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Armed Forces

The Armed Forces epitomize the ideals of service, sacrifice, patriotism and our country's composite culture. The recruitment to the Armed Forces is voluntary and every citizen of India, irrespective of his caste, class, religion and community is eligible for recruitment into the Armed Forces, provided he meets the physical, medical and educational criteria laid down for this purpose. Recruitment into the Army is carried out according to the Recruitable Male Population (RMP) of each state.

Recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces is mainly done through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC holds an all-India competitive examination, known as the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE), twice a year. After appearing for the examination the successful candidates join the respective training academies, viz., the Indian Military Academy (IMA) for the Army, the Naval Academy for the Navy, and the Air Force Academy for the Air Force.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 24-02-2011