Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy for Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) was set up in 2011 by the Government of Punjab in Sector 77, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali) for training boys for joining the armed forces as commissioned officers through the NDA/ other service academies. The Governing body is the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Punjab. 

To apply for AFPI

  •  A Candidate must be a resident of Punjab.
  • A Candidate must be appearing for the class X board examination. A Candidate who has already passed Class X and is presently studying in Class 11th can also apply; provided he must meet the age criteria. However, such candidates will be required to repeat Class 11th if selected for AFPI.
  • A Candidate must be physically fit according to the physical standards set by the authority.
  • A candidate must be desirous of joining National Defence Academy.

The academy aims at optimizing a Class 10th aspirant's potential to join National Defence Academy through a structured and integrated curriculum of two years for their permanent commission in the Indian Defence Service immediately on completion of Class 10+2 in the Non-Medical stream.


The cadets complete their two years of training in personality development and leadership qualities at the AFPI along with completing their class XII before being selected for the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. The three years training period at the NDA was followed by a year's training at the IMA.


Before the AFPI was set up in April 2011, Punjab was sending only six to eight boys to the NDA per batch. So far, eight batches of approximately 48 cadets each have completed their training at the institute. Over 154 cadets have been successful in joining various service academies for further training to become an officer in the armed forces.

Admission Procedure

  • Advertisement inviting applications from aspirants publish in all leading newspapers every year in November.
  • Applications are to be filled online through from the first week of December till the first week of January.
  • AFPI written entrance test is conducted in January every year.
  • Top 151 aspirants, who passed the entrance test are called for an interview in January/ February follow-up by medical examination.
  • Merit list is prepared; based on the aspirant's overall performance in the written test cum interview.
  • Call letters are issued to the first 48 candidates as per the order of merit once the final merit list gets prepared and are informed to join the academy in April.

Important Instructions for Candidates 

  • A Candidate studying in any of the boards i.e. CBSE/ICSE/PSEB may appear in the entrance test.
  • During the interview, a candidate is required to bring along his Date of Birth Certificate, Residence Certificate, Certificate of proficiency in sports if any, and Certificate from the school showing marks obtained in 9th class and 10th class marks obtained so far. 
  • A candidate must not be more than 17 years. Stipulation of the cut-off date of birth is published in newspaper advertisements every year.

Examination Pattern 

  • Type of Exam: Objective Type (Each question is comprised of four options)
  • Mode of Exam: Offline (Answer being filled up on the OMR sheet)


Name of Tests


Maximum Marks







3 hours



(Quantitative + Qualitative)




Social Studies




150 Questions

600 marks

Four marks are awarded for every correct attempt. There is a negative marking of one mark for each wrong attempt. No deduction will be made in marks if a question is left unattempted.

Mathematics: Surds & Indices | HCF & LCM | Unitary method | Simplification | Series | Time & Distance | Ratio & Proportion | Average | Numbers | Mensuration | Trigonometry | Algebra | Statistics | Clocks | Calendar | Interest | Geometry | Probability | Miscellaneous
English: Unseen Passages | Fill In The Blanks | Para Jumbles | Word Power | Spotting Error | Word Substitute | Wrongly Spelt | Idioms & Phrases
Social Studies: History | Polity | Geography | Economy


Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy Armed Forces Preparatory Institute is capable of converting a raw boy into a man of steel and a good officer at the end of the training curriculum. Having seen the selection procedure of this academy closely in the short tenure, we can confidently say that we teachers at Mohali Defence Academy are well-geared up in all respects to prepare aspirants for the AFPI entrance exam. The quality of education imparted, the infrastructure as well as the team at the backend who makes sure that the system runs well as a well-oiled machine, they all are responsible for what happens to you at the end of the course. No doubt, an aspirant must be serious and dedicated to crack Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy's entrance exam. In any case, being taught under the expert's guidance will never go vain. We are sure that one day you will realize that our coaching program has taught you a thing or two about life and about living life in the best possible manner. We not only prepare the aspirants for the entrance exam, in fact, we also train them psychologically and make them ready to face personal interviews with confidence. Mohali Defence Academy has posted phenomenal success of aspirants in the entrance exam till date, and this success is the result of our updated test series for practice and study content provided during the pre-academic and post-academic hours. Here the aspirants learn two types of skills, i.e., cognitive skills and soft skills through a unique pattern of interaction with their mentors and subordinates. 

Always remember hard work is like a "flight of stairs and luck is like a lift". Lifts/ escalators may just fall. However, the stairs will always take you to the top, hence there is no shortcut to "Hard work" for success. That's why it is said "Nishchay Kar Apni Jeet Karoon".

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