Army JAG Recruitment | Eligibility and Application Procedure

army JAG

Army JAG (Judge Advocate General in India) is a post that is held by a major general who is the legal and judicial chief of the army. A separate branch of the legally qualified army officers is there to assist the Judge Advocate General. Army JAG is responsible for advising the military personnel on their daily matters that also include the chief of the army staff. The commissioning of the department officers may occur directly into the branch. Besides, other branch or corp officers may also step in. To learn more about this post and the recruitment process, read this post until the end. 

About JAG: An Overview

The Indian army releases a notification for the law graduate male and female candidates who are single. Army JAG is for the short service commission in its judge advocate general branch. An eligible candidate can easily apply for it through Online mode. A person in this post will be the legal and judiciary chief of the army. There is a separate jag branch to assist the Army JAG. This branch consists of legally qualified army officers. 

About the Opportunity

Indian army (Judge Advocate General Branch) releases the JAG Notification for the JAG entry. It is a unique opportunity for male and female law graduates to join the Indian Army’s JAG division. Unmarried male and female LAW GRADUATES are encouraged to apply for a Short Service Commission in the Indian Army’s Judge Advocate General Branch.


Now that you know some important information related to the army JAG, below are the eligibility criteria you need to fulfill to apply for the post:


The candidate must either be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal. Besides, the candidate can identify a person of Indian origin having migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia, and Vietnam to permanently settle in India, provided that a candidate belonging to the 2nd and 3rd categories above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal.


The age to apply for the Army JAG post must fall in the range of 21 to 27 years. For instance, if you are applying for a 2020 job notification, then you should not be born earlier than 02 Jan 1994 and not later than 01 Jan 2000. Once you are sure that you fall in the same age range, you can easily apply for this notification.

Educational Qualification

Below is the educational qualification of the candidates for the application procedure: 

  • Law Graduate (3 year/5 year course) with minimum 55% aggregate marks.
  • The candidates should be eligible for registration as an advocate with the Bar Council of India/State.
  • The candidate should be from a College/University having recognition from the Bar Council of India.

You may only apply for army JAG if you fulfill the above-listed criteria, so please read them with the utmost care and attention. Also, you need to ensure that you are not a married person to apply for it. 

Tenure of Engagement

Short Service Commission grants Male and females in the Regular Army for 14 years, i.e., for an initial period of 10 years, extendable by a further period of 04 years. Male & Female officers who are willing to continue to serve in the Army after the expiry of the period of ten years of Short Service Commission may, if eligible and suitable in all respects, be considered for the grant of Permanent Commission (PC) in the 10th year of their Short Service Commission in accordance with the relevant policies as issued from time to time. 

Those SSC officers (male and female) who don’t make it for PC but are otherwise fit and appropriate may get the option to serve as SSCOs for a total of 14 years. Also, they may get a release from the army including the initial 10-year tenure.

Probation Period, Training Duration & Location

Once you start, you will have a probation period of 6 months. Besides, there will be an official training of 49 weeks at Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai.

Restriction On Marriage 

A Candidate may not be able to marry during their training time, nor can he/she live with his/her parents or guardians. A candidate can not marry before the completion of the Officers Training Academy’s full training program. An applicant who marries after the date of his or her application is not qualified for training, even though he or she passes the Services Selection Board interview and medical test. If an applicant marries while undergoing training, he or she will be discharged and must reimburse the government for all expenses incurred on his or her behalf.

Pre-Commission Training

The University of Madras will grant a ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies’ to all candidates who successfully complete Pre-Commission training at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.

Cost of Training

The entire cost of training at OTA is at Government expense. In case the Lady/Gentleman cadet training withdrawal from the academy due to reasons other than Medical ground or the reasons not beyond his/her control, he/she will be liable to refund the cost of training. It will be @ ₹ 11,952/- per week till Sep. Besides, there will be an escalation of 8% p.a. on the basis of Per Capita Cost of Training for each. It is to ensure that the government of India can fix the applicable charges from time to time. The cost will be applicable for the period of his/her stay at OTA, Chennai.

How to Apply?

Now that you are aware of all the required information, you can apply by following the below-given application procedure: 

  • You may only be able to apply on the online Website.
  • Click on ‘Officer Entry Apply/Login’ and then click ‘Registration’ (Registrations not required, if already registered on the website.
  • Fill the online registration form after reading the instructions carefully.
  • After the registration process, click on ‘Apply Online’ under the Dashboard.
  • A page ‘Officers Selection – ‘Eligibility’ will open. Then click ‘Apply’ shown against Short Service Commission JAG Entry Course. A page ‘Application Form’ will open.
  • Candidates must click on ‘Submit Now’ each time they open the application for editing any details.
  • The candidates need to take out two copies of their application having Roll Number, 30 minutes after the final closure of the online application on the last day.

Indian Army JAG Recruitment 2020 Selection Criteria

There will be two steps to the selection process. Stage 1 and Stage 2 are the two stages. Candidates who pass the first stage will be invited to the second stage. The duration of the SSB interview is five days, and details of the same are available on the official website of the Indian Army.

Selected candidates will be granted Short Service Commission in the Regular Army for 14 years, i.e., for an initial period of 10 years which is extendable by a further period of 04 years. Candidates can check post-wise details, age limit, qualification, experience, and other details here.

Final Words

This post offers all the required information you need to have in order to apply for the Army JAG post. Reading this post until the end can help you to understand the age limitation, eligibility criteria, application procedure, and several other information. If you liked reading this post, then our blog section has much more for you. 


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