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13 Ways to Join Indian Army as Officer

Indian Army is the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and its professional head is the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). In this article, we will cover different ways to join the Indian Army as an officer. Lakhs of candidates appear for multiple entries and wish to become an officer in Indian Army. 

National Defence Academy

UPSC conducts the Exam of NDA twice a year and it is the best way to join the Indian Army after 10+2. The recent Chief of the Indian Army is also NDA alumni. It is the most prominent military institution in the country. NDA is located in Khadakvasla, which is around 15 km from Pune.

TES ( Technical Entry Scheme )

Candidates seeking to apply for Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme Recruitment should be 12th class passed in Physics, Chemistry, and Math. For candidates who wish to pursue B-Tech after 10+2, this would be the perfect entry. Also, JEE Mains has been obligatory for TES Entry from TES- 46 Course onwards.

AFMC ( Armed Forces Medical College)

AFMC is for those who want to pursue their MBBS and later want to give their service in the Indian Army. Candidate must have passed all the subjects opted for in the first attempt of the qualifying examinations as a regular candidate with English, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology taken simultaneously and securing not less than 60% of the aggregate marks in these 3 science subjects taken together and not less than 50% marks in English and 50% marks in each of the science subjects. They must have also passed an examination in Mathematics of the 10th standard.

CDS (Combined Defence Service Exam)

UPSC conducts the Exam of CDS twice a year, and it is the best way to join Indian Army after graduation, either technical or non-technical. You only require graduation degree to apply for CDS Entry.

TGC (Technical Graduate Course )

TGC is the acronym of Technical Graduate Course. It is a type of entry through which an engineering graduate (only male) can join the Indian Army as an officer. TGC entry is specific for engineering students. It is a direct entry after you completed your graduation. You will get a permanent commission.

Short Service Commission (Technical)

SSC Tech Entry is specific for engineering students. It is also a direct entry after you completed your graduation. This is a type of entry through which an engineering graduate can join the Indian Army as an officer. You will get a short service commission.

Short Service Commission (Women)

It is also a direct entry after you completed your graduation (For Women). One of the best entries one should apply. Women are offered Short Service Commission in three streams viz. Non-Technical Graduate, Technical and Post Graduate/ Specialist for ten years, extendable by an additional four years purely voluntarily.

ACC ENTRY (Army Cadet College)

Eligible Other Ranks (ORs) in the age group of 20-27 years and minimum two years of service, having 10+2 pass qualification can apply for Regular Commission. They are also screened by SSB.

JAG (Judge Advocate General)

Law graduates with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks in LLB and between 21 to 27 years of age can apply for Judge Advocate General Branch.

NCC Special Entry (National Cadet Corp)

Graduates possessing NCC ‘C’ Certificate with a minimum ‘B’ grade and 50% aggregate marks in the graduation examination are eligible to apply for NCC Special Entry Scheme.

Territorial Army

It is the second line of defense after the Regular Indian Army; it is not a profession, occupation, or a source of employment. You can apply for TA till the age of 42 years, and aspirants get screened through SSB.

Special Commissioned Officers (SCO) Scheme

Under this entry, JCOs/NCOs/OR in the age group of 28-35 years, with a Senior School Certificate Pass (Class 10+2 pattern) qualification, are eligible.

Permanent Commission ( Special List)

Under this entry, JCOs/ NCOs/ OR up to 42 years of age and a minimum of 10 years of service, with a Senior Schools Certificate Pass (Class 10+2 pattern) qualification, are eligible for commission after screening by SSB and Medical Board. 

So, these are the various ways to join the Indian Army as a commissioned officer.

SSBToSuccess wishes you all for the upcoming SSB.

Stay safe and healthy!

Utkarsh Gaur
HVAC design engineer have a knowledge of various software of design and drafting,1+ year experience of working in design field and additionally BIM segment.A defense lover who Love to explore and ready to learn and share new things.

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