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Want To Be An Officer? Check out what is NDA, TES, UES, and NCC SP Entry.

Hello Defence Lovers, I am Aakash Lakhlan. And in this article, I will tell you guys, about all the entries available to become an officer in the INDIAN ARMED FORCES.

This article contains all entries for young boys and girls to join armed forces i.e. Army, navy, and air force in combat, technical, education, law, ground duty, flying, medical, and many more branches.

This article is divided into 2 parts basically:

  1. Eligibility based on the age group.
  2. All entries Explained.

Eligibility based on age group

S.No.EntryAGE LIMIT
1NDA (M)16.5-19.5
2TES (M)16.5-19.5
3B.Sc. NURSING (F)17-25
4UES (M)18-24
5NCC (M/F)19-25
6CDS (M/F)20-24
7AFCAT (M/F)20-26
8TERRITORIAL ARMY (M)18-42
9TGC (M)20-27
10ACC (M)20-27
11JAG ENTRY (M/F)21-27
12SCO SCHEME (M)28-35
13PC SL (M)UP TO 42
14AFMS (M/F)30/31/35
15VETERINARY CORPS (M/F)21-32
AGE LIMIT FOR ALL OFFICER ENTRIES

In the above table, you can see M or F or both written against each entry in a bracket. M means Male, and F stands for FEMALE. It means that if only M is written against any entry, then that entry is for MALE candidates only. Similarly, if F or M/F is written against any entry, then only FEMALE or MALE and FEMALE both can apply for that specific entry.

The age shown in the rightmost column is at the time of commencing of course of that specific entry and not at the time of filling of forms.

By looking through the above table, you can easily choose a suitable entry for you. But to apply for any entry, there are some more criteria like- your qualification, your percentage, and subjects that you had in some specific class, marital status, and so on.

In the article below, I have explained every Entry Scheme and its requirements, so check them all and share this article with all those people who want to be an OFFICER in the ARMED FORCES.

1. NDA (National Defence Academy)

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NDA (National Defence Academy)

All candidates who want to appear for the NDA Exam, need to meet the criteria.

Candidate must be

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently.
  • A PIO (Person of Indian origin) is someone who has migrated from the countries specified below, with the intention of permanently settling in India. The persons from the following countries would fall under this category
  • Pakistan
  • Burma
  • Sri Lanka
  • East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda or the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar ), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire or Ethiopia
  • Vietnam
DO NOTE: It must be noted that all the foreign nationals are required to produce a certificate of NDA eligibility criteria that has been issued by the Government of India. This certificate will however not be needed in case of those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

AGE limit:

16.5 years to 19.5 years (at the time of commencement of course). Don’t get confused with the age limits because When you fill the form of NDA, it will allow only those candidates whose DOB (Date Of Birth) is lies between the limits.

Vacancies: 350 vacancies at NDA twice an year.

  • Only unmarried male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA EXAM.
  • Candidate must be appearing or have passed +2 class with physics and mathematics.
  • Your date of birth in your matriculation certificate or any equivalent certificate is considered as your real DOB and any other document is not considered for the purpose.
  • Candidates appearing +2 are eligible to appear in NDA Exam. But they must have there +2 mark sheet without any backlogs at the time of commencement of course. It means, they can appear in the 2nd written exam of the year while appearing +2 class. For eg. NDA 2 2020 or NDA 2 2021.

How to apply?

NDA exam is organized by UPSC twice a year mostly in April and September for which the form is made available on the official website of UPSC i.e. www.upsc.gov.in in the month of January and July. Fees to fill the form is 100 rupees.

Also READ: How to crack NDA Written Exam in 1st attempt? By analyzing previous year question papers, 70% syllabus reduced.https://www.defencexp.com/how-to-crack-nda-exam-in-1st-attempt/

2. TES (Technical Entry Scheme)

TES Training Academy, OTA GAYA

All candidates who want to apply for the TES Entry, need to meet the following criteria.

Candidate must be

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently.
  •  A person originally Indian who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
DO NOTE: It must be noted that all the foreign nationals are required to produce a certificate of NDA eligibility criteria that has been issued by the Government of India. This certificate will however not be needed in case of those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

Age: 16½ years and above 19½ years

Education: Only those candidates who have passed 10+2 Examination or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 70% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics from recognized education boards are eligible to apply for this entry. Eligibility conditions for calculating PCM % of various state /central boards will be based on marks obtained in Class XII only.

Vacancies: 90 Vacancies are provisional and can be changed depending on the training capacity at the training Academy for this course. The vacancies are subject to increase/decrease keeping the organizational requirement at the point of time.

How to apply?

The application will only be accepted online. The candidates need to visit the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in to fill the form.

(a) Candidates must enter their particulars in the online application. Terms and conditions linked to the form must be read, prior to submitting the form.

(b) After submitting the form an acknowledgment with a Roll number will be provided to the candidate. If the system does not generate a Roll Number, it is an indication of the non-acceptance of the application by the system.

