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9 ways to join the Army as an officer


Hello friends, how are you doing?

Serving in the Army as an officer is one of the most secure careers that a youngster could aspire.

The Army not only gives you a good salary but also shapes you as a man apart from the civvies out there.

It is also the noblest and fascinating profession that enables you to serve the motherland in the best possible way.

Moreover, the Army also let you do adventure activities, hobbies, sports etcetera in addition to your duty.

The lifestyle of waking up every day at 4 AM, exercising and workout being a part of your Army career makes this profession most attractive among the youth.

In this particular blog, we are going to share with you 10 ways through which we can join the Army as an officer.


  1. NDA (National Defence Academy):
  • This is a golden chance for an individual to turn his dreams to reality.
  • Every year UPSC conducts National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination twice a year for 10+2 applying or pass out candidates notified during January and July.
  • www.upsconline.nic.in is the link where aspirants could apply for the test online.
  • The Examination provides a handsome opportunity to individuals to join different wings of Indian Armed Forces that are, Army, Air Force, and Navy.
  • The candidates applying must be 16.5 yrs. to 18.5 yrs. of age.
  • Only male candidates can apply.


  1. 10+2 TES (Technical Entry Scheme):
  • There is another way for 10+2 appearing or pass out candidates that is TES (Technical Entry Scheme)
  • Candidates scoring an aggregate of 70% or more marks in PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Maths) in Intermediate could apply.
  • Candidates are notified for the same twice every year at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
  • A cut off list is prepared by the Selecting Authority and the candidates that fall in the cut off list are summoned for SSB.
  • Only male candidates can apply.



  1. CDS (Combined Defence Services):
  • For the graduate candidates, there is UPSC’s Combined Defence Services.
  • The candidates having age between 19-24 years are eligible for applying in the same exam.
  • It is a written test consisting of three papers namely, Elementary mathematics, English and General Knowledge conducted in order to enable recruitment of officers in the three wings of the defence services.
  • The Combined Defence Services CDS exam is basically conducted twice in a year the first one in February and the second one in November.
  • The online applications for appearing in the exam are available at www.upsconline.nic.in
  • Both male and female candidates can apply.



  1. University Entry Schemes (UES):


  • For the students who are basically in their pre-final year of B.Tech/B.E (i.e. Engineering students) from a recognized university, there is another exam called University Entry Scheme for which the notifications came in July-August every year, candidates having more than 60% of aggregate.
  • Age should be between 19-23 years are eligible for applying in the same exam and they have to directly go through SSB.
  • Only male candidates can apply.



  1. Short Service Commission SSC (Technical):
  • For engineering graduates, there is also an exam called Short Service Commission which is conducted twice in a year.
  • SSC-Tech is meant for the technical or engineering graduates only and the candidates must be between 19-24 years of age.
  • The online application forms for this exam are also available at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
  • Both male and female candidates can apply.



  1. Technical Graduate Course (TGC):


  • In the Indian Army, there is a need of smart technical graduates so there is a number of ways they provide to Technical or Engineering Graduates.
  • TGC entry in which the candidates who completed or are in their final year of B.E/ B.Tech can apply.
  • Candidates have to directly walk through the Selection Boards for evaluation.
  • The candidates who are applying should be 24-27 years of age.
  • The online application forms for this exam are also available at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
  • Only male candidates can apply.



  1. NCC Special Entry:
  • Aspirants who have given their heart and soul in NCC National Cadet Corps could avail this opportunity to join Army.
  • An individual having a ‘C certificate’ of NCC could apply under this scheme.
  • They directly get through SSB without even giving written exams or criteria.
  • Both male and female candidates can apply at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in



  1. Judge Advocate General (JAG Scheme) :


  • This exam is meant for LLB graduates with a work experience of min two years having 55% of aggregate marks.
  • Their university affiliated from a certified Bar Council of state or country.
  • The candidates who apply for the same exam must be between 24-28 years of age.
  • The notification comes at www.joinindianarmy.nic in twice in a year.
  • There is a need for these people in the Army for the purpose of doing Judicial Jobs in Army, like Court Martial and other things.
  • Both male and female candidates can apply at www.joinindianarmy.nic.in



  1. Army Education Core (AEC):


  • The candidates who have done their post graduations still have the opportunity to seek their career in Indian Army.
  • There is an entry called AEC which focuses on the betterment of education in the schools all over India running under Defence i.e. Army Public Schools, Sainik Schools, Military Schools and other Army institutes.
  • Both male and female candidates can apply.



So lads, hope you get acquainted with all these entries, buck up and avail these opportunities.

All the best. Jai Hind.

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