These standards are laid
down to assess the fitness of a candidate for selection of
Assistant Commandant (General Duty)(Women) in ICG.
1. Height, Weight And Chest
Only female candidate can apply for this post and minimum
height required for entry into Indian Coast Guard for male
candidate is 152 cm.
(i) Height standards may be reduced by 05 cm below 157 cms in
the case of Gorkhas, Nepalese, Assamese(including those from
Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya,Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur,
Tripura, Garhwal, Sikkim, local tribes of Andaman and Nicobar
(ii) And upto 2 cm in case of candidates from
The minimum acceptable weight that candidate of a particular
age and height must have is tabulated below. These weights
are based on BMI.
- Height / Weight standards for Female candidate (in kgs)
(i) The weight of any candidate should not however vary from
the average by more than 10% of ideal weight.
Certain athletic individuals like wrestlers or bodybuilders
may exceed the prescribed weight limit because of bigger
muscle mass. In such individuals, assessment will be made of
subcutaneous fat. For this purpose skin fold thickness of
more than 23mm in males will be taken as indicative of
obesity. If there is no excess of adipose tissue, such
individuals will be considered fit. However in doubtful cases
the opinion of Medical Specialist must be sought.
(i) Should be well proportioned without
deformity of chest, congenital or acquired.
Expansion not less than 5 cms.
(iii) Absence of
significant gynaecomastia in males, bilateral or unilatera.
Visual standard acceptable for Assistant Commandant
(GD) in ICG is as follows:-
|Uncorrected without glass
||Corrected with glass
||Limit of Myopia
||Limit of Hypermetropia
||Limit of Colour Perception
(a) Vision in either eye of the candidate is required upto
the standard. His eyes are to be bright, clear and with no
obvious squint or abnormality. Movements of eye balls should
be full and free in all directions.
(b) Distant Vision
who do not qualify the distant vision standard (uncorrected
without glass) will be declared unfit even if their other eye
standards are within normal limits.
(c) Wearing of Spectacles
Spectacles are permitted in all branches, even at the time of
entry, except GD branch prior to completion of initial
training. The glasses should not have a tint darker than A2
(d) Wearing of Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are permitted in all branches. However, the
responsibility for their procurement, maintenance and for any
complications resulting from their use, rests entirely on the
individual. Exceptions are as (c) ibid.
(e) Muscle Balance -
(i) Limits of Heterophoria (distant) at 6 meters (latent
squint) tested by Maddox Rod (provided convergence
insufficiency and other symptoms are absent):
(aa) Eso and Exophoria not to exceed eight prism dioptres.
(ab) Hyperphoria not to exceed one prism dioptres.
(ii) Limits of heterophoria(near) at 30 cm by Maddox Wing:
(aa) Esophoria six prism dioptres.
(ab) Exophoria 16
(ac) Hyperphoria one prism dioptres.
(f) Ocular movements must be full in all directions
and the pupils should react normally to light and
accommodation. Manifest squint is a cause for rejection.
(g) Visual Fields
- The Visual
fields in each eye must be full as tested by confrontation
(h) Standard of colour Perception
- As reflected in the table for each branch and to be tested
by MLT at a distance of 6M (20 feet). Test by Ishihara/Tokyo
Medical College Book Test with no error.
(i) Laser therapy for correction of Myopia is not
(j) Standard for Night Vision Acuity(NVA) -
(i) Night vision is not to be tested as a routine. Candidate
who complains of Night blindness are to be rejected.
(ii) Night Vision acuity is to be tested only if there is a
history of congenital night blindness in the family or where
there is a suspicion of night blindness in the candidate. In
other cases, an assertion by the candidate (applicable only
to candidates for GD branch) that neither he nor any of his
family members suffers from congenital night blindness, will
(k) Fundus and Media should be healthy with no evidence of
degenerative and hereditary disorders.
(l) Other causes for Rejection -
(i) Chronic inflammation of eyelids and adnexa.
(v) Abnormal pupillary reactions.
