Indian Army Entry Schemes for Graduates – Eligibility, Selection, Dates

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Indian Army Entry Schemes

Indian Army Entry Schemes for Graduates – Nothing feels much prouder than serving you motherland, protecting it from external/ internal threats and scarifying your life for the sake of its betterment. If you love to serve the nation and want to become a part of the third largest military in the world then what is more prestigious than joining the Indian Army. If you are a graduate and want to join the Indian Army for the nation then here are five different schemes for you through which you can apply and be a part of our nation’s pride Indian army. See Indian Army Entrance Exams


Judge Advocate General (JAG) Entry

Judge Advocate General also known as JAG consists of legally qualified army officers having knowledge of military law.

Eligibility: You should at least score 55% marks in graduation (law).
One should be registered with the Bar Council of India or of the State for the JAG entry course.
Age of the candidate should be between 21 years to 27 years.

Selection Process: For joining Indian Army through JAG, one has to crack the SSB interview.
After cracking various stages of SSB interview, the training for JAG entry would be provided at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.

Tentative Dates: The notification for JAG will be available by the month of June or July 2019.


See: Indian Army JAG Entry Scheme October 2019


Combined Defense Services (CDS) Examination:

The CDS examination is organized two times a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment in the Indian Military Academy. CDS is the only entry which is through UPSC. All the other entries are non-UPSC entries. You can appear in the CDS exam while you are in the final year of your graduation or you have completed the graduation.

Eligibility: The age of the candidate should be between 19 to 25 years.
He/ She should have completed/pursuing their graduation from a UGC recognized university.

Selection Process: For CDS entry, there are two stages for selection. A written test is followed by the SSB interview. Candidates finally selected then undergo military training for a time span of 18 months. Ultimately, the cadets who will successfully complete the training will be granted permanent commission in the rank of Lieutenant. A male can choose either the Indian Military Academy or Officers Training Academy for training whereas female candidates can go for Officers Training Academy only.

Tentative Dates: As mentioned earlier, the CDS exam is conducted twice a year. For the first time the CDS is conducted in February/March 2019 and the second time in September/October.


Technical Entries:

A B. Tech or B.E. holder from any UGC affiliated university can go for the Armed Forces in two different ways. You can either go for the Technical Graduate Course (TGC) or for the Short Service Commission (SSC-Tech) (for both male and female).

Eligibility: The candidate whose age is between 20 to 27 years can go for the Technical Graduate Course or for the Short Service Commission. But for SSC, age limits of male candidate remains the same whereas for the female candidate it becomes 19 to 25 years.
Only a B. Tech or B.E. degree holder can go for Indian Armed Forces.

Selection Process: After cracking the SSB, the training will be given at Indian Military Academy whereas, for the hindmost, it is provided at Officers Training Academy. The duration of the training at IMA is 1 year. After the completion of training, a subject-wise merit list is prepared and candidates are allotted positions according to the same.

Tentative Dates: Both the entry schemes recruits cadets twice a year. For TGC and SSC Tech(men), the notification is out in the month of April and October. However, for female candidates, SSC-Tech notification is made in Dec/Jan and June/July.


NCC Special Entries:

This is the direct form of selection where the candidate only has to go for the SSB interview. An initial screening of application takes place after which the interview call letters are sent to the cadets.

Eligibility: You do not have to sit for the written exam in the case of special entries for NCC.
You should have scored at least 50% marks if you are a law graduate or backed up by a two years’ service in NCC Senior Division with at least B or C grade. Then you will be directly called for the SSB interview for your entrance into the Defence Forces.
The age of the candidate should be between 19 years to 25 years. The training will be provided at the Officers Training Academy.

Selection Process: On the basis of Qualification, Psychological Tests, Group Tests, Interview and Medical Examination a candidate will be selected and one-year training is provided. Both male and female candidates can apply through this entry.

Tentative Dates: This is a special entry in which the Indian army selects candidates from NCC cadets and the notification for this scheme is out usually in April and October.


See: Indian Army NCC Special Entry Scheme Recruitment 2019


University Entry Scheme (UES Entry Scheme):

As the name suggests, this entry scheme is only for university students. Only pre-final year and final year students are eligible to apply for UES scheme. Since UES is a Permanent Commission Job, only the male candidates can apply for it. Only a B. Tech degree holder can apply through UES.

Eligibility: Candidates age should be between 18 years to 24 years.
One should be pursuing his graduation in B. Tech from a recognized university.
Only 3rd and Final year students can apply for this.

Selection Process: The selection process comprises of two interviews. The first one will be held at the respective College Campus followed by the second one which is held at various SSB centers.
After that, the training will be given to the selected candidates at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
The stipend will be given to the candidates during the period of probation. The entire stipend will be paid in a lump sum only on reporting for training at Indian Military Academy (IMA).
Right from the day of joining Indian Military Academy (IMA), candidates are granted to have the privilege of having full, allowances and other benefits as permissible to the regular officers.
One year ante-date will be granted to the engineering graduates for purpose of seniority, promotion and increment pay.

Tentative Dates: University Entrance scheme makes notification only once annually in the month of May, unlike other schemes


See: Indian Navy University Entry Scheme June 2019