Educational Qualifications

The education eligibility of clerk can be bit tricky to understand, so if you do not understand the below-mentioned points properly, then feel free to ask in the comments.

1. The applying candidate must be at least 12th passed or intermediate passed (any stream such as Arts,

Commerce, Science) from a recognized board (any board like CBSE, ISC, NIOS, private, state board etc).

Also, he should have at least 50% marks in each subject and 60% marks in aggregate in Class 12th and 10th

class (if didn’t have Maths and English in class 12th).

2. The applicant should have studied and passed English and Maths/Accounts Bookkeeping in class 10th or class


3. In case a candidates is a graduate with Maths and English as the subject in BSc, the stipulation of 50% in class

10th or class 12th is waived off. In case of graduate without English and Maths/Accounts/Book Keeping , he

should have scored more than 50% in English and Maths/Accounts/Book Keeping at least once in 10th or 12th.

Age Limit Required

In order to apply for soldier clerk, one needs to be between 17½ years (17 years 6 months) to 23 years.

Minimum age = 17½ years.

Maximum age = 23 years.

Army rules are very strict, therefore, if you do not fit in the age limit mentioned above, then you will not be able to apply.

Medical Eligibility Required In Clerk

In order to be eligible to apply for army soldier clerk ones must satisfy the following medical requirements :-

The applicant must be able to read 6/6 in distant vision chart with each eye.

He should be able to recognize correctly the white, red and green signal colours that will be shown to him by Martin’s Lantern at 1.5 meters. And his Colour vision should be CP – III. Also, he should have a good binocular vision in both eyes.

The applicant must not have any kind of disease like piles, hydrocele, deformity of bones, varicocele etc.

He must have minimum 14 dental points i.e sufficient number of natural healthy gum and teeth.

His Chest should be well developed having minimum 5 cms expansion.

So, these are the eligibility that a candidate must fulfill to be able to apply for Army soldier clerk or SKT. Now, let’s proceed to the selection procedure through which they make new recruitment for clerk.

Army Soldier Clerk/SKT Selection Procedure From Beginning

Indian Army is a very organized and constitutional organization, every task is carried out according to a set plan. The recruitment for clerk is also a structured process which completes after several tests. A candidate has to pass each test to get recruited in Indian army.

An indemnity bond is an assurance by you to army that, if any thing happens to you during the rally, it will not be the responsibility of army, and you will not ask for any compensation.

Registering Online

Now that Indian army has introduced the process of online registration, therefore it is now necessary for candidates to register themselves online if they want to participate in the next recruitment/rally or bharti. Make sure that you fill all the details correctly and according to your documents, because if you make any mistake while filling the application form, then it will be extremely difficult to correct it later.

Also, try to have a good speed internet when you apply online. Applicants who try to apply online with slow internet speed experience lots of trouble.

Documents Verification

No one with fake or incomplete documents can participate in the bharti, and army makes sure of it by checking the documents of each and every candidate thoroughly. Remember that you will be asked to show your original documents, so make sure that you carry all the original documents that are needed with you. Following are the documents that you will need on the day of bharti :-

Documents required for clerk bharti

1. Class 10th passing certificate.

2. Class 10th and 12th mark sheet. Graduation mark sheets and degree if applied on the basis of graduation.

3. Character certificate (not older than 6 months) that should be signed by village sarpanch or some other equivalent or higher gazetted officer.

4. Domicile or nativity certificate of the area that you are applying from.

These are the mandatory documents that every candidate should have on the day of bharti. Beside these documents, if a candidates have other documents like NCC ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ certificate, sports certificate, relation certificate etc. then he should bring them as well to avail concession.

Be sure to take your original documents with you. Also, make at least one attested photocopy of each document, and take it with you.

Height Measurement

Once your documents are verified by the officials on the bharti ground, then you are allowed to go for the next round which is height measurement. The height standards for different states are mentioned above, but they may be raised on the day of bharti according to the situation, i.e if the participants are in large number, then to weed out the crowd, they may raise the height standards.

If you do not satisfy the needed height on the bharti ground, then you will not be allowed to go any further in the rally.


This is where the real test begins, running is considered as the most difficult part of bharti. Only 40% participants get through this test. So, prepare well for running test.

You will need to run 1600 m (1 mile) within the least possible time. The faster you complete the race, the better it is. Unlike GD, no marks are assigned for Physical Fitness Test (PFT). A candidate just need to qualify in all the physical test.

