Candidates wanting to join Army as a Nursing Assistant through the official Army recruitment site of Indian Army can do so if they meet eligibility criteria and clear physical tests. The Indian Army has its own hospitals as well as polyclinics, where Nursing Assistants handle several duties including assisting doctors, caring patients, and working in the Operation Theater.
Some Nursing Assistants even handle Veterinary duties and work in Army medical stores. Since the Nursing Assistant job in the Indian Army is challenging on its own, the rank is not just that of a Nursing Assistant but Soldier Nursing Assistant.
A Soldier Nursing Assistant should have a height of 157 centimeters, a chest width of up to 77 centimeters, and 48 kilos weight as a minimum. There are exceptions to the physicality for Soldier Nursing Assistant as well, but those exceptions vary as per a cluster of states or regions as Army calls it. However, the candidate should be 17½ to 23 years of age to apply for the post of Soldier Nursing Assistant in the Indian Army.
As for the educational qualifications, the candidates must have a minimum of 50 percent aggregate marks in Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology combined, and a minimum of 40 percent each for the mentioned subjects in Plus Two. Moreover, if the candidate has a B.Sc. in Botany, Zoology, or Bioscience, and English, the marks percent in Plus Two will not be applicable.
Army Recruitment Procedure
The Indian Army conducts an open recruitment rally as per scheduled dates to screen interested candidates and shortlist candidates as per the eligibility criteria. Before conducting the physical tests, Army officials in zonal recruitment offices verify the mark sheet, cast and nativity certificates of all candidates present. However, the physical tests are mandatory and will be carried out for all categories including Soldier Nursing Assistant and Soldier (Technical).
Eligible candidates would undergo a 1.6 meters run, 9 feet ditch, and do pull ups on beams, followed by an entrance exam comprising of two papers. However, the candidate should prevail in the physical tests to appear in the Army’s Common Entrance Examination for the post of Soldier Nursing Assistant.