The main criteria for joining the Defence Services of India, which includes the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force, vary depending on the particular service and the entry-level. Here are some of the general criteria for joining the Defence Services:

  1. Nationality: The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  2. Age Limit: The age limit for different entry levels and services vary. Generally, the age limit is between 16.5 years to 19 years for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA) and between 20 years to 24 years for direct entry through other modes. For some special entry schemes, the age limit can be extended.
  3. Educational Qualification: The candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination for NDA entry, and for direct entry, the educational qualifications required vary from service to service and entry-level. Generally, a candidate should have a bachelor’s degree for entry through the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination.
  4. Physical Standards: The candidate must meet the physical standards set by the respective service. This includes height, weight, and physical fitness.
  5. Medical Standards: The candidate must be medically fit, with no significant medical conditions.
  6. Selection Process: The selection process includes written tests, physical tests, and an interview. For officers’ entry, the interview is conducted by a Service Selection Board (SSB).
  7. Character and Conduct: The candidate must have good character and conduct. Any involvement in criminal or immoral activities can lead to disqualification.

These are the main criteria for joining Defence Services in India. Candidates who fulfil these criteria and pass the selection process are commissioned into various ranks and positions in the Indian Armed Forces.

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