About (Indian Army J.C.O Catering)

One of the famous stereotype regarding joining Indian Army is, you have to have mathematical background. But if you are a graduate in Hotel Management then you can also join Indian Army as Junior Commissioned Officer in catering. The perks and allowance of this post is very enticing, an average graduate can make more money by joining Indian Army than by joining hotel industry.

The salary attached to this post ranges somewhere from INR 30,000 to 50,000 monthly, and that not all.  In addition you will be entitled to DA, free accommodation, entitled ration for self, uniform, free medical and leave travel concession for self, family and dependents, canteen facilities and other allowances as admissible to the regular Army.


  1. Age Limit for Indian Army JCO Catering : 21 to 27 years as on first day of Recruitment Rally.
  2. Indian Army JCO Catering Educational Qualifications :
    1. 10 +2 or equivalent from any education board recognized by Council of Board of School Education in India. Candidates should have working knowledge of either English or Hindi or both.
    2. 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.

Physical Standards For Indian Army JCO Catering Exams

Region wise minimum physical standards are as follows –

Region States Height(Cms Weight(Kgs Chest(Cms)

Western  Himalayan Region


J&K, HP, Punjab Hills (Area South & West of the Inter state Border between HP & Punjab and North and east of road of Mukerian, Hoshiarpur, Garhshankar, Ropar ) Garhwal & Kumaon regions of Uttranchal.  












Eastern Himalayan Region Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya , Assam , Arunachal Pradesh , Sikkim and Hill Region of West Bengal ( Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts) 160


48 77
Western Plains Region Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh , Delhi , Rajasthanand Western UP ( Meerut and Agra Division) 170 50 77
Eastern Plains Region Eastern UP, Bihar, West

Bengal and Orissa

169 50 77
Central  Region Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat Maharashtra, Dadar, Nagar 168


50 77
Southern  Region Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa And Pondicherry 165 50 77


Medical Standards

A candidate should have robust physique and good mental health. Chest should be well developed having minimum 5 Cms expansion. Should have normal hearing with each ear and good binocular vision in both eyes. He should be able to read 6/6 in distant vision chart with each eye.

Colour vision should be CP-III. Should recognize red and green colours. Should have sufficient number of natural healthy gum and teeth i.e. minimum 14 dental points. Should not have disease like deformity of bones, hydrocele and varicocle or piles.

Physical Fitness Tests 

To determine the Physical Fitness, the following tests carrying 100 marks are held:-

  • 1 Mile Run
  •  Pull Ups
  •  Balance
  •  9 Feet Ditch

Procedure for Application

Indian Army JCO Catering Written Examination

Submission of form – Candidates should submit their Application Form duly filled as per the format along with all required documents duly superscribed “Application for Junior Commissioned Officer ( Catering )” on the top outer cover of the envelope to Army Supply Corps Centre and College ( South ), Post – Agram, Bangalore, Pin – 560 007.  Application forwarded to any other address / HQ Rtg Zone will be rejected.

Screening – After submission of form, candidates will be asked to report for screening test. All the physical test like running, jumping etc, will be conducted at this level.

Written test – Only those candidates selected in the screening will be permitted to appear in the written examination. The written examination is of two hours. The exam comprises one composite question paper of 100 marks. Minimum pass marks is 40. The paper generally comprises of questions on IQ, Numerical ability, general knowledge and current affairs.

Interview – The selected candidate from the written test will be called for interview. Based on their interview they will be shortlisted.

Medical Test – The candidates selected from the interview round will go through medical test.

So, interested hotel management students should apply because it provides a wonderful opportunity to blend the creativity of hotel management with pride of serving the nation.

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