An officer in the Indian Army inherits glorious heritage and timeless traditions, blended perfectly with the latest technology in the fields of management, engineering and medical sciences. It offers a golden opportunity to be a part of the world’s finest Army and get trained not only to be an Officer but also a Gentleman for life.
Where Growth is a way of Life
The Indian Army promises both professional and personal growth at every stage of the career. Opportunities to upgrade through various courses are abundant. The adventure and extra-curricular activities in the Army ensure an all round development essential in today’s world. An opportunity is even provided to upgrade your civil qualification by availing two years paid study leave. Art of War-Engineering-Medicine-Administration-Human Resource Development and Management. The army teaches you all, moulding the officers into leaders capable of leading from the front in any field. Joining the Army is possible both after school as well as after graduation.
Apart from attractive pay and perks, Army offers you the best in Life Style, even better than all other professions. Be it the social interaction, finest clubs, golf courses, medical facilities and ample opportunities to indulge in adventure and sports, Army has it all. In fact you are paid to lead a healthy life in a healthy environment.
Facilities like subsidized housing, free medical for self & family, canteen facilities, group insurance cover, soft loans for house and/or vehicle and above all the feeling of belonging to a family (Army) which cares for you, are the perks of the Army which no other organization provides.
To be a part of the elite organization of the Indian Army?
Life in Army
Dear students all of you have aspirations and dreams, of what your education will finally yield. If you are looking for a fat pay packet, a corporate job is the answer.
Pay & Allowances
The pay and allowances are as per seventh pay commission.
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History of SCE, Allahabad
- Selection Centre East, Allahabad was raised in 1957 with a view to recommend suitable candidates based on prism concept viz Psychological Tests, Group Discussions, Ground Tasks and Personal Interview.
- It has five Services Selection Boards namely 11 SSB, 14 SSB, 18 SSB, 19 SSB and 34 SSB with the aim to select and recommend potential candidates to become Officers in the Indian Army.
History of SCC, Bhopal
Selection Centre Bhopal was established in October 1975 by relocating 20 SSB & 33 SSB which was earlier located at Jabalpur and was raised on 15 Nov 1960 & 01 Jun 1966 respectively. Subsequently 22 SSB which was first raised and located at Meerut in Nov 1962, and subsequently re-raised at Roorkee in Apr 1971 moved to Bhopal in Mar 1976. The Centre functioned with three Boards till 01 Jun 2003 when a new board, 21 SSB was raised.
The Selection Centre Central is located in the area of Sultania Infantry Lines, Bhopal Military Station which is in close proximity to both Bhopal Junction railway station as well as Raja Bhoj Airport. The Centre is housed in the new KLP accommodation and stands out due to the imposing architectural design of the main building. The Selection Centre today boasts of a completely new infrastructure with modern facilities for the conduct of testing, accommodation, dining and recreational facilities for the candidates.
Selection Centre Central, Bhopal comprises of 20, 21, 22 & 33 (Navy) Services Selection Boards. It is headed by an officer of the rank of Major General who is the Commandant of the Centre as also the President of 22 SSB. The boards are posted with Interviewing Officers, Group Testing Officers, Technical Officers and civilian Psychologists from DIPR who carry out holistic assessment of the candidates. Due to an increase in the number of candidates additional assessors are also posted. Currently a new board is being raised in Bhopal which will subsequently be moved to Ropar in Punjab where the new Selection Centre North is planned to be raised.
The General Routine
The routine in the Selection Centre is unique in the sense that the SSBs function without any weekend breaks or holidays in between batches. A selection board will typically function for about twenty five days i.e. five batches at a stretch and thereafter have a break for five or six days. This break is termed as the Board break wherein the missed Sundays and holidays are adjusted. Service officers carry out assessment in civil clothing except for the conference day when uniform is worn.
Reporting of Candidates
The Selection Centre issues detailed joining instructions to the candidates in the form of a ‘call up’ letter. This letter is sent both by post and email. Where mobile numbers are available, candidates are also intimated basic details through SMS. The batches are planned based on total number of applications received from the Recruiting Directorate as also directly through online applications in certain cases of technical entries. The meticulous planning of batches and the calling up of individual candidates is complicated and involves a colossal effort by a team of dedicated staff of the ‘Call Up Office’ at the Selection Centre.
