TATTOO POLICY FOR SSB INTERVIEW CANDIDATES
TATTOO POLICY FOR CANDIDATES APPEARING FOR SSB
INTERVIEW WITH PERMANENT BODY TATTOO(s)
1. The Tattoo Policy has
been revised recently and the new Policy will be implemented with effect from
11 May 2015. Some of the salient aspects are given in succeeding Paragraphs.
Candidates from Tribal
Candidates belonging to tribal communities/from tribal areas, as
declared by the Government of India Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Orders Act/Lists (amended and modified from time to time), are permitted to have permanent body tattoos on any part of the body, as per
existing customs and traditions of the said
tribe to which a candidate belongs. Such candidates will only be permitted
to continue with the selection process in a SSB on the condition that the
following certificates are submitted by the candidate from a tribal area, prior
to commencement of Stage I of the selection process:-
Self Certification Certificate as per Appendix ‘A’, to be
signed by the candidate.
Certificate of belonging to a tribal community and permissibility of
permanent body tattoo(s) as per format at Appendix
‘B’, to be signed by one of the following two officials:-
DC/DM or SDM of the District/Tehsil where the tribe of the candidate is
presently settled (Name and designation of the concerned official must be
Chairman/Secretary or any other senior member of the Tribe (Name,
designation (if any) and address of the concerned member will be clearly
Remarks of the Commandant, Selection Centre on permanent body tattoo(s)
on candidates from tribal communities will be as at Appendix ‘C’.
All Other Candidates
4. Permanent body tattoos
are permitted on the following body parts only, for which a candidate will be
required to sign a Self Certification Certificate as per format at Appendix ‘D’:-
Inner face of forearms i.e. from inside of the elbow to the wrist of
both the hands (area between 1-2 and 3 in picture affixed) Note:- Area between
4, 5, 6 is not permitted.
Reverse side of the palm/back (dorsal) side of both hands (area between
2 and 3 in picture affixed).
Nature of Tattoos
Though no restriction on size or type of tattoo has been specified,
tattoos are only permitted on body parts as given at Paragraphs 2 and 4 above.
Only small innocuous tattoos, that are not prejudicial to good order and
military discipline are permitted e.g. religious symbols or names of near and
dear ones etc.
Non Permissible Tattoos. Regardless of location of
a tattoo on the body (permitted/not
permitted), the following will fall under the category of ‘Non Permissible
on any other part of the body (less Paragraphs 2 and 4 above).
with lewd or offensive content or indecent figures.
that are indecent, sexist or racist, explained as follows:-
(i) Indecent tattoos are those that are grossly offensive to modesty,
decency or propriety.
(ii) Sexist tattoos are those that advocate a philosophy that demeans a
person based on gender.
(iii) Racist tattoos advocate a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person
based on race, ethnicity or region and religion.
of Permanent Body Tattoo(s)
Any candidate with a permanent body tattoo(s) on any part of the body
other than that specified in Paragraphs 2 and 4 above (permissible category),
or is of an objectionable nature (non permissible category), as brought out in
Paragraph 6 above, are not eligible for
enrolment into the Armed Forces.
with non permissible tattoos will be rejected by : -
(a) The Commandant, Selection Centre prior to
commencement of Stage I (or).
(b) The Commandant, Selection Centre as soon as the non-permissible
tattoo(s) is noticed at any stage of the selection process (or).
(c) The Commandant, Selection Centre as soon as the non-permissible
tattoo(s) is noticed during the medical examination phase, on intimation by
Medical Authorities (or).
(d) The Commandant, Pre-Commission Training Academy (PCTA), if a non
permissible tattoo(s) is noticed post-enrolment during the training phase.
Commandants of Selection Centres/PCTAs will intimate candidates found
with non permissible tattoo(s) of their rejection from the selection/training
process, in writing.
The following aspects will be ensured during various stages from conduct
of SSB interviews till induction of candidates and thereafter, in their
designated PCTAs :-
Service Selection Centres.
(i) Candidates, on arrival at the SSB, will be required to submit a Self
Certified Certificate of undertaking declaring details of all permanent body
tattoo(s), prior to commencement of Stage-I Testing.
(ii) The certificates have been uploaded on “joinindianarmy.nic.in”, the
official website of Recruiting Directorate. Candidates will be apprised of this
in the call up letters to download the same, fill in their particulars and
bring it along with them.
(iii) Candidates who are not in possession of these certificates will be made
to sign the same during the document check before commencement of Stage-I
A candidate will be required to fill separate certificates for each of
the permanent tattoo(s) sported by him/her.
Such certificates will be countersigned by the Commandant, Selection
Centres clearly stating whether the permanent body tattoo(s) is accepted or
not. The said certificate(s) will form part of the candidate’s dossier along
with other documents. Copy of the certificate(s) will also be fwd to concerned
MH in case of “Recommended” candidates.
In case a candidate has undergone removal of tattoo(s) prior to
appearing for SSB interview and the same has faded substantially, this will be
treated as a “scar” and not a tattoo. Such candidates will be permitted to
undergo the entire selection process subject to approval by the Commandant,
Hospitals/Command Hospitals/Medical Directorate.
(i) Candidates with permanent body tattoo(s), which have already been
approved by the Commandant, Selection Centre, will be checked from the medical
angle during his/her medicals and accordingly endorsed in his/her medical
(ii) In case during medical examination, a candidate is found to be having a
permanent body tattoo(s) which was not earlier declared by him/her prior to
commencement of Stage I, then:-
(aa) The tattoo(s) will be
checked by the Medical Authority from the medical angle and accordingly
endorsed in the candidate’s dossier/medical document.
(ab) The candidate will be
returned to the Selection Centre forthwith for endorsement by the Commandant,
Medical examination of such candidates will continue as hitherto fore at
the medical institution if the permanent body tattoo is approved by the
Commandant, Selection Centre.
The above notwithstanding, Commandant, Selection Centre is empowered to
cancel the candidature of such candidates as referred in Para 10 (b) (ii) on
grounds of misrepresentation of facts and the concerned candidate will be
apprised of this in writing with a copy endorsed to the Recruiting Directorate.
(c) At Pre-Commissioned
Training Academies (PCTA). Candidates may go in for a permanent body tattoo(s)
post medicals and prior to joining a PCTA. Therefore, it is mandatory to
thoroughly check all the candidates for permanent body tattoo(s) at the time of
induction to respective PCTAs, with details as given in a candidate’s dossier.
Should there be any deviation in this regard, appropriate action, as deemed
necessary, will be taken by the concerned PCTA in consultation with ARTRAC /
Rtg/Rtg ‘A’ (P&C) letter No 58507/Tattoos/Sel Pol/Rtg P&C dt 11 May
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