UPDATE: Indian Army has published an official notification on 20th June 2022 check out the details.
Finally, the wait is over as the Indian Army has published the salient aspects of terms and conditions of service for persons enrolled through the Agnipath Scheme for service in the IA are mentioned in the succeeding paragraphs. Lakhs of fellow defence aspirants across the nation are going to appear for the Agnipath Entry Scheme 2022, we will cover all the important details regarding the Indian Army Agnipath Entry Notification, Exam Date, Eligibility, Age Limits and etc.
Agnipath is a new HR Management scheme for Armed Forces. Candidates inducted through this scheme will be called Agniveers. These Agniveers once enrolled into the Indian Army, will be governed under the Army Act 1950, for a period of four years.
(i) Candidates will be enrolled under Army Act, 1950 for a service duration of four (04) years including the training period.
(ii) Agniveers so enrolled will be subject to Army Act, 1950 and will be liable to go wherever ordered, by land, sea or air.
(iii) Agniveers so enrolled under the scheme, will not be eligible for any kind of Pension or Gratuity.
(i) Service of Agniveers will commence from the date of enrolment.
(ii) Agniveers would form a distinct rank in the IA, different from any other existing ranks.
(iii) Leave, Uniform, Pay & Allowances during the service period of four years will be governed by orders and instructions in respect of such individuals issued by the Government of India (GoI) from time to time.
(iv) Agniveers will be liable to be assigned any duty in organisational interest, as decided from time to time.
(v) Personnel enrolled through Agniveer Scheme, will be required to undergo periodical medical check-ups and physical/ written/ field tests as governed by orders issued. The performance so demonstrated would be considered for subsequent offer for enrolment in the Regular Cadre.
(vi) Agniveers can be posted to any regiment/unit and can be further transferred in organisational interest.
(i) All Agniveers will be discharged on completion of four years of service.
(ii) On discharge after completion of four years, Agniveers will be paid a ‘Seva Nidhi’ package to enable them to return to the society for pursuing employment in other sectors.
(iii) Agniveers will not be eligible for any kind of pension or gratuity, neither will they be eligible for Ex Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), Canteen Stores Department (CSD) facilities, Ex Serviceman status and other related benefits.
(iv) Agniveers will be barred from disclosing classified information gained during service to any unauthorised person or source under Official Secrets Act, 1923.
(d) Enrolment for Regular Cadre.
(i) Based on organisational requirements and policies promulgated, Agniveers who are completing their engagement period in each batch will be offered an opportunity to apply for enrolment in the regular cadre of IA. These applications will be considered in a centralised manner by the Army based on an objective criteria including performance during their engagement period and not more than 25% of each specific batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in regular cadre of the IA, post completion of their four year engagement period.
(ii) Agniveers so enrolled as regular cadre would be required to serve for a further engagement period of 15 years and will be governed by terms and conditions of service (of Junior Commissioned Officer/ Other Ranks in IA) currently in vogue (as amended from time to time). Agniveers will not have any right to be selected. Selection will be exclusive jurisdiction of the IA.
(iii) With introduction of this Scheme, the enrolment of soldiers in the regular cadre of IA, except technical cadres of Medical Branch, will be available only to those personnel who have completed their engagement period as Agniveer.
The following will be applicable:-
(a) Age Limit. The age limit for the applicants will be from 17 ½ years to 21 years. 1st day of the month of Oct of recruiting year (01 Apr – 31 Mar) will be taken as effective date for determining the age eligibility for the candidates. The recruitment will be on All India All Class basis.
(b) Gender & Marital Status. As applicable to respective categories/ trades being enrolled as on date for the IA.
(c) Medical Standards. A candidate must meet the medical eligibility conditions laid down for enrolment in the IA as applicable to respective categories/ trades.
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.
On being enrolled, candidates will be imparted suitable military training based on organisational requirements.
Allotment of Service Numbers
Distinctive Service Numbers will be allotted to Agniveers for the duration of their service.
