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DRDO to develop web-based pre-screening aptitude test

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  • Test likely on lines of GATE, GRE
  • New pilot aptitude test likely in March
  • Novel parachute system on the anvil

    HYDERABAD: With nearly 85- 90 per cent of those seeking recruitment into the defence services not meeting the rigorous standards, the Defence Research and Development Organisation has embarked on developing a web-based pre-screening aptitude test.

    Stating this to reporters here on Sunday, Chief Controller (R&D) W. Selvamurthy said the test on the lines of GATE and GRE would save money and travelling time for lakhs of prospective candidates as an individual could analyse his potential on the Internet.

    It is expected to be ready in a year. He said that on an average around 10,000 officers are recruited annually into the three services. The web-based test will be a pre-condition for initial screening. Meanwhile, the state-of-the-art pilot aptitude battery test developed by the Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Delhi, is being validated by the Air Force, and is expected to be implemented from March next.

    Unlike the existing test which only looks at flying aptitude, the new one lays emphasis on cognitive and pyscho-motor potential as pilots of modern combat aircraft would have to perform multi-tasks simultaneously.

    Another DRDO lab, Defence Bioengineering and Electro-medical Laboratory (DEBEL) developed combat-free fall parachute system for parachute regiment and special force of combat/missions, which require to be dropped from 30,000 ft. The system provides oxygen on demand during breathing for 30-40 minutes after bailout and for an hour's pre-breathing on board the aircraft for six personnel.

    Typhoid detection kit

    Mr. Selvamurthy said that Gwalior-based Defence Research and Development Establishment had for the first time developed an antigen-based typhoid detection kit and it is expected to be in the market by June 2006. The kit enables typhoid detection within five minutes as against three to five days with the conventional one.

    Elaborating on the products developed by the Society for Biomedical Technology, he said that its Hyderabad chapter would be opened by March.

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