The Indian Army recruitment rally in Gujarat has seen 71,039 new candidates, a new record for the state. The figure not only breaks the previous record of 60,580 in the Indian Army recruitment drive held in Himmatnagar last December, but would also break the record for new recruits into the Army as well.
The candidates who applied online to join Indian Army would undergo a physical test at Shastri Maidan, Rajkot this time around. The rally has commenced on July 6 and ends on July 16, 2017. The applied candidates from 21 Gujarat districts are expected to appear in the ongoing Army recruitment rally at Shastri Maidan for categories Soldier (General Duty, Clerk, Tradesman, Technical); Soldier (Nursing Assistant); and Store Keeper Technical.
“This rally has surpassed the earlier record when 60,580 candidates had registered for the drive that was held in Himmatnagar in December 2016,” said Brigadier Dinesh Chadhha, Deputy Director General of Army recruitment. Brig. Chadhha further stated the rally is being held in Southern Gujarat after a 12-year long hiatus.
On July 6, candidates from Gujarat districts Daman, Dang, Mahisagar, and Surat were invited for the Indian Army recruitment rally. Up to 2389 candidates turned up from a possible 4000, and out of which, 150 candidates were shortlisted after the physical test was done on the opening day of the rally.
Sources say that the Gujarat’s government’s continuous push is one of the prime reasons why youngsters apply for the coveted posts in the Indian Army through online platforms. “Across the country, it is only in Gujarat that ahead of such recruitment drives, the state labour and employment department provides free one month training to the candidates in all the districts. Each candidate is also paid Rs 100 per day as stipend,” a government official said.
Indian Army Wing Commander Abhishek Matiman appreciated the efforts taken by Gujarat government and said that, “It is a significant upward trend which is a welcome sign. There was a time when Gujarat vacancies could not be filled but now more youths from the state are getting attracted to the Army which explains the quantum jump in registrations.”