1. Applications are invited from unmarried males and unmarried females (including Wards of
Battle Casualties of Indian Army Personnel), for grant of Short Service Commission in the Indian Army.
2. Eligibility.
(a) Nationality. A candidate must either be: (i) A citizen of India, or (ii) A subject of Nepal, or  (iii) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri
Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania,
Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling
in India provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii) and (iii) above shall be a
person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of
India. A certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who
are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.
(b) Age Limit.  For National Cadet Corps (NCC) candidates (including wards of Battle Casualties) 19 to 25 years as of 01 Jan 2023 (born not earlier than 02 Jan 1998 and not later than 01 Jan 2004; both dates inclusive).

Note. Candidates should note that the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will only be accepted and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

IMPORTANT NOTE. Candidates must note that they can appear for ONLY one of
the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview, either SSC (NT)-117 Course (Apr
2023) /SSC (NT) (Women)-31 Course (Apr 2023) as CDSE candidate OR NCC (Spl)
Entry-53 Course (Apr 2023). Candidates are required to give an undertaking to this
effect under the declaration part of the online application.
(c) Educational Qualification and other Criteria.
(i) For NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holders

(aa) Educational Qualification. Degree from a recognized University or
equivalent with an aggregate of a minimum of 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years. Those studying in their final year are also allowed to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in the first two/three years of three/four years of degree courses respectively. Such students will need to secure an overall aggregate of minimum of 50% marks in the degree course if selected for an interview, failing which their candidature will be CANCELLED.

(ab) Service in NCC. Should have served for a minimum of two/three years (as applicable) in Senior Division/Wg of NCC.
(ac) Grading. Should have obtained a minimum of ‘B’ Grade in ‘C’ Certificate Exam of NCC. Applicants, who are not holding an NCC ‘C’ Certificate on the date of application, are not eligible to apply for the course.
Note 1. For the Qualified Graduate Candidates of the Degree Course. Candidates who have passed the graduation degree course must produce the provisional/degree certificate by 1st Apr 2023 to the Directorate General of Recruiting, failing which their candidature will be canceled.
Note 2. For the Candidates Studying in the Final Year of Degree Course. The candidates studying in the final year of graduation, if not already in possession of a provisional /degree certificate must submit the proof of passing the graduation degree exam along with the mark sheet of all the semesters by 1st Apr 2023 to the Directorate General of Recruiting, failing which their candidature will be canceled. Those who are not able to produce the degree certificate/provisional degree certificate by the specified date will be inducted on Additional Bond Basis only on submission of proof of passing graduation degree exam along with mark sheet of all semesters to the Directorate General of Recruiting by the above-specified date.
Note 4. Candidates, who have yet to pass their graduation degree examination will be eligible only if they are studying in the final year of the degree examination. Those candidates who have yet to qualify in the final year Degree Examination and are allowed to appear for SSB should note that this is only a special concession given to them. They are required to submit proof of passing the Graduation Degree Examination along with all mark sheets of Graduation Degree Examination by the above-prescribed date and no request for extending this date will be entertained on the grounds of late conduct of basic qualifying University Examination, delay in declaration of results or any other grounds whatsoever.
(ii) For Wards of Battle Casualties of Indian Army Personnel.
(aa) Eligibility Criteria. The vacancies under wards of battle casualties are available to wards (unmarried sons and unmarried daughters including legally adopted) of Battle casualties specified as:-
(aaa) Killed in action.
(aab) Died of wound or injuries (Other than self-inflicted).
(aac) Wounded or Injured (Other than self-inflicted).
(aad) Missing, presumed dead.
(ab) Educational Qualification. Degree of a recognized university or equivalent with aggregate of minimum 50% marks taking into account marks of all the years.
(ac) NCC ‘C’ certificate NOT required for Wards of Battle Casualties.
(ad) Details of Documents are to be provided in the Application Form.
(aaa) The ‘Battle Casualty’ Certificate Number issued by Manpower (Policy & Planning) Directorate (MP Date) certifies that the parent has been killed/wounded/reported missing in action.
