Different Officer Level Entries to Join Indian Armed Forces

different officer level entries to join indian armed forces

Different Officer Level Entries to Join Indian Armed Forces.

Get career options in the Indian Arm Forces by different Officer level entries. Read now how to join the Indian Armed Forces as an officer. Recruitment to the Armed Forces is voluntary and open to all citizens of India irrespective of caste, class, religion and community provided the laid down physical, medical and educational criteria are met.

Undergraduate Officer Level Entries Of Indian Armed Forces:

1) National Defence Academy (NDA)

The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the joint defence service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services i.e. the Indian Army , the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force train together before they go on to the respective service academy for the further pre-commission training. The NDA is located in Khadakwasla, Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.

Name of ExamNational Defence Academy (NDA)
Conducted ByUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Qualification12th Passed or Appearing Candidates (No percentage foundation)
Exam FrequencyTwice a year – April / May and Sep / Oct
Age Limit16.5 yrs – 19.5 yrs
Exam Mode2:30 hours for both papers (Objective type paper)
PapersPaper –I (Maths) Paper –II (General Ability Test)
SubjectsMathematics, General English, General Science, General Knowledge, Current Affairs
GenderOnly for Male Candidates
Training AcademyNational Defence Academy, Pune, Maharashtra (3yrs), Indian Military Academy (1 yr)
Selection ProcedureWritten Test -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test

2) Technical Entry Scheme TES (10 + 2)

Technical Entry Scheme, Indian Army 10+2 TES Entry is for 10+2 pass candidates to join Indian Army as officers. Candidates who have passed 10+2 Examination or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Candidates must write JEE mains to apply for TES.

Name of ExamTechnical Entry Scheme 10+2 ( Direct SSB)
Conducted ByIndian Army
QualificationPassed class 12 with Physics, Chemistry & Math at least 60% marks.
Exam FrequencyTwice a year – January & July
Age Limit16.5 yrs – 19.5 yrs
GenderOnly for Male Candidates
Training AcademyOTA ( Officer’s Training Academy)
Selection ProcedureOnline Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test

3) 10+2 NAVY (B.Tech) Entry:

Indian Navy offers two branches under the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme (B.Tech admission), and the candidates can apply for either of the branches or any one branch. Applicant must be an unmarried male, fulfilling the conditions of nationality as laid down by the Govt. of India. Applicants should have passed Senior Secondary Examination (10+2 Pattern) or its equivalent examinations from any Board with at least 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and at least 50% marks in English (either in Class X or Class XII).

Name of Exam10+2 Navy B.Tech Entry ( Direct SSB)
Conducted ByIndian Navy
QualificationPassed Senior Secondary Examination (10 + 2) from any board with at least 70%
aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.

Call for Service Selection Board (SSB) will be issued on the basis of JEE (Main) all
India Rank.
Exam FrequencyTwice a year – June & November
Age Limit16.5 yrs – 19.5 yrs
GenderOnly for Male Candidates
Training CollegeIndian Naval Academy(INA), Ezhimala, Kerela
Selection ProcedureOnline Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test

Graduate Officer Level Entries Of Indian Armed Forces:

Following are the different types of Graduate entries for commissioned posts of Indian Armed Forces:

1) CDSE or Combined Defence Services Examination

The Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS Exam) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. Only unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for the exam. Successful candidates are admitted into the respective Academies after an interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

Name of ExamCombined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)
Conducted ByUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
QualificationAny graduate ( No percentage boundation)
Exam FrequencyTwice a year – April / May and Oct/Nov
Age Limit20 yrs – 24 yrs
Exam Mode2 hours (Objective type paper)
SubjectsEnglish, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics (Not for OTA) –
100 Questions Each
GenderBoth for Male and Female can apply
Training AcademyIndian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA)
Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA)
Selection ProcedureWritten Test -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test

2) Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

AFCAT is a common recruitment exam conducted by IAF (Indian Air Force) every year in the month of March & August, exam notification for which comes out in the months of December/January and June/July every year. The March exam of any year is conducted for the training course that would commence from January next year. While for the August exam, the course commences from July next year.

Name of ExamAir Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
Conducted ByIndian Air Force (IAF)
QualificationFlying Branch: Minimum of 60% marks each in Math and Physics at 10+2 level.
Graduation with a minimum of 60% marks.
Exam FrequencyTwice a year
Age LimitFlying Branch – 20yrs – 24 yrs
Ground Duty – 20yrs – 24yrs
Exam Mode2 hours (Objective type paper)
SubjectsGeneral Awareness, Numerical Ability, Reasoning & Military Aptitude and General
English ( EKT exam for Technical branch)
GenderBoth for Male and Female can apply
Posts OfferedCommissioned officers in Flying Branch, Ground Duty (technical) and Ground Duty
(Non-technical) branch
Selection ProcedureAFCAT Exam -> AFSB Interview -> Medical Test
3) Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET)

The Indian Navy is introduced computer-based examination for the selection of Direct Entry Officers after graduation. The first Indian Navy Entrance Test (Officers), i.e. INET (Officers), was scheduled in September 2019. Candidates wiling to apply online for Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET) should note that only those candidates can apply who have graduated or are in final year of the applicable qualifying degree.

