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Short Service Commission in Indian Army

Updated: Oct 19, 2019



In Indian army, Short Service Commission (SSC) recruitment grants qualified candidates the option of joining Indian Army as a "Short Service Commissioned Officer" for a duration of 10/14 years. At the end 10 years you have 3 options.

  1. Convert a Short Service Commission to Permanent Commission (PC).

  2. You can opt for 4 years extension. You can resign at any time during this period of 4 yrs extension.

  3. Or simply opt out!


Short Service Commission empowers you with analytical thinking, planning skills, administrative and organizational abilities. Qualities which will make you an invaluable asset for any organization that you join after the Army and there are opportunities to side step to an alternate career for which Army will also help you.


Officers Training Academy, Chennai


What happens after SSC selection?


Once selected for Short Service Commission, you go to the Officers Training Academy at Chennai. Selected candidates will be detailed for training at Officers Training Academy, Chennai according to your position in the final order of merit, up to the number of vacancies available at the time.



SSC Training

  • Duration of training is 49 weeks (approximately 11 months) training at OTA, Chennai, on successful completion of which candidates will be granted commission in the rank of Lieutenant. Ante date seniority will be granted only to Technical Graduates joining through Technical Entry.

  • Training at OTA is at Govt. expense, all candidates who successfully complete Pre-Commission training at Officers Training Academy, Chennai will be awarded "Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies” by University of Madras.

  • OTA training provides you with opportunities to broaden your perspective and widen your horizon. Whether it's skeet-shooting, golf, riding or angling, at OTA you can do it all.

  • Officers granted Short Service Commission are liable to serve anywhere in India and abroad.


The main entries for Men & Women both are as under:


1. Short Service Commission (Non Technical) Men & Women


Officers recruitment through this entry is advertised through the Employment News and all important National and Regional Newspapers / dailies in the months of Jul and Nov. Mode of Application is Online only through official website of UPSC.


Selection for short service commission is through a written exam conducted by the UPSC twice every year in the month Sept. and Feb, followed by an interview by the Service Selection Board (SSB). Courses are conducted at OTA, Chennai twice every year in the Months of April and October.




2. Short Service Commission (Technical) Men & Women


Officers Recruitment through this entry is advertised through the Employment News and All important National and Regional Newspapers / dailies in the months of January and July. Mode of Application is Online only through official website of Recruitment Directorate.


Selection for short service commission is through the Services Selection Board (SSB) and there is no written exam for this entry as on date. The candidates are shortlisted for SSB interview based on the basis of cut off percentage applied on marks obtained by the candidates’ up to 6th Semester. Courses are conducted at OTA, Chennai twice every year in the Months of April and October.



3. Short Service Commission (NCC) Men & Women



Officers Recruitment through this entry is advertised through the Employment News and All important National and Regional Newspapers / dailies in the months of Jun and Dec. If you have done NCC Senior Division (Army) and obtained 'C' certificate with minimum 'B' grade, you can apply through your NCC Battalion from where NCC 'C' certificate has been issued to you.



4. Short Service Commission (JAG) Men & Women


To apply for JAG Entry, you have to be a Law Graduate with minimum 55% aggregate marks in LLB Degree (Three years professional after graduation or five years after 10+2 examination).


The candidates should be eligible for registration with Bar Council of India/State. Candidate should be from a College/University recognized by Bar Council of India. Officers Recruitment through this entry is advertised through the Employment News and All important National and Regional Newspapers / dailies in the months of June and December.


Thank you. If you have any question please don't hesitate to ask in SSB group discussion forum or simply comment below.


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