How to Become an Officer in the Indian Army

Do you want to become an Officer in the Indian Army? If yes, this article will be of help to you. In this article, I’ve covered various Officer entry schemes, eligibility criteria and relevant entrance examinations. This guide will be of help to both male and female aspirants.

 

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Becoming an Officer in the Indian Army is not an easy task. The Army recruits only the best candidates. The selection process is quite tough and filters the best from the rest!

 

Becoming an Officer in the Indian Army is a matter of pride for the candidate as well as his/her family. This career offers good salary, perks, lifestyle, retirement benefits and loads of other benefits.

 

When it comes to Indian Army’s Officer selection, there are various schemes and entry methods. The prominent entry schemes are as follows –

  • Intermediate 10+2 entry- for men only
  • Graduate UPSC entry – for men and women
  • Graduate non UPSC entry – for men and women
  • Graduate Technical entries – for men and women
  • Service entry – for men only
  • Miscellaneous entries – for men only

 

As mentioned above, some entry schemes are reserved for male candidates only. Other entry schemes are open for both male and female aspirants.

 

If you want to become an Officer in the Indian Army, you may make use of the above mentioned entry schemes. Each scheme has its own eligibility criteria and relevant entrance test. You will be reading about each entry scheme, its eligibility criteria and entrance test in the next section.

 

Become an Officer in the Indian Army: Step-by-step guide

1 Intermediate 10+2 Entry

This scheme is meant for male candidates only. There are two entrances under this scheme. They are –

  1. NDA Entry
  2. TES (Technical Entry Scheme – 10+2)

# NDA Entry

Vacancies Per Course – 320 (Twice a year). Army – 208 Air Force – 70 Navy – 42.

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Jun and Dec, Notified by UPSC.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
16 ½ to 19½ yrs as on first day of the month in which course is due to commence 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education of Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy Unmarried Apply online on UPSC website Sep to Oct for Jan Course and Jan to Apr for Jul Course

# TES 10+2 Entry

Vacancies Per Course – 90 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by DG Rtg AG’s branch IHQ of MOD(Army) in May/Jun & Oct/Nov.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
16 ½ to 19½ yrs as on first day of the month in which course is due to commence 10+2 Physics, Chemistry & Maths (aggregate 70% and above to apply) Unmarried Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website Aug to Oct and Feb to Apr

2 Graduate UPSC Entry Schemes

# IMA Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 200 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in Jul and Nov.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
19 to 24 years Graduation from Recognised University Unmarried Apply online on UPSC website Aug / Sep and Feb / Mar

# OTA SCC (Non Technical) for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 175 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in Jul and Nov.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
19 to 25 years Graduation from Recognised University Unmarried or married Apply online on UPSC website Nov / Dec and May / June

# OTA SSC (Non Technical) for Women

Vacancies Per Course – 12 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in Jul and Nov.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
19 to 25 years Graduation from Recognised University Unmarried Apply online on UPSC website Jun / July and Nov / Dec

3 Graduate Non UPSC Entry Schemes

# SSC (JAG) for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 10 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jul/Aug and Jan/Feb.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
21 to 27 years Graduate with LLB with 55% marks. Eligible for Registration with Bar Council of India / State Unmarried or married Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website Dec / Jan and Jul / Aug

# SSC (NCC) Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 50 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jun and Dec.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
19 to 25 years Graduate with 50% Aggregate marks, Two Years service in NCC Senior Div Army with minimum ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam Unmarried Apply offline as Notified in the Notification through NCC Dte Dec / Jan and Jun / July

# SSC (JAG) Entry for Women

Vacancies Per Course – 4 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jul/Aug and Jan/Feb.

 

Also read: How to become a Pilot in the IAF

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
21 to 27 years Graduate with LLB with 55% marks. Eligible for Registration with Bar Council of India / State Unmarried Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website Dec / Jan and Jun / Jul

# SSC (NCC) Entry for Women

Vacancies Per Course – 4 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jun and Dec.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
19 to 25 years Graduate with 50% Aggregate marks, Two Years service in NCC Senior Div Army with minimum ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam Unmarried Apply offline as Notified in the Notification through NCC Dte Dec / Jan and Jun / July

4 Graduate Technical Entries

# UES (University Entry Scheme) for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 60 (Once a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jun/Jul.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
18 to 24 years Pre Final year students of Notified Engineering Streams Unmarried Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website November to February

# TGC Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 60 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Mar/Apr and Sep/Oct.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
20 to 27 years BE / B Tech in notified streams of Engineering Unmarried or married Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website Mar / Apr and Sep / Oct

# SSC (Technical) Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 100 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jun / Jul and Dec/Jan.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
20 to 27 years Engineering Degree in notified stream Unmarried or married Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website Dec-Jan and Jun-Jul

# AEC Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 20 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Mar/Apr and Sep/Oct.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
23 to 27 years MA / MSc in 1st or 2nd division in notified subjects from recognised university Unmarried or married Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website Mar / Apr and Sep / Oct

# SSC (Technical) Entry for Women

Vacancies Per Course – 20 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jun / Jul and Dec/Jan.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status How to Apply Likely SSB Dates
20 to 27 years Engineering Degree in notified stream Unmarried Apply online on joinindianarmy.nic.in website Dec-Jan and Jun-Jul

5 Service Entries

# ACC Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 75 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by MP Directorate / AGs Br through Units in Mar and Aug.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status Likely SSB Dates
20 to 27 years , minimum service two years can apply 10+2 Pattern Class 12th pass or Equivalent. Should have qualified ACC written test Unmarried or married Sep to Nov for Jan Course Mar to May for Jul Course

# PC (SL) Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 100 (Once a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by MP Dte / AGs Br through Units in Apr and Jul.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status Likely SSB Dates
Maximum age 40 years, 45 years for Engineers & 45 years for IOB Minimum service 10 years Matric & Above Unmarried / Married Serving JCOs / NCOs excluding Sepoys Sep and Oct for Jul Course

# SCO Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – 100 (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by MP Directorate / AGs Br through Units in Apr and Jul.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status Likely SSB Dates
28 to 35 years. minimum service of five years can apply Matric with One Year Diploma or Above Unmarried or married Jul/Aug for Jan Course & Nov/Dec for Jul Course

6 Miscellaneous Entries

# Territorial Army (TA) Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – Notified by Line Directorate (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Notified by TA Directorate.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status Likely SSB Dates
18 to 42 Graduate from a recognised university Unmarried or married Aug / Sep & May / Jun

# RVC Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – Notified by Line Directorate (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Nov / Dec , Notified by RVC Directorate.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status Likely SSB Dates
21 to 32 BVSc & AH Unmarried or married Sep / Oct

# AMC (NT) Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – Notified by Line Directorate (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Nov / Dec , Notified by AMC Directorate.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status Likely SSB Dates
42 years (maximum) Matric (minimum) Unmarried or married Nov / Dec

# APS Entry for Men

Vacancies Per Course – Notified by Line Directorate (Twice a year).

 

Notification Published in Employment News and leading Daily news Paper – Nov / Dec , Notified by APS Directorate.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Age Educational Qualification Marital Status Likely SSB Dates
45 years (maximum) Matric (minimum) Unmarried or married Sep /Oct

 

Those were Indian Army’s various Officer selection schemes. As I mentioned before, each scheme has its own eligibility criteria and requirements. Select an entry scheme that suits you the best and register for the same.

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