Agnipath Recruitment Scheme Update – Registration to Begin Soon, Army and IAF Release Recruitment Details and More

New Delhi, 20 June 2022 – The registration for the first batch of Agniveers under the Agnipath recruitment scheme is going to begin from 24 June onwards for the Indian Air Force and from July 2022 onwards for the Indian Army. 

For now, the Indian Air Force has released the details of the recruitment under the scheme. The Indian Army, on the other hand, has come up with a draft notification on 20 June and further notifications will be issued by various recruitment units of the force from 1 July onwards. Plus, the Indian Navy has stated that it will come up with its Agnipath recruitment guidelines by 25 June. 

Meanwhile, due to the rampant protests against the scheme around the country, the Indian Military leadership noted that applicants will have to prove that they did not take part in any arson or protest against the scheme to get recruited. Lt General Anil Puri, the Additional Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs, noted in this regard, “The Indian Army’s foundation is discipline. There is no space for arson and vandalism. Every individual applying for the Agnipath scheme will have to give a certificate that they were not part of protests or vandalism. Police verification is 100 per cent necessary and no one can join without that.” 

In other developments related to the Agnipath scheme, the Indian Navy is going to recruit women sailors through the scheme this year. This is the first time women sailors will be recruited in the Navy, which will pave the way for them to also be deployed on warships in the upcoming times.

This article will discuss all of the updates related to the scheme and will go into detail about the latest developments that candidates need to be aware of. 

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Overview

Scheme Name Agnipath Recruitment Scheme 2022
Launched By Government of India
Launch Date 14 June 2022
Registration Start Date 24 June 2022
Salary INR 30,000 to INR 40,000 per month
Age Limit 17.5 to 23 years
No. of Candidates to be Recruited in 2022 46,000

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Registration to Begin From June 24

The registration process for the first batch of the Agnipath scheme for the Indian Air Force is scheduled to begin from June 24. The online examination for the same will be held on July 24, 2022. On top of that, the registration process for the Indian Army is scheduled to begin from July 2022 onwards.

Addressing a joint press conference for the Indian Armed Forces, Air Marshal SK Jha noted, “Registration process for the first batch of Agniveers will start from June 24. The Phase-I online examination process would start on July 24. The first batch would be enrolled by December and training would commence by December 30.”

Additionally, the Navy Chief of Personnel, Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi noted in regards to the same, “From November 21 this year, the first naval ‘Agniveers’ will start reaching the training establishment INS Chilka (Odisha). Both female and male Agniveers are allowed for this.”

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Army Recruitment Details

  • As per the Indian Army’s Agnipath updates, ‘Agniveer’ will be a distinct rank. 
  • For General Duty, Class 10 with 45 per cent marks in aggregate and 33 per cent in each subject are mandatory. 
  • For Technical cadre, aspirants will need Class 12 with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English with 50 per cent marks in aggregate and at least 40 per cent in each subject.
  • For Clerk or Storekeeper (Technical), Class 12 in any stream with 60 per cent marks in aggregate and minimum 50 per cent in each subject is required. Also, for this cadre, 50 per cent marks in English and Math/Accounts or book-keeping are mandatory.
  • For Tradesmen, the minimum criterion is having passed Class 8 or Class 10 with at least 33 per cent in each subject.
  • The Agniveer’s pay will be “a composite package” and “he will not be eligible for any Dearness Allowance and Military Service Pay”
  • The Agniveer soldier “will get applicable Risk & Hardship, Ration, Dress, and Travel allowances”. 
  • The recruit will also get a life insurance cover of Rs. 48 lakh for the duration of the service period.

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: IAF Recruitment Details

  • The IAF stated that all Indians are eligible for the scheme as long as they are between 17.5 years and 21 years of age. 
  • Recruitment will be done on the basis of “All India, All Classes”, which means all Indian natives from all of the classes and categories are eligible to apply, as long as they fulfil the age and other criteria.
  • The recruits will also have to meet specific medical eligibility. 
  • They will wear a distinctive insignia on their uniforms for the duration of the training
  • Agniveers will be eligible for 30 days of annual leaves per year. 
  • Sick leaves will be given as per medical advice. 
  • Recruits may be absorbed into formal service at the end of four years at the sole discretion of the government.
  • Except for exceptional cases, the soldiers will not have the option to be released from service at their own request. 
  • Individuals will be eligible for a monthly salary of Rs. 30,000 with fixed yearly increments, risk and hardship, dress and travel allowances, and access to health services.
  • Other guidelines would be as per the original announcement on the Agnipath recruitment scheme

Here is a breakdown of the benefits for IAF recruits:

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme - IAF Recruitment Details

Note: To learn more about IAF recruitment guidelines, please click here.

