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careers in the armed forces

ARMY

NAVY

AIR FORCE

National Defence Academy (NDA)


Age: 16-19 years

Cadet Entry National Defence Academy (NDA),


PC: Executive Branch. Age: 16 -19 years

National Defence Academy (NDA) PC: Flying Branch. Age: 16 -19 years

PC: 10+2 Technical Entry Scheme, Indian Military


Academy (IMA) Age: 16 -19 years

Cadet Entry (10+2) Naval Academy,


PC: Executive Branch. Age: 16 -19 years

Cadet Entry (NDA) PC: Engineering Branch:


Marine; Electrical Age: 16 -19 years

Cadet Entry 10+2 (Technical) PC: Engineering


Branch: Marine; Naval Architects; Electrical,
Age: 16 -19 years

ARMY

NAVY

AIR FORCE

National Cadet Corps (NCC) Special Entry, Officers


Training Academy (OTA), 2 years service in NCC
Senior Division Army with 'C' Certificate (apart
from graduation), Age:19-25

NCC Special Entry, Naval Academy, Naval Wing


Senior division NCC 'C' Certificate (apart from
graduation) Age: 19-24 years

NCC Special Entry PC: Flying Branch, Senior


Division Air Wing NCC C
Certificate (apart from graduation) Age:
19-23 years

ARMY

NAVY

AIR FORCE

Indian Military Academy (DE), Age: 19-24 years

Graduate Special Entry Scheme, Naval Academy,


Combined Defence Services Exam PC: Executive
Branch, Age: 19-22 years

Combined Defence Services Exam, PC: Flying Branch, Age: 19-23 years

SSC (NT)(Men), Officers Training Academy (OTA),


Age: 19-25 years

Logistic Cadre, PC: Executive Branch,


Age: 19 -25 years

SSC*, Flying Branch,


Age: 19-23 years

SSC(NT/SP) (Women), Officers Training Academy


(OTA), Age: 19-25 years

SSC: ATC (Air Traffic Control)*; Hydro Cadre; General Service; Logistic Cadre*; Age: 19 -25 years,
Pilot Cadre; Observer Cadre*, Age: 19-23 years

PC/SSC for Men & SSC for Women: Ground


Duty Branches: Administration; Logistics;
Accounts,
Age: 20-23 years

ARMY

NAVY

AIR FORCE

Technical Graduate Course (TGC) (EDN) AEC,


Age: 23-27 years

PC: Education Branch, Age: 21-25 years

PC/SSC for Men & SSC for Women: Ground


Duty Branches: Education, Age: 20-25 (2026 for MEd/PhD), Ground Duty Branch:
Accounts,
Age: 20-25 (20-26 for CA/ICWA)

*SSC: Education Branch, Age: 21-25 years

PC/SSC for Men & SSC for Women:


Ground Duty Branches: Meteorology, Age:
20-25, Ground Duty Branches: Logistics,
Administration, Age: 20-25 (20-26 for Law
Graduates)

ARMY

NAVY

AIR FORCE

Judge Advocate General (JAG), Officers Training


Academy (OTA), Age: 21-27 years

Naval Armament Inspection Cadre, PC: Executive


Branch, Age: 19 -25 years

Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics ), PC/


SSC for Men & SSC for Women: Technical
Branch, Age: 18-28 years

University Entering Scheme (UES) Indian Military


Academy (IMA), Age: 19-25 years (18-24 for
pre-final)

Law Cadre, PC: Executive Branch, Age: 22-27 years

Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical), PC/


SSC for Men & SSC for Women: Technical
Branch, Age: 18-28 years

TGC (Engineer), Indian Military Academy (IMA),


Age: 20-27 years

Law Cadre*, SSC: Executive Branch,


Age: 22-27 years

University Entry Scheme, PC/SSC for Men


& SSC for Women: Technical Branch, Age:
18-28 years

SSC (T) (Men), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Age:


20-27 years

SSC: Engineering Branch (Marine): General Service;


Submarine Cadre, Age: 19 -25 University Entry
Scheme (UES), Age: 19-24

SSC (T) (Women), Officers Training Academy (OTA),


Age: 20-27 years

SSC: Engineering Branch (Naval Architects):


General Service, Age: 19-25 years, Naval Architecture Cadre, Age: 19-24, University Entry Scheme*

SSC: Electrical Branch: General Service;


Submarine Cadre, Age: 19 -25 years,
University Entry Scheme, Age: 19-24 years

PROFESSIONAL
ENGINEERING, LAW Etc.

POST
GRADUATION

GRADUA TION

NCC

10+2 (normally with


Physics & Math)

Entry routes into the Armed Forces

* For both men and women - PC: Permanent Commission, SSC: Short Service Commission

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