Planning a career with the Indian Army? Ensure you do not have any of these 10 conditions first.


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If you are passionate about joining the Indian Army, then you are probably aware that you not only need to score well in a written exam, you also need to pass quite a few rigorous physical tests.

But, there is a tad bit more. There are some conditions that automatically disbar one from a career in our Army.  

Here’s a list of ten such conditions that candidates must not have if they want to join the Indian Army:

  • Color Blindness

    Okay, this condition is disallowed in quite a few professions really (doctors, engineers, pilots, scientists to name a few). If you want to join the military, you need to pass the color blindness test, that involves reading a color-dotted number book.

  • Knock- knee

    It is a condition, where a person’s feet are more than three inches apart from each other, at the ankles  when the person is standing upright and yet, the knees touch each other.

  • Flat Feet

    A flat footed person is one who  doesn’t have the arches in the sole of one or both of his feet.  The US military has lifted this as a ground for  auto-disqualification, they determine the candidacy on a case-to-case basis. However, in the Indian Army, it is still not acceptable, as flat feet is believed to cause an impediment in the soldier’s running and marching capabilities.

  • Hydrocele and Varicocele

    For someone to qualify for the Indian Army, their testicles should not be mismatched in weight or length. However, these are treatable ailments and candidates are eligible to apply after successful treatment.

  • Varicose Veins

    Another exempted condition is Varicose veins – where veins become enlarged and twisted from the stomach to feet. Mostly legs are affected, thus causing problems while running.

  • Immovable arms and fingers

    This one isn’t much of a shocker. Army requires its candidates to be fit and healthy enough to live and fight under extreme weather conditions. Disabilities like immovable arms or joint pains are not accepted.

  • Piles

    Army candidates suffering from inflamed, anal hemorrhoids are automatically rejected. One can opt to treat this condition and retry on successful completion of treatment.

  • 6/6 or 6/9 eyesight

    Which means your eyesight should be nearly perfect. Use of Glasses, Contact lens or laser surgery to correct this condition is strictly prohibited.

  • Earwax

    This calls for a temporary rejection. The simple solution is to clean your ears before you appear for the physical examination.

  • General ailments in the backbone, chest or teeth

    Candidates are expected to be healthy and ailment-free. Dental problems, cardiac problems or spinal injuries are confirmed ailments which can get a candidate rejected permanently.

Know about some more criteria to join the Indian Army?  Comment here or write to us at editor@blankslatechronicles.com. Jai Hind!

About Anandita Dasgupta

Anandita is a techie, an adventurer and a closet romantic. She eats to survive and backpacks around the world for nourishment. Her practical worldview is reflected in her crisp and relatable writing style. She writes on a wide range of topics, but her core areas of interest are travel, career and culture!

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Anandita Dasgupta

Anandita is a techie, an adventurer and a closet romantic. She eats to survive and backpacks around the world for nourishment. Her practical worldview is reflected in her crisp and relatable writing style. She writes on a wide range of topics, but her core areas of interest are travel, career and culture!

2 thoughts on “Planning a career with the Indian Army? Ensure you do not have any of these 10 conditions first.

  • January 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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    Whats the process to join Indian Army for female candidate?

  • March 12, 2018 at 7:52 pm
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    I had my tonsils removed when I was five and had a tube put to my ear during the same time (now I’m 21)
    now I have a small cyst like thing on my lower eyelid of 1mm,which does not effect my vision,it does not grow or cause pain,
    I have pcod also, does any of this be a reason for getting rejected if I’m applying for army dental corps?do I have to correct the cyst in eye or leave it without treatment?

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