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Required Visual Standards For Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force

After a candidate clears the SSB Interview, he/she is expected to undergo a Medical Examination held at the medical boards. Only the candidates who are declared fit by the medical...

After a candidate clears the SSB Interview, he/she is expected to undergo a Medical Examination held at the medical boards. Only the candidates who are declared fit by the medical authorities are eligible to join the Training Academy. In this article we are going to share details about Required Visual Standards for Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force. To know more about medical procedures, download SSBCrackExams App.

Required Visual Standards for Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force
Required Visual Standards for Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force

Visual Standards for Indian Army

The eye sight requirement for the post of officer in Indian army
is mentioned below:

  • Uncorrected without glass – 6/12
  • Corrected with glass – 6/6
  • Limits of Myopia – 3.5
  • Limits of Hypermetropia – +2.5
  • Binocular vision III
  • Limits of Colour Perception I

1. A candidate should be able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses. Myopia should not be more than 3.5D and hypermetropia not more than 3.5D including Astigmatism. For women candidates the minimum acceptable visual acuity are: Distant vision (corrected)better eye 6/6 worse 6/18, Myopia of not more than minus 5.5 including Astogination.
2. Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope 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 A candidate should be able to recognise red and green colours.
3. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity, will be permanently rejected.
4. Candidates who have undergone LASER Surgery for correction of refractive error will be considered for commission in Army if they fulfill following criteria :-

  • Age more than 20 years.
  • Uncomplicated stable LASIK/Excimer (PRK) laser procedure done for Myopia or Hypermetropia, with stable refraction for a period of six months after the procedure.
  • A healthy retina.
  • Corrected vision should be 6/6 in better eye and 6/9 in worse eye, with maximum residual refraction of + 1.50 in any meridian for myopia or hypermetropia.
  • Axial length within permissible limits.

Visual Standards for Indian Air Force

1. One must have 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, which can be correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia.
2. Near Vision must be N-5 each eye.

  • Near vision is determined using “Times Roman” type and is assessed at reading distance (30-50 cm) and at 100 cm. The 100-cm distance is important in the aircraft cockpit and similar environments and for users of CRT displays. When two values are shown, such as N5 and N14, the first value refers to the reading distance (30-50 cm) and the second value to the 100-cm distance.
  • Color Vision must be CP-1(ML T). Color Perception-1: The correct recognition of coloured lights shown through the paired apertures on the Holmes-Wright lantern at LOW BRIGHTNESS at 6 metres (20 feet) distance in complete darkness.

LASIK Surgery

  • LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short Service Commission (Flying Branch) If the following condition are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination.
  • LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
  • The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
  • At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicated stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.
  • The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.
  • Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded.
  • Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.

Ocular Muscle Balance: Eyes should be well aligned and should have normal binocular vision. No manifest squint permissible. Convergence must be adequate. Ocular movements full and free Ocular muscle balance can be tested with the cover test, the Maddox rod or an approved vision tester.
At 6 meters

  • Exophoria 6 prism Diopters
  • Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
  • Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
  • Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters

At 33 cm

  • Exophoria 16 prism Diopters
  • Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
  • Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
  • Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters

Visual Standards for Indian Navy

(a) Uncorrected without glass 6/12

(b) Corrected with glass 6/6

(c) Limits of Myopia -1.5

(d) Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

(e) Binocular vision Ill (f) Limits of Colour Perception I

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  • Comment (52)
  • Sir,
    My vision declared my medical board -3.5. Can I got RMB ? Is it curable ?
    Can I correct it through lasik .My age is 18.6 year & medical board for NDA entry.
    Sir, Pl reply soon.

    • Lasik is not allowed for NDA entry scheme.But yes you can undergo Lasik and join the Forces.Also do not carry the Lasik surgery before the age of 20 you will be permanently rejected.

    • Power of -4.5 is not permissible. But you can undergo the LASIK surgery and thereafter if you satisfy the required visual standards then you may qualify.

