The Indian Army has announced a major change in the Agniveer recruitment procedure as the candidates will have to undergo an online test as the first step.

The process previously involved a physical test followed by a medical test and finally the Common Entrance Examination (CEE) online at designated centres. This amended procedure will be applicable from this year itself. Online registration for this year’s recruitment process will open in mid-February.

In an official notice issued by the Army, it was revealed that the new procedure starts with the online CEE after registration. If the candidates clear the entrance exam, they will be shortlisted for the recruitment rally including a medical examination.

The next step will be the Allocation of Arms and services and those making the final cut will be asked to report at the training centre. “The changed methodology will ensure increased focus on cognitive aspect during selection. It will have wider outreach across the country and also reduce the large crowds seen during recruitment rallies to make them more manageable and easier to conduct,” the notice read. Meanwhile, the candidates can practise for the Agniveer online exam by visiting the Indian Army’s official website where category-wise links are being hosted. They can also check the website for queries on ‘How to register’ and How to Appear in Online Common Entrance Exam’.