Kapurthala (Punjab), April 1: The Indian Army has set up a selection centre here with a view to select officers for the armed forces, said a defence statement on Friday.
This is the fourth such centre in the country, the statement said.
The centre, set up by the Indian Army's Service Selection Board, is around 175 km from the state capital Chandigarh. It will cater to the job aspirants of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir.
These northern states, according to last year's figure, constitute over 24 percent of the total cadets who became officers.
Inaugurating the centre, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command Lt. Gen. K.J. Singh said: "It was a long-pending demand of Punjab to open a selection centre in the state because the aspirants from the northern states had to visit Bhopal, Allahabad and Bengaluru to appear before the Special Selection Board."