Indian Army Rank Wise Basic, Grade Pay And Total Salary Chart

Army Rank Wise Salary Table
NDA Salary

Are you among the youngsters who have a dream to join Indian Army? do you want to serve the country at its best? or you just feel tempted towards the extraordinary facilities and Army salary packages? whatever be the reason, getting in the army is your aim. But, do you know everything that you need to know before getting there?

Most of the youngsters these days want to join Indian army because they see a safe future in it, and this is totally understandable. But, one should have proper knowledge before applying for Army. So, ask yourself the question why to join Indian army first, then come to any conclusion.

Every year, army releases the notification for thousands of recruitment, and lakhs of aspirants apply for the recruitment even without collecting the full information. In a research, it was found that most of the aspirant participating in army bharti didn’t know what will be their starting salary if recruited.

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Have you ever thought how much army a soldier earns? to know the salary package of Indian Army is very important for all those, who want to work for it. If you are going to join Indian Army, then first recognize the salary package and then make your decision.

Indian Army Rank Wise Salary

The Indian army rank wise salary structure can be tricky to understand. To fully understand it, you will need to be familiar with few terms, like basic pay, grade pay, gross salary etc. But first, you need to know the rank hierarchy of Indian army.

If you are recruited as Soldier GD, then first you will undergo the training period. And this is how you will proceed:

Sepoy/rifleman > lance naik > naik > havildar > naib subedar > subedar > subedar major (SM).

If you don’t have the graduation degree, and didn’t had science in class 12th, and join Indian army as soldier GD, then SM is the highest post you will reach. And you will retire as Honorary captain (if reached the SM post).

Now, if you join Indian army after clearing the NDA or CDS exam, then again, you will have to undergo the training period, and later this is how your post will increase:

Lieutenant > captain > major > lieutenant colonel > colonel > brigadier > major general > lieutenant general.

There are two other prestigious posts, but there are different criteria for them. Now let’s understand the difficult terms we talked about.

Understanding Government Salary Structure Of India

Let me make it simple for you. The amount that you get on your hand in cash is gross salary, and the gross salary is the sum of components like grade pay, basic pay, monthly allowances etc. Or we can say that the salary of Government employees is the sum of different components, i.e. basic pay, grade pay, dearness allowance, house rent allowance and other miscellaneous allowances.

What Is Grade Pay And Basic Pay? 

Grade pay is the amount which government employees receive depending on the category, pay band,  and class of employee. Grade pay is calculated on the basis of position and class of an employ according to 7th pay commission.

Basic pay is the sum of grade pay and pay in pay band, i.e Basic pay = grade pay + pay in the pay band.

Difference Between Basic Pay And Grade Pay

Let me clear the basic difference between the Basic pay and Grade Pay:

  • Grade pay remains fixed until the next promotion, while on the other hand, basic pay changes every year.
  • Grade pay gets changed with respect to ability and position while pay scale is used for the measurement of pay.
  • Grade pay is a new term in 6th pay commission. Basic pay is the minimum remuneration given to the employee which changes from time to time.

What are extra allowances?

Government employees are given the compensation for activities that will need expenditure like, transportation facilities, House rental allowance(HRA) for house rents etc. These are called extra allowances.

Apart from other facilities like housing, food etc. an army soldier receives extra allowances for other things like, for Kit Maintenance, a soldier of Indian Army get Rs. 400 per month. Transport Allowance of Rs. 1600 to Rs 3200, Field Area Allowance Rs 25% of Basic Pay, Counterinsurgency Rs 6300, High Altitude Rs. 5600, Siachen Rs 14000, Flying Pay Rs 9000, Parachute Pay Rs 1200, Special Forces Rs 9000 per month etc.

Now you have got a basic Idea about how to calculate government salary, so, let’s see the Indian army rank wise salary structure.

Indian army Rank Wise Salary Structure

Here is the salary according to the rank hierarchy mentioned above. Please note that on hand salary is the sum and deduction of many factors like DA, PF etc.

Training Period

Anyone who is recruited in Indian army has to go for the training first irrespective of the post. The candidates are given stipend instead of calling it salary. The stipend of training period can be between 15000 to 21000, depending on the pay band of the rank in which the candidate has been recruited.

Pay Scale Of JCO/OR  Or PBOR (personnel below officer rank)

All the ranks that fall under the category of JCO/OR, below is the pay scale and salary structure of all those ranks.

#Sepoy or Rifleman (Pay Band 1)

Pay Band : 5200 – 20200

Grade pay : 1800

military service : 2000

X (technical) group pay: 1400.

