Recruitment Process in Indian Army, Air Force & Navy – Complete Selection Process

Indian Defence Forces Recruitment: Defence of a country defines the power and existence of a country in the world. Indian Defence forces ensures the protection of common people from outside world. Its main motto is to obtain policy directions of the government of India and implement them to the service in order to safeguard the nation and maintain the peace & harmony across the borders. The president of India is the supreme head of the Indian Defence System.

Indian Defence system has been divided into three subcategories which are Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force. Defence minister is responsible for all matters related to defence in Indian parliament. Ministry of defence is the soul administrator of Indian Armed forces.

To have career with such an elegant sector is a matter of respect and proud, so to have the recruitment detail is a must for everyone if they wish to flourish their career in Indian Defence forces. Here we have provided a detailed article in regard to all the recruitments by all the three branches of Defence.

Join Indian Army

Indian Army has been the most waited for career by any Indian. Indian Army is the land based branch and largest component of Indian armed forces. Indian Army is commanded by Chief of the Army staff, who is a four star general. It is headquartered in New Delhi. 15th January is celebrated as army day. The motto of Indian army is ‘Service Before Self’. Its prime work is to maintain the peace and security within its borders. Below we have provided the requisite knowledge of life at army, types of entry, selection process, eligibility, exam schedule, exam pattern. Kindly keep scrolling for further details.

Life at Indian Army

Indian Army life is a quite challenging and confronting which requires bravery and courage to work at the time of disputes within or outside the country. The training period is quite defying and full of challenging tasks either be a soldier or an officer. It also tests one’s patience and can have those dark nights in the bed of snow. But this could not stop the one from choosing it as a career as the enthusiasm to do something great for the country would lead your path.

Career in Indian Army is most respected and honorable in the country. Indian Army offers a very much balanced career, you can also enjoy all the government allowances, good salary & adventurous role as an army personnel.  Every job is challenging,  but still it makes army the most looked for career in India among the youth

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Types of Entry

The entry in Indian army could be done for officer level and solider level. The entry types of Indian army include that of NDA entry (10+2 level), CDS entry (after Graduation), ACC entry, TGC entry, AEC entry, military farm entry, UES entry, 10+2 TES entry, PC(SL) entry, SCO entry. Along with this Indian army has short service commission also including that of SSC-Tech for men and women, SSC non-Tech entries for both men and women.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criterion for joining Indian army must be first looked after before applying for the jobs so kindly view the table below which will provide you the whole detail of the eligibility of Indian army.

Types of entry in Indian Army Eligibility criteria
NDA entry 10+2
CDS Graduate
ACC entry 10+2
University Entry Scheme Engineering Degree
Technical Graduate Course(TGC) Technical Graduation
PC (SL) Higher Secondary (11th Pass) Student
SCO Class XI CBSE pattern
10+2 Entry TES 10+2(PCM)

Exam schedule

The exam schedule detail in regard to any job is a must for every candidate to know. Before applying for any form the knowledge about last date and other relevant details are must to carry on. Below we have provided the detail of the Indian Army entry dates.

Types of entry in Indian Army Starting date of application Last date of application
NDA I entry 3rd week of January 1st week of February
CDS I 2nd week of November 1st week of December
Technical Graduate Course(TGC) 3rd week of April 3rd week of May
10+2 Entry TES 3rd week of May 3rd week of June
PC(SL) Update soon Update soon
SCO Update soon Update soon

Exam pattern

The exam pattern knowledge in regard to any recruitment is the most important to have. If any candidate goes hand in hand with the exam pattern he is always one step away from other candidates. If any exam is 10+2 level them written test will include the questions of the same level while if the exam is graduate level than candidate must be well versed with aptitude and English subjects. General knowledge will be a common subject in all the exams.

Selection process

Selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of written test, skill test, interview, medical test. The candidates’ selection will primarily be done on the basis of interview and medical test which are the two important pillars of any selection in Indian army.

Join Indian Air Force

Indian Air Force is the Air arm of the Indian armed forces. Its primary mission is to secure Indian Air space and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 during British period. It is headquartered in New Delhi. Its motto is ‘Touch the sky with glory’. Air force day is celebrated on 8 October. Indian Air force is commanded by Air Chief Marshall. Below we have provided the requisite knowledge of life at Indian air force, types of entry, selection process, eligibility, exam schedule, exam pattern. Kindly keep scrolling for further details.

Life at Indian Air Force

Life at Indian Air force is a challenging although not so difficult like that of army but still. The training period is quite challenging and would always be the one testing your abilities, enhancing them and challenging you at your base level and using all your experience for being an asset not only to Indian air force but as a whole to Indian defence. The life at Indian air force is challenging and have Pre-defined working hours.

Types of Entry

The types of entries in Indian Air Force have braches within, which includes that of Aeronautical Engineering Branch, Flying Branch, and Ground duty branch. The duty of all the branches will be different from each other. The recruitment for these branches are done using Group X trade and Group Y trade for which notification is released in the month of December.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criterion for joining Indian air force must be first looked after, before applying for the jobs so kindly view the branches within air force below which will provide you the whole detail of the eligibility of air force.

