Question:

Although I scored 82% in class XII, I did not get a good JEE-Main rank. Moreover, my parents cannot afford to pay the high fee charged by private engineering colleges. I am interested in joining the armed forces as well but have not given the NDA entrance. Is there any affordable option available for me? 

Answer:

Yes, there is.The Indian Army recruits male students below 19½ who have passed 10+2 exam with an aggregate of 70% in PCM through the technical entry scheme. After four years of basic military training, you will be allotted a permanent/short service commission (max. 14 years) in the rank of a lieutenant. This will be followed by a year of technical training. At the end of your training, you will also receive a degree in engineering. The entire cost of training including boarding, lodging, books, etc, is borne by the Army. Not just that, you’ll receive a generous monthly stipend as in the case of NDA cadets after (three-years of training). Watch out for the notification for recruitment to the next course which commences in July 2014 that will be out in October/November. Details: www.joinindianarmy.nic.in Incidentally, similar technical entry schemes are also offered by the Indian Navy and Indian Air force.