Cash In hand : 25000 (approx.)

The sepoy is the initial rank in the Indian Army, but still get a good amount of money as monthly salary. Being a ground troop, the sepoy is the primary fighting force in the world. Our country is full of energetic youngsters who are recruited every year as a sepoy by open rallies in Indian Army.

Anyone between 17 and a half to 21 years of age can be a soldier irrespective of caste, color, and creed. You Just have to pass the Metric and fit in the eligibility criteria in order to join Indian Army as a sepoy, you have to pass the written exam and physical test as well.

#Lance Naik (Pay Band 1)

Pay Band : 5200 – 20200

Grade pay : 2000

military service : 2000

X group pay: 1400.

Cash In hand : 30,000 (approx.)

A sepoy is promoted to the post of lance naik. There is not too much difference between sepoy and lance naik. Both comes under same pay band, but lance naik gets the GP of Rs. 2000 which is 200 more than that of sepoy.

#Naik (Pay Band 1)

Pay Band : 5200 – 20200

Grade pay : 2400

military service : 2000

X group pay: 1400

Cash In hand : 35,000 (approx.)

No need to mention that naik is the highest of both the above-mentioned ranks and like you can see that the GP for naik is Rs 2400.

#Havildar (Pay Band 1)

Pay Band : 5200 – 20200

Grade pay : 2800

military service : 2000

X group pay: 1400

Cash In hand : 40,000 (approx.)

Havildar is the last post of pay band 1, and this rank has the highest grade pay in its group. Generally, people consider the havildar rank of the army and havildar rank of police equal, but it is not so. This rank of the army is much more sophisticated and much more paid than police.

#Naib Subedar (Pay Band 2)

Pay Band : 9300-34800

Grade pay : 4200

military service : 2000

X group pay: 1400

Cash In hand : 45,000 (approx.)

Reaching this post means a significant hike in salary since this post comes under the second pay band. The basic pay is almost 60% more than other posts that are mentioned above. And don’t be mistaken by the name of the post because, like havaldar post, this one too is a very sophisticated post.

#Subedar (Pay Band 2)

Pay Band : 9300-34800

Grade pay : 4600

military service : 2000

X group pay: 1400

Cash In hand : 50,000 (approx.)

Subedar is considered as the most prestigious post after SM. Till you reach this post, you will gain a lot of experience. The basic pay of Subedar is 4600 (200 more than naib subedar).

#Subedar Major (SM)

Pay Band : 9300-34800

Grade pay : 4800

military service : 2000

X group pay: 1400

Cash In hand : 65,000 (approx.)

Subedar Major or SM is the highest post to which a GD recruited candidate can reach (if not given any exam for promotion to officer rank). It is the highest grade pay earning post in the 2nd pay band of the army, with grade pay of Rs. 4800.

This is the structure of JCO/OR, now let’s have a look at the salary structure of army officers.

Pay Scale/Salary of Army Officers

An army personnel in the rank of officer is respected everywhere, not only that, the salaries of army officers are very attractive. Even the beginners enjoy the pay band 3 benefits of salary. Below is the structure of salary of Army officers. We will proceed according to the rank hierarchy mentioned above in this article.

NDA Training Period Salary

During the training period in NDA, cadets are not provided any pocket money. But once the cadet arrives in the academy they have to submit some amount of money for different purposes which are explained below in the table:

Pocket allowance for five months

Rs. 2000.00

For items of clothing and equipment

Rs. 3200.00

Incidental Expenditure during 1st  Semester

Rs. 425.00

Total

Rs. 5625.00

Out of the given following amount on the above table some of the money is refundable only if the financial aid is sanctioned to the cadet.

Pocket allowance for five months at Rs.400.00 p.m.

Rs. 2000

For items of clothing and equipment approximately

Rs. 475

Lieutenant(Pay band 3) 

Pay Band : 15600-39100

Grade pay : 5400

military service pay : 6000

Cash in hand : 65000 (approx.)

This is the first rank that a candidate gets who has been freshly recruited as an officer. A candidate who is already a soldier GD (or other JCO/OR) can apply for officer post. But s/he should have a graduation degree or should have passed class 12th.

See also: How to get selected in NDA selection process

# Captain (Pay Band 3)

Pay Band : 15600-39100

Grade pay : 6100

military service pay : 6000

Cash in hand : 75000 (approx.)

A person who has served as a lieutenant in Indian army for at least 2 years, is eligible to become a captain in Army. As you can see, the grade pay of captain is 700 more than lieutenant i.e 6100.