The Schedule of Events
The reporting and dispatch cycle works continuously. The Army bus which carries candidates back to the railway station on completion of a batch also receives and brings back a fresh batch. Arriving candidates are directed to report to the MCO office at the railway station by mid-noon on reaching Bhopal.
On arrival candidates are provided with refreshments, allotted chest numbers and briefed in detail. This is followed by basic documentation.
The Initial Screening
Candidates are put through a screening process which is also known as the Stage I Tests. This practice has been introduced due to substantial increase in number of candidates reporting for SSB. The Stage I Tests include an intelligence or logic test, a picture perception test and an individual narration cum group discussion test. The test ensures that all candidates are given a fair chance to project their capabilities. Those who fulfill the required standards are retained for further assessment.
The SSB schedule commences with the administration of the Psychological tests. Candidates are put through situation reaction, thematic perception, word association and self-description tests which lasts for approximately four hours. The tests are conducted through a computer based process which projects the requirements based on a timed programme.
The GTO test series are conducted over a period of two days. The tests include group tasks, command tasks, lecture, group discussions, group planning exercise and other outdoor exercises.
Each Candidate faces one interview which lasts for approximately forty five minutes. Interview is carried out on any one of the three days.
Conference – The Final Frontier
The final decision regarding selection of the candidate is made during the conference. The conference is carried out on the final day i.e. the fifth day. The candidate having been tested by individual assessors is now evaluated in greater depth. His overall personality profile emerges clearly with the inputs from all three assessors. The result is conveyed to candidates after the conference.
Facilities for the Candidates
For most of the candidates, the SSB is the first contact with the armed forces and life in the uniform. It is therefore the endeavour of the Selection Centre to make it comfortable, interesting and a memorable life time experience. Towards this end many facilities have been made available for the convenience and recreation of candidates. Apart from keeping them engaged, it also helps in de-stressing.
Messing and Accomodation
The candidate Mess is akin to a modern Cadets’ Mess in any premier training institute and attempts at exposing the candidates to norms of collective dining and Mess etiquettes. The Mess has the capacity for 150 candidates dining at any one time. They are authorized full officers’ scale of Army rations.
The cook house has been semi-automated with an automatic roti making machine, potato peeler, wet and masala grinder, atta kneading machine and various other appliances.
The candidates are accommodated in modern well furnished rooms. It is ensured the candidates have a safe and conducive environment to reside which caters for their essential administrative needs.
Rooms are airy, well lit and fully furnished. They offer a well deserved haven to the candidates after a hectic day of testing.
The candidates are given Internet, printing and telephone facilities to enable them to stay updated and connected to the outside world.
Motivating Young Minds
The motivation hall at the Selection Centre is very informative and especially designed to inspire candidates. Separate displays pertaining to the three services find a place of pride in the motivation hall. Display panels on the wars fought by the country as well as information on gallantry award winners is particularly noteworthy.
The Selection Process
The assessment is based on selected personality traits and qualities designated as officer like qualities (OLQs). These have evolved over a period of time.
Prior to WWII, SELECTION of officers was merely by written exams and interview boards. During the war, written tests were dropped and only interview by the then Central Interview Board was carried out.
The Brief History of evolution of the selection process is as follows:–
Year 1943:- Experimental board set up in Dehradun on line of War Office Selection Boards in the UK. This worked alongside the Central Interview Board and administered intelligence, aptitude, personality tests & practical group situation tests
Year 1948:- Ghosh Committee was appointed to check validity of selection system. It recommended continuation with few improvements with introduction of a research organization. This gave birth to the Psychological & Research Wing (PRW). PRW later developed into the present Directorate of Psychological Research (DIPR).
Year 1950:- Officer quality rating scale was developed by the PRW. Opinions obtained from 167 officers, 38 members of selection boards & members of PRW were analysed & pooled into 187 categories, thereafter condensed into 29 qualities
Year 1956:- Based on more studies, OLQ further condensed to 15 qualities. They have now been grouped into four factors depending upon their inter correlation.