Note:- Battle casualty certificate issued by respective Record Offices is valid for casualties prior to Sep 2013. For casualties since Sep 2013, a battle casualty certificate should have been issued by Adjutant General’s Branch Manpower (Policy & Planning)-5(D).
(aab) A copy of Manpower (Policy & Planning) Directorate (MP Dte)/Respective Regimental Records Part II Order Number. notifying injuries and being classified as ‘Battle Casualty’.
(aac) Relationship Certificate No issued by Manpower (Policy & Planning) Directorate 5 & 6 / Respective Regimental Records.
Note. Applications will be submitted online by wards of battle casualties with details of documents mentioned as in Paragraph 9 (b) below. However, they will carry all documents at the time of the SSB interview in the original. Incomplete documents will be summarily rejected by the Selection Centre and no representation in this regard will be entertained or replied to.
3. Vacancies.
(a) NCC Men. 50 (45 for General Category and 05 for Wards of Battle Casualties of Indian Army personnel only).
(b) NCC Women. 05 (04 for General Category and 01 for Wards of Battle Casualties of Indian Army personnel only).
4. Terms and Conditions of Service.
(a) Tenure of Engagement. Short Service Commission will be granted to Male and females in the regular Army for 14 years i.e. for an initial period of 10 years extendable by a further period of 04 years. Male & Female officers who are willing to continue to serve the Indian Army after the expiry of the period of ten years of the Short Service Commission may, if eligible and suitable in all respects, be considered for the grant of Permanent Commission(PC) in the 10th year of their Short Service Commission in accordance with the relevant policies as issued from time to time. Those SSC officers (Male & Female) who are not selected for grant of PC but are otherwise considered fit and suitable, will be given the option to continue as SSCOs for a total period of 14 years (including the initial tenure of 10 years)on expiry of which they will be released from Indian Army.
(b) Period of Probation. An officer will be on probation for a period of six months from the date he/she receives his/her commission. If he/she is reported on within the probationary period as unsuitable to retain his/her commission, his/her services may be terminated at any time whether before or after the expiry of the probationary period.
(c) Ante Date Seniority. No ante date seniority will be granted.
(d) Termination of Commission. An officer granted Short Service Commission will be liable to serve for ten years but his/her Commission may be terminated at any time by the
Government of India for:-
(i) Misconduct or if his/her services are found to be unsatisfactory, or
(ii) On account of medical unfitness, or
(iii) If his/her services are no longer required, or
(iv) If he/she fails to qualify in any prescribed test or course.
(v) An officer may on giving three months’ notice be permitted to resign his/her commission on compassionate grounds of which the Government of India will be the sole judge. An officer who is permitted to resign his/her commission on compassionate grounds will not be eligible for terminal gratuity.
(e) Reserve Liability. Short Service Commission Officers on release before or expiryof contractual length of service will carry reserve liability to serve Indian Army for five yearsplus two years on voluntary basis or up to the age of 37 years for women and 40 years formen whichever is earlier.
5. Training. Duration of training is 49 weeks at Officers Training Academy(OTA), Chennai.
(a) Selected candidates will be detailed for Pre-Commission training at OTA,Chennai according to their position in the final order of merit, up to the numberof available vacancies, subject to meeting all eligibility criteria.
(b) Candidates will neither be allowed to marry during the period of trainingnor will he/she be allowed to live with parents/guardians. Candidates must notmarry until they complete the full training at OTA. A candidate, who marriessubsequent to the date of his/her application, though successful at the SSB interview or medical examination, will not be inducted for training. A candidate ifhe/she marries, while under training, shall be discharged and will be liable torefund all expenditure incurred on him/her by the Government. It is alsoapplicable to the wards of Battle Casualties of Army Personnel.
(c) All candidates who successfully complete Pre-Commission training atOTA, Chennai will be awarded ‘Post Graduate Diploma in DefenceManagement and Strategic Studies’ by University of Madras.
(d) Cost of Training. The entire cost of training at OTA is at Government expense. Incase the Lady/Gentlemen cadet is withdrawn from training academy due to reasons other than medical ground or the reasons not beyond his/her control, he/she will be liable torefund cost of training @ ₹ 15,055/- (as on 2022) and as notified from time to time perweek (for the period of candidate’s stay at the Officers Training Academy, Chennai/CadetTraining Wing). The cost of training is born by State, will be recovered from cadetswithdrawing for personal reasons.
6. The final allocation of Arms/Services will be made prior to passing out of Gentlemen /Ladycadets from OTA.
7. Promotion Criteria and Salary Structure.
(a) Promotion Criteria.
Rank                                               Promotion Criteria
Lieutenant                                            On commission
Captain                                                  On completion of 2 years
Major                                                      Oncompletion of 6 years
Lieutenant Colonel                              On completion of 13 years
Colonel (TS)                                         On completion on 26 years
Colonel                                                 On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions

Brigadier                                              On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions
Major General                                     On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions
Lieutenant General/HAG Scale      On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions
HAG + Scale                                        On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions
(*Admissible to 1/3rd of total
strength of Lieutenant General)
VCOAS/Army Commander /          On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions
Lieutenant General (NFSG)
COAS                                                    On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions
(b) Pay.

Rank                                                   Level                                                                    (Pay in ₹)
Lieutenant                                         Level 10                                                             56,100 – 1,77,500
Captain                                               Level 10B                                                          61,300 – 1,93,900
Major                                                  Level 11                                                              69,400 – 2,07,200
Lieutenant Colonel                          Level12A                                                            1,21,200 – 2,12,400
Colonel                                               Level 13                                                             1,30,600 – 2,15,900
Brigadier                                            level13A                                                             1,39,600 – 2,17,600
Major General                                   Level 14                                                             1,44,200 – 2,18,200
Lieutenant General HAG Scale      Level 15                                                             1,82,200 – 2,24,100
Lieutenant Gen HAG+Scale            Level 16                                                             2,05,400 – 2,24,400
VCOAS/Army Commander/
Lieutenant General (NFSG)             Level 17                                                               2,25,000/-(fixed)
COAS                                                     Level 18                                                             2,50,000/-(fixed)
( C)Military Service Pay (MSP). MSP to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier ₹ 15,500/- p.m. fixed.
(d) Fixed Stipend for Cadet Training. Stipend to Gentlemen or Lady Cadets during the entire duration of training in Service academies i.e. during training period at OTA. ₹ 56,100/-p.m.*
*On successful commissioning, the pay in the Pay Matrix of the OfficerCommissioned shall be fixed in first Cell of Level 10 and the period of training shallnot be treated as commissioned service and arrears on account of admissibleallowances, as applicable, for the training period shall be paid to cadets.
(e) Qualification Grant. (i) Qualification Grant. Abolished as a separate allowance. Eligible employeesto be governed by newly proposed Higher Qualification Incentive (HQI). Order forHQI is yet to be issued by Ministry of Defence.
(ii) Flying Allowance. The Army Aviators (Pilots) serving in Indian Army AviationCorps are entitled to flying allowances as under:-Lieutenant and above Level 10 and above ₹ 25,000/- p.m. fixed (R1H1
of Risk and Hardship Matrix)
(f) Other Allowances.Defence Allowance Admissible at the same rates and under the
same conditions as are applicable to thecivilian personnel from time to time
Para Allowance ₹ 10500/-pm
Para Reserve Allowance ₹ 2625/-pm
Para Jump Instructor Allowance ₹ 10500/-pm
Project Allowance ₹ 3400/-pm
Special Forces Allowance ₹ 25000/-pm
Technical Allowance (Tier-I) ₹ 3000/-pm
Technical Allowance (Tier-II) ₹ 4500/-pm
(g) Depending upon rank and area of posting, officers posted to Field Areas will beeligible for the following Field Area allowances:-
(h) High Altitude Allowance.

