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October 25, 2014
Know all the routes for a career in Indian Army

Know all the routes for a career in Indian Army

How to go for a career in Indian Army
I myself had studied in a Sainik School and just like all my friends, I wanted to go for a career in Indian defence as an Army Officer. That's why, I had appeared in NDA (National Defence Academy) in Class-XII. Although I had cleared UPSC NDA exam i.e. the written part, I could not clear the SSB Interview. From that time onwards, my dream of  joining Indian Army slowly ebbed away - ultimately, that dream remains unfulfilled and would remain forever so, because I am an old person now (46+)...

Now as I look back why I could not succeed in my ambition for an Indian Army career, I find that there was an absolute lack of information on what other routes were still available for joining Indian Army, even after failing in NDA... There was no one to guide, no one to tell us that there are exams like CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam, which I could have opted after graduation. And since I did engineering, there were so many other avenues...

However, time has changed since than (I appeared in NDA in 1986 - good 28 years back) - now everything is available on the net. But I still feel that those information are not organised - I mean, the things can be made still better. That is why this blog article is being posted - it tells you through what all routes you can aspire to join Indian Army - even if one route is closed, there may be still some more, depending on the course of action you take. This blog post is dedicated to students of my Alma mater - Sainik School Goalpara and also other needy students..

Routes for a career in Indian Army for Men:
Exam Names for a career in Indian Army for Men

(**: these vacancies are informed only at the time of notification. Also, vacancies given above are indicative and may differ slightly with the actual number, which is known only at the time of notifications).

Name of Indian Army Entrance exams/Entry Scheme after Class-12:
As you see above, you have two routes:
A). NDA (National Defence Academy): Just Class-12 pass.
B). 10+2 TES (Technical Entry Scheme): Minimum 75% aggregate in PCM (Physics, Chemistry & Maths).

Name of Indian Army Entrance exams/Entry Scheme after Graduation:
There are four routes after graduation, depending on what degree you have taken:
Graduation in any subject, Graduation in Law, Graduation in Engineering, Graduation in Medical.

Routes with Graduation in any subject:
A). CDS (Combined Defence Services) Exam
Just a degree in any subject.
B). NCC Special Entry Scheme (Short Service Commission)
Graduate with 50% Aggregate marks + 2 Years service in NCC Senior Div. Army with minimum 'B' Grade in 'C' Certificate Exam.

Routes with Graduation in Law:
A). JAG (Judge Advocate General) Men:
LLB / LLM with 55% marks + Registered with Bar Council of India / State.

Routes with Graduation in Engineering:
A). UES (University Entry Scheme):
Pre Final year students of Engineering Degree Course. It is a Short Service Commission.
B). TGC (Technical Graduate Course) Engineers:
BE / B Tech final appearing & degree holders in notified streams of Engineers.
C).  SSC (Tech):
Engineering Degree in notified discipline.  It is a Short Service Commission (SSC).

Routes with Graduation in Medical:
A). Army Medical Corps (SSC):
You must have had cleared the MBBS in at most two attempts.

Name of Indian Army Entrance exams/Entry Scheme after Post-Graduation:
A). Army Education Corps (AEC) :
MA / M.Sc. in 1st or 2nd division in notified subjects.

Thus, as you see above, you have a plethora of choice to join the Indian Army. In fact, after graduation, the chances are more - for example, there are 425 vacancies in CDS (250 for IMA & 175 for OTA) compared to 195 in NDA and 85 in 10+2 TES for Indian Army. And if you had done any of law, engineering or medical degree, the chances only increases, as besides appearing for the Law, Engineering and Medical Indian Army exams, you can also appear for CDS exam.

Out of above exams, two are conducted by UPSC: NDA & CDS while the rest are conducted by Indian Army directly through ADG (Additional Directorate General) Recruiting / AG (Adjutant General's) Branch. Hence you have to look for the notifications in the respective websites.

I also keep posting informations not only about exam notifications, but also how to prepare for the exams. For instance some samples of the blog articles I had posted is given below:

SSC (Short Service Commission) Vs. Permanent Commission:
What is SSC? It might have confused you. Let me tell you what is it.

