A Career in the Indian Army as an officer

Career in the Indian Army

A Career in the Indian Army as an officer

The Indian Armed Forces comprise four strong pillars such as the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy, and the Indian Coast Guard.

Among these pillars, the Indian Army acts as a protecting shield fighting away all the odds that threaten the integrity and security of the nation.

Thousands of youngsters all over India dream to become a part of the coveted Indian Army for it instigates a sense of Patriotism, pride, and passion for our motherland. 

In this article, we are going to discuss in detail the various aspects of career choices provided by the Indian Army.

Educational Qualification and selection procedure

Scheme of selectionEducational QualificationExaminations
NDA entryComplete class 12 from a recognized educational InstitutionAttempt and crack National Defence Academy (NDA) Examination
CDS entryComplete Class 12 in any stream.  
Secure a graduation degree in any stream.
Combined Defence Service (CDS) Examination
NCC Special Scheme entryComplete class 12 along with ensuring participation in NCC society.  
Pursue graduation in any stream and earn a ‘C’ Certificate for participating in NCC Society.
Crack Combined Defence Service Examination under the label NCC Special Scheme
Technical Graduate Course (TGC) Entry SchemeComplete Class 12 with a subject combination of Mathematics and Physics  
Pursue an engineering-based degree in graduation such as B Tech or BE.  
Pre-final year students are also eligible to apply for this scheme.
Attempt and pass the Technical Graduate Commission Exam to join the Indian Army as an Office.r    
Pre-final Year students of B Tech and BE will have to clear University entry scheme Exam.
Judge Advocate General (JAG) Entry SchemeChoose science stream with Physics and Mathematics subject combination.  
Pursue graduation in Law related streams such as LLB or Integrated LLB.
Attempt examination for Judge Advocate General (JAG) as proposed by Indian Army
Army Cadet College (ACC) entryPlus Two is the basic requirement for applying.   It is necessary to serve in any of the forces like Army, Navy, or Airforce. For 2 years to apply for this entryA written examination will be conducted followed by SSB interview
Army Medical CorpsClear class 12 with Biology as one of the subjects of study   Pursue MBBSApply for Army Medical Corps as proposed by Short Service Commission, Indian Army

Career Opportunities in the Indian Army

Combat Units – Confrontation of enemies in the war field is done by combat Units. Categories such as Army Armored Corps, Infantry, Territorial Corps, and the Regiment of Artillery comes under Combat units.

Ordinance Corps – Military Equipment and their utilization is done by the Ordinance corps in the Indian Army.

Air Defence Unit – The duty of the corps assigned this role is to protect our nation from attacks through the air. Protecting weapons owned by our nation and rendering support during disasters are other responsibilities given to the Air defense corps

Engineering and IT Department – Indian Army’s one of the oldest job roles is the corps of Engineer and it includes corps from combat engineers and Military Engineer Services. The Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME) provides technical assistance to the Indian Army by infusing the latest technology with innovation and necessity.

Army Service Corps – The main intention of formation of such a group in the Indian Army is to render adequate services to other divisions in Army. They also provide efficient training to candidates who newly join in Indian Army as Soldiers.

Education Department – The Education officers bridge the education and skill-related gap in individuals who join in Indian Army by designing better training modules and implementing them effectively.

Signal Regiment – Effective transmission of communication links especially during wartime is managed well by the signal regiment of the Indian Army. Electronic warfare is exclusively dependent upon the signal regiment.

Intelligence Corps – Collection of necessary data that are confidential in nature and its effective maintenance is done by Intelligence Corps

Postal Services – Postal requirements of the army including general correspondence and Money orders are effectively catered by officials who are working under the postal services of the Indian Army.

Judge Advocate General – All the legal matters pertained to the Indian Army are handled by Judge Advocate General.

Army Medical Corps – It is this unit of the Indian Army that provides medical services to officers of India

Physical Standards to Join in Indian Army

If you are an SSB Interview cleared candidate, then there will be a medical examination before joining the training institute. Certain physical standards are prescribed by the Indian Army for aspirants who want to join hands with it. Some of them are listed below.

  • Good Physical and Mental health
  • Free from any ailments
  • Healthy Chests
  • Bones and Joints must be free from diseases
  • Normal Blood Pressure
  • Well-developed muscles of Abdomen
  • History devoid of mental breakdown

Height Requirement

Male157.5 Cms
Female152 Cms
For Gorkhas and inhabitants of Garhwali and KumaonMale – 152.5 Female – 147 Cms
Lakshadeep CandidatesMale – 155.5 Cms Female – 150 cms

Vision Requirement

Distant vision6/6
MyopiaLess than 3.5 D
HypermetropiaLess than 3.5 D
  • Running: 2 Kilometers to 4 Kilometers in 15 minutes
  • Skipping: Continuous for 15 Minutes
  • Pushups and Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each
  • Chin-ups: Minimum 8
  • Rope Climbing: 3meters  to 4 meters.

Salary of Army men in Indian Army

The salary range of Army professionals depends on their rank in the Indian Army. Some of the important designations in the Indian Army and their salary structure are given below.

Rank StructurePay Scale Indian Army Per Month (Total In-hand Cash)
Indian Army Sepoy5200-20200 (Level 3)INR 25,000
Indian Army Lance Naik5200-20200INR 30,000
Indian Army Naik5200-20200
(Level 4)
INR 35,000
Indian Army Havaldar5200-20200
(Level 5)
INR 40,000
Indian Army Naib Subedar9300-34800
(Level 6)
INR 45,000
Indian Army Subedar9300-34800
(Level 7)
INR 50,000
Indian Army Subedar Major9300-34800
(Level 8)
INR 65,000
Indian Army Lieutenant15600-39100
(Level 10)
INR 68,000
Indian Army Captain15600-39100
(Level 10 B)
INR 75,000
Indian Army Major15600-39100
(Level 11)
INR 1,00,000
Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel37400-67000
(Level 12)
INR 1,12,000
Indian Army Colonel37400-67000
(Level 13)
INR 1,30,000
Indian Army Brigadier37400-67000
(Level 13A)
Indian Army Major General37400-67000
(Level 14)
Indian Army Lieutenant General37400-67000


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