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How to Become Captain in Indian Army

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Joining the Indian Army is a dream of many Youngsters in India. The post of Captain is one of the most famous poets in the service. Here in this article, I will share with you the complete details about How to become Captain in the Indian Army. To get complete details like Selection Process, Eligibility Criteria requirement, Age limit criteria as well as the salary, work, allowances of a captain in the Indian Army Service. Check the article in the below paragraphs.

How to Become Captain in Indian Army

Being a captain in the Indian Army is not an easy task. One will have to go through a journey to become captain of the Indian Army Service. There are many exams, Interviews, Medical tests as well as the training phase, that one has to clear to reach the post of captain.  Here I will share with you the step-by-step process of becoming a captain in the army. Let’ see the complete details below:

The Process to Become Captain in the Indian Army:

As you must know that there is no direct entry for the post of the Captain in the Army Service. In order to become captain in the Indian Army Service. One will need to appear for the Officer’s Entry examination. There are several examinations that are conducted for the selection of the Officer into the Indian Army as well as in the Indian Air force and Indian Navy etc. Here are the exams that one can appear for after passing class 12th or graduation etc.

  • NDA Entry (After 12th)
  • TES Entry (After 12th)
  • CDS Entry (After Graduation)
  • TGC Entry (After Graduation) etc

These are the four entries that can make you a captain in the Indian Army Service. The NDA Stands for National Defense Academy and CDS stands for Combined Defense Academy, These both entries are for the Indian Armed forces, Through this, One can get selected in the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air force etc. While the TES Entry which stands for Technical Entry Scheme and TGC Entry which stands for (Technical Graduate Course) is especially for Entry in the Indian Army only. Through these entries, One can join the technical branch of the Indian Army and become captain after a few years of service.  Now let’s see the required eligibility criteria that is mandatory to have to apply for these vacancies.

Required Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply for the following examination that is mentioned above. It is mandatory to have the following eligibility criteria to apply for any of these vacancies:

  • For NDA Entry, One must have passed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  • A candidate who is appearing in class 12th can also apply for the NDA Entry.
  • The Eligibility Criteria for NDA and TES entry are almost the same.
  • For the CDS Entry, One just needs to have done graduation in any stream from any Government Recognized Institute, College or University, etc with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics in class 12th.
  • For the TGC Entry, One must have done BE or B.tech in any related stream to the Indian Army. Those who are in the final year or final semester are also eligible to apply for the vacancy.
  • For the NDA Entry and TES entry: The candidate’s age must be between 16.5 years old to 19 years old.
  • For the CDS Entry and TGC Entry: The candidate’s age should not be less than 19 years old and it should not be more than 24 years old.
  • To apply for any of these entries, one must be physically as well as medically fit in all manners. A minor problem in the medical or physical test can be the reason for a temporary rejection or even permanent rejection.

Remember: There is no relaxation that has been given to many candidates in age or education or any other requirements on the basis of their caste, community, or religion. it will be the same for all. If you are planning for your career in the Indian armed forces, make sure that you are completely fit and sound to join the service.

Now let’s see the duties and responsibilities of a captain in the service and later we will see the Salary, Allowances, Perks and overall lifestyle of a captain in the Indian Army Service.

Duties & Responsibility of a Captain in the Indian Army:

The post of a captain in the service is very lucrative and known as the best post in the Indian Army service. But there is a huge responsibility on the person who gets to the post of captain. A Captain in the service is basically a commander to troops and he/she is responsible to take an on-the-spot decision during the war in the war zones. A Captain has a number of troops who work, acts under the command of the captain.

They are responsible for any loss under their authority while they are in power and has commanding power. It is easy to be a captain in the service. We all have seen in the movies about the royal lifestyle of the captain and how to act, how they behave and how they command etc. These are the things that cannot be explained in words. This is the job that needs passion as well as love for the nation etc. Now let’s get to know about the lifestyle, salary, Perks and allowances that one gets in the service on the post of a captain.

Salary, Allowances, and Lifestyle of a Captain in the Army Service:

A captain in the service lives one of the finest lifestyles. Right after getting selected in the service as an Officer, One will get posted as Lieutenant in the service and after a few years of service, One will be promoted to the post of captain. After the selection in the service, One will get a salary of around 55,000/- per month to 70,000/- per month. Depending upon the area of posting and duty period etc.

Once you get promoted to the post of captain, The salary would be somewhere between 92,000/- per month to 1,10,000/- per month depending upon the area of posting. any officer or soldier posted in the war zone or any dangerous area will get paid more. The allowances in the service are almost the same for all officers either it’s the post of Lieutenant or captain. There might be some minor differences but there is no major difference. In the allowances, One gets:

  • Travel Allowances
  • Dearness Allowances
  • Medical Facilities
  • Free Ration for Employee as well as the family.
  • Free Stay for Employee as well as the family
  • Paid leaves of 2 months every year.
  • Casual leaves every week.
  • Education Facilities for family etc

There are also many more things that can not be explained. If you have an aim to become an officer in the Indian Army Service. Make sure to prepare well for the exams. There are only fewer seats in the vacancy and the completion is too much. Make sure to join the best coaching to get proper training and education for your exam. The preparation can be done at home as well. You just need to have proper knowledge about the exam pattern and How to prepare for this etc. This was all about the How to become a Captain in the Indian Army Service.  I hope you got the answer to this.


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