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In Photo: Job aspirants during an online registration drive in Kolkata on Thursday. Photo: MoD

By A Newsman

Kolkata, 21 August:  STANDING in long queues for hours since near midnight to appear for a job in the Army is soon going to be a thing of the past.

This is because the Indian Army has decided to switch to an Online Registration System from the existing practice of Open Rally System for recruitment of soldiers in various trades. The Online Registration System will come into effect from 1 October this year.

Under the new system, aspiring candidates will be able to register their names online on www.joinindianarmy.nic.in for Army jobs anytime of the year. Next, whenever the Army announces a recruitment drive, the aspirants will have to apply online to participate.

They can apply earliest by 45 days in advance and latest by 15 days in advance of the scheduled recruitment rally date. On successful submission of application, applicants will be able to download an automatically generated admit card up to 10 days in advance of the recruitment rally by logging in with the user name and password provided.

Only candidates applying online will be eligible to appear for the recruitment rallies from 1 October onwards, a release issued by the Eastern Army Command in Kolkata said.

Indian Army had on 1 April 1998 introduced the Open Rally System wherein recruitment was being carried out in a walk-in-selection mode by way of organising recruitment rallies in various parts of the country from time to time.

But this system requires job aspirants to reach a recruitment venue straightway on the day of the rally for verification of documents and physical fitness test. As there is no option for advance enrollment, on most occasion candidates start queuing up since a little after midnight to attend the recruitment rally that usually starts at dawn.

There have been instances in the past when huge number of job aspirants turning up at the same time resulted in huge chaos and harassment to both the candidates and the Army authorities conducting the rally. The new online system is likely to put an end to this.