How to Apply for Agniveer under Agnipath Scheme – Eligibility criteria, Salary

Agnipath Scheme for Agniveer: Serving in an army in Indian Armed Forces is a dream among the youth of India. A historic decision has been taken regarding this profession. On June 14, Union Cabinet had approved a new recruitment scheme for Indian Youngstars to serve in the Armed Forces. The name of the scheme is AGNIPATH. The selected candidates under this scheme will be called AGNIVEERS.

In this article, we will discuss the scheme and recruitment process. We will also analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the AGNEEPATH scheme. 

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Agnipath Scheme - How to apply for Agniveer, Salary, Educational Criteria

Know all about Agnipath Scheme

Under this scheme, every year 40,000 to 50,000 youth will be recruited below the age of 18(17.5 years) to serve any of the services like the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.

As Agneeveers, they will serve the country for 4 years. This scheme recruits candidates below the rank of officer, with a positive goal of deploying more younger troops in the frontline with a four years contract.

After four years of service period, 25% of the Agniveers will be retained in the regular cadre based on merit, willingness, and medical fitness. They will surely then serve for another 15 years in full term. While the other 75 percent of Agniveers will be demobilized, with an exit or “Seva Nidhi” package of Rs 11-12 lakh.

Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar confirmed that women will also be inducted into the armed forces under this scheme.

How to become Agniveer

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The youth who will serve the country on the frontline under this scheme will be called Agniveer. The age group of Agniveer should be between 17.5 years to 23 years. Agneever will be those who favor patriotism, teamwork, enhancement of physical fitness, and uprooted loyalty to the country.

Overview of the Agnipath Scheme

Conducting BodyArmy Recruitment Organization
Age limit17.5 to 23 years
Area of ServiceIndia Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force
Time period4 years
No of vacancies:40,000-50,000
SalaryStarting at 30,000 per month
Online RegistrationNotification will be published soon

Educational Qualification and Posts for Agnipath Scheme

Post NameEducational Qualification
Soldier General Duty45% marks in SSLC/Matric with aggregate. No percentage is required if higher qualifications.
Soldier Technical10+2/Intermediate exam Non-Matricpassed in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and English. Now eight age for higher qualification.
SoldierClerk / StoreKeeper Technical10+2/Intermediate pass in any stream(Arts, Commerce, Science)with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate and at least 40% in each subject. There is weightage for higher qualifications.
Soldier Nursing Assistant10+2/Intermediate exam passed in Science with Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and English with min 50% mark in aggregate and min 40% in each subject. Now eight age for higher qualification.
Soldier Tradesman(i) GeneralDuties(ii) Specified DutiesNon-matric

Agniveer Salary package under Agnipath Yojana

  • Candidates or Agniveers will be given an attractive customized monthly package along with Risk and Hardship allowances as applicable in services.
  • On completion of their contract period of 4 years, Agniveers will be paid one time ‘Seva Nidhi’ package of Rs 11.71 Lakh which shall comprise their contribution including interest thereon and matching contribution from the Government. 
  • In the 1st year, the salary for Agneeveers will be near Rs. 4.76 lakh per annum which will increase to Rs. 6.92 lakh per annum for the final year. The ‘Seva Nidhi’ package will be free from Income Tax.
Year Customized Package (Monthly)In-Hand(70%)Contribution to Agniveer Corpus Fund (30%)Contribution to corpus fund by Govt. of India
1st YearRs. 30000Rs. 21000Rs. 9000Rs. 9000
2nd YearRs. 33000Rs. 23100Rs. 9900Rs. 9900
3rd YearRs. 36500Rs. 25580Rs. 10950Rs. 10950
4th YearRs. 40000Rs. 28000Rs. 12000Rs. 12000

Total contribution to Agniveer Corpus Fund after four years- Rs 5.02 Lakh

Exit from agniveer position after four years – Rs 11.71 Lakh as SevaNidhi Package

How to apply for Agniveer under Agnipath Scheme

The vacancies will be made available on the respective websites,, and

The first agneeveers will be recruited between September or October 2022.

Agnipath Scheme Advantages and Disadvantages

Every single scheme has some pros and cons for the government as well as the common people. In the below table we will discuss it in detail.

This Scheme will give a bigger youthful profile to the armed forces.It can weaken military culture, professionalism, and combat spirit.
Agnipath scheme is giving excellent financial deals for the Agniveers.It may result in the annual unemployment of 35,000 youths with war experience.
The Defense Budget for the year 2022-2023 was 5 lakh crore whereas 1 lakh crores went to the pension accounts of ex-armies. Clearly, this scheme will save a lot of money.Agniveers will be cautious and most of them will be seeking a second job.
The Home Minister has announced that the Agniveers will get 10% reservations in CAPFs and Assam Rifles.

Important Documents for Agniveer

There are some important documents that aspirants have to upload while filling out the application form. Without uploading the documents no application form will be accepted by the authority, so make sure to follow the norms. Here is the list of the documents you have to upload.

  • Address details of candidate
  • ID proof of candidate
    • Aadhar card
    • Pan card
    • Voter id card
    • Driving license
    • Passport
  • Scanned signature of the candidate
  • Scanned photograph of the candidate

Agniveer Application fee for Agnipath Scheme

There is yet no information about the Agneepath recruitment and the application fee, so once the notification is out you will come to know about it.

Category of the candidateApplication fee
General/ OBC/ EWSNotified Soon
SC/ STNotified Soon
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Can a girl join the Agnipath scheme?

According to the report, girls can join the Agnipath scheme.

When will Agneepath recruitment start?

End of June the registration process will start and training may start from December 2022.

What is the Age limit for the recruitment of the candidates under the Agneepath Scheme for Defense?

 The initial age limit was 17.5 to 21 years but now it is increased to 23 years.

What is the service tenure granted under Agnipath Scheme?

Agniveer will be employed for 4 years according to Agnipath scheme. Later on 25% of the Agniveers will be retained in the regular cadre based on merit, willingness, and medical fitness.

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