Recruitment in the Army from LWE Districts
The total number of Army personnel (excluding Army Medical Corps, Army Dental Corps and Military Nursing Service) in different wings of Army, is as under:-
Officers : 40,095 (as on 1.1.2015)
Other Ranks : 11,47,549 (as on 1.4.2015)
State / UT wise details of the number of Army personnel are not maintained.
In Army, officers are recruited on all India basis through open competitive examination. Recruitment in Other Ranks in Army is made through Open Rally System. Women are inducted only as Short Service Commissioned Officers in specified Branches in Indian Army.
Recruitment of youth including from tribal areas is an ongoing process. Army has initiated several steps with a view to increase intake in the Other Ranks from the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states which include:
Requesting the State Governments to encourage, train and motivate candidates to join Army;
Making efforts to ensure maximum participation of candidates from LWE affected areas in Army Recruitment Rallies; and
Giving motivational lectures by Army personnel to join Army in remote areas of LWE affected States etc.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Bhupinder Singh in Rajya Sabha today.