Join Armed Forces as a Doctor – MBBS, BDS, MDS or other PG Specialisation

by Uday Kumar on December 5, 2012

The Armed Forces Medical Services is amongst one of the best options available to a medical graduate in our country. As an officer in the Army Medical Corps, a candidate is liable to be employed in the Indian Army, Navy or Air Force in any part of the country or world. The Armed Forces offer a prestigious and professionally satisfying career for doctors as commissioned officers with high status associated with Group A gazetted posts of Central Government.

The medical services in the Navy are delivered through a network of hospitals spread throughout the length and breadth of the country. As a doctor in the Navy, one can have an opportunity to learn and practice military medicine and look after the health of the men in uniform and their families both in peace and war. There are ample avenues to specialize in basic specialities and super specialities.

Most of the postgraduate courses are conducted at Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune and various other teaching hospitals of the Armed Forces. However the service also offers opportunities to avail study leave at Government expense for the super-speciality courses at reputed civil institutions in India and abroad.

Selection Procedure

Recruitment to the medical posts are through Permanent Commission (PC) and Short Service Commission (SSC).

50% of the graduates passing out from the Armed Forces Medical College Pune are taken directly into Permanent Commission and the rest are offered Short Service Commission. Doctors from civil medical colleges are offered only SSC entry. SSC officers are required to serve for a minimum period of 5 years. The SSC may be extended by another two terms of 5 years and then 4 years upto a maximum of 14 years. AFMC graduates offered SSC are required to serve for a minimum period of 7 years extendable by another 7 years.

Short Service Commission

Upper Age Limit- 45 Years

Notification for the post of doctors (married/unmarried – male and female) in Indian Navy through SSC are published in leading newspapers once a year. Eligible candidates are called for interview at New Delhi to assess their merit and suitability for grant of Short Service Commission in the Army Medical Corps and subsequent secondment to the Navy. Based on the results of the interview, candidates who have been short listed are subjected to medical examination at designated Armed Forces hospitals in New Delhi. Medically fit candidates are granted commission subject to verification procedures as deemed necessary as required for commissioning. Post graduate degree holders i.e. MD/MS/MCh/DM may also apply.

Permanent Commission

SSC officers can appear in their departmental interviews for grant of Permanent Commision at any time after completion of two years SSC service. Also, there should be no break in service and they should fulfill the conditions of eligibility laid down. The age limit for granting PC for different professional educational qualification are :

  • MBBS (Max. 30 years)
  • Post Graduate Diploma (Max. 31 years)
  • Post Graduate MD/MS (Max. 35 years)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must posses a medical qualification of an Indian University or a foreign medical qualification recognised by the Medical Council of India. They must also be registered with any of the state councils or equivalent registering authority.
  2. Incentives : An antedate of 3 years seniority for post graduates and 2 years for post graduate diploma recognised by MCI and 6 months for a house job, done at a recognised hospital to fresh entrants.
  3. A doctor who has done a house job and also a post graduate qualification will be eligible for a maximum antedate seniority of 42 months.

Selection is held once a year in Jul / Aug at Delhi. Advertisement published in National / Regional newspapers in Mar/Apr every year.
For details contact
DGAFMS, L-Block,
Post DHQ, New Delhi 110011

Army Dental Corps (ADC)

Permanent Commission

  • 28 Years (for BDS)
  • 30 Years (for MDS)

1. BDS with minimum 60% marks in final year / MDS from a recognised College or University.
2. Should have completed one year rotatory internship recognised by the Dental Council of India.
3. Should be in possession of Permanent Dental Registration Certificate.

Method of Selection: Eligible candidates will be called for interview by a Board of Officers in the month of Jul 2012 at Army Hospital (Research &Referral) New Delhi near Dhaula Kuan, Delhi Cantt. to assess their suitability and merit for grant of Short Service Commission in the Armed Forces Medical Services. The candidates appearing for interview for the first time will be paid to and fro sleeperclass railway/bus fare.