Aeronautical Engineering Branch

  • Candidate must have Completed B.Tech with minimum 60% marks.
  • The age limit of the candidate must be within 20-26 years.

Flying Branch

  • Candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and also a special degree any relevant field.

Ground duty branch

  • Candidate must have Completed bachelor’s degree in any relevant field.
  • The age limit of the candidate must be within 20-26 years.

Note: Apart from that, the selection to the officers level posts is also conducted through the exams like AFCAT, NDA , CDS & UES, TES.

The Indian Air Force also notifies about the recruitment schedule & process in all the leading newspapers of the country.

Exam Schedule

The exam schedule is an important part in regard to any job. Candidate must make sure to note the important dates which are compiled below in the form of a table.

Event Date(tentative)
Date of notification 3rd week of December
Start of online registration 3rd week of December
End of online submission 2nd week of January

Exam Pattern

As it is said that half knowledge is harmful and in this competitive era before preparing for an exam one must be completely aware of the exam pattern to be successful and to have the complete knowledge of the respective subjects, so below is the thorough detail of the exam:

Group X Pattern:

S.No. Name of the subject No of marks Exam duration
1 English 20 60 minutes
2 Physics 25
3 Mathematics 25

Group Y Pattern:

S.No. Name of the subjects No. Of Questions Total Marks Exam Duration
1 English  

100

300 2 Hours
2 General Awareness
3 Numerical Ability
4 Reasoning

Selection process

Selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of written test, skill test, interview, medical test. The candidates’ selection will primarily be done on the basis of interview and medical test. The candidates must make sure to appear in the interview with all relevant documents.

Join Indian Navy

The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian armed forces. The president of India is the supreme commandant of the Indian navy. 4th December is celebrated as Navy day. The motto of Indian Navy is ‘May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us’. The chief of the naval staff is the commandant of Indian navy. Below we have provided the requisite knowledge of life at Indian air force, types of entry, selection process, eligibility, exam schedule, exam pattern. Kindly keep scrolling for further details.

Types of Entry

The Indian navy recruits for these posts under it through a recruitment process. The posts include that of Fireman (Erstwhile Fireman Grade II & Grade I), Group C Civilians, Short Service Commission Officer, Canteen Attendant, SSC (Education) & PC (Logistics), Data Entry Operator Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’, Technical and Executive Branch. The recruitment notification of Indian navy is released in different months.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criterion for joining Indian navy must be first looked after, before applying for the jobs so kindly view the branches within Indian navy below which will provide you the whole detail of the eligibility of all the recruitment of navy.

Fireman (Erstwhile Fireman Grade II & Grade I)

  • Candidate must have Passed Matriculation or its equivalent from a recognized board or Institution.
  • The age limit is within the range of 18-25 years.

Group C Civilians

  • Candidate must have passed Matriculation/Equivalent from a recognized board.
  • The maximum age limit for the candidate is 56 years.

Short Service Commission Officer

  • Candidates should have Degree in Engineering in any discipline with minimum 60% marks from a recognized University or Institution.

Canteen Attendant

  • Candidates should have passed class 10th or its equivalent from a recognized University or Institution or board.
  • Candidate must also have a diploma in Hospitality Management, cooking or catering.
  • The age limit for the candidates is 18-25 years.

SSC (Education) & PC (Logistics)

  • Candidate must have passed M.Sc for SSC (Education) and for PC (Logistics) candidate must have passed MBA.

Data Entry Operator Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’

  • Candidate must have passed 10+2 for Grade A while for grade B must have passed graduation.
  • The age limit is 18-25 years.

Technical and Executive Branch

  • Candidate must have B.Tech degree in relevant field.
  • The age limit is as per government rules. The age relaxation may also apply as per government rules.

Exam Schedule

The exam schedule is an important part in regard to any job. Candidate must make sure to note the important dates which are compiled below in the form of a table.

Events Starting date of application Last date of application
Fireman (Erstwhile Fireman Grade II & Grade I) Last week of April 3rd week of May
Group C Civilians Last week of March 2nd week of April
Short Service Commission Officer 1st week of March 1st week of March
Canteen Attendant 1st week of March Last week of March
SSC (Education) & PC (Logistics) 3rd week of January 2nd week of February
Data Entry Operator Grade ‘A’ & ‘B’ Last week of December 3rd week of January
Technical and Executive Branch 1st week of January Last week of January

Exam Pattern

The exam pattern knowledge in regard to any recruitment is the most important to have. If any candidate goes hand in hand with the exam pattern he is always one step ahead from other candidates. The 10th level exam will have the same for the written exam, if any exam is 10+2 level them written test will include the questions of the same level while if the exam is graduate level than candidate must be well versed with aptitude and English subjects. General knowledge will be a common subject in all the exams.

Selection Process

The selection of the candidate will be primarily done by short listing. Then after that candidates will have to appear in a written exam. After clearing the written exam candidate will appear in Physical Endurance Test (PET). Candidates clearing this will have to appear in Physical Fitness Test. At last candidates will be called for document verification.

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