Types of Entries to Join Indian Armed Forces

1. NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY (NDA): In this a candidate can get selected in to any of the branches of Indian Armed forces -Indian Air Force, Indian Army and Indian Navy.

Eligibility Criteria for NDA

Age: 6 ½ to 19 ½ yrs as of first day of the month in which course is due to commence

Qualification: 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy

Training Academy: NDA , Khadakwasla, Pune

Notification: Conducted twice in a year by UPSC, notification is released around May/Jun and DecTypes of Entries to Join Indian Armed Forces

2. 10+2 TECHNICAL ENTRY SCHEME(10+2 TES): Through this entry a candidate will be selected in Indian Army as permanent commissioned officer.

Eligibility Criteria for 10+2 TES

Age: 16 ½ to 19 ½  yrs as of first day of the month in which course is due to commence

Qualification: 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 70% in  Physics, Chemistry & Maths(PCM)

Training Academy: OTA Gaya

Notification: It is conducted twice a year and notified by DG Rtg AG’s branch IHQ of MOD(Army) in May/Jun  & Oct/Nov

3. INDIAN MILITARY ACADEMY (IMA) DIRECT ENTRY : To get selected in IMA, a candidate need to first clear combined defence services exam CDSE conducted by UPSC.

Eligibility Criteria for IMA DE

Age: 19 and 24 yrs as of first day of month in which course is due to commence

Qualification: Graduation from Recognised University.

Training Academy: IMA Dehradun

Notification: It is conducted twice a year and notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in May/Jun and Nov/Dec

4. OFFICERS TRAINING ACADEMY ( NON TECHNICAL MEN ) OTA SSC: To get selected in OTA SSC, a candidate need to first clear combined defence services exam CDSE conducted by UPSC.

Eligibility Criteria for OTA SSC

Age: 19 and 25 yrs as on 01 Jan of the yr in which course is due to commence for Apr course and 01 Jul of the yr in which course is due to commence for Oct course

Qualification: Graduation from Recognised University.

Training Academy: OTA Chennai

Notification: It is conducted twice a year and notified by UPSC under the aegis of CDSE in May/Jun and Nov/Dec

5.NCC (SPL) ENTRY MEN: Through NCC entry a candidate will be selected in Indian Army and Indian Air Force

Eligibility Criteria for NCC SPL

Age: 19 and 25 yrs as of 01 Jul of the yr in which course is due to commence for Oct course and 01 Jan of the yr in which course is due to commence for Apr course

Qualification: Final year appearing/Graduate with 50% Aggregate marks, 2 Yrs service in NCC Senior Div Army with minimum ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam.

Training Academy: OTA Chennai

Notification: It is  notified by Additional Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Jun & Dec

6. JAG MEN: It is a special entry only for law graduates in Indian Army

Eligibility Criteria for JAG Entry

Age: 21 and 27 yrs as on 01 Jul of the yr in which course is due to commence for Oct course and 01 Jan of the yr in which course is due to commence for Apr course

Qualification: Graduate with LLB / LLM with 55% marks. Registered with Bar Council of India / State

Training Academy: OTA Chennai

Notification: It notified by Additional Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch

 7. UNIVERSITY ENTRY SCHEME: Candidates will be selected directly for Indian Armed Force through this entry.

Eligibility Criteria for UES (Pre Final Yr)

Age: 19 and 25 yrs as of first day of month in which course is due to commence

Qualification: Pre Final year students of Engineering Degree Course

Training Academy: IMA Dehradun

Notification: It notified by Additional Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in May. Applications to be forwarded to respective Command Headquarters as per the areas indicated in the notification.

 7. TGC (ENGINEERS): Candidates will be selected directly for Indian Armed Forces through this entry.

Eligibility Criteria for TGC

Age: 20 and 27 yrs as of first day of month in which course is due to commence

Qualification: BE / B Tech final appearing & degree holders in notified streams of Engineers

Training Academy: IMA Dehradun

Notification: It is conducted twice in a year and notified by Additional Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in May/Jun and Nov/Dec.

8. SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION TECHNICAL MEN: Candidates will be selected for Indian Army through this entry.

