Joining Indian Army After Class 12th
For joining the Indian Army before graduation is best to join NDA(National Defence Academy). It is the Premier Joint Services Academy in India. It is where the cadets of 3 sections of the Armed Forces- Army, Navy and Air Force train together for 3 years! It is a very popular and reputed Institute.
For a candidate to join the Indian Army as an officer through NDA, he must be between 16½- 19½ years of age, while the course commences at NDA (as on 1st day of that month). So, a science student should try and join it while appearing in 11th standard, while appearing in 12th standard or right after passing out of 12th standard. Note that you should be careful about the age limit of 19 years.
To join NDA, one must appear for NDA (National Defence Academy) written exam and the SSB (Service Selection Board) Interview and clear both of them! The notification regarding this exam is given on leading News Papers and the official websites of the Armed Forces.
You may apply for the exam online. The first part will be the entrance test. It is a written exam, consisting of the OMR type questionnaire, which is all about MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions).
The subject consists of General Knowledge, Mathematics, English, Physics etc. Once the written part is concluded and the results are declared, the successful candidates are supposed to appear for the SSB Interview.
The Interview is not a one day process. It is spread across many days. Various written tests and physical and psychological tests are taken during these days.
Joining Indian Army After Graduation:
1. Combined Defense Service Examination
One of the easiest ways to join the Defense Forces after bachelor’s degree is to sit for the UPSC examination for the same—Combined Defense Service Examination. You can sit for this examination if your age is anywhere between 19-24 years and you’ve completed your graduation from a UGC recognized university or institution. If you’re male, you can select either Indian Military Academy ( IMA) or Officers Training Academy (OTA) as your training institute, and in case of females, its OTA where the training is imparted.
2. Judge Advocate Entry
If you’re a law graduate with minimum 55% marks and are registered with the Bar Council of India or of the State, you can apply for the JAG entry course. In case of the same, you must be around 21-27 years old. The training for the same is provided at Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai and the entrance is based on SSB interview calls, a list for which is made after a thorough screening of all the entries.
The notification for the same comes out in June/July.
3. University Entry Scheme
This being a Permanent Commission job, only male candidates are eligible to apply. There are two interview schedules for the entrance—the first one is held at the campus whereas the final one is the SSB interview held at the designated centers. The eligibility criteria for the same is a B.Tech degree (the final and pre-final year students can also apply) whereas the age limit is anywhere between 19-25 years. The training for the same is imparted at the IMA.
The notification generally comes out in the month of May.
4. Special Entries for NCC
You don’t have to sit for any written entrance exam for the same; if you’re a law graduate with a minimum of 50% marks and/or are backed by a 2 years’ service in the NCC Senior Division Army with a minimum of B or C grade in the qualifying examination, you’re entitled to be called in for the SSB interviews directly that’s required for your entrance into the Defence forces. Any person between 19-25 years’ age can apply for the same, and the training is generally provided at the OTA.
The notification for the same comes around in the months of April and October.
5. Technical Entrances
If you’re a BE or a holder of a B.Tech degree from any recognized institution or university, you can enter the Armed Forces in two distinct ways. You can either opt for the Technical Graduate Course (only for male candidates) if your age is between 20-27 years for the Permanent Commission, or you can opt for the Short Service Commission (for male and female candidates both). For the latter, the age limit for the male candidates remains the same, though for the female candidates it becomes 19-25 years. The training for the former is given at IMA, while for the latter it’s provided at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.
For TGC, the notification comes twice a year, in April and October, while for SSC, it comes up in the month of June/July.