As a school student, most only look towards the finish line of passing the higher secondary examination. The idea of a career in the armed forces is something that slips them by. However, the defence sector provides a rounded, well-thought career that spans as much as the students want. This is especially true for the students who opt for the science subjects in their Class 12.

Indian defence forces, especially the navy and the air force, requires engineering students. So those who have physics chemistry and mathematics in their higher-secondary classes always have those two options also, apart from the army’s Technical Entry Scheme (TES) for a permanent commission.

Indian Army has recently opened the 44th TES Recruitment, which is for unmarried male candidates who have passed Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry and Maths as their main subjects. Those who clear the Technical Entry Scheme 2020 after fulfilling the eligibility criteria will not only be eligible for a Permanent Commission in the Army, they will also get to do a four-year degree program within the army.

It is a huge opportunity for those who wish to serve the country while working with the Indian Army. The TES 2020 has announced 90 open vacancies within the Indian Army commencing from January 2021. Interested and eligible candidates can apply for this course by registering themselves at joinindianarmy.nic.in website.

According to Major General A.V. Ramesh, head of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the Eastern Command (HQ Kolkata) there are numerous other opportunities for engineering students in the Army, and even those who do not have engineering background can look towards the defence forces, the army in particular, for a future, especially through the Services Selection Board (SSB).

A lot of things that we typically tend to take for granted, there is a deep meaning and logic behind it.

Services Selection Board assesses if applicants can become officers in the Indian Armed Forces. Over a period of 5-6 days, the board evaluates the suitability of the candidates for becoming an officer using a standardized evaluation procedure that includes written and task-based personality and intelligence tests, as well as interviews.

In total there are 13 Service Selection Boards across India, out of which four boards are for Indian Army, four boards are for Indian Air Force and five boards for Indian Navy. Those who are successful at their SSB tests and interviews, will be put on a merit list and from then they will be divided to army, navy or the air force based on their choices for a permanent commission into the armed forces.

And permanent commission is not the only option for interested candidates. Short service commission, which is a minimum of five years of service in the defence, is also an option for those looking to serve their country and then look for other opportunities in the private or public sector.

Essentially, in the Army, a person never stops training. It is not the rigorous training that is shown in the movies—even though—physical fitness is always a must for all soldiers. There are different kinds of trainings that soldier must undergo. Throughout the life cycle of a person as an officer there are always trainings that happen.

As an officer, a person will always be a part of the big family that is Indian Army. Long after their service is over, the Army takes care of their own. And not just that, they also are given ample opportunities to have their own kind of adventures—be it sports, higher education or regimental training—from within the ranks. This is apart from the opportunity of being able to rise in ranks as their service increases.

However, in lieu of this, the army only expects them to be one thing only—always a soldier who is respected and uphold the honour of being an Indian Army man.