Indian Army GD Eligibility 2021 – Age, Height, Chest, Weight

Indian Army GD Eligibility 2021 – Age, Height, Chest, Weight: If you want to know whether you are eligible for the Indian Army GD or not then you are at the right place, In this article, we are going to tell you about the qualifications required to join the Indian Army GD 2021. But first, you have to know a little about the Indian Army that it is the land-based division and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces.

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The Indian Territorial Army has units affiliated with different infantry regiments and a few department units that are of the Corps of Engineers,  the Army Medical Corps, or the Army Service Corps. Pre-commission training of Gentlemen Cadets is brought out at the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun and the Officers Training Academy at Chennai.

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Indian Army GD Eligibility 2021 – Age, Height, Chest, Weight

The army has different duties under the 2 main sections i.e. (Arms), In Arms, you could join the Infantry, Artillery, Armoured Corps, Engineers, or Army Air Defence (AAD) as fighting troops, drivers, operators, gunners, etc and many other General Duties. The other is (Services), In Services you could be recruited into Army Service Corps (ASC), Army Ordnance Corps (AOC), Army Medical Corps (AMC) on General Duties, operators, drivers, etc.

An Indian Army soldier (GD) implies a general duty infantry soldier who doesn’t specialize in any particular trade. He is the guy who does the real fight on the ground. Everyone else is there to assist him, to provide him rations, to repair his weapons, to provide medical care, to renew his ammunition, to establish communications, etc.

For Indian Army GD Eligibility, you have to qualify different types of criteria like educational criteria, age criteria, marital criteria, nationality criteria, physical criteria, written criteria, medical criteria. After you clear all these criteria you can be a valuable part of the Indian Army GD. Indian Army GD (General Duty) solider are the backbone of the army and consist mainly of fighting troops apart from other trades. You could be enrolled in Arms or Services.

For joining Indian Army GD 2021 here are the eligibility criteria are given below, follow the article and know whether you are eligible for the Indian Army GD or not.

(I).  Educational Qualification

For joining Indian Army GD candidates educational criteria are as follows:

Class Overall Percentage Subject wise Percentage
10th 45% 33%

This means you should have cleared the 33 marks out of 100 in your main subjects, but if you fail in your additional subject i.e. if you have more than 5 subjects then it doesn’t affect your qualification because for calculating the marks eligibility in the Indian Army the best 5 will be considered.

(II). Age Qualification

For joining the Indian Army GD candidates should be between 17½ years to 21 years as per the documents of candidates. After the release of notification from the Indian Army, the age must be fall between the criteria.

For checking the eligibility candidates just have to match their D.O.B with the notification released i.e check the age qualification mentioned in the notification & then match it with your own D.O.B and see if you fall under the criteria or not.

(III). Marital Qualification

The candidate must be single (unmarried) for joining the Indian Army GD.

(IV). Nationality Qualification

There are different criteria regarding the nationality of candidates for joining Indian Army GD listed as follows:

Nationality criteria
Person of India can join with containing the above qualifications as well.
Person of Nepal & Bhutan can also join the Indian Army.
The Tibetian refugee is permanently settled and came before Jan 1, 1962.
An Indian person who was emigrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia, and Vietnam to permanently live in India.

Other than that, candidates should have the certificate of their nationality which is issued by the Indian government, except the Gorkha citizen of Nepal.

(V). Physical Qualification

For joining Indian Army GD there are some physical qualifications cleared by the candidates. Physical qualifications as follows:

Region Height (cms) Weight (kgs) Chest (cms)
Western Himalayan Region (J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab Hills (Area South and West of the Inter-State Border between Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and North and East of Road of Mukerian Hoshiarpur, Garh Shankar, Ropar and Chandigarh, Garhwal and Kumaon) 163 48 77
Eastern Himalayan Region (Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, and Hill Region of West Bengal (Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts). 160 48 77
Western Plains Region (Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Western UP (Meerut and Agra Divisions) 170 50 77
Eastern Plains Region (Eastern UP, Bihar, West Bengal, and Orissa) 169 50 77
Central Region (Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadar, Nagar Haveli, Daman, and Diu) 168 50 77
Southern Region (Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa, and Pondicherry) 166 50 77

Some Special Physical Standard

Some are the special physical standards are listed below:

