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Over 177654 women apply for admission to the National Defence Academy

December 14, 2021

On Monday, the government informed Parliament that more than 1.77 lakh applications from women were received for entry to the National Defence Academy (NDA).

In his written reply to a Rajya Sabha question, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said the total number of applications received was 5,75,856, of which 1,77,654 were from women.

As a result of its August order, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the entry of women into the prestigious military training academy that has traditionally been a male bastion for recruiting into the three services.

At the academy, the minister noted that the necessary infrastructure and facilities for training women candidates are in place.

UPSC notified the medical standards in the notification. Physical standards will be finalised before training begins, he added.

"Under the 2021 National Defence Academy examination, there were no limitations on the number of female applicants," Bhatt said.

According to him, the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for 11 indigenously-developed systems at a total cost of *24,711 crore has been approved for installation.