Time has always been an important factor in determining the success of any activity. It is equally important in deciding when to start preparation for an exam. When we talk about the NDA exam, time becomes of paramount importance for both the NDA exam preparation as well as when to start preparation for it. Many young defence aspirants wish to join the National Defence Academy (NDA) to become officers in the Indian Armed Forces. They often question the ideal time to start NDA preparation. In fact, NDA aspirants want to know when they should start preparing for the NDA exam. They also sometimes get burdened with managing school exams and NDA preparation together. So, this holistic article by Centurion Defence Academy is for such students. By going through this article, such candidates can learn about the ideal time to start NDA preparation and how to manage school exams along with NDA preparation.
Anytime is an ideal time to start NDA preparation:
Talking specifically about the NDA exam, anytime is an ideal time to start its preparation. It all depends on how determined and dedicated you are to joining the NDA. In a general sense, after the 5th class, students gradually start learning the actual meaning of career and goal setting. However, at this stage, they are in a state of ambiguity and do not have clear goals. As they grow up, in classes 6th and 7th, they get to know about many more career options like engineering, doctors, armed forces, etc.
And, as they grow up and move to the higher classes, they start getting an inclination towards specific fields for their career opportunities. Some may decide to go to the armed forces and serve the nation. Some may choose the engineering sector; some may want to become a doctor. In a nutshell, while approaching high school, many candidates gain a clearer understanding of their career choices. However, many still struggle to decide on their goals, possibly due to a lack of proper guidance or awareness about the different career options available.
Goal-setting and career awareness are equally important:
So, once you have decided that you have to become an officer in the Indian Armed Forces through the National Defence Academy, you can start preparation right away. The NDA preparation is nothing specific but all your course and academic syllabus whatever you study in your school. No doubt, there may be slight changes in the syllabus, but most topics remain the same. So, if you are looking for an ideal time to start NDA preparation, we would suggest you start focusing on your studies without any inconsistency. As an additional step, you can check out the syllabus of the NDA exam to know what you have to focus more during your preparation.
NDA preparation after passing the high school exam:
A few candidates, who have clear goal-setting and are determined to join the NDA, start their preparation right after passing the 10th class examination. Many enroll in NDA foundation courses where they simultaneously prepare for the 11th and 12th as well as the NDA exam. Many choose to start NDA preparation after the 11th, so in this way, they get one year to prepare for NDA. Since one can appear in the NDA exam right after passing the 12th class exam or when they are still appearing in the 12th, those who start NDA preparation after the 11th get only one year and they have to focus on both the 12th board and NDA altogether.
On the other hand, many candidates choose to prepare for the NDA exam after passing the 12th class exam. So, such candidates get admission to a graduation program in any college and start preparing for NDA. Above all, one should also note that there is a fixed age limit to appear in the NDA exam, which ranges from 16 ½ years to 19 ½ years. Therefore, it is crucial to keep in mind that your age falls within the required norms.
Best time to prepare for the NDA exam:
The best approach would be to understand the eligibility criteria for the NDA exam, such as the age limit, and most importantly, when you will become eligible to sit for the NDA exam for the first time, what would be your age at that time, and how many more attempts you would get until you reach the maximum age, which is 19 ½ years. Additionally, you should also keep in mind that NDA is not only about clearing the written exam; there is an SSB Interview, which is quite important, plus there is a medical exam, after all, the merit list is prepared. So, NDA demands holistic preparation where the focus should not be only on NDA but also on the SSB interview plus the physical and mental health of candidates.
Early NDA preparation, more NDA attempts:
This is the most effective way to determine the ideal time to commence NDA preparation. If you are someone who wants more time to prepare for the NDA exam with the maximum number of attempts available, you should start NDA preparation as early as possible, for example, right after passing your high school examination. This way, you will have more time to prepare for the NDA exam, and since you are starting early, you will also have the maximum number of attempts available until you attain the age of 19 ½ years. If you want to start preparing for the NDA exam after the 10th, you can enroll in Centurion’s NDA Foundation Course, where you will get complete guidance for your 11th and 12th class exams as well as the NDA written exam along with a focus on the SSB Interview as well.
Late NDA preparation, least NDA attempts:
There is another way, and this applies to those who think they are good at studies and can crack the NDA exam in the least attempts. So, such candidates usually start NDA preparation after the 12th or when they are in the first year of their graduation program, and by that time, they end up having only a few attempts left. Cracking the NDA exam by taking fewer attempts or in their first attempt completely depends on their overall proficiency. If you want to prepare for the NDA written along with the SSB interview, you can register for Centurion Defence Academy’s NDA Written + SSB Interview Offline program to get complete guidance under the mentorship of dedicated teachers and retired officers of the Indian Armed Forces.
Why Join Centurion Defence Academy for NDA Preparation?
There are many reasons to join Centurion Defence Academy for NDA preparation, but the most important reason is the highest selection rate that Team Centurion has maintained over the last many years. Centurion Defence Academy provides the best NDA coaching in India and is known for providing students with holistic preparation (Written + SSB) and rendering final selections. Many Proud Centurions have cracked NDA, such as Saniya Mirza, Juee Rajendra Dhage, Harsh Kataria, Khushi Kumari, Sakshi Pandey, Ankit Tripathi, Chandra Prakash Yadav, and many more candidates are either undergoing training at NDA or serving in the armed forces. Our recent NDA Foundation recommendations include Harbhajan Kushwaha, who cracked his NDA SSB in his first attempt from 22 SSB Bhopal. Similarly, another student of Centurion’s NDA Foundation Offline Written+SSB batch, Roshan Sharma, also cracked the NDA SSB Interview for the Indian Army from 11 SSB Allahabad in his first Attempt. If you also want to join NDA and seek complete guidance, feel free to call us at +91 9795977776.
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