Agnipath Scheme - Features, Eligibility, Soldier Benefits, and Everything You Need to Know

By Vivek Chauhan|Updated : June 15th, 2022

Agnipath Scheme was launched by the Union Government on 14 June 2022. The Union Cabinet approved an appealing recruitment scheme for the Indian youth to serve in the Armed Forces. The programme AGNIPATH is also known as Tour of Duty, and the youth who participate in it are known as Agniveers. Under the Agnipath Scheme, soldiers get released after 4 years of service, and only 25 percent of soldiers, the best candidates will be re-inducted as permanent.

What is the Agnipath Scheme?

Agnipath Scheme was promoted by the late Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat. Agnipath Scheme is a new recruitment model in which civilians can be recruited into three services of the armed forces for four years.

  • Soldiers, sailors and airmen will be enrolled through the Agnipath Scheme Scheme. It is pan India merit based recruitment.
  • The Tour of Duty model was considered with the goal of recruiting approximately 46,000 personnel below officer rank in the three services each year via a biannual exercise with a six-month gap.
  • Soldiers will be recruited for four years under the system.
  • Applicants will start with a salary of Rs 30,000 which will increase to Rs 40,000 by the end of the fourth year.
  • Under the Seva Nidhi scheme, approximately 30% of the salary will be set aside for savings, with the govt. contributing an equal amount each month.
  • After four years, up to 25% of Agniveers will be selected as regular cadres based on a central, transparent, and rigorous system.

Official Notification of Agnipath Scheme (Indian Army)

Official Notification of Agnipath Scheme (Indian Air Force)

Eligibility Criteria for Agnipath Scheme (ToD) 

Candidates of age between 17 and a half to 23 years can apply for the Agnipath Scheme scheme. The educational requirements for the Agnipath Scheme will remain the same as they are now for enrollment in multiple categories. As an example: 

The educational requirement for entry as a General Duty (GD) soldier is 10th class. In the following table, we are sharing the education qualification, age criteria, and marital status required to apply for the Tour of Duty scheme.

Agnipath Scheme Eligibility

Details

Educational Qualification

Minimum 10th class pass

Agnipath Scheme Duty Age Limit

17.5 -  23 years.

Who can Apply for Agnipath Scheme? 

Both Male & Female candidates

Marital Status

The candidate's marital status must be unmarried.

How to Apply for a Tour of Duty?

For all three military forces, enrolment will be done through an online centralized system. Candidates must meet the medical eligibility requirements in order to enroll. Further details will soon be shared by the officials on the official website of the Government of India.

Agnipath Scheme Medical Standards

Candidates will have to meet the medical eligibility conditions laid out for the enrolment in the armed forces as applicable to respective categories or trades.

Agnipath Scheme (ToD) Salary

Agnipath Scheme cadets will be given an appealing customized monthly package, as well as Risk & Hardship allowances for each of the three services. Agnipath Scheme cadets will be paid a one-time 'SevaNidhi' package upon completion of the four-year engagement period, which will include their contribution plus accrued interest as well as a matching contribution from the govt. equal to the accumulated amount of their contribution plus interest, as shown below:

Year

Customized Package (Monthly)

In-Hand (70%)

Contribution to Agniveers Corpus Funds (30%)

Contribution to the corpus fund by the Govt. of India

All figures in INR (monthly contribution)

1st Year

30000

21000

9000

9000

2nd Year

33000

23100

9900

9900

3rd Year

36500

25580

10950

10950

4th Year

40000

28000

12000

12000

Total contribution in the Agniveer Corpus Fund after 4 yrs.

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5.02 Lakhs

5.02 Lakhs

Exit after four year

INR 11.71 Lakh as SevaNidhi Package

(In addition, interest accrued on the above amount at the applicable interest rates would be paid.)

Pay, Perks & Allowances of Agnipath Scheme

In the following table, we are sharing Pay, Perks & Allowances which will be given to cadets of Tour of Duty scheme.

Agnipath Scheme Pay, Perks & Allowances

Details

Annual Package

1st year package approx. INR 4.76 Lakhs.

Upgradation up to approx. INR 6.92 Lakhs in fourth year.

Allowances

Risk & Hardship, Ration, Dress, Travel allowances as applicable.

Seva Nidhi

30 percent of monthly emoluments to be contributed by the individuals.

Equal amount matched & contributed by the govt.

Corpus of approx. INR 11.71 Lakhs after four years, exempted from the Income Tax

Death Compensation

1st year package approx. INR 4.76 Lakhs.

Upgradation up to approx. INR 6.92 Lakhs in fourth year.

Disability Compensation:

Compensation based on percent disability laid down by the medical authorities.

One-time Ex Gratia of INR 44/25/15 Lakhs for 100 percent/75 percent/50 percent disability respectively.

Post Retirement Opportunities for Agnipath Scheme Cadets

  • Candidates who will retire after 4 years of service in Agnipath Scheme will be given priority in CAPF and Assam rifles recruitment.
  • As per the criteria, the Indian Armed Forces will try to give a class 12 certificate to a class 10 student who joins as an agniveer.
  • Remaining Agniveers will get assistance from the armed forces for further employment avenues.

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