How to become an Officer in Indian Army|{Top Ways}

By | January 13, 2020

How to Become Officer in Indian Army|Indian Defence

There are many aspirants those who want to join Indian army as an officer and serve our country. If you are the one who wants to join the Indian army as an officer, so here I am going to share with 6 ways to become an officer. Recruitment to the Armed Forces is voluntary and open to all citizens of India irrespective of caste, class, religion and community provided the laid down physical, medical and educational criteria are met.

1.NDA-National Defence Academy

NDA/NA Exam is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) twice a year ( 2 times in a year)to recruit candidates in Army, Navy and Air Force. It is a two-tier examination, wherein, candidates qualifying the written test will also have to clear the SSB interview round.

Eligibility for nda/na exam

Nationality:

Apart from Indian origin, candidates from other countries can also appear for NDA 2019. For the same, the candidate must either be

An India citizen

A citizen of Bhutan or,

A citizen of Nepal

Tibetan refugees who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India are also eligible to appear for NDA 2019.

An Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India are also eligible to appear for NDA 2019 exam.

Note: The candidate from other countries other than India must possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

As per Age Limit:–

Minimum Age: 16.5 years

Maximum Age: 19.5 years

nda exam details

As per Educational Qualification:–

Army Wing of National Defence Academy: The Candidates willing to apply for Indian Army must possess a class 12/HSC in 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy: The Candidates willing to apply for Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy must possess a class 12/HSC in 10+2 pattern of School Education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Mode and MediumOffline (Pen Paper Based) in English and Hindi
Number of sections2
Question Paper TypeObjective or MCQ
Total Number of Questions270 Questions (120 from Mathematics and 150 from General Ability Test)
NDA 2019 Total Marks for Entrance Test900 Marks (300 Marks for Mathematics and 600 Marks for General Ability Test)
Exam duration2.30 hours (Each Section)

NDA 2020 Marking Scheme

1.NDA consists of two sections- Mathematics and General ability test. In the Mathematics section, there will be a total of 120 questions of 300 marks.

2. All questions will carry 2.5 marks each, which will only be allotted for choosing the correct answer. 0.83 Marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

3. General ability test will comprise 600 marks; 200 marks are allotted to English and 400 marks in total are allotted to General Knowledge.

4. In this section, there will be a total of 150 questions, 50 from English and 100 from General Knowledge.

5. Candidates will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer in this section.

6. A deduction of 1.33 Marks will be there for each wrong answer. There will be no mark for unanswered questions.

2.CDS- Combined Defence Academy

CDS is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of Commissioned Officers in India Army, Navy and Air Force. The exam is taken twice a year usually in February and September by UPSC.

Eligibility Criteria for CDS Exam 2020 (I)

Nationality: A candidates must either be:

  1. a Citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Bhutan, or
  3. a subject of Nepal, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 01st January 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
  5. a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (I), (Ii), (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India.

CDS Age Limit, Sex & Marital Status

  1. For IMA – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1997 and not later than 01st January 2002 only are eligible
  2. For Indian Naval Academy – Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd January 1997 and not later than 01st January 2002 only are eligible.
  3. For Air Force Academy – 20 to 24 years as on 01st January 2021 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1997 and not later than 01st January 2001 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years i.e. born not earlier than 02nd January 1995 and not later than 01st January 2001) only are eligible
  4. For Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Course for Men) Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd January 1996 and not later than 01st January 2002 only are eligible.
  5. For Officers’ Training Academy – (SSC Women Non-Technical Course) Unmarried women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorcees (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible; they should have been born not earlier than 02nd January 1996 and not later than 01st January 2002.

Note: Male divorcee/widower candidates cannot be treated as unmarried male for the purpose of their admission in IMA/INA/AFA/OTA, Chennai courses and accordingly they are not eligible for these courses.

cds exam details

Education Qualification

  1. For I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai – Degree of a recognised University or equivalent
  2. For Indian Naval Academy – Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution
  3. For Air Force Academy – Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
  4. Graduates with the first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of Graduation/provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.
  5. Candidates who are studying in the final year/semester Degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply provided candidate should not have any present backlog up to the last semester/year for which results have been declared up to the time of submission of application and they will be required to submit proof of passing the degree examination at the time of commencement of course to reach the IHQ of MoD (Army), Rtg ‘A’, CDSE Entry, West Block II, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066
  6. in case of IMA/SSC first choice candidates and Naval HQ “DMPR” (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’ Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy first choice candidates and PO3(A)/Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106 in case of Air Force first choice candidates by the following dates failing which their candidature will stand cancelled:
  7. For admission to IMA on or before 1st January 2021, Indian Naval Academy on or before 01st January 2021 and Air Force Academy on or before 13th November 2020.
  8. For admission to Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai on or before 01st April 2021
  9. Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination

Physical Standards (CDS Eligibility)

  1. Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination (1), 2020 as per guidelines are given in Appendix-IV of the information brochure

1. CDS Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of CDS I 2020 is divided into two sections:

  • Written Examination
  • Intelligence & Personality Interview

The exam pattern of CDS 2 examination is different for Officer Training Academy and Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force.

