Join Indian Army After 10th or 12th | JCO & Soldier Recruitment

Do you want to join the Indian Army right after passing 10th or 12th standard? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, you will be reading about soldier and JCO posts, which you can apply for after completing 10th and/or 12th.

JCO Soldier recruitment after 10th and 12th

Please note that we are not dealing with Officer entry here. If you want to become an Officer in the Army, check out this guide – How to become an Officer in the Indian Army after 12th. Check this guide for details about courses after 12th.


The job posts mentioned in this article belongs to Indian Army’s Soldier and JCO recruitment category. You will find details about the posts in the table provided below –


Indian Army Recruitment After 10th and/or 12th

Name of post Eligibility Age limit
Soldier General Duty (All Arms) SSLC / Matric with 45% marks in aggregate and 33% in each subject. No percentage considered in case candidate has passed with higher qualification ie 10+2 and above 17½ to 21 years
Soldier Tradesmen (All Arms) 10th Simple Pass/ ITI (except Syce, Mess Keeper and House Keeper-who may be 8th Simple Pass) 17½ to 23 years
Soldier (Technical) (Technical Arms, Artillery, Army Air Defence) (a)Sol Tech 10+2/Intermediate Exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% marks in each subject.

(b)Sol Tech (Aviation & Ammunition Examiner) 10 +2 / Intermediate exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% marks in each subject. OR Three years Diploma in Engg (Mechanical /Electrical/ Automobiles/ Computer Science Mechanical Engg and Electronic & Instrumentation Engg) from a recognized Polytechnic Institute( No Education relaxation for this category is existing presently)

17½ to 23 years
Soldier Clerk / Store Keeper Technical (All Arms) 10+2 / Intermediate Examination Pass in any stream (Arts, Commerce, Science). Should have secured 50% marks in each subject and 60% in aggregate in Class XII. Should have studied English and Maths / Accounts / Book Keeping in Class XII or Class X. Should have secured min 50% marks in each of these subject, whether in Class XII or Class X 17½ to 23 years
Soldier Nursing Assistant (Army Medical Corps) 10+2 / Intermediate Exam pass in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with Minimum 50% marks in aggregate and minimum 40% in each subject. OR In case the candidate has a BSc Degree with (Botany / Zoology / Bio-Science) and English, the stipulation of percentage in Class-XII is waived off. However, the candidate should have studied all the four specified subjects in Class XII also 17½ to 23 years
Junior Commissioned Officer Catering (Army Service Corps) 10+2 or equivalent exam and Diploma / Certificate Course of a duration of one year or more in Cookery Hotel Management and Catering Technology from a recognized University / Food Craft Institute. AICTE recognition is not mandatory 21 to 27 years

Selection process

In order to recruit candidates to fill the above mentioned vacancies, Indian Army conducts Open Rally across all states each year. Here are the steps involved in the selection process –

  • Registering for the Open Rally
  • Document verification at venue of Open Rally
  • PFT (Physical Fitness Test)
  • Medical Test
  • CEE (Common Entrance Exam)
  • Preparation of final merit list


CEE is a written test. This test comprises of subjects such as – GK, Mathematics and Computer Science.


PFT consists of the following activities – 1.6 Km run, pull-ups, balance and 9 feet ditch.


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