For the first time, six women officers clear Defence Services Staff College examination

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six women officers cleared DSSC examination.

For the first time in the history of the Indian Army six women officers have cleared the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) examination.

Important facts

  • Of the 15 women officers who appeared in this year's DSSC exam, six cleared it.

  • Every year, 1,500-1,600 officers appear for this prestigious exam but only around 300 get selected.

  • Six women officers will join the prestigious War College in Wellington, a move that comes after the Army granted permanent commission to women officers last year.

  • They will start their academic session from April 2023.

  • The DSSC course is run for Major and Lt Col equivalent ranks of the three Services.

  • After the completion of the DSSC course, officers will be eligible for important staff appointments to higher ranks of the Indian Army as well as for foreign postings.

About Defence Services Staff College (DSSC)

  • It is one of the oldest military institutions in India. It was set up in India in 1905 as the Army Staff College at Deolali and was relocated to Quetta, now in Pak, in 1907. 

  • It was shifted to Wellington in 1947 after the partition of the subcontinent.

  • Many army officers have done the DSSC course, including former Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat.

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