Indian Army Corps of Engineers

12/11/2014 Career

The Indian Army Corps of Engineers is one of the oldest arms of the
Indian Army. It was established in the year 1780 when the two regular
pioneer companies of the Madras Sappers were raised. Subsequently, the
Group of Madras, Bengal and Bombay Sappers were formed and later merged
on 18 November 1932 to form the Corps of Engineers in its present form.
They were formed into field companies (a sub-unit organization that
exists to this day) grouped into regiments.

The Indian Army Corps
of Engineers consists of three major constituents namely Combat
Engineers, MES (Military Engineering Service) and Border Roads. The
Corps also provides officers to the Military Survey and Defence Research
& Development Organisation (DRDO).

Indian Army Combat Engineers

main role of combat engineers is to provide mobility to own forces by
constructing bridges, tracks and helipads; on the other hand the Corps
denies the same to the enemy by creating obstacles such as laying
mine-fields and demolition of bridges.

The need for accurate
survey arose before combat engineering. Vast holdings had to be
carefully delineated and mapped out, to plan the correct form of
commercial extraction. By 1780, serious attention began to be given to
the art of sapping and mining.

Forts abound in the subcontinent,
and to the forts the main defences withdrew for a protracted stand. On
being invested, the siege (heavy) artillery including trench mortars or
bombards went at it.

The real work, not for the faint-hearted,
went to the sappers who had to do the 'sapping' or mining. Sapping is
the technique of accurately digging trenches, usually covered or zigzag,
to cover one's approach to the point of assault.

Military Engineer Service (MES)

military engineers are mainly responsible for the design, construction
and maintenance of all works, buildings, airfields, dock installations,
etc. They are also engaged with additional services such as military
roads, water and electricity supply, drainage, refrigeration, furniture,
required by the Army, Navy and Air Force in India.

Engineer Services (MES) is the largest construction agency in the
country. As the premier engineering arm of the Ministry of Defence, the
MES primarily provides for the three arms of Defence forces, the Army,
Air Force and Navy and also to other Defence related departments and
organizations. It was founded in 1851 to provide rear-line-engineering
support to the erstwhile British Indian Army.

Border Roads Organisation

Border Roads Organisation is another major arm of the Defense services
which is playing a vital role by constructing national highways,
airfields, buildings and bridges. The Border Roads, by constructing a
large number of roads in once inaccessible areas of the Himalayas,
Rajasthan and North Eastern States have contributed significantly to
their economic development.

The personnel of the department are
also enhancing the peace keeping process running worldwide. The BRO is
now busy in constructing roads and bridges in foreign countries viz. in

Eligibility Criteria

Candidate must be a citizen of India, A subject of Nepal or Bhutan in
whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the
Government of India is also eligible provided such certificates is
enclosed with the application.

Minimum Education Qualification:
(i) TGC (aa) For Technical Arms and Services (Engineers). A degree in
engineering, or equivalent degree from a recognized University in
Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/ Computer, Science/Electronics/Electronics
and Telecommunication/M.Sc (Computer, Science / Architect/ Industrial/
Manufacturing / Production)

For Army Education Corps:
MA/M. Sc. degree in 1st or 2nd division in the following subjects :
(aa) MCA, (AB) History, (ac) Psychology (ad) English (ae) Geography (af)
Maths (ag) Physics (ah) Economics (ac) For Military Farms : M.Sc.
(Agri) in Animal Husbandry and Dairying or M.Sc. in Dairy Husbandry with
Dairy Technology after graduation in Agriculture. Preference to be
given to Ph.D. in Animal Husbandry or 2 years experience in
Research/Teaching after post graduation in Animal Husbandry.

A degree in Engineering or equivalent degree from a recognised
University in Civil/Electrical/Mechanical/Tele-Communication/Electrical

Electronics/Computer: Science / Engineering/ Technology/
Architect/ Industrial/ Manu/ Production (c) Candidates who are yet to
pass the Technical Degree examination can also apply but they will be
required to submit proof of passing the Degree/Provisional Degree
certificate to Recruiting Directorate (TGC Entry), West Block-III, RK
Puram, New Delhi-110 066.

Age Limit: As specified in the advertisement.

Height and Weight: Candidate meeting Height/Weight and Visual standards as per existing regulation only will be accepted.

minimum acceptable Height is 157.5 cms. For Gorkhas and individuals
belonging to hills of North Eastern region of India, Garhwal and Kumaon,
the minimum acceptable height will reduced by 2 CMS Height and weight
standards are given below :

A 10% departure from the average
weight given in the table is to be considered within normal limits.
However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad built as well as
individuals with thin built but otherwise health, this may relaxed to
some extent on merit.

Visual Standards:

The minimum acceptable visual acuity are: Distant Vision (corrected)
better eye 6/6, worse eye 6/18, myopia of not more than minus 3.50
including astigmatism. (ii) Candidates who have under-gone or have the
evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy to improve the visual
acuity, will be permanently rejected; aslo candidates who have undergone
Lasik Surgery for correction of refractive error are NOT acceptable.

Physical Fitness Standard at IMA/OTA

candidates are advised to exercise and keep themselves physically fit,
in order to avoid any injury due to the rigorous physical training at
Indian Military Academy. In order to be able to adjust to the regime
there, candidates are advised to achieve following standards before
joining the IMA/OTA, if finally selected:-

(a) Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes. (b) Push Ups-13 Nos. (c) Sit Ups-25 Nos. (d) Chin Ups-6 Nos. (e) Rope Climbing-3-4 Meters.

