Branches of the Indian Army

The following article is about the various branches in the Indian Army that together work towards the security of the nation.

Non-Technical (Fighting) Branches

1) Armoured Corps
This corps fights the enemies with tanks and armoured vehicles.

2) Artillery
The Artillery fight the enemy with guns, rockets and mortars. They help infantry in moving forward under gun fire cover.

3) Infantry
This is the most important part of the Army. The Infantry fight against the enemy on the ground.

Technical Branches

1) Corps of Engineers
The Corps of Engineers personnel deal with provision of accommodation, laying obstacles like mines along the enemy route and removing obstacles put by the enemies for the soldiers.

2) Corps of Signals
The main function of this branch is to provide communication between units and formations, and dissemination of messages and information.


1) Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME)
This branch primarily deals with the repair of arms and armaments, vehicles, electric equipments, signal equipments and medical equipments.

2) Army Service Corps (ASC)
This corps is responsible for supplies of food, lubricant and oil, fuel and fodder for Army's animals.

3) Army Medical Corps
Army Medical Corps is responsible for treatment of the sick and wounded personnel while also preventing the spread of any diseases in the troops and their respective families.

4) Army Dental Corps (ADC)
As the name suggests, this corps ensures dental hygiene among the soldiers.

5) Military Nursing Service
Military Nursing Service comes under Army Service Corps and is responsible for nursing and treatment of the sick and wounded troops.

6) Army Ordinance Corps (AOC)
This corps deals with uniform, clothing, arms and ammunition and provisioning disposal of vehicles.

7) Remount and Veterinary Corps
Treatment of the sick and wounded Army animals are the responsibility of this corps. They also have been entrusted the responsibility of prevention of diseases in the animals that form a very important part of Army. Breeding and training of the animals are also taken care of by the Veterinary Corps. Inspection of non-vegetarian food prior to consumption by the soldiers is also the corps' job.

8) Military Farms
The farms deal with cultivation of fodder for animals and production of fresh milk and milk products for the troops.

9) Army Education Corps (AEC)
The prime responsibility of AEC is providing education to the soldiers.

10) Intelligence Corps
This branch deals with collecting valuable information to analyse and interpret them for security of the country.

11) Corps of Military Police (CMP)
This corps deals with discipline of troops, crime in the Army, traffic control and prisoners of war.

12) Judge Advocate General Branch (JAG)
This is the legal branch of the Army which deals with court martial and advice to formation commanders on legal matters.

13) Army Pioneer Corps
Army Pioneer Corps has a labour force that are used to complete manual tasks like constructing roads in field areas.

14) Army Canteen Stores Department
The canteen deals with the provision and supply of basic requisites required by the troops for personal use.

15) Defence Security Corps
The Defence Security Corps deals with internal security of Armed Force Units and formation headquarters.

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