(a) Agniveers will be liable to be assigned any duty in organisational interest, as decided from time to time.
(b) Agniveers can be posted to any regiment/ unit and can be further transferred to other regiments/ units in organisational interest.
Grant of leave will be subject to exigencies of service. The following leave may be applicable for Agniveers during their engagement period:-
(a) Annual Leave. Upto 30 days per year.
(b) Sick Leave. Based on medical advice.
A distinctive insignia will be worn by the Agniveers on their uniform during their service period. Detailed instructions shall be issued separately.
Honours & Awards
Agniveers will be entitled to honours and awards, as per extant guidelines governing the subject for IA.
Medical & CSD Facilities
For the duration of their engagement period in the IA, Agniveers will be entitled to a medical facilities at military hospitals as well as CSD provisions.
Pay, Allowances & Allied Benefit
(a) Agniveer Package.
(i) The pay & emoluments of Agniveers will be as given below :-
(aa) Year 1. Customised Package- ₹ 30,000/- (plus applicable allowances.)
(ab) Year 2. Customised Package- ₹33,000/- (plus applicable allowances.)
(ac) Year 3. Customised Package- ₹ 36,500/- (plus applicable allowances.)
(ad) Year 4. CustomisedPackage- ₹ 40,000/- (plus applicable allowances.)
(ii) From the above package, 30% will be compulsorily deposited every month in a corpus which will be matched by the GoI. Balance amount less the corpus contribution will be the in-hand component.
(b) Seva Nidhi Package.
On discharge at four years, the corpus of ₹5.02 lakhs will be matched by the GoI, an amount of ₹10.04 lakhs and accrued interest will be given to the Agniveers. In case of Agniveers who are subsequently selected for enrolment in the IA as regular cadre, the Seva Nidhi package to be paid to them will comprise only their contribution including accrued interest thereon. In the case of Agniveers exiting service before the end of their engagement period on their own request, the individual’s Seva Nidhi package, accumulated as on date, will be paid with the applicable rate of interest. In such cases, no Govt contribution to Seva Nidhi Package will be entitled. The Seva Nidhi will be exempt from Income Tax.
(c) Payment Modality
Seva Nidhi Package. Two options to receive Seva Nidhi package will be provided to each Agniveer, with an aim to provide financial loans for self-employment/ entrepreneurship through a bank guarantee as also to meet immediate/ incidental expenses, on exit. Firm details will be promulgated separately.
The Agniveer pay is a composite package and will not be eligible for any Dearness Allowance and Military Service Pay. He will get applicable Risk & Hardship, Ration, Dress and Travel allowances as decided by the GoI from time to time.
(e) Agniveers will be exempted from making any contribution in Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund or any other Provident Fund.
(f) There shall be no entitlement towards gratuity or pensionary benefits for Agniveers enrolled through this Scheme.
Life Insurance Cover. Agniveers will be provided non-contributory life insurance cover of ₹48 lakhs for the duration of their engagement period and they will not be eligible for Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF) schemes/ benefits.
Termination/ Release from Service.
(a) The maximum period of service for Agniveers will be as enumerated at Para 2 above. However, the services of Agniveers under this scheme may be terminated at any time in accordance with the Army Act 1950.
(b) Release at own request prior to completion of terms of engagement of Agniveers is not permitted. However, in most exceptional cases, personnel enrolled under this scheme may be released, if sanctioned by competent authority.
Compensation for Death
Compensation for Death. In case of death, the following will be admissible to Next of Kin (NOK) from the Agniveer Corpus Fund:-
Compensation for Disability. In case an individual is placed in the Permanent Low Medical Category (LMC), the authorities will assess the percentage of disability and attributability. Such personnel will be discharged from IAF on medical grounds post payment of lump-sum compensation as per details listed at para 28 below.
Categorization of Death. The death for the purpose of provision of financial benefits to Agniveers will be categorized as follows:-
- Category X. Death due to natural causes neither attributable to nor aggravated by military service during the engagement period.
