Dipankar Ganguly
Dipankar Ganguly
Instrumentation
18 Nov 2017

Jobs for engineers in Indian Army

Engineering is one of the most sought-after professional courses in India but not all of us want to be one of those traditional engineers. Some of the engineering graduates want to join the Indian armed forces daring to 'live a life less ordinary' by serving his/her nation from the frontline. A job in the Indian armed forces after B. Tech is one of the most respectable and honorable achievements alongside being self-satisfying and high paying.

The engineering graduates are inducted in the three technical corps of the Indian Army, namely- the Corps of Engineers which is one of the oldest arms of the Indian Army, the Corps of Signals and the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Corps of EME).

The ones in the Corps of Engineers, also known as the 'Combat Engineers' are tasked with various duties both in and out of the combat. During a war like situation, they engage in maintaining unit mobility by creating and maintaining bridges, tracks, helipads and at the same time create obstacles in the enemy path by laying mines or demolishing bridges.
The Corps of Signals are tasked with the handling of military communications, maintaining the Army Wide Area Network (AWAN), operating and developing electronic warfare technology equipment by working closely with DRDO.
The ones in the Corps of EME engage themselves in areas related to the design, development, trial, refit, inspection and experimental work including operational innovation of weapon systems and equipment.
Now, to join the Indian armed forces as an engineer, there are three options:

University Entry Scheme (UES):
This is for those who are in their Pre-Final Year of Engineering. All streams, both male and female candidates from a recognized university may apply. Army board comes to specific college campuses for recruitment. Also, advertisements are published in leading newspapers/employment news around the month of April-May every year.

Technical Graduates Course (TGC):
Only male engineering graduates within the age bracket of 21-27 years of notified streams may apply. Notifications are published twice a year in March/April and Sep/Oct. Apply online at Joinindianarmy.nic.in

Short Service Commission Technical (SSC Tech):
This is one of the most popular entries for engineering graduates. It allows both male and female candidates of age 19-27 years to apply for short service in the army for 10 years. After this period, they are offered to extend their time or opt out of the service. Notifications are published twice a year around Jun/Jul and Dec/Jan. Apply online at Joinindianarmy.nic.in

So what are your opinions regarding joining the Indian armed forces as an officer after engineering? Do any of you have any experience attending these selection processes and later the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview? Share them here in the comments below.
Satya Swaroop Dash

Satya Swaroop Dash

Computer Science
27 Nov 2017
While @Dipankar Ganguly has elaborated on the career options one can have in the army, I would like to talk a litte ahead in the future. Once you get into the army it also opens up other avenues for you too. If you are interested in broadening your horizons in any particular sector you want you are entitled to go for study leave. As an engineer you can complete your MTech degree in-house or even opt for a management degree in any of the prestigious institutes.

If you are opting for a limited term at the Indian Army you can join any other government sector as an ex-serviceman. There are quotas for ex-servicemen and age limits are also are relaxed.

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