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.


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

  1. Uncorrected without glass – 6/12
  2. Corrected with glass – 6/6
  3. Limits of Myopia – 3.5
  4. Limits of Hypermetropia – +2.5
  5. Binocular vision III
  6. Limits of Colour Perception I
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Candidates who have undergone or have the evidence of having undergone Radial Keratotomy, to improve the visual acuity, will be permanently rejected.
  10. Candidates who have undergone LASER Surgery for correction of refractive error will be considered for commission in Army if they fulfill following criteria :-
  11. Age more than 20 years.
  12. Uncomplicated stable LASIK/Excimer (PRK) laser procedure done for Myopia or Hypermetropia, with stable refraction for a period of six months after the procedure.
  13. A healthy retina.
  14. 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.
  15. Axial length within permissible limits.


  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.

  1. LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.
  2. The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.
  3. At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicated stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.
  4. The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.
  5. Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded.
  6. Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.
  7. 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.

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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


(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



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