New Delhi, March 6 -- Women will from now on be eligible for permanent careers in all 10 branches of the army where they have been inducted as short-service commissioned (SSC) officers, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.

So far, women officers were allowed permanent commission (PC) only in two branches: Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Army Education Corps.

A defence ministry spokesperson said the eight new branches opened to SSC women officers for permanent commission are Corps of Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordinance Corps and the Intelligence Corps.

"SSC women officers will give their option for PC before completion of four years of commissioned...