3. Ear, Nose and Throat
Ear History of
recurrent ear ache, tinnitus or vertigo, impairment of
hearing, disease of the external meatus including atresia,
exostosis or neoplasm which prevent a thorough examination of
the drum, unhealed perforation of the tympanic membrane,
aural discharge or sign of acute or chronic suppurative
otitis media, evidence of radical or modified radical mastoid
operation, are a cause for being unfit.
of the bones or cartilages of the nose, marked nasal allergy,
nasal polyps, atrophic rhinitis, disease of the accessory
Sinuses and nasopharynx are causes for rejection.
(i) A candidate should be able to hear forced whisper at a
distance of 610 cms with each ear separately with back to the
(ii) Even though when the ear is healthy,
the tympanic membrane is intact and freely mobile, and there
is no defective hearing on audiometry, but if the candidate
has undergone a cortical mastoid operation, a successful
myringoplasty or tympanoplasty, the candidate is to be
nasal deformity not causing disfigurement, minor simple
deviation not interfering with nasal airway and small
traumatic septal perforation which is asymptomatic are
Disease of throat, palate, tongue, tonsils, gums and
disease or injury affecting the normal function of either
mandibular joints should be absent.
hypertrophy of the tonsils without associated history of
attacks of tonsillitis is acceptable.
(d) Disease of the larynx and impediment of
speech should be absent
should be normal. Candidates with pronounced stammer will not
(a) Disease of the thyroid gland is a cause for rejection.
Enlarged glands, tubercular or due to other diseases in the
neck or other parts of the body are a cause for rejection.
operations for the removal of tubercular glands are not a
cause for rejection provided there has been no active disease
within the preceding five years and the chest is clinically
and radiologically clear.
5. Skin and Sexually
Transmitted Disease (STD)
A candidate should not have:-
(a) Skin disease unless temporary or trivial.
which by their extent or position cause or are likely to
cause disability or marked disfigurement.
Hyperhydrosis palmar, plantar, or axillary.
Congenital, active or latent sexually transmitted diseases.
with old healed scar over the groin or penis suggestive of
past STD, Blood will be tested for STD(Including HIV) to
exclude latent sexually transmitted diseases.
6. Respiratory System
A candidate should not have:-
(a) History of chronic cough or bronchial asthma are cause
(b) Evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis
is a cause for rejection.
(c) Evidence of diseases of
bronchi, lungs or pleurae detected on radiological
examination of the chest will disqualify the candidate.
7. Cardio-Vascular System
A candidate should not have:-
(a) Functional or organic disease of the heart or blood
vessels, presence of murmurs or clicks on auscultation.
(b) Tachycardia (Pulse Rate persistently over 96/min at
rest), bradycardia (Pulse Rate persistently below 40/min at
rest), any abnormality of peripheral pulses.
pressure exceeding 140mm Hg systolic or 90 mmHg diastolic.
A candidate should not have:-
(a) Evidence of any disease of the gastro-intestinal tract.
Enlargement of liver, gall bladder or spleen, tenderness on
abdominal palpation, evidence/history of extensive abdominal
(b) Fistula in ano, anal fissure, or
hemorrhoids, unless satisfactory treatment has been carried
(c) Inguinal or any other hernia or tendency
Those who have been operated
for hernia/hydrocele, varicose-veins, vericocele may be
declared fit provided:
(i) Six months have elapsed since the operation for hernia
and six weeks for other operations. Documentary proof to
this effect is to be produced by the candidate.
General tone of the abdominal musculature is good.
(iii) There is no recurrence of hernia or any other
complication connected with the operation.
9. Genito-urinary system
A candidate should not have:-
(a) Any evidence of defect/disease of genital organ,
(b) Disease or malformation of
the kidneys or urethra.
(c) Incontinence of Urine,
(d) Any abnormality on examination
of urine including albuminuria or glycosuria.
Bilateral undescended testis, Unilateral undescended testis,
retained in the inguinal canal or at the external abdominal
ring unless corrected by operation.
