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Physical and Medical Standards – Indian Army

Physical and Medical Standards for recruitments of Soldiers in Indian Army – Physical and Medical Standards for Joining Indian Army is given as below :-

After a candidate clears the PET,Written Exam and 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 Indian Army Training . 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.

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Let us have a look on the Physical and Medical of Indian Army :- 

A candidate should have robust physical and mental health to join Indian Army as a soldier. He must be fit enough to undergo the stress and strain of military training and service.Physical and Medical eligibility for joining Indian Army?

1. Individual should be physically well developed. Skin should be blemish free and should not have tattoos on any body part other than inner side off orearm and back of hand. They should be small and can be of religious nature.Scars if large are not permissible.

2. 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

3. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.

4. 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

5. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or over weight.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.

9. A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.

10. 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.

11. There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessel. Blood pressure should be normal.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.

15. Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected will be a cause for rejection.

16. Any disease of the skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity, will be permanently rejected.

20. Chest should be expanding equally on both sides without deformity.Pulse and BP should be within normal limits. Lungs should be clear. CardiacMurmurs are not permitted.

21. 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.

Indian Army Physical Standards:-

  • Height: As specified for various categories
  • Weight: Minimum 50 Kgs.
  • Chest: 77 cm unexpanded with 5 cm expansion. Chest should be well


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One Response to “Physical and Medical Standards – Indian Army”

  1. veer singh
    11/23/2014 at 11:09 am #

    how can improve race for army.

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