||16½ to 19½ years
||NDA Exam and SSB Interview
||3 years training at NDA. Upon successful completion of IMA military training and medical fitness tests, as Gentlemen Cadets, they are granted Permanent Commission as Lieutenant
|Combined Defence Services (CDS) entry
||Final year Graduates or recent Graduate degree holders can appear for the Combined Defence Service (CDSE) Examination conducted by UPSC
||19 to 24 years, unmarried status
||CDS Examination (CDSE) and SSB Interview
||Training for 1.5 years. Upon completion, and clearing medical fitness, they are granted Permanent Commission as Lieutenants
|Army Cadet College (ACC) entry
||20 to 27 years and with at least 2 years of service.
||Written test followed by SSB Interview
||Three years training at ACC Wing and one year at IMA
|Technical Graduate Course and Post Graduate Entries (Army Education Corps & Military Farms)
||Technical Graduate and Postgraduate(AEC & MF)
||23 to 27 years of age limit and unmarried status are required.
||SSB Interview and Psychological Aptitude Test
||Selected candidates will be on SSC probation as a Lieutenant. Training is for 1 year. Candidates are liable for service as per Army Headquarters.
|University Entry Scheme
||18 to 24 years and candidates need to be unmarried
||Selected candidates are granted SSC on probation as Lieutenant until successful training completion at IMA, for 1 year. Upon successful completion, Permanent Commission is granted with 1 year jump on seniority.
|Permanent Commission Special List or PC (SL)
||Maximum age 42 years, 45 years for Engineers & 45 years for IOB Minimum service 10 years
||They train army men below 40 years (45 for Engineers and IOB with a minimum of 10 years of service) at AEC Center and College for 8 weeks, followed by 4 weeks at IMA.
|Special Commissioned Officers
||Servicemen between 28 to 35 years
||Eight weeks communication skill capsule at ACC Centre & College, Pachmarhi followed by one year at OTA, Gaya
|10+2 Technical Entry Scheme (TES)
||Minimum 70% aggregate in PCM in 10+2
||Age between 16.5 years to 19.5 years
||Training is for a total of 5 years. Permanent Commission is granted in the rank of Lieutenant