As per normal standards, the participants should complete the race within 6 minutes in order to move for further test, but standard timing is rarely applied as competition is so high that these standards have to be raised to get the best out of best.

Pull Ups

Only those who qualifies the race are allowed to come to the pull ups round. You will be asked to do pull ups, and the more pull ups you do, the better your chances of getting to the next round.

Pull ups may sound easy, but don’t even think for one second that they will really be easy. without practice, it is impossible to make through this test. You are asked to do pull ups directly after running, which automatically makes it difficult. You have to rise and come down when they say, which put enormous pressure on your arms and it becomes very difficult to do even 5. So, do practice pull ups.

Chest Measurement

After pull ups, your chest will be measured. The standard for chest is given in the above table, beside standards, the chest of a candidate must increase at least 5 cm after expansion. Any candidate who does not fulfills this requirement will be disqualified.

Balancing And 9 Feet Ditch

After chest measurement, balancing and 9 feet ditch are the last hurdles of physical test. No marks are given for these, but one needs to clear them to pass the physical test.

In balancing, you will be asked to walk over a narrow zig-zag wooden stand, climb and walk on ropes etc. and you will need to walk through them without falling to clear this round.

The 9 feet ditch is basically a test to see how long can you jump. In this test, you have to jump a ditch or pit whose length is 9 feet.

Medical Test

Once you get through all the physical tests, then you can breath easy as in most of the rallies the medical test is conducted on some other day than physical test.

In the medical test, the candidates are checked for any medical issue. A candidate will go through the various medical test, and to pass all the medical test, a candidate must fulfill all the medical eligibility criteria mentioned above in this article.

Keep your ears clean, as it can be the cause for your rejection in the medical exam. Go to the professionals who uses modern technology to clean the ears if you have wax in them. Don’t do the stupidity of going to unprofessional, they can damage your ears.

Written Exam

You will get plenty of time after the medical test. Usually, the written exam is held after 4 to 6 weeks of physical test. So, you will have enough time to prepare for the written exam. Following are the details about written exam of soldier clerk :-

Soldier clerk/SKT exam pattern

Unlike other trades, the exam pattern of soldier clerk is bit different. The written exam comes in two part, and a candidate has to get 32 marks in each part to pass. Also, the aggregate of both the parts should be 80 or more than 80 to pass the written exam.

The first part contains questions related to GK, General science, maths and computer science. It will be worth 100 marks. While, part 2 contains questions related to General English, and this part will also be of 100 marks.

Total 50 questions will be asked and 1 hour of time will be given to complete the exam. Take a look at the table to understand better:-

Each question will carry 4 marks. In part 1, the GK section will carry 5 questions, general science will carry 5 questions, 10 questions related to maths and 5 questions related to computer.

Note:- Please note that there will be negative marking in the written exam, and ½ marks will be reduced for every wrong answer. However, no marks will be reduced for leaving any question.

So, do not attempt questions that you don’t know or that you are not sure about. just leave those questions, it’s better to get nothing instead of minus marking.

Concession in written exam for soldier clerk

As you may know, that army gives concession in written exams to candidates having special certificates. Following is the list of concession for different certificates in written exam :-

As you can see in the table, candidates having NCC ‘C’ certificate get’s 15 marks of benefit, which means that your chances of getting the job get’s better by 20% and same for other certificates.

Making Of Merit List

After clearing all the test and going through a long process, comes the merit list. For trades like GD, merit list is made after combining marks of PFT + medical test + CEE. But, for clerk there are no marks for PFT, therefore, the merit list is directly made after CEE. So, your chances of getting recruited will depend on your performance in written exam.

Dispatch For Training

Once Your name appears in the merit list then after some time you will get a call letter in which all the joining details will be given. Before you become full-fledged army clerk, you have to undergo the hard times of 9 months training.

The starting 6 months of the training will test your physical and mental limits. These 6 months are considered as the hardest of a soldier’s career. Then after 6 moths, you will be given leave for 28 days. The remaining 3 months training will be carried out after the candidates return from leave. Remember that you will not be considered as army personal until you complete the 9 months training.

So this is the whole Army clerk selection procedure. Hope that reading this article cleared your doubts, but if you still have nay questions to ask, then feel free to comment. We will try to reply as soon as possible.