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How to join Indian Army after 12th

The Warriors of the land, Guardians of the sea, and air have a common background. 

In this article, we are going to talk about How to join Indian Army after 12th. There are many ways, for aspirants  to join Indian Army but for commerce students, the ways are not wider as for science stream student. Here I will describe career opportunity in Indian Armed forces after completing 12th standard.

Indian Armed Forces are one of the best career options after 12th. Indian Armed forces are the best employer in the world. They don’t just give you a job but they give you life. They will not only give you best pay scale but also gives much respect from society.



How to join Indian army after 12th:NDA entrance exam

National Defense Academy is one of the most famous Institution in the world. If you want to join Indian Armed Force after 12th then this is the best way. The National Defense Academy is a Joint Defense Service Institution for the Indian Armed Forces. Here all the defense candidates are given training and after that they go to their respective academies for further training.
The National Defense Academy(NDA) exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC). Here candidates are selected on the basis of their written test, SSB interviews and medical test. And once they are selected, they are sent on training for 3 years.
Eligibility Criteria for NDA Exam
To appear in the National Defense Academy exam, candidates have to fulfill its eligibility criteria.
1. Education Qualification: Candidate should be 12th pass from any recognized education board or its equivalent.
2. Further Limit: Candidate’s age should be between is 16. 5 to 19.5
3. Gender: Only unmarried male or female candidates can apply for this exam.
As science stream students have the opportunity to appear for NDA entrance exam and join any branches of Indian Armed Forces, commerce stream students don’t have this opportunity. They can appear in NDA entrance exam but they can only join Indian Army after 12th standard.

Commerce stream students can’t appear for NDA entrance exam to join Indian Air force or Indian Navy after 12th standard. They can only join Indian Army After 12th schooling. This is the first way How to join Indian Army after 12th  another ways have also discuss below.

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How to join NDA after 12th

NDA Written Exam Pattern
Below is the complete details of NDA written exam pattern:
PapersSubjectsMaximum MarksTimeMarking Per QuestionNegative Marking Per Question
Ability Test

SSB Exam Pattern

Below is the Complete details of SSB Exam Pattern:

StageTestsTotal Marks
Stage 1Abhishek
Phycological Test
Group Testing officer Tasks
Stage 2Personal Interview
900 marks

How to join Indian army after 12th: Become an Officer

There are only two ways to get or become an officer in Indian Army/Navy/Air Force:

  • After 12th prepare for NDA entrance exam.
  • After Graduation prepares for CDSE, AFCAT, NCC, JAG Entry etc.       

If you want to become an officer in Indian Army after 12th Commerce, so there is no provision. You can’t become an officer but you can become a soldier after 12th schooling. 

And if you are looking for to join Indian Navy/ Air Forces after 12th commerce, so there is also no provision to get a commission in these forces. You can join these forces only after completing graduation.

How to join Indian Army after 12th: Technical Entry Scheme

TES stand for Technical Entry Scheme. This is also one way to join the Indian Army. Candidates have to clear the TES exam. After qualifying this exam, candidates can enroll themselves in any of the prescribed engineering courses. This course is of 4 years, once after completing this course, the cadets get permanent commission on the rank of lieutenant in the army.

Technical Entry Scheme [TES] exam is conducted by the Indian Army twice a year. Indian Army conducts the TES exam in the month of January and July and its notification is usually published in May, June and October, November. The duration of training in this course is 5 years. This is the another way How to join Indian Army after 12th.

In this, the candidates are selected through a two stage selection process. The candidates who clear the first stage are taken for the second stage. It consists of five days of SSB interview. After this medical examination is done for all those candidates who are recommended after Stage 2. Candidates who are recommended by SSB and declared medically fit are issued for joining letter for training, depending on the number of vacancies. 

Eligibility Criteria for Technical Entry Exam

Candidates must have minimum eligibility criteria to appear in TES exam

Qualification: Candidates who have passed 10+2 or its equivalent with minimum 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from any recognized education board can apply.

