For a section of youth who had assembled at the Army recruitment rally inside the Chamundi Vihar Stadium on Tuesday, it was a dream come true. The dream was to enter the armed forces and the aim was to serve the nation.
“This is one of the biggest moments of my life,” said Praveen Kumar, who had come all the way from a remote village near Saragur in H D Kote for the recruitment rally. Quite clear about joining the Army, Praveen said that he had been preparing for this day. “I have been working towards this goal for the past three years and I am sure that I will be selected and will be able to live my dream of leading a life of adventure and serving the nation,” he said.
Like Praveen Kumar, more than 300 aspirants from all over Karnataka including Hubballi, Kalaburgi, Belagaavi, Hassan, Kodagu, Chikkamagalur and Bagalkot attended the open recruitment rally for soldiers on the first day on Tuesday. The rally will conclude on May 10.
Each day, 300 candidates will be tested for physical endurance and mental abilities. Candidates will be screened from May 3 till May 7 and a selection list would be prepared. From May 7 to May 10, the final list will be prepared after the filtering rounds.
As thousands of candidates turned up during the last recruitment rally held in the city creating chaos, this time, candidates were segregated into groups of 300. In all, more than 2,500 candidates will appear in the rally. Recruiting officers said that this time, they had opted for a systematic approach to save time and energy.
“Not more than 300 candidates will be screened per day and all of them have been intimated accordingly,” said an officer. On Tuesday, candidates were asked by the Army authorities to report to the venue at 4 am where the documentation process began. Next, they were asked to assemble at the open grounds at 6:30 am for the physical tests that began with running, long jump, push-ups, zig-zag running, etc. After preliminary physical tests, the height, weight and chest measurements of candidates were taken.
According to officers, they had started the exercise before dawn as it would be impossible for candidates to perform strenuous tasks in the hot sun.