Union Home Ministry announces 10 percent reservation in BSF jobs for ex-Agniveers

In a welcome move, opportunities open up for ex-Agniveers in other armed services such as the BSF

In a welcome move, opportunities open up for ex-Agniveers in other armed services such as the BSF
In a welcome move, opportunities open up for ex-Agniveers in other armed services such as the BSF

Good news for ex-Agniveers: 10% reservation in BSF recruitment announced

In a big boost to the Agnipath scheme, the Union Home Ministry on Friday announced a 10 percent reservation for former Agniveers in vacancies in the Border Security Force (BSF) with relaxations in the upper age limit. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said while the upper age limit would be relaxable for up to five years for candidates of the first batch of ex-Agniveers, the limit would be relaxable to up to three years for candidates of other batches. Former Agniveers will also be exempted from the physical efficiency test, the notification said.

“Ten percent of the vacancies shall be reserved for ex-Agniveers,” the notification said. The announcement was made through a notification after amending the Border Security Force, General Duty Cadre (Non-Gazetted) Recruitment Rules, 2015, and it will come into effect from March 9.

The Centre on June 14 last year unveiled the Agnipath scheme for recruiting youths aged between 17-and-a-half and 21 in the army, the navy, and the air force, largely on a four-year short-term contractual basis. Those recruited under the scheme will be known as ‘Agniveers’. After the completion of the four-year tenure, 25 percent of the recruits from each batch will be offered regular service. At that time, the Home Ministry had announced that 10 percent vacancies in central paramilitary forces and the Assam Rifles would be reserved for demobilized 75 percent Agniveers. Recently Delhi High Court ratified the Agnipath scheme, rejecting a series of petitions challenging the new recruitment policy of the Indian Army, Navy, and Indian Air Force.

The specified age limit for recruitment to paramilitary forces is 18-23 years. For those who join the armed forces even at the upper age limit of 21 years under the Agnipath scheme, they can be recruited with the BSF till the age of 30 after his four years of service in the army or the air force or the navy in case of the first batch and till 28 years for the subsequent batches.

The Home Ministry’s decision for the absorption of Agniveers into paramilitary forces is significant as it will help the ex-Agniveers get employment opportunities till retirement age. The paramilitary forces will also benefit as they will get a trained pool of personnel to fill over 70,000 vacancies.

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