# Major (Pay Band 3)

Pay Band : 15600-39100

Grade pay : 6600

military service pay : 6000

Cash in hand : 1,00,000 (approx.)

Any person is eligible to become a Major in Army, only if s/he has served 6 years as an officer in Indian army. The grade pay for Major is Rs 6600 which is obviously more than the other two ranks described here up till now.

# Lieutenant Colonel (Pay Band 4)

Pay Band : 37400-67000

Grade pay : 8000

Military service pay : 6000

Cash in hand : 1,12,000 (approx.)

A person who has served 13 years in Indian army is eligible to be a Lieutenant Colonel. This rank falls under the 4th pay band and gets the grade pay of 8000.

# Colonel (Pay Band 4)

Pay Band : 37400-67000

Grade pay : 8700

Military service pay : 6000

Cash In hand : 1,30,000 (approx.)

The Lieutenant colonel after fulfilling certain criteria gets promoted to the post of Colonel. The grade pay of colonel is 700 more than lieutenant colonel.

# Brigadier (Pay Band 4)

Pay Band : 37400-67000

Grade pay : 8900

Military service pay : 6000

Reaching the post of brigadier means that you have served your country for a long time. This is a prestigious post of Army with grade pay of 8900.

# Major General (Pay Band 4)

Pay Band : 37400-67000

Grade pay : 10000

Though the military service pay benefits are not included in this post, but this is the only rank where the officer gets a grade pay of 10,000. And not to mention, a Major general in Army gets enormous respect all over the world.

# Lieutenant General 

Pay band- 67000 to 79000

A lieutenant general gets the basic pay between 67000 to 79000. No grade pay is given to this post. 3% of increment is given each year to the lieutenant general until the pay reaches the maximum pay limit.

The cash in hand salary are just the approximation, they may vary depending on extra allowances like high altitude.

Let me tell you a fact that every rank up to Lieutenant General gets an increment of three percent every year with extra monthly allowances like Kit Maintenance allowance, Transport Allowance, Field Area Allowance, Counter Insurgency, Special Forces, etc.

Summary

Here is a complete table to make it easy for you:

Rank Pay Band Grade Pay Military service pay Cash In Hand(approx.)
Sepoy 5200 – 20200 1800 2000 25,000
Lance Naik 5200 – 20200 2000 2000 30,000
Naik 5200 – 20200 2400 2000 35,000
Havaldar 5200 – 20200 2800 2000 40,000
Naib Subedar 9300 – 34800 4200 2000 45,000
Subedar 9300 – 34800 4600 2000 50,000
Subedar Major 9300 – 34800 4800 2000 65,000
Lieutenant 15600 – 39100 5400 6000 68,000
Captain 15600 – 39100 6100 6000 75,000
Major 15600 – 39100 6600 6000 1,00,000
Lieutenant Colonel 37400 – 67000 8000 6000 1,12,000
Colonel 37400 – 67000 8700 6000 1,30,000
Brigadier 37400 – 67000 8900 6000
Major General 37400 – 67000 10,000
Lieutenant General 67000 – 79000

What have we learned?

After reading the salary packages of Indian Army, I hope, the view gets clearer for you. I don’t think that there should be any doubts in your mind regarding whether to join Army or not.

Our Armed forces always welcome the hard working and deserving aspirants in their departments. Now, the choice is yours.

Hope this article was helpful for you. Please mention your queries in the comment box, we will reply with the most appropriate answer.

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  1. Hii.. Mam I am sunita choudhary… I have completed m.com. …and I am 21 year old… Now I want become a army officer… Can i apply for army officer..plz tell me what should i do?…

    1. Hi Sunita. As you have completed your graduation, you can appear in the CDS exam to become an army officer.

  2. Hello sir, I want to join NDA and preferably the Air Force (as a pilot) after completing 3 years in NDA, but I have an myopia (-2.5 D). Now I have enquired and 2.5 to -2.5 is the limit to join NDA, but for joining the Air Force, I require a perfect eyesight. I wanted to ask if I should go for the LASIK operation. Will that rule me out as an applicant for NDA as well as the Air Force?

    1. Hi Shubhang.
      Yes, you should go for the operation and after you recover completely then you can apply for both NDA and Air Force.

  3. hlo sir/mam,
    i am Rukhsar Rathore and i am studying in 9th class. …….i want to join Indian army with an officer’s rank .
    I hav some queries pls solve those asap!!!
    [1] What are the benefits of NCC certificates in indian army?
    [2] a girl can apply for NDA exam or not ?
    [3] like in army ,male officer can serve their country for 60years , so can a female army officer can serve her country for 60years?for how many years she can serve her country……..?
    I HOPE I WILL GET MY ANSWERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

    1. Hi Ruksar.
      Yes, you get benefits of holding a NCC certificate as in written examination, extra marks are given depending upon its grade “A”, “B” or “C” certificate.
      No, a girl cannot apply for NDA but after completing your graduation you can apply in CDS.
      Once you clear your CDS exam you can serve your country.

