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Computerised Pilot Selection System

Jointly developed by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research and the Air Defence Establishment- premier organizations of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Computerised Pilot Selection System Test (CPSS) replaced the earlier British selection process called Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT). Computerised Pilot Selection System Test is an intelligent tool to screen pilots for all flying branches of IAF, Army, Navy and the Coast Guard. It was in use for decades thereby putting special emphasis on psychomotor skills and cognitive abilities of aspirants. CPSS is a concrete step in the right direction for screening pilot aspirants. Conducted by officers in Flying Branch’s CPSS intended to address the IAF’s long-standing demand for a scientific selection system on par with advanced nations, which can screen pilot aspirants to meet the demands of the latest aircraft. 

CPSS is Once in a Lifetime Test

 

  • ·In the Computerised Pilot Selection System test same as the PABT test, the candidate will get only one chance to clear the CPSS test. 
  • ·Once failed, the test cannot be taken again and the candidate can never be eligible for flying in the armed forces (Air force, army, navy or coast guard).
  • ·If name is not in the merit list, still for next attempt you will be taken as pass

CPSS TESTING

CPSS has 2 level of testing:

  1. Cognitive Ability Test
  2. Psychomotor Test

1. Cognitive Ability Test

  • 6 test are there
  • Total Questions: 212 (MCQ Based)
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

S. No

Test Name

Questions

Time

About

1

INSB 1

15

10 Mins

Recognizing Scales and meters

·Magnetic Compass

· Airspeed Indicator

· Altimeter

· Altitude Indicator

· Vertical Speed Indicator

·Turn Coordinator

2

INSB 2

60

20 Mins

Determining position of airplane from instruments

3

Spatial Ability Test

30

15 Mins

Perceiving 2D, 3D Figures in Space

4

Spatial Visualization Test

57

5 Mins

Perceiving position of object in space

5

Numerical Reasoning Test

20

20 Mins

Numerical Skills

6

Reasoning Test

30

15 Mins

Verbal and Non Verbal reasoning

 

2. Psychomotor Test

  • 10 tests are there
  • 4 tests for each test are given (best attempt is continued )
  • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

S. No

Test name

Time

1

Sensory Motor Test

1 Hours 30 Minutes

2

Control Velocity Test

3

Dual Task Test

4

Dot Estimation Test

5

Speed Anticipation Test

6

Size Anticipation Test

7

Pursuit Tracking Test

8

Memory Recalling Test

9

Colour Naming Test

10

Vigilanze test


The CPSS test is simple. Elaborate instructions are given before commencement of both these test so there will be no confusion. So dont worry, you should focus more on the SSB part as that is the main challenge.