How to become Havildar or JCO in Indian Army

By | January 13, 2020

Hey guys in this article we are going to share with you how you or anyone can become Havildar or JCO (Junior Commissioned Officer) in Indian Army. JCOs is known as the 2nd line of officers in the Indian armed force.

How to become JCO or Havildar in the Indian army

Eligibility Criteria for Recruitment Process

RankEducation QualificationAge Limit
1 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 Tech from a recognized University / Food Craft Institute. AICTE recognition is not mandatory. 21-27 Yrs
2 Junior Commissioned Officer Religious Teacher (All Arms) The minimum educational qualification for appointment to this special list of Junior Commissioned Officers (Religious Teacher) will be a Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. In addition, the candidate must possess the following qualification according to the religious denomination of the individual
i) Pandit and Pandit (Gorkha) for Gorkha Regiment.
Hindu candidates with Acharya in Sanskrit (OR) Shastri in Sanskrit with one-year diploma in ‘Karam Kand’.

ii) Granthi.
Sikh candidates with ‘Gyani’ in Punjabi

iii) Maulvi and Maulvi (Shia) for Ladakh Scouts. Muslim candidates with Maulvi Alim in Arabic or Adib Alim in Urdu.

iv) Padre. Any person who has been ordained priesthood by the appropriate ecclesiastical authority and is still on the approved list of the local Bishop.

v) Bodh Monk (Mahayana).
Any person who has been ordained Monk/Buddhist Priest, by the Appropriate Authority. The term Appropriate Authority will mean Head Priest of the Monastery where the person has been initiated into priesthood. The head priest should be in possession of Geshe (PhD) of Khampa or Lopon or Rabjam with proper certificate from Monastery.

The above mandatory education qualifications should be acquired by individuals from recognized universities. All the above eligibility criteria are common for In-service and Civil Candidates.
3 Havildar Education (Army Education Corps) Group X – MA / MSc / MCA or BA / BSc / BCA / BSc (IT) with B Ed
Group Y – BSc/BA/BCA/B Sc (IT) (w/o B Ed.)
20-25 Yrs

Standard Minimum Height, Unexpanded Chest and Weight for Havildar or JCO Officer

The entire country has been divided into six regions namely; Western Plains Region, Eastern Plains Region, Central Region, Southern Region, Western Himalayan Region and Eastern Himalayan Region. The minimum physical standards for the various regions are as follows:

Regions States Height (Cms) Chest (cms) Weight (kgs)
Western Himalayan Region Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab Hills (Area South and West of the Inter-State Border between Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and North and East of Road Mukerian, Hoshiarpur, Garh Shankar, Ropar and Chandigarh), Garhwal and Kumaon (Uttarakhand) 163 77 48
Eastern Himalayan Region Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam and Hill Region of West Bengal (Gangtok, Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts) 160 77 48
Western Plains Region Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Western Uttar Pradesh (Meerut and Agra Division) 170 77 48
Eastern Plains Region Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa 167 77 48
Central Region Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadar, Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu 165 77 48
Southern Region Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa and Puducherry
165 77 48

Know More

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What is JCO or in army?

Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) is a class II (Group B) gazetted officer in the armies, navies and air forces of India, Pakistan and Nepal.

How can I join Indian Army as Havildar?

Applications will only be accepted online on Website (detailed instructions are in „INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS‟).

What is the salary of army Gd?

salary of army Gd is average-37000.

Can a JCO become officer?

JCO at the time of retirement may be granted the rank of honorary officer at the time of retirement.

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