Career in Armed Force


The Indian armed force is the unified military of republic of India comprising of the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy and various inter-service institutions. The President of India serves as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces while the executive power is held by Prime Minister of India. The Ministry of Defense is responsible for countering insurgency and ensuring security in India. India has an estimated total force of 1,414,000 personnel which makes our armed forces the third largest in the world. Other forces include: the Indian Coast Guard, the Central Paramilitary Forces, and Strategic Forces Command. The Indian Armed Force is planning to have an active military space program and is currently working on Indian Ballistic Missile Defense Program and Nuclear Triad capability.


In terms of military personnel, Indian Army is the second largest army in the world and in terms of manpower ours is the largest in the world. Due to India’s diverse geography, the Army has good combat experience in diverse terrains. Currently, Indian Army is headed by Deepak Kapoor. The highest rank in the Indian Army is the Field Marshal. The Indian Army is considered one of the best armies in the world and is comparable to Russia, U.S and China. The Indian Army has started a modernization program from 2012-2020 under Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS).


The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. Ours is world’s fifth largest navy comprising of 55,000 men and women, including 5,000 naval aviation personnel and 2,000 marine commandos (MARCOS). Indian Navy is fairly advanced in terms of technology and possesses one of two aircraft carriers in Asia. Indian Navy is also one of the 6 navies in the world having nuclear capabilities. The others are: US, Russia, China, France and UK. In addition to it, Indian Navy is in control of BrahMos which is the fastest cruise missile in the world with speeds of 2.8 Mach.


The Indian Air Force is the fourth largest air force in the world with about 170,000 personnel, 1,130 combat and 1,700 non combat aircraft in active service. IAF has undertaken an ambitious expansion and modernization program in the recent years and India has made its own original aircraft including HAL Tejas and HAL Dhruv which has been exported to many countries including Israel, Burma etc.


Analysis of Central Intelligence Agency indicates that India is projected to possess the 4th most concentration of power by 2015. According to report published by U.S Congress, India is the developing world’s leading arms purchaser.


Recruitment to Indian Armed Forces is through four military related academies. These are National Defense Academy, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Officer’s Training Academy. For entrance test, one must display that they are both mentally and physically fit to be in the academy through various examinations and medical check-ups.

Nature of Work:
Navy-Merchant Navy ship consists of bulk carriers that carry cargo, tankers that carry oil and luxury liners that carry passengers.

Captain – Navigation of ships,loading and unloading of cargo,ensuring the safety of passengers and cargo,maintaining discipline in the vessel,adherence to national and international laws etc,are his concern.

Engineer – Engineering works are his responsibility.

Radio Officer – manages the communications network of the vessel.

Indian Air Force – Working in the Air Force is about being in the middle of supersonic jets, state-of-the-art technology and best of the people. You are where the action is. Air Force provides you with the most modern facilities, gives you an unparalleled way of life and creates an environment, where the best in you comes out. Whether you are a graduate or you have finished your schooling or you have passed your class tenth, Air Force has an exciting career opportunity for you. Click on the link below, to know how you can join the Indian Air force to jumpstart a secure future for you and your family. However we will focus solely on the prospects for graduates. Air Force invites young, enthusiastic and committed, men and women, to lead and manage as officers. Candidates short-listed after the initial selection procedure go through a rigorous training regimen at one of the Air Force training establishments. Thereafter, they are commissioned as officers and posted at any of the Air Force Stations.

Indian Army – The Army is the largest and the oldest branch of the Indian armed forces. It is trained to fight on land and consists of various divisions including the infantry, the artillery, the armoured corps etc. Besides, these combat divisions the support division in the army include the supply corps, the engineers, the ordinance supply corps, military intelligence and medical staff. The primary responsibility of the army is to safeguard the geographical boundaries of the country and to capture enemy territory in the event of a war. The army training includes both offence and defensive operations. In addition to the primary responsibility, the army is also called upon in peace time to aid in relief and rescue operations during natural calamities and for counter insurgency.

Commercial Pilot – The first step in Pilot training is acquiring of Student Pilot Licence (SPL). Thereafter he can start flight training to get Private Pilot Licence (PPL). This includes 60 hours of flying comprising 20 hours of dual flying, 20 hours of solo flying and 5 hours cross country flying. Theoretical examinations have to be passed in subjects like Air Regulation, Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Aircraft and Engines, After PPL another 190 hours of flying training is required for Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) i.e., a consolidated 250 hours of flying training. A flight radio operators licence and radio telephone licence have to be obtained. During CPL, the candidate should have exposure to a range of aircraft and fulfill other conditions like specified hours of solo flying, cross country flying and height flying. Theeoretical papers have to be cleared and medical tests passed. It usually takes 2 to 3 years before required flying hours and classroom learning are completed. Entry to the PPL course is through an entrance test conducted at certain centres. The test is based on subjects like English, General Knowledge, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

The candidate should have passed 10+2 or equivalent in Physics,Chemistry and Maths.
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