The Indian Armed Forces Service is every youngster’s dream in India. In addition to the army officers, medical graduates can also apply to join the Indian Army as a doctor. The Armed Force Medical Services (AFMS) is a very reputed and respectful option for a medical student.
The Army Medical Corps (AMC) officers are eligible to be employed in the Indian Army, Air Force and Indian Navy in any state of the country. It is a very prestigious job and offers a satisfying career as a commissioned officer for doctors. Doctors in this field get the status of a Group A gazette officer.
This post will share how you can become a doctor in the Indian Army.
Selection Procedure to Become a Doctor in the Indian Army
Students from a medical background or have a degree like MBBS, MDS, BDS or any other PG with a similar specialization. For the vacant medical posts in the armed forces, the administration conducts recruitment through Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC).
Candidates completing their training from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, get positions in Permanent Commission (PC). The rest, 50% of the posts, are for the Short Service Commission (SSC), for which the doctors can apply.
Only through SSC entrance can a doctor from a civil medical college apply for AMC. And the tenure of the SSC officers is 5 years, extended by another 9 years in a division of 5 years firstly and then 4 years. The overall duration is of maximum 14 years for SSC.
Officers commissioned through SSC must complete a service period of 7 years, extended by 7 more years.
Selection Into Armed Medical Services Through SSC
1. Doctors who want to join the army as Short Commissioned Medical Officers can fill out the application for the Army Medical Corps. The exam happens once or twice a year, depending upon the number of candidates.
2. The eligible candidates are sent to New Delhi for an interview round. During the interview, the committee assesses their merit, suitability and other things for selection to the Armed Medical Corps through SSC and further secondment to the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
3. Candidates who get shortlisted from the interview round are sent for the medical examination. The tests take place at the destined Armed Forces hospitals of New Delhi.
4. Students who clear the medical round and are fit for joining go for the necessary verification procedure mandatory for commissioning.
Selection Into Armed Medical Services Through Permanent Commission
Any SSC officer can apply for the grant of Permanent Commission (PC) after 2 years of service through departmental interviews. But, officers can only appear for an interview before the 9 ½ years of service. Moreover, the candidate should not have any break during the service period.
Following are the age criteria for granting PC for various education qualifications:
1. MMBS: The doctor should be less than 30 years by 31 December of the year applying for DPC.
2. PG Degree: Should be less than 31 years
3. PG Diploma: The candidate should not be more than 35 years by 31 December of the application year.
Eligibility For Army Dental Corps (ADC)
For getting a grant for Permanent Commission (PC) in the Army Dental Corps, here are the requirements:
- A candidate should have done BDS/MDS with 60% and more marks in the final year from a good college.
- They should have done a one-year rotatory internship recognized by the Dental Council of India.
- Must have a Permanent Dental Registration Certification.
Selection Process for ADC
Candidates eligible for ADC are invited for an interview by the Board of Officers at the Army Hospital, New Delhi. These officers assess their suitability and merit for a grant of SSC in the AFMC.
Selection Into Remount Veterinary Corps
The Indian Army only appoints male veterinary graduates for SSC in the Remount Veterinary Corps (RVC) of the Indian Army.
- Candidates should be more than 21 years and less than 32 years to apply for the RVC position.
- He must have a minimum qualification: BVSc/ BVSc & AH Degree from any Indian University or equivalent foreign degree. In short, the candidate must have a recognized qualification as a veterinarian included in the 1st or 2nd schedule of the IVC Council Act, 1984.