Indian Army Corps of Engineers

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

The 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)

The 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.

Military 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.

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Border Roads Organisation

The 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 Afghanistan.

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality:The 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.

(II) SSC (TECH): 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.

The 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:

(i) 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

Prospective 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

The 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: 
Eligible 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

(a) 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

(c) 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.

(e) 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.

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Army Corps of Engineers Pay Packages

The 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

Advertisements 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 qualification
(iii) one unstamped self addressed envelope to receive an interview call letter should also be enclosed with the application.
(iv) 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.

For 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.