NDA (National Defence Academy) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to pre-commissioning training in their respective service academies. NDA is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).
The qualifying candidates will be made to appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test. The SSB interviews qualified candidates. The SSB interviews are expected to be held around July to September 2021
Central government scholarship schemes for NDA cadets that offer monetary assistance to support their application and training. Scholarships, grants, fellowships, student loans and ex gratia are a few types of financial assistance that eases the burden of expenditure of a student who wishes to study or take up a career further but has limited or no sources to support it.
The following scholarships will be awarded only to the candidates who successfully achieve the criteria.
This Scholarship is granted to cadets overall first in Academics of Passing out Course. One time scholarship amount is Rs. 5000/-.
This scholarship is of the value of Rs. 360.00 per annum and awarded to a MARATHA cadet who should be the son of an ex-serviceman. The scholarship is in addition to any financial assistance from the Government.
Two scholarships for cadets who obtain the highest position amongst candidates from BIHAR. The value of each scholarship is INR 37.00 per mensem tenable for a maximum period of 4 years during the training at the NDA Khadakwasla and thereafter at IMA Dehradun and AFC; and INA Ezhimala where the cadets may be sent for training on completion of their training at NDA.
INR 1500/- (One-time payment) – Second best all-around Air Force cadet of VI term.
INR 1500/- (One-time payment). Best all-round Air Force cadet at the time of Passing Out of VI term.
Gp Capt. M Vashishta has instituted 3 scholarships of INR 125/- each per month at NDA for one term to be awarded to the first three cadets in the order of merit on completion of their first semester till the end of the second term. The cadets in receipt of Govt. Financial Assistance will not be eligible for the above scholarships. The application for eligible cadets can be made to the Commandant, NDA on arrival.
The Government of Bihar has instituted at NDA 25 Merit Scholarships at INR 50/- per month for an entire period of six terms at the NDA and INR 650/- one time towards clothing and equipment. The cadet awarded the above merit scholarship would not be eligible for any other scholarship or financial assistance from the Government. The application by an eligible cadet can be made to the Commandant, National Defence Academy on their arrival.
In this section, the special scholarship will be awarded to only the candidates who belong to the particular states.
Two scholarships will be awarded to the cadets from ASSAM. The value of each scholarship is INR 30.00 per mensem and is tenable for the duration of a cadet’s stay at the NDA. The scholarships will be awarded to the two best cadets from ASSAM without any reference to the income of their parents. The cadets who are granted this scholarship will not be entitled to any other financial assistance from the Government.
Two scholarships each of the value of INR 30.00 per month and an outfit stipend of INR 400.00 are awarded to two cadets who belong to UTTAR PRADESH on merit-cum-means basis and are tenable for a period of three years subject to satisfactory performance by the cadets at the National Defence Academy. Cadets who are granted these Scholarships are not entitled to any other financial assistance from Government.
One merit scholarship of the value of INR 480/- per annum for the entire period of training at NDA, will be awarded by the State Government of Kerala to a Cadet who is a domiciled resident of the State of KERALA and who secures the first position in the All India UPSC Entrance Examination to NDA irrespective of the fact whether he has passed out from RIMC or any of the Sainik Schools in India. The financial position of a Cadet’s father/guardian is not taken into consideration. ORISSA GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS These scholarships, one for the Army, one for the Navy and the other for the Air Force of the value of INR 80.00 each per month will be awarded by the Government of Orissa to the cadets who are permanent residents of the State of ORISSA. Two of these scholarships will be awarded based on merit-cum-means of the cadets whose parent’s or guardian’s income does not exceed INR 5,000/- per annum and the other one will be given to the best cadet irrespective of his parent’s or guardian’s income.
INR 6,000/- per annum to the ward of Serving/Ex-servicemen (incl Ex/Serving Officer) of Native/ Domicile of Gujarat.
INR 1,00,000/- one-time payment to the native of Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be given. The native of Arunachal Pradesh will get additional onetime outfit Allowance of INR 12,000/-
It is an initial lump sum grant Scholarship per semester Amount Low Middle High 5000/- 3750/ 2500/- 1800/- 1350/- 900/- Eligibility (i) The cadet must be an Indian Citizen and the CDT and/or his of/or permanently domiciled in the State of West Bengal. (ii) The Cadet is not in receipt of any other financial assistance/ grant from the Govt. of India and/or the State Government or any other authority excepting scholarship or stipend received on merit.
Four scholarships will be awarded to cadets from HIMACHAL PRADESH. The value of each scholarship is INR 30.00 per month during the first two years of training and INR 48.00 per month during the third year of training. These scholarships will be available to those cadets whose parent’s income is below INR 500.00 per month. No cadet in receipt of financial assistance from the Government will be eligible for this scholarship.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has instituted at NDA one scholarship per course of the value of INR 30/- per month plus an outfit allowance of INR 400/- (one only during the entire period of cadet’s training) to be awarded to a cadet belonging to the State of TAMIL NADU whose parent’s/guardian’s monthly income does not exceed INR 500/-. The application by an eligible cadet can be made to the Commandant, National Defence Academy on their arrival.
The Govt. of Karnataka has awarded scholarships to cadets from Karnataka State who join the National Defence Academy. The value of the scholarship shall be INR 1000/- (Rupees One thousand) per month and an outfit allowance of INR 12000/- in the first term. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TOWARDS OF EX-SERVICEMEN— MAHARASHTRA STATE The wards of Maharashtrian ex-service officers/men who are undergoing training as cadets at NDA will be given Rs. 50,000/- as a one-time incentive. The parents/guardians of the wards should submit their applications to their respective Zilla Sainik Welfare Office along with the certificates obtained from the Academy. Terms and conditions governing these.
The Haryana State Govt. has declared a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) to every individual who completes the training at NDA/IMA/OTA and other Defence Academies of National Status and domicile of State of Haryana.
Chandigarh Administration has introduced the scheme for grant of the one-time incentive of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) to the cadets who are resident of UT, Chandigarh and has joined NDA.
NDA Scholarships are a boon in disguise. It not only helps a cadet to get financial support but relatively a better way to reward the best cadet for his achievements and accomplishments. Government and other non-government organizations should come up with more such scholarship schemes for NDA cadets so that it can help many in making their dreams come true.
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