Examination for CAPF officers to have a psychic test like for the armed forces, DIPR to draw the roadmap
Soon, candidates for the Deputy Commander of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) exam will have to show their psychological abilities just like the exams for officers of the armed forces. The central government is working on a proposal to launch a psychological assessment for candidates taking the exam, sources told News18.
The process of reviewing the exam scheme, syllabus and model is ongoing and, to finalize its form, the Institute for Defense Psychological Research (DIPR) has been commissioned to prepare a roadmap.
The program and model have not been changed in the past 19 years, said a senior official involved in the change and review process.
According to the sources, the union’s interior ministry at a meeting offered to explore ways to analyze candidates in a new way.
If approved, the modified model, curriculum and exam will also undergo psychological analysis and evaluation at a very early stage through testing.
The Service Selection Board (SSB) responsible for assessing candidates for officer induction into the Indian Armed Forces has a psychological assessment, which includes the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT) and Situational Reaction Test (SRT).
According to an official communication, the DIPR will hold discussions with all officers of the Central Armed Police Force on psychological testing. “Based on this discussion and analysis, a senior ITBP official will suggest that this is the first time that a psychological analysis of candidates will be carried out,” a senior government official involved in the process told News18. process.
A discussion is scheduled for this week in a series at different levels by CAPF officers from February 24 until the first week of March.
During these days, different officers from different forces will share their views on this ordeal.
The Defense Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) conducts psychology research for armed forces personnel. The institute provides training in selection, stress, combat stress management and soft skills for the Indian Armed Forces and DRDO.
Former CRPF IG MP Nathanael said the UPSC panel has a psychologist but introducing this early stage assessment is the need of the hour.
“In the army, they assess candidates only at the screening level. We have it at the last stage. It would be nice if we could have it at the initial level. This will help analyze whether the candidate is psychologically strong enough to perform a difficult task, handle pressure with high efficiency,” he told News18.
Sources also said that apart from adding this test, there are plans to introduce technical and cyber knowledge in addition to focusing on writing and communication skills, stress management skills, and more.
Currently, there is little emphasis on cyber and digital knowledge, and regions like Kashmir and Naxal-affected regions require such skills.
“Cyber and digital knowledge is essential these days. Currently, the focus is not on analyzing these skills. When on duty in areas like Kashmir, officers need to have these skills. Nowadays, from operations to assisting with public order tasks to interception, everywhere, the officer must have these abilities. It will be important to add these aspects to the CA exams curriculum,” said Nathanael.
There have been discussions that the exam should be merged with the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Test and, depending on grade, structure and postings, should be performed periodically. Officials say it will also help with timely recruitment into CAPFs at the deputy command level.
“A merger will help to recruit agents at equal intervals, which is now delayed because UPSC organizes various exams on a priority basis. In addition, the same model will have less financial burden,” an OSB official said.
Currently, this exam is for all central armed police forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Security Guard (NSG), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and National Security Guard (NSG).
The exam is hosted by UPSC, which fills approximately 250 vacancies each year. The eligibility criteria for this test is that applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 25 and at least a graduate, and is conducted in three phases: written test, physical test and interview. On average, about 3.25 lakh candidates take the exam every year.
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