The Indian Army has given a special dispensation for the youth of northeast India to join the military, an official said in Agartala on Wednesday.
"Among the eligibility criteria to join Indian Army, the minimum height required for the northeast India youth is 157-160 centimetres as against rest of India's requirement of 169 centimetres," Assam's Silchar-based Army Recruitment Office director Colonel Sanjeev Bajpai told reporters.
He said for the tribals, the minimum educational qualification is Class 8 pass while for the others it is Class 12 pass to join the army as soldiers, soldier-clerks, store keepers-technical, soldiers-technical and nursing assistants.
The tribals constitute 27 percent of northeast India's total population of 38,857,769, according to the 2001 census.
"We will take whatever number of youths who want to join the Indian Army from the northeast, if they fulfil the eligibility criteria. There is no quota or vacancy posts systems for them," Bajpai said ahead of a week-long open recruitment rally in Tripura beginning Aug 23.
There are special categories for sportsmen of state and national level, sons of former soldiers and war widows, widows, and National Cadet Corps (NCC) 'C' certificate holders, he said.
"Frequency of holding open recruitment rallies in northeast India have been increased of late to encourage youth of the region to join the Indian Army and lead a proud life," Bajpai added.