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NDA vs CDS, AFCAT, IIT, NEET, Which is Tougher and Better

NDA vs CDS, AFCAT, IIT, NEET, Which is Tougher and Better

Among all the exams, NDA, CDS and AFCAT are the tests conducted to induct candidates into Indian Armed Forces.
Through IIT and NEET, candidates become engineers and doctors as they get seats in the best government institutes in India. Since the pattern of exams is different along with their nature so, comparison depends upon various factors like the syllabus, difficulty and the pattern. Below, we will tell you all the important details pertaining to the exam. In the end, you will be able to decide the best or the easiest for you as per your own understanding.

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So let’s begin –

NDA vs CDS Which is Tougher

  • The NDA exam is conducted by UPSC for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA. This exam is a gateway for candidates looking forward to joining Defence Forces including Army, Navy and Air Force.
    Combined Defence Services exam is a national-level examination conducted annually UPSC to recruit eligible young individuals for various armed forces throughout India.
  • NDA is a national level exam conducted twice a year: NDA I and NDA II to help candidates make a career in Defence services. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (NDA & NA) Examination will be a two-step process where candidates first need to take the exam and then qualify the personality test or interview conducted by the Service Selection Board (SSB). The UPSC is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.
  • CDS written exam is considered to be easier then NDA written exam. But in case of SSB the recommendation of candidates is tougher in CDS as compared to NDA.
Parameter NDA CDS
Age 16.5-19.5 Years 19-25 Years
Eligibility Men and Women Men are allowed to apply for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA

Women are allowed to apply for OTA only

Educational Qualification Class 12 Graduation
Scheme of Examination Written and SSB Written and SSB
Frequency of the Exam Twice a year Twice a year
Duration of Training Three years at NDA and one year in the respective service academies for INA and IMA. Air Force cadets undergo training at NDA for three and 1 & ½ years at AFA 18 months for IMA Cadets

37-40 months for Navy Officers

74 months for Air Force Officers

Training Centres National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Indian Air ForceAcademy, Hyderabad

Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun for Army Cadets

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala for Navy Cadets

Indian Air ForceAcademy, Hyderabad for Air Force Officers

Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai

Degrees awarded Army Cadets: BSc/BSc (Computer)/BA /BTech degree

Naval Cadets: BTech degree

Air Force Cadets: BTech degree

Army Cadets in IMA: PG Diploma in ‘Military and Defense Management

OTA Chennai: Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies

Rank assigned after training Lieutenant Lieutenant
Stipend during training INR 56,100 INR 56,100

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NDA vs AFCAT, Which is Tougher and Better

AFCAT means Air Force Common Admission Test through this exam an aspirant can join Air Force’s flying branch, as a techie or in the ground duty branch as an officer. Here both male and female candidates can apply. The examination is conducted twice a year. Candidates are selected based on their performance in the online exam and Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) interview. Candidates opting for Ground Duty (Technical) branches are required to appear in both AFCAT and Engineering Knowledge Test (EKT).

NDA (National Defence Academy) In  this exam only male candidates can apply. An aspirant can join any of the wing (Air Force, Army, Navy) as per choice, merit and vacancy. Here the candidate will get bachelor degree in arts, science (maths, chemistry, physics and computer science) and humanities arts.

If we consider the difficulty level, AFCAT is considered to be easier than NDA after taking all the parameters into account like eligibility, syllabus of the exam, exam pattern and level of questions.

Parameter NDA AFCAT
Age 16.5-19.5 Years 20 to 26 years (Ground Duty)

20 to 26 years (Flying)

Eligibility Men and Women Men and Women
Educational Qualification Class 12 Graduation plus specific qualifications as per the branch.
Scheme of Examination Written and SSB Written and SSB
Frequency of the Exam Twice a year Twice a year
Duration of Training
  • Three years at NDA and one year in the respective service academies for INA and IMA.
  • Air Force cadets undergo training at NDA for three and 1 & ½ years at AFA
  • The duration of training will be  74 weeks for the Flying & Technical Branch
  • 52 weeks for the case of Non-Technical branches.
Training Centres National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune

Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Indian Air ForceAcademy, Hyderabad

 

Indian Air ForceAcademy, Hyderabad for Air Force Officers

 

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NDA vs IIT Exam, Which is Tougher and Better

IIT JEE is a national-level engineering entrance exam consisting of two stages – JEE Main & JEE Advanced. JEE Main is a screening exam to select the candidates who will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced, which will serve as the final exam to select candidates for admission into prestigious IITs. Every year, the IITs conduct a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to select candidates for the 4-year B.Tech, B.Pharm, 5-year B.Arch, Integrated M.Sc. and M.Tech courses whereas NDA (National Defence Academy) In  this exam only male candidates can apply. An aspirant can join any of the wing (Air Force, Army, Navy) as per choice, merit and vacancy. Here the candidate will get bachelor degree in arts, science (maths, chemistry, physics and computer science) and humanities arts.

NEET and JEE both are conducted after school level.

 Only 300–400 students are selected after the SSB for the NDA, while only 9–10 thousand students can pass the JEE exam out of 15 lakh students who apply.

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National Defense Academy produces the best cadets, who devote their lives to serving their country, IIT produces the best engineers of all time. Both the NDA and the IIT are considered to be among India’s most difficult exams. The selection percentage for IIT is 0.71 percent, whereas the selection ratio for NDA is 0.15 percent, according to statistics.

Let’s understand the nature of both exams –

Parameters  NDA IIT
Syllabus of the exam The NDA syllabus is certainly extensive since it covers all of the topics that a candidate must have covered throughout schooling, including current events.

Read here in detail
Check NDA latest syllabus 

Written examinations make sure that the candidate with the highest potential gets admission into the best of the colleges and the examination paper is formed accordingly.

Check IIT Syllabus here 

Career Prospects

 

  • The candidate is inducted as a Lieutenant rank (officer rank) in the Indian Army after completing four years of training.
  • A provisional commission is provided in the rank of Flying Officer in the Indian Air Force, and Naval cadets will be picked for the Navy’s Executive, Engineering, and Electrical Branches.
  • Once the candidates complete the last semester they get mindblowing placements with outstanding annual packages.

Pattern of the IIT JEE Main and Advanced

  • JEE Main is an entry-level exam with a lower level of difficulty. It comprises of two papers. The Paper 1 is conducted for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, CFTIs and other prestigious institutions. It is also an eligibility test for JEE Advanced, which is conducted for admissions to IITs. The Paper 2 is conducted for admission to B. Arch. and B. Planning courses.
  • At present, the IIT JEE is a single-stage objective type examination consisting of two papers of three hours duration each to test the comprehension & analytical ability of candidates. Both papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2 will each have three separate sections on Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.

NDA vs NEET, Which is Tougher and Better

Although exams like NDA and NEET are considered at a higher level than the normal student of class 12th can attempt but they still cannot be considered the toughest due to a limited syllabus and the kind of consequences of the exam- Getting admission in a college to become a doctor or an engineer. However, UPSC Exam has a different angle altogether. These land you into administrative services in an Indian city/ town or geographical location.

If you compare written papers only NEET exam is tougher in comparison to NDA examination. But NDA become more tougher overall as you have to clear Services Selection Board ( SSB) and Medical in addition to written test. Rejection ratio even on clearing written test is very high at SSB and Medical stage.

Parameter NDA NEET
Age 16.5-19.5 Years 17 to No Upper Age
Educational Qualification Candidates who have completed class 12 or are currently enrolled in class 12 candidates must pass the 12th standard examination with Chemistry, Biology, Physics and English subjects.
Scheme of Examination Written and SSB Written
(200 multiple-choice objective-type questions from three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology (further divided into Botany and Zoology).)
Frequency of the Exam Twice a year twice a year

 

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FAQs

Is CDS and NDA are same?

NDA and CDS, both exam are conducted by UPSC. Both have different eligibility criteria. Check the detailed comparison in the article above.

Which exam is easy to crack NDA or CDS?

CDS is comparatively difficult when compared to NDA. NDA exam level is of senior secondary examination whereas CDS exam difficulty level if of graduation level.

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