Tips to Improve Your Application to Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)

Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is a military training institution in Nigeria for the education of officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Defence Technology Department. NDA comes under the aegis of the National Defence College (NDC).

There is no doubt that the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is the most prestigious military academy in Nigeria. It stands on a hill and is surrounded by a little town of its own – Ojo, a neighbourhood near the capital city of Lagos. The NDA is one of two institutions that train individuals to become officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces. The other institution is the Nigerian Military School (NMS), Zaria.

To gain admission into NDA, you must meet certain requirements. You must have at least five credits in WASC/GCE O/L including English Language and Mathematics at not more than 2 sittings. You must also be between 17 and 22 years old at time of application. Below are the tips to help you improve your application to Nigerian Defence Academy. You can also find nda admission information on ngscholars.net.

Tips to Improve Your Application to NDA

There are different ways to go about your application to Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) but you need to be careful. Trying all the methods and getting rejected can be discouraging, but do not give up.

The Nigerian government has announced what it called the direct admission scheme for the Nigerian Defence Academy. This was done to encourage more Nigerians to apply to the school. We want to make sure that you get through the NDA screening process, so here are some tips:

  1. Go for this portal: Defence Jobs in Nigeria. It has a list of all Nigerian defense organizations with their application requirements and details of how to apply.
  2. Choose the right application form that best suits your line of duty choice (Infantry, Armoured Corps, Artillery, Engineers Corps or Air Defence) because there are separate forms for each of these corps amongst others.
  3. Complete the form correctly by filling in correct information about yourself and attach all required documents to the form before submitting it online or sending it via snail mail (if that is what is stated on the form).
  4. Study well for the written test because some questions might come from your course textbooks (which you can find online) or from past papers since they ask similar questions every year.
  5. Get your documents in order: You will need to provide a scanned copy of your JAMB result slip and certificate, which you can do at Interswitch branches nationwide.
  6. Be sure you have a passport-size photograph for each of the documents you will be submitting, including your police character certificate, birth certificate and extra-curricular activities certificate.
  7. If you have applied before, you must have a new recommendation from your Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and Mr. Oko Abang, the Security Monitoring Officer (SMO) of your local government area or state capital.
  8. You are required to submit three letters of reference from two teaching staff and one non-teaching staff member of any secondary school.
  9. You must submit an extra-curricular activity form and a brief interview schedule with at least five questions asked by an interviewer in form two or above in any secondary school or polytechnic in Nigeria or abroad.
  10. Always make sure that your application is free from errors. The NDA does not accept applications with grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. All the information you provide should be easy to read and understand. An application should have an objective and profile tailored to the Academy’s needs and if it is not, it will get rejected.
  11. You must also provide a short essay about yourself containing information such as your motivation for joining the Academy, academic background, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, details of any awards received, previous work experience and any other information that will help them determine whether you are suitable for admission into the academy. They may ask you questions regarding the above points during your interview.
  12. Ensure that you provide a certified copy of your WAEC/SSCE result slip showing your scores in English, Mathematics and any other relevant subjects as well as your O’ level result in English language and Mathematics if you are applying for NDA. 

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