Indian Army

Indian Army



Indian Army is mandated to safeguard National Interests from External Aggression and Internal Subversion. The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff, who is a four-star general.




  • Aim to serve society
  • Self-Discipline
  • Physical Fitness
  • Ability to slog hard
  • Critical thinker
  • Leadership qualities
  • Team spirit
  • Patriotic nature
  • Integrity and loyalty




  • Age - 16 ½ to 19 ½ years (at the time of commencement of course)
  • Nationality – Indian
  • Gender - Men only
  • Educational Qualifications-
  • For Army- 10+2 with any stream and Mathematics as a Subject.


NDA Exam Pattern




Paper type:  


  • Offline
  • The papers in both the subjects consist of objective type questions only.
  • There is penalty for wrong answers. 


2 Papers


  • 1 Paper= Mathematics 
  • 2 Paper= General Ability


General Ability Test paper is divided into two parts –


Part A and Part B. 


  • Part A has 50 English questions 
  • Part B has 100 General Knowledge questions.


SSB Interview


Stage 1


  • Intelligence Test: It comprises of both; verbal and non-verbal questions. It is a written test which includes multiple choice questions. The time allotted to answering each question is 30 seconds.
  • Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PP & DT): This test includes story writing and discussion. A picture will be shown to the candidates for 30 seconds and candidates have to write a story based on the picture in 3 minutes.


Stage 2


  • Psychological Tests
  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT): In this test, about 11 pictures will be shown. Each picture will be displayed just for 30 seconds after that candidates have to write a story based on the picture within 4 minutes. After 4 minutes another picture will be displayed and the same procedure will be followed till the last slide. The twelfth slide will be blank where a candidate is supposed to write any story of their own choice.
  • Word Association Test (WAT): In this test, 60 words will be shown back to back for a period of 50 seconds. Candidates have to write the first thought that comes to their mind for those words.
  • Situation Reaction Test (SRT): In this test, candidates will get a booklet with 60 situations written on it. Candidates have to write their responses based on those 60 situations.
  • Self Description Test (SD): In this test, candidates have to write their opinion about their parents, themselves, friends, teachers & others. The time will be allotted 15 minutes.


Group Tests


  • Group Discussion
  • Group Planning Exercise (Military Planning Exercise)
  • Progressive Group Tasks (PGT): In this round, the group of candidates has to cross some obstacles with the help of supporting materials such as rope, plank, wood log etc.
  • Half Group Tasks: This round is same as PGT but the numbers of group members will half. Candidates get more chance to show their potential.
  • Individual Obstacles: In this round, candidates are required to attempt 10 obstacles individually.
  • Group Obstacles Race or Snake Race: In this round, all group members will compete to the other groups. Candidates are required to cross certain obstacles with the snake-like rope.
  • Command Task: In this task, an aspirant will be a commander. He will be required to cross some obstacles with the help of 2-3 subordinates.
  • Lecturette: In this round, each individual has to give a lecture for 3 minutes on a topic selected by them.
  • Final Group Task: It is same as PGT. Candidates have another chance to show their potential.




Medical Test


Technical Entry in Army (B.Tech)


Indian Army provides opportunity to the candidates aspiring to become an officer in Engineering Core of Army twice a year through Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme (Army TES).




Education: a candidate must have qualified 10+2 with Science subjects (Math, Physics and Chemistry) with at least 70% of total marks from a recognised board


Age:  The age of the candidate should be between 16.5 years to 19.5 years.


Selection Process for Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme (TES)


Stage 1: merit list prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in 12th standard.


Stage 2: SSB Interview


  • Psychological Tests
  • Group Tests
  • Interview


Stage 3


  • Medical Test





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