Career in Indian Army

The Indian Army has a glorious past and bright future. The Indian Army is a descendant of The Military Department established in British era. British officers occupied top positions. After the country became independent, the Army had its first Indian Commander-in-Chief, General (late Field Marshal) KM Cariappa. The army headquarters is located in Sena Bhavan and portions of the south block of the Red fort in Delhi.

Army offers outstanding career opportunities to the courageous young candidates. It is a career that offers enormous facilities, a privileged lifestyle and above all, honour in serving the country. The Armed Forces characterize the ideals of service, sacrifice, patriotism and our country's composite culture. The basic duty of the Army is to safeguard the territorial integrity of the nation against external aggression. The Army is often required to support the civil administration during internal security disturbances and in the maintenance of law and order. It also helps in organizing relief operations during natural calamities. The army does help in the maintenance of essential services.

The Indian Armed Forces employ more than a million young men and women each year. One can join the Army as an officer or an Army Man. The recruitment to the Armed Forces is voluntary and every citizen of India, irrespective of his caste, class, religion and community is eligible for recruitment, provided he meets the laid down physical, medical and educational criteria. Recruitment into the Army is carried out according to Recruit able Male Population (RMP) of each state.

PERMANENT COMMISSION

A Permanent Commission in Army means a career in the Army till you retire. Aspirants have to join the National Defence Academy (NDA) or the Indian Military Academy (IMA)) for a permanent commission.

National Defense Academy
Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 161/2-19 years
Educational Qualification Class 12 of the 10+2 system of education, or equivalent
Mode of selection NDA exam by UPSC and SSB interview
How to Apply Apply in response to advertisement in March/April & Oct./Nov.
Indian Military Academy
Direct Entry  
Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 19-24 years
Mode Of Selection Degree or equivalent at the time of joining the course
How to Apply Apply in response to advertisement in March/April & Oct./Nov.
Engineering Graduates
Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 20-27 years
Educational Qualification Engineering Degree in notified discipline
Mode Of Selection Direct SSB interview
How to Apply Apply to Addl. Directorate General of Recruiting (TGC), Army HQ, West Block III, RK Purim, New Delhi - 110066 in response to advertisement in March/April & Oct./Nov.
University Entry Scheme
Month of Commencement of Course each year January and July
Age at the time of joining 19-25 years (final year engineering students)

 

18-24 years (prefinal year engineering students)

Educational Qualification Final and pre-final year students of an engineering degree course.
Mode Of Selection Campus interview and SSB interview
How to Apply Apply in response to advertisement in July.
10+2 PCM (Tech)
Month of Commencement of Course each year July
Age at the time of joining 161/2-191/2 years
Educational Qualification 10+2 Pass with aggregate.
Mode Of Selection Apply directly to the Recruitment Directorate
How to Apply May and November

SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION

The Indian Army offers a wonderful alternative career named Short Service Commission (SSC) to all those who aspire to serve it for a few years. SSC gives the option of joining the Indian Army and serving it as a Commissioned Officer for 5 years. After completion of your term one can opt for a Permanent Commission. Alternatively, candidate can also choose for a 5-year extension and can choose to resign from your post any time during this period

Recruitment in Army for other Ranks

Every male citizen, irrespective of caste, class, religion and domicile, is eligible for recruitment in the Army, provided the person meets the laid down age, educational, physical and medical standards.

Candidates are advised to visit the nearest Branch Recruiting Offices (BRO) HQ Recruiting Zones and find out dates of recruitment rallies. The information about recruitment rallies is also published in all local newspapers.

You must carry a certified copy of your educational qualification certificate and six copies of your recent passport size photographs along with all original certificates on the day of the rally. Details of documents required should be ascertained from the BRO/ZRO office.

Children of servicemen, ex-servicemen and war widows can also report directly to the nearest Training Centre on the day of screening along with required documents in original. They will however be screened only if they fulfill laid down standards for recruitment.

ZONE STATE, UNION TERRITORY & DISTT. ADDRESS
JALANDHAR RTG ZONE PUNJAB, JAMMU AND KASHMIR  
1. HQ Rtg office Jalandhar distts of Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur & Kapurthal HQ Rtg Zone, Jalandhar Cantt - 144 005

 

Tel : 80-6918

2. BRO Amritsar Distts of Amritsar and Gurdaspur. Branch Recruiting Office, Amritsar Cantt - 143 001

 

Tel :80-6904

3. BRO Ferozpur Distts of Ferozpur, Faridkot & Bhatinda Branch Recruiting Office, 41, Dass Road, Ferozpur Cantt-152 001

 

Tel :69-6905

4. BRO Patiala Distts of Patiala and Sangrur Branch Recruiting Office, 27, The Mail, Patiala-147 001

 

Tel : 039-2692

5. BRO Ludhiana Distts of Ludhiana and Rupnagar. Branch Recruiting Office, Ludhiana-141 001

 

Tel: 337-6916

6. BRO Jammu Distts of Jammu, Kathua, Poonch, Udhampur Doda and Rajouri Branch Recruiting Office, Jammu-185 005

 

Tel:71-6916

7. BRO Srinagar Distts of Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramula and Ladakh Branch Recruiting Office, Srinagar

 

C/o 31 Sub Area

C/o 56 APO

Tel :75681-84-2893

AMBALA RTG ZONE HARYANA, HIMACHAL PRADESH AND CHANDIGARH  
8. HQ Rtg office Ambala Distts of Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, UT of Chandigarh and yamunanagar HQ Rtg Zone, Chandrasekhar Marg, Ambala Cantt-133 001

 

