Career Options - Career In Indian Army,Recruitment To Indian Army, NDA, IMA,Recruitement For Officer Cadre in Indian Army,Recruitment into Indian Army through SSC

Career in Indian Army

Officer in Indian Army

Indian Army Top capAs an officer in the Indian Army, you will be part of one of the world's finest Armies. A career in the Army will teach you to face the toughest of situations in life with panache you have never known before.

Two broad ways are available for those wishing to join the army as commissioned officers. A permanent commission is for those who want to make a career in the army until retirement, while a short-service commission allows you to join on a five-year contractual basis, after which you can exercise the option to continue or not.

  • Permanent Commission
  • Short Service Commission

Recruitment in Indian Army - Permanent Commission

The permanent commission provides opportunities for men with 10+2 /Intermediate, graduates and engineering graduates as officers. A Permanent Commission means a career in the Army till retirement. For a Permanent Commission one needs to join the National Defence Academy (NDA) or the Indian Military Academy (IMA)).

The criteria, eligibility and other details to enter the Military on permanent commission as commissioned officers are provided below:

National Defence Academy

Month of Commencement of Course each year

January and July

Age at the time of joining

16 &1/2-19 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 ( For Graduates)

Direct Entry


Month of Commencement of Course each year

January and July

Age at the time of joining

19-24 years

Educational Qualification

Degree or equivalent at the time of joining the course

Mode of selection

Combined Defence Exam (CDSE) conducted by UPSC and SSB interview

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 Puram, New Delhi - 110066 in response to advertisement in March/April & Oct./Nov.

University Entry Scheme

Month of Commencement of Course each year


Age at the time of joining

19-25 years (final year engineering students )

18-24 years (pre - final 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

January and July

Age at the time of joining

16 &1/2-19&1/2 years

Educational Qualification

10+2 Pass with PCM.

Mode of selection

Apply directly to the Recruitment Directorate

When to Apply

Apply in response to advertisement in May and November.


Other recruitments For Officer Cadre Indian Army

Apart from the above mentioned commissioned officers in the army, the Government has approved the creation of a 6,000 strong Support Cadre of Special Commissioned Officers.

  • Indian ArmyThese posts will be filled up by eligible Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) and OR. Under this entry, serving JCOS/NCOs/OR in age group of 30-35 years, with an Army Senior School Certificate Pass (Class XI CBSE Pattern) Qualification, will be eligible for commission after screening /selection through Service Selection Board and Medical Board. They will undergo a pre-commission training of one year duration. The officers so commissioned will earn promotion up to the rank of Colonel. The rules for substantive promotion and acting promotion will be the same as for regular officers. These officers will be employed in units as sub unit Cadres/ QM JOb/ERE appointment etc. up to the rank of Major. They will retire at the age of 57 years after serving about 20-25 years as officers.
  • Medical graduates from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune are directly inducted as permanent Commissioned Medical officers in the Armed Forces. For recruitment of Regular Commissioned /Short Service Commissioned Medical Officers from the graduates /Post graduates of Civil Medical Colleges, the Director General of the Armed forces Medical services conducts an all India competitive exam.
  • For Technical Branches, Women special entry scheme and NCC special entry scheme and service, recruitment is made directly through the respective Recruiting Directorates for the Army under Short Service Commission.

Recruitment - Short Service Commission

Indian army has an alternative career, called short service commission which gives an option of joining in the Indian Army and serving as a Commissioned officer for 5 years. The short-service commission is for those who are not certain about committing to a permanent position in the forces. At the end of the period, you are allowed to opt for a permanent commission. Alternatively you can also choose for another 5 years and also can choose to resign from your post at any time during this period. The short-service commission is also open to women.

Officers Training Academy

Short Service Commission facilitates recruitment of qualified technical graduates through the SSBs, to attend the Officers training Academy (OTA), Chennai, after medical tests, for a ten month course. Candidate should be in the age group of 19-24. The course commences each year in the month of May and Oct/Nov. Interested candidates should apply in response to advertisement published in March /April and Oct. /Nov. On completion of training, the successful candidates are inducted as Short Service Commissioned Officers in the technical branches of the army.

Women's Special Entry Scheme

Indian Army female CadresWomen recruits are usually taken into the support services, with a large number serving as medical officers and nurses. The WSES for officers offers non-technical, technical and specialist entry for unmarried females or issueless widow or divorcee candidates not below 19 years and above 27 years and having B A, B Com, BCA, B Sc in physics, chemistry and maths with a minimum aggregate of 60 per cent and above marks. Moreover, students with 50 per cent marks and holders of NCC `C' certificates with `B' or higher grade can also apply in this category.

For Technical Entry BE, B Tech or equivalent or a higher qualification in civil or electrical or mechanical or electronics engineering, computer science, telecommunications engineering and architecture is needed. Specialist entry is for those with 50 per cent marks in:

  • Graduate B Sc with a minimum one-year diploma in computer science
  • Graduate with a minimum one-year diploma in communication or journalism or public relations or psychology
  • B E in remote sensing
  • P G degree in earth science/ computer science/ English/ geography/ maths/ physics/ computer applications/ botany/ zoology/ biochemistry/ organic chemistry or statistics

Month of commencement of course in each year is March and September. Selection is based on written exam and SSB Interview and medical examination. Candidates should apply directly in response to advertisement in June/December. Women officers receive training at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.

