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NEW DELHI: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has allowed unmarried women to apply for the National Defense Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy exams, an official statement said on Friday.
The move follows a Supreme Court directive on the issue last month.
Following the Supreme Court’s interim directions, the UPSC has decided to open an application for the exam at upsconline.nic.in to enable “unmarried female candidates” who are otherwise eligible for nationality, age, educational qualifications, etc. The statement said.
It said that the number of vacancies for female candidates will be announced after receiving it from the Ministry of Defense.
A statement issued by the UPSC said that 2 windows will be open for female candidates from September to October (till evening).
No application will be accepted beyond the stipulated deadline / time, i.e., 08.10.2021 (till 6 pm) or through any mode other than the aforesaid online mode.
“Female candidates do not have to pay a fee for their application for this examination,” the statement said.
The test is scheduled for November 14, an official said.
The admission of female candidates in the National Defense Academy and Naval Academy examinations (II), 2021, will remain temporary and may be passed subject to the final outcome of a writ petition pending in the court or through other orders, the statement said.
In a major step towards gender equality, the apex court on August 1 allowed eligible women to take exams for admission to the National Defense Academy.
A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Hrishikesh Roy passed the interim order on an application filed by a man named Kush Kalra, who sought directions from the concerned authorities to allow eligible female candidates to appear in the ‘National Defense Academy and Naval Academy examinations’ and training at the NDA.

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