When you join Indian armed forces as a commissioned officer, you are expected to serve from the time of appointment till the age of retirement – 56 years and above, depending on which rank you retire at. This is called permanent commission.

On the other hand, Short Service Commission is a short term career option, which enables you to retire early from armed forces. For example, if you are going for SSC in Army Medical Corps you need to serve only 5 compulsory years. Beyond these 5 years – if you wish, you can retire or continue serving for another 9 years. Within these 5 years, after the completion of 2nd year of SSC service, you can apply for departmental permanent commission. Thus with SSC, you have an option to have a cake and eat it too!

Routes for a career in Indian Army for Women:
Compared to men, opportunities for a women to serve in Indian Army is a little limited. You can find the chart below which shows the career options for a women in Indian Army:
Exam Names for a career in Indian Army for Women
As you can see above with just Class-12 qualification, there is no entry mode for Women in Indian Army. Also, number of vacancies are less compared to men. It is because Indian Army opened up the career avenues for women not so long ago: Priya Jhingan was the first woman to join Indian Army on 21st September 1992.

That's all for now. Hope you liked it.
My intention of posting it was only to let you know that even if a door closes for you to join Indian Army, there are other doors open. Just keep your eyes open and Do not Loose heart!

I am updating this blog post with more info shortly. So please keep visiting and share it with your friends!
Best Wishes!
October 24, 2014
Indian Army 10 + 2 Tech Entry 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility

Indian Army 10 + 2 Tech Entry 2015 Notification, Form & Eligibility

Indian Army 10+2 Tech Entry 2015 Notification Form EligibilityIndian Army 10+2 Tech Entry Scheme (TES) notification 2015 came out recently for the 33rd course starting from July 2015.This is a golden opportunity for those of you young souls who secured 70% in PCM in Class-XII -  with this entrance-cum-recruitment exam you can obtain a B. Tech degree and at the same time become a permanent commissioned officer in Indian Army - all for free!. Last date to apply online for the Indian Army 10+2 Tech Entry Scheme 2015 is 28th November (10 AM), 2014.
You can click here to download the Indian Army 10 + 2 Tech Entry 2015 Notification.

What is Indian Army 10+2 Technical Cadet Entry scheme?
This is a catch-them-young program of Indian Army. Once if you are selected for Indian Army through this scheme, you are trained for 5-years as below:
Basic Military Training: 1 Year at Officer Training Academy, Gaya.
Technical Training: Total 4 Years.
Phase –I (Pre-Commission Training) – 3 years at CME Pune, MCTE Mhow and MCEME Secunderabad.
Phase-II (Post-Commission Training) – 1 year at CME Pune, MCTE Mhow and MCEME Secunderabad.
On completion of 4 years training you are commissioned as a Lieutenant (Lt.) in Indian Army.  The entire cost of training, including books and reading material, is borne by the Indian Army. You are also provided free clothing and hostel facilities.

The Indian Army 10+2 Tech Entry Scheme exam is conducted twice every year for two batches - January & July batches, notification for which comes out in May/Jun  & Oct/Nov respectively. So the notification for next Indian Army 10+2 Tech Entry scheme i.e. for January 2016 batch is supposed to come out in May/June, 2015.

Don’t you think that you have a very good offer through this catch-them-young program of Indian Army? If you are convinced to join this program than this is the right time to apply.

Stipend/Salary for Indian Army 10+2 Tech Entry:
On completion of 3 years training, you would be offered stipend of Rs. 21,000/= per month. On completion of 4 years training, as you would be commissioned as a Lieutenant (Lt.) and draw the regular salary of  a Lieutenant (CTC around Rs. 65,000/= per month for a Lieutenant).

Eligibilities for Indian Army 10+2 Technical Cadet Entry scheme:
The Eligibilities as given in the above notification are as follows:
1.0 Age:
Min: 16½ years, Max.:19½ years (i.e. DOB not before 1st Jan 1996 and not after 01 Jan 1999)
2. Educational Qualification:
75% aggregate marks in PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) in Class-XII or its equivalent.
3. Physical Standards:
(a) Height and Weight. Minimum height - 157 cms with correlated weight as per age.
(b) Eye Sight. The minimum acceptable vision standard for distant vision 6/12, 6/12 correctable to 6/6, 6/6 with glasses. Should not be colour/night blind.

