8/12/2013 Career

Soldier is the primary fighting
force of all the armies in the world. Also known as Ground Troop
or�Sepoy or Rifle Man in the Indian army, a
soldier is the one who take the enemy head on. A soldier's courage and valour
determines the outcome of a war.

Going by this fact one may think that there will not be any taker of this
responsibilty. But reality is contrary to the belief, and is proved by long
lines of young Indian (and some time even younger than the required) in Open
recruitment rallies throughout the country.Country is full of young energetic
youths who are ready to serve the country in this capacity.�

Like in any other profession competition is really hard to join Indian Army as a
soldier too. Those who are mad to wear olive green know that, what they are
going to do can not be done by others. They know that they are the only one�s
that are not known as Hindu, Sikhs, and Muslims etc. They are known as Soldiers
of The Indian Army. And there is no dearth of such young ones. This makes The
Indian Army� one of the few volunteer Armies unlike many other so called
super powers that have to maintain a compulsory army services.

Passion among the young one made the competition all the more tough. So one has
really to be the best and� the fittest� to join Indian army as a
Soldier. And to be the best one is required to be full of confidence, courage,
determination and grit to uphold the aspirations of the country. If you�
think that you have these basic requirements� then you are most welcome to
join the Indian Army.

Eligibility to become a Soldier in Indian

Educational Qualification and Age

Essential Qualification and Age for becoming a soldier in army varies from
Non-metric to Metric with some time asking for math, science and English as main
subjects. It depends upon the type of job being assigned to the Soldier.

Category Education Age
Soldier General Duty SSLC/Matric 16-21 Years
Soldier Technical SSLC/Matric 45% aggregate 16-23 Years
Soldier Clerk SSLC/Matric 45% aggregate 16-23 Years
Soldier Nursing Assistant SSLC/Matric(Maths, English & Biology ) 16-23 Years
Soldier Tradesman(General Duties )

Non Matric 16-20 Years
Soldier Tradesman(Specified Duties) Non Matric

16-25 Yea




Only male candidates can join the services through NDA

General physical requirements common for all candidates

  1. You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any
    disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance
    of duties. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects
    or overweight.
  2. Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion
    after full inspiration should be 5 cm.
  3. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
  4. You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  5. Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past
    disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  6. There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart
    and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.
  7. The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any
    enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal
    organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.
  8. An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated,
    this should have been done at least six months prior to the present
    examination and healing should be complete without any potential for
  9. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for
    hydromel and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months
    prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any
  10. Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be
    a cause for rejection.
  11. Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or
    disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.
  12. Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you
    have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any
    other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently
  13. You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum
    of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total
    dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhea.

How to become a
Soldier/Sepoy in Army?

Step 1

As all the recruitments are done through rallies so the first step towards
joining is to contact nearest Branch recruiting Office/Zonal Recruiting Office
and get the details of Rally schedule and report to rally site on the dates
announced on Notice Board along with your Educational Certificate, Birth
Certificate (in original) domicile certificate, character certificate and six
passport size photographs.

Step 2

One has to go for the Physical Fitness Tests (PFT) carrying following events of
100 marks in all.

  • � 1 Mile Run
  • � Pull Ups
  • � Balance
  • � 9 Feet Ditch

Details of the marks awarded in each
test individually.

(a) One Mile Run

  1. � 5.40 Mins and below - 60 Mks
  2. � 5.41 Mins to 5.50 - 48 Mks
  3. � 5.51 Mins to 6.00 - 36 Mks
  4. � 6.01 Mins to 6.20 - 24 Mks

(b) Pull Ups

  1. � 10 and above - 40 Mks
  2. � 9 - 32 Mks
  3. � 8 - 28 Mks
  4. � 7 - 21 Mks
  5. � 6 - 16 Mks

(c) Balance & 9 Feet Ditch

These are qualifying tests hence no marks are awarded.

Step 3

Those who qualify in the physical test are subject to put for a written test
with following description.

Written Examination

Common Entrance Examination (CEE) is conduct on last Sundays of each month for
recruitment of Soldiers which consists of two papers :-

(a) Paper-I - Compulsory for all soldier categories.

It generally comprises of questions on IQ/Numerical ability general knowledge
and current affairs.

  • Duration - 60 minutes.
  • Total marks - 100
  • Pass Marks - 32.

(b) Paper-II - For Sol.
Technical, Sol. ClK (GD/SKT) and Sol. Nursing Candidates

  1. Sol Tech - It generally comprises of Physics, Chemistry and Maths.
  2. Sol ClK/SKT -It generally comprises of Maths & English (Language
  3. Sol Nursing Assistant - It generally comprises of Chemistry, Botany &

All the above paper consists of:-

  • Duration - 30minutes,
  • Total Marks - 50
  • Pass marks - 16

Note : In addition to paper I,
a Sol Tech, Sol Clk/SKT and Sol Nursing Assistant has to qualify in his
respective paper NCC "C" Certificate holders seeking enrollment for Sol (GD) are
exempted from appearing in written examination but have to fulfill other laid
down criteria.

Step 4

Conducting of Medical Examinations. Final selection will be on Merit.

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