Career in Indian Army


Indian Army is the land force of the Armed Forces of India and has the prime responsibility of conducting land-based warfare. The Indian Army maintains the 3rd largest active force in the world. The Indian Army is a well-trained and well-equipped military service, with troop strength of over a million.

Ranks offered in Indian Army:

Commissioned officers

Ranks Description
Field marshal National emblem over a crossed baton and sabre in a lotus blossom wreath.
General National emblem over a five-pointed star, all over a crossed baton and sabre.
Lieutenant General National emblem over crossed baton and sabre.
Major General Five-pointed star over crossed baton and sabre.
Brigadier National emblem over three five-pointed stars in a triangular formation.
Colonel National emblem over two five-pointed stars
Lieutenant Colonel National emblem over five-pointed star.
Major National emblem.
Captain Three five-pointed stars.
Lieutenant Two five-pointed stars.
Officer Cadet Shoulder tags with training academy name

Junior commissioned officers

Ranks Description
Infantry and other arms Cavalry and Armour
Subedar major Risaldar major Golden national emblem with stripe
Subedar Risaldar Two golden stars with stripe
Naib subedar Naib risaldar One golden star with stripe


Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Pathway 1 Class XII (any stream) Pass the National Defense Academy (NDA)in any stream
Pathway 2 Class XII (any stream) Any Pass the CDS Exam
Pathway 3 Class XII (any stream) & Join NCC Any and also be a part of your NCC society and hold, “C” certificate Pass the CDS Exam Note: Eligible to join through NCC Special Scheme Entry provided you have “C” Certificate
Pathway 4 Class XII (Non-medical) (Mathematics and Physics) Pursue Graduation in B.Tech/B.E / B.Tech Give the Technical graduate commission Exam to get enrolled in Indian Army
Pathway 5 Class XII in Medical Complete you MBBS Apply for Army Medical Corps – Short Service Commission


You’ll need:

  • physical fitness and endurance
  • concentration skills and fast reactions
  • active listening skills and the ability to follow instructions quickly
  • the ability to work well with others in a team
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • thinking and reasoning skills and the confidence to act quickly
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device


The promotional avenues available to an Army officer are: By Time Scale Captain Major Lieutenant Colonel By Selection Colonel Brigadier Major General Lieutenant General General Social Status in Service All of us have our own opinion about what constitutes “social status”. However it is an undisputed fact that the status of a ‘warrior’ has stood the test of time. History and society have both held the soldier in esteem and offered him a unique status in society. By joining the Army, one becomes a member of an exclusive and elite brotherhood, which is the envy of one and all.

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