Physical and Medical Standards for Joining Indian Army

After a candidate clears the SSB Interview, he/she is expected to undergo a Medical Examination held at the medical boards. Only the candidates who are declared fit by the medical authorities are eligible to join the Training Academy. However you can appeal in the medical board again if you are declared unfit, also temporary rejections are given to candidates who have curable problems like, overweight, underweight etc.

Physical and Medical Standards for Joining Indian Army

 

Let us have a look on the standards of Indian Army

  1. The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of duties
  2. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.
  3. The minimum acceptable height for Male candidate is 157.5 cms. For women candidate’s minimum acceptable height is 152 cms. For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern region of India, Garhwali and Kumaon, the Minimum acceptable height will be 5 cms less. In case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms for males and females candidates.
  4. Chest should be healthy. For males the minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. In recording the measurements, fraction of less than 0.5 cm will be ignored, 0.5 cm will be recorded as such and 0.6 cm and above will be recorded as 1 cm. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.
  5. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
  6. A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  7. The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  8. There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal.
  9. The muscles of abdomen should be well developed and there should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be  a cause for rejection.
  10. Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. If operated, this should have been done at least 1 year prior to the present examination and healing is completed.
  11. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
  12. Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.
  13. Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
  14. A candidate should be able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses. Myopia should not be more than 3.5D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5D including Astigmatism. For women candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity are: Distant vision (corrected)better eye 6/6 worse 6/18,  Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 including Astogination.
  15. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be CP-III for Army A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours.
  16. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity, will be permanently rejected.
  17. Candidates who have undergone LASER Surgery for correction of refractive error will be considered for commission in Army if they fulfill following criteria :-
    • Age more than 20 years.
    • Uncomplicated stable LASIK/Excimer (PRK) laser procedure done for Myopia or Hypermetropia, with stable refraction for a period of six months after the procedure.
    • A healthy retina.
    • Corrected vision should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye, with maximum residual refraction of +  1.50 in any meridian for myopia or hypermetropia.
    • Axial length within permissible limits.


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Height and Weight Standards

Height and Weight Standards (Males)
Height in Centimeters (Without shoes). Weight in Kilograms.
Height in Cms.
Weight in Kgs                             
18  Years
20  years
22 years
152
44
46
47
155
46
48
49
157
47
49
50
160
48
50
51
162
50
52
52
165
52
53
55
168
53
55
57
170
55
57
58
173
57
59
60
175
59
61
62
178
60
62
63
180
63
64
65
183
65
67
67
185
67
69
70
188
70
71
72
190
72
73
74
193
74
76
77
195
77
78
78
Height and Weight Standards (Females)
Height in Centimeters (Without shoes). Weight in Kilograms.
 Height in Cms.
Weight in Kgs         
20 years
25 years
30 years
150
39
41
43
153
40
47.2
43.5
155
43
44
46
158
45
46
48
160
46
47
49
163
47
49
51
165
49
51
53
168
50
52
54
In your own interest you are advised to undergo a preliminary medical checkup for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin and also gynaecomasties etc. for female candidates before reporting for the Medical Examinations.
 
Physical Conditioning : Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine :-
  • Running : 2 to 4 Km. in 15 minutes
  • Skipping
  • Pushups & Sit-ups : Minimum 20 each
  • Chin ups : Minimum 08
  • Rope Climbing : 3 to 4 meters.
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39 Comments

  1. Sandeep Chandy

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    For vision, is “3.5D” sum of Sphere & Cylinder ?

    • Ashish Kumar

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      Yes. “Including astigmatism” means that cylindrical lenses have to be added too.

  2. Ritu Priya

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    sir what are the chances of rejection in case a candidate have a
    fracture in right index finger due to accident?Eagerly waiting for your
    reply..Thank you…..

  3. rishika

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    i got 148 marks, what was the least marks of the candidate in merit list last time, does anyone know?

  4. CYGNUS

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    are cadets with glasses considered for special forces in army

  5. Sunny Singh

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    i have stone. it can be cause of rejection. temporary or permanent.