  4. Helo sir I want to know that I have degree of bchelor of arts in Hindi distance from ignou is I am eligible for jco religious teacher

    1. Hi Bijender.
      Yes you can apply for the post of Junior Commissioned Officer Religious Teacher (All Arms) in Indian Army, but make sure that your age should be between 27-34 years.

  5. Hello sir,my name is kartik kurup and right now I’m studying in class 12.My subject is pcm and I want to join the Indian navy.Please tell me all forms and formalities

    1. Hi Kartik.
      If you want to join Indian Navy, then you will have to apply for NDA exam, once you qualify this examination, you can apply for this trade.

  6. hi sir
    i am adarsh prasad, sir i am in class 11 th right now i am studing with PCB, i want join the indian amry as NSG (SAG) sir can you please tell me the procedure for applicantion.

    1. Hi Adarsh.
      Those who are willing to join as NSG, their graduation must be completed. Their age should be between 21 years to 24 years of age. To apply for the post, you will have to apply for CDS or CPF, conducted by UPSC twice in a year. Minimum aggregate required in the academics is 60% and procedure to apply is online.

  7. Sir I am in 12th standard, Commerce. I want to go for a graduation in Defense and Strategic studies before appearing for the CDS. Sir can you please tell me the best colleges that offer the course i.e B.A in Defense and Strategic studies?

    1. Hi Tuhina.
      We are providing you with a list of colleges that offers this course.
      Government Nagarjuna Post Graduate College of Science, Raipur
      Dhandhai Mata Education Society’s College of Arts, Jalgaon
      Guru Nanak College, Chennai

  8. hello sir i m ketan shaw i want to join air force but now i am in 11 standard with pcm subjects . can u tell me tha t how i can become a airforce pilot…

    1. Hi Ketan.
      If you want to become an airforce pilot than you can apply for NDA examination after completing your 12th, after getting selected in the written examination, you will go through a 3 year training at NDA, Khadakwasla, followed by flying training at air force training establishments. Post this, you will be commissioned as “permanent commission officer” and may be posted as air force pilot at any air force station.

  9. Sir,
    I’m doing my BE Mechanical engineering last (4th) year . I’m 23 year. I want to join Indian army as an officer. What should I do?

    1. Hi Ghopal.
      You can apply for the exam of CDS after you complete your graduation. It will help you to get an officer rank in Indian Army.

  10. my sister wants to join INDIAN ARMY with high post or the officer rank she is now in 11th class so plzz tell me what should she do?

    1. Hi Kartik.
      It’s very appreciable that she wants to serve the country. We recommend her to complete the graduation and then she can give CDS exam. This exam is conducted by UPSC twice in a year. Tell her to start preparing for the exam from today only.

  11. Hi sir…
    I’m completed i.com and i’m an #NCC cadet and i also have #SCOUT B&C certificate.
    Plz.. Tell me what is best for me in indian army?

    1. Hi Sumit.
      We recommend you to prepare yourself for exams like NDA and CDS, you will get very nice opportunities in Indian Army after clearing these examinations.

  12. Sir, I want to join Indian army . I am in 12th what is better to get a higher post .. Graduation from university or clearing exam after 12th and which one is better NDA or CDS or SSB . Please tell sir .

    1. Hi Gautam.
      All the three are good. The main difference between them is that, you can apply for NDA just after your 12th or when you are in your 12th standard. But for SSB and CDS, you can apply for these exams after completing your graduation.

  13. Sir,I want to know for correct my d.o.b in relation certificate .please help me to find out the path b/c I am very much eager to join Indian army.

    1. Hi Vikash. There is a feedback form in the official website of Indian army. Do mention your query there to get a suitable answer.

  14. Hello Sir,I am 21 years of age and currently in second year in civil Engineering, and would like to join army after my BE. So, which exam I have to go through or interview to become a lieutenant?

    1. Hi Satish.
      If you want to apply as lieutenant then you will have to give exams like CDS and NDA. Difference between both is, you can apply for NDA after you have completed your 12th and CDS exam is given after you have completed your graduation. Both the exams are conducted by UPSC and it is conducted twice in a year.