j) Siachen Allowance. Siachen Allowance will be ₹ 42,500/- per month.
(k) Uniform Allowance. Subsumed into the newly proposed Dress Allowance i.e.₹ 20,000/- per year.
(l) Ration in Kind. In Peace and Field Areas.
m) Transport Allowance (TPTA). Pay Level Higher TPTA Cities
Note.(i) Higher TPTA Cities (UA). Hyderabad, Patna, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Surat, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kozhikode, Indore, Greater Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Kolkata. (ii) The allowance shall not be admissible to those Service personnel who have been
provided with the facility of Government transport. (iii) Officers in Pay Level 14 and above, who are entitled to use official car, will have theoption to avail official car facility or to draw the TPTA at the rate of ₹ 15,750+DA thereon.(iv) The allowance will not be admissible for the calendar month(s) wholly covered byleave.(v) Physically disabled service personnel will continue to be paid at double rate, subject
to a minimum of ₹ 2,250+ DA p.m.
(n) Children Education Allowance (CEA). ₹ 2250/- per month per child for two eldestsurviving only. CEA is admissible from Nursery to 12th Class.(i) Reimbursement should be done just once a year, after completion of thefinancial year (which for most schools coincides with the Academic year).(ii) Certificate from the head of institution where the ward of governmentemployee studies should be sufficient for this purpose. The certificate should confirmthat the child studied in the school during the previous academic year.(iii) In the case of allowances specific to Indian Armed Forces, the rates of these
allowances would be enhanced by 25% automatically each time the DearnessAllowance payable on the revised pay band goes up by 50% (GoI letter NoA-27012/02/2017-Estt.(AL) dated 16 Aug 2017).
(o) Hostel Subsidy. ₹ 6750/- per month per child for two eldest surviving only. HostelSubsidy is admissible from Nursery to 12th Class.
(p) Please note that pay & allowances and rules/provisions thereof are subject to
revision from time to time.
8. Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF). The Gentlemen/Lady Cadets when in receipt ofstipend are insured for ₹ 1 Cr (wef 01 Apr 2022) as applicable to officers of the regular Army.For those who are invalidated out by Invalidating Medical Board (IMB) on account ofdisability and not entitled to any pension will be provided ₹ 25 lakhs for 100 percentdisability. This will be proportionately reduced to ₹ 5 lakhs for 20 percent disability.However, for less than 20 percent disability, an Ex-Gratia Grant of ₹ 50,000/- only will be paid.Disability due to alcoholism, drug addiction and due to the diseases of pre-enrolment origin willnot qualify for disability benefit and Ex-Gratia Grant. In addition, Gentleman/Lady Cadetswithdrawn on disciplinary grounds, expelled as undesirable or leaving the Academy voluntarilywill not be eligible for disability benefits and Ex-Gratia. Subscription at the rate of ₹ 10,000/- willhave to be paid in advance on monthly basis by Gentlemen/Lady Cadets to become memberunder the AGI Scheme as applicable to regular Indian Army officers. The subscription for the
period would also be recovered at the same rate.
9. How to Apply.
(a) Applications will only be accepted online on website Click on ‘Officer Entry Application/Login’ and then click ‘Registration’ (Registrations notrequired, if already registered on Fill the online registrationform after reading the instructions carefully. After getting registered, click on ‘Apply Online’under Dashboard. A page ‘Officers Selection – ‘Eligibility’ will open. Then click ‘Apply’Shonagainst Short Service Commission NCC Special Entry Course. A page ‘ApplicationForm’ will open. Read the instructions carefully and click ‘Continue’ to fill details asrequired under various segments. Personal information, Communication details, Educationdetails and details of previous SSB. ‘Save & Continue’ each time before you go to the nextsegment. After filling details on the last segment, you will move to a page ‘Summary ofyour information’ wherein you can check and edit the entries already made. Only afterascertaining the correctness of all your details, click on ‘Submit’. Candidates must click on‘Submit’ each time they open the application for editing any details. The candidates arerequired to take out two copies of their application having Roll Number, 30 minutes after
final closure of online application on last day.Important Note 1. No changes to details submitted in online application can be madeafter closure of application. No representation in this regard shall be entertained.
