Here’s an overview of upcoming Military Defense Exams in 2024:

National Level:

  • NDA Examination:
    • Conducted twice a year: April 21 and September 1.
    • Open to unmarried male candidates after Class 12.
    • Provides entry into Army, Navy, and Air Force academies.
    • Tests Mathematics, General Ability, English, and Current Affairs.
  • CDS Examination:
    • Conducted twice a year: February 25 and September 8.
    • Open to graduates and those in final year of graduation.
    • Provides entry into Indian Military Academy (IMA), Officers Training Academy (OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), and Indian Air Force Academy (IAFA).
    • Tests English, Mathematics, General Knowledge, and Current Affairs.
  • AFCAT:
    • Conducted twice a year: February and August (dates not confirmed yet).
    • Open to graduates for Flying Branch and graduates/post-graduates for Technical Branch.
    • Tests General Awareness, Mathematics, Reasoning, and English.
  • INA Examination:
    • Conducted twice a year: May and November (dates not confirmed yet).
    • Open to graduates with specific educational qualifications for various streams.
    • Tests Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English, and General Knowledge.

Additional Options:

  • CAPF Examination:
    • Conducted by UPSC for recruitment into paramilitary forces like BSF, CRPF, etc.
    • Open to graduates for Assistant Commandant posts.
    • Tests General Ability, English, Reasoning, and Current Affairs.
    • Dates not confirmed yet.
  • TGC Entry:
    • Conducted twice a year by the Indian Army (dates not confirmed yet).
    • Open to engineering graduates with specific technical disciplines.
    • Tests Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science (for specific branches), and General Knowledge.

Tips for Choosing the Right Exam:

  • Consider your educational qualifications and desired branch: Each exam has specific eligibility criteria and leads to entry into different academies/forces.
  • Assess your strengths and interests: The exams test different subjects and skills. Choose one that aligns with your strengths.
  • Research the selection process: Each exam has a multi-stage process including written tests, physical tests, interviews, and medicals.

Resources for Preparation:

  • Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) website:
  • Defense Forces websites: All defense forces have their own websites with information and resources.
  • Coaching institutes: Many institutes offer specialized coaching for these exams.
  • Online resources: Numerous websites and apps provide study materials, practice tests, and tips.

Remember, preparation is key to success in these competitive exams. Start early, study diligently, and stay updated on the latest exam patterns and syllabus.

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