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All You Need to Know: A Career in Indian Army

Career in Indian Army

There are a number of ways through which you can become a part of the coveted Indian Army. In this article, we take you through all the possible entries into the second-largest army in the world so that you can pursue a career in Indian Army.

Permanent Commission

A permanent commission is granted through National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla, the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, etc., permanent commission mandates officers to serve for at least 20 years. The following table summarizes the various entries that are part of the permanent regular commission:

Type of EntryMinimum Educational RequirementTraining/CourseSelection Process
NDA entry10+24 years (3 years at NDA and 1 year at IMA)NDA Exam and SSB Interview
Combined Defence Services (CDS) entryGraduate1 year 6 monthsCDS Examination (CDSE) and SSB Interview
Army Cadet College (ACC) entry10+24 years (3 years in ACC Wing and 1 year at IMA)

A candidate must have served for 2 years in any of the forces like Army, Navy, or Airforce.
Written test followed by SSB Interview
Technical GraduateCourse and PostGraduate Entries (Army Education Corps & Military Farms)Technical Graduate and Postgraduate(AEC & MF)1 yearSSB Interview and Psychological Aptitude Test
University EntrySchemeEngineering Degree1 year at IMASSB Interview
Permanent Commission Special List or PC (SL)10+28 weeks communication skill capsule followed by 4 weeks at Officers’ Training Academy (OTA)SSB Interview
Special Commissioned Officers10+21 year at IMASSB Interview
10+2 Technical Entry Scheme (TES)Minimum 70% aggregate in PCM in10+2Pre-commission training for 4 years and Post Commissiontraining for 1 yearSSB Interview

Short Service Commission

Short service commission is granted through the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai, the short services commission lets you serve as a commissioned officer for 10 years, extendable up to 14 years or in some cases, convertible to the permanent commission.

Type of EntryMinimum Educational RequirementTraining/CourseSelection Process
TechnicalEngineering Degree/Equivalent/M.Sc.(Computer Science) as applicable to different corps49 weeksSSB Interview
Non-technicalGraduate49 weeksSSB Interview
SSC (Women) TechGraduate/PG Diploma/PG Degree/Engineering Degree49 weeksSSB Interview
SSC (Women) NonTechGraduate49 weeksSSB Interview

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4 thoughts on “All You Need to Know: A Career in Indian Army”

  1. Hello,

    Would like to add that, unlike other entries mentioned above, for the ACC Entry, army service of at least 2 years is the eligibility criteria.
    This scheme generally caters to serving personnel moving from soldier to officer cadre.

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