Colonel Keats K. Das, the recruiting director at the Army Recruiting Office (DC)
Hyderabad: Colonel Keats K. Das, the recruiting director at the Army Recruiting Office, said on Tuesday that the Indian Army has announced transformational changes to the recruitment procedure for junior commissioned officers (JCOs), other ranks (ORs) and Agniveers.
Speaking a day after the Delhi High Court quashed all petitions challenging the Agnipath scheme, he said that the changes would be effective from 2023-24.
Colonel Das said that while the recruitment will still comprise three stages, the Common Entrance Exam will be conducted in the first phase and in the online mode. After physical fitness tests and rallies in the second phase and medical tests in the third phase, the final merit list will be released.
"The change is in synchronisation with the emerging requirements of the Indian Army in the 21st century. The new system of recruitment helps achieve transparency and automation of the entire recruitment process and brings balance between intellectual merit and physical fitness. It helps in the mitigation of administrative difficulties and hardships faced by the candidates, providing equal opportunity to all deserving candidates," he said.
Online registration to join the Indian Army through its website is open till March 15. Candidates can either register using their Aadhaar card or their Class 10 certificate. As part of continued automation, the Join Indian Army website has now been linked with Digilocker for greater transparency.
The online CEE will be conducted at 176 locations across India, with centres at Hyderabad, Adilabad, Warangal and Karimnagar in Telangana. Applicants will have to specify five exam centre locations. Upon the payment of `250, a roll number will be generated for an applicant.
Colonel Das also said that the Indian Army was giving "very attractive" bonus marks, ranging from 20 marks to 50 marks, to ITI/polytechnic-qualified candidates.
Candidates can also contact a helpdesk, details of which are available on the website, or contact 7996157222 for any doubts about the online CEE.
"Candidates are advised not to fall prey to touts as they cannot help them in any way. The recruitment into the Indian Army remains completely unbiased, impartial and merit-based," Colonel Das said.