Important Note 2. CGPA/Grades must be converted into Marks as per the formulaeadopted by the concerned University for filling ‘Marks obtained in Graduation’ in onlineapplication. Any discrepancy observed at any stage of selection process will lead tocancellation of candidature.
Important Note 3. Candidate’s name/parent’s name (father & mother)/ date of birth in theprofile and online application must be as per matriculation /Secondary SchoolExamination certificate or equivalent certificate issued by the concerned Board ofeducation. Variation in above details will lead to cancellation of the candidature.
(b) Self attested copy of following documents alongwith their originals are to be carriedtothe Selection Centre by the candidates:-
(i) One copy of the print out of application duly signed and affixed with selfattested photograph.
(ii) Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or equivalentcertificate and Mark Sheet issued by the concerned Board of Education.
Note 1. Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or equivalentcertificate issued by the concerned Board of Education will only be accepted as proofof date of birth, candidate’s name and parent’s name (father & mother). No otherdocument like Admit card/ Mark Sheet/Transfer certificate etc are acceptable.
Note 2. In case parent’s name (father & mother) is not mentioned inMatriculation/Secondary School Examination certificate or equivalent certificate, thecandidate is required to produce any document issued by Govt of India or StatesGovt such as PAN card, Aadhaar card, Passport, Driving licence etc for verification.However, candidate’s name and their parent’s name filled in online application mustmatch exactly with those mentioned in the produced document.
(iii) 12th Class Certificate & Marks Sheet.
(iv) Graduation Degree/Provisional Degree issued by a recogniseduniversity. Provisional Degree should not be more than six months old at the timeof the candidate joining the Academy.
(v) Marks Sheets of all years/semesters.
(vi) NCC `C’ Certificate (Date of issue of NCC `C’ Certificate to be on orbefore the date of submission of online application by the candidate). NCC `C’Certificate is not required from Wards of Battle Casualties.
(vii) Certificate regarding CGPA conversion to marks (as applicable) andaggregate percentage from the concerned University duly specifying the rules/conversion criteria/formula in this regard.
(viii) Certificate from the Principal/Head of the Institution stating that the candidateis in final year andhis/her result will be declared by 1st of Apr 2023 (only for final yearappearing candidates).
(ix) Declaration by the candidate of final year degree course that he/she willsubmit the proof of passing by 1st of Apr 2023 to Directorate General of Recruiting,failing which his/her candidature will be cancelled.
(x) The Wards of Battle Casualties will also submit the documentsmentioned at Para 2 (c) (ii) (ad) in addition to the documents mentioned above.
(c) Any candidate who does not carry the above documents for the SSB interview,his/ her candidature will be cancelled and he/she will be returned.
(d) All certificates in original to be carried by the candidates for SSB interview forverification. Originals will be returned after verification at the SSB itself.
(e) The second copy of the printout of online application is to be retained by thecandidate for reference. There is no need to send any hard copy to Directorate GeneralRecruiting.
(f) Candidates must submit only one online application. Receipt of multipleapplications from the same candidate will result in cancellation of candidature, andNO representation will be entertained in this regard.
(g) Candidates serving in the Indian Armed Forces are required to inform theirCommanding Officer in writing that they have applied for this examination. Applications ofcandidates serving in the Armed Forces, duly countersigned by the Commanding Officershould be taken alongwith all other documents as stated above to the SSB interview asandwhen called for the same.
10. Selection Procedure. The selection procedure is as follows:-
(a) Shortlisting of Applications. Integrated Headquarters of Ministry ofDefence (Army) reserves the right for shortlisting of applications, withoutassigning any reason. After shortlisting of applications, the Centre allotment willbe intimated to candidates via their email. After allotment of Selection Centre,
candidates will have to log in to the website and select their SSB dates whichare available on a first come first serve basis initially. Thereafter, it will beallotted by the Selection Centres. The option to select the dates for SSB bycandidates may be forfeited due to occurrence of any exceptionalcircumstance/events.
