Mysore, June 15 (KUC&MTY)- The Army Recruitment Rally to pick up candidates for various posts in the army conducted by Army Recruitment Zone, Bangalore, commenced at Chamundi Vi-har Stadium here this morning.

The recruitment process will go on till June 20 to select soldiers for general duty, clerk / Store-keeper and nursing.

About 2000 candidates from Bangalore (Urban & Rural), Kolar, Tumkur and Mandya districts underwent the tests today.

Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta flagged off the running race conducted as part the selection process under the physical ability tests. He also interacted with the candidates thus boosting their enthusiasm.

The eligible qualification for the post of soldier (general duty) is SSLC with a 45 per cent score, in the age group of 17 to 21 years while for the posts of soldiers (clerk, store-keeper and nursing) it is PUC with 50 per cent score, in the age group of 17 to 23, according to Col. Anil Nautiyal, Director (Recruitment), Central Office, Army Recruitment Zone.

Tomorrow's selection process will feature candidates from Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Ramanagar & Chikkaballapur districts.

After a thorough scrutiny of the necessary documents, the eligible candidates were being subjected to physical ability tests. The first was running a distance of 1.6 km in a stipulated time of 5 minutes 40 seconds. The marks earned goes down with extended time of running with a cut-off at 6 minutes 20 seconds. Following that was jumping across a 9ft wide pit, walking stably on a one-foot wide wooden log and jumping and holding on a horizontal bar seven feet above the ground.

Col. Nautiyal told Star of Mysore that the response has been very encouraging this time with the youth showing a lot of enthusiasm to join the army. He added that about 300 candidates would be selected every day.

About 50 Army Officers were seen monitoring the selection process. The Police had thrown a heavy security cordon around the stadium with metal detectors for entry of everyone to the venue. A fire tender and a team of doctors of K.R. Hospital were ready to handle any emergency.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore