Agneepath Recruitment 2022: Indian army’s Agnipath recruitment.

Agneepath Recruitment 2022 scheme was launched by the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today. In a step that promises radical changes in recruitment for the Indian Armed Forces, Agneepath scheme would add 46,000 soldiers to Indian Army, Indian Navy and India Air Force. The scheme was announced in a media briefing shortly after the cabinet committee approved the same.

“The Agnipath recruitment scheme is a transformative initiative that will provide a youthful profile to the armed forces,” Singh said. The step has been accepted after lengthy discussions with the armed forces and promises a paradigm shift. But what is the scheme.

AGNIPATH Scheme: What is it?

Simply explained, agnipath or agneepat is a recruitment scheme for the Indian youth who wish to join the Armed Forces. The entry would be done for a period of 4 years initially. During these 4 years, the recruits would be trained by the armed forces in the skills required. Agneepath Recruitment hired under the scheme would be called Agniveers.

A total of 46000 soldiers would be recruited every year. Of these, about 25% would be retained for an additional tenure of 15 years for permanent commission. The others would be allowed to leave and given a Seva Nidhi – a corpus of one time amount of Rs. 11.71 lakh plus interest. This amount would be tax free and can be used by the individual to further their dreams.

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How to join, Age limit for Agniveers, Educational Qualification and more.

The armed forces would soon conduct Recruitment rallys at various campuses and special rallys. Enrollment would be done through an online centralised system for all three services. Specialised rallies and campus interviews at recognised technical institutes such as Industrial Training Institutes and National Skills Qualifications Framework, would be conducted for the same.

Age limit: Enrolment will be based on ‘All India All Class’ basis and the eligible age will be in range from 17.5 to 21 years.

Educational Qualification: The educational qualification for Agniveers will remain as in vogue for enrollment in various categories. Ex. for entry into General Duty (GD) soldier, the educational qualification is Class 10. Table given below.

Other Requirements: Recruits would have to meet the medical eligibility conditions laid down for enrolment in the armed forces as applicable to respective categories/trades.

CategoryEducationAge
Soldier General DutySSLC/Matric with 45% marks in aggregate.
No% required if higher qualification.
17.5 – 21 Years
Soldier Technical10+2/Intermediate exam passed in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English.
Now eight age for higher qualification.
17.5 – 21 Years
SoldierClerk / StoreKeeper Technical10+2/Intermediate exam passed in any stream(Arts, Commerce, Science)with 50% marks in aggregate and min40% in each subject.
Weight age for higher qualification.
17.5 – 21 Years
Soldier Nursing Assistant10+2/Intermediate exam passed in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English with min 50% mark sin aggregate and min40% in each subject.
Now eight age for higher qualification.
17.5 – 21 Years
Soldier Trades man17.5 – 21 Years
(i)GeneralDutiesNon Matric17.5 – 21 Years
(ii)SpecifiedDutiesNon Matric17.5 – 21 Years

* As per current Indian Army Recruitment rules, subject to changes. Educational Requirements may vary for Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

Benefits to the Agniveers under Agneepath Recruitment Scheme (Salary, and more)

Agniveers will be given an attractive customised monthly package along with Risk and Hardship allowances as applicable in the three services. On completion of the engagement period of four years, Agniveers will be paid one time ‘Seva Nidhi’ package which shall comprise their contribution including accrued interest thereon and matching contribution from the Government equal to the accumulated amount of their contribution including interest as indicated below:

The ‘Seva Nidhi’ will be exempt from Income Tax. There shall be no entitlement to gratuity and pensionary benefits. Agniveers will be provided non-contributory Life Insurance Cover of Rs. 48 lakhs for the duration of their engagement period in the Indian Armed Forces.

YearCustomised package (Monthly)In Hand (70%)Contribution to Agniveer Corpus Fund (30%)Contribution to corpus fund by GoI
1st Year300002100090009000
2nd Year330002310099009900
3rd Year36500255801095010950
4th Year40000280001200012000
Total contribution in Agniveer Corpus Fund after four yearsRs 5.02 Lakh
Exit After 4 YearRs 11.71 Lakh as Seva Nidhi Package (Including, interest accumulated on the above amount as per the applicable interest rates would also be paid)

The scheme will lead to much more youthful and technically adept war fighting force by ensuring a fine balance between youthful and experienced personnel in the Armed Forces.

Agniveers – a younger, skilled and technologically advanced forces

With Agniveers churning out every four years, the Indian forces are set to get much younger and ‘technologically savvy’. The aim is to recruit ‘young talent from the society who are more in tune with contemporary technological trends and plough back skilled, disciplined and motivated manpower into the society.’

The Union Minister said, “It would help to train them for new technologies and also improve their health levels. This scheme will increase employment opportunities with new skills in different sectors.”

The two pronged approach would skill the youth of the country, provide a younger armed force to the country and also help the nation. Skill set of patriotism, team work, enhancement of physical fitness, ingrained loyalty for the country would be inculcated within the youth. Apart from this, it would enhance the availability of trained personnel to boost national security in times of external threats, internal threats and natural disasters.’

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration the job?

For 4 years.

Is it for Both Male And Female?

Only for Male.

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