Jobs and Opportunities for Female Candidates in Indian Army, Navy and Airforce

Serving in Defence Forces is a dream a lot of people especially in a country like India which shares a vast International borders with its neighbouring countries. Male Candidates can join India Armed Forces at a very early age but for Female Candidates it has always been tougher.

This article is for female candidates who aspire to join and serve the Indian Armed Forces in 2020. Here you will find answer to questions like How can female join Indian Army, Navy or Airforce, What is the minimum qualification required by females to join Indian Defence Services, Role of Women in Indian Armed Forces and so on.

Role of Women in Indian Armed Forces: Facts and History

Not long ago, considering the worst condition along the borders, the government allowed only male candidates to participate in the Military Operations in India. But as the time advances and due to surprising interests of female candidates in Indian Armed Forces especially Airforce, in 1992, the government allowed the in-take of female candidates in the Armed Forces but only in non-combat roles outside of Medical Services.

In 1993, 25 Female Officers were commissioned out of Non-Medical Roles.

However, the participation of women in India started in India even before Independence. The Indian Military Nursing Service was the first service in which Indian Women took part. The Nursing Service played an active role in World War I and the World War II.

The formation of Women’s Auxiliary Corps in World War II also demarcated the foundation pillar of Women participation in Indian Armed Forces. But this all was under the British Empire in India.

Indian Airforce commissions women in all roles including combat and support. In 2015, the Indian Airforce allowed women to fill the positions as fighter pilots. Till now around 1500 female officers are commissioned in Indian Airforce on Combat and Navigator Roles.

Other Indian Defense Services also allows female candidates to join the Service and with each passing day new opportunities awaits young and energetic women from the country to break the odds. Forces like Indian Coast Guard, CRPF, Assam Rifles, ITBP etc. welcome such talent and every year special vacancies are opened for Female Candidates in the Indian Armed Forces.

How Can Women Candidates Join Indian Armed Forces

Indian Armed Forces allows Female Candidates from India to take actice part in the Military Roles by joining the Defence Forces at almost every role. be it Fighter Pilot in Indian Airforce to Submarine Navigators in Navy and Nursing Operations in Indian Army.

There are a plenty of chances and jobs for Women in Indian Defence Forces. Here I am going to tell you about all vacancies for Women in Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Airforce in 2020.

Entries and Jobs for Women in Indian Army


The Combined Defence Service Examination (CDSE) is held twice every year to recruit Officers in Indian Defence Forces i.e. Army, Navy, Airforce. Female Candidate who are graduate in any stream can apply for the CDSE Exam.

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA)
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA)
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA)
  • Indian Air Force Academy (AFA)

Note: Girls can only Apply for OTA under CDS, which is a Short Servive Commission.

SchemesAge Limit Qualification
Indian Military Academy (IMA)19-24 yearsDegree of a recognized University or equivalent
Indian Naval Academy (NA)19-24 yearsDegree in Engineering from a recognized University/Institution
Air Force Academy (AFA)20-24 yearsDegree of a recognized University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering
Officers’ Training Academy (OTA – Men)19-25 yearsDegree of a recognized University or equivalent
Officers Training Academy (OTA – Women, Non-Technical)19-25 yearsDegree of a recognized University or equivalent


Indian Army Recruit Female Officers under the NCC Special Entry Scheme. This is a Short Service Commission for Women having NCC ‘C’ Certificate. The Age Limit and Education Qualification details for NCC Special Entry for Women are given below:

SchemeAge LimitQualification
NCC Special Entry (Women)19-25 Years1. Graduate with Min. 50 % marks.
2. NCC ‘C’ Certificate Holder.

Note: NCC ‘C’ Certificate is not required for Wards of Battle Casualties.


Indian Army invites Un-married female Law Graduates to serve in Judge Advocate General Branch in a short service commission. Although the number of vacancies under this scheme is very less but this gives a great opportunities to Law Graduates to join Indian Army.

SchemeAge LimitQualification
JAG Entry Women21-27Min. 55% marks in LLB

4. SSC Technical Entry

All Engineering Graduate Female Candidates can apply for the SSC Tech Entry. This is a technical job field and requires technical knowledge.

SchemeAge LimitQualification
SSC Tech (Women)20-27 YearsEngineering Degree or in Final Year

Entries and Jobs for Women in Indian Navy

Indian Navy hires technical field candidates at various posts. Graduate and post graduate females can apply for the following listed posts for joining Indian Navy. The jobs are divided into Executive (Non-technical) and Engineering (Technical) branches.

Besides CDSE which is a permanent commission service, Indian Navy Offers various applications in Short Service Commission. If you are a female with a degree then you can apply for the following given posts at the Indian Navy.

