Daily Routine Of NDA Cadets

NDA aspirants who are working hard to join the academy and wants to know the daily routine of cadets must read this. The National Defence Academy (NDA) trains cadets of three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, and is one of the most prestigious and professional military training academies in the world.

National Defence Academy is a premier joint training institution and center of excellence for grooming junior leaders for the Indian armed forces and armed forces of Friendly Foreign Countries. The training entails equipping the cadets with mental, moral and physical attributes required to cope with the challenges of the future battle field with the aim of leading troops to victory in conventional, non-conventional and asymmetrical conflicts.

Formally commissioned on 7th December 1954, the National Defence Academy was raised on 16th Jan 1955 and became the first tri-service academy in the world. It boasts of a rigorous and grueling training regime to produce men of iron and the same is reflected from its glorious alumni base which has gifted India 27 Chiefs Of Staff till date. And thus, it is worth discovering what goes in making the toughest and the most brilliant servicemen in the world.

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Based in Pune, Maharashtra, the NDA training guide aims to ‘equip cadets with mental, moral and physical attributes’ worthy of leading troops to victory in ‘conventional, non-conventional and asymmetrical conflicts’. An NDA cadet is trained to protect the interests of the country in the harshest of climates and against all adversities.

Let’s see the daily routine of NDA cadets:

A normal day in the life of an NDA cadet begins early morning between 0400 and 0600 hours with the muster fall-in (morning roll-call). The morning training is referred to as physical conditioning and includes a grueling schedule of drills and PT.

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After that another two hours of morning classes commence called as ODTS (outdoor training drills). When a cadet is through the morning schedule, he returns back to his squadron and rushes for the academic classes (bachelors in sciences) all within a matter of minutes. Any indiscipline in terms of punctuality is strictly dealt with.

The classes last till 1400 hours and another 45 minutes are given for lunch. There are no rest gaps in between and the cadet then makes it to the PT classes or a sport discipline of his choice.

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This time between 1500-1800 hours is reserved for developing a spirit of ‘camaraderie and sportsmanship’. 1830-2030 hours are reserved for studies after which dinner is served.

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Dinner makes way for another hour and a half of PT and games.

Lights go out at 2215 hours and the cadets repeat the same cycle for three years in training.

This grueling routine is followed day in and day out to inculcate the values of ‘service before self’ and only the best of men make it through the course.

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