  15. Dear Sir, kindly do let me know if there is any age limit to join army/navy/air force as a doctor with MBBS degree. if yes plz let me know the upper age limit. thank you.

    1. Hi Monica. The Army Medical Corps annually offers short service commission for MBBS graduates who have passed the course in the first or second attempt and have completed internship as an officer. Your age should not exceed 45 years.

  16. Khazi Mohammed Shujauddin

    Hi sir
    I’m studying B.tech in ceramic engineering, 2nd year. My aim is to become a army officer in Indian army. So can you please help me by showing the guidance and what steps should be taken to become a army officer. I don’t know how to prepare for it,so please help me.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mohammed,
      If you want to become an Indian army officer then you have to appear for either of the two i.e., NDA or CDS. Both the exams are conducted by UPSC twice in a year.
      Eligibility criteria of both exam are:-
      For NDA
      1. The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
      2. The candidate must be an unmarried male.
      3. The candidate must be passed/appeared in 12th with a govt. recognized university.
      4. The candidate must be medically fit.
      5. He must be between 16.5-19 years.

      For CDS
      Candidate should have completed graduation with subjects MATHS and PHYSICS. Candidates who are appearing for final year exam are also eligible.

  17. I have passed 12th with 58%. I want to join the air force. I have dropped one year and currently my age is 19.5.is there any position according to which i can prepare myself …. Plzz help

    1. Hi Sahajada.
      For joining air force, you will have to appear for NDA exam. Once you will qualify the exam, you will be going for training program, and then you can join as IAF Pilot.

  18. Sir
    I am AvinashKumar and I aspire to join. Indian army as an officer , now i am in class 11 so what can I do from 12 class starting so that I could join army easily. What are different ways to join INDIAN ARMY. Sir tell me each and every thing regarding this , that how should i prepare.

    1. Hi Avinash.
      We appreciate that you want to join Indian Army. There is no job greater than serving your country. So, if you really want to join Indian Army, then, stat practicing from today only. Make yourself physically fit. And also start preparing for the written examination.

  19. Hi Rahul.
    According to the criteria you must have scored at least 40% marks in each subject and 50% aggregate in both your 10th and 12th.

  20. Hi Jash.
    May we know your question.

  21. Sir, I have passed class 10(CBSE) with 8.6 CGPA, approx 82% and I aspire to join Indian Army. Is there any exam by which I can join the Indian Army infantry level, and is promotion expectable henceforth ? I am currently facing many difficulties in continuing my studies, but I read in many placed that without +2 there is no place in IA. Sir, is there any way to join the infantry directly with any exam after 10?

  22. Hello sir! My name is subrata das . I am 12th passed with science 58%. Now I am study BSc first year physics honours . Now I want to join indian army . What am I doing?

    1. Hi Subrata.
      If you want to join Indian Army, so it is a very good decision. Although you have an aggregate with which you can apply. But please make sure that you must have secured 40% marks in each subject.

  23. Respected sir i am currently studying 10th class Cbse And will opt For MPC in 11th class as i have already read in some comments that u recommended hav them to prepare for NDA for 1yr After passing 12th
    & sir am aiming for getting directly into lieutanent officer post!!!
    I hav three queries pls solve those asap!!!
    i)sir should i hav to complete any B tech engineering course(mech engg) and then write NDA exam or else after 12th directly NDA clearing.
    ii)age in which between we should attend NDA exam.
    iii)sir i am wearing spectacles and long distance sight of right eye: (minus)-1.75, V/A-6/6 & left eye:(minus) -1.25, V/A-6/6
    so sir i was unable to understand the requirements in off website so can u pls clarify these doubts
    because i only want to get into this officer post i love to become an army officer to serve my country sincerely!!!

    1. Hi Harshith. You seems to be so confused. Don’t worry. Let me tell you that you don’t have to take any sort of degree to appear in the NDA exam, instead you can appear in the exam after completing class 12th. I would suggest you to start the preparation right from the very moment.

      Very soon we will provide you all the information regarding NDA exam. Just be in touch. And yes, do focus on class 11th and 12th.

  24. Hi Manish. As i always recommend my students, for now, do focus on class 12th. Try to secure more and more percentage. There is a soldier clerk post in Indian army which requires an aggregate of 60% and 55% in each subject in class 12th. Once you will be done with your high school with a good percentage, you will be able to apply for this post.

  25. Chandrashekhar Singh

    Hello sir, my name is Chandrashekhar, currently completing my PCM from DAV public school, Pune, I’ve secured 92% in my 10th and I’m an NDA aspirant. I would like to know about the possible positions I can acquire in the indian army if I fail to clear NDA. Will I still get the post of lieutenant after completing my course from IMA and would my pay scale be similar to what you’ve mentioned here ?

