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While there are 1000’s of Coaching Centers available in India to guide students to crack the IIT JEE(Mains and Advance) there are very few such institutes which channelize into the National Defense Academy/Naval Academy.

Even these few institutes have been able to get the students to pass the written test of the NDA/NA, they have not been able to ensure the final admission into the academy. This is primarily because they only focus on the academic part and not much on the preparations for the Services Selection Board Interview process.

This is because while it is easy to get academic teachers it is not so easy to get officers who have served as Selectors in the services selection boards.

AFPA initially stated as a center for preparing aspirants to clear the Service Selection Board (Interview) and has established itself as one of the Premier Institutes in this space.

It is this success that has inspired the thought of Mission NDA wherein the students will not only be prepared for the NDA/IIT JEE (Mains) but will also be groomed systematically over two years for clearing the SSB Interview.Hence AFPA blends the two essentials namely the preparations for the Written and clearing the SSB Interview.


Dr. Cdr. N. K Natarajan (Retd.)
Founder, AFPA

Conventional career options like Engineering and Medicine has reached saturation levels. Except for the IITs and IIMs, most of the alumni of the other professional colleges are finding it extremely difficult to find a job worthy of their technical qualifications. In fact a leading HR consultant has stated that more than 80 % of the graduating engineers are not employable and this has created tremendous dilemma in the minds of parents and budding aspirants who are at the cross roads of their life. Admission to NATIONAL DEFENSE ACADEMY AND NAVAL ACADEMY after 10 + 2; not only ensures a respectable and professionally rewarding career but relieves the pressure of the parents in finding an appropriate career option for their wards. Unlike the plethora of coaching institutes which have mushroomed in cities for engineering and allied entrance examinations, the existing institutions for preparation of NDA entrance exams are woefully inadequate in sheer numbers and have somehow lost the sheen of its envisaged goals. ARMED FORCES PREPARATORY ACADEMY (AFPA) has been conceived with the vision of nurturing potential aspirants from an early stage (Class X) and equipping them with the requisite skills to meet the challenges of the entire spectrum of THE THREE STAGE SELECTION

PROCESS. The two year curriculum has been designed to prepare the candidate for the National Defence Academy, NAVAL ACADEMY and JEE (Mains) entrance examinations and in so doing ensure that on successful culmination of their class XII, they directly join the academy. The focus during this period is to provide quality instruction in academics, while concurrently shaping the overall personality of the student capable of fulfilling the exacting mental, physical and emotional standards required for entry into the defence forces. Towards this end, a state-of-the-art training infrastructure backed by an experienced and dedicated faculty set in a serene and enabling environment free from distractions has been designed at SAONER located about 40 Kms from Nagpur. The growing AFPA fraternity and the steadily increasing list of successful SSB interviewees is testimony to the single minded devotion and focus of AFPA. We are committed to providing every aspirant the wherewithal, the confidence and courage to achieve his coveted ambition of joining the defence forces as a career professional.



Col. Ravi Nair (Retd.)
Commandant, AFPA,
Mission NDA

Professional Soldiering continues to remain the cynosure of a majority of students on the threshold of selecting a career option. The lure of the resplendent uniform, the pride in serving the nation, the unique social status and the unmatchable quality of life is an irresistible and compelling calling for the youth when at an important crossroad of their life. The only stumbling block is the gross ignorance of the entire selection process and the preparations that go into it; both on the part of the aspirant and the parents. ARMED FORCES PREPARATORY ACADEMY is an ideal interface to bridge this chasm of ignorance. AFPA not only equips the candidate with the requisite skills for the entire selection process but also transforms the entire personality. The course content and structure is designed to prepare the candidate mentally, physically and academically for undergoing the THREE STAGE SELECTION PROCESS without compromising the pedagogy enunciated by the educational board.

Nestled in the rural environs of Saoner, located 45 kms from Nagpur, the training infrastructure, set in an ambience ideally suited for academic pursuance, supervised and mentored by experienced and skilled faculty : AFPA provides an enabling and facilitating atmosphere for such an endeavour. I am sanguine that a visit to the location both by parents and student aspirants will strengthen the resolve to join AFPA to fulfil their cherished ambition of joining the forces. I look forward to a healthy interaction and a determined resolve to achieving the stated goals.



AFPA is spread over 112 acres of land located in the outskirts of Nagpur, Maharashtra (45 km from the city) amidst pristine environment, comprising of mountainous terrain on the one side and river/lake on the other making it most suitable place for academic and outdoor excellence.















