How To Join Indian Army As An Officer After 10+2?

How to Join the Indian Army After 10+2?

As soon as the students appear for their 10+2 examinations, a question starts to revolve around them and that is “What are they going to do after their 10+2 ?” Then many of you aim at becoming officers in the Indian Armed forces.

When it comes to joining the forces, students are only aware of joining as soldiers or other non-commissioned posts. But after reading this article you will get to know about four such entries through which one can join the Indian Army and Indian Navy as commissioned officers just after completing your intermediate (10+2).

When it comes to joining the forces there are various entries and examinations through which boys and girls can join the forces.  Therefore, the Indian Army finds potential officers through the entries like NDA, CDS, TGC, SSC, NCC, TES, ACC, and more.

Now, we will discuss the four entries that allow students to join the forces just after completing their class 12th examination.

So let’s dive in!

NDA (National Defence Academy) 

The NDA exam is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Since the previous year, UPSC has opened the gates of NDA for both boys and girls. Earlier only boys were eligible to appear for the NDA exam but now both males and females can appear for the National Defence Academy Entrance exam.

In this article, we have provided all the details about the NDA exam. The candidates can refer to the details and prepare for the NDA 2023 accordingly.

NDA 2022- Overview

Name of Exam National Defence Academy (NDA)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Periodicity Twice a year
Exam Level National
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Rounds 3 Stages (Written + SSB + Medical)
Who can Apply? Both Boys and Girls
Available Seats 400 Approx
Job Location Across India
Official Website


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NDA Eligibility Criteria

Hence, the candidates willing to apply for the NDA exam must fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria given below.

Educational Qualification

Wing Educational Qualification
Air Force Wing 12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
Naval Wing 12th Class pass with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
Army Wing 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University

Age Limit

  • The minimum age of the candidates should be minimum of 16.5 years and a maximum of 19.5 years.
  • No relaxation is given in the age limit and is the same for all categories

How to Apply Online for the NDA exam?

Moreover, the candidates can follow the steps below to apply online for the NDA exam:


  • Visit the UPSC official website
  • On the top right-hand side of the web page, there are two links namely: “PART-I Registration” and “PART-II Apply Online”.
  • Click on Part – 1 Registration then follow the steps below:
  • As you click on the link for “Part-1 Registration”, a new webpage will appear on the screen. Here, Important Instructions to fill Online Application Form is given.
  • Read the instructions carefully and click on the ‘Yes’ button available at the bottom of the screen.
  • Clicking on the ‘Yes’ button takes you to the application form.

NDA Online Application

  • Part-2 Apply Online is divided broadly into four pages. Fill them all and click on the Submit button
  • Then fill in the choice for the examination center
  • Upload the necessary documents
  • Then Pay the required application fee if applicable.

Application Fees

The application fee is Rs. 100 for Male (General and OBC) candidates. The fee is exempted for female candidates / SC / ST/ sons of JCO / ORS / NCO.

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NDA Selection Process

The NDA selection process consists of three major stages. They are as follows:

  • Written Test,
  • SSB interview, and
  • Medical Test.

NDA SSB Dates 2022 Out For National Defence Academy Exam – Click to Check

NDA Exam pattern

  • NDA is conducted through offline mode.
  • The duration of the examination will be 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • All the questions in the question paper will be of multiple choice type.
  • The exam will have 300 marks in Mathematics, 600 marks in GAT, and 900 marks in the SSB interview.
  • The entire examination of NDA will be 180 marks.
  • 0.33 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer
  • NDA exam is conducted in both Hindi and English. (Except for the English part)
  • The exam will consist of two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test.
Written exam Subject maximum marks Number of questions Period
Question paper 1 Mathematics 300 120 2:30 Hours
Question paper 2 General Ability Test (GAT) 600 150 2:30 Hours
Total 900 270 5:00 Hours

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Army Technical Entry Scheme (TES) 10+2 

Another way of becoming an officer after 10+2 is through Army TES. For the Technical entry scheme, the candidates must be at least a 12th pass and they can directly appear for the SSB interview. This entry is only for unmarried male candidates.

The notable point about the Army TES is, that you don’t have to appear for any written exam instead you can directly appear for your SSB interview on the basis of the marks scored in class 12 and the JEE Mains score.

Army TES Eligibility Criteria

Check the detailed Army TES Eligibility Criteria below:

Age 16½ years – 19½ years.
Gender For male candidates only.
Education Qualification
  • Qualified 10+2 with Science subjects(Maths, Physics, and Chemistry) with at least 70% of total marks from a recognized board or university.
  • Appeared in JEE (Mains) Examination
Duration of Course The duration of the course is 5 years
Type of Commission Permanent on completion of the course

Army TES 2023 Notification Release Date, Application Form, Eligibility and etc. – Click to Check 

ssb interview

How to apply online for Army TES?

The candidates can follow the steps below to apply online for the Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme.

  • Visit the official website of the Indian Army
  • Click to apply online for TES entry on the home page.
  • Fill in the online application form completely and correctly.
  • Upload all the necessary documents.
  • Pay the required application fee for filling out the online application form.

Documents to be carried for the Army TES SSB Interview

  1. Copy of the Application Form
  2. The following documents will also be carried along with the Application Form:-(i) Class 10th certificate and mark sheet in original showing DOB.
    (ii) Class 12th certificate and mark sheet in the original.
    (iii) ID proof in original.
    (iv) Copy of result of JEE (Mains) 2021.

