Career Options In Armed Forces

Saheli Dey

The Indian Army is one of the largest in the world. Armed Forces offer excellent career opportunities to the adventurous young candidates. It is a career that offers immense facilities, a privileged lifestyle and of course, honour in serving the country.
The primary mission of the Indian Army is to ensure national security and unity, defending the nation from external aggression and threats, and maintaining peace and security within its borders. It is a major component of national power alongside the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.

How To Apply:
You can apply online at where you need to fill in all details in the online application form. After submitting online application, candidates are required to obtain two copies of the application printout. One copy of the online application with documents and duly signed by a gazette officer must be carried by the student to the Selection centre. The documents would be returned after verification. The second copy needs to be retained by the candidate.
After this, a Call up for SSB tests will be sent to the candidate by SMS/post and dates will also be hosted on the website. Original and attested copies certificates will be brought to the Selection Centers as per the call up instructions. It needs to be pointed out that the candidature of a candidate will be cancelled if the candidate does not carry the copy of online application & said documents to the Selection Centre for interview; applying second time on line will also lead to cancellation of candidature for same entry and any incorrect details filled in online applications will lead to cancellation of candidature and suitable action will be taken against the candidate.

The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. It is the world’s fourth largest air force. Its primary responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict. Working in the Indian Air Force (IAF) is about being in the middle of supersonic jets, state-of-the-art technology and best of the people. You are where the action is. Air Force provides you with the most modern facilities and gives you an unparalleled way of life and creates an environment, where the best in you comes out. One can join the Indian Air Force as an officer in the flying, technical or the ground duty branches depending on his/her educational qualification.

How To Apply:
The recruitment for all kinds of courses in the Indian Air force is carried out by the Ministry of defence with its headquarters in New Delhi. The ministry of defense brings out notification in various leading dailies as well as in Employment News. The procedure for sending the application is fairly simple. After spotting the relevant ad, eligible candidate can send the application in the format mentioned in the advertisement, before the last date of receiving of application.

Those boys who have 10+2 (Science) qualification with Physics and Maths can join IAF by appearing for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy NA (NA) examination conducted by the UPSC twice a year in all major cities throughout India. If you get short-listed for Air Force after the initial selection procedure, you will have to undergo a very strict 3 year training routine at NDA, Khadakwasla. Post this, you will be commissioned as officers and posted as pilots at any of the Air Force Stations. If you have completed your graduation, men and women are shortlisted after the initial selection procedure such as AFCAT exam. Those who have completed engineering can apply and they are short-listed after the initial selection procedure such as the AFCAT and CDS examinations, go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Men and women who are post-graduates also have opportunities to explore in the Indian Air Force, especially for Ground Duty. You can get in for these services through the AFCAT exam.

Indian navy is a part of the armed force. It provides us security from naval attacks. It is a responsibility of every Indian to provide safety to our country.
Interested candidates who choose Career in Indian Navy after 10th they will be join as seafarer and after qualifying pre sea courses or after completing 12th they will be join as an officer Nautical (Deck). Unmarried Female and Male candidate are eligible to apply for these jobs.

How To Apply:
Aspirants who have passed in 12th standard can get the entry in National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) through UPSC examination. Candidates who are willing to get Non UPSC entries they have to go through Service Selection Board interviews. Every year there are several post advertisements in Indian navy like Matric Recruit (MR), Non-Matric Recruit (NMR) in all leading National/Regional Newspapers or blogs like The training period of seafarers is very difficult. Seafarers fight against his home sickness, sea sickness and learn how to live onboard ship and work normally there. Physical training is the most difficult part in the training period for Sea Warrior. Mental condition is also check in the training period. The training of mind, body and spirit is necessary to give way to the Sea Warrior.