How to Join Special Forces of India

Indian armed forces are known for their active services and accurate way of handling all situation, whether it be a national or international matter. From war times to the disaster scenario, armed forces always stood ahead. All the three services of armed forces, Army, Air Force and Navy have their special forces to tackle any immediate arid situation. Indian Army’s Para Special forces, Navy has MARCOS and Indian Air Force has GARUD.

These elite segments of armed force are trained to withstand terror attacks on public. These forces are the symbol of toughness and that’s why named as Special Forces. These forces recruit from the serving personals and train then as per requirement, making them a special person called Commando.


We all want to be part of these Elite Unit and here’s how you can be-


1. Para SF (Special Forces)

     1. Officers –

              1. For Cadets of IMA and OTA :

Pre Commission. Volunteer GCs from IMA/OTA will be commissioned at the scale of two officers per battalion per year. These officers will be allotted a parent regiment by MS Branch.

2. For Officers serving in the Indian Army :

Officers from all Arms and Services can volunteer for the Parachute Regiment subject to them having less than five years service on the day they volunteer, being in medical category SHAPE-I and being graded `EXCELLENT’ in BPET. These officers will retain their affiliated to their Regiment/Corps (as parent regiment).

     2. PBOR –

Any soldier serving with the Indian Army can volunteer for Para Special Forces.Recruitment to the Parachute Regiment will be carried out under the aegis of Parachute Regiment Training Center (PRTC) with assistance from Recruiting Directorate, wherever required. In addition, volunteers from Arms/Services will also be permitted to join the Regiment. AG Branch/MP Dte (MP-3) would release recruiting vacancies accordingly.On completion of basic military training (BMT) at PRTC, individuals will be allotted a parent Inf Regiment by Infantry Dte under intimation to AG’s Branch/MP Dte (MP-3). The young soldiers will then be dispatched to respective battalions to undergo probation and final selection.

Also Read: Weapons Used by Para Commandos

2. IAF Garud (Garud Commando Force)


     1. Officers :

Officers for GARUD units are filled by the cadets of ground duty at Air force Academy, Dundigal. And for GDOC, you have AFCAT exam. After getting trained, they get into the Garud Commando Force.Officers from Technical and Ground Duty staff are eligible to apply for Garud.

     2. Airmen :

The selection for GARUD is done directly and not from volunteers, through Airmen Section Centers. Recruitment is initiated by the release of notification/ advertisement. Most interestingly, there is no second chance for selection.After selection, you have to make grade during your training schedule. And if you fail, you are out. After the completion of training, the trainees are merged into the force. After joining the force, one keeps in this stream till he serves in Indian Air force.

Also Read: Weapons used by Garud Commandos of Indian Air Force

3. MARCOS (Marine Commando Force)

     1. Officers :

All Marcos personnel are supposed to be male.Officer aspirants who want to join MARCOS are inducted in the Indian navy through NDA, CDS, SSC.There is no direct selection procedure for them.Any Aspirant who wants to join MARCOS should be part of Navy first.

     2. Sailor :

All MARCOS personal whether Officer or Sailor are selected when they are in their early 20s and have to go through a stringent selection process and training.Any Aspirant who wants to join MARCOS should be part of Navy first.Recruitment for Sailors is done Directly through notification/ advertisement.

Also Read: Weapons Used By MARCOS

Educational Qualifications Required –

1. Officers – Graduation in any Discipline

2. Airmen – Should have completed 12th in any Discipline

3. Sailor – Should have completed 12th with PCM (Physics,Chemistry,Maths)

4. Soldier/PBOR – Should have completed 10th

Don’t forget to read about the Combat Uniform worn by Indian Special Forces. Do you know about these 14 Shocking Facts you may not know about The Indian Army.

Here is What it is like to be part of Indian Special Forces (PARA, MARCOS, Garud)

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