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Indian Army CAREER PROSPECTS IN THE ARMED FORCES

Training and Promotion Avenues

Following your selection in one of the three services viz. Army, Navy and Airforce (through the NDA entrance examination), you are given preliminary training, both academic and physical, for a period of three years at the National Defence Academy (NDA) which is an inter-service Institution. The training during the first two and a half years is common to the cadets of the three wings.

On passing out from the National Defence Academy, Army cadets go to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, Naval Cadets to the Cadets Trainingship and Air Force cadets to AFA, Hyderabad / BFTS, Allahabad. Here they are joined by those who have been selected through the Combined Defence Service (CDS) examination.

At the IMA, Army Cadets are known as Gentleman Cadets and are given strenuous military training for a period of one year aimed at turning out officers capable of leading infantry sub-units. On successful completion of their training, Gentleman Cadets are granted a Permanent Commission in the rank of 2nd Lieutenants subject to being medically fit.

The Naval Cadets are selected for the Executive, Engineering and Electrical branches of the Navy, on passing out from the National Defence Academy and are given sea training on the Cadet Trainingship for a period of six months on successful completion of which they are promoted to the rank of Midshipmen. After a further training of six months in the respective branches to which they are allocated they are promoted to the rank of acting Sub-Lieutenants.

Air Force Cadets receive flying training for a period of 1 - 1 1/2 years. However, at the end of one year of training they are given provisional commission in the rank of Pilot Officer. After successful completion of further training of six months they are absorbed as permanent commissioned officers on probation for a period of one year.

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Officer in the Indian Army
As an officer in the Indian Army, you will be heir to a glorious heritage. Blended perfectly with the latest in hi-technology, training techniques and strategic doctrines. You will be part of one of the world's finest Armies. Trained not just to be an officer, but a SOLDIER'S SOLDIER.

You are a Special Person

Every year, thousands apply to become officers. Only a handful get through. You could be one of the chosen few. Do you have it in you? The time has come. To tighten your belt. To brace yourself for the road ahead. To choose the right path. The path that will decide where your life goes from here. Are you ready for the decision that will change your life forever? The Indian Army is looking for a few good men & women. A few of the best and the brightest. A few with fire in their belly. A few with intellect, idealism and courage. If you have it in you, we’re looking for you.

We build Men and Women of Character

An Indian Army Officer is the hallmark of what every human being aspires to be….. a pillar of strength and courage, whose mettle has been put through the acid test time and again. A career in the Army. It will teach you to face the toughest of situations in life with panache you have never known before. It will help you become a multidimensional personality who will be a force to reckon with. Interested? UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES While the Indian Army trains you in the art of war the curriculum consists of academic subjects too. Besides it also gives you ample scope to acquire new skills constantly. You can participate in activities like river rafting, para jumping, rock climbing, trekking, mountaineering or even desert safaris. When it comes to adventure and sports, there’s no place like the army. Unparalleled Education

The Indian Army is a place where you’ll never stop learning. Nowhere else can you get such phenomenal opportunities to constantly hone and upgrade your skills. NDA awards you a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science or Computer Science on completion of your training. If you join the technical stream, you will be offered a Graduate and Post Graduate degree in Engineering from one of the finest institutes of technology in the country. If you are selected for the prestigious Defence Services Staff College course. You’ll be awarded a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies. The Indian Army also runs some of the country’s most prestigious academies and institutes. This covers a wide range of subjects from engineering to medicine, administration to strategy, and armament technology to management. The choice is indeed limitless. In fact, you can even get into Research & Development, if you desire. That’s not all. You can also take a study leave amidst your tenure for an added educational qualification.

Unmatched Lifestyle

As an Indian Army Officer at 21, you’d be looking at a lifestyle that one cannot imagine in any other profession, so early in life. For all those of you who want to take the plunge, here’s how you can get into the Indian Army. You have several options. You can join right after school or after graduating. Read on to find out more.

PERMANENT COMMISSION

A Permanent Commission means a career in the Army till you retire. For a Permanent Commission you have to join the National Defence Academy (NDA) or the Indian Military Academy (IMA)).

How to enter?

National Defence Academy

Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 161/2-19 years
Educational Qualification Class 12 of the 10+2 system of education, or equivalent
Mode of selection NDA exam by UPSC and SSB interview
How to Apply Apply in response to advertisement in March/April & Oct./Nov.


Indian Military Academy
Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 19-24 years
Educational Qualification Degree or equivalent at the time of joining the course
Mode of selection Combined Defence Exam (CDSE) conducted by UPSC and SSB interview
How to Apply Apply in response to advertisement in March/April & Oct./Nov.


Engineering Graduates
Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 20-27 years
Educational Qualification Engineering Degree in notified discipline
Mode of selection Direct SSB interview
How to Apply West Block III, RK Puram, New Delhi - 110066 in response to advertisement in March/April & Oct./Nov.


University Entry Scheme
Month of Commencement of Course each year July
Age at the time of joining 19-25 years (final year engineering students )
18-24 years (prefinal year engineering students )
Educational Qualification Final and pre-final year students of an engineering degree course.
Mode of selection Campus interview and SSB interview
How to Apply Apply in response to advertisement in July.


10+2 PCM (Tech)
Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 161/2-191/2 years
Educational Qualification 10+2 Pass with aggregate.
Mode of selection Apply directly to the Recruitment Directorate
How to Apply May and November.


SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION
The Indian Army has a wonderful alternative career for all those of you who aspire to serve it for a few years. It is called Short Service Commission. It gives you the option of joining the Indian Army and serving it as a Commissioned Officer for 5 years.

