GUIDELINES FOR PHYSICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION TO THE NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY.
GUIDELINES FOR PHYSICAL STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION TO THE NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY.
NOTE :CANDIDATES MUST BE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY FIT ACCORDING TO THE PRESCRIBED PHYSICAL STANDARDS.THE GUIDELINES FOR THE SAME ARE GIVEN BELOW.
A NUMBER OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES ARE REJECTED SUBSEQUENTLY ON MEDICAL GROUNDS. CANDIDATES ARE THEREFORE ADVISED IN THEIR OWN INTEREST TO GET THEMSELVES MEDICALLY EXAMINED BEFORE SUBMITTING THEIR APPLICATIONS TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE FINAL STAGE.
Candidates are also advised to rectify minor defects/ailments in order to speed up finalisation of medical examination
conducted at the Military Hospital after being recommended at the SSB.
Few of such commonly found defects/ailments are listed below :
(a) Wax (Ears)
(b) Deviated Nasal Septum
(e) Under Sized Chest
Permanent body tattoos are only permitted on innerface of forearm i.e. from inside of elbow to the wrist and on the reverse side of palm/back (dorsal) side of hand/Permanent body tattoos on any other part of the body are not acceptable and candidates will be barred from further selection. Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing custom and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis. Comdt. Selection Centre will be competent auth for clearing such cases. Civilian candidates appearing for all types of commission in the Armed Forces will be entitled to out-patients treatment from service sources at public expense for injuries sustained or diseases contracted during the course of their examination by the Selection Board. They will also be entitled to in-patient treatment at public expense in the Officer’s ward of a hospital provided—
(a) the injury is sustained during the tests or,
(b) the disease is contracted during the course of the examination by selection board and there is no suitable accommodation in local civil hospital or it is impracticable to remove the patient to the civil hospital; or,
(c) the medical board requires the candidate’s admission for observation.
NOTE :They are not entitled to special nursing. A candidate recommended by the Services Selection Board will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Only those candidates will be admitted to the academy who are declared fit by the Medical Board. The proceedings of the Medical Boardare confidential and
: Height relaxable upto 2.5 cm. (5 cm. for Navy) may be allowed where the Medical Board certifies that the candidate is likely to grow and come up to the required standard on completion of his training.
: To meet special requirement as a pilot in the Air Force the acceptable measurements of leg length, thigh length and sitting height will be as under : Minimum Maximum Leg Length 99.00 cms. 120.00 cms. Thigh Length — 64.00 cms. Sitting Height 81.50 cms. 96.00 cms. (d) Chest should be well developed. Fully expanded chest should not be less than 81 cms. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms. The measurement will be taken with a tape so adjusted that its lower edge should touch the nipple in front and the upper part of the tape should touch the lower angle of the shoulder blades behind. X-Ray of the chest is compulsory and will be taken to rule out any disease of the chest.
(e) There should be nomal development or impairment of function of the bones or joint. Spinal Conditions -(f) Past medical history of diseases or injury of the spine or sacro iliac joints, either with or without objective signs which have prevented the candidate from successfully following a physically active life, is a cause for rejection for commissioning in IAF. History of spinal fracture/prolapsed intervertebral disc and surgical treatment for these conditions will entail rejection. The following conditions detected radiologically duringmedical exam will disqualify a candidate for Air Force service:
(i) Granulomatous disease of spine
(ii) Arthritidies/spondylosis — Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders — Ankylosing spondylitis — Osteoarthrosis, spondylosis and degenerative joint disease — Non articular rheumatism (e.g. lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc.) —Miscellaneous disorders including SLE, , polymyositis, vasculitis.
(iv)Compression fracture of vertebrae.
(v)Scheuerman’s disease (Adolescent kyphosis)
(vi)Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.
(vii) Unilateral/Bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.
(viii) Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s method.
(ix) Degenerative Disc. Disease.
(x) Presence of schmorl’s nodes at more than one level.
(xi) Atlanto-occipital and atlantoaxial anomalies.
(xii) Hemi vertebrae and/or incomplete block (fused) vertebrae at any level in cervical, dorsal or lumbar spine and complete block (fused) vertebrae at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.
(xiii) Unilateral Sacralisation or lumbarisation (Complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral incomplete sacralisation or lumbarisation.
(xiv) Any other abnormality if so considered by the specialist.
