Opportunities for Women in the Armed Forces
by Tanvi Sharma
As women today stands equivalent to men in every field of life so why not defence .Gone are those days when armed forces were only associated with men, now women equally participate in serving their country by joining armed forces but the question arises for which armed forces women candidates are eligible .
The Indian Armed Forces are the federal military forces of the Union of Republic of India. It consists of four professional uniformed services: The Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and Indian Coast Guard .So here is a complete detail of women eligibility for armed forces .
The Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into the Indian Military Academy(IMA), Officers Training Academy(OTA), Indian Naval Academy (INA)and Indian Air Force Academy(AFA).
WOMEN ELIGIBILTY: Girls are only eligible for Officers Training Academy (OTA).The other three the IMA-Indian Military Academy , AFA-Air force Academy and the NA-Naval Academy, are only boys
NCC Special entry:
You can write the NCC Special entry exam if you are a NCC Women Cadet and the qualification needed is that the candidate should have 19-25 years of age and the education qualification needed is that the candidate must have completed a Degree with 50% aggregate.
This entry is mainly for the Law Graduates as the candidate who has an age limit between 21-27 years of age and also having the education qualification of completed LLB degree is eligible for applying for this exam.
Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is a written exam conducted by Indian Air Force twice every year to induct officers in the IAF. The written exam is followed by Air Force Selection Board Interview for shortlisted candidates.
WOMEN ELIGIBILTY: The air force entry is possible for the girls through the AFCAT-Air Force Common Admission. The candidates should be a graduate from any stream with physics and Maths in 10+2.
Presently the women are recruited for following branches of the Navy as Officers :-
- Naval Architecture
Type of Entry for women in Navy
Short Service Commissioned Officer Under University Entry Scheme (UES):The women candidates who has an age limit of 19-25 years of age and the education qualification of completed B.E/B.Tech degree in naval architecture / Mechanical / Civil / Aeronautical / Metallurgical / Aerospace engineering with aggregate of 60% are eligible.
SSC Naval Architecture: The candidate appearing for this exam should have 21-25 years of age and the education qualification needed is that the candidate should have completed B.E/B.Tech in Computer Science, IT, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical OR M.Sc in Physics/Maths/Computer application with atleast 50% marks.
SC - ATC: The candidate appearing for this exam should have 19 - 25 years of age and the education qualification needed is that the candidate should have completed B.E/ B.Tech (Any Discipline) with 60% marks from a recognized University/ Institution with Maths & Physics at 10+2 level.
SSC - Observer:� The candidate appearing for this exam should have 19-24 years of age and the education qualification needed is that the candidate should have completed B.E/ B.Tech in any discipline with minimum 55 % marks from a recognized University/ Institution with Maths & Physics at 10+2 level.
Age limit -19 - 25
- B.Tech/ B.E (Any Discipline)
- MBA with First Class
- B.Sc/ B.Com/B.Sc(IT) with First Class and a Post Graduate Diploma in Material Management/ Finance/ Logistics/ Supply Chain Management.
M.Sc (Hotel Management)/ MBA (Hotel Management)/ BSc or BA with First Class and a Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management.
Age limit: 21 - 25
- B.E/ B.Tech/ M.Tech in IT/ Computer Science Engg / Electrical & Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunication/ Electronics & Instrumentation / Mechanical /Electronics and Communication/ Instrumentation/ Telecommunication.
- M.Sc (Maths) with Physics in B.Sc / M.Sc (Physics) with Maths in B.Sc / M.Sc (Operational Research)/ M.Sc (Analysis).
- MCA (Physics or Maths at Graduation Level).
- M.A (English) / M.A (history).
Indian Coast Guard
Women are recruited in Coast Guard only as officers in General duty, General Duty (Pilot / Navigation) and General Duty (CPL Holders, Short Service entry) branches. The selection process for women is similar to that of male candidates.
Assistant Commandant (GD)-SSA
General Duty (Short Service Appointment for a period of 08 years, which may be extended to 10 years and further extendable upto 14 years) 21-25 years of Age (5 years relaxation for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC) Bachelor's Degree in any discipline of any recognized university by any Central / State Government / UGC with Mathematics and Physics as subjects upto class XII of 10+2+3 scheme of education
Height 152cms, Weight Proportionate to Height, Eye sight 6/6 & 6/9 without glasses
General Duty Branch (Pilot - Commercial Pilot License - Short Service Appointment for a period of 08 years, which may be extended to 10 years and further extendable upto 14 years)
19-25 years (5 years relaxation for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC)
12th or equivalent and should possess current Commercial Pilot License on the date of submission of application.
Height Min 162.5 cms Max 197 cm, Leg Length Min 99 cms, Weight Proportionate to Height, Eye sight 6/6 without glasses.
Assistant Commandant (Law)
21-30 years (5 years relaxation for Govt. servant)
(i) A degree in Law Desirable
(i) A post graduate degree in Law.
(ii) Knowledge / Experience Assignment connected with International Law/Maritime Law
Height 157 cm/152cm(M/F) Weight Proportionate to Height, Eye sight 6/6 and 6/12 (with glass), 6/60 (without glass)