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Women Sailors to Join Navy

It is interesting to note that the Indian Navy will recruit women sailors for the first time through this scheme. It is still unclear what would be the exact number of women among the 3,000 naval Agniveers who will be recruited. However, the number is believed to be around 10%-20% of the first batch that will begin training at the naval establishment INS Chilka (Odisha).

The Chief of Personnel, Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, noted in this regard, “The Agnipath scheme in the Navy will be gender-neutral. As we speak, 30 women officers are sailing on board frontline warships. We have decided that the time has come to recruit women sailors as well, and in all trades which will include women who will go to sea.” 

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Applicants Need to Prove They Weren’t a Part of Protests

As per a latest announcement by the Indian Military, aspirants will now have to prove that they were not a part of arsons and protests against the scheme to be able to get recruited. 

Lt General Anil Puri, the Additional Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs, noted that “If any FIR is lodged against them [the applicants], they can’t join … They [aspirants] will be asked to write as part of the enrollment form that they were not part of the arson and their police verification will be done.”

He further added, “We had lengthy discussions on how to make our forces young. We studied foreign forces too. We want young people. Youth are risk takers, they have passion. In them, josh and hosh are in equal proportions.” 

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Mahindra Group to Recruit Agniveers

The Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Mr. Anand Mahindra, has announced that they are open to hire young people who join the Indian Armed Forces as Agniveers. 

In a recent tweet, he noted, “Saddened by the violence around the #Agneepath program. When the scheme was mooted last year, I stated – and I repeat – the discipline & skills Agniveers gain will make them eminently employable. The Mahindra Group welcomes the opportunity to recruit such trained, capable young people.”

On being asked which posts will be given to Agniveers in the Mahindra Group, he replied, “Large potential for employment of Agniveers in the corporate sector. With leadership, teamwork and physical training, agniveers provide market-ready professional solutions to industry, covering the full spectrum from operations to administration & supply chain management.” 

This has again brought to fore the skills acquisition guaranteed by the Agnipath recruitment scheme. As a 3-year degree course is already in development for the recruits, it will be interesting to see how the training will help them get employment in the corporate sector. 

Agnipath Recruitment Scheme: Summary of Updates

  • The registration process for the first batch of the Agnipath scheme for the Indian Air Force is scheduled to begin from June 24. The online examination for the same will be held on July 24, 2022. 
  • The online registration process for the Indian Army is scheduled to begin from July.
  • The Indian Army has released its notification dictating the details of the Agnipath recruitment scheme. 
  • The Indian Air Force has also released its notification dictating the details of the Agnipath recruitment scheme.
  • Under the Agnipath scheme, the Indian Navy will recruit women sailors for the first time. Their number will be around 10% to 20% of the total 3000 cadets chosen.
  • Aspirants will have to prove that they were not a part of any arson or protest against the scheme to be able to get recruited. 
  • The Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Mr. Anand Mahindra, has announced that their organisation is open to hire young people who join the Indian Armed Forces as ‘Agniveers’. 

FAQs

When will the Indian Army begin its applications under the scheme. Where can I apply?

The Indian Army will open the registration portal for the Agnipath recruitment process from the month of July. Candidates can apply by visiting joinindianarmy.nic.in.

When will the Indian Air Force begin its applications under the scheme. Where can I apply?

The Indian Air Force will open the registration portal for the Agnipath recruitment process from June 24 onwards. Candidates can apply by visiting careerindianairforce.cdac.in.

When will the Indian Navy begin its applications under the Agnipath scheme. Where can I apply?

The Indian Navy has stated that it will come up with its Agnipath recruitment guidelines by 25 June. After the details are out explaining the date of application, candidates can register by visiting joinindiannavy.gov.in.

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