How to Join SPI Aurangabad


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What is the probable date for SPI Aurangabad entrance exam?

The entrance exam for admission to SPI is likely to be held in April 2020. Exact dates for conduct of SPI entrance exam at different centers will be notified in February / March 2020.

When will be the admit cards for SPI Aurangabad exam 2020 made available ?

Admit card for SPI Aurangabad entrance exam can be downloaded from SPI Aurangabad website in the second / third week of March 2020.

Where is the entrance exam held? The entrance exam is held at four centers in Maharashtra i.e. Aurangabad, Pune, Kolhapur and Nagpur.

Is the SPI entrance exam held on the same day and date at all centers? No. The exam is held on different dates at the four centers. The schedule is displayed on the Institute’s website. 

Are girls eligible to join SPI Aurangabad? No. The institute is only for boys. The purpose for this is that SPI Aurangabad prepares candidates for NDA. As per the present norms, girls cannot join NDA. Girls can apply for various entrance exams like CDS, AFCAT or for direct SSB Interview to join the armed forces of India while studying in the final year of graduation.

How to download SPI sample papers from their website?  SPI sample papers are not available on the Institute website.  

I am not a domicile of Maharashtra State. Can I join Services Preparatory Institute Aurangabad after 10th?   No. Only a student who is domicile of Maharashtra state can join this institute. It is a Maharashtra Government venture.

Can I join SPI Aurangabad if I want to join the Indian Air force?   Yes. National Defence Academy is a tri – services academy where cadets are trained for joining all the three services i.e. Army, Navy and Air force. While filling UPSC form on their website –    UPSC online, a candidate has to indicate his choice of service. SPI take candidates willing to join any of the three services.   

Besides UPSC NDA exam, does the Academy prepare candidates for any other service academy also?  Yes, Union Public Services Commission conducts a common written exam for joining National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy (NAVAC) twice in a year i.e. in the month of Apr and Sep. The UPSC examination being common for NDA and Indian Naval Academy, the SPI cadets have choice to join NDA or NAVAC. Cadets have also a choice to join Army or Navy through 10 + 2 Technical Entry Scheme (TES) after their 12th board results.

 Is there any reservation of seats?  No. Admission to SPI Aurangabad is strictly based on merit. The final merit is based on the candidate’s performance in written exam followed by interview.

Is there any relaxation in age criteria?  There is no relaxation in age because the age criteria has been decided keeping in view the minimum and maximum age limit for NDA exam. If a candidate’s age is more than the stipulated age by even one day, he is ineligible.   

What is the fees for two years training?  SPI Aurangabad fees is very reasonable and all training at the institute is fully subsidized. For current year’s fees, you can contact the Institutes office. The SPI fees is considered to be very judicious keeping in view that it caters for the best grooming for NDA which includes good hostel, nutritious food, uniforms, library, sports facilities, academics, NDA exam and SSB Interview preparations.

Does the Institute give preference to any specific board i.e. CBSE / ICSE / State Board for the admission?  No preference is given for any particular board. The Institute has students from all the three boards. However, once they join SPI, they are given admission in a reputed school affiliated to Central Board for Secondary Education. CBSE board is preferred because it suits the pattern of NDA exam conducted by UPSC New Delhi.

Is there any prescribed book to prepare for the admission test?   The Institute does not prescribe any specific books for entrance exams. The entrance exam has 10th class syllabus. Excelling in all subjects of 10th board exams can help a candidate in SPI entrance exam.

 Is there negative marking in the entrance exam?  Till 2018, there was no negative marking for the entrance exam. However, as per the latest policy, there is a negative marking of 0.5 for each wrong answer

How many candidates appear for the entrance exam?  As per the previous records, more than 10,000 candidates appear for the entrance exam. Keeping in view the increasing popularity and awareness about the Institute, the number of aspirants is expected to rise in the coming years.

How many candidates are called for the interview?  There are no fixed guidelines, but as per the previous trend, first 300 candidates can get a call for SPI interview. Numbers can vary based on the decision by management.

When are the results of written exam declared and what are the probable dates for interview thereafter?  The results of written exam are normally declared by the first week of May. Thereafter the interviews are mostly scheduled in the second week of May.

 Are all written qualified candidates called for interview together? No. The interviews are spread over two to three days and are held in small batches of about 40 to 50 candidates per batch.

 Where are the interviews held?  The interviews are held in Aurangabad and Pune.

Does a candidate have to appear for any physical test at the time of the interview?  No. Physical test is not conducted at the time of the interview. However, candidates must keep themselves physically fit by doing regular exercises to cope up with the routine at SPI after admission.

 If my age permits, am I eligible for joining the institute if I am studying in Class 11?  It is not advisable because you will have to again reappear for 11th class and also in the past, there have been practical difficulties in obtaining transfer / migration certificates from CBSE authorities to allow a student to repeat 11th class.

 If selected will I have to stay in the institute or can I stay with my parents or guardians in Aurangabad?  If selected, you will have to compulsorily stay in the institute. The institute does not have any system of ‘day scholars’.

 What are the important highlights of ‘Code of Conduct’?  The ‘Code of Conduct’ is to imbibe, infuse and nurture various positive aspects in personality which include soldierly qualities, moral values, punctuality, discipline, physical fitness etc. SPI cadets have to strictly abide by the ‘Code of Conduct’. Use of mobiles /wireless electronic devices are not permitted. Ragging, in any form is strictly prohibited.

What are the unique advantages of joining SPI Aurangabad?  SPI Aurangabad in unique in many ways. Selection standards are very stringent and admission is purely based on the capability of an individual. The institute derives its strength from the selected lot of candidates who are ‘The best of the best’. The institute has a strong legacy of more than 40 years of grooming the future officers of Indian Armed Forces. The grooming at SPI is such that an ex – SPI always stand out in a crowd. It has very high rate of success in NDA written exam and SSB Interviews. It is a matter of pride and honor to join such esteemed institute run by the Govt of Maharashtra and managed by senior and experience officers of Army, Navy, Air force.

Can I join SPI Aurangabad if I have spectacles? Yes, spectacles in acceptable limits are allowed. Only you must check for colour blindness.

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