at his rank vs for his rank

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Compulsory Foreign Language is chosen on the basis of rank of the officer in the batch irrespective of the category to which he belongs. Language vacancies are announced by the Ministry every year depending on felt requirements. Hence if a given language vacancy is available at his/her rank it is obtained by the officer.




Shouldn't be the phrase in red be"for his/her rank"? I know "at his rank" is a common phrase but here the context and the meaning are different. Here, the rank does not mean the position he/she holds but what is obtained by them in exams. In other words, the rank here roughly means "the marks" obtained.
 

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When I read "officer" and "rank," I assume they are talking about the rank of officer (i.e. lieutenant, major, etc.)
 

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When I read "officer" and "rank," I assume they are talking about the rank of officer (i.e. lieutenant, major, etc.)

Yes, I understand but in this case, I am quite certain that "rank" does not refer to the rank of officer. It is just the rank got in exam like 1st rank..21st rank.
 

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Yes, I understand but in this case, I am quite certain that "rank" does not refer to the rank of officer. It is just the rank got in exam like 1st rank..21st rank.

Then I wold use "ranking" and make it explicit that you are referring to a ranking based on the exam.
 
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