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.

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.

Category Education Age
Soldier General Duty SSLC/Matric 16-21 Years
Soldier Technical SSLC/Matric 45% aggregate 16-23 Years
Soldier Clerk SSLC/Matric 45% aggregate 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 16-25 Yea




Only male candidates can join the services through NDA

5.Physical Standards according to Region

Height Weight  Chest
Ladakhi 158 50 77
Gorkhas both Nepalese and Indians 157 48 77
Andaman, Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Group including Minicoy:- Settlers 165 50 77
Locals 155 50 77
Tribals of recognised tribal areas 162 48 77
Brigade of the Guards 173 50 77
Med Arty 170 50 77
Corps of Military Police 173 50 77
Clerks GD/SKT 162 50 77

General physical requirements common for all candidates

  1. You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance of duties. There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or overweight.
  2. Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm.
  3. There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.
  4. You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
  5. Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  6. There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.
  7. The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.
  8. An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any potential for recurrence.
  9. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for hydromel and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any recurrence.
  10. Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be a cause for rejection.
  11. Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.
  12. Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently rejected.
  13. You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhea.

How to become a Soldier/Sepoy in Army?

Step 1

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.

Step 2

One has to go for the Physical Fitness Tests (PFT) carrying following events of 100 marks in all.

  •   1 Mile Run
  •   Pull Ups
  •   Balance
  •   9 Feet Ditch

Details of the marks awarded in each test individually.

(a) One Mile Run

  1.   5.40 Mins and below – 60 Mks
  2.   5.41 Mins to 5.50 – 48 Mks
  3.   5.51 Mins to 6.00 – 36 Mks
  4.   6.01 Mins to 6.20 – 24 Mks

(b) Pull Ups

  1.   10 and above – 40 Mks
  2.   9 – 32 Mks
  3.   8 – 28 Mks
  4.   7 – 21 Mks
  5.   6 – 16 Mks

(c) Balance & 9 Feet Ditch

These are qualifying tests hence no marks are awarded.

Step 3

Those who qualify in the physical test are subject to put for a written test with following description.

Written Examination

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.

  • Duration – 60 minutes.
  • Total marks – 100
  • Pass Marks – 32.

(b) Paper-II – For Sol. Technical, Sol. ClK (GD/SKT) and Sol. Nursing Candidates

  1. Sol Tech – It generally comprises of Physics, Chemistry and Maths.
  2. Sol ClK/SKT -It generally comprises of Maths & English (Language Proficiency)
  3. Sol Nursing Assistant – It generally comprises of Chemistry, Botany & Biology,

All the above paper consists of:-

  • Duration – 30minutes,
  • Total Marks – 50
  • Pass marks – 16

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.

Step 4

Conducting of Medical Examinations. Final selection will be on Merit.

Army Soldier Salary/ Pay Scale

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.

Army Soldier Career Prospects

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.