(b) Only shortlisted eligible candidates will undergo SSB at Selection Centres,Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bangalore (Karnataka)and Kapurthala (Punjab). Call up letter for SSB interview will be issued byrespective Selection Centre on candidates’ registered e-mail id and SMS only.
Allotment of Selection Centre is at the discretion of Directorate General ofRecruiting, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army) and norequest for changes will be entertained in this regard.
(c) Candidates will be put through two stage selection procedure. Thosewho clear Stage I will go to Stage II. Those who fail in stage I will bereturned on the same day. Duration of SSB interview is five days and detailsof the same are available on official website of Directorate General of Recruitingie This will be followed by a medical examination forthe candidates who get recommended after Stage II.
(d) Candidates recommended by the SSB and declared medically fit, will beissued joining letter for training in the order of merit, depending on the numberof vacancies available, subject to meeting all eligibility criteria.
11. Medical Examination. Please visit for MedicalStandards and Procedures of Medical Examination for Officers Entry into IndianArmy as applicable.
Note. The proceedings of the Medical Board are confidential and will not beto anyone. Directorate General of Recruiting has no role to play inany Medical Boards and procedure advised by the medical authorities will bestrictly adhered.
12. Entitlement for Tavelling Allowance. Candidates appearing for SSB interview for thefirst time for a particular type of commission shall be entitled for AC 3-Tier to and fro railwayfare or bus fare including reservation-Cum-Sleeper Charges within the Indian GeographicalLimits. Candidates who appear again for the same type of commission will not be entitled totravelling allowances on any subsequent occasion. For any query/clarification regardingadmissibility or payment of travelling allowance, the candidates may directly approachthe concerned Selection Centre.
13. Merit List. It is to be noted that mere qualifying at the SSB interview does not confirm finalselection. Merit list will be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidate at SSBinterview. In case equal SSB marks are obtained by more than one candidate, the oldercandidate(s) in age will be ranked higher in the merit. In case both SSB marks and age of morethan one candidate are same, the candidate(s) with higher percentage of marks in qualifyingexamination will be placed higher in the merit. Higher educational qualifications, previousperformances, etc have no role to play. Those inthe merit list and who come within thestipulated vacancies and are medically fit will be issued joining letters for Pre-Commissiontraining at OTA, Chennai, subject to meeting all eligibility criteria.
14. On joining Indian Army, some of Personal Restrictions in Service will be imposed inaccordance with Article 33 of Constitution of India as promulgated in the Army Act and ArmyRules from time to time.
15. Change of Interview Dates. Request for change of SSB interviewdate/centre will NOT be entertained or replied.
Note 1. Any ambiguity/false information/concealment of information detectedin thecertificates /documents/online application will result in cancellation ofthecandidature at any stage of selection and thereafter.
Note 2. The candidate should have never been debarred from appearing in anyexamination by UPSC.
Note 3. The candidate should have never been arrested or convicted by a criminalcourt or involved in any case. In case any such issue comes to notice duringselection process or pre-commission training, candidate / cadet will besubject to cancellation of candidature/withdrawal from the Academy byIntegrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army).
Note 4. Candidates withdrawn from NDA/IMA/OTA/Naval Academy/Air ForceAcademy or any Service Training Academy on disciplinary ground are not eligible to apply.
Note 5. For all queries regarding allotment of Selection Centres, date of interview, merit list, joining instructions and any other relevant information please visit our website Queries will be replied to ONLY through the feedback/Queries option available on the Recruiting Website.
Note 6. Please read the Notification, Tickers on the website, Joining Instructions and other instructions uploaded on the website thoroughly before submission of queries ‘Feedback/Query’ on our website.
Note 7. In order to avoid a last-hour rush and ensure a timely response, queries received up to three days prior to the closing of the online application will ONLY be entertained/replied to.

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