Soldier's Recruitment

General

Recruitment in the Army is broad based. Every male citizen, irrespective of caste, class, religion and domicile, is eligible for recruitment in the Army, provided he meets the age, educational, physical and medical standards.

Recruitment Process

Recruitment in the Army is carried out through the year through an open rally system. The recruitment programme is published in local newspapers, two weeks prior to the conduct of the rally by the concerned ZROs. The process of screening and enrolment is as follows: -

  1. Checking of documents.
  2. Physical measurements.
  3. Physical fitness test.
  4. Medical examination.
  5. Written examination.
  6. Preparation of merit list.
  7. Enrolment and Dispatch of selected candidates in order of merit to Centres.


Documents Required:

  • X th Class date of birth certificate.
  • X th/XII th Class marks sheet.
  • Character Certificate to be signed by village Sarpanch (not more than six months old).
  • Domicile Certificate.
  • Caste Certificate.
  • Dependent Certificate (in case of son of Ex-servicemen/ War Widow/Widow) signed by record office.
  • Certificate of Outstanding sportsmen.
  • NCC Certificate (A/B/C Certificate).


The QR for enrolment into the Army is as under:

Ser No

Entry

Education

Age

(a)

Sol GD

Metric (Min 32% marks in each subject and
min 45% marks in aggregate. Candidate yrs
having higher qualification (10+2) or more
need not have 45% mks in metric)

17 Yrs and 6 months to 21 yrs.



For Sikh Mazhabi &
Ramdasia(M&R) candidates


.


Passed 10th cl without stipulated
percentage of marks.

(b)

Sol SHGD

10th simple pass

17 Yrs and 6 months to 21 Yrs

Sol Tradesman

(c)

Sol Tradesmen (Steward, Chefs,W/Man Barber
& Musician)

10th simple pass

17 Yrs and 6 months to 23 Yrs

(d)

Sol Tradesmen ((Carpenter (U),Painter
(U),Tailor (U),Eqpt Repairer(ER),

10th simple pass/ITI

17 Yrs and 6 months to 23 Yrs

(e)

Safaiwala & Masalchi

8th pass

17 Yrs and 6 months to 23 Yrs



Note: Dispensation in Education for enrollment as Sol (GD) is permissible to some selected States/Region/Class & Communities by the Govt. Details may be obtained from nearest BRO/ZRO

Note:

  1. Reduction of upper age limit for enrolment in tradesmen cat from 16-25 yrs to 16-23 yrs has been approved by Army HQ (AG's Branch) vide their letter No 62573/Rtg 5(OR)(A) dt 27 Jan 04 and came into effect from 01 Apr 2004.
  2. Revision of lower age limit from 16 Yrs to 17 Yrs and 6 months came into effect from 01 Aug 2004 vide Army HQ letter No 62537/Rtg (OR)(A) dt 05 Jul 2004.


*Note:

  1. Variation in date of birth of civ edn cert of the candidates and FS docu of the father/brother, more than one year will cease to apply. (Auth:- Army HQ letter No 62554/Rtg 5 (OR) (A) dt 29 Aug 2006).
  2. Candidates married below 21 years of age are not eligible for enrolment into Army (Auth: Army HQ letter No 62569/Rtg 5 (OR) (A) dt 07 Feb 2007).



The physical measurement standards required for various regions for enrolment in various cats are as given below. Minimum physical standards would not be accepted as a matter of course. Efforts should be made to recruit persons with physical standards higher than the stipulated minimum.

States

Sol GD &Tradesmen

Ht Cm

Chest Cm

Wt Kg

Western Himalayan

J&K, HP, Punjab Hills (Area South and West of the Inter
State Border between Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and North
and East of Road Mukerian, Hoshiarpur Garh Shankar, Ropar
and Chandigarh) Garhwal and Kumaon.

166

77-82

48

Eastern Himalayan

Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura,
Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya and Hill region of West Bengal
(Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts).

