The Selection Process and Common Myths

Getting into the Indian Armed Forces is a cherished aspiration for candidates but success depends upon clearing a rigorous selection process. It is therefore important to have a clear understanding of the process and dispel some of the common myths that can often derail your preparation.

The selection process is comprised of two stages :-
  1. Stage One : The first stage is the Screening Test on day one.
  2. Stage Two : Thereafter, screened-in candidates are tested by three selectors i.e Psychologist, Group Testing Offfice (GTO) and the Interviewing Officer.
The recommended candidates then undergo medical examination and are then inducted into respective training academies of Air Force, Army & Navy on the basis of the All India Merit List.

Some of the common myths that we often hear from candidates are listed below, along with the actual facts:

  • Myth #1: Marks of Individual Obstacles are counted in the final assessment by the GTO.
  • Truth: All Individual Obstacles are allocated marks based on the level of difficulty - however, these are NOT added in the final assessment by the GTO. The marks only serve as an indicator of the level of performance of the candidate in demonstrating Officer Like Qualities (OLQs).

  • Myth #2: All tasks given by the GTO carry separate marks.
  • TruthTruth: Marks are not allocated per test in Group Testing; instead, marks are awarded on the basis of the overall performance of the candidate across all the Group Tasks.

  • Myth #3: Separate marks are allocated to all the psychological tests i.e. TAT, WAT, SRT and Self-Description.
  • Truth: Marks are not allocated per test in Psychological Tests; instead, marks are awarded on the basis of overall performance and consistency of the candidate in all the tests.

  • Myth #4: Psychological tests are more important as compared to Group Testing and Interview.
  • Truth: All the three selectors (i.e. Psychologists, Group Testing Officer and Interviewing Officer) carry equal weightage.

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