Govt invites applications for NDA and Naval exams from women aspirants
On September 22, the apex court had rejected the Union government’s plea to defer the women entry into the NDA and NA.
After Supreme Court’s interim order allowing women candidates to appear in the upcoming National Defence Academy and Naval Academy examination, the government on Friday invited application from the female aspirants by October 8.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which conducts the examination, has opened the online portal of application on its website (upsconline.nic.in) for the examination. As per the UPSC, only unmarried women can appear in this examination.
On September 22, the apex court had rejected the Union government’s plea to defer the women entry into the NDA and NA. It had submitted that the women candidates will be allowed to participate in the examination from May 2022 session, but the Court had rejected the idea. The court stated that the admission of women cannot be postponed since the military forces are prepared to cope with crises. The court stated that any delay would send the wrong signal to women once they had been granted the aspiration.
The government stated in its affidavit that the defence services had formed a research committee to develop a curriculum for female NDA cadets as soon as possible. According to the declaration, a Board of Officers has been formed to develop a plan for teaching female cadets at the NDA. However, the Supreme Court bench stated that accepting the Centre's representations would be difficult given the ambitions of the applicants wanting to sit the examination.