Ways to Join Indian Armed (Defence) Forces – For Men

by Sachin Kumar on December 23, 2014

We have published this article exclusively for the defence aspirants who want to join the armed forces. In this article you will learn about the different ways to Join the Indian Armed Forces (Defence forces) for Men.

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1. Indian Army

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NDA Entry

Exam conducted by UPSC twice in a year. Students can apply for it while appearing or passing 12th. Written exam is followed by SSB interview.

Technical Entry Scheme Entry

After passing 12th you can go for this entry if you had PCM as your main subjects. This entry consists of 4 year engineering degree and one year pre commissioning training.

CDSE Entry

Graduates of any discipline can apply for this entry. They have to clear an exam held by UPSC which is held twice in a year. Successful candidates of written exam are called for the SSB interview.

NCC Special entry

This entry is only for NCC cadets who have 2 years service in NCC senior division army and have minimum B grade in C certificate exam. Final year student /graduate with 50% aggregate are eligible for this entry. Same is for Air Force and Navy.

Technical Graduates Course Entry

Only Engineering students are eligible for this entry. They can apply for it while in final year or after completing their degree. A graduate in any discipline of engineering (as per notified in the advertisement) is eligible to apply for it.

SSC-Technical Entry

Same as of TGC entry. Only difference is that it is short service commission whereas TGC is permanent commission

JAG entry

This entry is especially for the law graduates. To be eligible for this entry, a candidate must be having a graduate degree of LLB/LLM with minimum 55% aggregate and the candidate should be registered with Bar Council of India or state.

University Entrance Scheme entry

Engineering students can apply for it while in final year or after completing their degree. A graduate in any discipline of engineering (as per notified in the advertisement) is eligible to apply for it.

2. Indian Air Force

NDA Entry

Exam conducted by UPSC twice in a year. Students can apply for it while appearing or passing 12th. Written exam is followed by SSB interview.

CDSE Entry

Graduates of any discipline can apply for this entry. They have to clear an exam held by UPSC which is held twice in a year. Successful candidates of written exam are called for the SSB interview.

AFCAT Entries

Candidates who want to fly high in the sky or dream to be an Air Warrior of IAF then they have to clear an exam named AFCAT. AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. It is held twice in a year. It is a written exam and those who qualify in this exam are called for SSB interview. You can opt for the following branches by AFCAT exam:

Flying branch

To apply for this entry, a candidate should be having a Graduate degree in any discipline from and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level OR B.E/B.Tech degree.

Technical Branch

There are two types of technical service whose educational qualification conditions are given below:

  • Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical): Minimum four year degree course from a recognized university.
  • Aeronautical Engineer (Electrical): Minimum four year degree course from a recognized university

Ground Duty Branches

Those who want to opt for the ground duty branches, there are three types of services in Ground Duty Branches whose educational qualification conditions are given below:

  • Administration and Logistics: Graduate, Post Graduate degree/ diploma in any discipline can apply
  • Education: Post Graduate degree in any discipline
  • Accounts: Graduate degree in any commerce OR a Post Graduate degree/ diploma in Commerce (M Com) / CA / ICWA.

Non-AFCAT Entry

  • Meteorology Branch: To be eligible for this entry candidates must be having a Post graduate degree in any science stream / Maths / Statistics / Geography / CS / EVS / Physics / Geo-physics etc. Final year students can also apply for it.
  • University Entrance Scheme Entry: Engineering students can apply for it while in pre-final or final of their degree.
  • FTS: IAF conducts Fast Track Selection at colleges. Small written test is held and then successful candidates are called for the interview for further testing.

3. Indian Navy

NDA Entry

Exam conducted by UPSC twice in a year. Students can apply for it while appearing or passing 12th. Written exam is followed by SSB interview.

Naval Academy (10+2) Cadet Entry Scheme

After passing 12th you can go for this entry. This entry is via UPSC NDA written exam and consists of 4 year engineering degree along with one year pre commissioning training.

CDSE Entry

Graduates of any discipline can apply for this entry. They have to clear an exam held by UPSC which is held twice in a year. Successful candidates of written exam are called for the SSB interview.

Direct Entries: Executive branch

  • SSC- Air Traffic Controller: They can apply for this entry if they have completed their graduation in any science stream i.e. Physics/Maths/Electronics OR M.Sc with Maths / Physics /Electronics.
  • SSC- Observer: For applying in this entry, Candidates need to have a graduate degree in any discipline with minimum 55% marks with Maths and Physics at 10+2 level.
  • SSC- Law: To be eligible for this entry a candidates should carry a graduate degree in LAW with minimum 55% marks.
  • SSC- Logistics: Candidates who hold B.E/B.Tech in Computers, IT, Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Marine engineering OR graduate with PG diploma in material management are eligible for this entry.