Indian Army 10+2 Tech Entry 2015 application form:
You can apply only ONLINE for Indian Army 10+2 Tech Entry scheme.
There is no offline application form.
How to apply online for Indian Army 10+2 Technical Cadet Entry scheme has been given very clearly in section: “HOW TO APPLY” point 6 of the Notification.

Indian Army 10+2 Technical Cadet Entry Selection process:
Subsequent to your applications, Indian Army would shortlist the candidates and than the selection would be based on SSB interview scheduled to be held from Feb/Mar 2015 onwards.

What is SSB Interview? If you are a novice, you can find some very good information from a previous blog post of mine titled: SSB Interview and how to prepare. SSB Interview is held for different Indian defence entrance/recruitment exams such as NDA, CDS etc. So there may be some variance with respect to the Interview that you would actually face for 10+2 Technical Cadet Entry scheme. However I am sure the materials posted in the blog article would be immensely useful to you. I would love to know about your experiences in this exam. So kindly post the same as a comment to this post.
Best Wishes!

October 23, 2014
IFFCO AGT Exam 2014 Pattern, Sample papers & Books

IFFCO AGT Exam 2014 Pattern, Sample papers & Books

Prep Materials for IFFCO AGT Exam 2014
This blog post follows my earlier article titled: IFFCO AGT Recruitment 2014 Notification, Form & Eligibility in which I had promised to give you the prep materials for the IFFCO AGT 2014 Exam. Yes, notification for IFFCO AGT 2014 Exam has been published, although the date for the exam has not been announced so far.

While searching for the preparation materials for this exam, I found that there is scarcely any material available on the net. Also, the IFFCO AGT Exam notification does not says much about the pattern of the exam. Therefore, the prep materials presented here is based on similar exams (i.e. which needs same qualification and experience) as that of IFFCO AGT Exam.

Without wasting time further, let us discuss about the Exam Pattern of IFFCO AGT Exam 2014.

IFFCO AGT Selection Process:
IFFCO selection process for Agriculture Graduate Trainee (AGT) consists of three stages:

1.0 Preliminary On-Line Test:
IFFCO AGT Exam PatternThis is a computer based on-line test that you can appear from anywhere with an Internet connection. Candidates who are short-listed in the Prelims test are called to appear in the Final test.

2.0 Final On-Line Test:
This is also a computer based on-line test, but you have to appear in it only in designated test centres. These IFFCO test centres are located in following 21 city/towns all over India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Indore, Jabalpur, Jalandhar, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Shimla, Surat and Varanasi.

3.0 Personal Interview:
Only those candidates who qualifies in Final On-Line Test are called for personal interview. The date and venue for the same would be informed to the caniddates.

IFFCO AGT Exam 2014 Pattern:
As given in the IFFCO Online Form webpage, IFFCO AGT Exam consists of two test sections:

1.0 IFFCO Technical test:
IFFCO Technical test consist of the questions from the Agriculture subject. Although no Syllabus has been prescribed for IFFCO AGT Exam 2014, my hunch is: the questions would be of the graduation level. Why do I say that for sure? Because minimum qualification required for IFFCO AGT job is  B.Sc. (Agriculture). 

 Therefore you should brush up your B. Sc. (Agriculture) subject knowledge, which is the subject of IFFCO AGT Exam Technical test paper.

2.0 IFFCO Aptitude test:
The aptitude test paper of IFFCO AGT Exam consist of following section:
i) Analytical Ability.
ii) Test of Reasoning.
iii) Numerical Ability.
iv) General awareness on Agriculture, National Economy, Panchayati Raj, Cooperatives.
v) Communication skill.
I feel that level/type of questions that would be asked in IFFCO Aptitude test paper would be of the same level as that of Bank Clerk exam - a tad lower than the Bank PO exam, because "Numerical Ability" is a test section that is asked in Bank Clerk exam, while for Bank PO exam, this test sections is named as "Quantitative Aptitude", in which the standard of  questions are higher.

Nothing has been mentioned on how many  questions would be asked and the duration of the exam in IFFCO AGT Exam 2014 Notification.

One good thing to note is: There is no negative marking in IFFCO AGT Exam.
So do not leave any question unanswered. Make guesses..

