New Delhi: The central government has declared a 10 percent reservation for ex-Agniveers in vacancies within BSF. According to an official notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the government has also relaxed the upper age-limit norms depending on whether they are part of the first batch or subsequent batches, ANI mentioned citing the release.
Central govt has declared 10% reservation for ex-Agniveers in vacancies within BSF as well as relaxed upper age-limit norms depending on whether they are part of the first batch or subsequent batches. MHA made the announcement through a notification dated 6th March pic.twitter.com/dn100tXQ7j
— ANI (@ANI) March 10, 2023
According to the release, the ex-Agniveers will be exempted from the ‘Physical Efficiency Test’ during their absorption in the BSF.
The Centre has been announcing a slew of measures to regularise as many ‘Agniveers’ as possible after they complete their 4-year tenure. Last month, Karnataka CM Basavraj Bommai announced that his government will provide free coaching to members of SC, ST and minority communities for the Agniveer scheme in the Indian Army. He made the announcement during the annual-budget announcement of the state.
Earlier in February, the Indian Army announced a change in the recruitment process for Agniveers with the introduction of an online Common Entrance Exam for all candidates at nominated centres, followed by physical fitness and medical test for qualified candidates, news agency ANI reported.
The first online Common Entrance Exam is scheduled in April 2023 at approximately 200 locations across India, for which all preparations have been finalised. Online applications for registration will be open from mid-February for a period of one month, Army officials said.
“The changed methodology will ensure an increased focus on the cognitive aspect during selection. It will have wider outreach across the country and also reduce the large crowds seen during recruitment rallies to make them more manageable and easier to conduct,” the Army officials added.
Notably, earlier, the recruitment process for Agniveers followed a different order. The candidates had to undergo the physical fitness test first, that was followed by their medical tests. They had to qualify the Common Entrance Exam as the last step.
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