Career in the Armed Forces – Various Entry Points

Your skills, interests, personality, and values play an important role in your career choice. To take a decision about Career choice is always difficult & important one. Let’s help you people a little, if you have following qualities than defence services are the best among your choice. These qualities are collectively called OLQ’s.

  • PLANNING AND ORGANISING, SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT, SOCIAL EFFECTIVENESS & DYNAMIC
  1. EFFECTIVE INTELLIGENCE 
  2. REASONING ABILITY
  3. ORGANISING ABILITY
  4. POWER OF EXPRESSION
  5. SOCIAL ADAPTABILITY
  6. COOPERATION
  7. SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY
  8. INITIATIVE
  9. SELF CONFIDENCE
  10. SPEED OF DECISION
  11. ABILITY TO INFLUENCE A GROUP
  12. LIVELINESS
  13. DETERMINATION
  14. COURAGE
  15. STAMINA

MODES OF ENTRY INTO DEFENCE FORCES ARE:

 In ARMY

Permanent Commission

One can also opted  for Short Service Commission. SSC is of two type Tech. & Non-Tech. For qualification details & other entry schemes(Non-commission & JCOs and NCOs) visit here.

In Air Force

Indian Air Force divides it’s area of service in three branches.

  • Flying Branch.
  • Technical Branch.
  • Ground Duty Branch.

Flying Branch

Scheme

Qualification

Age

Notification

NDA 10+2/Intermediate with Math & Phys. 16.5-19 Mar & Oct
CDS Graduation with Math & Physics at +2 level or Engineering with 60% 19-23 Mar/Apr & Oct/Nov
SSC Graduation with 60%,Math & Physics at +2 level or Engineering with 60% 19-23 Dec & June
SSC For CPL CPL by DGCA(INDIA)  19-25 Dec & June
AFCAT Engineering with 60% 20-23 Jun & Dec
NCC Entry Graduate with min 60% &  NCC ”C” certificate 19-23 Oct & Apr

Ground Duty

  • Administration Branch:

As an officer in the Administration Department, you will be responsible for the efficient management of both human and material resources. To join the Administration Branches, you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Age: 20 to 23 years for Graduates, 20 to 25 years for Post Graduates / LLB (Five year integrated course) and 20 to 26 Years for Law Graduates (3 Years Course after Graduation).
  • Educational Qualifications: Graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum 60% mark in aggregate in all papers put together OR a Post Graduation degree / equivalent diploma in any discipline with a minimum 50% mark in aggregate in all papers put together.
  • Accounts Branch:

As an officer in the Accounts Branch, you are responsible for efficient management of funds as well as disbursement of pay and allowances to Air Force personnel. You must fulfill the following criteria to be a part of the Accounts Branch:

  • Age: 20 to 23 years for Graduates, 20 to 25 years for Post Graduates and 20 to 27 years for CA / ICWA.
  • Educational Qualifications: Graduate Degree in commerce (B Com) with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together OR Post Graduate Degree in commerce ( M Com) / CA / ICWA with a minimum 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together .
  • Logistics Branch:

As an officer in the logistics department, you will undertake material management of all Air Force resources. From clothing to aircraft equipment, you will ensure efficient supervision of inventories and availability of necessary items to all operators and users. To join IAF material management team, you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Age: 20 to 23 years for Graduates, 20 to 25 years for Post Graduates / LLB (Five year integrated course) and 20 to 26 Years for Law Graduates (3 Years Course after Graduation).
  • Educational Qualifications: Graduation degree in any discipline with a minimum 60% mark in aggregate in all papers put together OR a Post Graduation Degree / equivalent diploma in any discipline with a minimum 50% mark in aggregate in all papers put together.

Technical Branch

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You can join IAF as an officer in the Technical Branch through Direct Entry Scheme You can apply for any of the following streams

  • Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics)
  • Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical)
  • University Entry Scheme ( UES)

To join as these streams you must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age: 18 to 28 years
  • Educational Qualification: Four year degree qualification and secured a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together from a recognized university or equivalent.  For more about all these entry scheme & more Non-Commission entry scheme click here.

For all these entry Advertisement will we in months of December & June.

In Navy

Permanent Commission

Entry Scheme Qualification Age Notification
NDA 10+2/Intermediate 16.5-19 Mar & Oct
10+2 Tech +2 with minimum 70% in PCM & 50% in 10th or 12th 16.5-19 May & Nov
CDS B.sc(Phy & Math) or BE/B.Tech 19-22 Mar/Apr & Oct/Nov
Direct Entry Naval Armament Inspection Cadre  Degree in Electronics/Elec/Mech Engg or Post Graduate Degree in Electronics or  Physics 19.5-25 Not Specified
UES Final/Pre-Final year student of engineering. 19-24/25 Mar/Apr & Oct/Nov
Law Graduate LLB/LLM with 55% min. 23-27 Not Specified
Post Graduate A Master’s Degree with Phy, Math, Chemistry, Computer, Eng, Eco, History, Political Science. 21-25 Not Specified
NCC Entry B.sc(Phy & Math) or BE/B.Tech &  NCC ”C” certificate. 19-25 Oct/Nov & Apr/May
The Article Below clearly explains as to  “Why Choose Armed Forces as your Career?”
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