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Author: Prashant Negi
Greater Noida
BBA LLB 5th YEAR, JEMTEC School of Law, Greater Noida (Affiliated to GGSIP University, Delhi).
How To Make Career in Army Law Practice (JAG)

Unexplored Career Opportunity for Law Graduates

Most of the times when a Law Student or Graduate is asked about career choices, the answer is always found to be Litigation, Corporate laws, Judiciary or any other area but students mostly tend to ignore or they are unaware of the fact that they have option to join one of the most elite organisation of our nation i.e. Indian Army.

Indian army gives one of the most respected and prestigious career opportunity for law students both male and female through JAG ENTRY. Through this entry a law graduate can join Army, Navy or Air force.

JAG or Judge Advocate General is a post held by a major general who is the legal and judicial chief of the Indian Army. The Indian Army has an individual JAG branch which includes legally qualified army officers. These officers can be commissioned directly into the JAG branch or sidestepped from other branches like arms or corps. JAG officers are responsible for providing legal help to the military in all aspects. To become a JAG officer, JAG Entry is designed for all candidates. It is a special entry for both male and female law graduates. There is no written exam for this entry. Shortlisted candidates will directly face the SSB interview.

Anyone pursuing law as a career opportunity wants growth, success, recognition, respect, financial stability, knowledge and most importantly sense of living and satisfaction but there is profession other than Indian Army that gives you all of these, as it is rightly said that Army is not a Profession, It is way of life.

Also, nothing can be better than choosing a profession which give you opportunity to grow as an advocate and at the same time to serve our Nation with pride and dignity.

Army also provides Professional Advancement as it provides limitless opportunities to enhance your personality. If someone wants to study during the job, there is a scope for Higher Education too which can benefit you post retirement. There are various Training Programs conducted in armed forces which are good for personal and professional advancement.

In the current economic scenario, having a good and respected government job is the best because of the job security. Besides job security, the pay scales are also attractive and itgives you economic stability and ensures and take cares of all your medical expenses of your family members too with post-retirement benefits.

Now let’s take and overview of the eligibility criteria and procedure of how one can join Army through Jag entry:

Eligibility Criteria for JAG Entry

· Candidates must be an Indian.

· Candidates must be aged between 21 to 27 years.

· Candidates should have minimum 55% aggregate makes in LLB Degree. Additionally, they should be eligible for registration along with Bar Council of India/State. They should be law graduate from a college/university recognized by Bar Council of India.

 

Method of Selection – JAG Entry

· Shortlisting of candidates will be done by Recruiting Directorate and Integrated HQ of MoD. The final decision will be taken by DG Recruiting. Details of shortlisted candidates will be available on the official website of Indian Army – www.joinindianarmy.nic.in.

· Shortlisted candidates will face the SSB Interview directly at allotted selection centers in specific dates.

· There will be two stages of selection procedure based on Psychological Aptitude Test, held at Selection Centres. All the shortlisted candidates will face stage 1 (screening) test on the first day of reporting at Selection Centres. Stage 2 (psychology, GTO and personal interview) will invite only selected candidates.

· Candidates who qualify the stage two will submit the attested photocopy of educational documents to Selection Centre for verification.

· Candidates who qualify SSB interview will go for the medical examination by a Medical Board. The final selection will be based on the number of vacancies available at that time.

 

Training of JAG Entry

· Selected candidates will be detailed for training at Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), Chennai according to their position in the final order of merit, up to the number of vacancies available at the time.

· Duration of training – 49 weeks (approximately 11 months) at OTA, Chennai. On successful completion of which candidates will be granted commission in the rank of Lt. No ante date seniority will be granted.

· 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 OTA, Chennai. A candidate, who married subsequent to the date of his/her application, though successful at the Services Selection Board interview or medical examination, will not be inducted 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.

· Training at OTA, Chennai is at Govt. expense all candidates who successfully complete Pre-Commission training at OTA, Chennai will be awarded “Post Graduate Diploma in Defence Management and Strategic Studies” by University of Madras.

 

What after joining Army?

· The ranked officers after successful training of 11 months are posted to various parts of India and further trained for core area where they will learn about laws and other administrative work.

· Since this is short service commission by Indian Army, therefore the minimum tenure of service is 10 years which can be extended up to 14 years as per the choice of the officer.

· Army also provides opportunity to officers as per their performance for Permanent Commission after which officer can opt. for Judicial Officer equivalent to rank of Brigadier as a Judge of Armed Force Tribunal.

· And if any officer wish to retire he can do so after 10 or 14 years

· After retired as an army officer there are ample of opportunities in the various field of law where one can opt. for and there are high demand for retired army personnel in the corporate sector also.

 

MISCELLANOUS QUERIES ABOUT THE EXAM

1. What is the syllabus for the exam?

The candidates are shortlisted through SSB interview process which is same for all other army recruitments. Therefore there is no special syllabus for JAG Entry as it is personality test, they don’t check your knowledge they check your personality so start preparing and try to inculcate Officer Like Qualities (OLQ’s) within yourself.

 

2. When and where exams are being conducted?

Army recruits through SSB process two times a year and SSB can be conducted at any of the SSB center i.e. Selection Center East (SCE), Allahabad,Selection Center Central (SCC), Bhopal, Selection Center South (SCS), Bangalore and Selection Center North (SCN), Kapurthala.

 

3. What if I have low grades in college or failed some subjects in any of the semester?

As long as you have your college degree and minimum 55% marks then nothing matters as already mentioned it is the test of personality not knowledge or grades.

As rightly said “one need not to be most EDUCATED but AWARE for this test”.

 

4. Is there any fees for training at OTA?

No, all the expenses for training and accommodation of the candidates are beard by Army in fact govt. provides monthly stipend for OTA candidates during their training.

 

5. Are there any limitations on number of attempts for JAG?

No, there are no limitations on number of attempts but there is age criteria (21-27).

 

6. What is the work of army lawyer?

A Judge Advocate General of the Indian army advises the military personnel on their day to day matters. Work is very similar to any litigator save, all the works are done for military officers from the filing of drafts to appearing at courts and military tribunals.

 

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