Absence of one testis is not
a cause for rejection unless the testis has been removed on
account of disease or its absence has affected the physical
or mental health of the candidate.
10. Central Nervous System
(a) Organic disease of Central Nervous System is not
(b) Tremors, not acceptable.
Candidates with history of fits or recurrent attacks of
headache/migraine will not be accepted.
11. Psychiatric Disorders
History or evidence of
mental disease or nervous instability in the candidate or his
family not acceptable.
12. Women Candidates
They should not be
pregnant and should also be free from any gynecological
disorder such as primary or secondary Amenorrhoea /
Dysmenorrhoea / Menorrhagia.
13. Dental Condition
It should be ensured that
a sufficient number of natural and sound teeth are present
for efficient mastication. Teeth not considered necessary for
efficient mastication are allotted one point each, and those
essential two points each.
(a) Dental points less than 14 are a cause for rejection. A
candidate must have a minimum of 14 dental points to be
acceptable in order to assess the dental condition of an
individual, points are allotted as under for teeth in good
apposition with corresponding teeth in either jaw.
(i) Central incisor, lateral incisor, canine, 1stPremolar,
2nd Premolar and under developed third molar- one point
(ii) 1st molar, 2nd molar and fully developed
3rdmolar - 2 points each.
(ii) When all 32 teeth are
present, there will be a total count of 22 or 20 points
according to whether the third molars are fully developed or
(b) The following teeth in good functional apposition must be
present in each jaw:
(i) Any 4 of the anteriors.
(ii) Any 6 of the 10
(iii) All teeth must be sound/repairable.
(c) Candidates suffering from severe pyorrhoea will be
rejected. When the state of pyorrhoea is such that in the
opinion of the dental officer, it can be cured without
extraction of teeth, the candidates may be accepted. A note
about the affected teeth is to be inserted by the dental
officer in the medical documents(AFMSF-2A).
(d) Artificial dentures are a cause for rejection, however
ex-servicemen, deputationists, and those seconded from other
Government departments having well fitted dentures may be
accepted except divers.
14. Major Defects for
Rejection are as under
(a) Weak constitution, imperfect development, congenital
malformation, muscle wasting.
Wasting is to be judged
entirely by its effect on function.
(b) Malformation of the head including deformity from
fracture or depression of the bones of the skull.
Disease or abnormal curvature of the spine. Scoliosis more
than 10 by Cobb's method in less than 25 years of age,
and 15 in more than 25 years of age. X-Ray of spine may be
done on the advice of the appropriate specialist.
Skeletal deformity either hereditary or acquired, and disease
or impairment of function of bones or joints.
Rudimentary cervical rib
causing no signs or symptoms is acceptable.
(e) Asymmetry of torso or limbs, abnormality of locomotion
(f) Deformity of feet and toes.
15. Acceptable Defects on
Candidates for the Coast Guard with the following minor
defects may be accepted. These defects are however to be
noted in the medical forms on entry.
(a) Knock knees with a separation of less than 5 cm at the
(b) Mild curvature of legs not
affecting walking or running Intercondylar distance should
not be over 7 cm.
(c) Mild hammer toe and minor degree
of hallux valgus.
(d) Flexible flat feet with no
significant history of pain.
(e) Healed perforation of
the ear drum without any discontinuity is acceptable,
provided the hearing is normal.
(f) Mild stammering not
(g) Mild degree of varicocele.
(h) Mild degree of varicose veins.
(j) The carrying
angle of elbow should not be more than10 degrees for male
candidate and 15 degrees for female candidates.
Remedial operations where ever required are to be performed
prior to entry. No guarantee is given of ultimate acceptance
and it should be clearly understood by a candidate that the
decision whether an operation is desirable or necessary is
one to be made by his/her private medical advisor, The
Government will accept no liability regarding the result of
operation or any expenses incurred.
(k) Any other slight defect which produces no functional
disability and which in the opinion of the medical
officer/medical board will not interfere with the individuals
efficiency as an officer or enrolled personnel.