Indian Army offers a very lucrative career especially to the ones who dream about it. It is not easy to be a soldier, but it is always a great testimony to one’s inner strength and determination. It is a great feeling altogether to be serving your motherland. The Indian Army in its own words summarizes this feeling – ‘Live a life less ordinary ‘. Joining the Army will help you boost up your personality and skills to a whole new level. The materialistic perks are a secondary thing you get after joining the Army, the real reward you get is the Pride and satisfaction. You can truly feel proud of your profession and be an inspiration for others.
How to join the Army?
For becoming an Officer or junior Officer in the army, you have different ways, which all will take you to the same post, i. e. Lieutenant. Exams like NDA, TGC (Education), UES, JAG, Indian Military Academy, Short Service Commission, NCC Special etc. are meant to provide you with an officer’s post in the army. One gradually gets promoted from Lieutenant to higher ranks such as Captain, Major, Colonel, Brigadier, Major General, Lt. General, General. Some of the ranks like General, Lt General, Brigadier etc. are given on the basis of selection and not transition.
Exams based on vacancies
Talking about the other posts like soldiers or sepoys, exams are conducted from time to time as there are vacancies for such posts. Mostly the eligibility criteria involve 10+2 with at least a UG degree. Some exams directly recruit intermediate pass students with a minimum specified percentage.
Exams and Eligibility
But we shall be focusing on higher posts exams discussed earlier. Individual applying Through TGC (Education) must have a Masters in Science or Arts in the 1st or 2nd division. He must be 23-27 years of age. Applying through UES requires the applicant to be a pre-final student of Engineering Degree course. Age limit is 18-24 years. TGC requires BE/B. Tech /B. Arch MSc Computer science degree holders. Age limit is 21-27 years. JAG conducts exams to recruit legally qualified Officers in the army. The qualifications involve a Law Graduate LLB with 55% marks who is registered with Bar Council of India / State. The age limit is 21-27 years.
NDA one of the most renowned exams in terms of army recruitment. It is a brilliant opportunity for teenagers to shape their career in the right direction at an early time. Eligibility involves 10+2. NDA conducts it’s exam twice a year in April and September every year. This year’s NDA I exam is to be held on April 22 and application deadline is over. You can Apply for the NDA II exam around July. Other entries in the army are through Short Service Commission both for technical and non-technical posts. Technical exam for 10+2 is also held after which an SSB interview follows in every Army exam.
NCC provides an alternate route to the Army one that can go hand in hand with your under graduation. Getting an A or B grade in NCC ‘C’ Certificate makes you eligible for an SSB interview without qualifying any written exam. Age limit is 19-25 years.