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Supreme Court allows women candidates to appear for UPSC NDA exam

The apex court further took upon the Army for not allowing women to take part in NDA exams. On Army's submission that it's a policy decision, the top court said that this policy decision is based on "gender discrimination".

SC decision on NDA, NDA examA division bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Aniruddha Bose issued the order while hearing the petition filed by Mamta Gupta, a resident of Chandigarh. (File)

In a major development, the Supreme court Wednesday allowed the women candidates to take the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam scheduled for September 5. The apex court said that admissions will be subject to the final orders of the court, as reported by ANI. 

The apex court further took upon the Army for not allowing women to take part in NDA exams. On Army’s submission that it’s a policy decision, the top court said that this policy decision is based on “gender discrimination”.

As per the current eligibility criteria, candidates (male) who have cleared class 12 level or equivalent education were only eligible to apply. They should be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to apply for the job. 

As per the revised calendar of UPSC, the exam conducting body for the NDA, the exam has been rescheduled from September 5 to November 14. 

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After the court’s decision, it is expected that UPSC may soon define the new eligibility criteria and guidelines for admitting women candidates through the NDA exam. Those who clear the UPSC NDA exam are called for an SSB interview. On the final selection, candidates are recruited in the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA, and for the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) for training.

First published on: 18-08-2021 at 03:41:32 pm
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