New Delhi: Women too can apply to the National Defence Academy and the Indian Naval Academy this year itself after the Supreme Court of India put its weight behind the matter.
The Union Public Service Commission announced that women candidates could submit applications till 6 pm on October 8.
The entrance exam has been scheduled on November 14.
The Supreme Court has recently dismissed the central government's stand that women would be allowed to enter the NDA from May next year onwards.
The guidelines for application that were published on June 9 would be applicable for women too. Women candidates need not pay the application fee. In all 370 seats are up for grabs at the NDA located at Khadakwasla, Pune, and 30 seats at the Naval Academy located at Ezhimala, Kannur district, Kerala.
In Kerala, the exam centres are at Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.
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Supreme Court steps in
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to accept the Centre's request to allow women candidates to appear for the entrance exam to the NDA from next year, saying it doesn't want women to be denied their right.
The induction of women cannot be posted by one year, it said.
A bench headed by Justice S K Kaul said the armed forces are the best response team to deal with emergency situations and it is hopeful that necessary arrangements will be put in place to pave the way for the induction of women in NDA without delay.