Indian Army is the third largest army in the world which is also very powerful and popular.  Many countries of the world have praised the Indian Army and today the Indian Army has all types of equipment and weapons.  Various types of war exercises are conducted by the Indian Army every day.  For your information, let us tell you that in the Indian Army, the Lieutenant has the first rank while the Lieutenant Colonel has the 6th rank.  Lieutenant Colonel’s uniform has 5 stars and an Ashoka Pillar on it.

 Lieutenant Colonel is the second commanding officer in the battalion.  The post of Lieutenant Colonel in Permanent Commission in the Indian Army comes under Group A.  If you are thinking of becoming a Lieutenant Colonel directly, then we tell you that you are thinking wrong, because one cannot become a Lieutenant Colonel directly in the Indian Army.  This is a post available after promotion.  For this, first of all, you have to become a lieutenant in the Indian Army.  After that when you are promoted, you are made Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.

Qualification to become Lieutenant  Colonel  –

 By now you know how important the post of Lieutenant Colonel is in the Indian Army.  So now you should also know what qualifications are necessary to become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.  Based on what qualifications Lieutenant Colonel is made?  So let us know –

  • To become a Lieutenant Colonel, first of all, it is necessary to pass the 12th class.
  • After passing the 12th class, one has to appear for the NDA exam to become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.
  • To become Lieutenant Colonel, the age of the candidate has been fixed at least 16 years.
  • The maximum age limit for a candidate to become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army has been fixed at 19 years.
  • Additional relaxation in the age limit has been given to reserved category candidates to become Lieutenant Colonel.
  • To become Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, candidates appearing for the TES exam must have passed 12tinom the Science stream.
  • It is mandatory for Lieutenant Colonel candidates appearing in the TES Exam to have 70% marks in the 12th class.
  • For Lieutenant Colonel candidates who are going to appear for the TES Exam, the age limit has been fixed between 16 years to 19 years.
  • Provision for additional relaxation in the age limit has been made for Lieutenant Colonel candidates appearing in the TES Exam who belong to the reserved category.
  • If you take the CDS exam for Lieutenant Colonel, then for this you must have a graduation degree.
  • The age limit of Lieutenant Colonel candidates appearing for the CDS exam has been fixed between 19 years to 24 years.
  • Additional relaxation in the age limit has been provided to Lieutenant Colonel candidates appearing for the CDS exam who belong to the reserved category.

Selection Process to become Lieutenant Colonel—

 There are 3 ways to become Lieutenant Colonel.  You can become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army by choosing any one of the three types.  First is NDA, second is TES and third is CDS.  One can become an Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel by selecting any of these three exams.  So let us know about them in detail-

 How to become Lieutenant Colonel from NDA?

 The full form of NDA is the National Defense Academy, which is called National Defense Academy in Hindi.  This exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year.  If you pass the NDA exam then you are sent for training for 3 years.  Its training takes place in Khadakwasra, Pune.  One year of training takes place at the Indian Military Academy.  After that, you become a Lieutenant in the Permanent Commission.

1. Selection process by NDA —

  To become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army under NDA, first, you have a written exam and then an interview.  If you pass both these exams, then you are appointed to the post of Major in the Army and sent for training.

A) Written Exam –

There are 2 papers in the NDA written exam.  The first paper is of Mathematics subject and the second paper is of General Ability.  The first paper on Mathematics subject has been fixed for 300 marks while the second paper on General Ability comes with 600 marks.  You are given 2:30 hours for this exam.  All the questions in this exam are multiple-choice, that is, you get to see more than one option for the answer to each question.

B) Interview —

 Candidates who qualify for the NDA Written Exam are called for an interview.  This interview is conducted by SSB.  In this interview, questions related to psychology and subject and intelligence are asked, which are important to be answered correctly.  After passing the interview, you will be appointed to the post of Major in the Army and sent for training.

2. Selection Process by TES Exam –

 The full form of TES is the Technical Entry Scheme.  This exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year.  If you pass the TES exam then you are sent to OTA i.e. Officer Training Academy for its training.  For your information, let us tell you that its training is for 4 years.  If you complete 4 years of training then you are made Lieutenant Colonel.

A)  TES Exam –

To become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army under the TES exam, you do not have to give a written test.  Under the TES exam, you are selected based on 12th-class marks and called for an interview.  In this interview, you are asked some questions related to intelligence and psychology.  If you appear for the interview, then at the end you have a medical test.

3. Selection Process by CDS Exam—

 The full form of CDS is the Combined Defense Service.  The CDS exam is conducted twice a year.  Candidates who pass the exam are sent to the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun for training.  After completing 2 years of training, you can become a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.

A)  CDS Written Exam –

 To become an Army Lieutenant Colonel under the CDS exam, you will have to take a written exam.  In this exam, questions related to General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics will be asked.  This question paper is of 100 marks for which the time allotted is 2 hours.  All questions in this question paper are objective type.  Candidates who pass this examination are called for interview.

B) CDS Interview –

 If you pass the CDS written exam then you are called for an interview.  This interview is conducted by SSB.  In this interview, you will be asked questions of general knowledge.  Candidates who pass the interview are sent for training for the post of Lieutenant Colonel.

What is the salary of a Lieutenant Colonel?

 What is the post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army?  What is the importance of that post and what is required to work on that post?  Which exams have to be passed?  Which interviews have to be given and what kind of training is done?  How much time does it take?  You know all this by now.  So now you should also know what is the salary of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.  For your information, let us tell you that a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army gets Rs 56000 as salary every month.  This is the starting salary.  Salary increases with time and other allowances are also given every month.  So in this way, a Lieutenant Colonel gets a total of Rs 70,000/- to 75,000/- as salary every month.