Also Read: Indian Army TES-47 Merit List Out

10+2 B.Tech Entry (Indian Navy)

The 10+2 B. Tech entry of the Indian Navy is only for unmarried male candidates. The Indian Navy accepts applications for the four-year B.Tech degree program via the 10+2 (B.Tech) Cadet Entry Scheme for Permanent Commission.

The candidates are conducted in the Education and Executive & Technical branches. The students selected will enroll in the four-year study at the Indian Naval Academy in Ezhimala, Kerala.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Passed Senior Secondary Examination (10+2 Pattern) or its equivalent examinations from any Board with at least 70% aggregate marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) and at least 50% marks in English (either in Class X or Class XII)
  • Candidates who have appeared for JEE (Main) – 2021 (for B.E/ B. Tech) exam.
  • Call up for Service Selection Board (SSB) will be issued on the basis of JEE (Main) All India Common Rank List (CRL) – 2021 published by NTA.

How to apply online for the Indian Navy Cadet Entry Scheme?

  • Visit the Indian Navy’s official webpage.
  • Go to ‘Register’ and finish your profile registration.
  • Fill out the application form
  • Upload the necessary documents to apply for the course.
  • Pay the charge (if there is one) and submit the form.
  • Print out the online application form for future reference.

Documents Required to carry along with Navy Application Form

All relevant documents in original, as well as a photocopy of them, need to be carried  (preferably in original) along with a hard copy of the online application form. They are as follows:

  • Date of Birth proof (as per 10th/12th certificates),
  • 10th class mark sheet,
  • 12th class mark sheet,
  • JEE(Main)-2021 Score card {indicating Common Rank List (CRL)} and a recent passport size color photograph should be scanned in original JPG/TIFF format, for attaching the same while filling up the application.

MNS + NEET Exam 

The MNS exam was earlier conducted independently but now onwards it will be conducted through the NEET examination. This entry is open for only girl candidates.

MNS+ NEET Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria to appear for the NEET UG exam for B.Sc. MNS course.

  • Only Female Candidates that are unmarried/divorcees/ legally separated/ a widow without encumbrances can apply.
  • Nationality – Citizen of India
  • Educational Qualification: The candidate must have passed the FIRST ATTEMPT, Senior Secondary Examination (10+2) or equivalent (12 Years schooling) with Physics, Chemistry, Biology (Botany & Zoology), and English with not less than 50% aggregate marks as a regular student from a Statutory/ Recognized Board/ University/Examining Body
  • Physical Standards: Minimum Height is 152 cm. Candidates from Hill and Northeastern States will be accepted with a minimum height of 147 cm.

MNS+ NEET Selection Process

From MNS 2022 onwards the MNS+ NEET selection process has been drastically changed. Earlier the Military Nursing Service Exam has a three-stage selection process but from now onwards it will be conducted through MNS + NEET. Here we have provided the detailed selection process.

  1. Shortlisting through NEET (UG) score: The female candidates will have to appear for the NEET UG exam initially. Then the shortlisting will be done based on the NEET score. Then the MErit list will be displayed on the official website
  2. Verification of Documents: Shortlisted candidates are called for document verification with all the original documents. If the candidates are not able to present the original documents they will be disqualified then and there.
  3. Test of General Intelligence & General English (ToGlGE): Moreover, the test of General Intelligence & General English (ToGlGE) will be in the form of a Computer Based Test (CBT) consisting of 40 MCQs of two marks each for a maximum mark of 80. Also, there will be negative marks of 0.5 for every incorrect answer. These 40 questions will be required to be answered in 30 mins.
  4. Psychological Assessment Test (PAT): The PAT is a qualifying examination and the score will not be considered for preparing the final merit list. It is basically the test of psychology somewhat similar to the SSB interview of defense exams but not exactly the same. One of the major differences is that in SSB, GTO is there but in MNS there is no GTO.
  5. Interview: The candidates will be interviewed by a Board of Officers at a designated venue.
  6. Medical Examination: Lastly, all shortlisted candidates will go through Special Medical Board (SMB) at a designated venue. Candidates who will be declared FIT/UNFIT in the medical examination will be informed about their medical status with the reports. They can even make an appeal to the Medical Board.

Best NDA Coaching in Allahabad

Now, you know the three ways to become an officer in the Indian Armed Forces. But do you know how to start your preparation for these exams so that you can easily qualify them in your first attempt?

So, let me tell you that Major Kalshi Classes are the Best NDA coaching in Allahabad They also prepare students for the CDS, MNS, AFCAT, TES Army Entry, and 10+2 B.Tech Navy Entry. Some of the features that make MKC the best are as follows:

MKC Offline Classroom Course Unique Features:

  • “Trend Analysis” based unique “Teaching Plan” 
  • Most experienced faculty of MKC, 
  • Doubt Counter facility 
  • Spoken English Classes, 
  • Physical Training Sessions at Malviya Stadium,
  • Best Study Material by MKC Publication 
  • Weekly and Monthly Testing System 
  • Special Current Affairs Sessions 
  • Sunday Extra Classes 
  • Best SSB Interview guidance by Retired Officers 
  • Fully Equipped GTO Ground 
  • Huge Computer Lab 
  • Comfortable Hostel & Mess for Nutritious food 
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