Army aspirants stage protest over postponement of recruitment exam

Army aspirants taking out a protest march in Jammu on Friday. Excelsior/Rakesh
Army aspirants taking out a protest march in Jammu on Friday. Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 21: Army aspirants drawn from 10 districts of Jammu province today held a strong protest march in Jammu over repeated postponement of army recruitment examination.
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Hundreds of Army aspirants participated in the protest march. Carrying banners and placards in their hands with slogans such as ‘Conduct CEE Exam as soon as possible’, they raised slogans against the Central Government.
They said that the Army had conducted a month-long recruitment rally at the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu from February 10 last year for various posts for candidates hailing from all the 10 districts of Jammu division. They claimed that despite clearing the fitness and medical test, the Indian Army is not conducting the exam for them.
“Dates for the exams were announced several times but each time the exams were postponed due to COVID surge. At first, the date of the exam was fixed on April 24, 2021 and thereafter on June 27. Later, it was scheduled in the month of October but again postponed and the next date was fixed on January 30, 2022 and now, once again, the exam has been cancelled,” the angry aspirants said.
The protesting aspirants said that many of them are on the brink of crossing the army’s qualifying age-limit. If the recruitment exam is not conducted in the near future, they will lose the chance to get into the Indian Army as the Army doesn’t provide age relaxation.
The aspirant stated that many other competitive exams, including JKSSB and JKPSC exams were conducted during this period and thousands of aspirants appeared for these. “If such exams can be conducted, why Army can’t hold its exam,” they asked and appealed the Army authorities to conduct the exam as soon as possible.