How to Join Indian Army - Age & Educational Qualification

Through this post, we shall give answers to the following frequently asked questions related with Indian Army Recruitment.

Q. What is the age of joining Indian Army ?

Q. What minimum education qualification should be for joining Indian Army ? and so on.

Before we can answer these questions, you must know why you should join Indian Army. Dear readers, to join Indian Army is a big dream of millions of youngsters in the country. The job brings you social kudos and financial security to the army personnel and their families.

However, you must also know that the job is very challenging. Duties at difficult regions in the country, away from the families for months are the part of this job. However, the feeling to serve the nation is far above such petty troubles.

Age Criteria for Indian Army Jobs -

There are various posts in the army. For that there is different age criteria. Check this criteria from the following table -

Sr NoCategoryAge ( Min-Max)
1.Soldier GD ( All Arms)17.5 years to 21 years
2.Soldier ( Technical )17.5 years to 23 years
3.Soldier ( Clerk or Store Keeper Technical ( All Arms )17.5 years to 23 years
4.Soldier Nursing Asst ( Army Medical Corps)17.5 years to 23 years
5Soldier Tradesman17.5 years to 23 years
6.Jr Commissioned Officer Catering  21 years to 27 years
 7. Jr Commissioned Officer Religious Teachers  27 to 34 years
 8.  Havildar Education  20 years to 25 years
9.  Survey Automated Cartographers ( Engineers)20-25 Years

Educational Qualification for Joining Indian Army -

For Soldiers GD - The candidates must be 10th pass with 45 percent aggregated marks besides having 33% marks in each subject. If the candidates is 10+2, then no consideration of 10th marks.

Soldier ( Technical ) Qualification - The aspirants must have 10+2 or Intermediate with PCM and English ( 50% aggregated score and 40% marks in each subject ).

Soldier Technical ( Aviation and Ammunition Examiner ) - 10+2 or Intermediate with PCM and English  50% aggregated score and 40% marks in each subject. or Three Year-diploma in Engineering ( Mechanical/ Electrical/ Computer Science / Automobiles/ Electronic and Instrumentation Engineering ) from any of recognized Polytechnic Institutes.

Soldier Clerk / Store Keeper Technical Educational Qualification - 10+2 with any of the streams. 60% aggregated marks should be there with 50% in each subject. Besides in Class 10th or 12th, they must have studied Math/ Account/ Book-keeping with at least 50% Marks.

Soldier Tradesman - The candidates must be 10th pass /ITI.

Syce/ Mess Keeper / House Keeper - 8th pass only

Soldier Nursing Assistant - 12th or Intermediate with PCB and English with 50% aggregated score and 40% in each individual subject. Or B.Sc with Botany/ Zoology/ Bio-science and English. No condition of marks in 12th class in case the candidates have B.Sc.

Educational Qualification for Various Posts in Indian Army

Survey Automated Cartographers ( Engineers) -The aspirants must have BA or B.Sc with Math with 12th NM.

Jr Commissioned Officer Religious Teachers - Graduation in any of the streams along with qualification in his own religious denomination.

Jr Commissioned Officer Catering- 12th or equivalent with One Year Diploma or Certificate Course in Cookery Hotel Management & Catering Technology from any of the recognized institutes.

Havildar Education - There are two groups here - Group X and Group Y. The educational qualification for Group Y candidates - MA/ M.Sc / MCA or BA/ B.Sc/ BCA / B.Sc ( IT) with B.Ed.

Group Y Educational Requirement - B.Sc/ BA/ BCA/ B.Sc ( IT) w/o B.Ed.

Can I further my educational qualification after joining Indian Army ?

Answer - Yes. Even the Jawans can continue their studies during their duties. This enhancement of the educational qualification shall help them post-retirement. There is a pact between National Institute of Open Schooling ( NIOS) and Army Education Corps ( AEC). NIOS offers courses and material to the jawans on duty everywhere in the country.

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