It has been more than a year since the third largest Army of the world went online for their recruitment processes. The introduction of online recruitment of the Indian Army was announced with much fanfare and thousands of aspiring candidates have been applying for the various posts online.
However, numerous candidates applying for the 49th batch of Short Service Commission course were left stranded recently, as they were unable to submit their applications online. Reports say that this was caused by a technical glitch in the website of the Indian army.
Only two days were left for the deadline to submit the application online when the glitch happened, and many candidates wrote to the official social media page of the Army Chief regarding the issues with the website. Yet, the questions of the candidates were left unanswered.
The Recruitment Directorate shared an advertisement last month that seeks applications under the Short Service Commission for technical and non-technical positions in Judge Advocate general (JAG) entry. The last date to submit applications for the positions was February 22.
Indian Army officials accepted that there is a technical issue in their website. They also added that efforts are being made to rectify the problem. Nevertheless, the panicked aspirants were not contented by the explanation of the officials and decided to approach the social media page of the Army Chief.
“The site is not working… unable to fill form for last 20 days,’’ wrote one of the applicants. Some of the candidates even called the Recruitment Directorate that is located in Delhi, but they were not offered any satisfactory responses. “There is a critical issue with the website. Many of my friends have tried 30 times for the last seven days to apply for 40th SSC entry,” another candidate wrote.
The Indian Army moved to online method of recruitment by releasing a dedicated website on July 2015. This website was introduced to tackle the huge crowds at the recruitment rallies conducted by the Indian Army. With the introduction of the Army recruitment website, the Indian Armed Forces made it compulsory for the candidates to register online. It is reported that the Indian Army recruitment website received more than 40,000 hits in just twenty-four hours of its launch.