National Defence Academy (NDA)
The National Defence Academy (NDA) is a Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are trained together before they move on to their respective service academies for further pre-commissioning trainings. The NDA is located in Khadakwasla, Pune and Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.
Combined Defence Services (CDS)
The Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for their recruitment into the Officers Training Academy, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. The Notification for the examination is usually released in the months of October and June, and the examinations are conducted in February and November respectively. Only the unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the examination. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview which is conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).
Services Selection Board (SSB)
It is an organization that analyses the candidates for becoming officers into the Indian Armed Forces. The board evaluates the aptness of the candidate for becoming an officer using a standardized protocol of evaluation system which constitutes of personality, intelligence tests and interviews. The tests are of both types i.e. written as well as practical task based.
Indian Air Force (IAF)
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is known to be the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. It is a complement, India’s personnel and aircraft assets have been ranked fourth amongst all the air forces of the world. Their primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during the armed conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as a supplementary air force of the British Empire which honoured India's aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal. After India’s independence, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in India. With the government's transition to a Republic in 1950, the name was amended and the prefix Royal was removed after only three years.