JAG Exam

How to become Judge Advocate General in Indian Army : JAG Indian Army : Indian Army Lawyer

One of the best career options to consider for a candidate having a degree in law is to opt for JAG Exam i.e. Judge Advocate General in Indian Army i.e to work for Indian Army as a Lawyer as an Indian Army officer. In this article, I am going to discuss about the following thing in detail that relate to JAG. You can also watch the video wherein you will find all the details.

  • What is JAG?
  • Eligibility Criteria for JAG
  • Education Qualification for JAG Entry
  • Age limit in JAG Entry
  • Terms and Conditions of Service Indian army JAG Entry
  • Salary of JAG
  • How to apply for JAG Exam
  • Pattern of the JAG Exam
  • How to prepare for JAG Exam
  • Books for JAG Preparation

What is JAG?

The full form of JAG is Judge Advocate General.

What is the job or What are the duties of Judge Advocate General in India?

The duties of Judge Advocate General in India are as follows:-

Eligibility Criteria for Indian Army Jag Entry

1. Should not be married

2. Nationality Requirements for JAG Exam

A candidate must either be:

(i) A citizen of India, or

(ii) A subject of Nepal,

(iii) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopiaand Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India,provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii) and (iii) above shall be a person in whose favour 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.

3. Age limit in JAG Exam

Age Limit. 21 to 27 years

For 2021 JAG: as on 01 Jul 2021(Born not earlier than 02 Jul1994 and not later than 01Jul 2000;both dates inclusive).

Note. Candidates should note that the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary School Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will only be accepted and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

4. Educational Qualification Required for JAG Exam

Minimum 55% aggregate marks in LLB Degree (three years professional after graduation or five years after 10+2 examination).

The candidates should be eligible for registration as an advocate with Bar Council of India/State.Candidate should be from a College/University recognized by Bar Council of India.

Terms and Conditions of Service Indian army JAG Entry

Tenure of Engagement: Short Service Commission will be granted to Male and Female 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 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 & Female)who are not selected for grant of PC but are otherwise considered fit and suitable, will be given options to continue as SSCOs for a total period of 14 years (including the initial tenure of 10 years) on expiry of which they will be released from the Army


Duration of training is 49 weeks at OTA, Chennai.

(a) Selected candidates will be detailed for Pre-Commission training at OTA, Chennai according to their position in the final order of merit, up to the number of available vacancies, subject to meeting all eligibility criteria.

(b) Candidates will neither be allowed to marry during the period of training nor will he/she be allowed to live with parents/Guardians. Candidates must not marry until they complete the full training at the Officers Training Academy. A candidate, who marries subsequent to the date of his/her application, though successful at the Services Selection Board interview and medical examination, will not be eligible for training. A candidate if he/she marries, while under training, shall be discharged and will be liable to refund all expenditure incurred on him/her by the government.

(c) All candidates who successfully complete Pre-Commission training at Officers Training Academy, Chennai will be awarded ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies by University of Madras

Promotion Criteria Army Jags

Lieutenant On commission

Captain On completion of 2 years

MajorOn completion of 6 years

Lt Colonel On completion of 13 years

Colonel (TS)On completion on 26 years

Colonel On selection basis subject to fulfillment of requisite service conditions

Salary of JAG

Lieutenant Level 1056,100 -1,77,500 (Entry level)

How to Apply

Official Website to apply for JAG Exam: www.joinindianarmy.nic.in

Pattern of JAG Exam

Officer Intelligence Rating(OIR) Test

Suggested Book: Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal

Picture Perception & Description Test(PP&DT).

Narration & Group Discussion


1. Psychological Test

  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Word Association Test(WAT)
  • Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
  • Self Description Test (SDT).

2. GTO  Test(Ground Testing Officer)

3. Personal Interview

Books for JAG Exam Preparation

OIR Test & PPDT – SSB Interview Screening Test – Stage 1 Testing

Breaking The Code of SSB Psychological Tests – SSB Interview (TAT/WAT/SRT/SD)

SSB Interview: The Complete Guide

 The Brave: Param Vir Chakra Stories

How to Win Friend and Influence People

Attitude is everything

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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