Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of Indian Armed forces. The Indian Army was formed in 1776, under the government of the East India Company in Kolkata. The Indian army is the biggest voluntary army in the world.

Career Options

  • - General - Lt General - Major General - Brigadier - Colonel - Lt Colonel - Major - Captain - Lieutenant - Subedar Major - Subedar - Naib Subedar - Havildar - Naik - Sepoy

Educational Qualifications

  • - Soldier (General Duty) (All Arms)- SSLC / Matric with 45% marks in aggregate and 33% in each subject. No percentage considered in case candidate has passed with higher qualification i.e. 10+2 and above. - Soldier (Technical) (Technical Arms, Artillery, Army Air Défense)- Sol Tech 10+2/Intermediate Exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% marks in each subject. - Soldier Clerk / Store Keeper Technical (All Arms)- 10+2 / Intermediate Examination Pass in any stream (Arts, Commerce, Science). Should have secured 50% marks in each subject and 60% in aggregate in Class XII. Should have studied English and Maths / Accounts / Book Keeping in Class XII or Class X. Should have secured min 50% marks in each of these subject, whether in Class XII or Class X. - Soldier Nursing Assistant (Army Medical Corps)- 10+2 / Intermediate Exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with Minimum 50% marks in aggregate and minimum 40% in each subject. OR In case the candidate has a BSc Degree with (Botany / Zoology / Bio-Science) and English, the stipulation of percentage in Class-XII is waived off. However, the candidate should have studied all the four specified subjects in Class XII also. - Soldier Tradesmen (All Arms)- 10th Simple Pass/ ITI (except Syce, Mess Keeper and House Keeper- who may be 8th Simple Pass). - Survey Automated Cartographer (Engineers)- Graduate in any discipline. In addition, requisite qualification in his own religious denomination. - Junior Commissioned Officer Catering (Army Service Corps)- 10+2 or equivalent exam and Diploma / Certificate Course of a duration of one year or more in Cookery Hotel Management and Catering Technology from a recognized University / Food Craft Institute. AICTE recognition is not mandatory. • Havildar Education (Army Education Corps) Group X - MA / MSc / MCA or BA / BSc / BCA / BSc (IT) with B Ed Group Y - BSc/BA/BCA/B Sc (IT) (w/o B Ed.)

Personal Skills

  • - Tough physical constitution - Strong mental abilities - Flexibility - Responsible attitude - Willingness to be away from home for long periods

Courses to be pursued

  • - NDA - CDS - AIPMT - SSB selection after B.Sc/B.Tech • NDA • CDS • AIPMT • SSB selection after B.Sc/B.Tech

Top Colleges

  • Army Institute of Technology Address: Alandi Road, Dighi Hills, Pune, Maharashtra 411015 Phone: 020 2715 7612 Website:
  • College of Military Engineering Address: 6, Old Mumbai Pune Hwy, Dapodi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra 411012 Phone: 02027146560 Website:

Working Conditions

A soldier must work actively during peacetime and conflict as well as in any other dangerous situation also. They must work regularly. They may be required to work overseas for long periods of time. Army corps are often involved in military operations, usually on the front line of battle. Conditions may be extremely dangerous and life-threatening for a soldier. Female army officers must perform the same role as their counterparts and may join all corps, except those where there is a high probability of direct combat.

Top Companies

  • National Defence Academy Address: C-6, Arjun Marg, Block C, Defence Colony, Delhi 110024 Phonee: 020-25290333 Website:
  • Officer's Training Academy Address: 18/2, VOC Street, Meenambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600016 Phone: 098420 98420 Website:

Successful Persons

Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey

Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey was an officer of the Indian Army of the regiment 1/11 Gorkha Rifles, posthumously awarded the India's highest military honour, Param Vir Chakra.

Major Somnath Sharma

Major Somnath Sharma, son of Major General Amarnath Sharma, was born on 31 January 1923, in Himachal Pradesh. He was commissioned in the Kumaon Regiment on 22 February 1942. During the Second World War, he had fought in the Arakan Operations.

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