How to join Army after Graduation

How to join Army after Graduation

How to join Army after Graduation: Joining Indian Armed Forces is dream of many aspirants. Every year lacs of defence aspirants appear in the competitive examinations to fulfill their dream to see themselves in olive green uniform. In this article we would be covering how to join army after graduation, types of entries in the defence forces available for the young blood who aspire to join the elite organisation. One who wants to join the defence forces has myriad of options based on his/her age and educational qualification. 


How to join Army after Graduation

CDSE Entry (Combined Defence Services Examination)

CDS (Combined Defense Services) is the common entrance exam to recruit unmarried male and female (including widows and divorcees who haven’t remarried) candidates in all the three spheres of the Indian defence services, i.e. Indian Military, Navy, and Air Force. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsibility to conduct the CDS exam at all India level.

The CDS Exam is held twice in a year in February and November for which the official notification is published in November and August respectively.

Eligibilty :-

  • Candidates applying for CDSE must be citizen of India
  • Candidates from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugee,Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam are also eligible but only after subject to fulfilment eligibility criteria as the rule of Government of India.
  • Candidate must be a graduate from a recognised university
  • Candidates must be physically fit
  • Candidate must be unmarried

Type of Commission: Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission
Training-  

  • Indian Military Acadeny , Dehradun for Indian Army (PC/Men)
  • Indian Naval Academy , Ezhimala for Indian Navy
  • Airforce Academy , Dundigal for Indian Airforce
  • Officers Training Academy , Chennai for Indian Army (SSC/ Men & Women )

TGC Entry (Technical Graduate Course)

Applications are invited from unmarried male engineering graduates for permanent commission twice a year. This is a direct entry course. There is no written examination for this course. Eligible candidates are directly called for the SSB interview. Notification is issued by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch in Mar/Apr and Sep/Oct.

Eligibilty :- BE / B Tech in notified streams of Engineering

Type of Commission: Permanent Commission

Training- Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

SSC Tech Entry 

Applications are invited from unmarried Male and unmarried Female engineering graduates and also from Widows of Defence Personnel for grant of Short Service Commission in the Indian Army in all Arms/Services ,notified by Directorate General Recruiting / AG Branch twice a year in Jun / Jul and Dec/Jan. This is also a direct entry which means there is no written examination and the only thing matters is your calibre to clear SSB. 

Eligibility : Engineering Degree in notified stream


Type of Commission:  Short Service Commission 

Training- Officers Training Academy, Chennai 

ACC Entry (Army Cadet College)

It is one of the entries which focus on the upliftment of soldiers already serving the country as a NCO. This entry provides an opportunity to become an officer in indian army directly from a soldier rank. It is notified by MP Directorate / AGs Br through Units in Mar and Aug. It is also conducted twice a year. 


Eligibility :-

  • 10+2 Pattern Class 12th pass or Equivalent. Should have qualified ACC written test.
  • 20 to 27 years , minimum service two years can apply
Type of Commission: Permanent Commission


Training- Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

SCO Entry (Special Commissioned Officers)

Under Special Commissioned Officers SCO entry JCOs/NCOs/OR in the age group of 28-35 years, with a Senior School Certificate Pass (Class 10+2 pattern) qualification, are eligible for Permanent commission after screening by SSB and Medical Board. Conducted twice a year.This entry is  notified by MP Directorate / AGs Br through Units in Apr and Jul.

Eligibilty :-Matric with One Year Diploma or Above.

Between 30 to 35 years. minimum service of five years can apply
Type of Commission: Permanent Commission
Training-  AEC Centre & College, Pachmarhi followed by OTA, Gaya

AEC Education Instructor (Army Education Corps)

Applications are invited from eligible male candidates for recruitment as Havildar. Education in Science and Arts streams in the Army Educational Corps of Indian Army.

Eligibilty :-
The candidate must have working knowledge of either English or Hindi or both. Candidate should have graduation / post graduation degree from a recognised university.

Science Stream. B Sc / B Sc(IT) / BCA / BE / B Tech / M Sc / M
Sc(IT) / MCA / M Tech (with or without B Ed) with any of the following subjects:-
(aa) Physics (ae) Botany
(ab) Chemistry (af) Zoology
(ac) Mathematics (ag) Electronics
(ad) Biology (ah) Computer Science

Arts Stream. BA / MA (with or without B Ed) with any of the following subjects:-
(aa) English Literature (af) Political Science
(ab) Hindi Literature (ag) Economics
(ac) Urdu Literature (ah) Psychology
(ad) History (aj) Mathematics
(ae) Geography (ak) Sociology

Training- AEC Centre & College, Pachmarhi

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