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Full Details: New Agnipath Recruitment Scheme

Hello Defence Lovers, The Union Cabinet today approved an attractive recruitment scheme for Indian youth to serve in the Armed Forces. The scheme is called AGNIPATH and the youth selected under this scheme will be known as Agniveers. AGNIPATH allows patriotic and motivated youth to serve in the Armed Forces for a period of four years.

This is a major defence policy reform introduced by the Government to usher in a new era in the Human Resource policy of the three Services. The policy, which comes into immediate effect, will hereafter govern the enrolment for the three services.

Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit: The age limit for the applicants is from 17.5 to 21 Years.

Selection Process: Selection through a centralized, transparent, and rigorous system. Centralized transparent screening, based on merit and demonstrated performance during service. Agniveer can also apply on a volunteer basis to enroll in the regular cader.

Terms & Conditions

  • Under the AGNIPATH scheme, the Agniveers will be enrolled in the Forces under respective Service Acts for a period of four years. They would form a distinct rank in the Armed Forces, different from any other existing ranks.
  • Upon the completion of four years of service, based on organisational requirement and policies promulgated by the Armed Forces from time-to-time, Agniveers will be offered an opportunity to apply for permanent enrolment in the Armed Forces. These applications will be considered in a centralized manner based on objective criteria including performance during their four-year engagement period and up to 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in the regular cadre of the Armed Forces.
  • Detailed guidelines will be issued separately. Enrolment will be undertaken through an online centralised system for all three services with specialised rallies and campus interviews from recognized technical institutes such as Industrial Training Institutes and National Skills Qualifications Framework, among others.
  • Enrolment will be based on an ‘All India All Class’ basis and the eligible age will be in the range from 17.5 to 21 years. Agniveers will meet the medical eligibility conditions laid down for enrolment in the armed forces as applicable to respective categories/trades.
  • The educational qualification for Agniveers will remain in vogue for enrollment in various categories. {For example: For entry into General Duty (GD) soldier, the educational qualification is Class 10}.

Benefits to the Agniveers

Agniveers will be given an attractive customized monthly package along with Risk and Hardship allowances as applicable in the three services. On completion of the engagement period of four years, Agniveers will be paid one time ‘Seva Nidhi’ package which shall comprise their contribution including
accrued interest thereon and a matching contribution from the Government equal to the accumulated amount of their contribution including interest as indicated below:

  • The ‘Seva Nidhi’ will be exempt from Income Tax. There shall be no entitlement to gratuity and pensionary benefits. Agniveers will be provided a non-contributory Life Insurance Cover of Rs 48 lakhs for the duration of their engagement period in the Indian Armed Forces.
  • During this period of service to the nation, the Agniveers will be imparted with various military skills and experience, discipline, physical fitness, leadership qualities, courage and patriotism. Post this stint of four
    years, the Agniveers will be infused into the civil society where they can contribute immensely towards the nation building process.
  • The skills gained by each Agniveer will be recognised in a certificate to form part of his unique resume. Agniveers, on completion of the four year tenure in the prime of their youth, will be mature and self-disciplined with the realization to become better version of himself/herself both professionally as also personally.
  • The avenues and opportunities that will open up for their progress in the civil world after Agniveer tenure would certainly be a big plus towards nation building. Moreover, the Seva Nidhi of approximately Rs 11.71 lakhs would aid the Agniveer to pursue his/her future dreams without the financial pressure, which is normally the case for young people from the financially deprived strata of society.
  • The individuals, selected for enrolment in the Armed Forces as regular cadre, would be required to serve for a further engagement period of minimum of 15 years and would be governed by the existing terms and conditions of service of Junior Commissioned Officers/Other Ranks in Indian Army and their equivalent in Indian Navy and Indian Air Force and that of Non Combatant enrolled in the Indian Air Force, as amended from time to time.
  • The scheme will lead to a much more youthful and technically adept war fighting force by ensuring a fine balance between youthful and experienced personnel in the Armed Forces.


  • A transformative reform of the recruitment policy of the Armed Forces.
  • A unique opportunity for the youth to serve the country and contribute to Nation Building.
  • Armed Forces profile to be youthful and dynamic.
  • The attractive financial package for the Agniveers.
  • Opportunity for Agniveers to train in the best institutions and enhance their skills & qualifications.
  • Availability of well-disciplined and skilled youth with military ethos in civil society.
  • Adequate re-employment opportunities for those returning to society and who could emerge as role models for the youth.


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    1. Sir ye bhi to kar sakte hai . Jinki age ho chuki ho unhe liya jaaye 30 se jyada walo ko kyu k under 30 k pass to abhi bhi chance hai . Mgr pichle 3 saalo me jinhone aarmy ka exam nahi diya or unlogo ki age jyada ho chuki hai unhe chance dena chahiye.

  1. Sir please tell me is CEE exam will happen also Airmen Enrollment and CASB result. And I want to know about is there any age relaxation because there is no recruitment rally in past 2 years

  2. Sirf 21,000 salary 1st year mein???
    Ya phir 21,000 Basic pay hai aur isme aur MSP etc. bhi add hoga.

  3. Hello. What about health check up and eye sight? How will they select us based on that to become a Agniveer?

  4. Those people who are age over, their life toh gaya… Acha Decision leya tha government ne😒😒😒😒

  5. Agneeveer army me age 32 tak hona chahiye kyun bohut yuva sportsman 28 se 32 ke aandar hean .28 se 32 age ko pehle bharti karo age 18 se 32 tak karo please

  6. 18 se 32 tak age karo please I request 18-32 tak age rakho bohut yuva upakrut honge ye mukhya baat he

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