 per month (As per
c) The academy provides facility for all conceivable sports, extracurricular activities and hobby developments.
d) The academy has the best possible infrastructure and trainers. It provides equal opportunity to all who desire to excel.
e) A joint service institute develops lifetime comaraderie amongst officers of all arms and services.

4. How to join NDA?
To join NDA, a student has to pass a written exam conducted by UPSC, and an SSB interview conducted by Armed Forces. About 8 lac students fill up the NDA form every year, out of which approximately 800 students get selected.

5.What are the details of NDA written exam?
The written exams are conducted twice a year generally in the month of April and September. There are 2 exams conducted on a single day, Mathematics for 300 marks and General ability for 600 marks. Both are MCQ based and have negative marking. The students who are above the benchmark, i.e. cut off levels, are called for the SSB interview.

6.What is SSB?
It is one of the most complex and detailed selection processes. The student who has come into the merit of the written exam is called for a period of 1 to 5 days. Basic screening is conducted on the first day and only those students who go into the second stage are tested for another 4 days. Students take various tests during these 5 days of the SSB interview. Those who pass SSB are checked for medical fitness.

7. How should one prepare for NDA entrance?
One has to prioritize. Proficiency in Mathematics and a working knowledge of English is necessary. One has to develop leadership attributes and be a confident personality. Primarily the student is required to possess Officer Like Qualities in reasonable measures. Physical fitness is generally not a decisive factor unless the student is overly unfit.

8.How many chances does one get to join Armed forces?
NDA followed by TES and NA are the options open after 12th upto the age of 19.5 years but in the subsequent years during graduation upto 25 years and post-graduation years, upto 27 years, the student can continue to appear for entrance exams such as CDS, AFCAT, TGC, UES, Technical entry, INET etc. every 6 months. Though students get innumerable chances to join armed forces, the reasons for joining NDA are overwhelming and hence NDA is the most preferred entry for a career in the Armed Forces.

9. What are the facilities provided by VDA?
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10. What is the syllabus of NDA?
Refer UPSC notification:

11. Who will take personal care of students in the residential programme?
Our sports warden from the Armed forces and our residential teachers who will stay with the students in the dormitory itself shall take care 24x7. The residential director is himself an alumnus of NDA living in Lonavala. He interacts with students on a daily basis and resolves their issues if any.

12. How is the training conducted at Lonavala?
The boys go to school from Monday to Friday from 0800hrs to 1430hrs. Before and after school hours, and on week-ends and holidays VDA takes care of the students. Apart from special NDA coaching, extra classes are taken for the subjects and topics which have been taught in the school. A detailed training schedule subject to changes due to weather etc.

13. How is on-line training organized?
Our Mathematics Professor, who is a published author, will conduct the Maths classes, English lessons and Gat will be conducted by other faculty members. Our two directors, both ex-NDA, shall take personality and leadership classes. The on-line classes will begin from 05 Apr 21. We shall share the schedule with all registered students 24 hrs in advance. Online coaching shall continue till the opening of the school.

14. When will the academic session start?
Nothing can be said with certainty due to the fluid COVID situation. However as per our understanding, regular school may start from the beginning of academic session, which would be the first week of Jul 21. As class 11th syllabus is a quantum jump from that of class 10th, it is absolutely necessary for the students to be in learning mode lest they get overwhelmed at a later stage. Due to this reason we shall start online coaching for the students from 05th Apr 21.

15. What is the VDA success story?
We have had 37 successes to date.

16. How is the school's academic record?
The CBSE school we are associated with is Sinhgad Public school. It is 16 years old and has a 100% pass record for the 12th board exam.

17. What are the facilities available on campus?
Please refer link: