After 12th Career

Career in Indian Army After 12th

India is the world’s second-largest army. And it is the dream of Indians to serve their country. So here is the way from which you can join the Indian army after the 12th. The only males can join the Indian army after the 12th, girls can join the Indian army after they have completed their graduation. Here in this article, I am sharing with you the details about my career in the Indian Army after the 12th. I have shared the details like types of entry, Selection Procedure as well as complete eligibility criteria required for the entry, etc.

Ways to Join the Indian Army After 12th:

If you want to join the Indian army then you will be having two options, either you want to join the regular army or the territorial army. The regular army is a full-time involvement job where you have to work for your country full time. whereas territorial army is like a part-time where you will be a part of Indian army and will be called upon at the time of stress, natural calamities, etc. it the force whose main motive is to create and maintain peace among the citizens.

Indian Army After 12th

The territorial army is the part of the Indian army and it is called the citizen army which has been set up to ensure the safety of citizens at the time of natural calamities and during other emergencies. Once you have done decided which option would you like to choose. Here is the list of the lists of entries that one can opt for after the 12th and you can apply for the same. There are two ways to join the Indian army after the 12th:

  • NDA ( National Defence Academy )
  • TSS ( technical scheme examination )


The first way to join the Indian army after the 12th is after clearing the NDA examination. National defense academy is a training academy for aspirants who aspires to join the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, or Indian Navy. It is a common entrance exam that is conducted all over India for the aspirants to join the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, or Indian Navy. The selection process for the Indian Army is conducted in three rounds. The first round is the NDA examination where aspirants who want to join the Indian Army have to clear a common entrance written examination that is NDA examination and after clearing this exam, the aspirants will be called for the SSB  interview which is round two, and after clearing these two rounds, aspirants are moved to the third round which is medical testing. On the basis of marks of these three rounds, the final merit list is prepared and aspirants are given training of three years.


  • Education Qualification – Candidates with a 10+2 degree or equivalent from any recognized board can apply for the examination. Those candidates who are currently appearing for the class 12th exam can also apply for the NDA examination.
  • Age limit – the age must be between 16 ½ and 19 ½ at the time of the commencement of training.
  • Sex – Male aspirants can only appear for the NDA exam, there is no provision for female aspirants. Male aspirants who are unmarried can only apply for the examination.

These are the physical standard prescribed by the National Defence Examinations guidelines, one must match these standards in order to apply for the examination.


  • The candidate must be physically and mentally fit.
  • The candidate who has been resigned on any disciplinary activities by the training academy is not applicable to appear for the exam.
  • Body tattoos are accepted only if they are on the inner sides of the body. Tattoos on the face, the palm is not accepted.


  • The minimum height should be 157 cms for the Navy and Army and 162 cms for Indian Air Force.
  • The Gorkhas of the person belonging from hills, Garhwal or northeastern states of India are given relaxation in height with 5 cms i.e, the minimum height should be 152 cms.
  • In the case of Lakshadweep candidates, the height relaxation is 2 cms i.e, 155 cms.
  • The eyesight of the candidates must be 6/6.


The Written Exam of the NDA is divided into two parts. One will need to prepare the following subjects for the NDA Written Examinations:

  • Paper 1. Mathematics
  • Paper 2. General Ability Test (GAT)

The paper on Mathematics would be single but the general ability test is divided into two parts, English and General knowledge and General awareness test.

Paper 1.- Mathematics

The number of questions in the mathematics paper will be 120 carrying 300 marks with a time duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Paper 2.- GAT (General Aptitude Test)

The general aptitude test will be carrying 150 questions of 600 with a time duration of 2 hours 30 minutes and The marks distribution of the general aptitude test is as follows:-

  • English – 200 marks
  • Physics – 100
  • History, Freedom movement, etc. – 80
  • Geography – 80
  • Chemistry – 60
  • General Science – 40
  • Current events – 40


The negative marking for mathematics is 0.83 and the negative marking for General Aptitude Awareness (GAT) is 1.33. You must not mark the answer unless/until you are sure about that. Either you would up scoring some unwanted minus marks.

SSB Interview Pattern of NDA Examination 

Stage 1- screening test: Verbal and non-verbal test, PPDT (Picture Perception and Description Test).  This day is very important. Most of the candidates get rejected on the very day of the Interview. Around 70% of the candidates get rejected on 1st day. A Candidate who would clear day 1 of the Interview will only stay in the academy rest of the days of the Interview.

Stage 2- Psychological test:

  • Thematic appreciation test
  • Word association test
  • Situation reaction test
  • Self-description test

Group testing officers test

  • GD
  • GPE
  • PGT
  • HGT
  • IOT
  • Command Task
  • Snake race/ Group obstacle race
  • Individual lecture
  • FGT

The days 4th and 5th would be Personal interviews and conferences. These days would play an important role in the selection. you must appear for this very carefully. You might get asked questions related to your personal lives but do not hesitate and answer wisely.

TES ( Technical Entry Scheme):

Those who want to join the Indian army after the 12th can also join through TSS. Apart from NDA, the technical scheme examination is a written examination. After clearing this exam, candidates will be called for the interview conducted by SSB ( Service Selection Board ).  After clearing these two rounds candidates will be selected and will be enrolled in a bachelor in Engineering course with subjects of their choice and will get training for the Lieutenant rank in the Indian army. The training is of four years and on completion of your training, you will be awarded the Lieutenant rank in Army. The training will be given to the selected candidates in Officer’s Training Academy (OTA).

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  • Educational qualification – the candidate must have completed their 10+2 or equivalent from any recognized board with at least a minimum of 70% in Physics, Chemistry, and mathematics.
  • Age limit – the candidate’s age must be between 16 ½ to 19 ½ during the commencement of the training.
  • Sex – only unmarried male candidates can apply for the examination. Female candidates are not allowed to apply for this exam.

Through this entry, One can become an Engineer in the Indian Army Service. This post is equivalent to the post of the officers in the Indian Army Service. All the pay scale, perks, as well as allowances of an Engineer, would be the completely same as the officers in the Service.

FAQs For Career in Indian Army After 12th 

Can I become a Soldier in Indian After the 12th?

Yes, there are many open rally vacancies released by the Indian Army for the Soldier’s Entry into the service. You can apply for that after passing class 10th or class 12th.

What are the Minimum age criteria to become an officer in the Indian Army?

A candidate must be at least 19 years old to become an Officer in the Indian Army. Well, You can join the NDA at 16.5 years old.

What is the starting salary of the Officers in the Indian Army?

The Salary depends on many factors but in the Initial days, One can make around 54,000/ per month to 75,000/- per month depending upon the rank and area of posting, etc.

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