    1. Hi Chandrashekhar. Firstly, you must make a firm target that you have to clear NDA exam at any cost. With the proper guidance and your 100% efforts, the goal will be achieved, for sure.
      Apart from it, you can get the lieutenant post, by serving Indian army at any post for two years.

  26. hello sir I m bhoir pravin from maharashtra. Im 10 passed with 73% and 12sci with 65%.As your thinking what type of post will I achieve in indian army.Just I studying In mechanical engineering second year.and one more question is that “after joining indian army I want complete my engineering and MBA. is this possible with in army?”
    Thank you sir.

    1. Hello Pravin,
      Considering your percentage, you can apply for any trade of army. Since you are doing engineering, therefore i will suggest you to apply for technical if you want to apply for JCO/OR post.

      There are much better option for you, like you can apply for UES, TGC, and of course CDS. But for this you will need to complete your graduation.

      Answering your 2nd question, you can complete your studies after joining army, but you will have to apply as private. Leave for exams will be given.

  27. Hlo sir i want to join AMC as i have done my 12th in medical stream so cam i apply for AMC

    1. Hello Arshdeep,
      your overall percentage should be 50 or more, and 40% in each subject. If you satisfy these criteria then you can apply for AMC (army medical corps).

  28. Hello sir my name is Harikrishnan (B.Com Graduate) and i am going to wright the combined defence service examination
    (UPSC) exam on feb 5th 2017, can u suggest me any books for that, ? or anything for my preparation,?
    if any coaching centers are available for that ?

    1. Hi Harikrishnan. Here are some books for the CDS preparation. You can buy them online by clicking on the link below :

      Chapterwise-Sectionwise Solved Paper of CDS Mathematics| English |General Ability
      CDS 10 Years Topic-wise Solved Papers 2007-2016 (with free GK E-books)
      Chapterwise Section wise Solved Papers CDS Combined Defence Services Examination

      Yes, there may be so many coaching institutes for the preparation of CDS exam but still, as i always recommend my students, i would suggest you to focus on self study. Once you will be done with the syllabus of CDS exam, practice previous year papers and sample papers. They gonna help you a lot.
      Good Luck.

  29. Sir I am currently studying in 9 Grade And I plan to take Science.Can you please suggest an alternative for joining NDA without enrolling In Services Preparatory Institute(SPI)??And also in which I would been given the same training as SPI

    1. Hi Darsh. No, it is not necessarily important to enroll yourself in the Services Preparatory Institute.
      If you concentrate on your studies in class 10th and 12th, then it would not be difficult for you to crack the NDA exam by self study.

  30. Sir my self rahul I have completed B.sc in hospitality and hotel admistration. And my age is 25 so can I join Indian army or not.
    Sir my dad is retired from Indian army as a JCO.
    Please guide me…

    1. Hi Rahul. As per your age, you have now less options remained in Indian army. Still, there are some. If you are Graduated in any discipline in addition to requisite qualification in your own religious denomination then you can apply for the post of Junior Commissioned Officer Religious Teacher.

      You have such a good option in Indian army due to your bachelors degree in hotel administration. You can be a part of Junior Commissioned Officer Catering (Army Service Corps).

  31. Dear student’s defense life is very adventurous. If you want to become an army officer, then you must be a transeparent person and respect every one. You can join Indian army for all post according your eligibility. Jai hind.

  32. Sir i am 12th class student from haryana.I have the subjects _physics,chemistry,math.Can i join indian army .I want to serve my country of my best.

    1. Hi Parveen. Yes, you can be a proud part of Indian Army by appearing in the open soldier rally if you have secured 45% marks in aggregate and 33% in each subject in class 10th. Apart from it, you can apply for the soldier technical post if you have secured 50% marks in aggregate and 40% marks in each subject in class 10th and class 12th. For soldier clerk post, as per the revised eligibility criteria, you must have secured 60% marks in aggregate and 50% marks in each subject.

  33. my name is ujjawal ,sir mera math me 33 marks hai 12th me kya me army technical me form apply kr skta hu plz si help me plz plz plz

    1. Hi Ujjawal. Sorry to say, but at this moment you cannot apply for the army technical post in Indian Army. If you really want to be a part of army technical team then you must have completed Three years Diploma in Engg (Mechanical /Electrical/ Automobiles/ Computer Science Mechanical Engg and Electronic & Instrumentation Engg).

