New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry (MHA) on Friday announced 10% reservation for Agniveers in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), thus opening the doors of para-military force for hiring trained & skilled Army personnel, after 4 years of service in Armed forces.
The move comes days after the MHA announced similar reservation for ex-Agniveers in the Border Security Force (BSF).
According to the notification, the MHA also announced relaxation in the upper age limit, depending on their batch. It says that upper age limit will be relaxed by 5 years for the first batch of Agniveers while the subsequent batches will get a relaxation of 3 years. Also, the ex-Agniveers will be exempt from physical efficiency test while getting screened for recruitment in the CISF.
Breaking down the waiver
For the first batch, the waiver will be of 5 years for candidates belonging to first batch while for the next matches, a 3-year waiver will be applied.
Under the Agnipath scheme, if any candidate joins the Armed Forces at the upper age limit of 21 years, he/she can be recruited by CISF till 30 years of age (applicable for 1st batch).
For the subsequent batches, if the candidate joins the Armed Forces at upper age limit of 21 years, he/she will be eligible to get recruitment by 28 years i.e. relaxation of 3 years. From 21 years to 25 years, he will be Agniveer and after getting relieved from Armed Forces, he can recruited by the CISF for next 3 years.
The Agnipath scheme, arguably the biggest reform in Army was launched last year on June 14 under which youths under the age of 17-21 will be recruited by Army, Air Force & Navy for a 4-year contract and will then be ‘retired’ with a handsome ‘severance package’. Those candidates serving in the Armed Forces under the Agnipath scheme will graduate from the forces as Agniveers.