Army Corps of Engineers Career Prospects

Corps of Engineers is one of the oldest arms of the Indian Army. It
offers excellent career opportunities to young engineers to serve in its
various branches of engineering discipline. The Engineering Graduate
should be a MALE Indian citizen including temporary Central/State Govt.
servants, serving parsons of the regular Army and Territorial Army
(including officers of Territorial Army) and serving personnel of Navy
and Air Force.

Type of Entry

TGC: (a) Engineering Graduates:
for induction into the following Technical Arms and Services:(i) Corps
of Engineers (ii) Corps of Signals (iii) Corps of Electrical and
Mechanical Engineers (iv) Aumoured Corps (v) Artillery (vi) Infantry
(vii) Intelligence Corps.

(b) Post Graduate (Non-Engg.):

Eligible for induction into the Army Education Corps (AEC). II SSC
(Tech) (a) Corps of Engineers. (b) Corps of Signals (c) Corps of
Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Training and Prospects

Selected candidates for Technical Graduates Course will be detailed for
training at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and those selected for
SSC (Tech) be detailed for training at Officers Training Academy,
Chennai according to their position in the final order of merit,
discipline wise upto the number of vacancies available at that time.

(b) Duration of training (i) TGC: One year (ii) SSC (Tech): 44 weeks

Engineering Graduates will be granted Short Service Commission (on
Probation) and will be entitled to draw full pay and allowances
admissible to a Lt during training perior. Pay and allowance will be
paid after successful completion of training.

(d) Training at IMA/OTA is free.

Technical Graduates Course (i) Engineering Graduates will be granted
permanent Commission in the rank of Lt with two years antedate seniority
from the date of graning commission. In the rank of Lt. with two years
antedate seniority from the date of granting commission. (Ii)
Non-Engineering Graduates will be granted Permanent Commission in the
rank of Lt.

(f) SSC (Tech). (I) Engineering Graduate trainees
will be confirmed in Short Service Commission with an antedate seniority
of two years from date of confirmation. They will however be junior to
the Technical Graduates granted Permanent Commission on the same date.
(Ii) Tenure of Engagement: Officers will be required to serve for five
years and may be considered for grant of permanent commission thereafter
as per existing rules.

(iii) Reserve Liability: Short Service
Commission Officers on release before or expiry of contractual length of
service will carry a reserve liability to service the Army initially
for five years-two years on voluntary basis or upto the age of 40 years
whichever is earlier.

Army Corps of Engineers Pay Packages

remuneration and privileges offered by Indian Army is excellent.
Officers are initially commissioned as Lt in the pay scale of Rs.
8250-300-10050 with applicable DA with other benefits like HRA, free
medical facilities, LTC, 60 days annual leave, 20 days casual leave,
canteen facilities, entitled ration as per scale etc.

Army Group
Insurance provides insurance cover of RS 8 lacs to the Gentlemen cadets
of IMA and OTA from the date of joining these Institues for
pre-commission training. This has been made applicable with effect from
01 Jan 99.

On completing the prescribed length of service in
grade and subject to their suitability and medical fitness, they are
promoted as Capt and Major in the pay scale of RS 9600-300-11400 and RS
11600-325-14850 respectively.

Note: The scale of
pay is liable to change according to the revision of salary by the
govt. of India from time to time. Hence users are advised to follow the
official site for accurate and latest information.

How to Apply

are published in various leading national and regional dailies and
employment news from time to time. The same is also published in the
official website of Indian Army. Application should be made on plain
foolscap paper (typed) as per format given in the advertisement. (b)
Only attach photocopies of the following documents or certificates along
with the Application which should be properly tagged and duly attested
by Government Gazetted Officer:

(i) Matriculation certificate
issued by Board of Secondary Education or Central Board of Secondary
Education as proof of date of birth (transfer certificate, affidavit
etc. Are not acceptable)
(ii) Degree /Provisional certificate along
with marksheets of all the years/parts/semesters as proof of educational
(iii) one unstamped self addressed envelope to receive an interview call letter should also be enclosed with the application.
Affix your photograph in the space provided in the application form and
attested by a govt. Gazetted Officer (v) NCC'C certificate OR National
Certificate of Bravery/ Gallantry Award Or certificate showing
representing of the state in National Sports competition may also be
attached. The application should be sent in a white envelope
SUPERSCRIBED IN RED INK on the top Left corner indicating the first
preference for entry and also the subject/discipline.

example "106th TGC; Mechanical Engineering or 30th SSC (Tech):
Mechanical Engineering") post your application by registered /speed post
to reach at the following address.

Additional Directorage General of Recruiting
Rtg TGC Entry, Y, AG's Branch
Army Hqrs, West Block-111
RK Puram, New Delhi �110 066

Important instructions

  • Candidates
    for Technical Arms and Services (Engineers) holding diploma awarded by
    State Boards of Technical Education are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply
  • Candidates
    who are yet to appear for the qualifying examination or in whose cases
    the results are yet to be declared are also eligible to apply.
  • For Civil Engineering discipline, candidates having 60% marks and above in all years/semesters only will be considered
  • Candidates
    who submit more than one application will be disqualified for this
    course as well as from applying for commission in the Army in future
  • Candidates
    not in receipt of a call-up letter from any of the Selection Centre for
    SSB interview should presume that either their application has been
    received after due date or could not come in short-list or found
    ineligible. No correspondence in this regard will be entertained.

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