Tel: 6995

9. BRO Rohtak Distts of Rohtak, Sonepat and Panipat Tel: 41568
10. BRO Hissar Distts of Hissar, Sirsa, Jind & Kaithal Tel: 35059
11. BRO Charkhi Dadri Distts of Mohindergarh, Bhiwani & Rewari Tel: 20037
12. BRO Palampur Distts of Chamba and Kangra Tel: 6517
13. BRO Hamirpur Distts of Hamirpur, Una and Bilaspur Tel: 22214
14. BRO Shimla Distts of Shimla, Solan, Sirmaour & Kinnaur. Tel: 6916
15. BRO Mandi Distts of Mandi, Kullu & Lahaul and Spiti. Tel: 22287
Category Education Age
Soldier General Duty SSLC/Matric 16-21 Years
Soldier Technical SSLC/Matric (Maths, English & Science) 45% aggregate marks in Class Xth 16-23 Years
Soldier Clerk/ Store Keeper Technical SSLC/Matric (English & Maths) 45% aggregate marks in Class Xth 16-23 Years
Soldier Nursing

 

Assistant

SSLC/Matric (Maths, English & Biology) 45% aggregate marks in Class Xth 16-23 Years

Soldier Tradesman

Category Education Age
(i) General Duties Non Matric 16-20 Years
(ii) Specified Duties Non Matric 16-25 Years

Havildar Education

Category Education Age
(i) Group 'X' Post Graduate/ Trained Graduate 20-25 Years
(ii) Group 'y' BA/B.Sc.(Matric with English & Maths) 16-25 Years

Havildar Education

Category Education Age
(JCO's) Graduate in any discipline.In addition, qualification in his own religious denomination 27-34 Years
JCO (Catering) 10+2 with science and one Year cookery diploma/certificate from a recognised Food Craft Institute 21-27 Years
Surveyor Automated
Cartographer
BA/BSc with Maths having passed Matric & 12th (10+2) with Maths & Science 20-25 Years

NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY (NDA), KHADAKVASLA, PUNE

Date of Examination :

The examination conducted by UPSC is held twice a year in the months of April and September for which the notification is published in the Employment News in November and April respectively.

Eligibility :1.Army Wing of National Defence Academy : 12th Class pass of the 10 +2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

2.For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy: 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Pattern of Examination :

You will appear for two papers comprising Mathematics and General Ability of 300 and 600 marks respectively. Both papers have objective type multiple-choice questions. The duration for each paper is 2-1/2 hours. The Mathematics paper consists of Arithmetic, Menstruation, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Statistics. The General Ability paper is divided into two parts:

  • Part A: English Usage (Maximum Marks 200)
  • Part B: General Knowledge (Maximum Marks 400)

The General Knowledge paper broadly covers Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

Interview: (900 marks)

In addition to the interview, candidates are given the following tests:

  • Intelligence Test (verbal and non-verbal).
  • Group Tests (group discussions, group planning, out-door group tasks).
  • Brief lectures on specified subjects.

All these tests are intended to judge the mental calibre of the candidate.

The selected candidates are trained at the NDA for 3 years. After completion of training they are awarded a Bachelor\'s degree by the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Training

The selected candidates for the three services, viz., Army, Navy and Air Force are given preliminary training both academic and physical for a period of 3 years at the National Defence Academy which is an Inter-Service Institution. The training during the first two and a half years is common to the cadets of three wings. On passing out from the National Defence Academy, Army cadets go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun, Naval Cadets to the Cadets Trainingship and Air Force cadets to AFA, Hyderabad/BFTS, Allahabad.

The Indian Military College (RIMC) prepares students for NDA.

  • The candidates should not be less than 12 years of age but must not have attained the age of 13 years on 1st January (for terms commencing on 20th January) and 1st July (for terms commencing on 1st August).
  • The candidates should have passed class 7th from a recognized school at the time of admission into RIMC.

For the prospectus and question papers for admission to RIMC you may contact the Administrative Officer at the following address:

The Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) Dehradun Cantt. 248003, U.P.

COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (C.D.S.)

Eligibility

Educational Qualification

  • For IMA and Officers\' Training Academy: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent
  • For Naval Academy: B.Sc. with Physics and Mathematics
  • For Air force Academy: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with Physics and/or Maths as subjects. Candidates who have passed their degree examination with subjects other than Physics and/or Maths are also eligible provided they have passed their Higher Secondary Examination or 12th standard examination under the 10+2 system or an equivalent examination with Mathematics and Physics, as subjects of the examination.

Age:

  • IMA: Unmarried male candidates. 18 years to 23 years
  • Naval Academy: Unmarried male candidates. 18 years to 21 years.
  • Air force Academy: Unmarried male candidates. 18 years to 22 years
  • Officers' Training: Male candidates (married or Academy bachelor). 18 years to 24 years

Pattern Of Examination:

The competitive examination is made up of written examination followed by interview

(a) A written examination

(b) An interview

Written Examination:

The competitive n is made up of written examination followed by interview

For admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy :

S. No. Subjects Duration Max. Marks
1. English 2 Hours 100
2. General Knowledge 2 Hours 100
3. Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100

For admission to Officers Training Academy :

S. No. Subjects Duration Max. Marks
1. English 2 Hours 100
2. General Knowledge 2 Hours 100

Following the written examination selected candidates are called for an interview. In addition to the Interview candidates are also given the following tests :

  • Intelligence Test (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Group Tests (group discussions, group planning, out-door group tasks)
  • Brief lectures on specified subjects.

All these tests are intended to judge the mental calibre of the candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment for not only one\'s intellectual qualities but also one's social traits and interests in current affairs.

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