What is Agnipath Scheme? Agneepath Scheme Explained

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Agnipath Scheme is what every Indian aspirant talking about these days. Where the government says that this scheme would give employment opportunities to the youth, many believe, it is going to leave people unemployed. If you are one of the aspirants or just want to know what Agnipath recruitment scheme is, here is what you need to know.   

Agnipath Scheme Overview

The government of India announced the Agneepath Scheme for recruiting soldiers into the armed forces on 14th June 2022, marking the end of the old system and the beginning of a new one. The individuals chosen under this Agneepath scheme will be known as Agniveers.

The Indian Military Academy (IMA) will recruit 40,000 agniveers in this year’s first batch, with around 25,000 Agniveers being recruited by the end of November and the rest in the first half of February 2023. We’ll go over everything you need to know about Agneepath 2022 in this post, including eligibility requirements, advantages and disadvantages of the scheme, and pay rates.

What is Agneepath Scheme?

Agneepath is the Indian armed forces’ new human resources management program, in which recruits will be chosen for four years of service and become Agniveers. Only 25% of the Agniveers will be promoted to the permanent commission for 15 years after completing four years of service under Agneepath. The army act 1950 will govern the enlistment of persons applying under the Agneepath Recruitment Scheme.

Some protests are taking place in various parts of India as the Agneepath plan is implemented, and some youths are engaging in violent demonstrations. Lieutenant General Anil Puri, the Indian Army’s second-in-command, has stated that there will be no tolerance for indiscipline within its ranks.

Every applicant for Agnipath must be given an undertaking and a pledge that they have not engaged in any demonstration. Police checks will be done on those who took part in these demonstrations. As a result, hopefuls must avoid participating in events like this; otherwise, they will be excluded from military service and their ambition to wear a uniform will remain just a dream. Candidates can learn more about the advantages of this Agneepath program below.

Seva Nidhi Package

The corpus of ₹5.02 lakhs will be matched by the GOI on discharge at 4 years, allowing an amount of ₹10.04 lakhs and accrued interest to the Agniveers. In the instance of Agniveers who are subsequently chosen for enrolment as a regular cadre in IA, only their contribution, including any accrued interest thereon, will be paid as “Seva Nidhi” package.”

If an Agniveer leaves service before the term of their engagement, their Seva Nidhi package, which has been accrued to date, will be paid with the current interest rate. No government contribution to a Seva Nidhi Package is warranted in this situation. The “Seva Nidhi” will be tax-free.

Agniveer Skill Certificate

After the assignment period, a comprehensive Skillset certificate will be given to Agniveers, indicating the skills and competence acquired by their staff throughout their engagement.

Class 12th Certificate

After completing Class 10th, Agniveers enrolled after qualifying will be given a certificate for 12th (equivalent) upon completion of their four-year engagement period based on their performance. Detailed instructions will be sent separately.

Advantages Agnipath Scheme

  • There is an attractive Agnipath Scheme Salary package of 4.76 lakhs in first year under the scheme, which will be upgraded by 4th year up to 6.92 lakhs.
  • The Agniveers will be given Seva Nidhi Package of around 11.71 lakhs.
  • Recruits will be given a life insurance cover of 48 lakhs for duration of their engagement.
  • There is also an Agniveer Skill Certificate to be awarded after completing the 4-year tenure.
  • Agniveers will be exempted from contributing in Armed forces personal provident fund (AFPPF).

Disadvantages of Agnipath Scheme for aspirants

There are also some negatives of agnipath scheme:

  • Agniveers will not be eligible for Gratuity and pension.
  • There will be no CSD Facility after 4 Year Service.
  • There will be no No Ex-service man status for agniveers.
  • The recruits shall not be eligible for dearness allowance & military service pay during service.
  • The biggest of all the disadvantages of Agnipath scheme is that it can weaken the military culture and professionalism.

