The army has announced a change in the Agniveer recruitment process, requiring candidates to first take an online common entrance examination (CEE), followed by physical fitness and medical tests. While the army has placed advertisements in various newspapers about the change in the process, sources said on Saturday that the notification expected around mid-February. According to a source, the first online CEE will held in April at nearly 200 locations across the country, and all preparations have completed.
“The changed methodology will ensure an increased focus on cognitive aspects 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 source said.
On Friday, a leading newspaper published an advertisement titled ‘Transformational Changes in Recruitment in Indian Army’ that detailed the new three-step recruitment process. The first step will be an online CEE for all candidates at designated locations, followed by a physical fitness test for CEE-qualified candidates during recruitment rallies, and finally, medical tests, according to the announcement.
“Previously, candidates for the Agniveer recruitment process had to go through a physical fitness test, followed by medical tests, and then take the CEE. However, common online CEE is now the first step. This will also aid in easing the screening process and the associated logistics “According to the source.
The new process will apply to about 40,000 candidates who are willing to join the army from the next recruitment cycle of 2023-24, he said