Career as a Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) in Indian Armed Forces

05 Jan 2015

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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.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Junior Commissioned Officer
Religious Teacher
(All Arms)
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
3. Havildar Education
(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.) 
20-25  Yrs

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:-

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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  1. Anurag yadav

    Gdmng …Hello within coming 2 months I will completed with my bachelor degree in hotel management in May 2016 I am completed with my degree ..I did my IT from hotel HIlton(Goa)where I also got appreciation letter in food and beverage service which is my area of interest also … dream is to become a part of well known organisation as yours thanks a lot

  2. Manideep guntipelly

    In which month does the notification release. And how. Many times in a year the notification releases

  3. Manideep guntipelly

    When the notification release in a year. And in which month. Can I get all details

  4. manoj negi

    hello sir/mam i completed my 3 year degree in b.a.ihtm and also i am completed 2 year diploma of culiniry arts and also i completed 6 month industial training in radisson blu greater noida. i am very intrusted in indian deffence so please suggest me how am i apply in armed force as a officer/general entry. please give me answer.thanks

  5. manish vaidya

    Give me detail

  6. Sahil

    I had done btech in mechanical branch..can i join as jco in Indian army??

  7. Amit kumar

    Sir i had listen a news that direct enrolment in army as a JCO start from Jan 19 those who are conference out is it true

  8. Sujal thapa

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    How to join has an JUNIOR COMMISSIONED OFFICERS in JCOs in Indian Army direct enrollment and also I’m an ex-servicemen son. so , please guide accordingly.

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