Those who are selected in all the three stages of testing procedure of National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination will be given preliminary training (Academic and Physical) for a period of 3 years at the National Defence Academy which is an Inter-Service Institution.
The training during the first two and half years is common to the cadets of all the three wings (Air force, Army, Navy). The cadets on passing out will be awarded BSc/BA degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
On passing out from the National Defence Academy:
Army Cadets go to The Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun,
Naval Cadets to the Cadets Trainingship,Ezhimala
Air Force cadets to AFA, Hyderabad.
Air Force Cadets receive flying training for a period of 1 ½ years. However, at the end of 1 year of training they are given provisional commission in the rank of Flying Officer after successful completion of further training of six months they are absorbed as permanent commissioned officers on probation for a period of one year
The Naval cadets are selected for the Executive, Engineering and Electrical Branches of the Navy, on passing out from the National Defence Academy and are given sea training on the Cadet Trainingship for a period of six months on successful completion of which they are promoted to the rank of Midshipmen.
After a further training of 6 months in the respective branches to which they are allocated they are promoted to the rank of acting Lieutenants.
At the IMA (Indian Military Academy) Army Cadets are known as Gentlemen Cadets and are given strenuous military training for a period of one year aimed at turning officer capable to leading infantry Sub-units. On successful completion of training Gentlemen Cadets are granted Permanent Commission in the rank of Lt. - subject to being medically fit in "SHAPE" one.