Army Junior Commissioned Officers (Religious Teachers)

Basic Information regarding Exam
Applications are invited from eligible candidates for recruitment into Army as Junior Commissioned Officers for the function of Religious Teachers.

Age limit
Candidates should not be below 27 years of age and should not be over 34 years of age as on specified dates.

Minimum Educational Qualification
Graduate in any discipline from a recognised university. In addition, candidates must also possess the following qualifications according to the religious denomination the individual:

(a) Pandit: Madhyama in Sanskrit, or Bhushan in Hindi or equivalent standard in the regional language concerned. Those who have passed BA with Sanskrit/Hindi as one of the elective (main) subjects, but have not done Madhyama in Sanskrit or Bhushan in Hindi are also eligible.

(b) Maulvi: Maulvi Alim in Arabic, Adib Alim in Urdu or equivalent standard in the regional language concerned. Those who have passed BA with Arabic/Urdu as one of the elective (main) subjects, but have not done Maulvi Alim in Arabic or Adib Alim in Urdu/Hindi are also eligible.

(C) Granthi:
Vidwan in Punjabi or equivalent standard in regional language concerned. Those who have passed BA with Punjabi as one of the elective (main) subjects, but have not done Vidwan in Punjabi are also eligible.

(d) Buddhist Monk: Any person who has been ordained Monk or Buddhist Priest by the Appropriate Authority, i.e.. by Head Priest of the Monastry where the person has been initiated into Priesthood. The Head Priest should be in possession of Geshe (PhD) or Khanpa or lopon or Rabjam with proper certificate from Monastry.

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

Details Regarding Selection Procedure

Interivews Test/ Personality Test
Eligible candidates are called by the ZRO for initial screening which includes checking of original education certificates and Medical Examination, The screened candidates will be put through a Written Examination which comprises of two papers followed by an Interview.

Paper I (250 marks): This paper will contain questions on General Awareness and, is common to candidates of all religious denominations.

Paper II (250 marks): Test of knowledge specific to particular religious denomination to which the candidate belongs.

Both the Papers I and II may be answered in Hindi or English.

Successful candidates are interviewed at Regimental Centres. Those successful in the Interview shall undergo 6 weeks training at Regimental Centres followed by 10 weeks training at the Institute of National Integration, Pune.

Final selection is done by a Board of Officers and successful candidates will be enrolled as Junior Commissioned Officers (Religious Teachers).

On successful completion of training the candidates will be commissioned as Religious Teachers in the rank of Naib Subedar. All JCOs (RT) become eligible for paid acting promotion to the rank of Subedar/Risaldar on completion of at least 10 years service as a Religious Teacher.

Physical Standards
Height: 155 cms, Weight: 50 kgs, Chest: 77 cms. Candidates should be free from defects likely to stand in the performance of duties as religious teacher. in any part of the world. They should be medically fit.

How to Apply
Application Proforma and further details are given in the advertisement published in Employment News/Leading Newspapers generally in the months of January and May/June.

Other Information
Note: Minimum Educational Qualification for Monk and Padre is relaxed frol Graduate to 10+2 for the Period 2001-2003.

The candidates should possess adequate knowledge of their own religion and have experience as practising religious teachers, preferably as family profession an have proficiency in practical conduct of standard rituals. Candidates should belong to the culture acceptable to the troops.

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