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Since 1992, when the Army allowed women, numbers increased- in 22 years, their strength has grown from 50 to 1300. Women recruited to Indian Army as officers through: Short Service Commission (SSC) along with men candidates into Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Education Corps, and Judge Advocate General Branch including Engineers, Signals, Intelligence and Electrical & Mechanical Engineering branches.

Women in Defense Forces

Women in Defense Forces

Women in Defense Forces

  • In Medical Branch Army Medical Corps (AMC), Army Dental Corps (ADC) and Military Nursing Service (MNS).
  • Women Officers are eligible for Permanent Commission in Judge Advocate General (JAG) Department and in Army Education Corps (AEC) of Army.
  • The IAF has pioneered the entry of women as officers in flying and ground duty.
  • In Indian Navy, women officers inducted through Short Service Commission, in Logistics, Law, Observers, Air Traffic Control (ATC), Pilots (Maritime Reconnaissance Stream), Naval Armament Inspectorate cadre (NAIC), Naval Architecture and Education Branch.
  • Since 1993, women officers not inducted in the fighter stream- IAF revised Short Service Commission scheme to induct women into the fighter stream with first batch of three women officers commissioned in the fighter stream on June 18,2016.
  • Women Short Service Commission Officers (SSCOs) now granted permanent commission in specific branches in the three services:

    • Judge Advocate General (JAG)
    • Army Education Corps (AEC) of the Army and their corresponding branches in Navy and Air Force
    • Naval Constructor in Navy and Accounts Branch in Air Force.
  • In March 2016 women Short Service Commission (SSC) officers inducted as Pilots in Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) stream and in the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) cadre.
  • Steps to increase participation of women in the Army include increasing tenure of women officers and improving promotional prospects in Army

Number of Women Personnel

Women officers inducted in Army (excluding Medical, Dental & Nursing Branch), in Indian Air Force (excluding Medical and Dental Branch) and in Indian Navy recruited during the last three years: -

Table contain shows the list of Number of Women Personnel

Table contain shows the list of Number of Women Personnel




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The percentage of women officers in the three services of armed forces are as under: -

Table contain shows the list of Percentage of women officers

Table contain shows the list of Percentage of women officers

Percentage of women officers



Air Force


(as on 1.1. 2017)


(as on June 2017)


(as on July 2017)

- Published/Last Modified on: August 21, 2017


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