The Indian Army recruiting office will be following the revised recruitment system from next year onwards in Tamil Nadu. Officials have recommended the Tamil Nadu state government to consult with the Army headquarters and Ministry of Defense for aiding aspiring candidates to write exam in their mother tongue.
Deputy Director General, Recruiting (States), Brig. Sangram Dalvi said to reporters on the sidelines of the recruitment rally held at Seethakathi Sethupathi Stadium that apart from Tamil Nadu, the new recruitment system will also be followed in Rajasthan and Punjab.
As per the old recruitment system, the candidates have to clear the physical test and medical test in order to appear for the written test. However, under the new system, candidates will have to go through written test first, in order to qualify for the next rounds that are Physical Fitness Tests (PFTs) and medical tests.
In Punjab and Rajasthan, over 1 lakh aspirant youths turn up whenever there is an Indian Army recruitment rally held in the state, and even in Tamil Nadu, the response from the candidates is quite high. Keeping that in view, the Indian Army has decided to hold written exams in at least half a dozen centers across each state.
It is reported that many candidates who clear the medical test and physical fitness test often fail to pass the written exams, resulting in failure to join Army. It seems that the written tests that are being conducted in Hindi and English are too difficult to most candidates who had no trouble clearing the first two rounds.
Brig. Dalvi proposed that the state governments should take up the pressing matters with the Ministry of Defense and Army headquarters. He already had briefed the matters with Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu on the difficulties the aspiring candidates face in clearing the written exams.
Under the current norms, a candidate who passes the physical and medical test has to score a minimum of 32 marks out of 100 in the written test in a time limit of 1 hour. The test comprises of 3 sections: the first part comprises of general knowledge, which accounts for 30%; the second is general science, which accounts for 40%; and the third, mathematics that accounts for the remaining 30%.