National Defence Academy

Address: Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Full Name: National Defence Academy (aka NDA)
Established: 7 December 1954
Motto: Service Before Self
Colours: Maroon     
Type: Military Academy
Area: 28.39 km2(7,015 acres)
Training Duration: Three Years








In recognition of the sacrifices of Indian troops in the liberation of Sudan, The then Governor General of India received a hundred thousand pounds from Sudanese Government but due to the partition of India, India’s share was 70,000 pounds and 30,000 pounds were given to Pakistan. Later Indian Army decided to use these gifted funds to partly cover the construction cost of the NDA. The foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 6 October 1949. The Academy was formally commissioned on 7 December 1954, and on 16 January 1955 inauguration ceremony held and thereafter the Joint Service Wing program was transferred to the NDA.


NDA has an excellent facilities for overall development of cadets and wide range of facilities include spacious and well maintained classrooms, well managed laboratory, 2 Olympic size swimming pools, a Gymnasium, 2 polo grounds, 32 football grounds, a cricket stadium and a number of squash and tennis courts.

Academic year at NDA is divided in 2 terms. The first is Spring Term which extends form January to May and second one is Autumn Term extending for July to December. A cadet undergoes six terms before he crosses the Antim Pag of NDA.

All cadets joining the academy are awarded graduation in B.A/B.Sc. or B. Sc. (Computer Science) degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University

Cadet Life

Cadets at NDA enjoy a very disciplined life, they follow very tough discipline code which are required to make them dynamic leaders of tomorrow who can lead from the front. The life of NDA cadet is full of exciting and adventurous activities which includes horse riding, river rafting and adventure sports. Cadets can play games of their choice in the academy.

Modes of Admission

NDA Exam – Conducted twice in a year


The campus of the Academy is in about 7,015 acres of area and is located about 17 km south-west of Pune city and north-west of Khadakwasla Lake. Sudan Block is the administrative headquarters of the academy

Notable alumni

General Bikram Singh, General Vijay Kumar Singh, General Deepak Kapoor, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne.

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  1. Bhosale Ganesh Suryakant

    I Wish admission in this college

  2. may i know about the fees criteria?
    and about course?
    right now i’m pursuing my college 1st from department! am i eligible to get admission in NDA pune.
    i’m national champion in taekwondo, self defence & martial art

  3. I want to become a nda officer by my hard work

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