Under the plan, 46,000 cadets will be recruited this year, and officials say those involved in violent protests will not qualify for the defence services.
Demonstrators, mainly young men, say the plan will limit opportunities for permanent jobs with the defence forces, which guarantee fixed salaries, pensions and other benefits.
Anti-New Delhi protests erupted after three suspected rebels were killed in southern Pulwama town in India-administered Kashmir. Locals say troops detained several people and forced them to sit in front of them as shields during the clashes.
Suspected rebels fatally shoot police officer, his wife and their daughter in India-administered Kashmir, authorities say, while two more drones fly over military base and a gun battle rages in main Srinagar city.
Police in India-administered Kashmir say an Indian army officer and two others "planted illegally acquired weapons" on the bodies of three young men to pass them off as "terrorists" after killing them in a staged gun battle in July.
Top generals of both sides meet in a Himalayan outpost in Chinese-controlled Kashmir, in a bid to end the latest frontier showdown between the powerful armies. It wasn't immediately clear what the talks yielded.
"We're talking about Kashmir in relation to what is going on with Pakistan and India. And if we can help we certainly will be helping," US President Trump says ahead of closed-door talks with Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Davos.
UN Security Council members hold rare "closed consultations," called by Beijing, on disputed Kashmir where New Delhi is accused of abuses against its mostly-Muslim population.
EU nations, except Norway, refused to take part in a rare diplomatic visit to disputed India-administered Kashmir, where New Delhi's lockdown after annexation continues since August 5.
Officials say mortars fired by Indian troops into Pakistan-administered Kashmir targeted civilians and damaged nearly a dozen homes. Meanwhile, Pakistanis in capital Islamabad rally in support of the people of Kashmir.
The Indian has stopped several Indian lawmakers from visiting Jammu and Kashmir since the lockdown - so why have they taken a bunch of far-right European MPs on a guided tour of the region?
The former princely state became part of India in 1949, two years after the country won independence from Britain, but has since seen decades-long violent separatist campaigns.
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