How to Join Indian Army As An Officer In 2018

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How to Join Indian Army As An Officer In 2018

For all the Indian Army aspirants, there is a limited number of entries that allows them to join Indian Army as an officer. In the year, 2018, you will find many changes in the number of entries as some of the Officer entries have been discontinued by the Indian Army. So, the number of vacancies has been distributed among other entries.

Most of you will always search for different ways to join Indian Army as an Officer in 2018 and come across multiple links with limited knowledge. So, today you will find ample knowledge about Indian Army Officer Entries in 2018.

Different Ways to Join Indian Army as an Officer In 2017


Starting from 12th till you complete your Graduation you are offered a plethora of opportunities to join Indian Army as an officer. But different entries demand different educational requires which you all should know before applying for a particular entry. So, let’s start from the first available vacancy that you can apply for.

National Defense Academy (NDA):


The NDA Exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice every year. This is the first ever opportunity for young boys to join Indian Army. To appear for this exam, you need to be either pursuing 12th standard or have completed the 12th academics studies. You should have Physics, Chemistry, and Maths as your basic subjects.

After selection in the exam, you will be called for SSB (Service Selection Board) for five days. Then you will undergo different tests. After you are selected in the SSB, you will undergo the medical checkup. Once considered medically fit, you will be shortlisted on the basis of Merit List. All the shortlisted candidates will be called for the officers training at NDA, khadagvasla, Pune.

10+2 Technical Entry Scheme (10+2 TES):


All the candidates who have completed 12 standards from CBSE, ICSE or State Board with minimum 70 percent in Physics, Chemistry and Maths (Collectively) are eligible to apply for this entry. There is no entrance exam for 10+2 TES Entry. The eligible candidates are required to apply online for TES entry. The shortlisted candidates will be called for the SSB, followed by medicals and merit list. The merit-in candidates will undergo one complete year of basic military training. In the past three years, you will be given the engineering degree. After successful completion of the course, you will get Permanent Commission in Indian Army.

NOTE: The percentage for shortlisting the candidates may change according to the demand of Indian Army.

Combined Defense Service Exam (CDSE):


The CDS Entry is completely similar to NDA Exam. The CDSE is conducted by UPSC twice every year. Here all the candidates who are either in their last year of graduation or have completed graduation are eligible. All the interested candidates need to clear the CDSE Exam. The selected candidates will undergo SSB, followed by the medial and final merit list. The merit-in candidates will undergo 18 months of training at IMA (Indian Military Academy) Dehradun or 11 months of training at OTA (Officer Training Academy).

  1. All the candidates undergoing training at IMA will be given Permanent Commission
  2. All the candidates undergoing training at OTA will be given Short Service Commission

NOTE: The CDSE Entry is available for both Men and Women

Short Service Commission (SSC Tech Entry):


All the technical graduates who have completed their degree are eligible to apply for SSC Tech entry. Indian Army releases vacancies for different Engineering Streams depending upon the requirement. No written test is conducted for this entry. The Indian Army notifies the minimum percentage in the notified technical streams during the shortlisting process. The students shortlisted are called for SSB for five days. All the merit-in candidates are offered one year antedate seniority at the time of commissioning.  The cadets undergo 49 weeks of training at Officer Training Academy.

NOTE: The SSC Tech Entry is available for both Men and Women

  • SSC Tech 51 Men [To be Uploaded Soon]
  • SSC Tech 22 Women [To be Uploaded Soon]

NCC Entry (Special Entry Scheme):


All the graduates having NCC ‘C’ Certificate can apply for the Special Entry Scheme for NCC. They need to possess minimum ‘B’ grade in NCC ‘C’ certificate along with minimum 50 percent marks in graduation. The 3rd year pursuing students are also eligible for NCC Entry if they have minimum 50% aggregate marks in first two years. The students will be directly called for SSB, on the basis of Indian Army notified criteria. The finally selected candidates will undergo training at OTA. All the third year students need to submit their degree within 12 weeks of training.

Judge Advocate General Entry (JAG Entry):


This is the entry for all the law graduates who have completed their Law graduation with minimum 55 percent aggregate marks. The candidates who meet the given educational qualification between 21 to 27 years of age can apply for JAG Entry. The shortlisted candidates will be called for SSB Interview without any written test. All the merit-in candidates are offered Short Service Commission after completion of their training.

NOTE: The JAG Entry is available for both Men and Women

  • JAG 21 Notification [To be Uploaded Soon]

Territorial Army:


After you are done with all the entries, Indian Army offers you a chance to join Indian Army as Territorial Army Officer. The Territorial Army is the part of Regular Army that consists of regular duties. The Territorial Army notification is released every year.

  • Territorial Army 2018 Notification [To be Uploaded Soon]

Now, in the above list, Technical Graduate Course (TGC) and University Entry Scheme (UES) entry has been added as these entries have been discontinued by the Indian Army. They have proposed to increase the demand for Short Service Commissioned Officers in Indian Army. So, to balance the demand, they have suspended the UES Entry and TGC Entry w.e.f 2017. However, this will increase the number of vacancies in Short Service Entries for Indian Army.