Indian Army ranks and selection criteria

Job in Indian Army is a dream come true for any youth; it is not only to serve the Nation but it is considered to be the most reputed government job. I have broadly listed down the requirement and Indian Army ranks which are useful for aspiring candidates, who are willing to choose the career in Indian Army.
Indian Army ranks
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OR / Non-commissioned

To join Indian army as a soldier,  person should be metric pass with 45% aggregate in the examination for general duty and 10+2 for special duty such as technical  and clerical trade in defence force.
Age limit: 17.5 to 21 years
Following are the details of Indian Army ranks in other categories (Lowest to highest);

  • Sipahi
  • Lance Naik
  • Naik
  • Havaldar
If you join the Indian Army as soldier, you shall be promoted based on the performance up to Havaldar in Non-commissioned category. 


JCO / Junior commissioned officer

To directly join as a Junior commissioned officer in Indian army person should be10+2 pass and have additional qualifications such as 3 years graduation and a diploma in specific stream as per the requirement. However non-commissioned can be promoted for JCO in case he acquires the required qualification during the service.
Age limit: 20 years to Specified as per requirement.
There are following Junior commissioned officer ranking structure in Indian Army (Lowest to highest)
  • Naik Subedar
  • Subedar
  • Subedar Major


Commissioned officer

Joining Indian army as a Commissioned officer offers a great way to excel your career and one can go up to the apex rank of Indian Army. In India, there are two types of joining process for commissioned officers. A person can join National defence academy after completion of 10+2 and second he/she can directly join Indian army as a lieutenant after completing of graduation degree.
The commission also offers female candidates to join the Indian army as a Commissioned officer.
NDA (National defence academy)
Age limit: 16.5 to 19 years
Direct entry after Graduation
Age limit: 21 to 27 years
Following are the Indian army ranks for Commissioned officers (Lowest to highest)
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Lt. Colonel
  • Colonel
  • Brigadier
  • Major General
  • Lieutenant General
  • General
Apart from the qualification, a person should be physically and mentally fit to work for Indian army and he should qualify the written and physical examination conducted by Army Commission.

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