‘Written test never happened’
Mohit Sharma, 23, was an athlete in school but his big dream was to join the Indian Army. Watching war movies or military films is still his favourite pastime. The son of a temporary clerk at Agra tehsil, his first cousin is currently serving in the army. But, now he is overage and can’t join the Agniveers. He blames the authorities for the mess. “I applied for the army when I was 21, cleared the physical and medical tests and was told that I would be soon called for a written test. But, the written test never happened and now I am out of the race,” he says.
Mohit says many of his friends are in a similar situation. No one told them that their physical and medical tests could become null and void. They were always given administrative reasons for delays in organising the written test. Mohit’s father earns Rs, 15,000 a month and they pledged their only property to get a loan to fund Mohit’s course at a defence coaching academy in Lucknow for over a year.
In the case of the army, at least two batches of recruits were waiting for the written exams after having completed their physical/ medical tests. The Indian Army recruits jawans under 13 categories, including tradesmen and technical.