Direct Entry To Become Officer In Army, Navy, Airforce

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Direct Entry To Become Officer In Army, Navy, Airforce

Direct Entry are also known as technical entries where one does not have to give a written exam to get selected for interview. Shortlisting of candidates is done on the basis of cut off marks decided. 

Hence, you need to have a good score in your academics in order to get shortlisted for the interview.

Although vacancies are relatively less in Technical entries. However, they provide an opportunity to appear for the interview directly without worrying of clearing the written exams otherwise

There are 5 Direct Entries to become officer in Indian Army

10+2 (TES) Technical Entry Scheme

TES entry is for aspirants who have passed their 12th Exams with PCM.

Aspirant can appear directly for SSB interview. To clarify, shortlisting is based on their 12th Marks

AgeYour age should be between
16 ½ to 19 ½
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationAggregate 60% marks each in
Maths, Physics, Chemistry at 12th
Additionally, Candidate must have appeared
in JEE (Mains)
GenderMale
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for 10+2 TES entry
NotificationMayOctober
SSB DateJuly-OctoberJan-April
10+2 TES Notification Cycle

Lastly, Applications are out on the official website of Joinindianarmy

What is safe percentage for TES Entry?

80% or more in 12th is safe score along with JEE (Mains) rank

Where is training for TES Entry conducted?

1 year basic military training at OTA Gaya. 1 year pre commissioning and 3 years post commissioning training at CME Pune, MCTE Mhow, MCEME Secunderabad

Technical Graduate Course Entry

TGC entry is for B.E Btech graduates to appear directly for SSB interview.

AgeYour age should be between
20 to 27 years.
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationEngineering Graduate
GenderMale
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for TGC entry
NotificationApril-MayOctober-Nov
SSB DateJuly-OctoberJan-April
TGC Notification Cycle

Lastly, Applications are out on the official website of Joinindianarmy

Where is training for TGC Cadets Conducted?

Indian Military Academy Dehradun

SSC Tech Entry (Short Service Commission)

SSC tech entry is for B.E Btech graduates to appear directly for SSB interview. Selection for interview is on the basis of academic score. However, this provides short service commisison

AgeYour age should be between
20 to 27 years.
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationEngineering Graduate
GenderMale & Female
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for SSC Tech entry
NotificationJuly-AugJan-Feb
SSB DateOct-JanApril-July
SSC Tech Notification Cycle

Applications are out on the official website of Joinindianarmy

Where is training for SSC Tech Cadets Conducted?

OTA Chennai

NCC Special Entry (Officers)

This entry is only for NCC Cadets. Selection for interview is done on the basis of academic scores.

AgeYour age should be between
18 ½ to 24 ½
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationMinimum 50% in Graduation
Cadet should have served for minimum 2
academic years in the senior division or wing of NCC.
Also, he should have obtained a minimum “B” grade
in “C” certificate exams of NCC
GenderMale & Female
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for NCC Special entry
NotificationJuly-AugJan-Feb
SSB DateOct-JanApril-July
NCC Special Entry Notification Cycle

Applications are out on official website of Joinindianarmy

Where is training for NCC entry conducted?

OTA Chennai

JAG – Judge Advocate General Entry

JAG entry is for Law Graduates to appear directly for SSB interview. Selection is done on the basis of academic score through this entry.

AgeYour age should be between
21 to 27
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationMinimum 55% in LLB
candidate should be eligible for registration with
Bar Council of India/State.
Candidate should be from a college or
University recognized by Bar Council of India.
GenderMale & Female
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for JAG entry
NotificationSeptember-OctMay-June
SSB DateNov-FebJuly-Oct
JAG Entry Notification Cycle

Applications are out on official website of Joinindianarmy

Where is training for JAG entry cadets conducted?

OTA chennai

Shortlisting Details

Firstly, upon shortlisting you will receive a call letter for SSB interview. If you are recommended by the Interview Board, you have to undergo a total medical examination. At this stage if you are declared medically unfit you are sent back. On the contrary if you are declared fit your name will be put in the Merit List.

To clarify, SSB Interview process is the same irrespective of the entry. Click here to watch SSB interview details 

As per the vacancy, those topping the merit list are called for joining and rest will be merit out.

All your expenses will be borne by the government. Also, You will be provided with all basic necessities wherever required.

You are also liable to receive stipend per month. As a result, it keeps accumulating till your Passing out parade (POP). Lastly, The total sum can be en cashed at the end.

The starting salary as officer will range anywhere around 100k. This is after keeping aside all other benefits and perks.

Promotion through technical entries is no different from other entries. For instance there have been many service chiefs through direct entries. Also, Pay scale and service prospects remains the same. 

There are 2 Direct Entries to become officer in Indian Navy

Indian Navy direct entry
Indian Navy Officer

10+2 Btech Navy Entry

This entry is for aspirants who have passed their 12th Exams with PCM. One can appear directly for SSB interview after being shortlisted based on their academic Marks

AgeYour age should be between
16 ½ to 19
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationAggregate 70% marks in
Maths, Physics, Chemistry in 12th level
50% in English at 10th or 12th
Additionally, Candidate must have appeared
in JEE (Mains)
GenderMale
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for 10+2 Btech entry
NotificationOctoberJune
SSB DateNov-FebJuly-Oct
10+2 Btech Entry Notification Cycle

Applications are out on the official website of Joinindiannavy

SSC Navy Entry

This entry is for B.E Btech graduates to appear directly for SSB interview. Through this entry selection is on the basis of academic score.

Note : INET exam has replaced this entry. However INET exams were temporarily suspended due to Covid Pandemic.

AgeYour age should be between
16 ½ to 19
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationAggregate 60% marks in B.E, Btech
GenderMale & Female
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for SSC Navy Entry
NotificationNov-DecJune-July
SSB DateFeb-MayAug-Nov
SSC Navy Entry Notification Cycle

Applications are out on the official website of Joinindiannavy

Shortlisting Details

Firstly, upon shortlisting you will receive a call letter for SSB interview. If you are recommended by the Interview Board, you have to undergo a total medical examination. At this stage if you are declared medically unfit you are sent back. On the contrary if you are declared fit your name will be put in the Merit List.

To clarify, SSB Interview process is the same irrespective of the entry. Click here to watch SSB interview details 

As per the vacancy, those topping the merit list are called for joining and rest will be merit out.

All your expenses will be borne by the government. Also, You will be provided with all basic necessities wherever required.

You are also liable to receive stipend per month. As a result, it keeps accumulating till your Passing out parade (POP). Lastly, The total sum can be en cashed at the end.

The starting salary as officer will range anywhere around 100k. This is after keeping aside all other benefits and perks.

Promotion through technical entries is no different from other entries. For instance there have been many service chiefs through direct entries. Also, Pay scale and service prospects remains the same. 

In conclusion, these entries are in excess to the entries involving written exams. Above all, they are beneficial for those who don’t want to go through the difficulty of written exam. 

There are 2 Direct Entries to become officer in Indian Airforce

indian airforce academy Dundigal passing out parade

AFCAT NCC Entry

Similar to NCC special Entry, NCC air wing cadets can directly appear for SSB interview. Shortlisting is based on the score in academics. Men & women can join the Air Force through this mode of entry.

Applications are out along with AFCAT Notification

AgeYour age should be between
20 to 24
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationMinimum 60% marks in graduation
60% in Physics & Maths at 10+2 level.
NCC Air wing C certificate holder
GenderMale & Female
StatusUnmarried
Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT NCC Entry
NotificationNov-DecJune-July
SSB DateApril-SepOct-March
AFCAT NCC Entry Notification Cycle
Where is age limit for cadets having DGCA License?

26 Years

AFCAT Meteorology Entry

This entry is for graduates to appear directly for AFSB interview and shortlisting is based on the score in academics.

AgeYour age should be between
20 to 26
Note: Age limit is at the time of “joining academy”
EducationMinimum 50% marks in graduation
55% in Physics & Maths at graduation level
GenderMale & Female
StatusUnmarried
Note: Married above 25 years are eligible
Eligibility Criteria for AFCAT Meteorology Entry
NotificationNov-DecJune-July
SSB DateApril-SepOct-March
AFCAT Meteorology Notification Cycle

Applications are out along with AFCAT Notification

Shortlisting Details

Firstly, upon shortlisting you will receive a call letter for SSB interview. If you are recommended by the Interview Board, you have to undergo a total medical examination. At this stage if you are declared medically unfit you are sent back. On the contrary if you are declared fit your name will be put in the Merit List.

To clarify, SSB Interview process is the same irrespective of the entry. Click here to watch SSB interview details 

As per the vacancy, those topping the merit list are called for joining and rest will be merit out.

All your expenses will be borne by the government. Also, You will be provided with all basic necessities wherever required.

You are also liable to receive stipend per month. As a result, it keeps accumulating till your Passing out parade (POP). Lastly, The total sum can be en cashed at the end.

The starting salary as officer will range anywhere around 100k. This is after keeping aside all other benefits and perks.

Promotion through technical entries is no different from other entries. For instance there have been many service chiefs through direct entries. Also, Pay scale and service prospects remains the same. 

Comments (3)

  1. Mayank

    Sir/ma’am,
    I’m in class 12th (PCM) right now and soon i will be taking admission in college.
    Would you please tell me in which course should i do BTech like in CS/IT or other, so that i would be eligible for TGC and and other BTech entries after 4 years.
    Please tell me

    1. Hi Mayank, You can refer to the vacancies of previous TGC entries. Whichever has the most number of vacancies and lesser cut off trend would be the wise option.

  2. Deep Sardar

    I want to join Indian Army as an officer.

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