Improving Practical Intelligence
Reasoning and Organising Ability
Time Management
Social Adaptability and Grace
Team Work and Cooperation
Sense of Responsibility
Concentration and Focus
Insight about own Strengths & Weaknesses
Handling Challenges of Life
Coping with Stress


Rappelling, Sling Shot
Rocket Ejector, Zip Line
River Crossing, Wall Climbing
River Rafting, Parasailing
Night Navigation
Jungle Trekking
Water Roller & Zorbing
Shooting, Archery
Bamboo Bridge


Adventure Activities
Book Reviews
NDA Visit
Annual Camps


Basketball , Volleyball,
Football, Handball,
Athletics, Skating,
Cricket, Badminton,


1Wake Up Call5:30 AM
2Physical Training 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
3Parade Training 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
4Change and Breakfast 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
5Classroom Instructions 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
6Lunch 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
7Classroom Instructions 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
8Tea Break3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
9Sports & Games4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
10Change5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
11Self - Study 6:30 PM – 08:30 PM
12Dinner08:30 PM - 9:30 PM
13Roll Call09:30 PM
14Lights OFF10:00 PM

How to Apply

Admission to AFPA will be based on a Written Test comprising of Mathematics, General Science, English and Social Studies.Based on the performance in the written test candidates will be put through a psychological test and personal interview by a panel of former selectors at SSB.

A combined merit list will be made and candidates shortlisted will be put through a physical test followed by medical standards. All candidates who qualify in the physical and medical rounds will be offered a joining letter which must be acknowledged within 15 days.


AFPA boasts of world class faculty who are not only a highly acclaimed in their subject but are extremely
passionate about teaching in particular and mission NDA in general. To have a look at who teaches at
AFPA, click here.


Commander N.K Natarajan
Chief Mentor | AFPA Board GTO

Colonel Rahul Gowardhan
AFPA Board President

Colonel Ravi Nair
Personality Development Coach



Only Unmarried Male candidates can apply. For this year the candidates should be born between
02 September 2002 to 31 December 2004 (Both Date Inclusive)


Candidates studying in 10th standard of State/CBSE/ICSE pattern with English, Physics, Chemistry (or General Science) & Mathematics subjects are eligible.
They must secure minimum 60 % marks in 10th standard examination.


The Candidate should have the following ‘Minimum Physical Standards’ at the time of joining AFPA
Height : 157 cms
Weight : 43Kg
Weight : 43Kg
Expansion : minimum 5 cm

Eye sight : 6/6 in a distant vision chart with better eye and 6/9 in worse eye. Myopia less than 2.5D and hypermetropia less than 3.5D including Astigmatism. A candidate must have good binocular vision.The color vision should be normal, without Color Blindness. The color vision standard will be CP-III for Army. Candidate should be able to recognize red and green colors. Also the candidate should not have night blindness.

Hearing : The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cm in a quiet room.

Selected candidates will have to produce a “Medical Fitness Certificate” signed by a qualified Registered Medical Practitioner at the time of joining.


Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned regime daily before they join AFPA.

3 to 4 Km


Minimum 20

Minimum 20

Chin ups
Minimum 08

Rope Climbing
3 to 4 meters


To void disappointment at a later stage and inconvenience to all, ensure following before joining

The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties.

There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.

There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.

A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.

The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cm in a quiet room.

There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.

There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal.

The muscles of abdomen should be well developed and there should be no enlargement of liver or spleen.

Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. If operated, this should have been done at least 1 year prior and healing should be complete.

There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.

Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.

Eyes: Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity, will be permanently rejected.

Candidates who have undergone LASER Surgery for correction of refractive error are also not acceptable in defence services.

Detailed physical standards required in the Armed Forces are given on the websites of Army, Navy and Air Force. You are advised to go through that carefully before applying.



Based on the results of the Entrance Examination conducted at four Examination centers and the Interviews, a consolidated overall merit list will be prepared including the waiting list and it will be uploaded on the AFPA website. Selected candidates will be intimated the results individually. The detailed “Joining Instructions” will be sent to all selected candidates well-in-advance (i.e. in the month of May). 1st term of the new course will commence in the 1st / 2nd week of June.


Academic year is divided in two terms . At the end of the 1st term, vacations are granted during Diwali in
the month of Oct / Nov. At the end of 2nd term vacations are granted during summers, most likely in the month of April/May.


Military form of discipline is expected to be maintained at AFPA all the times and in all activities. Stress is laid on every cadet for maintaining a high standard of personal turn-out and conduct in and outside the
campus. An agreement is to be executed and signed by the parent/guardian of the cadet at the time of



FeesAmount Payable(₹)
Total Fees2,10,000
Coaching Fees1,00,000/-
School Fees

Hostel Fees30,000
Study Material5000
Cution Deposit5000 (Refundable)
Medical Fees10,000 (Refundable)


FeesAmount Payable(₹)
Total Fees1,95,000
Coaching Fees

School Fees20,000/-

Hostel Fees30,000
Study Material5000

NOTE: Not inclusive of gst


A list of clothing and toiletry items which a cadet is required to bring at the time of joining the institute, will be intimated along with the Joining Instructions. It is obligatory to wear the Institute uniform during the cadet’s stay in AFPA.


The Director, AFPA has the authority to rusticate any cadet and withdraw his name from the roll on any of the following grounds :

Remains ill for a long period and considered physically unfit to carry on with the daily routine of the institute.

Involves in ragging activities or found harmful for other cadet inside hostel. (Orders of the Honorable Supreme Court dated 16th Oct 2000 & Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging ACT, 1999 time to time amended, will be implemented).

Consistently fails to secure a minimum of 60% marks in AFPA or the School tests/examinations.