The Philosophy of Assessment
Manasa, vaacha, karmana are three Sanskrit words. The word manasa refers to the mind, vaachaa refers to speech, and karmanaa refers to actions. These three words are together used to describe a state of consistency expected of an individual. Manasa, Vaacha, Karmana is usually invoked to imply that one should strive to achieve the state where one’s thoughts, speech and the actions coincide.
It is in accordance with this principle that three different assessors using three different techniques, namely the Psychology (manasa), Interview (vaacha) and GTO (karmana) assess candidates on their qualities. The assessors gauge a candidates present level and thereafter give him a predictive level which he is likely to attain on completion of military training. Those who come up to the required standards based on a rating scale are recommended.
History of SCS, Bangalore
Selection Centre South is located on Cubbon Road at Bangalore. Situated in the old British Accommodation it has three boards 12, 17 and 24 SSB. 12 SSB was the first board which was raised on 1st April 1949 for selection of candidates for Army and Navy. 24 SSB was raised in December 1962. 17 SSB was moved from Roorkee in March 1976. The Selection Centre is headed by a Major General who is also the President of 17 SSB.
History of Bangalore
Bangalore is draped over the Deccan Plateau at an altitude of 949 meters (3113 ft.) above sea level, which gives it possibly the best climate among all the cities in India. Legend has it that Bangalore got its name from the words “Bendha KaaLu” (which means boiled beans in the local language Kannada). King Veera Ballala of the Vijayanagara kingdom was once lost in a forest and happened to stumble upon a lonely cottage. An old woman that lived there could offer the starving king only boiled beans “Bendha kaaLu” and the place came to be known as “Bendha kaaLu ooru” (ooru in Kannada means a city). BendhakaaLooru later came to be known as BengaLooru in Kannada and Bangalore in English. However, historical evidence shows that “BengaLooru” was recorded much before King Ballala’s time in a 9th century temple inscription in the village of Begur. Even today “BengaLooru” exists within the city limits in Kodigehalli area and is called as “HalebengaLooru” or “Old Bangalore.”In the year 1638, Shahajirao Bhonsle, father of Shivaji, captured the city. In 1687, Aurangzeb’s army captured Bangalore and sold it to the Wodeyars for a paltry sum of Rs.300,000. The Wodeyars then built the famous Lal Bagh in 1759, one of Bangalore’s most beautifully laid out gardens. In the same year, Hyder Ali received Bangalore as a jagir from Krishnaraja Wodeyar II. He fortified the southern fort and made Bangalore an army town. When Tipu Sultan died in the 4th Mysore war in 1799, the British gave the kingdom, including Bangalore, to Krishnaraja Wodeyar III but the British resident stayed in Bangalore. In the beginning of the 19th century, the General Post Office was opened and the Cantonment was established nine years later in 1809. In 1831, alleging misrule by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the British took over the administration of the Mysore Kingdom. Under the British influence, Bangalore bloomed with modern facilities like the railways, telegraph, postal and police departments. The first train was flagged out of the city in 1859 and five years later in 1864, the lovely Cubbon Park was built by Sankey. The end of the century saw the building of Attara Kacheri and the Bangalore Palace. The 20th century saw the arrival of the first motorcar in the city. In 1881, the British returned the city to the Wodeyars. Dewans like Sir Mirza Ismail and Sir M Visveswaraya were the pioneers to help Bangalore attain its modern outlook. From then on, the city has grown in magnitudes, emerging into what you see and know of today. Bangalore is India’s fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia.
History of Selection Centre North, Kapurthala
Selection Centre North was raised on 01 Jul 2015 in its interim location at Kapurthala. On completion of its raising, the centre was operationalised with the first batch of candidates reporting on 01 Apr 2016.
It has two Services Selection Boards namely 31 SSB and 32 SSB with the aim to select and recommend potential candidates to become officers in the Indian Army.
The motto of the centre is “NISHPAKSH, NIHSWARTH, NISSANDEH”.