Agniveer recruitment rally kicks off in Agra, over 5,000 aspirants participate on Day 1

More than 5,000 candidates participated on the first day of the Army recruitment rally for 'Agniveers’ in Agra on Tuesday.

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Agniveer recruitment rally kicks off in Agra, over 5,000 aspirants participate on Day 1
The aspirants were allowed to enter the grounds only after their identification papers and heights were checked. (Image credits: India Today/Siraj Qureshi)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 5,000 candidates participated on the first day of the Army recruitment rally
  • The 21-day long rally is being organised at Anand Engineering College, Keetham
  • Aspirants from Kasganj and Lalitpur districts also participated in the physical exam

More than 5,000 candidates participated on the first day of the Army recruitment rally for 'Agniveers’ in Agra on Tuesday. The 21-day long rally is being organised at Anand Engineering College, Keetham.

Aspirants from Kasganj and Lalitpur districts also participated in the physical exam.

The security inside the ground was being managed by the Army during the test, while the local police were posted outside the grounds.

A total of 1.75 lakh registrations have been done by aspirants from 12 districts of UP, including Agra, Mathura, Aligarh, Etah, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etawah, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Kasganj, and Hathras.

"The rally is being organised at the venue for the youth of 12 districts under the Army Recruitment Office in Agra," Public Relation Officer (PRO) Defence, Lucknow, Shantanu Pratap Singh, said.

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However, on Wednesday, of the 7,129 aspirants expected to participate in the physical test, only 5,170 participated. The aspirants were allowed to enter the grounds only after their identification papers and height were checked.

The first part of the physical test was a 1,600-meter race. Those who could not complete the race were asked to come back later.

When India Today talked to the youngsters participating in the recruitment rally, most of them claimed that they wanted to join the Army to serve the country, even if it was for a short term. After returning from their tour of duty, they intended to return to agriculture.

Rajiv Patel from Jhansi said that it is a matter of pride to join the Indian Army and he will serve the armed forces till the time he is allowed.

Rohit Srivastava from Jhansi said that he had recently cleared the Class 12 examinations and wanted to serve the country for four years, after which he would do something else.

Nikhil Kumar of Lalitpur and Brajendra Singh of Etawah also expressed similar sentiments, while Rahul Singh from Firozabad complained of the lack of facilities for the aspirants, who had to sit on the road to check their papers and have their food.

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