Name of the EntryAge LimitEducation Qualification
SSC (Pilot) – MR
SSC (Pilot) – NMR
19-24 YearsBE/B. Tech
SSC Air Traffic Control
19-25 YearsGraduate or M.Sc
SSC Observer19-23 YearsGraduate
SSC Law22-27 YearsLaw Graduate
SSC Logistics19.5 to 25 YearsBE/ B Tech/ MBA


  1. SSC Air Traffic Controller: Women who have completed their graduation in science stream or M.Sc and between the age 19 to 25 are eligible for this scheme..
  2. SSC Observer: Women candidates who have completed their graduation with minimum 55% and between the age 19 to 23 are eligible.
  3. SSC Law: Women candidates between the age 22 – 27 years are eligible if they have completed graduation in LAW with 55% aggregate..
  4. SSC Logistics: Female candidates who have completed their graduation from B.E / B.Tech with PG diploma in materials management are eligible. .


UES stands for University Entry Scheme. This entry provides both Permanent and Short Service Commission to Engineering Graduates and a chance to 7th Sem Engineering Students to apply for Indian Navy branches.

Female Candidates who are Engineering Graduates or are in 7th Semester of College can apply for following posts:

  1. SSC (Naval Architecture): Candidates between the age 19 to 25 years and completed their graduation with 60% are eligible.
  2. SSC Naval Architecture: Female candidates having graduation with 60% and between the age 21 to 25 years can apply for this.
  3. Education Branch: Candidates of age 21 to 25 years and have B.E/B.Tech with 50% aggregate can apply for this.

Entries and Jobs for Women in Indian Airforce

Indian Airforce recruits young talent in all roles including Fighter pilot, Engineering and Ground Duty. IAF releases notification for AFCAT twice a year. Eligible Men and Women can Apply for the following 3 branches in IAF.

  1. Flying Branch: Candidate should be between the age of 19 to 23 years and must be graduation with 60% aggregate and have mathematics and physics at 10+2 level or else BE or B.Tech with an aggregate of 60%
  2. Technical Branch: Candidates of 18 to 28 years are eligible and must have Aeronautical engineer (mechanical) or Aeronautical engineer (electrical) with a 60% aggregate
  3. Ground Duty Branches: It includes the branches like Accounts, logistics and administration. Age must be between 20 to 23 years for graduates and 20 to 25 years for post graduates and 20 to 26 years for LLB and for CA 20 to 27 years

Apart from AFCAT, Indian Airforce releases direct entry notifications for the following given posts. No written exam is conducted for these exam. The qualification is based upon merit formed from percentage in the qualifying exam.

BranchAge LimitQualification
Meteorology 20-26 YearsPost Graduation Degree in any science stream/Mathematics/Statistics/Geography/Computer Applications/Environmental Science/Applied Physics/Oceanography/Agricultural Meteorology/Ecology & Environment/Geo-physics/Environmental Biology. All candidates should have scored a minimum 50% marks in aggregate
Education20-26 YearsMA/M.Sc degree in English/Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry/Statistics/International Relations/International Studies/Defence Studies/Psychology/Computer Science/IT/Management/MBA/MCA/ Mass Communication/Journalism/Public Relations with minimum 50 % marks in aggregate

Some Prominent Women names in Indian Defence Forces

Women has been an integral part of the Indian Defence Forces since its formation but the roles and participation has been increasing in the recent times. India being a Male dominated country requires a lot of self-confidence and out of the league love to get the defence uniform and women have come out with great potential in every role.

Indian army still does not favour the intake of women in Combat roles in Infantry, Mechanised infantry etc. considering the situation along the borders but in other fields we have witnessed the leadership of Indian Women.

Among these, the most influential women are Punita Arora, Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, Mitali Madhumita, Priya Jhingan, Divya Ajith Kumar, Nivedita Choudhary. These women are real inspiration for the girls in the country and around the world who wants to join the Defense Forces.

Although, many forces has now allowed women to take part in field roles but whether to deploy women soldiers in direct combat or not, is still a debatable topic. In future, we may see women fighting for their country just like we remember Rani Jhansi.

Inference: Women in Defence Forces

Currently, their are numerous opportunities where women can be a part of the Indian Defence Forces. In a year, around 10 different applications are announced for women candidates by the Indian Defence Forces.

Interested girls may fill out the application available and try a little harder because the number of vacancies are really low. However, the competition is still similar that we see in male competitions.

If you believe in yourself and want to serve the Indian Military Forces, then don’t let go of any opportunities. There are a lot of chances to add your name in the list that we mentioned above. Indian Defence Forces also allows war widows to be the part of the Organisation. The age limit is somewhat relaxed for the war widows who wants to join the Indian Defence Forces.

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