12 Best ways for Women to Join Indian Armed forces in 2023 [Army, Navy & Air Force]

Are you one of those girls who aspire to serve the nation? Or you are one of them, who dreams to get into the Indian armed forces one day? If yes, then this article is for you. 

Indian army is the world’s fourth most powerful army accordingthe to Global Firepower (GFP) annual defence review. Being a part of the Indian army is one of the most prestigious and proud things for anyone. Indian army comprises almost 1.5 million reserved army personnel at different levels with different duties but with the same goal, which is to protect the nation. 

Women were initially admitted into several sections of the Indian Army in 1992, but only on a short service commission. Women were initially inducted as permanent commissioned officers in the Legal and Education corps in 2008, and they will be inducted as permanent commissioned officers in 8 additional corps in 2020. These steps prove to be supporting equality, women empowerment and the growth of society as a whole. 

This article mainly discusses the 12 best ways for women to join the Indian army, navy, and air force. Read this article till the very end to get all the information. 

Best ways for women to join Indian Army 

1. UPSC NDA Entry

National Defence Academy, located in Khadakwasla, is the joint defence service training institute of the Indian Armed Forces, for female and male cadets of the three services i.e. the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force train together(three years) before they go on to respective service academy for further pre-commission training. It is the first tri-service academy in the world. A number of seats for the army wing is around 330-350 each term. Candidates of the age group 16.5-19.5 years(at the time of joining) are eligible to apply if they have completed their class XII or are currently studying in class XII and can procure the mark sheet till date of joining of the respective course. Candidates of any stream can apply for the Army wing.

According to the UPSC calendar, the NDA 1 2023 exam notification will be released on 21st December 2022. On successful passing, the entrance exam, clearing the SSB Interview, and the medical exam, candidates who complete their training at the National Defence Academy are recruited into the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The NDA 1 2023 exam will take place on the 16th of April, 2023.


The combined defence service examination is conducted under the scrutiny of the Union Public Service Commission. This exam is conducted for the recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officer’s Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy. OTA is known as an Officer’s Training Academy. Unlike, the CDS, both men and women can apply for this. OTA is also known as a short service commission. The candidates who qualify for this, can stay in service for 14  years and more if they want to stay associated with the Indian Army. The age limit to apply for the CDS OTA is 19- 25 years. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized University to apply for different posts in the CDS OTA exam. 

The notification for the Combined Defence Services Examination (I) 2023 will be released on 21st December 2022 according to the Union Public Service Commission calendar. The exam is a national-level examination for the recruitment of candidates into the Indian Military Academy, the Officers’ Training Academy, the Indian Naval Academy and the Indian Air Force Academy. The exam is conducted twice a year and can be attempted in Hindi or English. It is an offline, written examination. The CDS 1 2023 exam will be conducted on 16th April 2023.

4. Military Nursing Service (MNS) Entry

Military Nursing Service MNS 2023 Notification –  Applications are invited from FEMALE CANDIDATES (only) who have registered and are appearing for NEET (UG) – 2023 for admission to four years BSc (Nursing) Courses commencing in the year 2023 at the Colleges of Nursing of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS). Candidates will be selected for admission at Colleges of Nursing based on the final merit cum choice prepared using NEET (UG) – score, Computer Based Test of General Intelligence, General English (ToGlGE), Psychological Assessment Test (PAT) and Interview, subject to medical fitness and vacancies at each College.

All candidates (Female only) desirous of seeking admission for BSc Nursing at AFMS institutions have to mandatorily qualify NEET(UG) 2023. Therefore, candidates are directed to register online for NEET(UG) through the website, https://neet.nta.nic.in .

Eligibility criteria: Female candidates who are unmarried/divorcee/legally separated/widow without encumbrances, Nationality: Citizen of India, Date of Birth: Born between 01 Oct 1998 and 30 Sep 2006 (both days inclusive), Educational Qualification: Candidate must have passed in the FIRST ATTEMPT, Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) or equivalent (12 Years schooling) with Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology) and English with not less than 50% aggregate marks as a regular student from a Statutory/

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5. Territorial Army Entry

The Territorial Army Exam 2023 for civilian candidates for both men and women will be conducted by the Indian Army in the month of September 2023. Indian Army will open the Territorial Army 2023 registration for civilian candidates in the month of July 2023.

Eligibility criteria are Age Limits: 18 to 42 years as on the last day of filing of the application, Educational Qualifications: Graduate from any recognized university, and Employment: Gainfully Employed.

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6. SSC Technical Entry

The candidates (male and female) can apply for the various posts in the SSC Technical entry. The candidate, applying for the SSC tech, must be between 20-27 years.

There will be age relaxation as per the rules prescribed in the notification. As for the educational qualification, the candidate must have B.E. / B. Tech degree in any Engineering stream.

7. NCC Special Entry

The Indian army issues NCC Special Entry Scheme to induct capable and deserving candidates (male and female) to the Indian army services. The selection of the candidate will be through the shortlisting process and the SSB process. The age limit of the candidate should be between 19-25 years.

