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Indian Army GD is a part of the general duty section, where the real defense soldiers exist, this includes the Rifleman, the land defense force, fighting troops, drivers, operators, gunners, etc. The Indian Army has a regimental system(Regiments of different states) which is then divided into 7 commands on the basis of operations and geographic locations.

In this article, you will get all the details like Indian Army GD Eligibility, Indian Army GD Selection/Bharti Process, Indian Army GD Physical Criteria, Syllabus, written test, and the procedures.

Education Qualification

Following Education qualification must be fulfiled in order to join Indian ARMY - GD.

  • In order to join the Indian Army in the GD category, the candidate must be Matriculation passed, or some equivalent examination from a recognized board. So, the minimum educational requirement is class 10th pass with a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate and a minimum of 33% marks in each subject. This means that out of 100 marks, one must get at least 33 marks in each subject, and at least 45% overall. If you a candidate has 6 subjects, then the best of 5 is taken. If a candidate fails in an additional subject, then still he is eligible to apply for this post.

Age Requirement

Candidate must fulfil Following age criteria.

  • To be eligible to apply for soldier GD, a candidate must be between 17½ years to 21 years old, as per his original documents. When the recruitment notification is released for a particular district or state, the date of birth in which the applicant’s DOB must fall as mentioned in that notification. The applicant must make sure that their DOB falls between the dates given in the notification.


  • All the candidates from India can join the Indian army (qualified with the above qualifications).
  • Candidates having the nationality of Nepal and Bhutan can join the Indian Army.
  • The permanently settled Tibetan refugee in India, who came to India before the 1st of January of 1962 can also apply.
  • A person who migrated from Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, Burma the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire and Ethiopia, and Vietnam and settled permanently in India can also join the Indian army.

Martial Status

  • The candidate should be an unmarried Male following all the above points.

Physical Standard & Eligibility

  • Height :

     criteria for different states and districts are different. This criterion can be relaxed according to the region of the candidates and mostly for Gorkha candidates. See the below table for more information.

  • Minimum chest :

     required is 77 cm, and plus 5 cm after expansion.

  • Weight :

    Weight of the candidate should be in proportion with his height & according to his age.

  • Chest :

     required is 77 cm, and plus 5 cm after expansion.

Indian Army GD Selection Process

  • Online Registeration and form filiing :

    No matter if there is an upcoming Indian Army Bharti in your district or not, if you want to join the army then you need to make a one-time registration on the official army website first. After making your profile on the official website you can log in to it and check for the upcoming recruitments that you can apply for.

  • Physical fitness Test (PFT) :

    The physical fitness test is the most important step. Candidates should try to score maximum marks in PFT because the final merit list is made combining marks scored in PFT + written exam. Therefore, just qualifying is not enough you have to score the maximum possible marks. Following are the activities involved in PFT.

    • Weight Height and Chest Measurement :

      As soon as you reach the recruitment site, the first thing they will do is check your height, and all those candidates who will not satisfy the minimum height requirement will be disqualified from the rally and will not be allowed to go any further.

    • 1 mile (1600 mtr.) Race :

      It is the primary step of the selection process. In this, a candidate has to run 1.6 Km within a set time limit. The hard part in 1600 meter race is not the timing or distance, it’s the competition as everyone participating in the race want’s to complete the race as soon as possible, therefore leaving no margin for those who are unprepared. Following is the marks distribution according to time.

