Indian Army's recruitment process
Indian Army has revealed plans to introduce new and transparent methods of candidate recruitment. [Representational Image] Kashmiri youth walk along balance beams during a recruitment drive by the Indian Army in Anantnag, 55 km (34 miles) south of Srinagar, 16 November 2007.Reuters

In line with changing times, Indian Army is all set to overhaul its cumbersome recruitment process by introducing online tests for its candidates.

The new plans envisage reversing of the existing structure where writing test is the last a candidate has to undergo. Soon, candidates may have to appear for online tests to qualify for the physical and medical tests.

It is a known fact that a majority of the army's recruitment rallies attract huge crowd. "We don't want to put hundreds of thousands of candidates to a lot of inconvenience as they need to assemble for physical tests. Instead, we will have online tests with objective-type questions for which the candidates need to answer with just a click of the mouse," Major General JK Marwal, Officiating Director-General Recruiting, was quoted as saying by the Hindu.

The proposal has received approval from the Narendra Modi government and will be introduced as a pilot project in three of the 12 zones -- Chennai, Jaipur and Ambala.

The online tests could be handled by an outsourced IT company. Additionally, the process will be more transparent and organisers will offer the candidates the reason why they were rejected. This will be given in writing at every stage, Marwal assured.