Once your tenure is over, you are allowed to opt for a Permanent Commission. Alternatively, you can also choose for a 5 year extension and can choose to resign from your post any time during this period. With a Short Service Commission you will have the best of both worlds. Even as it gives you the privileges and benefits of a full-fledged commission, you will be imbibing qualities that will make you an invaluable asset to any organisation that you join after the army - Analytical thinking skills - Planning ability - Administrative powers - Organisational talent, the works at the end of the day, it will train you to become a good leader and a successful manager


Other Rank

Indian Army : A Unique and Dignified Career

Recruitment in Army for Other Ranks is broad based. Every male citizen, irrespective of caste, class, religion and domicile, is eligible for recruitment in the Army, provided the person meets the laid down age, educational, physical and medical standards.

For a career in other Ranks, what you need to do is:

Visit the nearest Branch Recruiting Offices (BRO) HQ Recruiting Zones and find out dates of recruitment rallies. These are also published in all local news papers.

You must carry a certified copy of your educational qualification certificate and six copies of your recent passport size photographs alongwith all original certificates on the day of the rally. Details of documents required should be ascertained from the BRO/ZRO office.

Children of servicemen, ex-servicemen and war widows can also report directly to the nearest Training Centre on the day of screening alongwith required documents in original. They will however be screened only if they fulfill laid down standards for recruitment.

Screening is mandatory before enrollment.

Category Education Age
Soldier General Duty SSLC/Matric with 45% marks in aggregate. No % required if higher qualification. 171/2-21 Years
Soldier Technical 10+2/ Intermediate exam passed in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Math’s and English. No weightage for higher qualification. 171/2-23 Years
Soldier Clerk/ Store Keeper Technical 10+2/Intermediate exam passed in any stream (Arts,Commerce, Science) with 50% marks in aggregate and min 40% in each subject. Weightage for higher qualification. 171/2-23 Years
Soldier Nursing Assistant 10+2/Intermediate exam passed in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with min 50% marks in aggregate and min 40% in each subject. No weightage for higher qualification. 171/2-23 Years
Soldier Tradesman    
(i) General Duties
(ii) Specified Duties
Non Matric
Non Matric
171/2-20 Years
171/2-23 Years
Havildar Education Graduate with B Ed/Post Graduate with B Ed 20 - 25 Years
Religious Teacher (JCO's) Graduate in any discipline In addition, qualification in his own religious denomination 27-34 Years
JCO (Catering) 10+2 , Diploma/Certificate Course of a duration of one year or more in Cookery/ Hotel Management and Catering Tech recognized by AICTE 21-27 Years
Surveyor Automated Cartographer BA/BSc with Maths having passed Matric & 12th (10+2) with Maths & Science 20-25 Years


Eligibility
Note : Dispensation in Education for enrollment as Sol (GD) is permissible to some selected States/Region/Class & Communities by the Govt. Details may be obtained from nearest BRO/ZRO

Medical Standards
A candidate should have robust physique and good mental health. Chest should be well developed having minimum 5 Cms expansion. Should have normal hearing with each ear and good binocular vision in both eyes. He should be able to read 6/6 in distant vision chart with each eye. Colour vision should be CP-III. Should recognize red and green colours. Should have sufficient number of natural healthy gum and teeth i.e. minimum 14 dental points Should not have disease like deformity of bones, hydrocele and varicocle or piles .

Physical Fitness Tests (PFT)
To determine the Physical Fitness, the following tests carrying 100 marks are held :-
(a) 1 Mile Run
(b) Pull Ups
(c) Balance
(d) 9 Feet Ditch

Marking system is as follows :-

(a) 1 MILE RUN
(i) 5.40 Mins and below 60 Mks
(ii) 5.41 Mins to 5.50 48 Mks
(iii) 5.51 Mins to 6 .05 36 Mks
(iv) 6.06 Mins to 6.20 24 Mks

(b) PULL UPS
(i) 10 and above 40 Mks
(ii) 9 33 Mks
(iii) 8 27 Mks
(iv) 7 21 Mks (v) 6 16 Mks

(c) BALANCE Should be qualified and no marks are awarded.
(d) 9 Feet Ditch Should be qualified and no marks are awarded.

Medical Standards :-
a) A candidate should have robust physique and good mental health.
(b) Chest should be well developed having minimum 5 Cms expension.
(c) Should have normal hearing with each ear and good binocular vision in both eyes. He should be able to read 6/6 in distance vision chart with each eye. Colour vision should be CP-III.
(d) Should have sufficient number of natural healthy gum and teeth i.e. minimum 14 dental points.
(e) Should not have diseases like deformity of bones, hydrocele and varicocle or piles.
(f) Should recognize red and green colours Written Examination

Written Examination
Common Entrance Examination (CEE) is conduct on last Sundays of each month for recruitment of Soldiers. It comprises of following two papers :

(a) Paper-I - Compulsory for all soldier categories
(b) Paper-II - For Sol. Technical, Sol. ClK (GD/SKT) and Sol. Nursing Assistant.

PAPER-I
It generally comprises of questions on IQ/Numerical ability general knowledge and current affairs. Duration of papers is 60 minutes. Total marks 100 Pass Marks 32.

PAPER-II

Paper II (Sol Tech) - 50 marks. It generally comprises of Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Duration - 30minutes, Pass marks-16.

Paper-II (Sol ClK/SKT) - 50 marks. It generally comprises of Maths & English (Language Proficiency) Duration - 30 minutes, Pass Marks-16.

Paper-II (Sol Nursing Assistant) - 50 marks. It generally comprises of Chemistry, Botany & Biology, Duration - 30 minutes, Pass marks-16.

Note : In addition to paper I, a Sol Tech, Sol Clk/SKT and Sol Nursing Assistant has to qualify in his respective paper NCC "C" Certificate holders seeking enrollment for Sol (GD) are exempted from appearing in written examination but have to fulfill other laid down criteria