per cent seats of each course (2.5 each in Tech and Non-Tech) are reserved for them. Short
Service Commission Women (Tech), NCC entry and Judge Advocate General Branch are
exempted from written examinations and need to apply directly to Additional Directorate
General of Recruiting, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army). The notification
is published along with SSCW (Tech) twice a year.
(f) NCC (Special Entry Scheme): University graduates possessing NCC ‘C’ Certificate with
minimum ‘B’ grade and 50 per cent aggregate marks in graduation examination are eligible to
apply for Short Service Commission through this entry. Those studying in third year are allowed
to apply provided they have secured minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks in first two years.
Such candidates will need to secure overall aggregate of minimum 50 per cent marks if selected
in interview failing which his candidature will be cancelled. Candidates must possess graduation
degree at the time of joining OTA or those candidates studying in third year should be able to
produce the degree within 12 weeks from date of commencement of training at OTA. Such
cadets have to undergo SSB interview followed by a medical board. Candidates meeting the
qualitative requirements have to apply through NCC Group Headquarters at the State level. After
Screening by respective Group Headquarters, Directorate General of NCC forwards the
applications of eligible cadets to the Recruiting Directorate of Integrated Headquarters of
Ministry of Defence (Army).
(g) Judge Advocate General Entry: Law graduate with minimum 55 per cent aggregate marks in
LLB, age between 21 to 27 years can apply for Judge Advocate General Branch. Eligible
candidates are called for direct SSB interview and medical test, thereafter. It is a Short Service
Commission Entry wherein suitable candidates can opt for Permanent Commission.
Recruitment of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks (JCOs and ORs): In the Army,
there are eleven Zonal Recruiting Offices, two Gorkha Recruiting Depots, one Independent
Recruiting Office and 59 Army Recruiting Offices in addition to 48 Regimental Centres which
carry out recruitment through rallies in their respective areas of jurisdiction. Recruitment of
JCOs and OR is carried out through Online Application System for Soldier General Duty,
Soldier Tradesman, Soldier Technical, Soldier Clerk/Store Keeper Trade and Soldier Nursing
Assistant categories. However, for categories like Religious Teacher JCO (RT JCO), Havildar
Education, Havildar Auto Cartographer and JCO Catering, application system is being followed.
The current recruitment for JCOs and OR comprises screening of aspiring candidates at rally site
in the 1.6 km run followed by document checking, physical fitness tests, physical measurements,
and medical examination. This is followed by a written examination for the candidates who are
found eligible in all respects. Finally, selected candidates are dispatched to respective Training
Centres for training. Efforts are made so that each district of the country is covered at least once
by recruitment rallies in a recruitment year.
Recruitment in Indian Navy
The Method of Recruitment: The recruitment system of the IN is a streamlined, transparent,
expeditious and candidate friendly procedure. There are two modes of induction in the IN, viz.
UPSC Entry and Non-UPSC Entry.
(a) UPSC Entry: The UPSC holds an examination, twice a year, for entry into the National
Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy (INA) as Permanent Commission (PC)
entries. Candidates are eligible to compete on completion of the 10+2 (PCM) Examination or
while in the 12th standard. UPSC short lists candidates after written examinations. Thereafter,