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Siddharth December 9, 2012 at 11:22 am


Do engineers also get the rank of lt. , captain, major etc???


uday1 December 16, 2012 at 1:53 am

siddharth, yes, all officers do get these ranks!

vivek December 31, 2012 at 10:34 pm

hello sir..

can we apply after finishing our final year of mbbs….and do our internship in the navy…

can we join directly into the navy or will we get selected to army or airforce??

thank u


Sajeesh raj February 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Sir, what i have 2 do, for getting admission for MDS in AFMC?


saurvi niranjan June 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

hello sir, i completed my b.d.s in july 2015..i wanna to join mds in AFMC pune…so what is the creteria to join armed force..plzz telll…[email protected]@

Manoj March 11, 2013 at 1:46 am

Hello sir,
Can we apply for joining in medical entry after completing final year, or only after completion of internship.


dr.sneha March 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

i hav passed my mbbs… my height is 143cm… is their any relaxation of height to join defence, as a doctor? The minimum height requirement for girls is 152cm.


Uday Kumar March 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Dear Dr.Sneha. No.there is no relaxation given for height.

dr Basavaraj April 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

hi I’m from Sainik school . I took 3 tmes to pass final yr n I’m elgible to join defence sir .


Suraj March 30, 2014 at 6:49 am

No you are only eligible if you have cleared final mbbs in less than 2 attempts

dr Basavaraj April 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

my father worked in army as hawaldar n I get defence quota n its helpfu in afmc .


Dr Tripti Rajawat April 8, 2013 at 2:19 am

hello sir i will complete my internship in this may 2013 i have cleared my MCI exam last year 2012 sept .i would like to join army can you please guide me .Can you please tell me how can we go for pg in army hospital ?

With Regards
Dr Tripti Rajawat


Dr Tripti Rajawat April 8, 2013 at 2:21 am

one more question sir my height is 153 cm .can i join army
Thank u so much sir !!


basant joshi April 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm

hello sir …..i m pursuing msc med biochemistry final year…is der any vacancy for msc med biochem…plz reply me…


nishika madi reddy April 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

sir i have finished mbbs last year…i have Sle with class 3 lupus nephritis i have been on medication for the last !0yrs…i have absolutely no difficulty in carrying out any of my daily activities..have always been into some form of fitness but my urine sample will show albumin levels of +3 due to proteinuria resulting from lupus nephritis…will i be rejected on this basis?


Dr, Dhananjay May 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

u need to be on long term steroids and probably go into CRF at a later date and hence – rejected or not, advisableto stay away from activities which drain ur energy. As u will b immunocompromized. Have u had a renal biopsy to diagnose lupus??

vikalp May 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

hello, i am MDS in oral surgery, i just want to know whether we can directly apply for permanent job as a doctor in indian air force. My age is 32 now. what is the criteria of selection and when do the recruitment starts


shantanu May 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

sir i am post graduate in medicine aged 33,i want to join indian army as permanent commission straight away.Can i join as permanent commission directly.


Siri Manasa May 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Hello sir.
I completed my MBBS last year…
I need to attend the SSC interview on this 15th..
Can you please guide me regarding the pattern of the interview…
And how to face the interview board as I m a fresher in this regard…

Thank you sir.


Naveen Singh May 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

hello siri manasa even i’m appearing for SSC interview on 15th and i aint prepared for the interview yet. what all have you studied? call me on 8446817542, if you like.

kavya May 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

hello sir,
i completed bds dis year.should i clear ssc written n interview for for joinin n nevy???


DR ROSE May 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I’m doing MD Anatomy [final year] in Government Medical College Thrissur,Kerala.Are there any job opportunities in AFMC as assistant professor in Dept Of Anatomy after completion of my course?how should I apply?


Dr. Ankit Roy May 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

hello sir, i am post graduate student (2nd year) in oral medicine & radiology department, i just want to know whether we can directly apply for permanent job as a doctor in indian army/air forces. My age is 25 and the height is 6 feet and also the weight is 71kg. what is the criteria of selection and when do the recruitment starts. please give me the detail about it.


