How To Become An Officer Through SCO Entry
There are almost 100 vacancies through SCO entry (Special Commissioned Officer Entry) every year for jawans already serving as NCO. This entry gives opportunity to the soldiers serving as non commissioned officer to be selected as a permanent commissioned officer.
Check out the important details for SCO entry:
When does the notification come out? – In April and July
How to apply? – Visit your unit’s AG Branch
What is the age criteria? – Your age should not be less than 30 years or more than 35 years
Any other criteria? – Yes, you need to have served at least for 5 years.
Any education criteria? Yes, candidates who have at least done their 10+2 or equivalent (diploma).
What should be the marital status? Both married and unmarried soldiers are eligible
What is the selection procedure? – You will be called for SSB interview between July to August for January course & November to December for July course.
What is the further procedure after clearing SSB? – After clearing SSB interview you will be called for Medicals. Once declared medically fit by the medical boards you will be called up for joining AEC centre and college, Pachmarhi. After 8 weeks of compulsory training at AEC one goes through 1 year at OTA (Officers training academy, Gaya). After successful completion of 1 year at OTA, Gentleman cadet passes out as lieutenant.
Changes in SSB Interview Of SCO Entry:
The Army has made a relaxation to the selection criteria of Special Commissioned Officers (SCO) entry. The new rules will come into force from January 2022 and will be there as a pilot project for two years.
The Army has sent out instructions to all units that those participating in the selection process through Services Selection Board need not undergo the ‘stage-1’ of the selection process.
If the pilot project is successful, the criteria will be amended for the selection process of the ACC entry too.