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How to Join Indian Army after 12th ?

One can fulfill his dream of joining officer cadre of Indian armed forces after 12th, but there are certain eligibility criteria which is to be fulfilled. Below is a detailed view of how one can join India armed forces after 12th.

There are two 2 ways of joining Indian Army after 12th:

1. NDA & NA Examination:

Those who want to join the Indian Army after 12th can join the National Defense Academy (NDA), the Indian Armed Forces’ Joint Services academy.The NDA Exam is conducted twice in a year by UPSC across all major Indian cities. NDA Exam-1 is conducted around March-April and Exam-2, around August-September.

The requirements for entry into NDA is as follows:

Age – 16 ½ to 19½ yrs(at the day the course is expected to begin)
ie. Born Between 2nd Jan to 1st Jul for Dec Course and 2nd Jul to 1st Jan for Jul Course
Qualification – 12th Class of 10+2 for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy
Marital Status – Unmarried
Application to be Received by – 10-15 Nov for Jan Course and 10-15 Apr for Jul Course
Likely SSB Date – Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr(SSB can sometimes get very delayed, so this is just for reference)
Date Commencement of Training – Jan and Jul
Training Academy – NDA , Khadakwasla, Pune
Duration of Training – 3 Yrs at NDA and then 1 Yrs at IMA, Dehradun
Students must clear the NDA Exam held by UPSC. Those who qualify are called for SSB (Services Selection Board) interview after which they are selected for training under NDA.

2. Technical Entry Scheme -TES(For High School Science Graduates):  

Those who have passed 10+2 level exam with a minimum aggregate of 70% in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics are eligible for the 10+2 TES (Technical Entry Scheme) Course. TES Entry offers four-year Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in various disciplines after which candidates are granted Permanent Commission in the Army in the Lieutenant rank.

The TES entry is open twice a year.
Vacancies Per Course – 85
Form availability – Apr and Sep Notified by Additional Directorate General of Recruiting
The requirements for entry into TES is as follows:
Age – 16 ½ to 19 yrs
ie. Born Between 1st Jul to 1st Jul for Jan Course and 1st Jan to 1 Jan for Jul Course
Qualification – 10+2 Physics, Chemistry & Maths (aggregate 70% and above to apply)
Marital Status – Un Married
Application to be Received by – 30 Jun and 31 Oct
Likely SSB Date – Aug to Oct and Feb to Apr
Date Commencement of Training – Jan and Jul
Training Academy – IMA Dehradun
Duration of Training – 5 Yrs (1 Yrs IMA & 4 Yrs CTWS) Permanent Commission after 4 Yrs.
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