The Indian Army stands vigil along the border - watchful, prepared for any sacrifice, so that the people of the country may live in peace and with honour.
The infusion of high technology based precision weaponry has enhanced the lethality of future warfare manifold. The spectrum of threat ranges from the nuclear to the conventional and the asymmetric, with terrorism emerging like a hydra-headed monster. The rigours of climate i.e., the glacial heights and extreme cold, dense mountainous jungles and the heat and simoom of the deserts also need to be factored.
A pragmatic vision of the shape, size and role of the Army in the long term perspective makes the modernization process of the Army dynamic and the technology process more towards development of a 'Threat Cum Capability Based Force'. The Army has to be prepared for multi spectrum orientation changes and be always a 'Ready and Relevant Army' as per anticipated challenges of the future.
The Mechanised Forces constitute a significant and essential segment of Defence Forces with a formidable combat potential and operational worth. The effort to modernize Mechanised Forces continues, wherein additional quantities of ATGMs for BMP-2 and T-90 tank have been contracted.
The artillery is acquiring an array of guns, missiles and rocket systems with long ranges and superior firepower as also state-of-the-art surveillance systems.
Weapon System of the Army includes BrahMos Weapon System, Smerch Multi Rocket Launcher System (MLRS) and Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher System (MBRLS).
The present situation in the region warrants state-of-the-art systems for the Infantry. This is being achieved through endeavour for better quality personal weapons, thermal imaging devices, mine protected vehicles and improved radio communication systems. A contract has been signed for supply of Boot Anti Mines for use by Infantry. Bullet proof vehicles and shot guns are being procured for counter insurgency operations.
Recruitment in Army
Apart from recruitment through the UPSC, the commissioned officers are also recruited in Army through the following Non-UPSC entries:
- University Entry Scheme (UES): Final/ Pre-Final year engineering degree course students in the notified engineering disciplines are eligible to apply for Permanent Commission in the Technical Arms of the Army as Commissioned Officers under the UES. Eligible candidates are selected through a campus interview by the Screening Teams deputed by the Army Headquarters. These candidates are required to appear before SSB and Medical Board.
- Technical Graduates Course (TGC): Engineering graduates from notified disciplines of engineering/ post graduates with minimum second division aggregate marks (for Army Education Corps only), are eligible to apply for Permanent Commission through this entry. After the SSB and the Medical Board, the selected candidates are required to undergo one year pre-commission training at the IMA, Dehradun, before being commissioned.
- Short Service Commission (Technical) Entry: The Short Service Commission (Technical) Entry Scheme provides avenues to eligible technical graduates/ post graduates for recruitment in Technical Arms. After SSB and Medical Board, the selected candidates are required to undergo approximately 49 weeks pre-commission training at OTA, Chennai.
- 10+2 Technical Entry Scheme (TES): Candidates who have qualified 10+2 CBSE/ ICSE/State Board Examination with minimum aggregate of 70% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are eligible to apply for commission under the 10+2(TES).
- Women's Special Entry Scheme Officers (WSES-O): Eligible women candidates are recruited in the Army as Short Service Commissioned Officers through the (WSESO). Commission is granted in Corps of Electronic and Mechanical Engineers, Engineers, Signals, Army Education Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Educational Corps, Military Intelligence Corps, Judge Advocate General's Branch and Army Air Defence. Women are offered Short Service Commission in five streams, viz. Non-Technical, Technical, NCC (Special), Judge Advocate General and Post Graduate/Specialist, for a period of ten years, extendable by further four years purely on voluntary basis. Recently, Government has allowed option for Permanent Commission for Army Education Corps and Judge Advocate General Branch.
- NCC (Special Entry Scheme): University graduates possessing NCC 'C' Certificate with minimum 'B' grade and 50% aggregate marks in graduation examination are eligible to apply for Short Service Commission through this entry. Such cadets are exempted from written examination conducted by the UPSC and are directly put through the SSB interview followed by a Medical Board.
- Judge Advocate General Entry: Law graduates with minimum 55% aggregate marks in LLB, who are within the age between 21 to 27 years, can apply for Judge Advocate General Branch. Eligible candidates are called for direct SSB interview and thereafter for medical test. It is a Short Service Commission Entry wherein suitable candidates can opt for Permanent Commission.
Recruitment of Personnel Below Officers Rank (PBOR):In the Army, there are eleven Zonal Recruiting Offices, two Gorkha Recruiting Depots, one Independent Recruiting Office and 59 Army Recruiting Offices in addition to 47 Regimental Centres which carry out recruitment through rallies in their respective areas of jurisdiction. All recruitment is being carried out through open rally system. The recruitment of PBOR commences with the preliminary screening of aspiring candidates at rally site followed by document checking, physical fitness test, physical measurement and medical examination. This is followed by a written examination for the candidates found eligible in all respects. Finally selected candidates are dispatched to respective Training Centres for training.
Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 17-01-2011