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).
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The qualifying candidates will be made to appear before a Services Selection Board for Intelligence and Personality Test. The SSB conducts an interview for these candidates. The SSB interviews are mostly held around the month of September – December 2019 and January – April 2020.
Central government scholarship schemes for NDA cadets that offers monetary assistance to support their application and training. Scholarships, grants, fellowships, student loans and ex gratia are a few types of fiscal assistance that eases the burden of expenditure of a student who wish to study or take up a career further but have limited or no sources to support it.
Take a look onto the table below that has all the government and non-government scholarship schemes for NDA cadets.
|Officer Anuj Nanchal Memorial Scholarship||INR 1500/- (One-time payment) – Second best all round Air Force cadet of VI term.|
|Pilot Officer Gurmeet Singh Bedi Memorial Scholarship||INR 1500/- (One-time payment). Best all-round Air Force cadet at the time of Passing Out of VI term.|
|INR 1500/- (One-time payment). Best all-round Air Force cadet at the time of Passing Out of VI term.||For cadets overall first in Academics of Passing out Course. One time scholarship amount: INR 5000/-.|
|COLONEL KENDAL FRANK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP||Scholarship of INR 360.00 per annum is awarded to a MARATHA cadet who should be the son of an ex-serviceman.|
|KAUR SINGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP||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.|
|ASSAM GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP||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.|
|UTTAR PRADESH GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS||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 National Defence Academy. Cadets who are granted these Scholarships are not entitled to any other financial assistance from Government.|
|KERALA GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS||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 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 from any of the Sainik Schools in India. The financial position of a Cadet’s father/guardian is not taken into consideration.|
|BIHARI LAL MANDAKINI PRIZE||This is cash prize of INR 500.00 available for the best BENGALI boy in each Course of the Academy. Application Forms are available with the Commandant, National Defence Academy.|
|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 on the basis of 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.|
|GUJARAT SCHOLARSHIP||INR 6,000/- per annum to the ward of Serving/Ex-servicemen (incl Ex/Serving Officer) of Native/ Domicile of Gujarat.|
|NAGALAND, MANIPUR, ARUNACHAL PRADESH SCHOLARSHIP||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/-|
|INITIAL LUMP SUM GRANT SCHOLARSHIP||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 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.|
|HIMACHAL PRADESH GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP||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.|
|TAMIL NADU GOVERNMENT 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.|
|KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS||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 outfit allowance of INR 12000/- in first term.|
|ALBERT EKKA SCHOLARSHIP||The Government of Bihar has instituted at NDA 25 Merit Scholarships at INR 50/- per month for 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.|
|FG OFFICER DV PINTOO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP||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 end of 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.|
|FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO WARDS OF EXSERVICEMEN— 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 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|
|AWARD OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CANDIDATES OF HARYANA DOMICILE UNDER TRAINING AT NDA||The Haryana State Govt. has declared a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) to every individual who successfully completes the training at NDA/IMA/OTA and other Defence Academies of National Status and
domicile of State of Haryana.
|INCENTIVE GRANT TO CADETS DOMICILE OF UT, CHANDIGARH UNDER TRAINING AT NDA||Chandigarh Administration has introduced the scheme for grant of 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 boon in disguise. It not only helps a cadet to get financial support but relatively a better way to reward a 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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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.