Indian Armed Forces

Indian armed forces are the military forces of the country which comprises the three uniformed services; Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and is also supported by Indian Coast Guard.

Divisions of Armed Forces

  • Checked Indian Army
  • Checked Navy
  • Checked Airforce

Gateways to a job in this area

* Timelines for applications and exams are only indicative and may vary each year, Please check the official platforms for accurate information


National Defence Academy (NDA) Examination

Jobs / Admission Covered:
  • Army wing of National Defence Academy,
  • Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy
  • 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy
  • Procedure :
      1). Written entrance examination :
        Mathematics and General Ability Test
      2). SSB interview
        Intelligence and Personality Test
      3). Medical Test
    Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 16 ½ to 19½
      Education: —12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application period :January-February Exam time : April
    Useful Links : upsc.gov.in

    CDS (Combined Defence Services Examination)

    Jobs / Admission Covered:
  • Indian Military Academy
  • Officers Training Academy
  • Indian Naval Academy
  • Indian Air Force Academy
  • Procedure :
  • Written examination
  • Interview for intelligence and personality test
  • Physical Standards
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Status : Only unmarried graduates
      Age : 19–24 years for IMA, INA, AFA 19-25 Years for OTA
      Educational requirements :
        (i) For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy— any academic Degree.
        (ii) For Indian Naval Academy—Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
        (iii) For Air Force Academy—Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application : February, November - Exam Time : May, September
    Useful Links : https://upsc.gov.in/sites/default/files/Notice-CDSII19-engl-12062019.pdf

    AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test)

    Jobs / Admission Covered:
      Flying
    • Ground Duty (Technical) Branch.
      1. Aeronautical Engineer
        Electronics and Aeronautical Engineer
        Mechanical
    • Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches
      1. Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)
        Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)
    • Ground Duty (NonTechnical)
      1. Administration, Logistics, Accounts
    Procedure :
  • Written examination
  • Interview for intelligence and personality test
  • Physical and Medical Standards
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Status : Unmarried
      Age : 20 to 24 years at the start of the course for flying branch ; 20 to 26 Years for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch
      Educational requirements :
        Varies according to the posts Click here for more details .
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Registration : December, Exam Time : February, Course Commencement : Next Year January
    Useful Links : AFCAT- 01/2020 - Notification

    TES(Technical Entry Scheme)

    Jobs / Admission Covered: On successful completion of 4 years of the course, cadets will be granted Permanent Commission in the Army in the rank of Lt.
    Procedure : Shortlisting of Applications Two Stage Selection Procedure
    • Services Selection Board (SSB) interview
      1. (Psychological Test, Group test and Interviews.)
    • Medical and physical examination
    Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 16 ½ to 19½
      Educational Qualification : A minimum of 70 % aggregate marks in physics, chemistry and maths are eligible for it.
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application Period :May-June, Course :January
    Useful Links : http://joinindianarmy.nic.in

    UES (University Entry Scheme)

    Procedure : Two stage selection procedure.
    • Services Selection Board (SSB) interview
    • Medical and physical examination
    Age and Eligibility :
      Status : Unmarried Male
      Age Limit : 18 to 24 years as on the 1st of July of the Year
      Educational Qualifications : BE/ B.Tech candidates Of various Streams)
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Notification: June, Interview : December to April
    Useful Links : Notification_for_UES_27

    TGC (Technical Graduate Course)

    Procedure : Short listing of Applications
    Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 20 and 27 years as of the first day of the month in which course is due to commence.
      Educational Qualifications : BE / B Tech final appearing & degree holders in notified streams of Engineers.
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application date : April - May, Course Commencement - January
    Useful Links : 130th TECHNICAL GRADUATE COURSE (TGC-130) (Jan 2020)

    SSC Tech Entry

    Procedure :
  • Shortlisting of Applications
  • Two Stage Selection Procedure
  • Services Selection Board (SSB) interview
    1. (Psychological Test, Group test and Interviews.)
  • Medical and physical examination
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 20 to 27 Years
      Marital Status : Unmarried
      Gender : both male and female
      Engineering graduates who are studying who are studying in the final year or completed their graduation.
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application period : October, Course commencement : October
    Useful Links : 53rd SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION (TECH) MEN (OCT 2019)

    SSC NAVY (Pilot / Observer)

    Jobs / Admission Covered:
  • Pilot and observer
  • Pilot/Observer/ATC entry
  • Procedure :
  • Call up for SSB.
      Candidates will be issued call up for Service
  • Selection Board (SSB) interviews based on their academic performance.
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 19-24 years
      Gender : Unmarried Men and Women
      Educational Qualification : Candidates who have passed Engineering Degree or are in the final year of Engineering Course in any Discipline with at least 60 % marks
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application Period: May, Entrance Exam: June
    Useful Links : AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER FOR THE COURSE COMMENCING JUN 2019

    Territorial Army

    Jobs / Admission Covered:
  • Jawan
  • Officer
  • Procedure :
  • Reporting to the unit or the Recruiting Office.
  • Selected candidates have to go through the Medical Board and Police Verification.
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 18 to 42 years for Jawans
      Gender : Men and Women
      Educational Qualification : Matriculation for Jawan and Graduation for officer
      Physical Standards : A candidate must be physically and medically fit in all respects.
      Employment : Gainfully Employed
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline: Application Period : May- June, Examination : July
    Useful Links :

    Territorial Army

    Procedure :
  • Shortlisting based on cut off.
  • Shortlisted candidates will go through SSB Interview.
  • SSB qualified candidates go through a medical examination.
  • SSB and medically fit candidates will get joining letters as per their order of merit.
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 21 to 27 years
      Gender : Married / Unmarried men and women
      Educational Qualification : 55% aggregate marks in LLB. Must be eligible for registration with Bar Council of Indian /State.
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application time Varies
    Useful Links : JAG ENTRY SCHEME 24TH COURSE (APR 2020)

    AEC Education Officer Entry

    Procedure :
  • Short listing of Applications.
  • Shortlisted eligible candidates depending on the cutoff percentage will be interviewed at Selection Centres.
  • Two stage selection procedure.
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Age : 23 to 27
      Gender : Married / Unmarried men and women
      Educational Qualification :
      1. Post Graduate Degree in MA/MSc in English/Geography/Economics/History/Pol Science/ /International Relations
      2. PM.Sc in Physics/Chemistry/Maths/ Zoology/ Botany/ Geology /Nano Science/Computer Science/Electronics
      3. Foreign language (MA in Chinese)
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Application Period : May- June, Course will commence in January
    Useful Links : ARMY EDUCATIONAL CORPS (AEC-126)

    NCC Entry

    Jobs / Admission Covered :
  • Army
  • Airforce
  • Navy
  • Procedure :
  • ShortListing of Applicants
  • SSB selection
  • Two stage selection procedure.
  • Medical Fitness
  • Age and Eligibility :
      Age range for Army: 19-25
      Age range for Air Force :19-23
      Age range for Navy : 19-22
      Gender : Married / Unmarried men and women
      Educational Qualification :
      1. Post Graduate Degree in B grade in C certificate examination of NCC with minimum 50% marks in graduation
      2. Air force candidates need must have physics and maths in 10+2 or BE along with NCC Air Wing's C certificate.
      3. For navy, candidates must have NCC “C” certificate with BSc (maths and physics) or BE.
    * Expected Application & Exam Timeline : Course will commence in October
    Useful Links : NCC SPECIAL ENTRY SCHEME 48TH COURSE (OCT 2020)