THE MAKING OF AN OFFICER

FACING THE MEDICAL BOARD BY DR. LT. GEN. GULATI PVSM FORMERLY DIRECTOR GENERAL MEDICAL SERVICES INDIAN ARMY

INDIAN ARMY

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I am associated with Baalnoi Academy for the last 20 years.
My experience says that 30% - 40% candidates are rejected on medical grounds.

The following points must be kept in mind:

  1. Height and weight should be within prescribed limits separately for males and females. However 10% plus or minus deviation from normal is permitted.
  2. Chest should be well formed. No deformity of chest like pigeon chest. Measurement of chest minimum 77cm and expansion 5 cm. no gynaecomastia.
  3. Skin should be clear, no fungus infection of pre-anal region. No eczema or dermatitis. No nodule or tumour and no haemangioma.
  4. Ears- No wax / perforation. No hearing loss. Whisper at 600 cm.
  5. Nose - No DNS/Perforation of septum.
  6. Dental Points – Minimum 14 dental points. No cavity. If cavity is present it should be filled with permanent filling and not temporary filling. No pyorrhea, No gum disease.
  7. Tongue – No coating / No foul breath.
  8. Speech should be normal, No slurring and flow should be normal.
  9. Tonsils not enlarged or septic.
  10. Heart – No mumur, No adventitious sound and no congenital heart disease.
  11. Chest - Normal breath sound, No adventitious sounds or Rhonch/crepts.
  12. BP – 120/80mm of Hg.
  13. Abdomen –Liver not enlarged / fatty changes. No disease of gall bladder. Spleen not palpable. Kidney no stone in kidney,ureter or bladder
  14. Legs - No knock Knee or flat foot. No varicose veins.
  15. Hands – No tremors or sweaty hands, No cubitus valgus, No clubbing, No deformity of fingers. Six fingers are not allowed. No tattoo on exposed parts. Only religious tattoo is permitted on the back of the hand or inner side of forearm. In treated fracture of any bone there should be no rod or plates inside the body.
  16. Male organs – No Hydrocoele / Hernia / Varicocoele. If operated for hernia it should have been done 1 year prior to medical board and for Hydrocoele six months period is mendatory. No Phimosis. No Piles
  17. Eyes should be white quiet and move in all directions. No nystagmus / squint.
  18. Eye sight 6/6 in both eyes without glasses. If glasses, for NDA minus 2.5 myopia is permitted and for CDS minus 3.5 myopia is permitted. Same for technical also. No colour blindness and no night blindness. No contact lens, No keratoplasty. For high myopia lasik laser treatment is permitted with certain conditions. But it should have been done one year prior to the medical board and not below 20 years of age. For pilotsspecs are not permitted.
  19. For pilots leg length 99 – 120 cms. Thigh length less than 64 cm, sitting length 81.5-96 cms. There should be no disease of thoracicespine / cervical spine.
  20. Tattoo - Permanent body tattoos are permitted on the following body parts only, for which a candidate will be required to sign a Self Certification Certificate as per format. (a) Inner face of forearms i.e. from inside of the elbow to the wrist of both the hands (b) Reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of both hands

Most of these problems are correctable with proper guidance and correct advice. It is advisable to get the medical examination done prior to SSB. Rejection on medical grounds are two types TR (Temprory rejection) and PR (Permanent Rejection).

If you get TR, then you have the right to apply for appeal medical board(AMB) for which you have to depositRs. 40/- in SBI and you get 6 week time to correct the disability. You can also select the hospital where you want to get your medical done. Here the specialist will decide for your fitness and he will only see that point for which you have been given TR.

If you get rejected there also then another chance this is called Review medical board (RMB) for which you have to apply within 24 hours of getting TR. However this is not your right it will depend on the discretionof DGAFMS if he thinks that some injustice has been done to the candidate or there is some merit in the case only then RMB will be granted.

In RMB the top Doctors of Armed forces decide your case and this is final. But one thing I can tell you that these Doctors are very lenient. I have been myself president of RMB. I never rejected any candidate during my service.

Now what is PR.? It is if there is some serious diseaseFor example- severe hypertension, heart disease like hole in the heart, perforation in the ear, cancer or TB. Such big-big things which is unlikely that any of you would have. All others are temporary which are treatable conditions. My job is to see that you are FIT. GOOD LUCK. May GOD be with you

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