Age Limit: Candidate age should be between 16.5 to 19.5.

Gender: Only unmarried male can apply for this exam.

TES Exam Pattern 

Here are the details of TES Exam pattern :

SubjectsNo. Of QuestionsMarks
General Knowledge0520
General Science0520
Computer Science0520
Maths10 40

How to join Indian Army after 12th ? Indian Army Rally 

Another way to join the Indian Army is to join the rally organized by the Indian Army. The Indian Army organizes rallies for the recruitment of Soldier Posts across the country. Under this, different posts are appointed such as Soldier General Duty, Soldier Clerk, Soldier Nursing Assistant, Soldier Tradesman and Soldier Technical in different departments. Candidates are selected on the basis of their written test, medical test and fitness test. This is the third way How to join Indian Army after 12th

How to join Indian Army: Eligibility Criteria

To join Indian Army candidate should have minimum eligibility criteria:

Soldier Clerk: Candidate should be 10+2 pass with minimum 60% marks from any recognized board and studied English.

Soldier Technical: Candidate should have passed 10+2 in Science stream(PCME) with minimum 50% marks or its equivalent

Soldier Technical (Ammunition Examiner): Candidate should have passed 10+2 in Science stream(PCME) with minimum 50% marks or 3 years Diploma in Engineering.

Soldier General Duty: Candidate Must Have Passed 10th From Any Recognized Board With At least 33% Marks.

Soldier Nursing Assistant: Candidate should have passed 10+2 in Science stream(PCM) with minimum 50% marks.

Soldier Tradesman: Candidate should be 10 pass or should have done ITI in relevant trade

Soldier Tradesman (All Arms): candidate must have pass 8th.

Exam Pattern 

Here are the details of Soldier GD Written Exam:

Subjects and Other DetailsNo. of Questions(Marks)
General Knowledge15 Questions(30 Marks)
General Science15 Questions(30 Marks)
Logical Reasoning 05 Questions(10 Marks)
Maths15 Questions(30 Marks)
Maximum Marks100
Passing Marks35
Time Duration01 Hours

How to join Indian Navy/Airforce after 12th

There are some ways available for commerce students to join Indian Air Force/Navy after completing their graduation just like preparing for CDSE and AFCAT. CDSE stands for Common Defense service Exam this exam is conducted by UPSC for candidates who have the desire to join Indian Armed Force after graduation but for commerce students, it is not possible to appear for this exam because it requires Mathematics and Physics.

The second way is AFCAT. AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. This test is conducted by Air Force as its annual common test. Commerce students after graduation can appear for this test only for ground duty because they can’t become an operational officer as it requires Mathematics and Physics. 

To become eligible for this test you have to complete your graduation from any recognized universities. And remember commerce stream students can only appear AFCAT for ground duty Branch. After clearing written test you also have to clear SSB (Service Selection Board ) interview. Similarly, you can appear for same relevant exam conduct by the Indian Navy.

Why you should join Indian Armed forces after 12th Commerce?

The answer is very simple and clear that Indian Armed forces give you the best opportunity to build your life as you want. It gives you full of joy, best pay scale and the most important thing the respect from society.

There are lots of benefits are given below:

  • Personal Satisfaction and Pride
  • Job Security and Economics Stability
  • Prestige and Respect 
  • Post-retirement Benefits
  • Variety and Adventure
  • Facilities for Entire Family
  • Physical Fitness
  • Professional Advancement 
  • Paid Vacation Free Education
  • Get to learn new skills

So this the end of this post here we have discussed How to join Indian Army after 12th. Hope all your questions have been answered and if you have any questions then you can comment and you will get the answer.


Question 1. Can 12th pass join Indian Army?

Answer: Yes, of course, for this it is necessary that the candidate is 12th pass and must have at least 60% marks in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from a recognized board.

Question 2. Can I join Army after 12th without NDA?

Answer: Apart from National Defense Academy, there are other ways to join Indian Army like Technical Entry Scheme and Army Rally (Agneepath Recruitment Scheme).

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