Engineering branch

  • UES SSC  (Naval Architecture): Engineers carrying the B.E/B.Tech degree in naval architecture / Mechanical / Civil / Aeronautical / Metallurgical / Aerospace engineering with 60% marks can apply for it. The age group for this entry is 19 to 25 years as per notified in the advertisement
  • SSC Naval Architecture: Engineers having B.E/B.Tech degree in Naval architecture / Mechanical / Civil / Aeronautical / Metallurgical / Aerospace engineering

Education Branch

Candidates are eligible for this entry if they have passed B.E/B.Tech in Computer Science, IT, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical OR M.Sc in Physics / Maths / Computer application

SSB is regarded as the toughest interview in India. Large no. of applicants apply for the various entries but at the end only few make it. The reason behind their selection is that they were different from the others. How you can be different than others and how can you crack the SSB? Find out in the following article:

  1. Speak truth: Truth Alone Triumphs. Whatever you speak it must be true. In case you don’t know anything about a particular question then don’t lie to the IO. Remember that he interviews many candidates like us and he can catch you easily when you are lying.
  2. Show your knowledge: Keep yourself updated with the latest happenings in the world and India. When it comes to GD and Lecturette then your knowledge will surely help you to earn more points. Your knowledge will grab others attention and you will become the center of attraction. In case of you interview, show your full knowledge of games you played, NCC etc.
  3. Motivate others: In GTO tasks, you may find that some people get nervous or they are not able to express themselves clearly. In that case you must give them a helping hand and motivate them to express themselves. A leader never lets his soldier feel low or nervous.
  4. Work for a team: When it comes to PGT,HGT,FGT and snake race, always think for the team first. Make a balance in giving ideas and helping others. In snake race, always help the weak members to cross the obstacles before you.
  5. Don’t panic: While Psychological testing, Interview and Individual tasks, don’t panic. Nobody is going to kill you. Just keep yourself calm, hold your breath, leave all the tensions behind and give your best performance.
  6. Don’t beat around the bush: In case of Interview and GD, if you don’t know anything about a particular topic then don’t beat around the bush or give illogical ideas and answers. Just give it a small try and leave the topic if it is not going in your favour.
  7. Don’t apply others ideas: This happens mostly in psychological testing. Some people discuss with others (who already had appeared for SSB) and ask them that what they wrote in the pictures, situations and words. If they find it good, then they apply the same ideas in their own SSB. This is a wrong technique as it may not match your personality.
  8. Be cooperative: Don’t argue with other, don’t shout and don’t be loud. Cooperate with others and keep the discussion healthy.
  9. Express yourself/ Good expressions Power of expression is most important. Express your points with full confidence and positivity in such a way that it leaves a positive impact on the audience. When you are answering a question in your interview then make sure that you are expressing your thoughts clearly and precisely. Don’t hurry and speak slowly with an ease.
  10. Be cheerful and lively: Whatever you do, so it with full energy and keep smiling. A cheerful and lively person is admired by all. Always keep a smile on your face. Smile costs nothing. It shows that you are enjoying your tasks/conversation with the IO and nervousness is far away from you. A gloomy face shows lack of confidence and interest.
  11. Be confident and have faith on you: Always be self-confident, be positive and have faith on you that whatever you are doing is right. It removes nervousness. Whatever you speak, speak with confidence. If you are confident, then every question will be easy for you to answer.
  12. Be positive: In Psychological testing some negative pictures, situations and words are displayed to check candidate’s reponse. In that case one must display positivity and remove the negative aspect of the above by his logical and positive thinking. But if you reflected negative thoughts, then you are gone.
  13. Take initiative:  A leader always lead his team to victory. Take initiative in performing tasks. Also, have ideas from team members.
  14.  Adapt the environment: Sometimes you may feel that people are not that friendly with you. For e.g the GD becomes the fish market and people may not listen to you. All you need to do is to adapt the environment and act accordingly.
  15. Show your OLQ’s: You are aware of 15 OLQ’s? Keep all the qualities in your mind and show it your assessors be it you Psychological testing officer, GTO or IO. If you show these OLQ’s then believe me, victory is yours.

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sangram January 11, 2015 at 11:32 am

Sir,
its my dream to join Indian army and i am 17 years old, I have applied for Nda as ARMY AS MY 1st CHOICE,…i have cleared the written exam and now i have to face ssb interview….this is my first time….i can assure that i will pass all the physical exams…but i have problem in one stage…i.e., Eye sight test….i have power of -3.5
Sir plz suggest me how can i become army cadet in NDA…

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Yogini April 20, 2015 at 12:58 am

Hi uday sir,
I appreciate your efforts in putting out such helping advice and a platform for all youth to share our doubts n anxieties.
My doubt is what is % cutoff to get a call for ssb for observer/ educator/logistics in navy. Although anyone above 60% in b Tech is allowed to fill the form, but what really is the average criteria to get call for interview. I have 85 in X, 75 in XII and 68 in degree.
Thank you for your time!

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