How to Join Indian Army After 12th? Check Exams and Eligibility Here

By Priya Gupta|Updated : September 6th, 2022

How to join the Indian Army after class 12th? - This question seems interesting and important for all the students who are willing to join the Indian Army. A student has plenty of options to get into the Army after class 12th grade. In this article, you will get the answer to your question and entries through which you can join the Indian Army after class 12th.

How to Join Indian Army after 12th? - NDA Exam

National Defence Academy (NDA) exam is one of the best entries to join the Indian army. A student can apply for the NDA exam after clearing class 11th. In the following table, we are sharing details of the NDA exam.

NDA Exam

Important Details

Eligibility Criteria for NDA- Age Limit

16.5-19.5 years

Who Can Apply for NDA exam

Male & Female Candidates

Minimum Education Qualification for NDA exam

Appearing or Cleared class 12th

Rank After NDA exam

Lieutenant in Indian Army

Notification for NDA exam

Twice a Year May & December

Selection Process

Written + SSB Interview

How to Join Indian Army After 12th without NDA?

There are a few options available to join the Indian Army after 12th without giving the NDA exam such as through the Technical Entry scheme or through the Agneepath recruitment scheme. Check out the details for each of these exams below.

Join Indian Army after 12th through Technical Entry Scheme

TES entry is another way to join the army after class 12th. This is the entry for all male candidates who have cleared class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and appeared for JEE- Mains exam. In the Technical entry scheme of the Indian Navy and Army candidates do not go through the written exam. Candidates will be directly called for SSB Interview based in their class 12th marks. In the following table, we are sharing important details of technical entries for the Indian Army and Navy.

Technical Entry Scheme

Important Details

Eligibility Criteria for TES- Age Limit

16.5-19.5 Years

Who can Apply for TES 

Male Candidates Only

Minimum Education Qualification

Passed class 12th with PCM

Rank After Clearing TES

Lieutenant in Indian Army

Selection Process

Only SSB Interview

How to Join Army after 12th? - Agnipath Scheme

All the recruitment at soldier rank for the Indian army is done through Agnipath scheme. Candidates after applying for the Agnipath scheme will be called for a recruitment rally. Selected candidates will be appointed in different ranks. In the following table, we are sharing important details of how to join the Indian Army after 12th without NDA through the Agnipath scheme.

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Educational Qualification

Soldier GD

The candidates must be Matric pass with a minimum of 33% marks or equivalent

Soldier Technical (Ammunition Examiner)

  • Passed 10+2 pass with Science (PCME) with a minimum of 50% marks or 
  • A three-year diploma in Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical/Automobile/Computer Science and Electronic & Instrumentation).

Soldier Technical

Passed a 10+2 pass with Science (PCME) with a minimum of 50% or equivalent.

Soldier Nursing Assistant/NA Veterinary

The candidate must have done 10+2 with Science (PCME) minimum 50% or B.Sc. (Botany/Zoology/Bio-Science) and English.

Soldier Clerks/SKT

The candidate must have done 10+2 with a minimum of 60% marks and should have studied English and

Soldier Tradesmen (All Arms)

The candidate must be 10th /ITI in relevant trade

Soldier Tradesmen

The candidate must be 8th pass

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FAQs

  • There are multiple entries to join the Indian Army after 12th. A candidate can apply for NDA or Technical entry scheme to join the Indian army at officer rank.

  • Candidates can apply for National Defence Academy or Technical entry scheme to join the army on Grade A rank. In this article, read all details of entries through which you can become an officer in the Indian Army.

  • Yes, you can apply for NDA exam after 12th. A candidate must be 16.5 – 19.5 years to apply for NDA exam. Read this article to know more about NDA exam.

  • To join the technical branch of the Indian army, apply through the Technical Entry Scheme of the Indian Army. Candidates who have completed their class 12th with PCM & given JEE- Mains exam can apply for this entry.

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