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Short Service Commission

You also have the option of joining the Army and serving as a Commissioned Officer for 10 years and is extendable up to 14 years. At the end of this period you have two options. Either elect for a Permanent Commission or opt out.

Those not selected for Permanent Commission have the option of a 4 years extension. They can resign at any time during this period.

A Short Service Commission empowers you with analytical thinking, planning skills, administrative and organizational abilities. Qualities which will make you an invaluable asset for any organization that you join after the Army and there are opportunities to side step to an alternate career for which Army will also help you.

Officers Training Academy, Chennai

Once selected for Short Service Commission, you go to the Officers Training Academy at Chennai. The selection process is a written exam followed by the SSB interview and medicals. For Technical (Engineering) graduates and law graduates it is direct SSB interview and medicals. If you have done NCC Senior Division (Army) and obtained 'C' certificate with minimum 'B' grade, you can apply through your NCC Branch HQ/Zonal HQ to Recruiting Directorate for direct SSB interview. SSB qualified candidates undergo a medical examination. The duration of training is 49 weeks. OTA training provides you with opportunities to broaden your perspective and widen your horizon. Whether it's skeet-shooting, golf, riding or angling ... at OTA you can do it all.

Short Service Commission For Women (Officers)

In 1992, an important landmark in the history of Indian Army was the induction of women into the officer cadre, and the onerous task of training them was undertaken by the Officers Training Academy.

Revised Terms and Conditions of Service of SSCOs(Women both Technical and Non-Technical)

Prominent features of the revised policy are:

  • Extension of Tenure
    • Tenure of Short Service Commission. Short Service Commission (SSC), in the Regular Army will be granted for 14 years i.e. for an initial period of 10 years, extendable by 4 years.
    • Duration of Training 49 weeks.
  • Substantive Promotion SSCOs will be eligible for substantive promotion.
    • To the rank of Capt - on completion of 2 years reckonable commissioned service.
    • To the rank of Maj - on completion of 6 years reckonable commissioned service.
    • To the rank of Lt Col - on completion of 13 years reckonable commissioned service.
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