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Armed Forces : Selection Criteria

All applicants are made to undergo a rigorous selection process before they are deemed fit for admission to the Academy. This includes a Written Examination. Those who qualify in this written exam - which consists of two papers, mathematics and general ability - are called for the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. The SSB test includes a personal interview, outdoor physical tests, psychological assessment and group tests.

The tests procedures are spread over 3 - 4 days and are structured to select candidates who have the potential to become officers in the armed forces. Candidates selected by the SSB undergo a medical examination and those declared fit are then admitted to the Academy.

At the time of filling in the application form, it is necessary to indicate the sequence of your preference for the Army / Air Force / Navy. The final allocation however depends on the rank in the merit list.

The Combined Services exam is held for recruitment after graduation.. Those over the age of nineteen can sit for this exam held twice every year in May and October, and gain direct admission to the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun for the Army, the Naval Academy, Goa for the Navy and Air Force Academy, Hyderabad for orientation training.

Those who qualify in this exam are required to appear for the Services Selection Board interview too.

Those with technical qualifications at the graduate level are recruited directly after selection by the Services Selection Board.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARD FOR Army/Air Force

Height in cms. Weight in Kgs.(16-17 years) (17-18 years) 18-19 years
152 43.0 44.0 45.0
155 44.0 45.0 47.0
157 45.0 47.0 48.0
160 46.0 48.0 49.0
162 48.0 50.0 51.0
165 50.0 52.0 53.0
167 51.0 53.0 54.0
170 52.5 55.0 56.0
173 54.5 57.0 58.0
175 56.0 59.0 60.0
178 58.0 61.0 62.0
180 60.0 63.0 64.5
183 62.5 65.0 66.5

HEIGHT/WEIGHT STANDARD FOR NAVY
Height in cms. Weight in Kgs.(16 years) (18 years) 20 years
152 44 45 46
155 45 46 47
157 46 47 49
160 47 48 50
162 48 50 52
165 50 52 53
168 52 53 55
170 53 55 57
173 55 57 59.
175 57 59 61
178 59 61 62
180 61 63 64
183 63 65 67
National Defence Academy & Naval Academy
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