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Career in Army after Graduation in Arts

Q –  I am a Final year student of a BA with English, Pol. Science  and history as my subjects. Am I eligible for a career in the Army. if yes, Please tell me how to go about it?

Answer –

The Indian Armed Forces are in desperate need of bright, motivated youngsters to join their ranks – what with the increased demands on them in the light of the prevailing security climate.

For someone with your academic background and subject combination, the entry route into the Indian Army is the Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE). The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts this CDSE twice a year – in February and August – to admit cadets to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, and the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. CDSE also admits cadets to the Navy or Air force – for which you require either a BSc (physics/maths) or a BE/Btech.

For IMA: Unmarried males with Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

For OTA (SSC course): Married or unmarried males with Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

Selection is on the basis of an objective type written exam followed by Service Selection Board (SSB) tests and interview for those who qualify the written exam. The intelligence and personality tests essentially cover outdoor, group and psychological activities.

The written exam is held at various centres all over the country and consists of three papers for admission to IMA, Naval and Air Force Academy. The examination for OTA consists of only the first two papers.

Paper I tests your English.

Paper II tests your general knowledge of current events and general science. Also includes questions on geography and history of India.

Paper III tests your knowledge of elementary mathematics, arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, mensuration and statistics.

You can take the GK and Math papers in English or Hindi.

Each paper is of two-hours duration and carries 100 marks. There is negative marking for wrong answers.

Once you clear the written tests you will proceed for the next stage of the selection process, which is conducted by Service Selection Board. The SSB tests evaluate your potential and aptitude in terms of reasoning, intelligence, communication skills, courage, initiative, confidence, responsibility, social adaptability, decision-making and organization ability (‘officer-like qualities’).

The tests call for average intelligence and comprise: Personal interview, outdoor/group tasks, officer’s test and psychological tests. There are conducted at designated army, navy and air force selection centres. For details, click here

Check out CDS Exam Previous Years Question Papers and Practice Sets

Also See.. Opportunities for Medical Students in the Armed Forces

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9 Responses to “Career in Army after Graduation in Arts”

  1. ravi yadav says:

    you can join air force,army,ota aacademy through cdse exam.eligibility-bachelor’s degree in any stream
    but air force requires bachelor degree with physics and maths in 12th is required only for navy
    for further help about defence forces
    contact [email protected]

  2. arundeep says:

    I am a student of B.A.LL.B(Hons.). I have 51% marks in non-medical in plus two. So am i eligible for I.M.A? Please suggest me.

  3. poonam sharma says:

    what are the jobs after doing BA-LLB in army,navy ,airforce for female.

  4. renjith says:

    I completed BA Economics& 1 year accounting course what are the job related my qualification and its exam date pls sir

  5. PREET says:


  6. samirfakir says:

    Sir i am complite post graduation with m.a. Economics but my age is 27 year complite

  7. Sarath says:

    Sir lam working lg ac mechanic l complete 2 year course In ac &refrigeration & 2 Please tell me How to go about it…??

  8. Divya says:

    Iam divya final year student of Ba my subject is History.iam also served in Ncc.iam c certificte holder.i have some problems i cant abile to speak english in fluentily.pls suggest me a way becaz army is my i eligibile to join indian army???

  9. Divya says:

    Iam Divya BA finalyear student my subject is History physical education,is my open,economics are subparts.iam seved Ncc and iam attending national camp in bihar.and iam attending the pre republic camps in pangod military camp.i have one problm i dont know the currect career in girls as an officer.i want to know that.i want catch my dream becaz its my soulll.pls sir tell about it more oppertunites in arts students as an officer in indian army.

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