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Types of commission ..
2. SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION
A Permanent Commission means
a career in the Army till you retire.
For a Permanent commission you
have to join the National Defence
Academy or the Indian Military
The National Defence Academy,
You can take the
NDA entrance exam
right after class XI.
Clear the UPSC exam
and a 5-day Service
interview, pass your
medicals, and you're in
NDA. Three years in
NDA and you will be a
person. Apart from
degrees, NDA has the
finest infrastructure for
You'll find phenomenal
cultivate new interests.
Indian Military Academy,
Indian Military Academy is yet another cradle of
leadership. The IMA trains you to lead from the
front. You are trained in all aspects of combat and
tactics using computers and other modern tools and
technologies. The IMA has excellent facilities for all-
round development. You can go for adventure
sports like river rafting, para jumping, rock climbing,
trekking and mountaineering. From the IMA, you're
commissioned as a "Lieutenant" in the Indian Army,
to go out into the world and live up to the IMA motto -
"Valour & Wisdom".
There are four main entries to get
Combined Defence Service Examination(CDSE) In
final year of Graduation, you need to pass the Combined
Defence Services Exams being conducted by UPSC, clear the
SSB interview, be medically fit and join IMA as a Direct Entry
provided you come in merit. For details of exam dates/
notification visit UPSC website upsc.nic.in
The other entries are are Non UPSC entries (There is no
written exam. You are directly called for SSB interview):-
10+2 Tech Entry you can apply after your 12th Exams.
Minimum aggregate of 70% is mandatory in Physics,
Chemistry and Mathematics. You will be detailed for SSB
interview based on the cut off as decided by Recruiting
Directorate. Look out for the advertisement published in
leading newspapers/employment news in May/Dec every year.
Total training is five years. (one year at OTA Gaya and four
years at Cadet Training Wings).
University Entry Scheme(Pre Final Year Students
Only). This entry is for those of you who wish to
apply for Army in Pre-Final Year of
Engineering. Look out for the advertisement
published in leading newspapers/employment news
in May every year.
Technical Graduate Course. Those who are
studying in final year/ have completed BE/B Tech in
notified streams can also join IMA through Technical
Graduate Course. The duration of training is 1 year.
Look out for the advertisement published in leading
newspapers/employment news in May/Jun &
Nov/Dec every year.
You also have the option of joining the Army and
serving as a Commissioned Officer for 10 years and
is extendable up to 14 years. At the end of this period
you have two options. Either elect for a Permanent
Commission or opt out.
Those not selected for Permanent Commission have
the option of a 4 years extension. They can resign at
any time during this period.
A Short Service Commission empowers you with
analytical thinking, planning skills, administrative and
organizational abilities. Qualities which will make you
an invaluable asset for any organization that you join
after the Army and there are opportunities to side step
to an alternate career for which Army will also help
Officers Training Academy,
Once selected for Short Service Commission, you go to
the Officers Training Academy at Chennai. The selection
process is a written exam followed by the SSB interview
and medicals. For Technical (Engineering) graduates it is
direct SSB interview and medicals. If you have done
NCC Senior Division (Army) and obtained 'C' certificate
with minimum 'B' grade, you can apply through your NCC
Branch HQ/Zonal HQ to Recruiting Directorate for direct
SSB interview. SSB qualified candidates undergo a
medical examination. The duration of training is 49
weeks. OTA training provides you with opportunities to
broaden your perspective and widen your horizon.
Whether it's skeet-shooting, golf, riding or angling, at OTA
you can do it all.
Short Service Commission For Women (Officers)
In 1992, an important landmark in the history of Indian Army was
the induction of women into the officer cadre, and the onerous task of
training them was undertaken by the Officers Training Academy.
National Defence Academy (NDA) Vacancies Per
Course300 (Twice a year)
Army - 195
Air Force - 66
Navy - 39Notify in Employment News and leading Daily
news PaperMar and Oct Notified by UPSC
Eligibility CriteriaAge16 ½ to 19 yrsBorn Between2nd Jan
to 1st Jul for Dec Course and
2nd Jul to 1st Jan for Jul CourseQualification12th Class of
10+2 System of Edn of Equivalent for Army and with
Physics and Maths for AF/NavyMarital StatusUn
MarriedApplication to be Received by10-15 Nov for Jan
Course and 10-15 Apr for Jul CourseLikely
SSB DateSep to Oct and Jan to AprDate Commencement
of TrgJan and JulTraining AcademyNDA , Khadakwasla,
PuneDuration of Trg3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA
10+2 Technical Entry
Scheme Vacancies Per Course
85 (Twice a year)Notify in Employment News and leading
Daily news Paper
Apr and Sep Notified by Additional Directorate General of
Recruiting Eligibility Criteria
16 ½ to 19 yrsBorn Between
1st Jul to 1st Jul for Jan Course and 1st Jan to 1 Jan for Jul
10+2 Physics, Chemistry & Maths (aggregate 70% and above
to apply)Marital Status
Un MarriedApplication to be Received by
30 Jun and 31 OctLikely SSB Date
Aug to Oct and Feb to AprDate Commencement of Trg
Jan and JulTraining Academy
IMA DehradunDuration of Trg
5 Yrs (1 Yrs IMA & 4 Yrs CTWS) Permanent Commission after