The Armed Forces have decided to allow female candidates in the National Defence Academy (NDA) in response to a Supreme Court order, the Centre notified the Supreme Court on Wednesday. It is, without a doubt, a momentous move. Meanwhile, the Centre has asked the Supreme Court to spare women from this year’s admission procedure, citing the need for infrastructure improvements. The Supreme Court has ordered the government to respond by September 20.
Supreme Court approved
The Army, IAF, and Navy commanders have consented to allow women to enrol in the NDA and Naval academies, the Centre told the Supreme Court.
“It gives me great pleasure to share this…
The women will be allowed to join the NDA “Aishwarya Bhati, the Additional Solicitor General, informed the Supreme Court.
“We hope that the military recognises the vital role that women play. We urge them to adopt a proactive approach to gender roles rather than waiting for the courts to step in “According to the Supreme Court.
The hearing takes place less than a month after the Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking interim ruling allowing women to sit for the rescheduled NDA admission exam on November 14.
Candidates will be chosen based on their abilities, not their gender
The policy choice is based on “gender discrimination,” according to the Supreme Court’s prior ruling. The petitioner claimed that qualified female candidates were refused admission to the National Defence Academy because of their gender, which later became a barrier to female officers’ career progression chances.
Candidates will be chosen based on their performance in a written exam administered by the Commission, followed by an intelligence and personality test administered by the Services Selection Board to those who pass the written exam. Details of the written exams and discriminatory practises.
Written examination details and discriminatory
There will be a written test for two subjects: Mathematics and General Ability Test. Both papers will take two and a half hours to complete. The Mathematics paper will be worth 300 points, while the General Ability Test will be worth 600 points.
The court also hoped that the interim injunction would persuade the army to make the change on its own initiative, rather than being forced to do so by a mandate from the judiciary.
The government had contended that its recruitment approach was not discriminatory and that women could apply in a variety of ways.
Men who pass the NDA exam are given permanent commissions in the military; women, on the other hand, are initially recruited as Short Service Commission officers before being considered for a permanent commission later in their careers.