Gender Ratio in Indian Armed Forces: Number of Women Personnel Increased in 2020

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New Delhi, February 8: Excluding Medical and Dental personnel

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Figures are in respect of Women officers only as women are inducted at officer level presently.

There has been an increase in the number of women personnel in the armed forces (excluding Medical, Dental and Nursing cadres) during the year 2020 compared to the figures in the year 2019. Indian Armed Forces, Defence Ministry Employees to Donate One Day's Salary to PM CARES Fund in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic.

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In addition to the provision of Permanent Commission to Women Officers in Judge Advocate General and Army Education Corps, the Government of India has recently announced grant of Permanent Commission to Women Officers in all other Arms/ Services in which they are eligible for commission. Further, the Government of India has sanctioned 1700 women in Military Police Corps in a phased manner.

The number of men and women employed in the three armed forces are as under:




% Women

Indian Army




Indian Air Force*




Indian Navy


704 #


The Indian Air Force (IAF) undertakes various induction publicity measures to encourage youth including women to join IAF. Modules like direct contact programme, print and electronic media is extensively used to create awareness about IAF and educate students about various mode of entries.

Women are employed as officers in Indian Navy since 1992 wherein only three avenues were available to Women viz. Law, Education and Logistics. However, over a period of time, number of other avenues has been opened for Women induction as follows:


Avenue available


Law, Education, Logistics


Naval Constructor Cadre


Observer Specialisation (Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft)


Pilots (Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft)


Naval Armament Inspectorate


Sports and Musician Cadres, and Lateral Induction into Provost Specialisation

This information was tabled in a written reply by Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik to a question asked by Dr Fauzia Khan in Rajya Sabha today.