160

77-82

48

Western Plains

Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Western
UP (Meerut and Agra Div).

170

77-82

50

Central Plains

Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadar Nagar Haveli
and Daman & Diu.

168

77-82

50

Eastern Plains

Eastern UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa.

169

77-82

50

Southern

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa and
Pondichery.

166

77-82

50

Special Physical Standards

Ladakhis

Gorkhas both Nepalese and Indian

Tribal of recognised tribal areas

157

157

162

77-82

77-82

77-82

50

48

50

Note:

  1. Sol Tradesmen min physical standard of the regions given above minus 1 cm chest and 2 kgs in wt.
  2. The revised physical standard i.e height is applicable wef 01 Aug 2004 vide Army HQ letter No 62518/Phy Standard/Rtg 5(OR) (A) dt 17 Jun 2004.



The details of various physical fitness standards required for enrolment in the Army are given below:

Ser No

Particulars of the Tests

Min pass Marks

Max Marks

Timing/Nos

(a)

One Mile Run (Time is in mins and secs)

5/40 5/41 6/06 to 5/40 5/50 6/05 6/20

Marks

24

60

60 48 36 24

(b)

Pull Ups

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Marks

16

40

2

4

8

10

12

16

21

28

32

40

(c)

9` Ft Ditch

-

No marks are awarded. A candidate has to either pass or
fail.

(d)

Balance Beam

-

-do-



Relaxation in Physical Standards. Relaxation in existing physical standards have been permitted to some cat as under:

Ser No

Candidates

Ht (Cm)

Chest (Cm)

Wt (Kg)

Remarks

(a)

Sons of servicemen, Ex servicemen, War Widows and widow of
Ex-servicemen

02

01

02

(b)

Adopted son/son-in-law of war widow, if she has no son.

02

01

02

(c)

Outstanding sportsmen (National & State level and those
who have represented District/College/School in State/
University/Board Championship and earned 1st/2nd posn)

02

03

05

*



* 20% bonus marks to outstanding sportsmen who has proven caliber at state level to given on overall marks obtained by the candidates. (Auth: Army HQs (Rtg 5 (OR) (A) letter No 62529/Rtg 5(OR) (A) dt 30 Dec 2005).

Relevant documents of Priority candidates sponsored by units may be forwarded one month in advance for pre verification and return.

Pattern of Common Entrance Exam. For enrolment into Army one should have passed all tests, ie, physical, medical and written test, before being enrolled into Army. The composition of written exam is given below :


(a) No. of Papers and Marks

Ser No

Cat

Duration

No of Papers

Total Marks

Pass Marks

(i)

Sol Tdn

1 hr

01

100

32

(ii)

Sol GD

1 hr

01

100

32

(b) Composition of Question Papers

Ser No

Cat

Composition

(i)

Sol GD

Part I question paper in three secs of 10th standard in
Math, Gen Science and Gen Knowledge for 100 mks.

(ii)

Sol GD dispensation/Sol Tradesmen (Steward,Chef, Musician
Carpenter, Painter, Tailor, W/Man, Barber & ER) 10th
class

Part-I question paper in sections of 10th standard in Math,
Gen Science and GK for 100 mks.

(iii)

Sol Tradesmen (Safaiwala & Masalchi) 8th class

Part-I question paper of 8th standard for 100 mks

Instant Enrolment of Wards of Battle Casualties. As per the existing policy one son(including legally adopted son), or one son-in-law including husband of legally adopted daughters if no, son of servicemen who dies in war or war like situation during peace time like CI Ops or while providing aid to civil authority, will be given instant enrolment without putting him through formal tests under UHQ quota provided the son/son-in-law meets the minimum laid down educational, age, physical and medical criteria. In case the ward of the battle causality is under age, he will be enrolled as and when he attains the age required for enrolment.

