MHA reserves 10% vacancies for Agniveers in CAPFs and Assam Rifles recruitment

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to reserve 10% vacancies for recruitment in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles for Agniveers.

Reportedly, the MHA has also decided to give 3 years of age relaxation beyond the prescribed upper age limit to Agniveers for recruitment in CAPFs & Assam Rifles.

Adding to it, for the first batch of Agniveer, the age relaxation will be for 5 years beyond the prescribed upper age limit.

It is pertinent to mention that earlier on Wednesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced that his ministry has decided to give priority to ‘Agniveers’ who have completed four years under the ‘Agnipath’ scheme in the recruitment of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles.

“Agnipath scheme is a visionary and welcome decision by PM Modi for the bright future of youth. In this context, today the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to give priority to Agniveers who have completed four years under this scheme in the recruitment of CAPFs and Assam Rifles,” Shah said in a series of tweets.

“With this decision taken by the Home Ministry under the guidance of Prime Minister Modi, the youth trained by the ‘Agnipath’ scheme will be able to contribute to the service and security of the country. Detailed planning work has been started on this decision,” he added.

It is to be noted that ‘Agnipath’ is a pan-India merit-based recruitment scheme for enrolling soldiers, airmen, and sailors. The scheme provides an opportunity for youth to serve in the regular cadre of the armed forces. All those recruited under the ‘Agnipath’ scheme will be called ‘Agniveers’.

‘Agniveers’ will be enrolled for a service duration of 4 years including the training period. After four years, only 25 percent of the Agniveers will be retained or re-enlisted in the regular cadre based on merit, willingness, and medical fitness.

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