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?
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.