Indian Armed Forces

Indian armed forces are the military forces of the country which comprises the three uniformed services; Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and is also supported by Indian Coast Guard.

Divisions of Armed Forces

  • Checked Indian Army
  • Checked Navy
  • Checked Airforce

Gateways to a job in this area

* Timelines for applications and exams are only indicative and may vary each year, Please check the official platforms for accurate information


Name of Exam Jobs / Admision Covered Stepwise Procedure Age and Eligibility Application & Exam Timeline Website
National Defence Academy (NDA) Examination
  • Army wing of National Defence Academy
  • Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy
  • 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy
  • Written entrance examination : Mathematics and General Ability Test
  • SSB interview Intelligence and Personality Test
  • Medical Test
  • Age: 16 ½ to 19½
  • Education:
    • 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination
    • 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics
  • Application: January-Februaury
  • Exam: April
https://upsc.gov.in/examinations/National%20Defence%20Academy%20and%20Naval%20Academy%20Examination%20(II)%2C%202018
CDS (Combined Defence Services Examination)
  • Indian Military Academy
  • Officers Training Academy
  • Indian Naval Academy
  • Indian Air Force Academy.
  • Written examination
  • Interview for intelligence and personality test
  • Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). (a)OIR Test and PP&DT.
  • Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference.
  • Only unmarried graduates
  • Age:
    • Indian Military Academy: 19–24 years
    • Air Force Academy: 19–24 years
    • Naval Academy: 19–24 years
    • Officers’ Training Academy: 19–25 years
  • Educational Qualifications:
    • I.M.A. and Officers’ Training Academy: Any academic Degree.
    • Indian Naval Academy: Degree in Engineering from a recognised University/Institution.
    • Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.
  • Application: February, November
  • Exam Time: May, September
AFCAT (Air force Common Admission Test)
  • Flying
  • Ground Duty (Technical) Branches:
    • Aeronautical Engineer
    • Electronics and Aeronautical Engineer
    • Mechanical Engineer
  • Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches.
    • Aeronautical Engineer (Electronics)
    • Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical)
    • Ground Duty (NonTechnical)
    • Administration & Logistics.
    • Accounts
  • Written examination
  • Intelligence and Personality Test
a minimum of 60% marks each in Maths and Physics at 10+2 level and
  • Graduation with minimum three years degree course in with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • BE/B Tech degree (Four years course) from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised University with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
  • A minimum of 60% marks each in Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level and a minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology.
  • A minimum of four years degree graduation/integrated post-graduation qualification in Engineering/ Technology
  • Graduate Degree in any discipline with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent or cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India B.Com Degree with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent.
First week of June http://jipmer.edu.in/academics/courses