Following are the important criteria that define the eligibility −
a citizen of India, or
a subject of Bhutan, or
a subject of Nepal, or
a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962
with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
The minimum age is - 16 years
The maximum age is - 19 years
Only Male candidates
Only Unmarried candidate
Candidates must undertake not to marry until they complete their full training.
A candidate who marries subsequent to the date of his application though successful at this or any subsequent Examination will not be selected for training.
Candidate who marries during training shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him by the Government.
For Army Wing of National Defence Academy − 12th Class pass (with the 10+2 pattern) of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy − 12th Class pass (with the 10+2 pattern) of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
The minimum acceptable height is 157 cms (162.5 cms. for Air Force).
5 cms is given relaxation is given to Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North-Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon.
2 cms is given relaxation to the candidates from Lakshadweep.
Weight varies according to height, see the given table I and table II for details −
|HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FOR ARMY/AIR FORCE|
|Weight in KG|
|Height (in CM)||16-17 years||17-18 years||18-19 years|
|HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARDS FOR NAVY|
|Weight in KG|
|Height (in CM)||16 years||18 years||20 years|
There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or underweight.
The Candidate should not be overweight or obese.
The candidate must be in good physical and mental health.
The candidate must be free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of Military duties.
In case of pilot in the Air Force, candidates have to meet special requirement, as the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height must be −
Minimum - 99.00 cms
Maximum - 120.00 cms
Minimum - N/A
Maximum - 64.00 cms
Minimum - 81.50 cms
Maximum - 96.00 cms
Chest should not be less than 81 cms
The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms
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