(g) Mild Kyphosis or Lordosis where deformity is barely noticeable and there is no pain or restriction of movement will not preclude acceptance.
(h) In case of noticeable Scoliosis or suspicion ofany other abnormality or spinal deformity, more than mild, appropriate X-rays of the spine are to be taken and the Examinee referred for specialist’s advice.
(i) The following conditions detected on X-ray examination will be disqualifying for entry to Armed Forces :
(i) Granulomatius disease of spine.
(iii) Scoliosis more than 15 degree as measured by Cobb’s Method (10 degree for Army).
(iv) More than mild Kyphosis/Lordosis
(vi) Herniated nucleus pulposes.
(vii) Compression fracture of Vertebra.
(viii) Sacaralisation Disease
(ix) Cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or Circulatory deficit.
(x) Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.
(xi) Atlanto-occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.
(xii) Incomplete Sacaralisation Unilateral or Bilateral
(xiii) Spina Bifida other than SV 1 and LV 5 ifcompletely Sacralised
(xiv) Any other abnormality, if so considered by specialist.
(j) A candidate should have no past history of mental breakdown or fits.
(k) The hearing should be normal. A candidate should be able to hear a forced whisper with each ear at a distance of 610 cms. in a quiet room. There should be no evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat. Audiometric test will be done for AF. Audiometric hearing loss should not be greater than 20 db in frequencies between 250 and 8000 Hz. There isno impediment of speech.
(l) There should be no signs of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Blood pressure should be normal.
(m) There should be no enlargement of liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen willbe a cause for rejection.
(n) Un-operated hernias will make a candidate unfit. In case of Hernia which has been operated, a minimum of 6 months must have passed prior to final medical examination before commencement of the course.
(o) There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles.
(p) Urine examination will be done and any abnormality if detected will be a cause for rejection.
(q) Any disease of skin which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement will also be a cause for rejection.
(r) Visual standards:-The distance vision (corrected) should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye. Myopia should not be more than 2.5 D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5 D including Astigmatism. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of opthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye. A candidate must have good binocular vision. The colour vision standard will be (CP-III) for Army. Acandidate should be able to recognise red and green colours. Candidates willbe required to give certificates that neither he nor any member of his family has suffered from congenital night blindness. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity will be permanently rejected for all the Services. Candidates who have undergone Laser Surgery for correction of refractive error are also not acceptable to defence services.
Vision standard for Naval candidates Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9 Corrected with glass 6/6, 6/6 Limits of Myopia –0.75 Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5 Binocular vision III Limits of colour preception I Visual Standards for Air Force Candidates who habitually wear spectacles are not eligible for AirForce, Minimum distant vision 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for Hypermetropia. Colour vision CP-I Hypermetropia : +2.0 D Sph Manifest Myopia : Nil Retinoscopic Myopia : 0.5 in any Meridian permitted Astigmatism : + 0.75 D Cy
l (within + 2.0 D.Max) Maddox Rod Test
(i) at 6 meters Exo-6 prism D Eso-6 prism D Hyper-1 prism D Hypro-1 prism D
(ii) at 33 cms Exo-16 prism D Eso-6 prism D Hyper-1 prism D Hypo-1 prism D Hand held Stereoscope–All of BSV grades Convergence–Up to 10 cm Cover test for distant and near–Lateral divergence/convergence recovery rapid and complete Radial Keratotomy, Photo Refractive Keratotomy/laser in Situ, Keratomileusis (PRK/LASIK) surgeries for correction of refractive errors are not permitted for any Air Force duties. Candidates having undergone cataract surgery with or without IOL implants will also be declared unfit. Binocular vision must possess good binocular vision (fusion and stereopsis with good amplitude and depth). Candidates who have undergone LASIK surgery are not considered fit for permanent commission in flying branch in IAF.
(s) USG abdomen examination will be carried out and any congential structural anomaly or disease of the abdominal organs will be a cause for rejection in Armed Forces.
(t) The candidates should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. A candidate should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
(u) Routine ECG for Air Force candidates must be within normal limits.
(v) Physical conditioning : Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition, by following the under mentioned routine :—
(a) Running 2.4 km in 15 minutes
(c) Pushups and sit ups (minimum 20 each)
(d) Chin ups (minimum 08)
(e) Rope climbing 3-4 metres.
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