Army teams will soon visit various engineering institutes in Karnataka and other states of southern India to make preliminary selection of students who have applied for the University Entry Scheme (UES) for permanent commission in the Indian Army.
Maj Gen VPS Bhakuni, Commandant of Selection Centre South in Bengaluru said, the Military Preliminary Selection Teams (MPSTs) have been briefed on selection techniques in Bengaluru and they will carry out screening of potential candidates starting from October 15, and continue till the end of March 2017. Online applications for the course commencing in July 2018 were invited from male students studying in 3rd year engineering course and there was overwhelming response for it. Each team, which includes a Presiding Officer and two other members, will visit concerned engineering colleges, institutes and universities in designated places, and undertake the process to shortlist the candidates. Such a process is being held after a gap of one year, he added.
The Commandant, quoting UPSC annual report said, the number of youth aspiring for National Defence Academy (NDA) and Combined Defence Service (CDS) has been increasing every year. In 2013-14, while 7.76 lakh candidates applied for 1,228 posts in civil services, 11.08 lakh applied for 1,700 posts in NDA and CDS. Applicants to post ratio was 632.41 for civil services and 651.91 for NDA and CDS during same year.
The percentage of officer cadets at OTA from the Southern part of India is approximately 17% and this figure doesn't do justice to either the demography or the talent pool available in the region. Hence, there is a need to reach out to youth in the southern states. With this objective, besides shortlisting candidates for UES, the MPSTs will also deliver motivational lecture to students and explain various job opportunities available in the Army.