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Eligibility Criteria to join Indian Air force or Army after 12th

What are the Eligibility Criteria to join Indian Air force / Army after 12th (Physics, Chemistry & Math)?


After 12th, One needs to appear for NDA exam to enter into air force. The age should also lies between 16 years 6 months to 19 years at the time of filling application form. The Candidate can join army also through NDA only. This exam is to enter into all three defense forces. You need to be physically fit without ant past disease.


If one doesn’t clear the NDA Exam, the other option is, one can go for the Indian Army as well as the Indian Air Force with these subjects at the bachelor’s level through the Combined Defense Services Exam which is conducted twice a year (February and August) by the Union Public Service Commission to admit cadets for the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Also See : Competitive Exams after 12th

For the record, the eligibility criterion is as follows:

For IMA: Unmarried males with Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (aggregate 60%).

For Air Force Academy: Unmarried males with BE / Bachelors degree, Physics and Math in Plus II.

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

For OTA (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Unmarried women/issue less widows and divorcees/widows of defense personnel (four-year age relaxation for widows of defense personnel)

For Naval Academy: Unmarried males with BE /B.Sc (physics and math).

Selection is made on the basis of an objective-type written exam followed by SSB tests and interview for those who qualify the written exam.

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

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30 Responses to “Eligibility Criteria to join Indian Air force or Army after 12th”

  1. ravindra dhewasays:


  2. i m in 12th m i elligible for cds

  3. vikassays:

    i want to join indian air force after my plus 2 please help meeeeeeeeee…

  4. priyankasays:

    is girls are eligible for IMA exams or not?

  5. pallavi singhsays:

    i m in 12th &i pass out poly. engg. diploma in eletroniccs engg. im married women , m i eligible for navy.

  6. anjalisays:

    I want my carrier in airforce after +2.But i dont know,how can i apply for this . i am very confused ,plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me .plz give me advise,plzzzzz

  7. anjalisays:

    i am in 12th pass out ,so,what,, i am elligible for cds ,nda exam?

  8. unnikrishnan k.vsays:

    Am passed my plus two with 75% mark.whats next for me?am interested to join in army,navy,airforce etc.plz help me.reply me immediately.

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  10. Palwinder kaursays:

    I. Want to join airforce. Biz it’s my dream

  11. swapnilsays:

    i am 12th pass with 72% i want to joine airforce but i don’t know about this plz help me

  12. Respected ser/mam ; I want to know about the army that after 12 passout without [NDA] or [CDS], how may i get the job in army?[i want the prosses of army{bharti} which occures every year].

  13. priya shuklasays:

    i want to join air force by nda exam is this possible

  14. M K Sharmasays:

    If you want to become an officer in air force then there is only one way after 10+2 and that is NDA( National Defence Academy)

    You can join NDA by taking the exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted twice a year in all major cities throughout India.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Age – 16 ½ to 19 years(at the time of commencement of course)
    Nationality – Indian
    Gender – Men only
    Educational Qualifications – 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics. Appearing final year students can also eligible to apply.
    Advertisement Schedule – May and December. (Advertisement is released by UPSC. Visit http://www.upsc.gov.in)

    Candidates, short-listed for Indian Air Force after the initial selection procedure, go through a rigorous three-year training regimen at the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, followed by specialised training at one of the training establishment. Thereafter, they are Commissioned as Permanent Commission Officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations.

    But if you don’t want to go through NDA then you can apply for various non-officer post like ground duty on air stations.Once you are posted after training then there are internal exams for promotions and you can reach up to officer ranking.If you want then you can also continue your education.

  15. ARUN.A.Ssays:

    I want to join indian air force so what i have to do.unfortunately i cant appear NDA exam please help me

  16. Archit Soodsays:

    i am also want to join army throughNDA i am in 12 th class now so what can i do for this please give your comments

  17. banusays:

    sir i want to join n indian air force plzz tell me how to apply and about exams

  18. gopisays:

    i wnt join in indian airforce,plz give me some sujtns

  19. Nikhilsays:

    My physics and maths are average.. But I’m heavily interested in airforce …can I still apply?

  20. Arya Gopakumarsays:

    i would like to join in IAF after completing my studies. But it seems technical courses are only available for male category,. Is there any chance for me to join in airforce or army?

  21. sunnysays:

    i am student of 12 pass out can u ask me all information about admission process,admission fee and tuition and approx expenditurw in completing mmedical through selection in aipmt and any other private mbbs collage.
    pls rply

  22. @priya shukla
    Great Beti – Not after 12th pass but yes U can join Indian Air Force or Army or Navy after graduation from any discipline. More details – U may write me drom952@gmail.com or tele 09971658489 Thanks for showing good interest to serve Mother India. From Dr Omprakash, Higher Edn Counsellor & Youth Motivator – With blessings! – Bye

  23. sidharthparakkadansays:

    I like Indian army jobs .that’s my occupation

  24. Shantanu Mondalsays:

    Sir i pass out diploma in pharmacy…

  25. lokeshsays:

    I am12 passed out student with 51% Marks in PCM .I didn’t applied in NDA can I join Indian air force

  26. Manisha negisays:

    I want my carrier as ordinance capt in indian army.so will you tell me when application forms are available at manishanegi2312@gmail.com

  27. definitely, girls can join air force. you can try for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)…. http://www.successcds.net/Entrance-Exam/Air-Force-Common-Admission-Test-AFCAT.html

  28. chandu lakrasays:

    it is nice job for normal person

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