Career Course : Career in Defence Services

Career in Defence Services


Career in Defence Services : : Eligibility for Indian Defence Career

Of all the professions, a career in the Defence Services is the noblest and indeed the most sacred one. If you are imbibed with a patriotic zeal and strong passion to safeguard the frontiers of the country from enemy attacks, if you like the simple and honest army ways compared to the civilian life full of hassles and uninvited difficulties.

If you love a disciplined life, then you should opt for Defence services, i.e., a career with Indian Army, Air force or Navy. As a Defence Personnel, you will be called upon to protect the pride and honour of the country. Besides this, our brave men in Defence Services, have always risen to the occasion in rendering yeoman’s service to salvage and protect life and property in the event of a Natural Catastrophe – be it a Flood, Earthquake, Cyclone, Tsunami, etc.

Thus you have the twin opportunities of defending the national frontiers from foreign aggression as also serving the civil society in the event of various calamities. A career in the defence forces is all about accepting the thrills and adventures, as also facing the challenges at the risk of your life.

There are a few institutions in the country that can provide you a career like the defence forces do. They are perhaps the only organizations where you can pick up skill in Management, Computers, Communication, Human Nature and Sports. Also, you get a chance to excel in adventure and sports activities. There are two ways of getting into the defence forces – through the National Defence Academy Examination ( NDA Exam ) or through the Combined Defence Services Exam ( CDSE ).


The NDA is meant for all those who have completed or are going to complete their 10+2 level of education. And if one has missed the bus due to one or the other reason, one still has a chance to get into these highly coveted services, after one has completed graduation. The CDSE is for all those people who have completed their graduation.

National Defence Academy & Naval Academy :

On the basis of a written examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission twice every year, in January & July, eligible candidates are selected for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the NDA and Naval Academy. Those who qualify in the competitive written examination, have to appear for an intelligence and personality test conducted by Service Selection Board.

The written examination comprising Maths and General Ability Test is of 2½ hours duration each, carrying 300 and 600 marks, respectively. Entry to NDA and Naval Academy restricted to unmarried male candidates between 16½ to 19 years of age who are citizens of India, Bhutan, Nepal and migrants from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam. The candidates have to give an undertaking not marry till the completion of their full training.

Educational Qualifications :

Army Wings of NDA : Pass in the 10+2 or equivalent examination conducted by a State Educational Board or a University.

Air Force & Naval Wings of NDA : Pass in the 10+2 or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University with Physics and Maths.

A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board has to undergo a medical examination by a Board or Service Medical Officers. The minimum acceptable height is 157.5 cm ( 162.5 cm for Air Force ). There is a relaxation in the height by 5 cm for Gurkhas or candidates from North East and 2 cms for those from Lakshadweep. The selected candidates for the three services, i.e., Army, Navy and Air Force are imparted preliminary training – both academic and physical – for 3 years at NDA.

The training during the first two and a half years is common to the cadets of the three wings. On passing out, the cadets are awarded B.Sc./ B.A. Degree by JNU, Delhi. On passing out from NDA, army cadets go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun while Naval and Air Force Cadets are sent to the cadets Training Ship and AFA, Hyderabad / BFTS, Allahabad.