Region Height (cms) Weight (kgs) Chest (cms)
Ladakhi 157 50 77
Gorkhas both Nepalese and Indian 157 48 77
Settlers 165 50 77
Locals 155 50 77
Tribals of authorized Tribal Areas 162 48 77
Brigade of Guards 173 50 77
Medium Artillery 170 50 77
Corps of Military Police 173 50 77
Clerk General Duty / Store Keeper Technical 162 50 77
Religious Teacher JCO 160 50 77
Religious Teacher JCO (Gorkhas & Ladakhi region Candidates) 157 50 48

Relaxation In Physical Standards

There is some relaxation in physical standards for the specific ones.

Category Height (cms) Weight (kgs) Chest (cms)
Sons of Servicemen(SOS) / Ex-Servicemen (SOEX)/ War Widows(SOWW) / Widows of Ex-Servicemen. 2 2 1
Adopted son/son–in–law of a War Widow, if she has no son including a legally adopted son of Serving Soldier / Ex-Servicemen 2 2 1
Outstanding Sportsmen (National / State level having secured (1st/2nd) Position in last 2 years) 2 5 3
For candidates belonging to chronically poor areas and those desirous of joining overage categories who are from families engaged in a traditional profession. This relaxation may be given at the discretion of DDG Recruiting (States) or Centre Commandants. Nil 2 Nil
Note: A candidate can have all the relaxation i.e. Height, Weight, Chest but can’t able to claim relaxation in more than 1 category i.e. if he belongs to the parental category (adopted son/Son-in-law) and he himself is a sportsman, then, in this case, he only able to take any 1 relaxation from the category.
There is also an instant enrollment  for joining the Indian Army GD for some specific candidates are as follows:
  1. The son of an Armed Soldier with the battle casualty.
  2. The real brother of a Soldier with the battle casualty, when the deceased was unmarried / did not have a male child.
  3. Real brother of a Soldier with battle casualty provided he gets married to the deceased widow who is issueless or has no male child.
  4. The real brother of a Soldier with battle casualty provided he gets married to the deceased widow who has a male child but who has not attained age for enrolment.
  5. A real son of a Soldier with the battle casualty when the Soldier with battle casualty has been invalidated out of service on medical ground.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

After doing Online Registration & filling out the form, then you have to reach the grounds where the rally/recruitment is being held. After you reach there they told you to stand in a line for the measurement of your height, weight & chest.

If you are not qualified for these tests then they will disqualify you at the beginning. After you qualify in this you have to give your best in the rest of the remaining tests for gaining the maximum marks. As merit list will be a combination of PFT marks & written tests.

For the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) some tests are held which are 100 marks in total as follows:

  1. 1.6 Km Run.
  2. Pull-Ups.
  3. Balance.
  4. 9 Feet Ditch.
1. 1.6 Km Run

For a jawan (जवान), you have to be an excellent runner. Marks in this section will be given according to the finishing time of the candidates.

They have allotted the groups according to the candidates who are present on the ground. Your group may be consists of 200–250 boys, they will all run for this chance. Mostly 20–22 boys are selected in two different groups i.e Ist group and 2nd Group.

It’s looking quite difficult but this the truth that the physical competition is quite tough you have to cross Hundreds of boys. Follow are the marks distribution according to the time.

Category Timing (minutes) Marks
Group-I 5:30 60
Group-II 5:30-5:45 48
Fail Up to 5:45 Nil
2. Pull-Ups

These come after the 1.6 Km running. All the candidates are given marks according to the pull-ups. For gaining more marks you have to do more pull-ups. Follow is the distribution of the marks according to the pull-ups.

Pull-Ups Marks
10 & above 40
9 33
8 27
7 21
6 16
Below than 6 Disqualify
3. Zig-Zag Balance

In this test candidates only need to qualify it & there are no marks given for this test. The purpose of this test is to test power, speed, quickness, and body control in multiple planes of movement.

In this test, the candidate must have to run/walk through one end to another of a zig-zag-shaped wooden stand without falling on the ground. For clearing this you will have 3 attempts, but we suggest all the candidates clear this test only in 1 attempt.

 

4. 9 Feet Ditch Jump

It also the same as the zig-zag balance test that means in this test candidates only need to qualify it and there are also no marks for this test.

