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IAF gets 7.5 lakh applications for 3,000 Agniveer positions and requests to extend deadline

IAF gets 7.5 lakh applications for 3,000 Agniveer positions and requests to extend deadline
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  • The IAF recruitment drive under the Agnipath scheme received a tremendous response with 7.5 lakh applications from army aspirants.
  • The online application window for the recruitment under this scheme is closed now.
  • However, many army aspirants want the defence ministry to extend the application deadline.
The army recruitment Agnipath scheme, which had drawn a nation-wide protest across the country, received more applications this year than it did in the last recruitment drive, said Indian Air Force (IAF).

This year, it received 7,49,899 applications, as compared to 6,31,528 received in the last drive, IAF said in a tweet.


IAF also said that the online application window for the scheme is finally closed, and has received a tremendous response from aspirants.

The recruitment process in the Indian Air Force under the Agnipath scheme closed on July 5.

Army aspirants are also asking IAF and the defence ministry to extend the application deadline. It is to be noted that the various districts in Rajasthan including Udaipur were under internet shutdown for at least 4-5 days due to murder of a Hindu tailor in Udaipur.


A lot of former employees and aspirants alike had been up in arms against the scheme which restricts their employment in the forces to four years – without pension and job security.

Protests against this scheme raged across the country especially in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Telangana. Apart from army aspirants, the protests received support from farmer organizations, civil society organizations and trade unions. However, they died after a week, as applications were invited by the forces.

In fact, it had received more than 90,000 applications in just four days of the opening of the online application window. The IAF will recruit 3,000 Agniveers this year and their training is slated to begin from December 30, after exams and medical tests which will be held in two phases.

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