IFFCO AGT Exam Papers:
I have searched on the net for previous years exam papers of IFFCO AGT Exam, but was disappointed - there is hardly any exam paper available and whatever is available - the quality is in fact very poor.

You can find below two IFFCO AGT Exam papers - but as I said, the quality is not that good:
IFFCO AGT Exam paper-1
IFFCO AGT Exam paper-2


IFFCO AGT Exam Prep Books:
I have searched on the net for Prep/Guide book for IFFCO AGT Exam - but no books, specifically meant for this exam was found. Therefore I am posting below the guide books for IBPS CWE Clerk exam, which as I said, needs the same qualification criteria as IFFCO exam and also because the test sections are also similar.

You can buy the books from the nearby book stores. But my suggestion would be to buy it from Flipkart, as apart from huge discounts (upto 50%), Flipkart offers you the ease of getting the books delivered at home freely. It also offers you Cash-On-Delivery (Pay when you get the book). Best part of Flipkart is the prompt service - the books should normally be delivered within 3/4 days at your home.

List Price: Rs. 385; Offer Price: Rs. 270; Discount: Rs. 115 (29%)
This book covers all five test sections topics of IBPS CWE Clerk, 6 Model Practice Papers and 2 Previous Years' Solved Papers.

List Price: Rs. 300; Offer Price: Rs. 285; Discount: Rs. 15 (5%)
The book contains specific sections for Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability, General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry and Computer Knowledge.

Test Section-wise Book for IFFCO AGT Exam:
Books for "Test of Reasoning":
Prep Book Test of Reasoning
Test of Reasoning for Competitive Examinations By: Edgar Thorpe;Publisher: TMH
List Price: Rs. 535; Offer Price: Rs. 488; Discount: Rs. 47 (8%)
Logical and Analytical Reasoning by A K Gupta; Publisher: RPH
List Price: Rs. 90; Offer Price: Rs. 80; Discount: Rs. 9 (11%)



Books for  "Test of Numerical Ability":
Books for Test of Numerical AbilityText Book of Quickest Mathematics: Quantitative Aptitude & Numerical Ability by Kiran Prakashan
List Price: Rs. 325; Offer Price: Rs. 300; Discount: Rs. 25 (7%)
Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude by Edgar Thorpe; Publisher: TMH
List Price: Rs. 460; Offer Price: Rs. 322; Discount: Rs. 138 (30%)


Books for for "General Awareness":
Lucent's General Knowledge by Vinay Karna etc. Publisher: Lucent
List Price: Rs. 160; Offer Price: Rs. 127; Discount: Rs. 33 (21%)
General Knowledge 2013: Essential 'Knowledge Capsule' in General Awareness & Current Affairs by Manohar Pandey Publisher: Arihant
Price: Rs. 25

Wish I could have given some more study materials for IFFCO AGT Exam. But that's all I could find till now. Please visit this blog again as I would be looking for some more test prep material and post the same here.
Best wishes!
October 19, 2014
Branch-wise GATE 2015 PSU Jobs & Calendar of Dates for PSU Form Submission

Branch-wise GATE 2015 PSU Jobs & Calendar of Dates for PSU Form Submission

Branch-Matrix for GATE 2015 PSU Jobs
This blog post is made as a sequel to my previous article: GATE 2015 Jobs - Updated List of PSU recruiting through GATE 2015 and is intended for the lazy bones - yes, although all the information was provided in that blog post, I am making the life still easier for those of you who are aspiring for a cushy Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) jobs through GATE 2015. First question that comes to your mind while deciding such a job is : Which PSUs are offering jobs for my Branch? Once you know this, the next question which follows is: When to submit the Online Form for these PSUs jobs? This article is therefore dedicated to provide you two things: Branch-wise GATE 2015 PSU Jobs and the Calendar for submission of PSU Application Forms.

