How to Join Indian Army after Graduation as Officer – Various Entries

5-ways-to-join-indian-army-after-graduationHere are different ways through which you can Join Indian Army after Graduation. First this is possible through UPSC CDS examination. Already much explained about CDS exam in this website but as we are compiling How to join Indian Army after graduation, we are giving a summary of CDS exam too.

1- CDS Exam

Joining Indian Army is a cherished dream for every young, enthusiastic, and brave Indian. If you are also a defence aspirant who missed your chance after school, you can go for Combined Defence Services Examination or CDS. It is the entrance exam required to be passed to join Indian Army after completion of Graduation. This exam is held twice every year in February-March and September-October. There are certain eligibility criteria to appear in CDS exam like:

  • Aspirant has to be a physically fit Citizen of India
  • A Graduate/Final year of Graduation from a recognized institution
  • At the commencement of CDS, age should be between:
  1. 19 and 24 for IMA (PC), Male
  2. 19 and 25 for OTA (SSC- Non Tech), Male/ Female

CDS comprises of a written exam which is followed by SSB interview which is held over five days. Day 1 starts with verbal and non verbal reasoning as a part of screening; Day 2 includes Psychological tests; Day 3 and Day 4 involve group task activities while the final Day 5 is of Personal Interview.

Once you clear SSB, it takes one medical examination and then you get selected for IMA a door to join Indian Army in Officer Cadre.

Other ways to join Indian Army as an officer

2- Join Indian Army through NCC Special Entries

3- Join Indian Army through University Entry Scheme 

4- Join Indian Army through Technical Entries (TGC and SSC-Tech) 

5- Join Indian Army through Judge Advocate Entry After Law Graduation


  1. Plz mention the books name which one is the best ….
    and am also confused about IMA and OTA… whether
    its exam is conducted together or we have to choose
    the IMA and OTA…….

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