Indian Army has invited the application the recruitment Religious Teachers in Indian Army as Junior Commissioned Officers for RRT 91, 92, 93, 94 & 95 courses on its website –

Important Dates

  • Date of commencement of online registration : 11 January 2021
  • Closing date for online registration: 09 February 2021
  • Exam Date:  27 June 2021

Indian Army Religious Teacher JCO Vacancy Details

Total Posts – 194

  • Pandit-171
  • Pandit (Gorkha) for Gorkha Regiments -09 (Hindu (Gorkha) candidates only)
  • Granthi-05
  • Maulvi (Sunni)-05
  • Maulvi (Shia) for Ladakh Scouts -01 (Ladakhi Muslim Shia candidates only)
  • Padre-02
  • Bodh Monk(Mahayaana) for Ladakh Scouts -01

Educational Qualification for Indian Army Religious Teacher JCO 2021

  • Pandit: Hindu candidates with Acharya in Sanskrit or Shastri in Sanskrit with one-year diploma in ‘Karam Kand;
  • Granthi-Sikh Candidates with Gyani in Punjabi.
  • Maulvi (Sunni) and Maulvi (Shia) for Ladakh Scouts: Muslims candidates with Maulvi Alim in Arabic or Adib Alim in Urdu.
  • Padre-Any person who have been ordained priesthood by the appropriate ecclesiastical authority and is still on the approved list of the local Bishop.
  • Bodh Monk (Mahayaana)- Any candidate who have been ordained Monk/Buddhist Priest by the appropriate authority. The term Appropriate Authority will mean Head Priest of the Monastery where the person has been initiated into priesthood. The head priest should be in possession of Geshe (PhD) of Khanpa or Lopon or Rabjam with proper certificate from Monastery.

Medical Standard:

  • A candidate should have robust physique and mental health, chest should be well developed having minimum 5 cm expansion, should have normal hearing with each ear, should have sufficient number of natural teeth, i.e. 14 dental points with healthy gums. Candidate should not have diseases like deformity of bones, hydrocele, varicose veins or piles.
  • Serving combatants or Remustering candidates must be in medical category SHAPE-1. Remustering candidates will be exempted from recruiting medical examination at the time of recruiting rally. A certificate indicating medical category duly signed by Army Medical Authority where individual is serving and countersigned by the Commanding Officer of the unit will be submitted by the candidate.

Age Limit:

Civilian and In-Service Candidates: 25 to 34 years (i.e. candidates born between 01 Oct 1987 and 30 Sep 1996 inclusive of both dates)

Physical Test:

Height (cm):

  • For General – 160.
  • For Gorkhas & Ladakhi region candidates – 157.
  • Andaman & Nicobar Island, Lakshadweep Gp incl Minicoys – 155 (only Locals).

Chest (cm):

  •  77 for all

Weight (kg):

  • For General (less Gorkha & Ladakhis) – 50
  • For Gorkhas & Ladakhi region candidates – 48.

Physical Fitness Test:

Candidates should be able to run 1600m in 08 Minute

Indian Army Religious Teacher Exam Pattern:

There will be 2 papers. Paper-1 is common to candidates and is a qualifying exam only. Candidates scoring min 40% marks in Paper-I will only be assessed in Paper-II.

PaperNo. of QuestionsMarks
Paper-1 (General Awareness)502 marks per question
Paper-2 (specific to
religious denominations as applied by the candidates)
502 marks per question

There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks in each paper. The minimum passing marks for each paper are 40.

Interview – Candidates who have been shortlisted based on marks only in Paper-2 will be interviewed by board of officers at 1 ASC Trg Centre, Bangalore and 39 GTC, Varanasi as applicable. Candidates scoring a minimum 50 out of 100 marks (50%) will qualify in the interview.

Terms of Enrollment – Candidates finally selected will be enrolled as JCO (RT) and will undergo 06 weeks of Basic Training at BEG and Centre, Kirkee followed by 11 weeks of training specific to religious denominations as applied by the candidates at Institute of National Integration (INI), Pune.On successful completion of training the candidates will be commissioned as Religious Teachers in the rank of Naib Subedar as per existing terms and conditions. Rejection can take place at any stage during training also

How to Apply for Indian Army Religious Teacher JCO Recruitment 2021

  • Civil Candidates applying for Pandit, Granthi, Padri, and Maulvi (Sunni) categories – Applications will only be accepted online on website Manual applications for these categories will be rejected
  • Civil Gorkha Candidates – Candidates should submit written application duly filled to Gorkha Recruiting Depot, Kunraghat only (please refer application pro-forma).
  • Civil Muslim(Shia) of Ladakh region – Candidates should submit written application duly filled to Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre, Leh only
  • Civil Buddhist (Mahayana) – Candidates of other than Sikkim Region – Applying for Bodh Monk will submit written application duly filled to Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre, Leh only
  • Submission of Application by Service Candidates – Applications will only be accepted through official channel


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