Enrolment of Sportsmen Under UHQ quota. Sportsmen are also enrolled under UHQ quota under the following cats :-

  1. Outstanding sportsmen dispensation category, wherein National / State level sportsmen and those who have represented District / College/ University/School Boards Championship and earned 1st/2nd position are permitted relaxation of 2 cms in height, 3 cms in chest and 5 Kgs in weight.
  2. Direct enrolment of Meritorious Sportsmen in the rank of Havildar, to the extent of 2 percent of the vacancies accruing in the rank of Havildar, provided the individual confirms to laid down criteria for Sol GD.



The system of application and issue of call up letters have been discontinued wef 01 Apr 98. Therefore no application is required to be forwarded to Centre for recruitment. The candidates should directly report alongwith the following documents for recruitment on the given dates:

  1. Original education certificate and mark sheet. In case of non metric, education (certificate should be countersigned by District Education Officer.)
  2. NCC certificate A/B/C (If held).
  3. Domicile certificate issued by Tehsildar/SDM/DM/BDO/SDO duly affixed round stamp.
  4. Caste certificate issued by Tehsildar/SDM/BDO/DM/SDO/Village Sarpanch duly affixed round stamp and joint/family photographs with father/mother/son according to relationship certificate produced for recruitment.
  5. Character certificate from Headmaster/Principal of School/ Sarpanch. Date of issue to be within six months.
  6. Ten copies of single passport size photographs duly attested to be produced as under:
    1. Son/Brother of serving Soldier - Commanding Officer of unit.
    2. Son of Ex-servicemen/ Widows/ - Secretary of District Sailors. Soldier and Airman Board/ CO, Last unit of the Ex-Servicemen.
    3. General candidates - Class I gazetted officer.
  7. In case of son of the ex-servicemen/servicemen/son of war widows, the following additional documents are required:
    1. Five copies of joint photographs with his father, if son of serving person/ex-servicemen, with his mother if son of a widow of ex-servicemen/ war widow and with his brother, if brother of serving person duly attested by the Commanding Officer of the unit/Zila Sainik Adhikari/District Soldier Board respectively.
    2. Pay Book if son/brother of servicemen and discharge book if son/brother of an ex-servicemen.
    3. Relationship certificate if son/brother of servicemen/ex-servicemen issued by Records concerned only.
    4. One son/brother of soldiers died in War/War like situation ie Counter Insurgency Operations etc gets instant enrolment. These individuals are required to produce certificate/Part II Order from Records and death certificate of the soldier.



Note: The accommodation and messing will be under own arrangement of the candidates.


Results. The results are intimated through list.


Before despatching the candidates for enrolment, it is suggested that the candidates get their pre-medical examination done with regard to flat foot, vision, other minor ailments, cleaning of wax from ear etc at their own.


Common Shortcomings. The common short comings noticed during UHQ enrolment is as under:

  1. Reporting with incomplete/incorrect documents. Date of birth tampered with in original education certificate/mark sheet.
  2. Name of candidate does not tally with his education certificate.
  3. Name of father does not tally with candidates education certificate.
  4. Domicile/caste certificates are not signed by the DM/SDM/BDO/Tehsildar and office seal (round stamp) not affixed.
  5. Character certificates more than six months old.
  6. Relationship certificate is not signed by Records Office concerned.
  7. Relationship certificate of sons/brother of serving pers/ Ex- Servicemen/widows not signed by the concerned Records Office.
  8. Pay books of serving persons and discharge book of ex-servicemen are not produced.
  9. Submission of a large number of fake certificates/documents by non authourise persons/agencies.
  10. Age criteria and eligibility conditions for enrolment are not checked and ineligible (over age) candidates are dispatched by the regiments.
  11. Fake rubber stamps of various organization / authority are being used in preparing candidates document.
  12. Affidavits are produced by candidates in place of certificate.
  13. Variation in date of birth between civil education certificate of the candidate and relationship certificate issued by Records office concerned for more than one year.