The second line of Officers in the Armed forces is the Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs). During British rule, British Officers created these three new ranks to communicate with Indian soldiers. They were known as the Viceroy’s Commissioned Officers or VCOs but after independence, they were known as Junior Commissioned Officers or JCOs. The soldiers in these ranks serve long years under command and they act as middlemen, in the passing of orders from Officers to the Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) ranks.
Warrant Ranks, JCOs & equivalent ranks of the Navy are akin to Class- II/Group-B services. Warrant like commission is given by the President himself. In that sense, all warrant officers/JCOs are place superior to the Group B gazetted civilian ranks. Senior non-commissioned officers are promoted to JCO rank on the basis of merit and seniority.
Although there are some constraints about JCOs direct entry into the Armed Forces ,but if one aspires Armed Forces grant entry to the post of JCO’s as Religious Teachers, Catering Officers etc.
|1.||Junior Commissioned Officer
|Graduate in any discipline. In addition requisite qualification in his own religious denomination.||27-34 Yrs|
|2.||Junior Commissioned Officer Catering
(Army Service Corps)
|10+2 or equivalent exam and Diploma/Certificate Course of a duration of one year or more in Cookery/Hotel Management and Catering Tech from a recognized University / Food Craft Institute. AICTE recognition is not mandatory.||21-27 Yrs|
(Army Education Corps)
|Group X – MA/MSc/MCA or BA/BSc/BCA/B Sc (IT) with B Ed
Group Y – BSc/BA/BCA/B Sc (IT) (w/o B Ed.)
Physical fitness requirement:
As Junior Commissioned Officer is a position connected with armed forces, candidates must fulfill certain physical standards. In addition, candidates will have to get through the physical fitness test, which includes 9 feet ditch, balance, pull-ups and a mile run and all these should be done according to the standards fixed. The candidates should also fulfill certain medical requirement with respect to eyesight.
The entire country has been divided into six regions namely; Western Plains Region, Eastern Plains Region, Central Region, Southern Region, Western Himalayan Region and Eastern Himalayan Region. The minimum physical standards for the various regions are as follows:-
|Sol GD & Tdn||Sol Tech/NA||Clk/
|Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab Hills (Area South and West ofthe Inter State Border between Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and North and East ofRoad Mukerian, Hoshiarpur, Garh Shankar, Ropar and Chandigarh), Garhwal and Kumaon (Uttrakhand)||166||163||162||77||48|
|Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam and Hill Region of West Bengal (Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts)
|Western Plains Region||Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh,
Delhi, Rajasthan and Western
Uttar Pradesh (Meerut and Agra Division)
|Eastern Plains Region||Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa
|Central Region||Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadar, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu
|Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,
Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa and