How can law graduates join Indian Army?

Indian army provides job opportunities for law graduates married/unmarried men and unmarried women every year through Judge Advocate General [JAG] for short service commission which can be made permanent commission on the will of the person after commission of 10 years.

What is the role of Judge Advocate General [JAG] in Indian Army?

  • JAG officers in the Indian Army provide legal help to the military in all aspects (day to day matters), in particular advising the presiding officers of courts-martial on military law.
  • A JAG officer role in the Indian army is very similar to a litigator specializing in criminal law.
  • JAG officers are appointed through Short Service Commission at the Post of Lieutenant and enjoy the gradual promotion.
  • JAG officer deals with disciplinary and litigation cases and handles varies legal issues of the Armed Forces. They are also involved actively in assisting the soldiers in observing Human Rights and Rule of the Law.

Vacancies for JAG – Judge Advocate General

Generally, 20 Vacancies are notified a year. 13 for Men and 7 for Women. But at times it may differ and the total vacancy may be less than 20.

Conditions of Eligibility

Nationality – Must be an Indian Citizen.

Age Limit – 21 to 27 years as on 01 Jan 2017 (Born not earlier than 02 Jan 90 and not later than 01 Jan 96, both dates inclusive)

Educational Qualification – Minimum 55% aggregate marks in LLB Degree. The candidates should be eligible for registration with Bar Council of India/State. Candidate should be from a College/University recognized by Bar Council of India.

Height & Weight – The minimum acceptable height and weight for men is 157.5 cms with correlated weight and for women candidate is 152 cm and 42 kg.

In case of candidates belonging to the North East and hilly areas like Gorkhas, Nepalese, Assamese and Garhwalis, the height is relaxed by 5 cms and in case of candidates from Lakshadweep, the minimum acceptable height is reduced by 2cms.

Visual Standards

  • Better eye 6/6 and worse eye 6/18
  • Myopia – not be more than 3.5D for male and 5.5 for female including Astigmatism.
  • Hypermetropia (for men only) – not more than 3.5D including Astigmatism
  • A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colors.

Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy to improve the visual acuity will be permanently rejected.

Prospective candidates are advised to exercise and keep themselves physically fit, in order to avoid any injury due to the rigorous physical training at Officer’s Training Academy (OTA) – Chennai. In order to be able to adjust to the regime, the candidates are advised to achieve following standards before joining the OTA, if finally selected:-

  • Running 2.4 Km in 15 minutes
  • Push up – 13
  • Sit ups – 25
  • Chin ups- 6
  • Rope climbing – 3-4 meters

Tattoo Policy

There exists a tattoo policy of India army. Permanent tattoos are only permitted to candidates belonging to tribal areas on any part of their body as per their tribe’s custom.

For any other candidate, tattoos are allowed only in the circled part of the body in the given picture below –

Method of Selection

The Selection process to be followed is indicated below:-

  1. Initial shortlisting of online applications will be done at Recruiting Directorate Army Headquarters and the decision of DG Recruiting will be final.
  2. Candidates whose applications are found in the order shall be detailed to appear at the Service Selection Board on a specified date.
  3. Two Stage Selection Procedure – It is based on Psychological Aptitude Test which is held at Selection Centres. All the candidates will face stage one test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres. The candidates who fail to pass stage one will be returned on the same day.
  4. Candidates who qualify stage one will be retained for stage –II test comprising of Group Test, Psychological Tests and Interview which will extend for a duration of 4 days (excluding stage – I day). Candidates who qualify Stage – II will submit self-attested photocopy of following educational documents duly self-attested –
    • One copy of the Print out of application form duly signed and self-attested photograph affixed.
    • Copy of Matriculation or equivalent certificate for proof of age.
    • Copy of 12th Class Certificate & Marks sheet.
    • Copy of Graduation Degree/Provisional Degree (in case of three years LLB
      after graduation).
    • Copy of LLB Degree/Provisional Degree.
    • Copy of Marks sheets of all years/Semesters.
    • Copy of registration with Bar Council of India/State/Certificate from
      college/University that the LLB Course in the said institution is recognized by
      Bar Council of India.
  5. The candidates who qualify at the Service Selection Board and are found medically fit by a Medical Board will be placed in order of merit. The final selection will be made in that order up to the number of vacancies available at that time.

Merit List: It is to be noted that mere qualifying at the SSB interview does not confirm final selection. A merit list is prepared purely on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in SSB interview and as such higher educational qualification, previous performances, NCC background, etc, have no role to play.

Those high in the merit list and who come within the stipulated vacancies, and are medically fit, are issued joining instruction for pre-commissioning training.

Medical Examination: A candidate recommended by the Service Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers.

Training and Prospects

  • Duration of training – 49 weeks at OTA – Chennai. On successful completion of which candidates will be granted commission in the rank of Lt.
  • Candidates will neither be allowed to marry during the period of training nor will He/she be allowed to live with parents/Guardians.
  • All candidates who successfully complete Pre-Commission training at Officers Training Academy – Chennai will be awarded “Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies” by University of Madras.

Period of Probation

An Officer will be on probation for a period of 6 months from the date he is granted the commission. If he is reported on, within the probationary period, as unsuitable to retain his Commission, it may be terminated any time whether before or after the expiry of the probationary period.

Liability of Service

Officers granted Short Service Commission are liable to serve anywhere in India and abroad.

Tenure of Engagement

Short Service Commission to Officers (Male and Female) in the regular Army will be granted for 14 years i.e. for an initial period of 10 years extendable by a further period of 04 years.

Male Officers who are willing to continue to serve in the Army after the expiry of period of ten years may be considered for the grant of permanent commission.

Cost to Company (CTC)

[CTC is a term for the total salary package of an employee] The CTC for a Lieutenant would be approximately Rs. 70,000/- per month. This includes Basic Pay, DA, Grade Pay, Military Service Pay, Tech Pay, House Rent Allowance and Transport Allowance.

Promotion Criteria

Lieutenant – On Commission

Captain – On completion of 2 years

Major – On completion of 6 years

Lt Colonel – On completion of 13 years

Colonel – On selection basis subject to fulfilment of requisite service conditions.

Brigadier – On selection basis subject to fulfilment of requisite service conditions.

Major General – On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions.

Lt General – On selection basis subject to fulfilment of requisite service conditions.

General – On selection basis subject to fulfilment of requisite service conditions.


In addition to the CTC mentioned above, Army provides free Medical facilities for self & dependents, Canteen facilities, Entitled Ration, Mess/ Club/Sports facilities, Furnished Govt Accommodation, Car/Housing Loan at a subsidized rate.

Leave Entitlements

On commission, officers are entitled to 60 days annual and 20 days casual leave every year. They are also entitled to 40% rail concession to any place and free travel (as per extant rules) for self and family.

Sports & Adventure

The Army provides facilities to pursue any sport of your liking. In addition, one can learn and participate in adventure sports, such as River Rafting, Mountaineering, Hot air ballooning, Hand gliding, Horse Riding etc.

Stipend / Pay During Training

During the period of training, the candidates will be given a stipend of Rs. 21000/- per month. The stipend will be converted to pay for all purposes on successful completion of training and allowances admissible will be paid. On completion of training, officers are commissioned as Lieutenant.

Cost of Training

The entire cost of training is at Government expense. In case the GC is withdrawn from training academy due to reasons other than medical ground or the reasons not beyond his control, he will be liable to refund the cost of the training as notified at that time, for the period of his stay at OTA.