SSB or Services Selection board is something every Defence Aspirants looks up to. If you are reading this article, you already know what we are talking about. Every Aspirant in One Way or another is Frightened of It. Aspirants get so worried that they don’t pay much Attention to “Medical Examination”.
After being recommended by Services Selection Board, Aspirants have to go through 4-5 Day Medical Test to check whether they are Medically Fit to Join the Forces or not.
The Schedule for medical Checkup is as Follows:
Day 2 – Ear, Nose & Tongue(ENT), Eye
Day 3 – Surgical Examination
Day 4 – Eye & Dental
Day 5 – General Medical(Height, weight, blood pressure, heartbeat) & Medical Conference
Height and Weight Standards for Men:-
|Height in Cm||Weight in KG (Age Range in Years)|
|152 – 158||46 – 49||47 – 50||50 – 54||54 – 58|
|159 – 165||50 – 53||51 – 55||55 – 59||59 – 63|
|166 – 171||54 – 56||56 – 59||60 – 64||63 – 66|
|172 – 178||57 – 60||59 – 63||64 – 69||67 – 71|
|179 – 183||61 – 63||64 – 66||69 – 72||72 – 74|
|184 – 185||64||67 – 68||73 – 74||75|
Height and Weight Standards for Women
|Height in Cm||Weight in KG (Age Range in Years)|
|148 – 151||43 – 45||46 – 48|
|152 – 155||46 – 48||49 – 51|
|156 – 160||49 – 51||52 – 55|
|161 – 165||52 – 54||55 – 58|
|166 – 171||55 – 58||59 – 62|
|172 – 176||59 – 61||63 – 66|
|177 – 178||62 – 63|
NOTE: A 10% variation on either side of average is acceptable.
- The candidate should be free from wax (EARS), DNS, Hydrocele/Phimosis. Defective Colour Vision, LASIK Surgery, Over/Under Weight, Under Chest, Piles, Gynecomastia, Tonsillitis, Veri-Cocele And Aids.
- Minimum Height for Men should be 152 Cms for Undergraduate Entry (NDA & 10+2 TES) and 157 cm for Graduate Entry (CDSE, TGC, UES, NCC
SPL AMC, RVC ETC) and Minimum Weight should be 43 Kgs.
- Minimum Height for Women should be 152 cm and Weight should be 42 Kgs
- Candidate should be able to read 6/6 in a Distant Vision Chart
- Colour Vision Standard should be CP-III
- Minimum 14 Dental Points With Sound Teeth
- Uncorrected without glass: 6/6, 6/9
- Corrected with glass: 6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
- Nil limits for myopia
- Limits for Hypermetropia: +2.00 D
Now after Reading this long intro, Let Us Actually Tell you Medical Tests you can perform at Home to ensure that you are Medically Fit for the Forces:
1. Sweaty Palms or Hyperhidrosis
Having Sweaty palms will get you rejected by Medical Board as you won’t be able to hold your weapon properly in battle.
To Check whether you have Sweaty Palms, Close your fist for some time (30 sec to one minute) and later grab someone’s finger( or your own finger from another hand) tightly in your fist. Try to Free your Finger/Ask your friend to free his finger from your grip and if it happens easily, it’s because your palms are sweaty and guess what, you may have sweaty palms.
If you have Sweaty palms, Do not panic. Consult a Doctor.
2. Cubitus Varus or Cubitus Valgus
Cubitus varus is a common deformity in which the extended forearm deviates towards the midline of the body.
Cubitus valgus is a medical deformity in which the forearm is angled away from the body to a greater degree than normal when fully extended.
In Both the Cases, You will be declared Unfit by the Medical Board.
To Check whether you have either of the two conditions, Stretch your Arm. If your forearm ( the part below the elbow) is not straight or aligns itself with the entire arm, You have Cubitus Varus or Cubitus Valgus. Lots of Aspirants don’t know about this Rejection and a large population suffer from this deformity. Make sure that you don’t have this. If you do, Consult a Doctor ASAP.
