NDA(National Defence Academy) and CDS(Combined Defence Services) exams are conducted twice in a year to select the best from the huge number of aspiring cadets to become Officers in the Indian Armed Forces and serve the motherland. These exams are conducted by UPSC. Often the aspiring cadets are confused between the two exams.
The roles and responsibilities, salary and promotion aspects for both the entries are the same, but they differ in academics, tenure of training, nature of the commission, and degree awarded. To give clarity to our future Officers, I have tried my best to collate the difference between the two exams in the easiest way possible.
NDA is located in Khadakwasala, Pune. Here, the cadets of the three services - the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force are trained together before they go on to their respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training. It is the first tri-service academy in the world. The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy.
NDA examination is conducted for candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class 12th. CDS examination is conducted for candidates who have passed or are appearing in Graduation. Women candidates can now appear for both CDS and NDA examinations.
Indian Defence Academy located in the picturesque town of Dehradun is the best institute in town to provide coaching to the aspiring cadets. The trained and experienced faculties help them to deliver maximum results in minimum time. Dare to dream and believe in yourself!