UPSC (NDA) coaching at Services Preparatory Institute Aurangabad admissions 2022

Looking for a Government-recognized institute in Maharashtra that gives training for UPSC (NDA) exams? This article provides complete information on the Services Preparatory Institute, Aurangabad that provides preparatory training for UPSC (NDA) exams and for Services Selection Board (SSB) interviews. Details of the SPI entrance test, eligibility requirements, physical standards criteria, entrance test for admission, and the application procedure have been provided.

The Services Preparatory Institute (SPI), Aurangabad has released the notification for the entrance test for admission to the next training batch that will start next year. SPI, which was established by the State Govt. of Maharashtra for training boys to prepare for the National Defence Academy (NDA) as well as other Defence Academies, is under the aegis of the State Govt.'s General Administration Department. Those keen to join SPI have to appear for a written test and interview. The fee structure for the upcoming course that includes a security deposit, Boarding charges, Cadet welfare fund, etc can be checked at the official website.

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[Image source: Indian Express print advt. 10th December 2021]

About SPI Aurangabad

The Services Preparatory Institute (SPI), Aurangabad provides training for the UPSC (NDA) written entrance exam and Services Selection Board (SSB) interviews as well. The 10-acre campus has residential hostels for the cadets, and sports facilities for basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, boxing, etc in addition to athletic tracks and obstacle courses. The library is well-stocked with textbooks on military history, general history, biographies, fiction, UPSC guides, etc. Other infrastructure includes a Mess and dining hall, an auditorium, a medical room, a gym, etc.

On the academic front, students follow the Science stream curriculum of local educational institutes in Aurangabad and must maintain a minimum score of 60% in all SPI exams as well as in the college exams. If they fail to do so, then they may be asked to leave SPI. Coaching for UPSC is provided by expert faculty before/after the regular hours of college. They are also provided extra coaching for the Class 12th exam so that they can score high marks and gain admission to the Technical Entry Scheme (10 + 2) of the India Army/Indian Navy. Alongside lessons and training, they are encouraged to participate in debates, quizzes, group discussions, and outdoor trips to develop teamwork and self-confidence. While in Class 12 at SPI, a cadet can appear for the UPSC (NDA) entrance exam in August or April.

Services Preparatory Institute Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the written test for admission to SPI, you must be a domicile of Maharashtra and an unmarried male. The date of birth should be as per the requirement for the year of admission. For the upcoming course, the date of birth should be between 2nd January 2006 and 31st December 2007, both days included.

Educational Qualifications

You should be studying in Class 10 of the State Board or equivalent Board in March/April/May 2022 with English, Physics, Chemistry (or General Science), and Maths subjects. You must secure a minimum of 60 % marks in the Class 10th exam, and a minimum of 60% marks in the Class 7th, 8th, and 9th exams as well, and be eligible for admission to Class XI in June 2022.

Physical Fitness

You must be fit to join the Armed Forces as per the norms of UPSC for NDA/INA entry. The physical standards for admission to SPI are as follows-
Height & Weight: The Height should be 157 cm. and above, and the Weight should be min. 43kgs.

Chest measurements: Without expansion- minimum 74 cm, and with Expansion on inhaling- minimum 5 cm.

Vision: You should have good binocular vision and colour vision standards as per CP-III norms for the Indian Army, with the ability to recognize red and green colours and having no colour blindness at all. Eyesight should be 6/6 in a distant vision chart with the better eye and 6/9 in the weaker eye. Myopia should be less than 2.5D and hypermetropia less than 3.5D including Astigmatism.

Check the official SPI website to know the specific physical conditions that are not acceptable (such as Laser Surgery).

Services Preparatory Institute Written Exam Format

The question paper for the written exam is in English for three hours with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in two sections- (i) Mathematics, which is of 75 marks and (ii) General Ability Test (GAT), which is of 75 marks. A correct answer will be awarded one mark, while a wrong answer will get a deduction of 0.5 marks.

GAT will have questions on (i) General English, (ii) General Science, (iii) Social Science, (iv) GK, (v) Current Affairs, and (vi) Intelligence test questions. The General English part will include approx. 25 questions related to grammar, comprehension, synonyms, antonyms, etc. All questions will be based on the current syllabus of the State Board or the CBSE for Class 8 to Class 10. The GK and Current Affairs sections will have very basic questions that any student of Class 10 should know about.

Try out practices tests, including GK, from the comfort of your home

Test centers will be in various cities, likely at Nagpur, Pune, Kolhapur, and Aurangabad. The dates and addresses of the centers will be updated on the official SPI website, and results will be displayed, too, on the portal itself. Candidates who successfully clear the written exam will then appear for an interview, details of which will be communicated via email/SMS.

Services Preparatory Institute Interview format

The interviews to be conducted in English will either be in person or conducted online. It includes gauging General Intelligence and awareness of current affairs, and a Personality Test. All questions put to the candidate during the interview should be answered in English. At the time of the interview, it is required to bring original copies of all the annual exam results of Classes 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th (if already passed), along with certificates of other achievements, if any. Once the interviews are completed, a final merit list will be displayed on the SPI website.

Application procedure

The application for admission should be submitted online at the official website of Services Preparatory Institute. First, register with a valid phone number. You will get the password via SMS on that number. Log in with the user ID and password, and pay the application fee of Rs.450/- (this is non-refundable) with a debit card or a credit card or via Net banking (no other mode of payment is acceptable). Complete the application form properly, providing accurate information about personal details, educational qualifications, and the Aadhar Card number.

Important dates

The closing date of registrations is 24th January 2022, 1800hrs.
The Hall Ticket will be available on the SPI website for downloading after 1000hrs. on 7th February 2022
The date of the written exam is 13th February 2022.
The result of the exam is likely to be released in the first week of May 2022 (date to be announced later).

Selection procedure

Based on the results of the entrance exam, a consolidated Merit List along with a waiting list will be displayed on the SPI website, and candidates who have been selected to join SPI will be informed individually. Subsequently, detailed instructions of joining will be sent in May and the first term of the new course will begin in the first or second week of June.

Contact information

Services Preparatory Institute
CIDCO, N-12 Sector, Behind Maulana Azad College,
Ph: 0240-2381370.

[Note to the reader- the DOB criteria, application fee, and schedule of dates have been sourced from the Indian Express print advt. of 10th December 2021]

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