In women special entry scheme, the initial contractual period is five years but in case any candidate is found unfit or unsuitable within first six months, her commission can be terminated any time before the expiry of the five year period. The scheme further provides that all the lady Officers granted commission under this scheme would serve the Indian Army for a period of five years from the date of grant of Commission subject to fulfillment of other conditions. In addition, the lady officers carry reserve liability to serve the Indian Army for a period of five years plus two years on voluntary basis, or upto 37 years of age, whichever is earlier. It means that after their release, the lady Officers remain on reserve for five years and can be recalled for duty during this period in case of emergencies. This period could be extended by two more years if the Officer so desires or upto 37 years of age, whichever is earlier. WSES(O), however, does not have any provision for permanent commission, although this matter is said to be under consideration of the Government of India. Lady Officers in the two entries other than WSES(O), like AMC, ADC, etc, however, have the provision for permanent commission.

The advertisement for recruitment of lady Officers under the WSES(O) appears from time to time as per requirement, normally twice every year in most of the national and important regional newspapers. The candidates are required to apply to the Additional Directorate General of Recruiting (Women Entry Section), West Block-III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066. Short-listing of eligible candidates is done at the Additional Directorate level and the short-listed candidates are then required to appear before the Service Selection Board (SSB). The selected candidates are then required to undergo a medical examination which is usually done by a special Medical Board at the nearest Military Hospital. The broad indications of medical standards are that the height and weight should not be less than 36 kgs and 142 cms respectively for women candidates. Corrected distance vision should be at least 6/6 for better eye and 6/18 for the worse eye and Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 D including

NCC Special Entry Scheme

Indian ArmyUnmarried male graduates from a recognised university with a total of 50 per cent marks and above and between 19 and 25 years of age who have obtained a minimum of `B' Grade in NCC `C' Certificate may apply for Short Service Commission. These graduates are exempted from appearing in the CDSE conducted by the UPSC and are selected through the Service Selection Boards in Allahabad, Bhopal and Bangalore. The course commences in May each year. Candidate should be in 19-25 years. Apply directly and the initial short listing of applications will be done at Additional directorate General recruiting, Army Headquarters. Candidates short listed will be called for SSB interview by Additional directorate General of Recruiting. Candidates recommended by the Service Selection Board will undergo medical examination by a board of service medical Board.

Short Service Commission Technical

Short Service commission (Technical) giving opportunities to unmarried Male engineering graduates. Educational qualification of the candidate should be a degree in Engineering or equivalent degree from a recognised University in Civil /Electrical/ Mechanical/ Tele- Communication/ Electrical & Electronics/ Computer Science/ Engineering/ Technology/ Architect/ Industrial/ Production (c). Candidates who are yet to pass the Technical Degree examination can also apply but they will be required to submit proof of passing the Degree/Provisional Degree certificate to Recruiting Directorate (TGC Entry), West Block-III, RK Puram, New Delhi-110 066. Age limit is 20-27 years.

The selection process includes initial screening and the short-listing of applicants will be done at the Recruiting Directorate of the Army headquarters. Those short-listed will be required to appear before the Service Selection Board (SSB) where they will have to undergo group test, psychological test and interview. Candidates who qualify at the SSB and are found medically fit by a Medical Board will be placed in the order of merit. The final selection will be made in that order up to the number of vacancies available at that time. Selected candidates for Short Service Commission (Technical) will be sent to the Officers' Training Academy, Chennai. The training last for 49 weeks at government expense.

Officers will be required to serve for five years and may be considered for grant of permanent commission thereafter as per existing rules.

Recruitment for Other Ranks into Indian Army

Indian Army RecruitmentOther than commissioned officers the Indian army is need of various other personnel for the post of Havildar,soldiers,tradesman etc. Recruitment for other Ranks is broad based and 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.

For a career in other Ranks, one needs to visit the nearest Branch Recruiting Offices (BRO) HQ Recruiting Zones and find out dates of recruitment rallies. Information about the same is also disseminated in the newspapers. The Branch Recruitment Offices in Orissa are located in the following points:

Recruitment office

Districts Covered


Tel No.

BRO Cuttack

Dists of Cuttack, Puri, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

Branch Recruiting Office, Cuttack 753001

(0671) 0301710

BRO Sambalpur

Dists of Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Bolangir and Dhenkanal.

Branch Recruiting Office, P.1951,Dhanipali,Sambalpur - 768004

(0663) 520845

BRO Gopalpur Cantt

Distts of Kalahandi, Koraput and Ganjam.

Branch Recruiting Office, (Ganjam), Gopalpur Cantt, Golabandha 761052

(0680) 282133-2456


For BRO other than that of Orissa , please click the link: ( To be changed)

Mentioned below is a list of other recruitments for the Indian Army along with their eligibility and other criteria





Soldier General Duty


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

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

16-23 Years





Soldier Tradesman

(i) General Duties

Non Matric

16-20 Years

(ii) Specified Duties

Non Matric

16-25 Years


Havildar Education

(i) Group 'X'

Post Graduate/ Trained Graduate

20-25 Years

(ii) Group 'y'

BA/B.Sc.(Matric with English & Maths)

16-25 Years


Religious Teacher


Graduate in any discipline

27-34 Years

In addition, qualification in his own religious denomination

JCO (Catering)

10+2 with science and one Year cookery diploma/certificate from a recognised Food Craft Institute.

21-27 Years

Surveyor Automated

BA/BSc with Maths having passed Matric & 12th (10+2) with Maths & Science

20-25 Years


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