HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The examinations are going to be held on November 14, applicants can place their applications through the concerned portal
  • · The Supreme Court refused to belie the aspirations of young girls applying for the NDA
  • · The Centre pleaded to conduct the exams in 2022 and was objected by the SC who has dictated the authorities concerned to revise its regulations

Today, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has conveyed that women will now be able to apply for the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination, 2021, through its portal.

The commission in a statement says, “In compliance with the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India’s interim direction permitting the women candidates to take part in the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examinations (II), 2021 by its order dated 18/08/2021 in WP (C).NO.1416/2020 filed by Kush KalaraVs. Uol and Others, the Union Public Service Commission has decided to open the online portal of application on its website for this Examination to enable the unmarried women candidates ONLY by issuing a corrigendum to the Notice No.10/2021-NDA-II, which was published on 09/06/2021.”

Women can access the application window from September 24 to October 8, says the commission. The decision of the commission comes ahead of the Supreme Court’s emphasis that it cannot fail the aspirations of young girls. The Supreme Court made its emphasis rejecting the Centre’s plea to delay the examinations which would secure the entry of women candidates into the NDA.

As per the directions of the SC, the candidates will be able to sit on the examinations on November 14. As per the current eligibility criteria, male candidates who stand between age groups of 16 and a half and 19 and have cleared the class 12 examinations or its equivalent can apply for the examination.

The government on Monday said that the exams can be conducted in April-May in 2022 and women who qualify can join the academy in January 2023. However, the Supreme Court stuck to its decision claiming that it is not legitimate for the authorities to make a request which would belie the aspirations of the women.

A bench comprising justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice BR Gavai said, “it will be difficult for us to accept that position, the aspirations of women having been arisen in view of the order, albeit subject to the final outcome of the petition. We would thus not like to effectively vacate the order passed.”

The UPSC also received its dictates from the bench to revise its regulations for the NDA entrance exam after consulting the ministry of defence (MoD).

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