35,000 to 40,000 candidates likely to appear; rally will be over on October 15
Fidgeting in the overcrowded queue lines leading to the 2nd APSP Battalion Grounds on Bellary Road, P. Venkata Ramana, a lanky youngster from Chirala of Prakasam district, expressed no complaints! Fuelled by the sole motive of becoming a solider, he maintained composure despite being huddled against the scores of candidates appearing for the ongoing ‘Army Recruitment Rally’. “I have always wanted to join the Army and serve the country like my elder brother. His success has strengthened my ambition and it is the right time to test my hard work/efforts and come out with flying colours,” he said, beaming with confidence. Since the commencement of the rally on October 5, several youngsters like Ramana have made a beeline to Kurnool.
With the official entry scheduled from the midnight, many candidates choose to spend their time in the queues from dusk itself till they are asked to report. While some of them have secured accommodation in nearby lodgings, others have made the Bellary Road, one of the busiest thoroughfares in Kurnool, as their temporary dwelling with their humble possessions.
“It is easy for the candidates near the city to reach the venue. For those hailing from far off places seeking accommodation is a costly affair as many managements have hiked the rent owing to the demand,” said K. Suresh, a candidate from Chittoor district.
The candidates claimed that the hotel managements had been charging ₹1,000-₹1,500 per individual per day forcing them to complete daily chores – food, bath etc., on the road itself. But this has not deterred the youngsters, who have remained focused on the job at hand.
“As unemployment is rampant, we have to grab every opportunity.
The competition is quite high and we are trying our best to overcome the struggle of finding a proper job and look after our families,” they added.
Setkur CEO C. Sudhakar Reddy told The Media that the district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the rally. With respect to the change in timings i.e., around midnight, Mr. Reddy said the Army officials, concerned about the well-being of the candidates appearing for physical examination, had been conducting the recruitments in that fashion.
“There have been instances of candidates fainting during the physical owing to heat and exhaustion.” Mr. Reddy said the rally had evoked tremendous response from youngsters hailing from Anantapur, Kurnool, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, Kadapa and Chittoor districts.
With more than 4,000 candidates appearing everyday, the officials expect to witness a footfall of more than 35,000 to 40,000 candidates, till the completion of the rally on October 15. The candidate has to undergo various tests i.e., 1.6-km run, physical fitness test (PFT), physical measurement test (PMT) and medical examination. Successful candidates will appear for the Common Entrance Examination (CEE) and then, based on merit, will be sent to their training centres concerned.
The recruitment is being carried for soldier category i.e., general duty, technical, clerk/storekeeper, nursing assistant and tradesmen.