List of PSU offering job through GATE 2015:
Till the completion of GATE 2015 form submission on 14th October, 2014 - Eighteen PSUs have offered jobs. Name of these companies are given below:
1). ONGC: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
2). IOCL: Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
3). BPCL: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
4). HPCL: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
5). CIL: Coal India Ltd.
6). MDL: Mazagon Dock Ltd.
7). CEL: Central Electronics Ltd.
8). NHPC: National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd.
9). PGCIL: Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.
10). GSECL: Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd.
11). IRCON: Ircon International Ltd.
12). NTPC: National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.
13). BBNL: Bharat Broadband Network Ltd.
14). AAI: Airports Authority of India.
15). NBCC: National Buildings Construction Corporation.
16). PSPCL: Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd.
17). OPGC: Odisha Power Generation Corporation.
18). THDC: Tehri Hydro Development Corporation.
I have given the name of the companies above, as their acronym would be in sections below.

Point to note: Till date 18 PSUs have offered job. But many other public sector companies keeps offering jobs, even after GATE exam is held. So you must keep your eyes open. I also post such info on this blog. So keep visiting this blog.

Branch-Matrix for GATE 2015 PSU Jobs:
Branch-wise PSU Jobs based on GATE 2015
In my analysis of jobs being offered by the PSU through GATE 2015, I found that EE (Electrical Engineering) and ME (Mechanical Engineering) are the hot favourite of all the companies. Out of the 18 PSU which announced their GATE 2015 based recruitment plan, 16 PSU have offered job for EE branch & 13 for ME branch.

You can find Branch-Matrix for GATE 2015 PSU Jobs in the table at right. In this table, green patches means jobs. For example, if your are from Civil Engineering (CE), you can apply for NBCC job.

Point to Note here is:
You should read the specific notification of that particular PSU for the eligibility - for example, for AAI (Airports Authority of India), Electrical Engineering with specialization in Electronics can also apply. But you have to appear in "EC" paper only in GATE 2015.

I am giving below the Branch-wise GATE 2015 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for EE Branch (Electrical Engineering):
ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, CIL, MDL, CEL, NHPC, PGCIL, GSECL, IRCON, NTPC, BBNL, PSPCL, OPGC & THDC.
Total 16 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for ME Branch (Mechanical Engineering):
ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, CIL, MDL, CEL, GSECL, IRCON, NTPC, PSPCL, OPGC & THDC. 
Total 13 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for EC Branch (Electronics and Communication Engineering):
ONGC, IOCL, HPCL, CEL, IRCON, NTPC, BBNL, AAI & PSPCL. 
Total 9 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for CE Branch (Civil Engineering):
ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, IRCON, NBCC, PSPCL, OPGC & THDC.
Total 9 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for IN Branch (Instrumentation Engineering):
ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, GSECL, NTPC, PSPCL & OPGC.
Total 8 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for CS Branch  (Computer Science and Engineering):
ONGC, IOCL, BBNL & PSPCL.
Total 4 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for CH Branch (Chemical Engineering):
ONGC, IOCL & BPCL.
Total 3 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for GG Branch (Geology and Geophysics):
ONGC, IOCL & CIL.
Total 3 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for MN Branch (Mining Engineering):
IOCL, CIL & OPGC.
Total 3 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for MT Branch (Metallurgy and Material Science):
IOCL & GSECL.
Total 2 Jobs.

GATE 2015 PSU Jobs for XE (Engineering Sciences), PH (Physics), CY (Chemistry and Biochemistry) & MA (Mathematics) Branch:
Only 1 job: ONGC.

This list is going to be updated as and when any fresh notification is issued by other companies.

Calendar for PSU Form Submission for GATE 2015 Jobs:
Dates for PSU Form Submission for GATE 2015 Jobs

After knowing which companies are offering jobs for your branch, your most natural question is when would the form be made available by these PSUs? Well, you  can use the calendar of Form Submission dates in the table at right. These dates are arranged chronologically - from the earliest till the last. 

As you can see, the application form (all online) would be made available by the PSUs from 2nd week of December, 2014. For some PSUs, date of form availability has not been announced at the notification stage e.g. CEL, AAI, THDC. Therefore you should check their recruitment websites from December, 2014 onwards.

Share CareerQuipsI am also going to update this blog post when the date of form availability is announced. So do not take your chances! Keep visiting me for latest information.

Hope with the two tools (Branch-matrix and Calendar for GATE 2015 Jobs)  given above, you can plan your studies properly. Please share this post by clicking on the right-side share bar. There may be many who would find this info valauable and thank you for the same.
Best Wishes!

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