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.
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.
|Soldier General Duty||SSLC/Matric||16-21 Years|
|Soldier Technical||SSLC/Matric 45% aggregate||16-23 Years|
|Soldier Clerk||SSLC/Matric 50% aggregate with 45% in individuals.||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
Only male candidates can join the services through NDA
5.Physical Standards according to Region
|Gorkhas both Nepalese and Indians||157||48||77|
|Andaman, Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Group including Minicoy:- Settlers||165||50||77|
|Tribals of recognised tribal areas||162
|Brigade of the Guards||173||50||77|
|Corps of Military Police||173||50||77|
General physical requirements common for all candidates
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.
One has to go for the Physical Fitness Tests (PFT) carrying following events of 100 marks in all.
Details of the marks awarded in each test individually.
(a) One Mile Run
(b) Pull Ups
(c) Balance & 9 Feet Ditch
These are qualifying tests hence no marks are awarded.
Those who qualify in the physical test are subject to put for a written test with following description.
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.
(b) Paper-II - For Sol. Technical, Sol. ClK (GD/SKT) and Sol. Nursing Candidates
All the above paper consists of:-
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.
Conducting of Medical Examinations. Final selection will be on Merit.
Initial Pay of an Army soldier is about Rs.4000 to Rs.7000 depending upon the category to which he belongs. Beside this a regular Indian army solider enjoy other benifits like free ration, clothing, accommodation and allied services, medical treatment for self and family, group-housing scheme benefits, building loan facilities, canteen facilities, etc.
A soldier can become a Commissioned Officer subject to certain conditions. Numerous NCO/JCO posts have been created to improve career prospects and pensionary benefits.