Indian Army JAG Short Service Commission (NT) course October 2021 for law graduates

Keen to join the Indian Army JAG branch? This article provides details of the notification issued by the Indian Army for law graduates keen to join Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch through the entry scheme for the 27th course. Know the eligibility criteria, and the online application procedure as well.

Indian Army has released the admission notification for the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Branch Entry Scheme of the 27th course beginning in October 2021.

Indian Army JAG Officers Course 2021
[Image source: TOI print advt., 13th May 2021]


The applications for the JAG entry scheme of the 27th course are open for unmarried male and female law graduates. There are six seats for men, and two for women. Interested candidates should submit only one application through the online procedure. Those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces are also welcome to apply. In this case, they must inform their Commanding Officer in writing that they have applied for the selection exam for this course, and get the printout of their submitted application countersigned by the Commanding Officer. This will be required to be produced at the Services Selection Board (SSB) interview or at any time during the verification and selection process.

On selection, you will get pre-Commission training at the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai during which you will receive a monthly stipend. However, the period of training will not be considered as Commissioned service.

Eligibility requirements

Nationality: You must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal. Those who are of Indian origin and have migrated from the countries as listed in the official notification will be required to produce a certificate of eligibility from the Govt. of India.

Age criteria: You must be between 21 to 27 years of age, as of 1st July 2021. That is, born not earlier than 2nd July 1994 and not later than 1st July 2000, both dates inclusive. You must ensure that the date of birth on the application is the same as that shown on the Matriculation/Secondary school exam certificate or an equivalent certificate.

Academic Qualification: You must have a recognized LLB Degree that has been acquired either through a three-year professional course or five years after the 10+2 exam. Additionally, you should have completed your academic studies from a college or university that is recognized by the Bar Council of India.

Professional Legal Qualification: You must be eligible for registration as an advocate with the Bar Council of India/State.

How to apply

You must register first, read the instructions, and then apply at the Indian Army official website through the section of Officer Entry. You cannot change any information once you complete the submission, so ensure that all details are correctly filled in. After successful submission, download and take printouts. One printout will be required to be produced at the SSB interview centre, and the second to be retained for your reference. You must not send a hard copy of the application or any documents to the Directorate General, Recruiting. It is not required.

Closing date of online applications: 4th June 2021, 1500hrs.

After applying

At the selection centre, you will need the following documents, each of them self-attested, as well as the originals-
  1. A copy of the printout of your submitted online application form. This must be signed and have pasted on it a self-attested photo.

  2. The Matriculation/Secondary School exam certificate (or equivalent certificate) and mark sheet that has been issued by the concerned Board of Education. This certificate will be supporting proof of the date of birth, your name and the name of your parents (both, father and mother). Documents like transfer certificate, mark sheet or admit card or any other will not be acceptable. In case the name of a parent(s) is not mentioned in the certificate, then you will need to produce a valid document issued by the Govt. of India or the State Govt, such as PAN card, Aadhar Card, Passport, etc for verification, at the same time ensuring that your name and the name of your parents are the same in the application as those in the document.

  3. The 12th Class Certificate and mark sheet.

  4. The Graduation Degree/provisional Degree (in case of three years LLB after graduation).

  5. The LLB Degree/provisional Degree.

  6. Marks sheets of all years/semesters.

  7. Registration with Bar Council of India/State; or a certificate from the college/University that the LLB Course of their institute is recognized by the Bar Council of India.

  8. Certificate issued by the University regarding formulae for conversion of CGPA/Grades into marks followed by the University.

It is important to note that if you do not carry self-attested copies and originals of the above documents, then you will not be eligible to appear for the SSB interview at all. Originals of the documents will be returned to you after verification at the SSB center. The selection centres are at Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bangalore (Karnataka), and Kapurthala (Punjab), the centre allotted by the Directorate General of Recruiting, IHQ of MoD (Army). You will get the call-up letter for the SSB interview by the respective center on your email ID and SMS that you provided during the online application.

There will be a two-stage selection process and a medical exam for those who are successful in the initial stages. Joining letters will then be issued based on the merit and if you are selected, then you will begin the pre-Commission training at OTA, Chennai.

Contact information

There is no direct contact for communication. All queries should be sent only via the Feedback/Queries section of the official website.

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