Recruitment in Indian Army

By: Vinay Awasthi

It gives you an opportunity to get well trained in the hi-technology arena along with a nice and noble approach to become civilized, cultured and disciplined individual. Indian Army is a respectable name in itself that recruits, then trains and then absorbs the Indian citizens for several different posts in the officer and several other ranks.

For the Officers, the Indian Army recruits on the basis of Permanent Commission (absorption takes place till retirement) and the Short Service Commission (for a tenure of 5 years) basis. All the candidates are required to qualify the tests for the popular and well known National Defense Academy (NDA) or the other option is the Indian Military Academy (IMA) for joining Army as a permanent commission. Once you qualify, you definitely become a part of Indian Army on permanent basis. What else an individual needs?

The individuals who join this filed in the form of Short Service Commission are actually employed for a tenure period of 5 years but they do have the alternative to continue in the form of a permanent commission. This is a choice available if the candidates desire to continue their service further. Moreover, the candidates who have passed the 10+2 system of education or equivalent and also fall between the age group of 161/2 to 19 years are highly eligible for NDA examination. It is followed by SSB interview further. If you wish to apply for this area, the advertisements are well notified two times a year between March and April and secondly between October and November by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

In order to get entry into Indian Army through IMA, the candidates are required to have the option of Direct Entry, University entry scheme, Engineering Graduate Entry, University entry Scheme and the last option is 10+2 PCM (Technical) Entry scheme. All these options are available for you. Any candidate who is a graduate and is under 19 to 24 years of age is perfect for the Direct entry for which he needs to appear for the Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE) that is followed by an SSB interview which is conducted by UPSC.

Engineering graduates can apply to the Additional Directorate General of Recruiting (TGC), New Delhi for getting direct SSB interview for Engineering Entry. The University Entry Scheme commences in the month of July annually and the applicant has to be in the final or pre-final year of an engineering degree course and need to qualify the campus interview and SSB interview. If you have passed 10+2 with aggregate marks and fall between 161/2 and 191/2 years of age you are ideal for 10+2 PCM (Technical) Entry.

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