The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general. Two officers have been conferred with the rank of field marshal, a five-star rank, which is a ceremonial position of great honour.
The primary mission of the Indian Army is to ensure national security and national unity, defending the nation from external aggression and internal threats, and maintaining peace and security within its borders.
As an officer, you get trained in the art, craft and technology of war, Simultaneously, you can pick up skills in management, computers and human nature. In short, you never cease to grow because you never cease to learn . You also remain at par with the rest of the world in educational qualifications. National Defence Academy Awards you a Bachelor’s degree in Arts / Science or Computers, on completion of your training. If you join the technical stream, you are offered a Graduate / Post Graduate degree in Engineering from one of the finest Institutes of Technology in the Country. Later on, when you are selected for the prestigious Defence Services Staff College Course, you are awarded a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic studies. The Indian Army also runs some of the most prestigious academics and institutes, exposing you to a wide range of subjects from engineering administration to strategy, and armament technology to management. The choice is indeed limitless. In fast, you can even get into Research & Development, If you so desire. But that is not all The Indian Army gives you a choice to benefit from foreign postings and studies you can attend on going programmes at IITs and IIMs and gain additional qualification simply to taking study leave.
|Type of Entry||Month of commencement of Course||Age at the time of Joining(Years)||Educational Qualification||Mode of Selection||How to Apply|
|1. National Defence Academy||Jan. and July||161/2 – 19||12th standard of 10+2 system of Education or equivalent||NDA Exam by UPSC and SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in March / April & Oct. / Nov.|
|2. Indian Military Academy|
|a) Direct Entry||Jan. and July||19 – 24||Degree or equivalent at the time of Joining the Course||Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE) conducted by UPSC, and SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in March /April and Sep./ Oct.|
|(i) Engineering Graduates||Jan. and July||20 – 27||Engineering Degree in notified discipline||Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE) conducted by UPSC, and SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in March /April and Sep./ Oct.|
|(ii) Post Graduates(AEC)||Jan. and July||23 – 27||Post Graduate in notified Subject with Ist /2nd div.||SSB interview|
|c) University Entry Scheme||July||19 – 25(Fy) 18– 24(PFy)||Final and Pre-final years students of Engineering degree course.||Campus interview and SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in Apr./May|
|d) 10+2 TES||Jan. and July||161/2– 191/2||10+2 Pass with 70% aggregate in PCM||Apply directly to the Recruiting Directorate||Apply in response to advertisement in May and Nov.|
|3. Officers Training Academy|
|a) Short Service Commission (Non–technical)||Apr. and Oct||19 – 25||Degree or equivalent at the time of joining the course.||CDSE conducted by UPSC and SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in March / April & Sep / Oct|
|b) Short Service Commission(Technical)||Apr. and Oct||20 – 27||Engineering Degree in notified discipline.||SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in March / April & Sep / Oct|
|c) Short Service Commission (NCC Special Scheme)||Jan and Jul||19 – 25||Graduate with 50% aggregate marks, two years service in NCC Sr. Division, Army with minimum ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’ certificate Exam.||SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in Dec. / Jan. & June/ July|
|d) Women Special Entry Scheme (Officers)||Jun and Dec||19 – 27||Graduate/Post Graduate/ LLB/ Professional Engineering Graduate||SSB interview||Apply in response to advertisement in June & Dec.|
If you wish to join the Army Visit the nearest Branch Recruiting office (BRO) / HQ. Recruiting Zone and find out dates of recruitment rallies. These are also published in all local news papers
Categories of Entry and their Eligibility Conditions. PBOR
|(1) Soldier General Duty||SSLC / Matric 45% marks in aggregate. Higher qualification no % required only pass.
10+2 / Intermediate exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and Minimum 40% marks in each subject specified for the trade. No weightage for higher qualification.
|171/2 – 21 yrs|
|(2) Soldier Technical||10+2 / Intermediate examination pass in any stream (Arts, Commerce, Science) with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% in each subject. The candidate must have studied English and Maths / Accounts / Book Keeping as compulsory subjects at 10th or 12thstandards are eligible for enrolment as Sol Clk / SKT. However, in case of candidate possessing graduation and above education qualification, the percentage stipulation at 10+2 std. is waived off and simple pass in 10+2 std. will be accepted for enrolment of this category. Candidate with proficiency in Computer and typing will be given additional weightage of 20% as bonus marks.
10+2 / Intermediate exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with minimum 50% marks in aggregate and minimum 40% marks in each subject. No weightage for higher qualification.
|171/2 – 21 yrs|
|(3) Soldier Clerk / Store Keeper Technical||Non Matric
BA / BSc with Maths having passed Matric & 12th (10+2) with Math & Science
Graduate in any discipline. In addition, Qualification in his own religious Denomination.
10+2, Diploma / Certificate course of a duration of one year or more in Cookery / Hotel Management and Catering technology recognized by AICTE.
Graduate with B.Ed. / Post Graduate with B.Ed.
|171/2 – 23 yrs|
|(4) Soldier Nursing Assistant||171/2 – 23 yrs|
|(5) Soldier Tradesman||171/2 – 23 yrs
20 - 25 yrs
|(6) Soldier (GD) Non Matric||171/2 – 23 yrs|
|(7) Surveyor Auto Cartographer||171/2 – 21 yrs
20 - 25 yrs
|(8) JCO (Religious Teacher)||27 – 34 yrs|
|(9) JCO (Catering)||21 – 27 yrs|
|(10) Havildar Education||20 – 25 yrs|
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