16 Ways To Join Indian Armed Forces For Women

Hello Defence Lovers, In our country ‘Shakti’, which means power, is the manifestation of female energy. This Shakti defines our strength. In this article we’ll discuss about the opportunities for women in the Indian Armed Forces. As women in present time stands equivalent to men in every field of life so why not in defence. Gone are those days when armed forces were only associated with men, now women equally participate in serving their country by joining Armed Forces. 16 ways through which women can join Indian Armed Forces are listed below.

 

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Indian Army :

UPSC Entry:
  • Women candidates of age 19 to 25 years (as per notified in the advertisement) can apply for this entry.
  • They have to clear an exam held by UPSC which is held twice in a year. Successful candidates of written exam are called for the SSB interview.
  • To apply for this entry, a Graduate/Post Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university is required.
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NCC Special Entry :
  • This entry is only for NCC women cadets who have 2 years service in NCC senior division army and have minimum B grade in C certificate exam.
  • Women cadets of age 19 to 25 years (as per notified in the advertisement) can apply for it.
  •  Vacancies per course are notified by additional directorate general recruiting.
  • Final year student /graduate with 50% aggregate are eligible for this entry.
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SSC-Technical Entry :
  • Women engineering students of age 20 to 27 years (as per notified in the advertisement) are eligible for this entry.
  • They can apply for it while in final year or after completing their degree.
  • A graduate in any discipline of engineering (as per notified in the advertisement) is eligible to apply for it.
JAG entry :
  • The age required for this entry is 21 to 27 years which is notified along with the vacancies by additional directorate general recruiting in the month of April or October.
  • To be eligible for this entry, a candidate must be having a graduate degree of LLB/LLM with minimum 55% aggregate and the candidate should be registered with Bar Council of India or state.
  • This entry is especially for the law graduates.
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Indian Air Force :

AFCAT Entries :
  • Female candidates who want to fly high in the sky or dream to be an Air Warrior of IAF then they have to clear an exam named AFCAT.
  • AFCAT stands for Air Force Common Admission Test. It is held twice in a year.
  • It is a written exam and those who qualify in this exam are called for SSB interview.

You can option for the following branches by AFCAT exam:

Flying branch:

  • Women candidates of age 19 to 23 years (as per notified in the advertisement) can opt for flying branch. Female candidates have the opportunity to fly transport aircrafts or helicopters but they are not eligible for fighter aircrafts.
  • To apply for this entry, a candidate should be having a Graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university with aggregate of 60% marks and have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level OR B.E/B.Tech degree from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks
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Technical Branch:

  • Female engineering candidates of age 18 to 28 years can opt for technical branch.
  • There are two types of technical service whose educational qualification conditions are given below:
  • Aeronautical Engineer (Mechanical): Minimum four year degree course from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks and qualification in at least eight subjects out of eighteen as per notified in the advertisement OR cleared Section A and B exam of Associate membership of Institution of engineers or Aeronautical society of India in regular courses
  • Aeronautical Engineer (Electrical): Minimum year degree course from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks and qualification in at least eight subjects as per notified in the advertisement OR cleared Section A and B exam of Associate membership of Institution of engineers or Aeronautical society of India or graduate membership exam of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers in regular courses.

Ground Duty Branches:

Those who want to opt for the ground duty branches, the age requirements are different. For graduates: 20 to 23 years, Post Graduates: 20 to 25 years, LLB: 20 to 26 years, M.Ed/ PhD/ CA: 20 to 27 years.  There are three types of services in Ground Duty Branches whose educational qualification conditions are given below:

  •  Administration and Logistics :Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with aggregate of 60% marks OR a Post Graduate degree/ diploma in any discipline from a recognized university with aggregate of minimum 60% marks
  •  Education : Post Graduate degree in any discipline with aggregate of minimum 50% marks
  • Accounts : Graduate degree in any commerce with aggregate of  minimum 60% marks OR a Post Graduate degree/ diploma in Commerce (M Com) / CA / ICWA with aggregate of minimum 50% marks.
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Indian Navy :

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Engineering Branch :
  • SSC Naval Architecture: Women engineers within the age group of 21 to 25 years as per notified in the advertisement and having B.E/B.Tech degree in Naval architecture / Mechanical / Civil / Aeronautical / Metallurgical / Aerospace engineering with 60% marks can apply for it.
  • UES SSC  (Naval Architecture): Women engineers carrying the B.E/B.Tech degree in naval architecture / Mechanical / Civil / Aeronautical / Metallurgical / Aerospace engineering with 60% marks can apply for it. The age group for this entry is 19 to 25 years as per notified in the advertisement
  • Education Branch: Women candidates of age 21 to 25 years are eligible for this entry if they have passed B.E/B.Tech in Computer Science, IT, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical OR M.Sc in Physics / Maths / Computer application with atleast 50% marks
Executive Branch :
  • SSC- Air Traffic Controller: Women candidates of age 19 ½ to 25 years are eligible for this entry. They can apply for this entry if they have completed their graduation in any science stream i.e. Physics/Maths/Electronics OR M.Sc with Maths / Physics /Electronics.
  • SSC- Observer : Women candidates of age 19 to 23 years can apply for this entry. For applying in this entry, women candidates need to have a graduate degree in any discipline with minimum 55% marks with Maths and Physics at 10+2 level.
  • SSC- Logistics: Women candidates who hold B.E/B.Tech in Computers, IT, Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Marine engineering OR graduate with PG diploma in material management are eligible for this entry. The age group is 19 ½ to 25 years as per notified in the advertisement.
Indian Coast Guard :

Women are recruited in Coast Guard only as officers in General duty, General Duty (Pilot / Navigation) and General Duty (CPL Holders, Short Service entry) branches. The selection process for women is similar to that of male candidates.

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  • Assistant Commandant (GD)-SSA : General Duty (Short Service Appointment for a period of 08 years, which may be extended to 10 years and further extendable upto 14 years) 21-25 years of Age (5 years relaxation for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC) Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline of any recognized university by any Central / State Government / UGC with Mathematics and Physics as subjects upto class XII of 10+2+3 scheme of education
  • Assistant Commandant : 

General Duty Branch (Pilot – Commercial Pilot License) – Short Service Appointment for a period of 08 years, which may be extended to 10 years and further extendable upto 14 years).19-25 years (5 years relaxation for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC). 12th or equivalent and should possess current Commercial Pilot License on the date of submission of application.

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