(c) After submitting the online application, candidates are required to obtain two copies of the Roll Number generated by the system.

(d) Candidates must submit only one application, multiple applications from the same candidate will result in cancellation of candidature.

3. UES (University Entry Scheme)

UES stands for the University Entry Scheme. This entry is specifically designed for Engineering students or engineers. Generally, its an SSC (Short Service Commission) which is for a period of 10 years extendable to 2+2 years. The final year students are eligible to appear for the UES interviews.

The selection procedure is as such. The screening board comes to the University and grades the candidates on a 4-Point scale, in which the candidates are graded

  1. A for Most Suitable
  2. B for Suitable
  3. C for an average
  4. D who are unsuitable and also the lowest grade in the system

out of which candidates falling in A, B, and C grades will get a chance to appear for the SSB, depending on the numbers of candidates in those grades.

  • UES Entry is only for ARMY and NAVY, and it’s not for AIR FORCE.

Nationality

Candidate must be

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently.
  •  A person originally Indian who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
DO NOTE: It must be noted that all the foreign nationals are required to produce a certificate of NDA eligibility criteria that has been issued by the Government of India. This certificate will however not be needed in case of those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

UES Entry for ARMY

Age- 18 to 24 years

Marital status- Only unmarried male candidates.

Educational qualification- Pre Final year students of Notified Engineering Streams.

Notification- It is usually notified in the month of June to July. Visit the official website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in to apply.

Training- 1 year at IMA Deheradun.

UES Entry for Navy

Age- 20 to 24 years

Marital status- Only both male & female unmarried candidates.

Educational qualification- Pre Final year students of Notified Engineering Streams with aggregate 60%

Notification- It is usually notified in the month of July. Visit the official website of Joinindiannavy.gov.in to apply.

4. NCC SPECIAL ENTRY/Ward of battle Casualty

NCC contingent marching

NCC stands for National Cadet Corps, which is also called the second line of defence. Unmarried male and unmarried female (including Wards of Battle Casualties of Army Personnel) are eligible to apply for this entry for grant of Short Service Commission in the Indian Armed Forces.

Nationality

Candidate must be

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who moved to India, before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling here permanently.
  •  A person originally Indian who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
DO NOTE: It must be noted that all the foreign nationals are required to produce a certificate of NDA eligibility criteria that has been issued by the Government of India. This certificate will however not be needed in case of those candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.

Age Limit For NCC candidates (including wards of Battle Casualties)
19 to 25 years

Note Candidates should note that the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will only be accepted and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Educational Qualification and other Criteria

For NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holders

Educational Qualification: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years. Those studying in the final year are also allowed to apply provided they have secured minimum 50% aggregate marks in the first two/three years of three/four years degree course respectively. Such students will need to secure an overall aggregate of minimum 50% marks in degree course if selected in the interview, failing which their candidature will be CANCELLED.
Service in NCC: Should have served for a minimum three academic years in the senior Division/Wing of NCC.


Grading: Should have obtained a minimum of ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’
Certificate Exam of NCC. Applicants, who are not holding NCC ‘C’
Certificate on date of application, are not eligible to apply for the
course.

For Wards of Battle Casualties of Army Personnel

Eligibility Criteria: The vacancies under wards of battle
casualties are available to wards (unmarried sons and unmarried
daughters including legally adopted) of battle casualties specified as:-
1) Killed in action.
2) Died of wound or injuries (Other than self-inflicted).
3) Wounded or Injured (Other than self-inflicted).
4) Missing.

Educational Qualification: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years.

  • NCC ‘C’ certificate NOT required for Wards of Battle Casualties.

Vacancy:

(a) NCC MEN 50 (45 for General Category and 05 for Wards of Battle
Casualties of Army personnel only).
(b) NCC Women 05 (04 for General Category and 01 for Wards of Battle
Casualties of Army personnel only).

Gentlemen, by now, I have explained to you about 4 entries. But as you can see, this article has become lengthy, so I will continue in the next article. If you have any doubts or questions, you can ask me by commenting or you can also send me a mail. I can be found on Gmail by- [email protected]

THANK YOU.

Also READ: What is B.Sc. Nursing, AFCAT, and CDS Entry?https://www.defencexp.com/want_to_be_an_officer_in_the_indian_armed_forces_part-2/

3 Comments

  1. Sir I am 24. I lost all my chances to join the army. The only chance is territorial army. So is joining territorial army a good idea?? Does the territorial army personnels get respect from the regular army??? Can a territorial army personnel take basic para commando training??

    1. Thanks for reading the article. I will tell everything about the Territorial Army in my next article that will be published tomorrow, and after reading that, I am sure, you will be clear on your thoughts. Moreover, joining the Territorial Army may be a good idea, that all depends on what you want to achieve with that.

  2. sir I’m 26 year old and I completed my master degree in traditional sanskrit subject – siddhant jyotishm I want to join Indian Army , Do you have any idea sirji ? please tell me. Thank you

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