The maximum age to join the Indian Army depends on the entry scheme.
- For the Agniveer scheme, the maximum age is 21 years.
- For the Short Service Commission (SSC) scheme, the maximum age is 27 years.
- For the Permanent Commission (PC) scheme, the maximum age is 24 years.
However, there are some relaxations in the age limit for certain categories of candidates. For example, widows of defense personnel who have died in harness are eligible for a relaxation of up to 30 years in the age limit for the Agniveer and SSC schemes.
Here is a table summarizing the maximum age limit for joining the Indian Army through different entry schemes:
|Maximum age limit
|Short Service Commission (SSC)
|Permanent Commission (PC)
Note: The age limit is calculated as on the date of commencement of the training course.
To join the Indian Army, candidates must also meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Nationality: An Indian citizen.
- Educational qualification: The educational qualification varies depending on the entry scheme. For example, the minimum educational qualification for the Agniveer scheme is Class 10th pass, while the minimum educational qualification for the SSC scheme is a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
- Physical and medical standards: Candidates must meet the prescribed physical and medical standards for the Indian Army.
Candidates who are interested in joining the Indian Army can apply online through the official website of the Indian Army.