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Candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments in order to speed up finalization of medical examination conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB .Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below:

  1. Wax (Ears)
  2. Deviated Nasal Septum
  3. Hydrocele / Phimosis
  4. Overweight/Underweight
  5. Under sized Chest
  6. Piles
  7. Gynaecomastia
  8. Tonsillitis
  9. Varicocele

Civilian candidates appearing for all types of commission in the Armed Forces will be entitled to out-patients Treatment from service sources at public expense for injuries sustained or diseases contracted during the course of their examination by the Selection Board. They will also be entitled to inpatient treatment at public expense in the Officer’s ward of a hospital provided–

(a) The injury is sustained during the tests or,

(b)The disease is contracted during the course of the examination by selection board and there is no     suitable Accommodation in local civil hospital Orit is impracticable to remove the patient to the civil hospital or,

(c) The medical board requires the candidate’s admission for observation.

NOTE: They are not entitled to special nursing. A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates will be admitted to the academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. The proceedings of the Medical Board are confidential and will not be divulged to anyone. However the candidates declared unfit will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board and the procedure for request for an Appeal Medical Board will also be intimated to the candidate. Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.

(a) The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability which is likely to interfere with the efficient performance of Military duties.

(b) There should be no evidence of weak constitution, bodily defects or under weight. The candidate    should not be overweight or obese.

(c) The minimum acceptable heights 157.5 cms. (162.5 cms for Air Force). For Gorkhas and individuals belonging to hills of North Eastern regions of India, Garhwal and Kumaon, the minimum acceptable heights will be 5 cms. Less.  In case of candidates from Lakshadweep the minumum acceptable height can be reduced by 2 cms. Height and weight standards are given below:



Height in Weight in Kgs. Centimeters (Without shoes)16-17  17-18 18-19years   years

152 ............ 42.5  44.0  45.0
155 ............ 43.5  45.3  47.0
157 ............ 45.0  47.0  48.0
160 ............ 46.5  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 in Weight in Kgs. Centimeters (Without shoes)16 18 20years 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

A ± 10% (A ± 6 Kg for Navy) departure from the average weight given in the table 1 above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad build as well as individuals with thin build but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

NOTE 1 : Height relaxable up to 2.5 cm(5 cm. for Navy) may be allowed where the Medical Board certifies that the candidate is likely to grow and come up to the required standard on completion of his training.

NOTE 2 : To meet special requirements a pilot in the Air Force the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height will be as under :–Minimum Maximum Leg Length 99.00cms. 120.00 cms. Thigh Length – 64.00 cms. Sitting Height 81.50 cms. 96.00   cms. On account of lower age of NDA candidates, a margin of up to 5.0 cm. in height,2.5 cm. in leg length (minimum) and 1.0cm. Sitting height (minimum) may be given provided it is certified by the Medical Board that the candidate is likely to grow and come up to the required standard on completion of his training in NDA.

(d) Chest should be well developed. Fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms. The minimum Range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a tape so Adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the Lower   angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.

(e) There should be no mal develop mentor impairment of function of the bones or joint. Spinal Conditions.

(f) Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacroiliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected radio logically during medical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service.

(i) Granulomatous disease of spine

(ii) Arthritidies/spondylosis

- Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Osteoarthritis, spondylosis and Degenerative joint disease
- Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.)
- Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, vacuities.

(iii) Spondylolisthesis / spondylolysis.

(iv) Compression fracture of vertebrae.

(v) Scheuerman's disease (Adolescent kyphosis).

(vi)  Loss of cervical lord sis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.

(vii) Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit

(viii) Scoliosis more than 15 degrees measured by Cobb's method. (ix) Herniated nucleus pulpous.

(x) Presence of schmorl's   nodes at more than one level. (xi) Atlanto -occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.

(xii) Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar
Spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.

(xiii)Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.

(xiv) Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.

(g) Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis where deformity is barely noticeable and there is no pain or restriction of movement will not preclude acceptance

(h) In case of noticeable Scoliosis or suspicion of any other abnormality or spinal deformity, more than mild, appropriate X-rays of the spine are to be taken and the Examinee referred for specialist’s advice.

(i) The following conditions detected on x-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Armed Forces.

  1. Granulomatius disease of spine
  2. Arthritidies / spondylitis
  3. Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10degree for Army).
  4. More  than  mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
  5. Spondylolisthesis/ Spondylosis.
  6. Herniated nucleus pulposes.
  7. Compression fracture of Vertebra.
  8. Sacaralisation Disease
  9. Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
  10. Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
  11. Atlanto-occipital, and atlantoaxial anomalies.
  12. Incomplete Sacaralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
  13. Spin bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5
  14. Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.

(j) A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.

(k) The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Audiometric test will be done for AF. Audiometric hearing loss should not be greater than 20db, in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. There is no impediment of speech.

(l) There should be no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Blood pressure should be normal.

(m) There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen will be a cause for rejection.

(n) Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. In case of Hernia which has been operated, a minimum of 6months must have passed prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.

(o) There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.

(p) Urine examination will be done and any abnormality if detected will be a cause for rejection.

(q) Any disease of skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.

(r) A candidate should be able to read in a distant vision chart 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye with or without glasses. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The color vision standard, will be (CPIII) for Army. A candidate should be able to reconsidered and green colors. Candidates will be required to give certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity will be permanently rejected for all the Services. Candidates who have undergone Laser Surgeries for correction of refractive error are also not acceptable to defence services. Vision standard for naval candidates Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6APPENDIX-IVEmployment News 5 - 11 May 2012 23Limits of Myopia -0.75Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5 Binocular vision III Limits of color  perception I Visual standards for Air Force Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for Air Force, Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia, Colour vision CP-I Hypermetropia : + 2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil Radioscopic Myopia : - 0.5 in any Meridian permitted. Astigmatism: +0.75 D Cyl (within + 2.0 D-Max) Maddox Rod Test Themselves in good physical condition, by following the under mentioned routine:-

(a) Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
(b) Skipping
(c) Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
(d) Chin ups (minimum 08)
(e) Rope climbing - 3-4 meters.


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