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Career as a Soldier in Indian Defence Forces

Published Date : 05 Jan 2015
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Armed Forces work tirelessly to defend our nation. The whole responsibility to undertake this great task lies upon the shoulders of Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors. Together they stand shoulder to shoulder as the building block of one great wall for the preservation of the territorial integrity of our nation. Head Quarters of all the three wings time to time organize rallies in different regions of the country to enlist new candidates as Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors for Army, Airforce and Navy respectively.

Eligibility Criteria For Recruitment as Soldier in Indian Forces

S.No Category Education Qualification Age
1. Soldier (General Duty)
(All Arms)
SSLC/Matric with 45% marks in aggregate and 32% in each subject.  No percentage considered in case candidate has passed higher qualification ie 10+2 and above. 17 ½ – 21 Yrs
2. Soldier (Technical)
(Technical Arms, Artillery, Army Air Defence)
10+2 / Intermediate Exam Pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% in each subject. (simple pass in 10+2 with requisite subjects is acceptable upto 31 Mar 2013). 17 ½ – 23 Yrs
3. Soldier Clerk /Store Keeper Technical
 (All Arms)
10+2 / Intermediate Exam pass in any stream (Arts, Commerce, Science) with 50% marks in aggregate and minimum 40% in each subject.  Should have studied and passed English and Maths/Accts/Book Keeping in Cl X or Cl XII  with 40% marks in each subject.  In case of graduate with Maths and English as subject in BSc, the stipulation of 40% in Cl X or Cl XII is waived off.  In case of graduate without English and Maths/Accts/Book Keeping, he should have scored more than 40% in English and Maths/Accts/Book Keeping at least once in Cl X or Cl XII. 17 ½ – 23 Yrs
4. Soldier Nursing Assistant
(Army Medical Corps)
10+2/Intermediate exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with Min 50% marks in aggregate and min 40% in each subject.
In case the candidate has a BSc Degree with (Botany/Zoology/Bio-Science) and English, the stipulation of percentage in Cl-XII is waived off.  However, the candidate should have studied all the four specified subjects in  Cl XII also.
17 ½ – 23 Yrs
5. Soldier Tradesmen
(All Arms)
10th/ITI (except Syce.  Mess Keeper and House Keeper-who may be 8th pass). 17 ½ – 23 Yrs
6. Soldier General Duty  (Matric Simple Pass)
(All Arms)
10th Simple pass. 17 ½ – 21Yrs
7. Surveyor Auto Carto(Engineers) BA/BSc with Maths.  Must have also passed 12th class(10+2) or equivalent with Maths and Science as main subjects. 20-25 Yrs

Physical Fitness Requirement in Indian Armed Forces

Candidates must fulfil certain physical standards to comply with rigorous mental and physical training and future challenges that are everyday part of a soldier’s life. 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 fulfil 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 forthe various regions are as follows:- 

The minimum physical standards forthe various regions are as follows:-

Regions States Height (Cms) Chest
Sol GD & Tdn Sol Tech/NA Clk/
Western Himalayan
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
Himalayan Region
Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam and Hill Region of West Bengal (Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts)
160 157 160 77 48
Western Plains Region Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh,
Delhi, Rajasthan and Western
Uttar Pradesh (Meerut and Agra Division)
170 170 162 77 50
Eastern Plains Region Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa
169 169 162 77 50
Central Region Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadar, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu
168 167 162 *77 50
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,
Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa and
166 165 162 77 50

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