The eligibility criteria for the NCC special entry is as follows:- For NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holders: Educational Qualification. Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years. Those studying in final year are also allowed to apply provided they have secured minimum 50% aggregate marks in the first two/three years of three/four years degree course respectively. Such students will need to secure overall aggregate of minimum 50% marks in degree course if selected in interview, failing which their candidature will be CANCELLED. Service in NCC. Should have served for minimum two/three years (as applicable) in Senior Division/Wg of NCC.

8. JAG Entry

Indian army invites application for the law graduates in Short Service Commission in the Indian Army for Judge Advocate General Branch. Eligibility criteria are as follows Minimum 55% aggregate marks in their LLB Degree (three years professional after graduation or five years after 10 plus 2) examination.

In addition, the CLAT PG Score of the preceding year is mandatory for all candidates (including LLM qualified and LLM appearing candidates) who apply for courses starting in a particular year. The candidates should be eligible for registration as an advocate with the Bar Council of India/State. The candidate should be from a College/University recognized by the Bar Council of India.

9. Army Medical Corps (AMC) Entry

Armed Forces Medical College is a premier medical institute of India acknowledged as a centre of excellence for education and research. The college provides training to under-graduate and post-graduate medical and nursing students with assured career prospects in the defence services.First of all, let’s talk about AFMC i.e. Armed forces Medical College, this college is located in Pune which started as ‘Army medical training center (AMTC)’ in 1942, later this AMTC, on May 01, 1948, was renamed and reestablished as ‘Armed forces Medical College’, and started its undergraduate wing in 1960.
Indian Army recruits both male and female cadets for AMC and Armed forces medical college, Pune is a premier medical institution responsible for training undergraduate and postgraduate doctors. Undergraduate students are selected based on their NEET score and an MBBS degree is awarded to the students here.

10. Army Dental Corps (ADC) Entry

Indian Army will publish the ADC notification 2023 for the dental aspirants. Online applications are invited from Indian citizens, both male and female, for the grant of Short Service Commission in the Army Dental Corps 2023.

QUALIFICATION: Candidates must be BDS (with minimum 55% marks in final year BDS)/ MDS having passed from a College/University recognized by Dental Council of India (DCI). He/she should have completed one-year Compulsory Rotatory Internship, as mandated by DCI, by 31 Jul 2023 & must be in possession of Permanent Dental Registration Certificate of State Dental Council/DCI valid at least up to 31 Dec 2023.

AGE LIMIT: The candidate must not have attained 45 yrs of age as on 31 Dec 2023.

Note: – Only those candidates (BDS/MDS) who have appeared in the National Eligibility-cum Entrance Test, NEET (MDS)-2023 conducted by National Board of Examinations (NBE), New Delhi, under the aegis of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI, on 02 May 2023, are eligible to apply. Candidates must submit the copy of Mark-sheet/Score card of NEET (MDS)-2023 along with the application.

Best ways for women to join Indian Air Force

11. AFCAT Entry

Flying branch: Female candidates can apply for the short service commission in the Indian Air Force through AFCAT. The candidate should be between 20-24 years while applying for the post. Candidates must have scored a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and Graduation with a minimum of three years of degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. Or the candidate should have a BE degree. 

IAF Technical branch, Non-Technical branch & Meteorology branch – women can apply for the various posts in the technical branch of the Indian Air Force. They should fulfill the age criteria which is 20-24 years of age while applying for the posts. The educational qualification consists of 

  • Minimum of 50% marks each in Maths & Physics at 10+2 level.
  • Graduates (Three Year Course) in any discipline from a recognized University who have attained a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent OR BE/B Tech (Four Year Course) from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent. (OR)
  • Cleared Section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • Final Year students are also eligible to apply, provided they do not have any backlog at the time of AFSB Testing and produce Degree certificate issued by the University as per the date stipulated in the advertisement.

As per the previous trends, the Indian Air Force will publish the official notification of AFCAT 1 2023 in the month of December 2022. The AFCAT 1 2023 registrations will start in Dec 2022. The online AFCAT 1 2023 examination will be conducted in the second week of Feb 2023.

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Best ways for women to join Indian Navy 

12. SSC officer Entries

The Indian Navy recruits female cadets for the position of Short Service Commissioned Officer by Direct entries. Candidates must meet the qualifying requirements listed below in order to be eligible to apply for positions.

Candidates’must be between 19 years and 24 years for Final Year and between 18 1/2 years and 23 1/2 years for Pre Final Year. As for the educational qualification,  Candidates must be studying 3rd year of Engineering for pre final year and 4th year of Engineering for final year in recognized University with one of the relevant discipline and must have acquired 60% marks in aggregate.

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So, in the article, we have till now discussed the best ways, through which women can join the Indian armed forces. We have discussed different schemes of the three branches through which females can serve the nation. Although, most of the schemes require a minimum graduation degree but nonetheless if the intention is right then the hard work will definitely pay off. The female candidates must complete their graduation in order to get more diversified options in the Indian armed forces. Follow, SSBCrackExams for a more informative article regarding defence and Indian armed forces and the defence competitive exams. 

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