NEW DELHI: Digital India takes a backseat in the Indian army as almost a year after the world’s third largest army went online for recruitment with much fanfare, thousands of aspirants applying for the 49th batch of short service commission course for officers were left stranded as they were unable to file their application online due to technical error on the website.
Running against the time, as two days are left for the last date of filing application, candidates wrote to the army chief’s official social media page to post their grievance but were left unanswered.
Last month, the Recruitment Directorate came out with an advertisement seeking application under short service commission for technical and non-technical positions in JAG (judge advocate general) branch. The last date for filing online application is February 22.
Though officials claim a technical error in the website and efforts are on to rectify it, panicked aspirants decided to approach the Army chief’s social media platform.
“The site is not working... unable to fill form for last 20 days,’’ wrote one of the applicants. Candidates even called the Recruitment Directorate in Delhi but did not get a satisfactory response.
“There is a critical issue with the website. Many of my friends have tried 30 times for the last seven days to apply for 40th SSC entry," wrote another candidate.
In July 2015, the Army shifted to online mode of recruitment by launching a dedicated website www.joinindianarmy.nic.In making it compulsory for the aspirants, seeking jobs in the armed forces, to register online in a bid to tackle huge crowds at its recruitment rallies. The website received 40,000 hits within first 24 hours of its launch.