  34. Respected sir,
    I’m from class 10 . I would like to choose commerce with computer, or arts . If I choose arts or commerce without science and maths . Can I join army as an office

    1. Hi Srijit. Yes, it is absolutely possible. You can appear in the officer rank exams like NDA and CDS. First concentrate on your studies by choosing the subject of your own choice, once you will be done with class 12th, you will be able to appear in the NDA exam. After completing the Graduation, you can also apply for the officer rank, by appearing in the CDS exam.

  35. Bhavesh vishnu khade

    Sir mera nanm Bhavesh khade hai muje 12 th mein 67 %mile hain matlab physcics 55 chemistry 55 math 772 Biology 84 sir muze. Army mein select hu kya

    1. Hi Bhavesh. Yes, you can apply for different posts in Indian army. You can be a part of Soldier GD open rally. Moreover, you can apply for the clerical post, if you have secured 40% marks in each subject and 50% in aggregate in Class 10th

  36. Sir me 12 arts pass hu 62% ke sath to me indian army me kese offisers exam de sakta hu nda me to sir meri age nikal gai he pls anny option ..jay hind. Pls answer. Pls help

  37. sir I am Yogesh yedage from Maharashtra
    main Indian army join karna chahta hu
    aur meri age 18 hain. to main kaise Indian army join kar sakta hi? aur uske liye kya qualification chahiye

    1. Hi Yogesh. There are different eligibility criteria for different posts. In General, for soldier GD post, you must have secured an aggregate of 45% in class 10th and 33% in each subject. If you have completed intermediate then there will be no percentage stipulation.

      For other posts, you must have an aggregate of 50% marks in class 10th and 12th and 40% in each subject. For graduated students, there will be no percentage stipulation.

  38. Hey Sir ,
    Mujhe technical(army)me jana h. Exam ke lia kis subject pe jayada focus karna hoga aur kaun se prakashan ki books read karu?

    1. Hi Manish. The written exam of technical army comprises of four sections. General Knowledge(20 marks), Maths(30 marks), Physics(30 marks), Chemistry(20 marks). As per the marks distribution, it is clear that you must focus more on Maths and Physics. But, still i will recommend you to focus equally on all the subjects. Revise the basic concepts, formulae and practice them again and again.
      Maximum Questions comprise from NCERT books. So, consult them while studying.

  39. Mohammad Hassan Ansari

    Sir ,
    I’m a biology student
    I wanna join the armed forces of India
    I will complete my 12 in march 2017
    Sir please tell me
    How can I go for the entrance in the army
    I will be highly obliged if you help me
    Thank you

    1. Hello Mohammad Hassan Ansari. There are so many ways in which you can join Indian Army. Once, you will be done with your class 12th, you can go for the NDA exam. Apart from it, there is an open rally conducted every year by Indian army. General duty exam is also there. As per my suggestion, at the moment, you must fully focus on your class 12th, try to secure a good percentage. It will help you a lot for applying at different positions in Indian army.

  40. Hello sir myself jaideep
    I just want to know that after 7th pay commission. The salary of sepoy and other post are to be increased.
    Now the minimum salary of sepoy is 30000 it will increase?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hey jaideep, yes the salary of sepoy has definitely increased after 7th pay commission. Though, the increment is quite small as compared to the 6th pay commission.

  41. Sir,I am studying in Coimbatore(tamilnadu). I have 10+12 marksheets in Coimbatore address . but I’m born in madurai ,so I have the birth certificate in madurai . my native is alappey(Kerala) ,I have my name in ration card and aadhar card in alappey address .so in which states open rally I can attend?

    1. It’s quite complicated Renjith! but as per army rules, you will attend the recruitment of the state for which you can show domicile.

  42. Sir, I am persuing b.tech compueter science, I am in 2nd year and my DOB is 04th aug 1995, how many times can I give the exam for IMA (officers)?please reply thanks.

    1. Hi Parmeet, the age limit to apply for IMA is 19 to 24 years. Since you are just 21 years old, therefore you can apply for IMA. And there is no limit on attempts.

  43. Hello sir. It’s Ankit . I have just completed my B.Com (Accounts hons.) With 68% . And I have also applied for CDS( Tier II ) 2016 . What are the post and academies in which there is a chance for me of getting selected. And please suggest me other options to get in Indian Army.

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Ankit, you will get the post of lieutenant if get selected in army via CDS exams. If you are not over aged than you can apply for soldier clerk post as you have the required qualifications.

  44. Sir i am sagar from Mumbai, I wanted to apply through TGS as i have done BE. But the joinindianarmy.nic.in site is not taking the registrations, so i am unable to apply. Is there any offline procedure for the same?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      hi Sagar, i don’t think that there will be any offline mode to apply. If you are unable to apply, then inform this to army via the feedback form.