Eligibility Criteria for SS (Tech)

Age: 20 and 27 yrs as of first day of month in which course is due to commence

Qualification: Engineering Degree in notified discipline

Training Academy: OTA Chennai

Notification: It is conducted twice in a year and notified by Additional Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Dec/Jan and Jun / Jul

9. TGC EDUCATION (AEC): Candidates will be selected for Indian Army through this entry.

Eligibility Criteria for TGC EDUCATION (AEC)

Age: 23 to 27 years, born between – 2nd Jan to 1st Jan for Jan Course; 2nd Jul to 1st Jul for Jul Course

Qualification: MA / MSC in 1st or 2nd division in notified subjects from recognized university

Training Academy: IMA Dehradun

Notification: It is conducted twice in a year and notified by Additional Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in May/Jun and Nov/Dec

10. Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT): As an officer in the Indian Air Force a candidate depending on his/her qualifications, could join one of the various branches in the IAF:

  • Flying Branch : Fighters, Transports and Helicopters
  • Technical Branch: Mechanical and Electronics
  • Ground Duty Branch: Administration, Accounts, Logistics, Education and Meteorology

Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT

AGE: 19 to 23 years

Qualification:  Graduates (Minimum three year degree course) in any discipline from a recognised University who have attained minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level OR BE / B Tech degree (Four year course) from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together

Training Academy: Air Force Academy

Notification: It is conducted twice in a year and notified by IAF in May/June and Aug/Sep

11. Graduate Special Entry Scheme (GSES) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala (Through UPSC) : Through this entry  candidates can get selected for Indian Navy.

Eligibility Criteria for Graduate Special Entry Scheme (GSES)

Age: 19 – 22 years

Qualification: B.Sc (Physics & Maths) or BE

Notification: Advertised by Indian Navy through leading newspapers.

12. SSC Submarine Engineering: Men of age between 19-25 with BE/B.Tech in Mechanical engineering with minimum 60 percent can apply for this entry. It is notified by Indian Navy through leading newspapers.

Comments

  • Devendra singh kushwaha
    Reply

    respected sir,
    Is saal(2018)mahne 10+2 ka exam diya hai.
    Mahne 10+2 PCB (Physics, chemistry, Biology)
    Se kiya hai. mai Indian army kahse join kar Sakta hu. Please sir mujhe koi suggestion dijiye

  • MRITUNJAY KUMAR
    Reply

    Sir,I have done 3 years diploma in electronics engg after 10th.and currently I’m pursuing
    B.tech from AMIE. Having completed AMIE shall I eligible for AFCAT flying branch?

  • raman pratap
    Reply

    respected sir,
    i am pursuing btech from mechanical engineering and in second semester and i am 20 years old .
    can you help me out in shortlisting entries for me .
    thank you .

  • chetan singh
    Reply

    Sir mai ….. Bachelor of fire and health safety environment ki padhai …..nagpur se kr rha hu ….. Is saal mera 3 year h …… Mujhe koi suggestion dijiye ……meri khwais h indian army join krne ki ……

  • chetan singh
    Reply

    Sir mai ….. Bachelor of fire and helth safety environment ki padhai …..nagpur se kr rha hu ….. Is saal mera 3 year h …… Mujhe koi suggestion dijiye ……meri khwais h indian army join krne ki ……

  • Paulpandi
    Reply

    I am 25+ years old . BE EEE with 75% .Any opening for me ???

  • Anant
    Reply

    What is percentage criteria for entry through technical sides

  • ajith
    Reply

    Please sir guided me..i am confused.. i passed 12th in 2013.i completed BE in this year but i am not completed my arears..can i apply for indian army by my 12th cirtificate? my date of birth 26.6.1996 …

  • rahul thakkar
    Reply

    I am 12 th pass sir I am confused may ky kru abhi height 6 3 hey PR KB join hu or konsi forces may …… Or ncc kiya to much faida yoga ya pehele academy join krlu

  • Rangtalak pame
    Reply

    Sir,

    With humble and respect I request you to kindly give some information wether I can join IMA my qualification is 12 passed and my elder brother is and ex-army officer

    Yours Faithfully
    Rangtalak Pame

  • maheshukumar
    Reply

    sir im completed BE my hight169cm i like army which is job for apply

  • Roshan Pradhan
    Reply

    sir,with respect my qualification is +2sc. pass and my height is 5 ‘2 also my father is Ex-Army can i apply for soldier store keeper.

  • amal joy
    Reply

    thank you for information

    • Roshan Pradhan

      sir,with respect my qualification is +2sc. pass and my height is 5 ‘2 also my father is Ex-Army can i apply for soldier store keeper.