CDS Exam Pattern for NAVY/ ARMY/ AIR FORCE

The exam of Indian Naval Academy/Indian Military Academy/Indian Air Force comprises of 3 papers, which carry a total of 300 marks. The total duration of each exam is 2 hours.

SubjectsMarksDuration
English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours
Elementary Mathematics1002 hours

CDS Exam Pattern for Officer Training Academy (OTA)

The exam of Officer Training Academy (OTA) consists of 2 subjects with a total of 200 Marks. The duration of the two exams is 4 hours (2 hours for each exam).

SubjectsMarksDuration
English1002 hours
General Knowledge1002 hours

3.AFCAT-Air Force Common Admission Test

Lots of students want to join the Indian airforce as an officer for those students AFCAT is a big opportunity. AFCAT Examconducts by Indian Airforce(IAF) twice in a year.

AFCAT Exam details

Eligibility for AFCAT 2020

  • Nationality: Candidate must be a citizen of India

Age

  • Flying Branch through AFCAT and NCC Special Entry20 to 24 years as on 01 July 2020. The upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable up to 26 years.
  • Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch: 20 to 26 years as on 01st July 2020.
  • Note: Candidates below 25 years of age must be unmarried at the time of commencement of course. Widows/Widowers and divorcees (with or without encumbrances) below 25 years of age are also not eligible.

Educational Qualifications

  • Flying Branch: Candidates should have mandatorily passed with a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and (a) Graduation with minimum three years degree course in any discipline from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or;
  • BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or;
  • Candidates who have cleared Section A & B Exam of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent

AFCAT 2020 exam pattern and Syllabus

  1. For the preparation of the examination, a candidate should go through the exam pattern first. By going through the exam pattern candidate will get an estimate about the marking criteria.
  2. Time Duration: 02 hours
  3. Number of Questions: 100
  4. Marking Criteria: +3 for each correct answer
  5. Negative Marking: -1 for each incorrect answer
  6. Number of Sections: 4 (Verbal Ability, Numerical Ability, General Awareness and Reasoning, and Military aptitude)
  7. Mode of Examination: Online

AFCAT Exam Syllabus-

  1. General Awareness
  2. Verbal Ability
  3. Numerical Ability
  4. Reasoning & Military Aptitude Test

AFCAT Syllabus for General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics, etc.

AFCAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.

Numerical Ability – Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.

Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test – Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.

Scheme of Syllabus (EKT 2019 – Technical Branch):

EKT (Engineering Knowledge Test) is the examination aimed at testing the basic knowledge of engineering required for the technical branch. The technical branch includes the course of Aeronautical Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical). This examination is pitched at pre-final to the final year engineering level. Total 75 Objective type questions will be asked in the examination and the duration is 01 hour.

The pattern of examination includes two parts –

1. General Engineering (40 questions) – Modern Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computers, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and

2. Specialist Paper for each Engineering discipline (35 questions) – Computer and Electronics, Mechanical, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical).

One common test of 100 questions are to be solved by all candidates in 2 hours. Technical Branch candidates have an additional test of EKT, both tests are objective. Successful candidates get a chance to appear for AFSB and recommended candidates can be called for training based on their rank in the merit list and subject to medical fitness.

  1. IAF will conduct AFCAT written test in Offline Mode.
  2. Questions in the AFCAT question Paper shall carry of 300 marks.
  3. Questions will have four sections in which each section containing questions from different subjects.
  4. Each question has 04 options, in which you need to mark one appropriate answer.
  5. Each question carries 03 marks and each wrong answer deducts 1/3 or 1 mark.
  6. The total time duration will be 02 hours (120 Minutes).
  7. IAF will conduct an EKT written test in Offline Mode.
  8. EKT would be for 45 minutes and conducted immediately after the AFCAT exam on the same day.

