Army Recruitment: Now Online CEE Made First Filter Before Calling Candidates For Physical Tests

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Pune, 22nd February 2023: Indian Army has announced transformational changes in recruitment procedure of JCOs/OR. In stage I, all candidates who have registered and applied online on (JIA website) will undergo common entrance exam. In stage II, the shortlisted candidates will be called for recruitment rally at locations decided by respective AROs where they will undergo Physical Fitness Tests and physical Measurement Tests. Finally in stage III, the selected candidates will undergo Medical Test at rally location

Online Registration

“The online registration on JIA website is open from 16 Feb 23 to 15 March 2023. The process of registration remains the same as earlier. Candidates can either register using their Aadhar Card or their class 10th certificate. As part of continued automation, the Join Indian Army website has now been linked with Digilocker for greater transparency.

The Online CEE is being conducted at 176 locations across India. The candidates have the choices to select five Exam locations and they shall be allotted exam locations from within those choices. For online CEE fee is Rs 500/- per candidate. 50% of the cost is being borne by the Army. At the end of the registration process the candidates would be directed to a payment portal. Candidates are required to pay Rs 250/- alongwith associated bank charges if any, by using Internet Banking, UPI/BHIM or credit or debit cards of all major banks to incl Maestro, Master Card, VISA or RuPay cards. Candidates are advised to activate their debit cards for online transactions. A candidate will be considered registered only once his payment is successful & a Roll No generated at this stg, which shall be used at all stgs of rect. Complete procedure on “How to Apply” has been given in a video which is available on Join Indian Army website and on YouTube”, informed Colonel Vijendra Singh, Director, Army Recruiting Office (ARO), Pune.

Online Common Entrance Exam (CEE)

“To appear in the Online CEE, Admit cards would be available on Join Indian Army website 10-14 days prior to commencement of the examination. Intimation of the same shall be sent to candidates’ mobiles through SMS and also on their regd email IDs. Admit card will have exact address for Exam Centre”, he added.

The Online CEE is a computer based exam. The process to appear in the exam is very simple. To guide the candidates, a video on ‘How to Appear in Online Common Entrance Exam” is available of Join Indian Army website and also on YouTube. It is clarified that there is no change in the syllabus & pattern of the exam.

To assist the candidates to prepare for the online CEE, practice tests for all categories have been developed and a link has been hosted on the Join Indian Army website. Candidates can thus practice appearing in the said exam from their homes. On accessing the same, candidates will be able to see the same screen on the computer as they will see during the actual Exam. These tests can be accessed on a mobile also.

Recruitment Rally

“Based on their performance in the Online CEE, shortlisted candidates will be called to nominated venues for Recruitment Rallies. The procedure of Recruitment Rallies remains unchanged. Final merit will be based on Online CEE result and physical test marks as hither-to-fore”, said Brigadier SD Upadhyay, DDG (states).

Help Desk

To clarify any doubts of the candidates, a helpdesk has also been established, details of which are available on Join Indian Army website. For queries related to Online CEE, they can also be clarified on mob No 7996157222.


The changed procedure will focus on enhanced cognitive aspects during recruitment and will result in wider and better outreach across the country. It will also reduce large crowds assembling at Recruiting Rallies and reduce the administrative arrangements therein. The process will become more streamlined, simpler for candidates to appear and is in synchronised with current technological advancement of the country.

Anti Touting

“As the candidates will realize, the process has become completely automated with minimal human intervention. Candidates are advised not to fall prey to touts as they can not help them in any way. The recruitment into the Indian Army remains completely unbiased, impartial and merit based”, Brig Upadhyay concluded.


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