Dr.manjeet June 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Hello sir, I’ve completed my mbbs and internship from a private university in navi can I apply for army hospital job as a medical officer?


Navneetgummadi June 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

Sir i m doing mbbs final year and i am intersted to join defence service and serve for the nation in across the border can i join in army hospital as intership and army hospital job


Suby arora July 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Sir… I am doing my internship from government hospital and my internship will be over in september .. I want to join in defence sir plz guide me what all prep i have to do for job in this field


SUJIT KUMAR PATNAIK July 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Dear sir,Good day.My daughter has completed BDS and doing her internship.She will complete her internship in March 2014.

Request your advise entry procedure to Indian Navy/Army/air force.She is 5’6″ tall and sportive.

Please revert.

Best Regards

Sujit Kumar Patnaik
Marine Engineer


supriya mishra July 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

sir im MDS (Periodontology). sir, im myopic (-4 both the eyes) so i had a query whether iam medically fit for joining army dental corps if i get selected after interview?

thank u sir in advance.


DR CHAITANYA PATIL March 25, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Hello mam,
how was your myopia issue adressed?
i am also -4 myopia both eyes..MBBS,age 24.
can i apply for SSC?

sabah pathan July 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Sir, what is the procedure for applying to post graduate courses in AFMC, Pune? Is there an entrance exam for the same?


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Hemangini November 29, 2013 at 12:33 am

sir for how long we need to work in army…that is after which we wil be given a pg degree


SOUMYA R January 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

sir,what are the procedures for working as a doctor in AFMC? I already completed my MBBS with internship in 2014 january .I am very much interested in working as apart of our INDIAN ARMY.what r the required Ht,Wt and other medical conditions for getting admission.while working can i apply for PG ? what are the procedures for applying for PG in AFMC


Dr.Jagjeet Singh January 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I am Dr.Jagjeet,I have received my medical qualification from foreign university which is MD in general medicine.Currently I am doing internship in hyd.I want to serve armed forces as a doctor.
So could you please guide me how to enter the defence service and what other details are required to join it.which ranks are basically assigned to doctors.Are there any examinations to passed or is it based on interviews.
Reply at the earliest


Dr. Arjun singh January 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm

sir how to join indian army as an doctor after post graduation……
kindly guide
thank you


KRUTHIKA January 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Respected sir,
I have completed my MBBS and would like to join the army.
I am unable to find the application for the same. Last year it released around this time. Please let me know as to where i can find it or if it is still yet to come
Thanking you.


Radhika waghela March 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Sir, I’ll pass my B.D.S. internship this year on sep 2014..i wanna join AFMC for my MDS…so can u plz inform me how can i get admission in AFMC.


aditya suman March 10, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hello sir
I finished my mbbs from abroad and presently living in delhi preparing for mci. My age is 26 and height is 172 cm and I am not diagnosed of any disease till now.
so I wanted to know when I would be eligible to enter into armed forces, it has been my passion from long time.
It would be really helpful of you to guide me for future prospects .
Thank you


ganga March 28, 2014 at 12:08 pm

sir,i am 18yrs old and have finished ma 12th this year…i had a flare up of lupus 2 yrs back along with stevensons syndrome.i am currently on steroids and my ana tests are still weak positive. will i be able to pass the physical test for admission to afmc for ug courses???


sonali mishra April 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm

sir,i m bds final year student, i want to complete my internship from INHS MUMBAI . Sir is it possible? if is possible,Sir can u please tell me about the procedure


Samikshya Dhar April 23, 2014 at 6:11 pm

dear sir,
if i get a seat in AFMC after my MBBS, can i join any other can i leave armed force and can i do my desired job..???


