Careers in Indian Defence Forces - Know here the details of Indian Defence Force Courses and Colleges.
Indian Defence Force Courses and Colleges
The Indian Armed Forces promise both professional and personal growth at every stage of the career. Opportunities to upgrade through various courses are abundant. The adventure and extra-curricular activities in the Armed Forces ensure an all round development essential in today's world. An opportunity is even provided to upgrade your civil qualification by availing two years paid study leave. Art of War, Engineering, Medicine, Administration, Human Resource Development, Management - Armed Forces teaches you all, moulding the officers into leaders capable of leading from the front in any field. Joining the Armed Forces is possible both after school as well as after graduation.
The Indian Military Academy presently has the following entries:
1. Regular Course-Comprising Cadets ex National Defence Academy and ex Army Cadet College Wing (Siachen Bn) and Direct Entry Scheme (for Graduates in Arts/Sc/Commerce through CDS and SSB)
2. Tech Graduates Course (for BE graduates/PG students with Science and Humanities. They appear for the SSB tests only)
3. UES Entry (for Final and Pre final year Engineering graduates)
4. Tech Entry Scheme (for candidates who have passed or are appearing for +2)
The training period is one year except for the Direct Entry Scheme which in one and a half years. Graduates those who are between the age of 19-24 and opting for Direct Entry are required to qualify Combined Defence Service Examination conducted by the UPSC. The final selection is done through the Services Selection Boards. There is no need for written examination for those who are engineering graduates/PG candidates, but they must be selected by respective Service Selection Boards. On successful completion of training at IMA, all entrants receive Commissioned rank of Lieutenant. However, UES and TGC (with BE) entries get two years ante date seniority over their course mates. This is to compensate for the extra time they spend to earn the Engineering Degree before commissioning. With the ante date seniority, opportunities widen for faster promotions in addition to pay benefits.
Candidates those who are selected for 10+2 Technical Entry Scheme are inducted for one year military training at Indian Military Academy. The candidate is followed by a four years degree course in Engineering from College of Military Engineering (CME) Pune or Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE) Mhow or Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME) Secunderabad at Government expense. After the completion of three years of training they return to the IMA for receiving the commission in the rank of a Lieutenant. Thereafter they return to their technical institutions as Lieutenant to complete fourth year of their degree course.
Following links contains the Eligibility criteria for Indian Defence