3. Color Blindness Test
Color Blindness is something lot of People take for granted. You see colours every day and assume that you are not Color Blind. That is not the case my friend. Color Blindness means that one can see all the colours like the others but is unable to distinguish the differences between certain colours. This condition results from an absence of colour-sensitive pigment in the cone cells of the retina, the nerve layer at the back of the eye.
Unfortunately, We cannot run Color Blindness Test Here. We, however, have found a Website that does.
To Check Whether You Are Colour Blind, Go here: Color Blindness test or Click on the Image below:
4. Hearing Test
Ability to hear clearly is very important in the military. During a gun battle, you will have to hear what your fellow soldiers are saying to you while guns are blazing above your head.You should be able to hear Clearly
An improper hearing will also get you Rejected.
Unfortunately, we cannot run Hearing Test Here. We, however, have found a Website that has Hearing Test similar to that of SSB Medicals.
Make Sure you use Headphones whether you are on Computer/laptop or Phone for Optimum Results.
To Check your Hearing, Go Here: HEARING TEST or Click on the Image below:
5. Eye Test
Whether you wear Glasses or Not, Your Eye Sight should be well within the prescribed limit.
If your eyesight is below Average, You usually don’t get rejected. They examine whether your eyesight can be corrected using glasses or not. If not, you will be rejected.
This test is very important especially for those who don’t wear glasses as they are not aware of the condition of their eyesight.
We have two ways through which you can take this test.
You can either go to the below website and complete the test or you can check your Eyesight from the below chart
To Go to the Website, Go here: EYE TEST (Recommended)
Check this Chart:
You have to view this chart from distance of 4 meters with each eye. You can estimate your eyesight based on the smallest line you can read.
Note: The Vision Score you get like 6/9 means that what you can read at 6 meters can be read by a person with perfect vision at 9 meters. (6/9 is a good score though)
6. Dental Point Test
There are very rare cases of getting unfit due to less dental points, but as said, precaution is better than cure.
A Candidate needs to have at least 14 Dental Points to be medically Fit.
Here’s how Points are Calculated:
- Teeth which are not considered necessary for efficient work are given with 1 point each.
- Teeth assumed to be essential are allotted with 2 points each.
- Each incisor, canine, 1st and 2nd premolars holds 1 point provided their corresponding lower teeth are present.
- Each 1st and 2nd molar and well developed 3rd molar holds 2 points provided they are in good opposition to corresponding teeth in the lower jaw.
- If 3rd molar is not well developed, it holds only 1 point.
- When we have all 16 teeth intact in the upper jaw with a good functional opposition to
corresponding teeth present in the lower jaw, the total points can be 20 to 22 ( based on 3rd molars are well developed or not).
7. Knock Knees
This is amongst the most talked about Medical Test when it Comes to Defence. Knock knees is a condition in which the knees angle in and touch each other when the legs are straightened.
A candidate with knock knees is declared medically unfit as he/she may not be able to perform physically during training and on battlefield. Their knees are also prone to severe injuries as well. Candidates are Given Temporary Rejection if they have Knock knees.
To test whether you have knock knee or not, you have to just stand on floor forming a “V” shape with feet and if there is Small Gap between your knees then it’s fine but if the gap is too much or your knees are touching each other, you have knock knees then.
Make sure you do this test while forming a “V” with both feet like shown in above picture. Sometimes, muscles in knees are big and brush against each other. That does not mean that you have Knock Knee. Use a Scale/Ruler to ascertain whether you have knock knees.
8. Flat Foot
Flat Foot is a Deformity is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. Some individuals (an estimated 20–30% of the general population) have an arch that simply never develops in one foot (unilaterally) or both feet (bilaterally).
Candidates with Flat Foot are Give Temporary Rejection by Medical Board.
To Check whether you have Flat Foot, follow the below Steps:
- Pour a thin layer of water into a shallow pan
- Wet the sole of your foot.
- Step onto a shopping bag or a blank piece of heavy paper/Brown paper
- Step off and look down
There can be three different results:
- Normal Arch: Your feet are normal so relax.
- Low Arch: Can create some problem during medicals.
- High Arch: Can be considered as a normal for medical point of view
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