Samikshya Dhar April 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

dear sir,
if i get a seat in AFMC then till how many years i have to be there in armed force..???


dakshayani.b May 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

Jai hind sir,
Sir I am doing my third year mbbs now. I have completed NCC “B” and “C” certificate. I want to continue serving motherland by joining armyed forces. I gave afmc exam for Mbbs selection but couldn’t clear it. Now I want to get into afmc for pg course or permanent commissioner. So kindly guide me to reach my dream if not Indian army will miss a TRUE patriotic joining them.
Will be waiting for reply sir.
Jai hind:)


Pooja May 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Hello sir, im dr pooja chavan I m orthodontist I got married to naval officer and im interested to join armed force..I wanted to know is der any different selection criteria for post graduate and age limit and what is that to be read to prepare for the exams .


Adarsh Bhardwaj June 2, 2014 at 11:42 am

Sir, I completed bds 6 months ago…pls tell me the requirements to join Indian navy.. thank u


Arun June 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Sir, I had completed my M.D.S and i am 31 years now.. Can i now join Indian army or Navy??


jogendra singh June 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Sir, if I will do pg from afmc than can I elligible to join army by permanent commission,, I completed my mbbs in civil collage in 1 attempt in working for rajasthan govt. Age 29 yr


Tuhina June 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Hello sir, I want to join Indian army. But I am not able to reach at the minimum height required for women. So can you give me some tips to join Indian army, please.


Jaya September 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

can i do internship after completion of BDS in afmc and if so what are the eligibility ?


anushka sharma September 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Hello sir, i am a student and this year going to work on for AFMC and sir i want to go to border and specially to siachen glacier so after being selected in AFMC do we need anything else to do to get to border.?


dr. bibhuti September 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

sir i competed m.b.b.s. and i am doing internship which is be completed within three month.i want to join indian army without waisting time please guide me. thanks


sumit guleria October 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Sir I am 30 year old ,, can i join indian army on PC,, if no then whts the future in joining SSC,, as SSC officers are max allowed to serve for 14years


pratyaee basu October 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

hello sir,
i would like to no if i am eligible for mds course from army or airforce dental college since i don’t have an armyor airforce background nor i hv passed from the above mentioned colleges,if possible then how will i apply to this course.i would be highly grateful to u sir


aditya chakravarty October 23, 2014 at 12:49 am

Hello sir i will finish my mbbs in march.. i wear spectacles of power minus 6… can i apply for army .


Love Soni January 17, 2015 at 5:56 am

Dear Sir ,
I must want to join Indian Army , I hv complete Mbbs at Osh state gov medical university at Kyrgyzstan And its recognised by the MCI ! can we join Indian army ??


arya m ajayan March 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm

now i’am studying in 12 cbse. iwould like to join the indian navy as how can i join afmc for my career. kindly waiting for your reply sir
thank you


rattan dev March 19, 2015 at 10:24 am

Hello sir
I want to become a doctor from AFMC and further get into army…
May you please suggest me study material to apply for AFMC enterance test


DR B.K.RATH April 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Dear sir,
Good Morning.My daughter is doing BDS She will complete her internship in July 2016.

I have two Request i.e How she will take advantage of NCC “B” certificate for getting admission in MDS, second is how she can join in SSC, whether she has to attend SSB or direct physical fitness and interview. She is 5.7″tall, sportive with NCC certificate, Kindly advice.

Best Regards

Dr B.K.Rath,
Chief Geologist, ONGC


Ripon April 14, 2015 at 3:51 am

What is the procedure for entrance into Army Dental Corps…, I am confused with the way that is mentioned in the website.

It sates that all have to appear for a screening test conducted by AIIMS , but this screening test is for admission to PG courses….if people who have completed MDS apply for Army Dental Corps…..are they too required to appear for the same examination….can’t figure out…exactly…because already if a person has completed MDS why does he need to appear for an entrance examination that necessarily admits candidates for MDS…neither the army website mentions it clearly….


aesha May 12, 2015 at 7:23 am

Sir, can i do bds internship in afmc??
If yes..
Than plz tell me how to apply..


Muskan Jain November 4, 2015 at 5:04 am

Hello Sir..!!!
I want to do BDS from AFMC… What should I do or what is the procedure.. plyzzz help me..


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