Recruitment of Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) Religious Teachers in Indian Army


Do you know Indian Army appoints Religious Teachers from all major religions? Yes, it is true. Read this article to know the eligibility conditions and recruitment process of Religious Teachers in Indian Army.

Indian people are very religious, so Indian soldiers are also very religious. Indian Army recognizes the needs of Indian soldiers in this regard. Every unit of Indian Army has a place of worship. Indian Army recruits Religious Teachers for all major religions. In this article we will discuss the mode of recruitment of JCO Religious Teachers in Indian Army.

Recruitment of Pundits (Hinduism)

  • Age limit: The age limit for civilian candidates for this post is 27 years to 34 years. For serving combatants, the age limit is 25 years to 34 years.
  • Educational Qualification: (a) Graduate ; (b) A Hindu candidate with Madhyama in Sanskrit or Bhushan in Hindi is eligible to apply. BA degree-holders with Sanskrit or Hindi are also eligible.
  • Physical Standards Height: Minimum 160cm; Chest: Minimum 77 cm; Weight: 50 kg.
  • Physical Standard Test: Completing 1.6 km run in 8 min.


Recruitment of Pundits (Gorkha Regiment)

  • Age limit: The age limit for civilian candidates for this post is 27 years to 34 years. For serving combatants, the age limit is 25 years to 34 years.
  • Educational Qualification: (a) Graduate; (b) Hindu (Gorkha candidates) with Madhyama in Sanskrit or Bhushan in Hindi or equivalent in Nepali. BA degree holders with Sanskrit or Hindi are also eligible.
  • Physical Standards: Height: Minimum 157 cm; Chest: Minimum 77 cm; Weight: 48 kg.
  • Physical Standard Test: Completing 1.6 km run in 8 minutes.


Recruitment of Granthi

  • Age limit: The age limit for civilian candidates for this post is 27 years to 34 years. For serving combatants the age limit is 25 years to 34 years.
  • Educational Qualification: (a) Graduate; (b) Sikh candidates with Vidwan in Punjabi. BA degree holders with Punjabi or equivalent are also eligible.
  • Physical Standards: Height: Minimum 160 cm; Chest: Minimum 77 cm; Weight: 50 kg.
  • Physical Standard Test: Completing 1.6 km run in 8 minutes.


Recruitment of Maulvi (Shia/Sunni) for Ladakh Scout/Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry

  • Age limit: The age limit for civilian candidates for this post is 27 years to 34 years. For serving combatants, the age limit is 25 years to 34 years.
  • Educational Qualification: (a) Graduate (b)Muslim Shia Ladakhi/Sunni candidates with Maulvi Alim in Arabic, Adib Alim in Urdu .B.A with Arabic/Urdu or equivalent are also eligible.
  • Physical Standards: Height: Minimum 157 cm; Chest: Minimum 77 cm; Weight: 48 kg.
  • Physical Standard Test: Completing 1.6 km run in 8 minutes.


Recruitment of Bodh Monk (Mahayana)

  • Age limit: The age limit for civilian candidates for this post is 27 years to 34 years. For serving combatants, the age limit is 25 years to 34 years.
  • Educational Qualification: (a) Graduate; (b) Budhist (Mahayana) candidates who have been ordained Monk/ Budhist Priest, by the appropriate authority are eligible.
  • Physical Standards: Height: Minimum 157 cm; Chest: Minimum 77 cm; Weight: 48 kg.
  • Physical Standard Test: Completing 1.6 km run in 8 minutes.


Recruitment of Padre

  • Age limit: The age limit for civilian candidates for this post is 27 years to 34 years. For serving combatants, the age limit is 25 years to 34 years.
  • Educational Qualification: (a) Graduate; (b)Christian candidates who have been ordained priest by the appropriate ecclesiastical authority and are still on the approved list of the local Bishop, are eligible.
  • Physical Standards: Height: Minimum 160 cm; Chest: Minimum 77 cm; Weight: 50 kg.
  • Physical Standard Test: Completing 1.6km run in 8 minutes.


Procedure of Selection

The recruitment will be held through all the Headquarter Recruiting Zones, IRO – Delhi Cantonment, Ladakh Scout Regimental Centre, Leh and Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Srinagar.

Paper I (Maximum Marks:100) will contain objective type questions on general awareness. This paper will be common for all candidates. Paper II (Maximum Marks: 100) will test the knowledge relating to particular religion to which the candidate belongs.

Paper I will be of qualifying nature. The minimum qualifying marks is 40. Candidates will be selected on the basis of marks obtained in Paper II and interview. After the interview, selected candidates will undergo Physical Fitness Test.

Appointment

On successful completion of training, the selected candidates will be commissioned as Religious Teachers in the rank of Naib Subedar.

Promotion

All Religious Teachers become eligible for promotion to the rank of Subedar on successful completion of 10 years service.

Retirement

Normal age of superannuation for Religious Teachers is 57 years.

Concluding Comments

For the applicants who are interested in religious affairs of their own communities and are willing to serve in Indian Army, the position of Religious Teachers is very appropriate. Interested candidates must start their preparation at the earliest.


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