After violent protests, the Air Force releases details on Agnipath eligibility criteria, selection process, and other details

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force has released details on the new recruitment plan, ‘Agnipath’, that has sparked protests across the country.

The detailed brief issued by the Air Force lays down the various aspects of the scheme, including eligibility criteria, selection process and benefits. Agnipath is a new recruitment scheme for Armed Forces. Candidates inducted through this scheme will be called Agniveers. These Agniveers once enrolled into the Indian Air Force, will be governed under the Air Force Act 1950, for a period of four years. Endeavour will be made to enroll candidates as Agniveers from all parts of the nation, utilising contemporary technology (online STAR exam and associated testing methods), specialized rallies and campus interviews at recognized technical institutes such as Industrial Training Institutes, NSQF etc. Agniveers would form a distinct rank in the IAF, different from any other existing rank. As part of the enrolment process, each ‘Agniveer’ will be required to formally accept all terms and conditions of the AGNIPATH Scheme. For personnel below the age of 18 years, the enrolment form will need to be signed by the parents / guardians, in accordance with extant provisions. Detailed brief of Indian Air Force’s Enrolment Under the Agnipath Scheme: Detailed-BRIEF-13-JUN-22
Here are more details about the enrollment process of Indian Air Force

  • Eligibility: ‘All India’ ‘All Classes’.
  • Age Limit, Educational Qualification, Physical Standards: Eligible age will be in a range from 17.5 years to 21 years. Other educational qualifications and physical standards would be issued by the Indian Air Force.
  • Medical Standards: Agniveers will have to meet the medical eligibility conditions laid down for enrolment in the IAF as applicable to respective categories / trades. No permanent Low Medical Category Agniveer will be eligible for continuation of his engagement after being placed on Medical Category.
  • Employability: Agniveers enrolled under this entry are liable to be assigned any duty in organizational interest, at the discretion of the IAF.
  • Uniform: To encourage and recognize dynamism of youth, a distinctive insignia will be worn by Agniveers on their uniform during their engagement period.
  • Honours and Awards: Agniveers will be entitled to honours and awards, as per extant guidelines governing the subject for the IAF.
  • Training: On being enrolled, individuals will be imparted military training based on organizational requirements.
  • Assessment: IAF will endeavour to maintain a centralized highquality online database of ‘Agniveers’ and will follow a transparent common assessment methodology. An objective assessment system to ensure fair and impartial assessment will be introduced. Skills attained by Agniveers will be systematically recorded. Broad guidelines will be framed before appointment of the first batch of Agniveers and the same along with any subsequent changes would be circulated.
  • Leave: Grant of leave will be subject to exigencies of the organization. The following leave may be applicable for Agniveers during their engagement period:- Annual Leave: 30 days per year. Sick Leave: Based on medical advice.
  • Medical and CSD Facilities: For the duration of their engagement period in IAF, Agniveers will be entitled for medical facility at Service Hospitals as well as CSD provisions.
  • Release At Own Request: Release at own request prior to completion of engagement period will not be permissible for Agniveers except in exceptional cases, with approval of the Competent Authority.
  • Pay, Allowances and Allied Benefits: Individuals enrolled under this Scheme will be paid an Agniveer package of Rs. 30,000/- per month with a fixed yearly increment. In addition, Risk and Hardship, Dress and Travel allowances will be paid.
  • Remuneration Package: Details of monthly remuneration Agniveer Corpus fund and one-time Seva Nidhi package are indicated below:-