Agneepath Scheme 2022: Eligibility

The education requirement needed to apply under Agneepath is detailed below:

Name Of The PostEducational Qualification
Agniveer (General Duty) (All Arms)10th or Matriculation with 45% marks in aggregate and 33% in each subject. For grading system-minimum of D grade (33%-40%) in each subject or equivalent of grade containing 33% and overall aggregate in C2 grade or equivalent corresponding to 45% in aggregate
Agniveer (Tech)/ Agniveer Tech (Avn & Amn Examiner)10+2/Intermediate Pass in science Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English with 50% marks in aggregate and 40% in each subject.
Agniveer Clerk / Store Keeper Technical (All Arms)10+2 or Intermediate from any stream (Arts, Commerce, Science) with 60% marks in aggregate and minimum 50% in each subject. Securing 50% in English and Maths/Accountancy/Book Keeping in Cl XII is mandatory.
Agniveer Tradesmen (All Arms)10th passClass 10th with 33% in each subject
Agniveer Tradesmen (All Arms) 8th passClass 8th with 33% in each subject.

Agnipath Scheme Age Limit

As per government’s new update, the Agniveer Age Limit for OBC will remain the same as for all other categories. The age limit details are listed below:

Name Of The PostAge Limit
Agniveer (General Duty) (All Arms)17 ½ – 23
Agniveer (Tech)17 ½ – 23
Agniveer Tech (Avn & Amn Examiner)17 ½ – 23
Agniveer Clerk / Store Keeper Technical (All Arms)17 ½ – 23
Agniveer Tradesmen (All Arms)10th pass17 ½ – 23
Agniveer Tradesmen (All Arms) 8th pass17 ½ – 23

Agneepath Scheme Salary Details

The monthly salary which the recruited agniveer will receive after selection for four year tenure under this agnipath scheme is given below.

YearCustomised Package (Monthly)In Hand (70%)Contribution to Agniveer Corpus Fund (30%)Contribution to corpus fund by GoI
All figures in INR (Monthly Contribution)All figures in INR (Monthly Contribution)All figures in INR (Monthly Contribution)All figures in INR (Monthly Contribution)
1st Year300002100090009000
2nd Year330002310099009900
3rd Year36500255801095010950
4th Year40000280001200012000
Total contribution in Agniveer Corpus Fund after four yearsRs 5.02 LakhRs 5.02 Lakh
Exit After 4 YearRs 11.71 Lakh as Seva Nidhi Package (Including, interest accumulated on the above amount as per the applicable interest rates would also be paid)Rs 11.71 Lakh as Seva Nidhi Package (Including, interest accumulated on the above amount as per the applicable interest rates would also be paid)Rs 11.71 Lakh as Seva Nidhi Package (Including, interest accumulated on the above amount as per the applicable interest rates would also be paid)Rs 11.71 Lakh as Seva Nidhi Package (Including, interest accumulated on the above amount as per the applicable interest rates would also be paid)

Agneepath Scheme Selection Process

As per the general update, there is no hearing about Agnipath scheme UPSC recruitment.

Physical Fitness Test (At Rally Site)

1.6 Km Run1.6 Km RunBeam (Pull Ups)Beam (Pull Ups)Beam (Pull Ups)9 Feet  DitchZig- Zag Balance
GroupTimeMarksPull UpsMarksNeed to QualifyNeed to Qualify
Group – I5 Min 30 Seconds601040
Group– II5 Min 31 Sec to 5 Min 45 Seconds48933
Group– II5 Min 31 Sec to 5 Min 45 Seconds48827
Group– II5 Min 31 Sec to 5 Min 45 Seconds48721
Group– II5 Min 31 Sec to 5 Min 45 Seconds48616
  • Written Test: Common Entrance Examination (CET)
  • Medical Fitness Test:


Stay tuned as further details related to the recruitment shall be given after the issuance of official notification under this scheme. According to the government’s initiative, both the government and young career-seekers shall benefit from the scheme. There is a lot that awaits young India.       

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