In this test, candidates have to jump over a 9 feet ditch maybe they give 3 attempts to pass this test, but we suggest all the candidates clear this test only in 1 attempt.

(VI). Medical Qualification

For joining Indian Army GD a candidate should be fit physically and mentally also the candidate should be free from any disease/syndrome/disability expected to interfere with the efficient performance of military missions in any terrain.

There are some points to be remembered for the medical exams are follows:

  • Candidates should have an excellent physique and mental health, also not suffering from any type of disease/syndrome/disability.
  • The chest of a candidate should be developed and have a minimum of 5 cm expansion.
  • Candidates should be free from swellings anywhere in the body.
  • The candidate should not possess any scar on the body which can weaken the functioning and cause any trouble.
  • The candidate should have normal hearing with each ear and good binocular vision in both eyes. He should be able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye.
  • The candidate should able to identify white, red, and green signal colors accurately as shown by Martin’s Lantern at 1.5 meters.
  • All the candidates should have a proper number and healthy teeth i.e. minimum of 14 dental points.
  • The candidates should not have any bone-related disease like deformity of bones, all the bones are tested during the examination so make sure you are fit internally too.
  • Candidates should not possess hydrocele (It’s a type of swelling in the scrotum that happens when fluid gathers in the thin sheath surrounding a testicle).
  • The candidates should not be having varicocele {It’s an enlargement of the veins within the loose bag of skin that holds your testicles (scrotum)}
  • Candidates have a fully functional nose, ear & throat, and don’t have a hernia anywhere on the body.
  • The candidate should not have any disease related to the heart, liver, lungs, vessels, kidneys, spleen, etc.

There are more medical standards in the Indian Army GD, to know about all of them you can check here the full list of medical standards.

(VII). Written Qualification

After qualifying in all the previous tests i.e. physical & medical, now the next step is written examination. For the candidate who wants to give the written examination, the government issues the admit card. Candidates can download their admit card from the official website of the Indian Army i.e. www.joinindianarmy.ac.in

There are some points related to the written exam which candidate should keep in mind before giving the examination:

  • It is an objective type examination which means you have 4 options for a question.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks for every wrong answer you give.
  • Question paper contains 2 languages i.e. Hindi & English (bilingual), which means all the questions are in both Hindi and English language.
  • The total number of questions is 50 which of 100 marks, which means every question carries 2 marks.
  • The total time given for the exam is 60 minutes (1 hour).
  • The examination comprises 4 sections i.e. Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge (G.K), & General awareness (G.S).
  • Candidates have to try at least getting higher than 80 marks, in case the merit list goes high.
  • All the sections contain different numbers of questions & marks accordingly i.e. G.K (15 questions with 30 marks), G.S (15 questions with 30 marks), Mathematics (15 questions with 30 marks), & Logical Reasoning (5 questions with 10 marks).
Note: The candidates who have a ‘C’ certificate of NCC, are not necessary to appear for the examination but they must qualify for all the other criteria mentioned above.

Here you can find all the information regarding the Indian Army GD Sample Papers.

FAQs About Indian Army GD Eligibility

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I have done 12th in PCM. Am I eligible for the post?
A. Yes, you are eligible if you scored overall 45% & 33% in each subject in class 10th.
Q. How to know if you are eligible according to your age or not for the post?
A. You can calculate your age according to the age given in the post by subtracting your D.O.B from the previous year i.e.2020 (example- If your birth year is 1994 then by subtracting it from 2020 you will get 26, which means you are not eligible for the post).
Q. I am a citizen of Nepal/Bhutan/Tibet am I eligible for the post?
A. Yes you are eligible for the post if you have the certificate regarding the nationality issued by the Indian government.
Q. I am from Sikkim and my height is 162 cm, am I eligible for the Indian Army GD?
A. According to the criteria Yes, you are eligible. We provide the whole table according to the qualification criteria for different regions, we suggest you please read the table carefully, if you didn’t find your state in the table then feel free to ask in the comments.
Q. Is flat foot/Knock knees are the reason for rejection of the application
A. Yes, for these your application will be rejected. Although, we provide the whole list of medical standards above in the article please read it carefully.

We hope this article on Indian army gd eligibility helps you with the preparation for Indian Army GD, if you have any doubts please feel free to comment.

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