  • Sir I have eye problem and I also have specs with no. -1.50 can I join NDA after my 10th exams . I am in 10th now. Please give reply

  • Hi! Sir i am pratham and i am suffering from myopia. Can i join indian navy its my dream
    Please reply sir.and now i have giv
    N ssc exam

  • Hi Sir I have a suffering with myopia with no. -3.5 in both eye now I eligible for indian airforce group x please reply soon
    My medical in airforce on 17 th july in halwara

  • Sir I’ve colour vision problem.. I’m passed +2 science with 74%…. Can I join in indian navy ?? Reply me soon sir..

    • No sir.Unfortunately defect of eyes to such a great extent is not permitted in any of the armed forces.Also candidates who are colour blind are also permanently rejected.

  • Iam in class 9.My vision is 6/9 and 6/12 .My eye power is -3 and -4 .Can I join navy enginneer ?If yes , then how can I prepare myself from now?

  • Can i join Indian army trough NDA or CDS entry schemes with myopia of -2.75 D on both L and R side of my eyes ?. Second question why is the Indian military so strict on visual standards ?,i checked the eyesight eligibility on the french foreign legion( -10 D ) and the us army and marine corps (-7 D) , so why cant our military lift the visual standards for the army? .There are many passionate aspirants who will benefit from such changes and would be able to serve their nation .

    • Absolutely, our Armed Forces have made the medical standards so strict that most of the deserving candidates fail in this. I think these medical standards are not revised for decades. Nowadays technology is developing so rapidly that these medical standards does not matter till your condition is really bad. Atleast for technical branches, these standards should be low. I am an aspirant of CDSE and I’m totally confused, whether I would be able to make it into the IMA/OTA or not. My visual acuity is 6/6 (without glasses) in the left eye and 6/12(with/without glasses) partial in the right eye with amblyopia/lazy eye. The doc said, it cannot be corrected with glasses. What shall I do now?
      Please guide me _/\_
      I’m desperately waiting for an answer to my question.
      I want to tell everybody, that even if I couldn’t make it into the FAUJ in this birth, I will certainly make it in my next birth.

  • i had Lasik done 1 year back and now vision is 6/6 with no colour blindness with no any internal pathology of eye but axial length 26.6 and all other medical examinations are perfectly normal
    I applied for Army, cleard interview..applied for appeal
    can it be the only reason for permanent fit or may they give a little importance to this thing?
    almost every myopic have more axial length than normal

  • Sir i have alternate exophoria and was temporarily rejected from MH allahabad, my doctor has told me to do some exercises and it would improve, if i show improve will the review medical officer take that in consideration? And is minor exophoria allowed kn indian army ??

  • I am having -0.50D (myopia) in both eyes. Iam not wearing glasses.iam i eligible to join the indian armed forced…?

    • Sir,My eyesight is 2.25 am i not eligible for Airforce and Navy in NDA 2020. Please advise order of preference among NDA A.F.,Navy,Army,NA how i should choose.I am interested in all & ready to serve our country.

  • sir, my power is -6 both eyes and I’m an ardent aspirant of being a pilot in either Indian navy or air force. IS there any way I can be? 🙁

  • sir in previous articles about vision standards it is mentioned that better vision (corrected) -6/6 in best eye and 6/18 in worse eye, is that eligible?

    • No.
      But there’s a hope if u undergoes lasik surgery u are almost fit for all entrances and branch of defense forces

  • My eye corrected vision with specs is 6/6 in right and 6/9 in left am I eligible for any section of defence through nda entry??
    Plzz reply.

    • Sir pls update colour blindness standard as per eligible criteria. I think now cp4 and cp3 is totally unfit for any Indian forces but cp2 is fit for only indian army and cp1 for air force and navy.

  • Sir/Ma’am I have a defect in my eyes I am not able to see father objects and have got specs. am i eligible for NDA’s Army Wing????

    • Sir I am going for Navy AA medical I use -.5D glass on left eye and -.75 on right eye whether it is allow in navye AA or not please reply

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