How To Join Indian Army After Graduation: Know complete details here

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Know how to join Indian Army after graduation here at Safalta. Get all the necessary information regarding joining the Armed Forces.

Joining the Indian Army is a dream for those countless aspirants who want to dedicate their lives to the service of the nation. There are various ways to become a part of the Indian Army. Candidates can apply for NDA  Exam right after class 12 or can also apply for various exams and vacancies after their graduation. All applicants who have aspired to join this prestigious organisation must be aware of all parts of the procedure for joining the army after graduation. Candidates must choose the best suitable admission method for them depending on their educational background, age, and the availability of possibilities such as NCC in their college. This insight will aid them in developing an effective plan that will increase their chances of selection. You may also read How To Join the Indian Army Without Examination? 

There are primarily two ways to join the army
  1. Through Written examinations
  2. Through direct entry- Without a written examination.
Both the ways have the same training and career prospects. This article has all the details related to the procedure to join the army after graduation.

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How To Join the Indian Army After Graduation?

How To Join the Indian Army After Graduation?

There are various ways through which candidates can join the Indian Army after graduation. They are as follows:
  • Combined Defence Services Exam
  • NCC Special Entry
  • SSC Tech and TGC
  • UES Entry Scheme
  • Entry Through JAG

1. Through CDS Exam  (Combined Defence Services Exam): The most common way to join the Indian army after graduation

It is a common entrance examination that is held twice every year in September/October and February/March by the UPSC. Unmarried Males -Females can apply for this examination.
  • Qualification - Candidates must have completed their graduation from a recognized university /institution. Candidates in the last year of their graduation can also apply. 
  • Male candidates who choose Indian Military Academy (IMA) /Officers Training Academy (OTA)/AFA/INA as their training institute must be between 19-24 years of age. Whereas those male and female candidates who choose Officers Training Academy (OTA) as their training institute must be between 19-25 years of age.
  • Procedure For Selection: Written test followed by SSB interview for those candidates who qualify in the  Written Test.

You must also read- Are Girls Allowed In NDA

2. There is a special entry for NCC cadets to join the Indian army after graduation 

 In this case, a candidate won't have to sit for an entrance  exam if they have done   service in the NCC Senior Division Army
  • Qualification: Candidates must have completed their graduation with LLB/LLM from a recognized University or institution with a minimum of 50% marks and have a total of 2 years of service in the NCC Senior Division Army with a  B or C grade in the qualifying examination, then the candidate will be directly called for the SSB interview for recruitment into the  Armed forces. Candidates must be between 19-25 years of age.
  • Selection Process: Candidates will be selected based on qualification, Group Tests, Psychological Tests, interviews & Medical examinations.

 3. SSC ( Short Service Commission)  TECH & TGC (Technical Graduate Course ) Entry to join Indian Army After Graduation

For TGC no entrance exam is held.  The application is released twice a year and the recruitment is for :
  • Qualification: The candidate must be a male  B.E. or  B.Tech  degree holder from a  recognised institution or university. 
  • Age- 20-27 years of age. 
  • Procedure For Selection: Candidates who clear cutoff are directly called for SSB  Interview.
For SSC also no entrance exam is held. The application is released once every year and the recruitment is for 
  • Qualification: Candidates can be either male or female with B.E. or  B.Tech  degree holders from a  recognised institution or university. 
  • Age : 20-27 years ( Male); 19-25 years (Female)
  • Procedure For Selection: Candidates who clear cutoff are directly called for SSB  Interview.

 4. University Entry Scheme (UES Entry Scheme) to join Indian Army After Graduation

  • This is a Permanent Commission job and only male candidates can apply for the post. Interviews are held for the post —the first one is held at the campus whereas the final one is held at the SSB centres. 
  • Qualification - Candidate must have a  B.Tech degree,  candidates in their final and pre-final year students can also apply. 
  • Age-  candidates should be between 18 years to 24 years at the time of commencement of the course.
  • Procedure For Selection: Candidates have to clear 2 SSB  Interviews.

5. Entry through JAG (Judge Advocate General's): This way law graduates can join the Indian Army After Graduation

  • Law graduates who have secured a minimum of 55% + marks and are registered with the Bar Council of India or the State can apply for the JAG entry course. 
  • The candidate should be between 21-27 years of age. The training for the JAG will be provided at the Officers’ Training Academy (OTA) Chennai and for joining the Indian Army they have to go through the SSB interview.
  • Procedure: Through calls made by SSB to the candidates after the initial screening of their applications.
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We hope that our article on how to join the Indian army after graduation turned out to be useful for you. You've seen that for recruitment to the Indian Army, candidates have ample options whereby they can apply for getting selected. Candidates must be hardworking and prepared to work in any type of situation as circumstances might demand. It is a bright career option that would bring you a good stature in society.  So, interested Candidates must start their preparation with full vigour so that they do not miss any chance to get selected. You should also pay attention to physical fitness and other extracurricular activities as your initial training days will be the amalgam of these.

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How can I join Army after 10th?

For the NDA entry, one must have 10+2 schooling, as mentioned above. So, after finishing the 10th standard, you may enrol at a school for 10+1 and 10+2, pursue the course and apply for the NDA entrance examination. If you manage to clear the examination, you will be called for SSB (Services Selection Board) Interview.

What is the age limit for Army?

The Minimum Age limit for Indian Army recruitment is 18 years while the upper age limit is 42 years.

Can I join Indian Army after 12th?

The easiest way to join the Indian Army after the 12th is through NDA. National Defence Academy is a Joint Defence Service Training Institute of the Indian Armed Forces.

What is the lowest salary in Indian Army?

The minimum salary at the Indian Army depends on the role you are applying for. For Army, the minimum salary is ₹4.5 Lakhs per year, for Executive Army the minimum salary is ₹4.6 Lakhs per year and so on.

What is the height in army?

The minimum acceptable height and weight for men are 157.5 cms with correlated weight and for women, the candidate is 152 cm and 42 kg. In the case of candidates belonging to the North East and hilly areas like Gorkhas, Nepalese, Assamese and Garhwalis, the height is relaxed by 5 cms and weight commensurate with reduced height.

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