4.INET- Indian Navy Entrance Test

INET is a National Level Entrance Examination conducted for the selection of staff for Indian Navy. It is conducted by the Indian Naval Academy. Indian Navy has invited applications for Short Service Commission (SSC) & Permanent Commission(PC) Officer Posts in Executive, Educational and Technical branches through Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET). There are a number of vacancies available for different posts in INET. This exam is open for unmarried male and female candidates.

Every year, the Indian Navy conducts Indian Navy Entrance Test (Officers), popularly known as INET (Officers), to recruit Direct Entry Officers for various centres across India. The officers are selected or used for screening PC (Permanent Commission) and SSC (Short Service Commission). Candidates with a minimum graduation degree can apply for the Indian Navy INET exam and serve the nation.

INET Exam details

Selection Procedure for Indian Navy SSC officer Recruitment through INET

1-Written Examination

2-SSB Interview

3-SSB Medical

1-Written Examination – INET (Officers) will have four sections, viz English, Reasoning and Numerical Ability, General Science and Mathematical Aptitude, and General Knowledge. Candidates would need to pass in each section to be considered for an SSB call. Candidates will be called up for SSB interview on the basis of performance in INET (Officers) and their entry preference.

2-SSB Interview- SSB Interview is 5 days process. Which I am going to describe shortly in this article. On the reporting day, reaching SSB area candidates have to fulfil PIQ (Personal Information Questionnaire) form.
His documentation and batch formation will be done on that day. Each candidate will be allotted a chest number and he will have to wear it throughout his stay in SSB.

5. MNS- Military Nursing Service

There are many girls who want to join Indian army as an officer. And MNS is a great opportunity for every female candidate who wants to serve the Indian army as a nursing officer.  Indian army publishes the MNS Exam notification and exam date from time to time for those Female candidates who like to complete a B.Sc nursing course at Colleges of Nursing of Armed Forces Medical Service.

MNS B.Sc Nursing Course 2020 in Indian Army Details-

Recruitment Board NameMilitary Nursing Service (Indian Army)
Information ForMNS B.Sc Nursing Admission Notification
Posts NameStaff Nurse
Available MNS Vacancies 2019Mentioned Below
Important DatesStarting Date of MNS Application Form- 14th November 2019.
The last date to apply- 02nd December 2019.
Written Test will be held in 2nd Week of April 2020.
An interview will be conducted in June 2020
The MNS Admit Card for the Written Test will be available for the applied applicants by 01st Week of April 2020
MNS Exam details

Educational Qualification:- Only female candidates who have passed 10+2 examinations with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology are eligible and have scored an aggregate of not less than 50 % marks in the final exams and should have passed the exam in the first attempt.

Department NameMilitary Nursing Service (Indian Army)
Info AboutIndian Army MNS Nursing Syllabus and Exam Pattern
MNS Posts NameStaff Nurse

Physical standards for MNS Exam

Medical fitness will be determined as per standards applicable for commission in the Armed Forces. X-Ray examination of Chest and USG (of abdomen & pelvis) will be done. Minimum height should not be less than 148 cm (relaxed by 5cm in case of north East candidates). Details of medical standards can be seen in the Indian Army website www.joinindarmy .nic.in.

Application Fees- 750rup.

Selection Procedure:  If you want to qualify MNS Exam and want to complete your B.Sc nursing course at Colleges of Nursing of Armed Forces Medical Service. You have to qualify 3 phase of this Exam-

1-Written Exam

2- Interview and last

3- MNS Medical

MNS Nursing Exam Pattern-
1. The Indian Army Recruitment Board will conduct a written examination at various venues across the Nation.
2. The question paper will be Objective Type.
3. There will be a total of 90 minutes to solve this question paper.

The questions will be asked from the following subjects in the written test-
1-English
2- Biology
3-Physics
4-Chemistry and
5-General Intelligence

Download Syllabus PDF- Click here

6.NCC Special Entry

NCC Special Entry

NCC-National Cadet Core

Indian army has published the NCC special entry 2020 for NCC 48 recruitment. Defence aspirants with NCC C certificate with min. B grade can apply for this entry. Applications are invited from unmarried male and unmarried female.

Integrated HQ of MoD (Army) will shortlist the applications. After shortlisting of applications, the Centre allotment (Allahabad(UP), Bhopal(MP), Bangalore (Karnataka) and Kapurthala (PB) will be intimated to candidates via their email. After allotment of Selection Centre, candidates will have to log in to the website and select their SSB dates which are available on a first-come-first-serve basis initially. Thereafter, it will be allotted by the Selection Centres.

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