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Landmark Judgment: SC Allows Women To Appear For NDA Exam

New Delhi: Terming the Army’s “policy decision” gender discrimination, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed women candidates to take the National Defence Academy (NDA) entrance exams, scheduled for September 5.

A division bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy passed the interim order while hearing a writ petition filed by Kush Kalra, seeking permission for women candidates to sit for the examination conducted by UPSC every year.

The petition had raised the issue of violation of Articles 14, 15, 16 and 19 of the Constitution of India by denying the opportunity to eligible women candidates to join NDA.

The admission to the academy, however, will be subject to the final orders of the court.

Meanwhile, the UPSC NDA/NA II Exam 2021 has been rescheduled to November 14, along with the already scheduled Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2021.