The Union Home Ministry announced 10 per cent reservation for ex-Agniveers in vacancies in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a similar quota was notified for them in the BSF. The ministry has also notified relaxation in the upper age limit, depending on whether they are part of the first batch of Agniveers or subsequent batches.
The announcement was made through a notification after amending the rules made under the Central Industrial Security Force Act, 1968, (50 of 1968). “10 per cent vacancies shall be reserved for ex-Agniveers,” the notification said. The home ministry said that the upper age limit will be relaxed by five years for the candidates of the first batch of ex-Agniveers and up to three years for the candidates of other batches. The notification states that ex-engineers will also be exempted from the physical efficiency test.
Last year in June, the central government unveiled the ambitious Agneepath scheme to recruit youth in the Army, Navy and Air Force in the age group of 17½ to 21 years, largely on a short term of four years on contractual basis. Those recruited under the scheme are known as Agniveer. After completion of four years tenure, 25% recruits from each batch will be offered regular service.