A Career in the Defence Forces

A career in defence forces promises one of the most prestigious and respected positions in the country. Youngsters who aspire to choose a career of excitement, adventure, and challenges can find no better place than defence to meet all their professional expectations. The Indian Armed Forces are the military forces of India which consist of four professional uniformed services: TheIndian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. The various paramilitary organisations and various inter-service institutions also help the Indian Armed Forces. The Ministry of Defence is responsible for the management of armed forces in India.

Recruitment in Indian Armed Forces

The Indian Armed Forces symbolize the ideals of service, patriotism and composite culture of the country. 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.

UPSC Recruitment of Commissioned Officers

The Union Public Service Commission recruits the Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces by conducting mainly the two all India Competitive Examinations.

  • National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Defence Academy (NA)
  • Combined Defence Service Examination
  • Short Service Commission (Technical) Entry

Join Indian Army

The Army offers both permanent and short service commissions. Permanent commission (PC) is granted through the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun and Short Service Commission (SSC) is granted through Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai. When you opt for 'PC', you are basically looking at a permanent career in the Army, a career till you retire. SSC is a wonderful option for all those of you who aspire to serve it for a few years. It gives you the option of joining the Army, and serving it as a commissioned officer for five years. Once your tenure is over, you are allowed to opt for PC. Alternatively, you can also ask for a five years extension and can choose to resign from your post any time during this period.

  • Permanent Commission (PC)
  • Short Service Commission (SSC)
  • Short Service Commission (Women)
  • Recruitment of Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBOR)
  • Life in Army

Career in Indian Air Force

  • Flying Branch
  • Technical Branch
  • Ground Duty Branch

Career opportunity in Indian Navy

  • Executive Branch
  • Engineering Branch
  • Electrical Branch
  • Educational Branch

Indian Coast Guard

  • Join Indian Coast Guard
  • Officer Entry
  • Sailor Entry

Central Armed Police Forces

Border Security Force (BSF) is a Border Guarding Force of India. It is a Union Government Agency under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs. It is one of many law enforcement agencies of India. It currently stands as the world's largest border guarding force.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is a premier multi-skilled security agency which provides security cover to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive Government buildings and ever heritage monuments.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is an armed Force of the Union of India, with the basic role of striking reserve to assist the State/Union Territories in Police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency.

Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is a specialized mountain Force and most of the officers & men are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers.

Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) is a Border Guarding Force (BGF) under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs. You can find detailed information pertaining to recruitment and career opportunities in the SSB.

Inter-Service Institutions

  • National Defence Academy (NDA)
  • National Defence College (NDC)
  • Defence Services Staff College (DSSC)
  • National Cadet Corps (NCC)
  • Armed forces Medical College (AFMC)