      Army GD 1600 mtrs. race time & marks
      Category Timing (in min.) Marks
      Group 1 5.30 60
      Group 2 5.30 - 5.45 48
      Time taken more than 5.45 min - disqualify
    • Pull Ups : they come after the 1.6 km running. Candidates are given marks out of 40 according to the number of pull-ups they do, the more the pull-ups more the marks. The standard marks distribution for pull-ups is as follows:
      Army GD Pull-ups marks distribution
      No. of pull-ups Marks Awarded
      10 40
      9 33
      8 27
      7 21
      6 16
      Less than 6 pull-ups disqualify
    • Feet Ditch Jump : In this test, candidates have to jump over a 9 feet ditch or hurdle. No marks are awarded for this part of PFT, candidates just have to qualify for this part. It is said that they give a candidate 3 attempts to clear this test, but one should try to clear this round on 1st attempt as you may not get another attempt.
    • Zig Zag Balance : Just like 9 feet ditch, zig-zag balancing is also qualifying in nature i.e a candidate just has to qualify for this test and no marks are awarded for it. In this, the candidates will have to walk from one end to another end of a zig-zag shaped narrow wooden stand without falling
      Though this part is quite easy to clear and you may be given 3 attempts to clear it, but it can be tricky sometimes. Since many participants walk over that wooden stand, therefore it can become slippery and hard to walk on. So, before you climb on it, make sure that your feet are well dried.
    • Medical Test : To join the Indian army, a candidate must be medically fit so that he can serve his country with his best. A candidate has to pass a number of medical tests to join the Indian army. The following are the main points that are checked in a medical exam.
      • 1. The candidate should not be suffering from any mental disease. The candidate should be free from diseases/disabilities and must possess a good physique. Candidates should not have body defects such as for overweight etc.
      • 2. The chest of a candidate should be well developed and in a good shape, there must be a minimum expansion of 5 cm during the chest measuring test.
      • 3. Candidates should be free from bone diseases and bone joint defects, each important bone joint are examined during the medical test.
      • 4. Your hearing, viewing, and speaking ability should be very clear. Candidates having disease or problem in their ears, eyes, and throat will be rejected.
      • 5. The candidate must not have organic diseases such as diseases related to the heart and vessels. The blood pressure should also be under the limits.
      • 6. Candidate must not possess any disease regarding internal organs such as liver, kidneys, spleen, etc, having such diseases can give you a rejection.
      • 7. Urine examination is also done during the medical process.
      • 8. Your teeth should be in good condition.
      • 9. The candidate must be free from communicable diseases and cardiovascular, infections, surgeries, etc. The candidate should not have a past of some mental disease. The nose, ear, and throat must be perfectly working.
  • Written Test:
    Once a candidate clears the medical test, then he is given admit card for a written exam right on the rally site. All the important information like exam venue, time, and other instructions are written on that admit card. The written exam which is known as Common Entrance Exam (CEE) is conducted after 21 to 30 days of the Medical test. The written exam for soldier GD is also known as the NER exam. The CEE is conducted on the 4th Sunday of each month (except March, June, September, and December) like other government job exams.
    The written exam which is known as Common Entrance Exam (CEE) is conducted after 21 to 30 days of the Medical test. The written exam for soldier GD is also known as the NER exam. The CEE is conducted on the 4th Sunday of each month (except March, June, September, and December) like other government job exams.
    Here are some important points related to soldier GD CEE:
    • The written exam will be an objective type which means that 4 options will be given for every question.
    • The Paper will be bilingual which means that questions will be given in Hindi and English.
    • A negative marking of 0.5 marks will be done for every wrong answer.
    • Each question will carry 2 marks. A total of 50 questions will be given for a total of 100 marks.
    • One hour (60 minutes) is given to complete the exam.
    • Minimum passing marks are 32, this means that a candidate needs to score at least 32 marks to stay in the selection process.
    • The exam will have 4 sections namely GK, general science, math & logical reasoning.
    • GK (15 questions, 30 marks), GS (15 questions, 30 marks), math (15 questions, 30 marks), logical reasoning (5 questions, 10 marks).
    • Candidates must try to score at least 70 to 80 marks in the written exam because the cutoff goes really high for GD.

Written Exam Syallabus

  • Exam Syllabus For Army GD :
    Here is the complete syllabus of examination for Army GD examination.
    • 1. Genral Knowlegde - (15 Questions, 30 marks)
      Topic Question From
      Abbreviations National and International
      Sports National and International
      Awards & Prize National awards, Gallantry awards, Nobel prizes
      History Important dates & battles in Indian and World History and Landmarks of Indian History, national movement.
      Geography Solar System, Space exploration, The Earth, Principal Peaks, Deserts, Rivers, Lakes and famous Waterfalls, Geographical Tallest, Biggest, and Longest, etc.
      Terminology Geographical terms, Economic terms, Astronomical terms, Legal terms, and Misc terms.
      Other Topics UNO, Indian Armed Forces, Indian Towns, States, and UTs, Institutions and research stations, International space stations and festivals of India and world, Indian News Agencies and Dailies, Continents and Sub Continent, Inventions and Discoveries, Environment, The Constitution of India, Religious Communities and Principal Languages, National and International Days, International Organizations, Books and Authors, The world of plants and animals, Current Affairs and “Who`s Who”.
    • 2. Genral Sciecne - (15 Questions, 30 marks)
      Topic Question From
      Human Body Food and nutrition, disease and prevention, vitamins and their uses.
      Physics General Physics(Related to day to day activities)
      Chemistry General Chemistry(Related to day to day activities)
      Biology General Biology(Related to day to day activities)
      Medical Terms Name of diseases and terms used in medical science.
      Scientific Terms Commonly used scientific terms in daily life also includes  Research Institutes in India
    • 3. Mathematics - (15 Questions, 30 marks)
      Topic Question From
      Arithmetic Unitary method, time, work and distance, simple interest, numbers, HCF, LCF, Decimal, fraction, square roots, percentage, average, ratio and proportion, partnership, profit, and loss.
      Algebra Basic operations and factorization, HCF and LCM, quadratic equations.
      Geometry Lines and angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and parallelograms and circles.
      Mensuration Area and perimeters of squares, rectangles, parallelograms and circles, volume and surface area of cube, cuboids, cone, cylinders, and sphere.
    • 4. Logical Reasoning - (5 Question, 10 Marks)
      The questions for logical reasoning will be based on the logical ability of the candidates of age group ranging between 16 to 20 years. Candidates should prepare a basic level of logical reasoning because the questions asked in the logical reasoning section are not very hard.

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