Agneepath Yojana Entry Scheme 2022
Lately “tour of duty” in Indian armed forces has been talked about a lot. And to give it a further push, The Cabinet Committee on Security has taken a historic decision on may 14, 2022 to approve the experimental scheme – ‘Agnipath’.
Agneepath Yojana/ Scheme
It will allow Indian youth who want to become a part of Indian armed forces to enter into the forces through this new entry and opportunity available. Be it Indian Army, Indian Navy, or Indian Air Force. Agneepath Army Bharti Scheme is a central government scheme for all Indian candidates. Through Agnipath, one can serve in the combat forces and approximately 45,000 to 50,000 soldiers will be recruited every year for the service term of just four years.
Those who will get selected for this recruitment process will be called as “Agniveers“. As decided, ‘Agniveers’ will be provided by a good pay package and an exit retirement package after 4 years of service. It is to notice that, this opportunity is only for personnel below officer ranks that is for those who do not join the forces as commissioned officers.
Lt Gen Anil Puri, Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, has said, “Today average age is around 32 yrs, in time to come it’ll further come down to 26 years. This will happen in 6-7 years. In order to transform armed forces into youthful, tech-savvy, modern, there’s a need to harness the youth potential and make him a future-ready soldier?” He mentioned that after four years of service with the Army, resume and biodata of agniveers will be very unique and he will stand out in crowd with his attitude, skills and time.
Agneepath Yojana Entry Scheme 2022: Purpose of scheme
The main purpose of central government is to introduce the Indian Army Agneepath Entry Scheme with the aim of training the youth and to make a cut in retirement as well as in pensions. Indian government has come up with this scheme in order to strengthen our security forces. Selected candidates will be trained professionally and then they will be recruited within the areas like Jammu and Kashmir border.
One of the most important thing to focus about this recruitment is that, there will be no entrance test for the youth. After getting selection, the candidates will go through training for six months and then will be inducted for three and a half years. in order to make them ready for joining armed forces as professionals.
Defence minister, Rajnath Singh has said, “This will also lead to availability of a higher-skilled workforce to the economy which will be helpful in productivity gain and overall GDP growth,”.
Details regarding this scheme are given below –
|Conducting Body||Indian Army|
|Name of scheme||Agneepath Recruitment 2022|
|Launched by||Department of Military Affairs|
|Number of Vacancies||Around 1.25 Lakh|
|Date of Final notification||yet to be updated|
|Agneepath Recruitment Online Form Date||June/july, 2022|
|Area of Service||Indian Army, Navy, Air Force|
|Time span||4 years|
|age limit||17.5-21 years|
Eligibility Criteria Under Agneepath Scheme
The eligibility criteria is mentioned below :
|Soldier General Duty||SSLC/Matric with 45% marks in aggregate.No% required if higher qualification.||17.5 – 21 Years|
|Soldier Technical||10+2/Intermediate exam passed in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English. Now eight age for higher qualification.||17.5 – 21 Years|
|SoldierClerk / StoreKeeper Technical||10+2/Intermediate exam passed in any stream(Arts, Commerce, Science)with 50% marks in aggregate and min 40% in each subject. Weight age for higher qualification.||17.5 – 21 Years|
|Soldier Nursing Assistant||10+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 man||17.5 – 21 Years|
|(i)GeneralDuties||Non Matric||17.5 – 21 Years|
|(ii)SpecifiedDuties||Non Matric||17.5 – 21 Years|
It is quite evident that every year there is a large no of candidates who participate in Indian Army recruitment and who aspire to become the part of glorious Indian armed forces but due to certain reasons there are still many candidates left who are not able to make through it. So this entry is a golden opportunity to achieve their goal as it provide another entry to make a place for them.
Even after completing 4 years in services, there is a opportunity that you may continue with the service if your performance remains satisfactory enough to keep you there after the completion of tour of duty. Under the scheme, it will the service of four years but 25 percent of soldiers, the best professionals will be re-inducted as permanent soldiers. 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 to go ahead with some other career option in their lives.
Also the soldiers relieved of service will also be assisted in getting placed in civilian jobs after completing their 4 years term. As per reports, government is also dealing with corporates to talk about further employment opportunities for the ‘Agniveers’ after the completion of their term.
Pay Scale under Agnipath Scheme
Yearly package that the soldiers will get for the first year in this scheme will be 4.76 lakh rupees and it will rise to 6.92 lakhs in the fourth and final year of the period, that is, In these four years of service, they will get a starting salary of Rs 30,000, along with additional benefits which will rise to Rs 40,000 by the end of the four-year service.
Also during these service years, 30 per cent of their salary will be used under a Seva Nidhi programme, and the equal amount will be contributed by government monthly, and it will also accrue interest. It means after completing their required four years of duty, they will get the benefit of Seva nidhi package under which they will get Rs 11.71 lakh as a lump sum amount and it will remain tax free.
Along with this, there is also a provision of Rs 48 lakh life insurance cover for the four years and in case of death, Rs 1 crore will be given to the family members and it will include pay for the unserved tenure.