Indian Armed Forces: Women Entry | Army, Airforce, Navy


The Indian Armed forces have provided myriad opportunities for ladies to serve the nation donning uniform as women are equivalent to men in all field of life. In 1992, an important landmark in the history of Indian Armed forces was the induction of women into the officer cadre, and the onerous task of training them was undertaken by different academies ie OTA Chennai, AFA Dundigul and INA, Ezhimala. You should be graduate to apply. This article is to provide you with the insights of the entries for women in Indian Armed Forces in all the wings that is the Army, Navy and Airforce. In India, women are granted only Short Service Commission. However, the time is changing and lots of steps are being taken to allow Permanent Commission to women also. 


ENTRIES FOR WOMEN IN THE INDIAN ARMY

UPSC Entry (CDS entry): Women candidates of age 19 to 25 years can apply for this entry. They have to clear CDS exam held by UPSC which is held twice in a year. After this, successful candidates of written exam are called for the SSB interview. To apply for this entry, a Graduate/Post Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university is required.
Training academy- OTA, Chennai 

NCC Special entry: This entry is only for NCC women cadets who have 2 years of service in NCC senior division army and minimum B grade in C certificate exam is required. Women cadets of age 19 to 25 years can apply for it. Vacancies per course are notified by additional directorate general recruiting. Final year student /graduate with 50% aggregate are eligible for this entry.
Training academy- OTA, Chennai 

SSC-Technical Entry: Women engineering students of age 20 to 27 years (as per notified in the advertisement) are eligible for this entry. They can apply for it while in the final year or after completing their degree. A graduate in any discipline of engineering (as per notified in the advertisement) is eligible to apply for it.
Training academy- OTA, Chennai 

JAG entry: This entry is especially for the law graduates. The age criteria is 21 to 27 years which is notified along with the vacancies by additional directorate general recruiting. To be eligible for this entry, a candidate must be having a graduate degree of LLB/LLM with minimum 55% aggregate and the candidate should be registered with Bar Council of India or state.
Training academy- OTA, Chennai. 


ENTRIES FOR WOMEN IN THE INDIAN AIRFORCE

AFCAT Entry:  Female candidates who dream to live a life of an air warrior must apply. AFCAT is Air Force Common Admission Test. It is held twice in a year. It is a written exam and those who qualify in this exam are called for SSB interview. You can opt for the following branches by AFCAT exam:

(a) Flying branch: Women candidates of age 19 to 23 years can opt for flying branch. Female candidates have the opportunity to fly transport aircraft or helicopters but they are not eligible for fighter aircraft.
Graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university with an aggregate of 60% marks and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level OR B.E/B. Tech degree from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks can apply for this entry. 

(b) Technical Branch: Female engineering candidates of age 18 to 28 years can opt for the technical branch. There are two types of technical services whose educational qualification conditions are given below:

(c) Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical): Minimum four-year degree course from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks and qualification in at least eight subjects out of eighteen as per notified in the advertisement OR cleared Section A and B exam of Associate membership of Institution of engineers or Aeronautical Society of India in regular courses
Aeronautical Engineer (Electrical): Minimum year degree course from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks and qualification in at least eight subjects as per notified in the advertisement OR cleared Section A and B exam of Associate membership of Institution of engineers or Aeronautical Society of India or graduate membership exam of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers in regular courses.

(d) Ground Duty Branches:
For the ground duty branches, the age requirements are different. For graduates: 20 to 23 years, Post Graduates: 20 to 25 years, LLB: 20 to 26 years, M.Ed/ PhD/ CA: 20 to 27 years.  There are three types of services in Ground Duty Branches whose educational qualification conditions are given below:

(e) Administration and Logistics: Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with an aggregate of 60% marks OR a Post Graduate degree/ diploma in any discipline from a recognized university with an aggregate of minimum 60% marks
Education: Post Graduate degree in any discipline with an aggregate of minimum 50% marks
Accounts: Graduate degree in any commerce with an aggregate of  minimum 60% marks OR a Post Graduate degree/ diploma in Commerce (M Com) / CA / ICWA with an aggregate of minimum 50% marks

Non-AFCAT Entry:

Meteorology Branch: In this entry, candidates are short-listed and called for SSB interviews at Air Force Selection Board’s which are situated in Gandhinagar, Varanasi and Dehradun. Age group in this entry is 20 to 25 years and  27 years for PhD candidates. To be eligible for this entry candidates must be having a Postgraduate degree in any science stream / Maths / Statistics / Geography / CS / EVS / Physics / Geo-physics etc. with minimum 50% aggregate and have scores 55% marks both in Maths and Physics at graduation level. Final year students can also apply for it.

Respective Training Academy for these entries is - Airforce Academy, Dundigul.


ENTRIES FOR WOMEN IN INDIAN NAVY

Air Traffic Controller: Women candidates of age 19 ½ to 25 years are eligible for this entry. Graduation in any science stream i.e. Physics/Maths/Electronics OR M.Sc with Maths / Physics /Electronics is required.

Observer: Women candidates of age 19 to 23 years can apply for this entry. Graduate degree in any discipline with minimum 55% marks with Maths and Physics at 10+2 level is required.

Law: This entry is for female Law candidates whose age is between 22 to 27 years. Graduate degree in LAW with minimum 55% marks is required.

Logistics: Women candidates who hold B.E/B. Tech in Computers, IT, Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Marine engineering OR graduate with PG diploma in material management are eligible for this entry. The age group is 19 ½ to 25 years.

Naval Architecture: Women engineers within the age group of 21 to 25 years and having B.E/B.Tech degree in Naval Architecture / Mechanical / Civil / Aeronautical / Metallurgical / Aerospace engineering with 60% marks can apply for it.

Education Branch: Women candidates of age 21 to 25 years are eligible for this entry .B.E/B. Tech in Computer Science, IT, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical OR M.Sc in Physics / Maths / Computer application with at least 50% marks is required.

Respective Training Academy for these entries is - Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

Please go through the notification thoroughly for the eligibility as it may change as per the policies.

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