  45. sir meri eyesight kum hai aur humare district me rally October me hai. kya eye operation physical test clear hone k baad krwa skta hun? Koi medical point toh nahi banega na? please sir give me suggestion.

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Pankaj, the operation must be at least 6 months old, and you must be fully recovered from it. Otherwise, there are strong chances that you will be disqualified in medical test.

  46. Hello sir, Me makhan from punjab sir meri age 21 ki ho gyi hai aur qualification +2 arts with 54% and ab me army me as a trademan join karna chata hun aur me fresher hun kya trademens ko army me unke kam ki trade ki training wahin pe di jati hai ? Aur kya me trademan join karke GD me aa promotion karwa sakta hun ?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello makan, Yes Training will be provided there but before the training you have to qualify all the require round. and you can change the department Clerk from the tradesmen not in GD.

  47. hello sir, I have been selected as soldier technical in Indian Army this year, and I have got Arty center, Hyderabad as my training center. So, sir I want to know how many weeks my training will go and what type of work I have to do there during session? And after completion of training how much salary I will gate? can I apply for ACC after becoming rifleman? sir now I am 20 and had passed 12 with aggregate 55.2% and 50 above marks in all subjects.

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hi Jeevan, you will undergo 9 months training in which 6 months training will be same like other trades, but the last 3 months of training will be specific for technical. the salary details are given in the article, and yes, you can apply for ACC.

  48. Bishwajeet Biswas

    Sir, my name is Bishwajeet Biswas.
    I am a guitarist and have certificates in it. I want to serve as a musician in ARMY. Will I be promoted further in higher rank as musician?
    I’ve Passed 12th with 75% PCB. Physics 83, Chemistry 82, Biology 80.

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Bishwajeet, yes you will be promoted to higher ranks as musician, but let me tell you that there is not much scope for you in army.

  49. Hi sir I am bhushan, maine bcom complete kiya hai aur mai army me GD ki recruitment se akar kaise officer ban sakta hun? jai hind!

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Jai Hind! Bhushan, you need to have PCM in class 12th to apply for ACC exam (through which you can go directly to lieutenant post). Also, you can apply for this exam only after 1 year of service and before 27 years of age.

  50. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

    Hello Bahvesh, you can apply for CDS, there will not be any issue. The condition for appendix operation is that, the operation should be done at least 6 months before medical test.

  51. Hi sir, I am Avinash from Nanded district Maharashtra. My age is 20 years. In HSC(12th) I have got total 58% marks, in subject physics 37, chemistry 37, Biology 39, English 61, Hindi 77, Psychology 83 marks. Mujhe India army me nursing assistant ban na hai. To kya main ban sakta hun? aur kaise? agar nahi to agar mai soldier GD ban gaya to officer kaise ban sakta hun. aur uske liye qualification kya chahiye?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Avinash, though you are qualified in overall percentage, but you have not got more than 40 marks in each subject, therefore, you are not eligible to apply for nursing assistant. If you get recruited as soldier GD, then you can go to the post of lieutenant (officer) by giving the NDA exam. A candidate needs to have PCM in class 12th or graduation degree to apply for NDA while serving as a soldier.

  52. How to apply for the post of lieutenant directly?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello! Asutosh, you should apply for NDA. In NDA, candidates are directly recruited as lieutenant.

  53. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

    Hello Daniel, you can go for the operation, but make sure the operation is at least 6 to 7 moths before the rally date, or they will disqualify you in medical.

  54. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

    Hello! Deepak, You will need to go through several test to get selected in Indian army. But, you are eligible to apply for Army as per educational qualifications.

  55. Hello, I am Aniket. I have just passed class 10th with ‘A’ grade I have also participated in many National level and State level games. What should be the best way for me to join Indian Army?

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Aniket, if you have certificates or other proof to show that you have played national and state level games, then you should apply from the sports quota in army. You will have better chances of getting recruited.

  56. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

    Hello Shubham, first of all I would like to appreciate you passion for Indian army. PCM is perfect if you want to apply for NDA.

    Give at least 1 yer for your preparation, and if you are eligible age wise, then you can apply any time you want.

  57. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

    @Vipin, Age limit criteria and eligibility criteria for Indian army under the UES is 19 to 25 years old and completed engineering or in the last year of engineering.

  58. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

    Hello Shahid, You are eligible to apply for any trade in army (through CDS), but you are most suited for Army technical.

  59. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

    Yes Pawan, you can join Indian army.

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