Name of ExamIndian Navy Entrance Test (INET)
Conducted ByIndian Navy
QualificationExecutive Branch – Varies as per different posts.
Technical Branch – BE/B.Tech Degree with 60%
Education Branch – First Class in M.Sc.
(Math / Operational Research) with Physics in B.Sc.
Exam FrequencyTwice a year
Age LimitExecutive Branch – Varies as per different posts
Technical Branch – 18.5yrs -23 yrs
Education Branch – 17.5 – 23 yrs
GenderExecutive Branch – Both Male and Females (Different Posts)
Technical Branch – Only Male
Education Branch – Only Male
Posts OfferedCommissioned officers in Indian Navy
Selection ProcedureWritten Exam -> NSB Interview -> Medical Test
4) Technical Graduate Course (TGC)

TGC entry also know as Technical Graduate Course Entry 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 who can apply for it from final year onward.

Name of ExamTechnical Graduate Course (TGC)
Conducted ByAdditional Directorate General
QualificationBE / B.Tech final appearing & degree holders in
notified streams of Engineers
Exam FrequencyTwice a Year – May/June & Nov/Dec
Age Limit20yrs – 27yrs
GenderOnly for Male Candidates
Training AcademyIMA (Indian Military Academy)
Selection ProcedureTGC Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test
5) University Entry Scheme (UES)

UES has started way back in 1950’s, it was only for the Engineering and Electrical Branch initially for the Electrical branch and later for engineering branches too. Primarily it gives an opportunity for those who are pursuing their studies to also opt for career in the NAVY as officers.

Name of ExamUniversity Entry Scheme (UES)
Conducted ByIndian Navy
QualificationEngineering final year or pre-final year students
Exam FrequencyOnce a Year
Age Limit19yrs – 25yrs (Final year)
18yrs – 24yrs (Pre-Final Year)
GenderOnly for Male Candidates
Training AcademyIMA (Indian Military Academy)
Selection ProcedureCampus Interview -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test
6) Short Service Commission (Technical)

Defence aspirants have the option of joining the Army and serving as a Commissioned Officer for 10/14 years. Candidates appeared in the Final Year of the Engineering Degree Course and who are qualified graduates of the Degree Course in Engineering from recognized Universities / Institutions / Colleges in the subjects mentioned below will be eligible to apply.

Name of ExamShort Service Commission (Technical)
Conducted ByIndian Army
QualificationPassed or in the final year of Engineering Course (B.E/B.Tech)
Exam FrequencyTwice a Year – May/June & Nov/Dec
Age Limit20yrs – 27yrs (Men)
19yrs – 25yrs (Women)
GenderBoth Male and Female
Training AcademyOTA (Officer’s Training Academy)
Selection ProcedureOnline Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test
7) Army Education Corps (AEC)

The Army Educational Corps of India is a program run by the Indian Army that develops soldiers and officers of all ranks in a variety of disciplines. The center provides education in both combat and non-combat operations. AEC provides challenging opportunities to motivated young men and women with right attitude and a passion for teaching.

Name of ExamArmy Education Corps (AEC)
Conducted ByIndian Army
QualificationCandidates who have passed Post Graduate Degree
MA/M.Sc and /M.Com/MCA/MBA with 1st or 2nd Division.
Exam FrequencyTwice a Year – June/July and Dec/Jan
Age Limit23yrs – 27yrs
GenderOnly For Male Candidates
Training AcademyOTA (Officer’s Training Academy)
Selection ProcedureOnline Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test
8) Judge Advocate General (JAG)

Applications are invited from UNMARRIED male and female LAW GRADUATES for grant of Short Service Commission in the Indian Army for Judge Advocate General Branch. A Judge Advocate General of the Indian army advises the military personnel on their day to day matters including the Chief of the Army Staff.

Name of ExamJudge Advocate General (JAG)
Conducted ByIndian Army
QualificationGraduate with LLB / LLM with 55% marks. Registered
with Bar Council of India / State.
Exam FrequencyTwice a Year – Jan /Feb & Jul/Aug
Age Limit21yrs – 27yrs
GenderBoth Male and Female Candidates
Training AcademyOTA (Officer’s Training Academy)
Selection ProcedureOnline Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test
9) NCC Special Entry

Indian Army also recruit candidates through NCC Special Entry Scheme. NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holders: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years can apply for this.

Name of ExamNCC Special Entry
Conducted ByIndian Army
Qualification2 Yrs. service in NCC Senior Div. Army with minimum ‘B’
Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam.
Exam FrequencyTwice a Year – May/June and Oct/Nov
Age Limit19yrs – 25yrs
GenderBoth Male and Female Candidates
Training AcademyOTA (Officer’s Training Academy)
Selection ProcedureOnline Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test
10) Remount Veterinary Corp (RVC)

The Remount and Veterinary Corps is an administrative and operational branch of the Indian Army, and one of its oldest formations. It is responsible for breeding, rearing and training of all animals used in the army. Applications are invited from qualified male veterinary graduates for Short Service Commission (SSC) in Remount Veterinary Corps of Indian Army.

Name of ExamRemount Veterinary Corp (RVC)
Conducted ByIndian Army
QualificationBVSc/BVSc & AH degree from any of the recognized
Indian university
Exam FrequencyTwice a Year – May/June and Oct/Nov
Age Limit21yrs – 32yrs
GenderOnly for Male Candidates
Selection ProcedureOnline Application -> SSB Interview -> Medical Test

Indian Armed Forces provide opportunities to each and every candidate irrespective of their stream. From the above-mentioned information’s you might have to get the idea that those who want to go for a technical job can go for the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force and for the Non-technical candidates, Indian Army and Indian Air Force (Ground –Duty post) will be ideal. Jai Hind.