Women Entries 2018: The Officer’s Training Academy (OTA) has trained more than 1200 women trainees since the day women’s participation in army came into an existence. It was in the year 1992 when women were officially made legalized to join Indian Army. Just like men, women have played an integral role in safeguarding us day and night. Women can apply in various armed services of the Indian Army after they are graduated in any stream. There is anyhow a certain eligibility criteria and age limit under which they can apply for joining Indian Army. The following are the 4 ways along with complete details for women to join Indian Army:
1. Graduate UPSC entry: Any women graduate who is unmarried and is between 19 to 25 years of age can apply under this category. They need to clear the written CDSE examination which is scheduled twice a year around June and November. Under this criterion, 12 women are selected on the basis of merit list which go for officer’s training at Chennai center.
2. Graduate Non UPSC entry:
a) NCC Special Entry: Women who have secured a ‘C’ certificate with at least B grade in it can apply for this special entry. They need to have a minimum of 50% marks in their graduation degree. The age limit is between 19-25 years of age. 4 unmarried women are selected every 6 months for training at OTA in Chennai center.
b) Judge Advocate General entry: Any women LLB graduate between 21-27 years of age can apply under this JAG entry. Unmarried women can apply with a minimum of 55% in their LLB degree. There is no requirement for them to have attended CEE. This entry also selects 4 women every 6 months for 49 weeks of training at OTA.
3. Technical entry for engineering graduates: Women who have graduated in any of the engineering courses can apply under this criterion. Generally, there is no such requirement to have attended CEE. The age limit for women to apply under technical entries is between 20-27 years of age. Only unmarried women can apply. The minimum marks required in graduation changes every year but still it is never less than 50%. There are 20 women who are selected every 6 months for further 49 weeks training at the OTA Chennai.
4. Direct entries for women: Indian Army also appoints women based on their skills. Such types of entries are not based upon any written exams or cutoffs. It totally depends upon the requirement and availability of posts in the Indian Army. Women can be appointed as Army Medical Corps, Army Education Corps and Military Nursing Service. It is important to mention that even under these entries, women are required to undergo through the training process under any of the above mentioned entries. The selection process of officers in Indian Army is a totally unbiased decision. Indian Army doesn’t partially discriminate on the grounds of any caste, color or religion diversities. It is a post of high honor and requires dedication, discipline and most importantly, selfless love for the country. Any woman who meets any of the above mentioned criteria and pass through the SSB and medical test go straight for the training at Officer’s Training Academy, Chennai.