  6. Yateendra

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    i have eye sight of +0.5 does it make a diff in selection process….

  7. Sadique Irfan Mallick

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    little bit of spleen or liver enlargment causes temporary rejection or permanent rejection..? can it b cured……?

  8. Jasmeet Dang

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    i have -4D myopiac eye , i am about to undergo LASIK , as per the above post , i am eligible but i cannot found these medical requirements of eye on any official page .. please send me the link …

    • Aseem Acharya Steyn

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      I dont recommend laser srgry …..bcz it hs been repotd that sm time it causes excessive dryness…
      du ANULOM VILOM
      N surely it will be effective

  9. samir

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    hello there is cavity in my teeth so m i fit for indian army

  10. harish

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    i m a student of SY.BCOM. , age-20 and height is 164 now how can i join as an officer post in army….?

  11. prakash

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    sir i have an stitch mark in my left hand which i had got in an accident,a very old one,looks like an suicidal attempt,but it is not actually.will it cause any problem in medical standards of defense forces.i am very worried.plz rply me.

    • prakash

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      why doesny ant body reply in this site

  12. Suyesh Nair

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    Sir my father has diabetes . Will this affect my prospects of becoming an army officer?

  13. Udhayashankar

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    i have gangli problem in my right hand wrist……..wether it will lead to rejection????????

  14. dev

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    sir my height is 180 and my weight is 93 kg sir i want to know what is the maximum weight for 180 candidate for indian army

  15. abin paul

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    i am consuming one hypertension tablet everyday.now my blood pressure is normal.whether the consumption of tablet will become a cause for rejection in ssb?

  16. shubham rathore

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    Sir it is possible to remove tattoo tradition from army

  17. Lakshmi Mohan

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    Is tooth decay a very big problem in joining military nursing short service commission?

  18. Divyank Singhal

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    My weight is 80 kg but my height is 177 cm or 5.9 will I selected or rejected due to over weight

  19. Steven

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    Appendix Operation(2005) Patients will be Rejected?

  20. Akhil Singh Chauhan

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    i want to know that what type of educational qualification i want to join indian army nd can i join indian army by an sports quota?

  21. RAVIN KUMAR RAVIN KUMAR

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    Right hand one one finger 20% damaged(It means accidentally cut), Is it possible to Join army…?

  22. RAJ NARAYAN KUMAR

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    I am agree for join us INDIAN ARMY

  23. manoj

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    Sir i have fillings in my teeth. Will it cause any problem in medical exam

  24. avinash nagireddy

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    i have operation of 12 year olb in childhood it was a physical problem for join army

  25. ateet kumar

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    In the PIQ, we have to write our number of attempts. If we write only those attempts in which we were conferenced out, then will they be checked at any stage?

  26. ashutosh

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    Whats the exact criterion of knock knees.. ??? Every blog gives different descrdescription..

  27. Devesh Bawankule

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    Sir what are the chances of rejection in case candidate have a right leg second toe is absent due to incident. Sir plese reply me.

  28. Siva Subu

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    i am 30 years old my height is 165cms and weight is 74kgs. what is my standard weight to join in TA? Did i’m over weight

  29. Prabhjeet Dhillon

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    sir i got a cataract operation 2 years ago…now i hve a artificial lense.is it a problem

  30. biswajitdashith

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    hello sir i have fillings in my teeth so whether it will cause any problem during medical tests ?
    plz do reply

  31. RD

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    sir I am having elbow angle around 17.5 degrees in one of my arm ..will it cause rejection

  32. Devyanshu Pawar

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    Hey!! I have gone my acl surgery this month ..and i am in second year if my btech i.e 20 years old ..i have been told by my physician to fully recover in 5-6 months…..and ill be applying for army after 1.5 years so is it possible for me to join indian army….and Moreover is there any limitation for acl reconstruction undergone candidate

  33. Akshay Kaul

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    Any case of chorioditis patch in the eye? Who made it through?

  34. kiran

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    when i was 15 years old i had my ear surgery ( tympanoplasty ) now i am fine and i can hear very clearly, are there any chances in medical examination ?

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