How to Join Indian Army GD Clerical, Technical? Eligibility, Selection Process

How to Join Indian Army GD Clerical, Technical? Eligibility, Selection Process

Are you dreaming of wearing the uniform of a soldier? Have you ever dreamed of serving the country? The decision to join the Indian army requires passion, perseverance, and persistence. Soldiers who follow the courageous path are always ready to take the bullet for the protection of their nation and motherland. Choosing to join the Indian army is a grueling process that requires dedication and perseverance. It involves tests, training, and much more. You can find all the details you need to know about joining the Indian army through this comprehensive blog.

How to Join Indian Army After 10th?

Candidates can also join the army after completing their 10th grade with at least 40% to 45% marks. They can, however, only apply for two positions:

  1. Soldier’s Tradesman
  2. General Duties

As part of the selection process, the Indian Army will conduct a physical fitness test, a written test, and a medical test.

How to Join the Indian Army After 10+12th?

After 12th grade, candidates can join the Indian Army in two ways.

Following is a list of them:

Academy of National Defense

TES ( Technical Entry Scheme )

National Defense Academy ( NDA )

In the Indian Armed Forces, the National Defense Academy is the Joint Defence Service Training Institute.  Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force aspirants train together here before moving on to their respective training academies. Candidate selection for these prestigious academies involves:

  • NDA written exam, which is conducted by UPSC, must be passed.
  • Passing the interview round of the Services Selection Board
  • In addition to clearing the Interview Round, the candidate must also pass the Medical Test.

After these three rounds, the final merit list is posted, and selected candidates are trained for three years before being sent to their respective training academies for one year of training, after which they are commissioned. Additionally, candidates can earn a full-time undergraduate degree in BA, BSc, or BCs. Candidates also receive extensive training in outdoor activities such as drills, physical training, and one foreign language up to B1.

Additionally, only male unmarried candidates between the ages of 16 1/2 and 19 1/2 are eligible to apply for this academy. Additionally, they must have passed their 12th grade from a recognized university or board.

TES ( Technical Entry Scheme )

Candidates can also join the Indian Army by taking the Technical Scheme Examination. This examination is open only to unmarried male candidates who have passed their 12th standard in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Candidates are evaluated based on their 10 + 2 scores, followed by an interview by the Services Selection Board.

They are then enrolled in a B.E Course in a stream of their choice and trained for four years for the rank of lieutenant in the army. After completing the course, the cadet will receive a permanent commission as a lieutenant in the Army.

How Can Women Join Indian Army?

More than 1200 women cadets have been commissioned into the various sections of the Indian Army since 1992, when women were allowed to formally join the Indian Army. 

Here are the ways in which women can also join the Indian Army:

  • Commission for Entry/Short Service ( Non-Technical ) of the UPSC
  • Entry without UPSC
  • NCC ( National Civil Service Commission )
  • JAG ( Judge Advocate General ) Short Service Commission
  • Entry to UPSC ( Technical )

Entry/Short Service Commission ( Non-Technical ) of the UPSC

The short service commission ( Non-Technical ) category is for women without a background in engineering. Their selection is based on a written examination. After successfully passing the written exam, cadets will appear for an interview round with the Services Selection Board.

Eligibility criteria are as follows

  • Candidates must be between 19 and 25 years old and unmarried.
  • Additionally, they must have graduated from a university and board that is recognized.
  • The UPSC conducts the Combined Defence Service Examination twice a year.
  • We select and train 12 women every six months based on merit. In Chennai, selected candidates will undergo 49 weeks of rigorous training at the Officers Training Academy (OTA).

Entry without UPSC

A woman can enter the Indian Army through the NCC Special Entry or the Judge Advocate General’s Entry under the NON-UPSC Entry.

NCC Special Entry

  • This is a method of direct entry for women wherein they don’t need to give any entrance exam. The eligibility criteria are as follows:
  • Unmarried female candidates between the ages of 19 to 25 may apply
  • They must have a minimum of 50% in graduation with a valid NCC ‘C’ certificate with minimum ‘B’ grade.
  • Four women are recruited and sent for training at the OTA in Chennai They will undergo a rigorous training of  49 weeks.

Judge Advocate General

The Joint Advocate General is a branch in the Indian Army which is responsible for providing legal help to the military especially concerning matters related to court-martials and military law. 

Eligibility Criteria is as follows:

  • Unmarried Female LLB between the ages of 21-27 may apply
  • The female must have graduated LLB with 55% marks and be a member of the Bar Council of India or passed a law course which is recognized by the Bar Council of India.
  • Every six months, 4 women are selected by the Advocate General Branch
  • After a brief Induction, they are trained for a period of 49 weeks.

UPSC Entry ( Technical )

This is a direct entry for those women who come from an engineering background. There will be no written exam under this entry. The selection is done solely on the basis of merit.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Unmarried Female between the ages of 21-27 may apply
  • The cut-off for merit varies from year to year.
  • Twenty women are selected every 6 months based on the merit list.
  • The training is of 49 weeks held at OTA Chennai and they will be joining as Short Service Commission Officers.

Qualifying Exams

The most common and preferred way of joining Indian Army is to qualify the written examination held at the national level. These exams are conducted by different authorities and are under varied names. Through some of the main written exams, we will brief you about this route of how to join Indian Army.

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