New Delhi: The Defence Ministry will issue a notification allowing women candidates to appear for the entrance exam to the National Defence Academy (NDA) by May 2022, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Keeping the timeline in mind, deliberate planning and meticulous preparation are needed to ensure smooth induction and seamless training of such women candidates, the ministry said.
“The Government of India, in line with its commitment, hereby place on record its clear and categorical stand that the women candidates shall be considered for entry in the three defence services, in the existing streams, through NDA,” the ministry said in an affidavit filed in the top court.
A Study Group comprising experts has been constituted by the Defence services to expeditiously formulate the comprehensive curriculum for women cadets at NDA, it said.
A Board of Officers has been convened to give a holistic and futuristic proposal for training of women Cadets at NDA incorporating all relevant aspects, it added.
The Centre had earlier told the top court that the armed forces have decided to induct women into the NDA.
The NDA entrance exams are held twice a year and the government proposes to have necessary mechanism in place by May 2022, the time by which UPSC is required to publish the first notification next year, for the exam, it said.