Career as an Officer in Indian Defence Forces


27 May 2015

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Becoming an Officer in Indian Armed Forces is the dream of every young, dynamic and educated individual who aspire to live for his country.Being an Officer one is faced with several challenge that makes an individual to think on its own two feets.The lifestyle of an office is envy of many.It gives an opportunity for an individual to interact with different cultures and thus it inculcates basic values of leadership, organisational skills, courage and self respect in a person who would not want to live his life any other way.

Armed Forces Recruitment through Union Public Service Commision entries

Union Public Service Commision invites application twice in a year through National Defence Academy Examination as well as Combined Defence Services Examination for various age groups and educational qualification.

UPSC NDA Examination

This examination holds the key for a candidate to enter National Defence Academy.The entrance exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi, twice a year. The Union Public Service Commission is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.

Eligibility Criteria & Important Info

Age between As per  UPSC notification
Qualification 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF & Navy
Marital Status Unmarried
Application to be Received by As per  UPSC notification
Likely SSB Date Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr
Date Commencement of Training Jan and Jul
Training Academy NDA, Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at IMA(For Army cadets)/
3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yr at Naval Academy(For Naval cadets)/
3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets)

UPSC CDS Examination

To join Air Force Academy, Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Officers Trainning Academy after graduation a candidate must appear in the entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission for Permanent and Short Service Comission, New Delhi, twice a year. The Union Public Service Commission is solely responsible for issuing guidelines for selection and the final conduct of the entrance examination.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For Indian Military Academy/Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
  • For Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering
  • For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology

Age Limit

Indian Military Academy 19-24 years
Air Force Academy 19-24 years
Naval Academy 19-22 years 
Officers’ Training Academy 19-25 years

Army Recruitment through Non UPSC entries

For technical branches there is a University Entry Scheme, women special entry scheme, National Cadet Corps (NCC) special entry scheme,ACC entry for alreadry serving servicemen, recruitment is made directly through the Recruiting Directorate for the Indian Army.

The Army offers comission in form of Permanent and Short Service Commissions. Permanent commission (PC) is obliged through the Indian Military Academy,Dehradun and Short Service Commission (SSC) is obliged through Officers Training Academy,Chennai. When one opts for Permanent commission, one is looking at a permanent career in the Army, a career till one retires. Short Service Commission is a good option for all those who aspire to serve it for few years. It gives one the option of joining the Army. Once the tenure is over, one is allowed to opt for Permanent Comission. Alternatively, one can also ask for a five years extension and can choose to resign from ones post any time during this period.

Air Force Recruitment through Non UPSC entries

For technical branches there is a University Entry Scheme, women special entry scheme, National Cadet Corps (NCC) special entry scheme, ACC entry for alreadry serving servicemen,recruitment is made directly through the Recruiting Directorate for the Indian Air Force.

Navy Recruitment through Non UPSC entries

For technical branches there is a University Entry Scheme, women special entry scheme, National Cadet Corps (NCC) special entry scheme,ACC entry for alreadry serving servicemen,recruitment is made directly through the Recruiting Directorate for the Indian Navy.

Service Selection Board

This is the second phase of selection procedure that one must comply if one wants to be the officer in Indian Defence Forces, it is the Personality and Intelligence test that spreads over 5 days which scientifically analyses each candidate’s calibre and compatibility for Armed Forces of India.

Pay scale of Officer in Indian Armed Forces

The Ministry of Defence has notified the new paybands along with grade-pay and Military Service Pay for Defence Forces Officers following the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.

(in Rs.)

Post Pay Band Grade Pay Military Service Pay
Lieutenant / equivalent 15600-39100 5400 6000
Capt / equivalent 15600-39100 6100 6000
Major / equivalent 15600-39100 6600 6000
Lt. Col / equivalent 15600-39100 7600 6000
Colonel/equivalent 37400-67000 8700 6000
Brigadier/equivalent 37400-67000 8900 6000
Major Gen/equivalent 37400-67000 10000 Nil*
Lt Gen / equivalent 37400-67000 12000 Nil
Vice Chiefs and Army Cdr / equivalent 80000
(fixed)
Nil Nil
Service Chiefs 90000
(fixed)
Nil Nil

Career as an Officer in Indian Defence Forces


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