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Want to join the defense services after B.Tech Engineering?

If you think that your chances of joining the defense forces are over as you miss appearing for NDA, don't worry, you can apply after B.Tech Engineering. You can join the defense services after completing engineering. You can be a part of the Army, Navy, or the Air force if you are qualified with an engineering degree. Let us discuss the ways and opportunities to enter the defense services after engineering.

Combined Defense Services Examination (CDS):

The UPSC conducts CDS exams twice a year for both men and women. The basic qualification required to qualify is basic English, General Studies, and Mathematics, for women English and General Studies are the qualifying papers as they only receive the officer's training. Different services have different cutout marks. Once the written paper is cleared, the candidate is required to appear for the Services Selection Board (SSB) followed by a medical test. The merit list is displayed on the UPSC website.

The notification of this exam is mostly released in October and June and the examination date falls around February and November. Unmarried graduates are eligible to sit for these examinations and the Services Selection Board (SSB) after an interview decides where the candidates will be placed. The eligibility includes physical standards as per the UPSC criterion. Both mental and physical fitness is essential, If a candidate has a tattoo on their body they will not be permitted to appear for the exams. Candidates with a hernia, hearing impairments, disabilities, or deformity in the vestibule-cochlear system will not be eligible. Candidates with the active congenital venereal disease will not be allowed to apply. In the final assessment, a three-stage assessment is conducted, Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO), and the Psychologist. The candidates are selected on their performance in the written and the interview after a holistic review.

Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

The AFCAT test is also conducted twice a year by the Indian Air Force for both male and female candidates. The positions are for both technical and ground staff. The test encompasses Aptitude, English, Reasoning, and General Studies. Once the written test is qualified, the selected candidate is admitted to the Indian Air force Academy.

The eligibility for AFCAT comprises the educational and physical requirements. Both men and women must be unmarried and between the ages group of 20-24 years. Candidates must be vaccinated with two doses. Candidates that hold a valid and current Commercial Pilot License issued by DGCA (India) can apply till the age of 26 years. Those applying for Ground Duty (Technical & Non-Technical) Branch should be within the age of 20 to 26 years w.r.t., Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate. Widows/Widowers or divorcee candidates, with or without encumbrances, below 25 years are not eligible. Candidates marrying after the date of application after successful completion of the SSB or medical test will not be eligible for training. Candidates who are married and over the age of 25, can apply, but candidates will not be provided married accommodation and nor can they live with their family during the training period.

Indian Navy Entrance Test (INET):

The INET is the recent admission process in the Indian Navy, for both men and women. This examination is conducted twice a year. Candidates can opt for ground or flying duty. The written test includes English, Aptitude, Mathematics, and General Knowledge. The selection process is similar to the CDS and AFCAT. The test qualifies candidates for the Indian Naval Academy.

Candidates applying for Short Service Commission (SSC) should be unmarried. Students completing their B. Tech from AICTE recognized institutes are eligible to apply with a minimum of 60% marks. Candidates should secure 60% marks in English in both Class X and XII.

Candidates can enter directly through SSB interviews in the following defense disciplines.

Technical Graduate Course (TGC)

This is a direct way to enter the Indian Army for engineering graduates in their final year and those who have completed their engineering graduation. The short listing is done based on the semester percentage in B.Tech. The Indian Army releases cut-offs for different branches separately. The selection procedure is the same for all students that join the Military Academy. This process of entry is for male candidates and this entry test is conducted twice a year.

The eligibility criterion entails unmarried men, who are Indian, subject of Bhutan, Nepal, a Tibetan refugee who entered India in 1962, settling in India permanently. Citizens from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam settled in India permanently with an eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India can apply for the test. The candidate age should be between 20-27yrs. Candidates selected will join on short service commission as Lt. on a probationary basis. they will be entitled to full pay and allowance during their training period which will be paid upon the successful completion of the training program. During the training period, candidates will not be allowed to marry or live with parents and guardians. If a candidate marries will be liable to discharge and will need to refund all the expenses incurred by the government.

Short Service Commission-Technical (SSC-Tech):

This is an Officer’s Training Academy, applicable for both male and female candidates in the Indian Army through SSC-Tech. The selection process is the same as TGC.

58 men and 29 women are selected from the age of 20-27 years. B.Tech candidates passing our Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Biotechnology, and many other streams of engineering may apply. For details visit the website.

University Entrance Scheme (UES):

Allowing entry to the Indian Navy now, earlier UES was conducted for the Indian Army. The selection procedure falls in the line of TGC and the SSC-Tech. Conducted twice a year candidates find an opportunity to join the Indian Naval Academy.

Students with B.Tech in computer science, computer engineering, mechanical, electrical, and electronic with an aggregate of 60% marks are integrated into the course. All candidates will need to go through a medical test; they will not be permitted for the test if they have a tattoo on any part of their body. People belonging to the tribal communities having a tattoo are allowed by the Government of India.


It is a prestige to be in the Indian defense services and those aspiring to serve the nation being a part of the Indian Army, Navy, and Air force can obtain their B.tech degree from Azad Institute of Engineering and Technology (AIET). Visit the website https://www.aiet.ac.in/ to enroll in B.tech and plan to do your bit for the nation.

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