Fails to maintain AFPA discipline.

If Boarding Charges, Fees and other dues are not paid in time by the parents.


While in AFPA, cadets are subject to certain rules and regulations. Few of the important ones are highlighted in this section for your information. As discipline is very important it is recommended that your son be advised to strictly follow the rules during his stay at AFPA to ensure fruitful and productive training.


Do be punctual for all activities like, PT, games, classes, parades, mess etc.

Do be smartly and neatly dressed at all times for all school activities in the
prescribed dress.

Do keep all your personal possessions neat and tidy at all times.

Do be courteous to your seniors and superiors at the AFPA.

Do maintain high standards of honesty and integrity.

The acts involving moral turpitude will be dealt with severely.


Do not leave the AFPA premises without proper permission

Do not be involved in smoking, drinking alcohol and consuming drugs, or have any such items in your possession.

Do not keep excess cash, jewelry, Cell Phones, Any electronic or electrical appliances etc.

Do not be in possession of any personal weapons, i.e. guns, fire arms or pets


It would help your son to settle down, if he practices the following simple activities before joining:

Stitching of buttons and minor repairing of his clothes.

Polishing his shoes (leather and canvas).

Washing his under garments, socks and handkerchief.

Making his bed.

Keeping his clothes and personal effects neatly in his cupboard.

Keeping track of all his personal possessions.

Making a dhobi list and checking returns accurately.

Filling bank withdrawal form and maintaining his pocket money account.

Covering all textbooks and copies with laminated brown paper.

Labelling his possessions for identification.

Packing his clothes for travel.


No institution can be great without great mentors.
AFPA has one of the best in the field of defence.



Shri. Ranjeet Deshmukh
(Govt. of Maharashtra)


Air Vice Marshal SC Chafekar
AVSM, SC (Retd.)



Cdr. (Dr.) N.K Natarajan (Retd) | GTO

A man with 25 years of experience in the Indian Navy with 3 years as Group Testing Officer at Services Selection Board (SSB), Bhopal. He is an alumnus of Indian Naval Academy and a President’s Gold Medalist. He holds 6 post graduate degrees in management and a doctorate in psychology. Has authored best selling books and videos related to defence examination and SSB. Till the present date, he has contributed over 650 officers to Indian Armed Forces. Subject – Group Testing / Personality Development.

MESSAGE : GTO is one of the most difficult test to teach & learn as it is a combination of abstract and practical tasks and imparting knowledge on GTO testing requires elaborate infrastructure. AFPA is the only academy that has a full fledged GTO ground constructed on 3 acres of land and an experienced GTO who takes the candidates through each task meticulously.


Col. Rahul Gowardhan (Retd) | Interviewing Officer

A man with 30 years of distinguished service in the Army and held many important appointments including Commanding Officer of the Artillery Unit in J&K and Rajasthan, Dy. President of Services Selection Board (SSB) at Allahabad and also worked as Interviewing officer at SSB, Bhopal. He is a qualified HR professional with PG in Management. A certified assessor and interviewer, who interviewed more than 2500 aspirants at SSB and about 1000 candidates for managerial posts in Public & Corporate Sectors.
Subject – Personal Interview / Personality Development

MESSAGE : At SSB interview spontaneous responses of the candidate are crucial for realistic assessment of the personality. At AFPA, we do not teach how to respond to the questions but how to develop Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) and project as genuine candidate without masking the personality. At the end of training session, we provide Feedback and Development Plan to the candidate.


Col. Ravi Nair (Retd) | Soft Skills Trainer

A veteran of the Indian Army, Col Ravi Nair has three and half decades of experience in various facets of the services, to include, Operations, Training and Human Resource Management. A certified Soft Skill Trainer with proficiency in communication skills, personal interview techniques, general awareness quotient and motivational talks, has trained several batches of SSB aspirants both in service and budding young NCC candidates.
Subject – Personality Enhancement.

MESSAGE : In order to surmount the intense competition in the job market certain skill sets are axiomatic and imperative. At AFPA this vital component is given due emphasis and candidates are exposed to the various facets of their own personality that needs to be developed. The Personality Development package helps the candidate overcome the learning curve in Communication skills, Time Management, Leadership Qualities and Team Building traits to give them the vital edge to face, not only the SSB interviews but also shape their overall personality and attitude to discern the realities of the Real World. This unique package has had a profound impact on the aspirants and the transformation is tangible and visible at the end of the day.


Mr. Ashok Kumar Thamburaj | Psychologist-DIPR

A DRDO Scientist, aluminus of Defense Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) worked in the Selection Centre Central (SSC), Bhopal. A psychologist par excellence in psychometric assessment, personality profiling and training of students and employees. He was designated as consultant with the department of education, Tamil Nadu. Has contributed over 310 officers to the Armed Forces post retirement from services.
Subject – Psychometric / Psychological Test Assessment.

MESSAGE : Remember the aim should be to put up the best performance which gives out the assessors what they look for. Be clear in your thoughts, kind in your attitude, bold in your actions and never, ever give up. Success will be yours… We will interact more on how to succeed in your dream career. Let us come together to make it happen. Jai Hind…

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