The Government of India is responsible for ensuring the defence of India and every part thereof. The Supreme Command of the Indian Armed Forces vests in the President. The responsibility for national defence rests with the Cabinet. This is discharged through the Ministry of Defence, which provides the policy framework and wherewithal to the Armed Forces to discharge their responsibilities in the context of the defence of the country. The Indian Armed Forces comprise of three divisions – Indian Army, Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force.
The Department of Defence Production of the Ministry of Defence is responsible for the indigenous production of equipment used by the Indian Armed Forces. The Government of India has launched a Make in India initiative to indigenise manufacturing and reduce dependence on imports, including defence imports and procurement.
Minimum age of 17 ½
Xth with 45% marks in aggregate, and 33% in each subject.
No minimum % is essential if higher qualifications in any stream exist.
What do they do?
The Armed Forces have four main tasks-
- To assert the territorial integrity of India.
- To defend the country if attacked by a foreign nation.
- To support the civil community in case of disasters (e.g. flooding).
- To participate in United Nations peacekeeping operations in consonance with India’s commitment to the United Nations Charter.
- Patriotism – are you prepared to fight for Queen and Country?
- Team player – although you will be leading from the front you need to be able to work as part of- and support your team
- Leadership – an officer is expected to be self-confident and instil confidence in others
- Communication skills – this is arguable one of the most important skills to possess. You need to be able to communicate clearly and concisely – especially at times of conflict when people’s lives may be at stake. This includes being tactful and diplomatic
- Quick-thinking and effective problem solver – as an officer it is your job to think clearly and act decisively under pressure
- Sense of responsibility – you are in command and you alone are responsible for your staff
- Flexibility and adaptable to change – the very nature of the armed forces means that you may be relocated from one base to another at short notice and even to the other side of the world
- Stamina and physical fitness is essential
Career in defence makes a person not only disciplined and strong but also opens up many other avenues for growth. Defence personnel are extensively trained in combat, usage of different kinds of weaponry and are equipped to handle the security of anything, from a club to the whole country.
Soldiers, with guns slung on their shoulders, smartly dressed in army uniforms, marching like machine men, heads held high and eyes blazing with unshakable confidence. This is what a career in defence usually surmises. The only difference is: you may be wielding any weapon ranging from an automatic rifle to ballistic missiles, commanding a small group of commandos or leading a squadron of fighter jets in the blazing skies. The main characteristic, however, remains the same: an eye to eye confrontation with enemy forces and challenges that no ordinary man can take up.
A career in defence turns a person into a hero, a literal hero. The training converts a common person into a brave, agile and fearless soldier.
- Indian Army
- Indian Navy
- Indian Air Force