Indian Army has released the notification for the recruitment of candidates for the Technical Entry Scheme. TES is one of the prime entry schemes for unmarried male candidates who have passed Class 12th with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics subjects. 

Indian Army has officially announced that passing the National Testing Agency’s (NTA) Joint Entrance Exam (Main) is a mandatory criterion for recruitment for the Indian Army Technical Entry Scheme (TES).

Indian Army TES: Selection Process

The candidates who find themselves eligible should apply online and complete the formalities stated on the website. Ministry of Defense reserves the right to shortlist the candidates based on the cut-off applied. Consequently, the candidates are called for the SSB Interview. The candidates shortlisted by SSB and medically fit issued a joining letter for training in order of merit, depending on the number of vacancies.

Indian Army TES: Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality: A candidate must be an unmarried male and must either be a) A citizen of India b) A subject of Bhutan c) A subject of Nepal d) A Tibetan refugee who has arrived in India before 1962
  2. Age: As on the date announced, the candidates should be in the age group of 16 ½ years to 19 ½ years.
  3. Educational Qualification: The candidates should have passed the Class 12th Examination with a minimum aggregate of 70% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics from recognized Education Boards are eligible to apply.
  4. JEE Mains Examination: The candidates must have passed the Joint Entrance Exam (Main) 2021.

Indian Army TES: Shortlisting Process

The eligible candidates apply to submit their applications online. The candidates have to wait for the time till the applications are screened and shortlisted. Integrated HQ of MoD sets up the cut-off and selects the candidates shortlisted for the next rounds. The selected candidates are being intimated through SMS and Email. The candidates need to log in to the website and select their center and suitable dates for SSB Interview. The authorized person of the Indian Army has the right to change these dates and time basis availability.

Indian Army TES: SSB Interview

The candidates who receive notification via SMS or registered email select their SSB Selection Center online. The allotment of the center depends on the decision of the Directorate General of Recruiting. No changes are done after the selection of the SSB Center. The SSB Interview is done under the following stages:

Stage 1: SSB Interview Screening: The candidate in this stage are evaluated for the following potentials:

  1. Picture Perception and Description Test
  2. Verbal and Non-Verbal Test  

Stage 2: SSB Interview Psychological Test: In the 2nd stage, the candidates are required to undergo multiple Psychological tests to assess their mental capabilities:

  1. Self-Description Test (SD)
  2. Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
  3. Word Association Test (WAT)
  4. Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Stage 3: SSB Interview GTO: This is the final stage and involves 9 tasks to evaluate the candidate’s physical strength, mental strength, and ability to work in a team.

  1. Group Discussion (GD)
  2. Group Planning Exercise (GPE)
  3. Progressive Group Task Activity (PGT)
  4. Half Group Task (HGT)
  5. Individual Obstacles Task (IOT)
  6. Command Task
  7. Snake race/Group Obstacle Race
  8. Individual Lecturette
  9. Final Group Task (FGT)

Stage 4: SSB Personal Interview: This is a face-to-face interview that tests the candidate on various parameters such as general knowledge, communication skills, alertness, body language, personality traits, emotional quotient, and other criteria.

Stage 5: SSB Interview Conference: The final stage is to assess if the candidates fit all the parameters and is given the go-ahead for the Medical examination.

Indian Army TES: Medical Examination:

Under the Supervision Board of Doctors, candidates undergo a medical examination. The candidates are examined for diseases and deformities as per Indian Army guidelines. The candidates have to stay in one of the military hospitals during the test. The candidates who, as per the Indian Army’s prescribed standards, are selected. Unfit candidates are not taken further and are rejected on medical grounds.