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    By MANISH BHURE from ROHA-RAIGAD MAHARASHTRA on June 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  • my age is 19 years and i want to join defence site so please guide should i go this site. i get 66% in 10th and 45% in 12th science so plz guide me how should i go to defence after 12th i am very confused because i get very low percentage so guide me sir if any option available for me and now i want to go join ITI (TRADES COURSE)
    By AKSHAY JADHAV from thane on June 10, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • I 12th since pass intestinal for difens career
    By sonali sansare from palghar Maharashtra on June 3, 2016 at 9:42 am
  • I want to join Indian army, because I truly love my country. Sir,I am pass standard 12th sci with 56% in 2017 , so plz give me some idea about joining indian army as far as asap!
    By kaushal tiwari from Ahmedabad ( gujarat) on May 19, 2016 at 9:31 am
  • Sir, i have pass 10 from Army school n hs from k.v no_1 tezpur assam. My DOB is 17/04/1994.Aftr that due tu my fathers accident n financial issue i cant study more. My fathr was an ex_service man from army. My father want me tu seen me in a army n my aim is tu fullfild my fathers aim. I want to give my life to indian army. Sir kindly request u to give me a chance to be a part of it. Any kind of post it dsn't matter jst give me any kind of job in army to full fild my fathers goal. Sir if u realy have a heart of an indian soldier thn plz respct my father aim with my goal to. Jst tak my life of every second to leave for my country. Sir i m proud to be a indian citizen but if u give me a chance to proved myslf to be an indian. Bharat mata ki hai.!! Jai Hind!
    By Krishna Deka from Tezpur, Assam on May 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm
  • want to be indias proud
    By sreenath m from kannur,kerala on February 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  • I am a male nurse. Completed my bsc nursing from CH. Charan Singh university in 2017. I want know can I get a job as a nurse in defence.. If yes, than tell me when and how can I do it?
    By Mohit from Delhi on February 24, 2016 at 8:53 pm
  • Sir, How can I get into Indian defense at the age of 27?
    By Sheshank Biradar from Gulbarga, Karnataka on January 11, 2016 at 10:07 am
  • I am full of energy and patriot and serve to my motherland trill my last blood drop and breath. I'm adventurous and daring.
    By Akash Trivedi from Raebareli, U.P. on December 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • i am doing bsc 3rd year i want to join in nda
    By ravikanth from Hyderabad,Telangana on December 20, 2015 at 10:06 pm
  • keep me updated about the happenings abt nda . i love to join nda
    By narayan from hubli , karanataka on December 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm
  • Dear sir, I am jitendra dubey study in class 9 at cbsc board and I want to become a general in life so plz suggest me some tips thank you
    By jitendra dubey from u.p (faizabad) on November 26, 2015 at 9:14 pm
  • sir I am a student of class 10 in Bareilly. I am intrusted in defence services but unfortunately my maths is not to good so I want to know is maths compulsory.
    By harsh vardhan from bareilly.uttar pradesh on September 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm
  • Sir, next year I'll complete my inter(10+2), kindly advice me on courses and career in Defence , My physique and temperament suit well for Defence services. Please enlighten me on this. Thanking you.
    By S N RUCHITHA from Hyderabad on March 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm
  • Sir i am doing doing 1st year right now, and i am interested in defence services, please suggest me some way to join defence after my graduation, but i was not a part of any NCC or other plz suggest me something regarding career in defence services Thank You
    By Suraj Gurung from Noida, Uttar Pradesh on January 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm
  • Sir i am Surjeet Singh and m in Class 12th and i m having Humanities. Sir i wanna appear for NDA Army ! Can i appear for it ! Reply Asap n how much marks is it complusary fr it.
    By Surjeet Singh from New Delhi on December 15, 2014 at 11:20 am
  • Sir I am studying in 10+3(commerce) and I want to join in Indian Army very soon.But the problem is that I completed 10+2 in 49%. Please reply me
    By Aryaman Mishra from Odisha on December 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm
  • Sir I am studying in 11 standard and I wish to appear N.D.A examination after appearing 12 standard
    By A jay Mehra from Banga Punjab on October 4, 2014 at 11:25 pm
  • sir, I have completed MCA I would like to join in air forc I am eligible to join air forc
    By kiran kumari from noida on September 14, 2014 at 10:04 am
  • I am interest in this job and i want this job
    By anu solanki from noida on September 14, 2014 at 9:58 am
  • Sir/Madam, I have done 10+2 in Commerce (without Mathematics), and currently I am doing CA. DOB :- 21st Jan. 1995 So am I eligible to apply for defense forces.
    By Nilay Tamhankar from 108-B, Uma Appt., Pande L/o, Khamla Rd., Nagpur-440025, Maharashtra on January 26, 2014 at 11:10 pm
  • Sir, My name is Roney Francis. I'm a MCA graduate and 25 years old. I would like to join in Indian military. Am i eligible to join India military? is any problem in my age?
    By Roney Francis from Cochin, Kerala on September 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm
  • i gt 71.2% from U.P. board & my pcm is 76.667 i want to join air force, is there any way to join air force like TES
    By Abhishek Kumar Yadav from nagpur on June 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm
  • I have completed 10+2 in maths and commerce,my age is 21 do i have a oppurtunity
    By K.r.rahul from Hyderabad,andhra pradesh on December 30, 2012 at 12:22 am
  • i had completed my BBA @61% and done my commerce is 47% so kindly requested to you on this basis if have any job in army please repply me
    By SWAROOP MALODE from Delhi on October 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  • Tell about the age limit for this year CDS exam
    By Neeraj mudgal from Delhi on July 5, 2012 at 11:54 am
  • Sir/Madam can commerce students go for NDA?
    By Pallavi from Pune on June 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    By ABHIJITH.S from ATTINGAL on May 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm
  • Sir I am saju, a BSc male nurse with 2 year exp: in Asha Parekh Hospital Mumbai. I would like to join Indian Navy and work as a nurse & serve for our Navy soldier. Please give me an opertunity. thank you.
    By Saju Thankaraj from Trivandrum kerala on February 10, 2012 at 8:39 am
  • Bharat Mata Ke Jaiii Sir, mai tripura ka rahene bala hu or mai BBA complet keya hu mera bachpanse aim hai sir khaki bardi ko mare sinese lagake Bharat Mata ki seba karu lakin sir yeha par sabkuch chanel se hota hai.sir mai ab kya karu?mujhe khaki bardi chahiye please sir.
    By Tutan das from 2-3-1986,rajarbag sukanta palli,udaipur south tripura.m-8974295542 on January 9, 2012 at 10:23 am