- Category Y. Death due to causes which are accepted as attributable to or aggravated by military service or due to accidents/mishaps in the performance of duties including training during the engagement period.
- Category Z. During the engagement period, death due to acts of violence/attack by terrorists, anti-social elements, enemy, during border skirmishes/war/peacekeeping operation/aid to the civil power, etc; and during operational preparation and training for war including battle inoculation training/exercises; and accidental deaths due to natural calamities/operations specially notified by the Govt, etc.
Computation of Extent of Disability. The extent of disability or functional incapacity shall be determined in the following manner for the purpose of computing the disability compensation:-
|Sl No.||Percentage of disability as Finally accepted||Percentage to be reckoned for computing disability compensation|
|(a)||Between 20% and 49%||50%|
|(b)||Between 50% and 75%||75%|
|(c)||Between 76% and 100%||100%|
Payment of Disability/ Death.
|SL. No||Category||Entitlements of Agniveers|
|(a)||Death during engagement period on Bonafide duty (Category ‘Y’/’Z’)||Insurance Cover of Rs 48 lakhs.One-time ex-gratia Rs 44 Lakhs.Full pay for unserved period upto four years (with effect from date of death) including Seva Nidhi component.Balance accumulated (as on date) in the individual’s Seva Nidhi’ fund and Govt contribution including interest from the Agniveer Corpus Fund.|
|(b)||Death during engagement period not on duty (Category ‘X’)||Insurance Cover of Rs 48 lakhs.Balance accumulated (as on date) in the individual’s Seva Nidhi fund and Govt contribution including interest from the Agniveer Corpus Fund.|
|(c)||Disability (attributed /aggravated due to conditions of engagement)||One-time ex-gratia Rs 44/25/15 Lakhs based on % of disability (100/75/50) from Public Fund.Full pay for unserved period up to four years (with effect from date of disability) including Seva Nidhi component (from Public Fund). (iii) Balance accumulated (as on date) in the individual’s Seva Nidhi fund including interest and Govt contribution from the Agniveer Corpus Fund.|
Benefits for Personnel Exiting at Four Years of Service
After completing four years of service (as applicable), the following benefits will be offered to the exiting individuals:-
(a) Seva Nidhi Package. Refer to Para 12(b) above. The corpus generated after four years of contribution will be paid to the exiting Agniveers.
(b) ‘Agniveer’ Skill Certificate. At the end of the engagement period, a detailed skill set certificate will be provided to the Agniveers, highlighting the skills and level of competency acquired by the personnel during their engagement period.
(c) Class 12th Certificate. Agniveers who have been enrolled after qualifying Class 10th, a certificate for 12th(equivalent) will be given on completion of their four years engagement period, based on skills attained. Detailed instructions shall be issued separately.
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(17.5 to 23 years) **Note: The Government of India has decided to increase the upper age limit of Agniveers to 23 years. Earlier, it was between 17 to 21 years. As per the official statement, “The Government of India has decided that a one-time waiver shall be granted for the proposed recruitment cycle of 2022. Accordingly, the upper age limit for the recruitment process for Agnipath Scheme for 2022 is increased to 23 years.”
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Based on organisational requirement and policies promulgated by the Armed Forces, 100% of the Agniveers after completing their engagement period, will be offered an opportunity to apply for enrolment in the permanent cadre. These applications will be considered by a centralised transparent rigorous screening system which would be based on merit and demonstrated performance during service. 25% of the Agniveers would be selected for enrolment in the permanent Cadre as per the existing Terms and Conditions. Selection of Agniveers for further enrolment into the Armed Forces will be the exclusive jurisdiction of the Government through laid down policies
AGNIPATH Scheme in the Indian Armed Forces is a scheme wherein selected candidates will be enrolled as Agniveers for four years period. On completion of the four-year period, Agniveers will go to the society as a disciplined, dynamic, motivated, and skilled workforce for employment in other sectors to pursue their career in the job of their choice.