Indian Coast Guard Final Selection Board Interview Experience

Indian Coast Guard is an excellent opportunity for those who want to join the Para-Military force and live a life full of adventure and fun. Indian coast guard final selection board announces its vacancies twice a year. According to that the candidate must apply for the post. Once you are filled the form, you will be notified with your interview date to attend. It is important to carry educational certificates of 10th, 12th and graduation alongwith documents that are mentioned in the notification. Also carry two photocopy of each and every document.After the document verification a set of photocopy was retained by them, the original and a photocopy was handed over to us.The selection process of ICG is in many ways similar to the SSB Interview process but it differs at some points. The selection is conducted in four stages.

Indian Coast Guard Interview Process (PSB and FSB)
Short Listing of applications: This is the first stage of the selection procedure. In this the applications are shortlisted and the shortlisted candidates are called for the further process.

Preliminary Selection Board Interview: It can be conducted at any of the centre’s which are Kolkata, Noida, Mumbai, and Chennai. It is conducted in two phases:

  • The first phase is the Reasoning test. The candidates are made placed in a projector room and are asked to mark the answers in an OMR sheet. It is of 60 to 40 second exam. It is better to mark in blue or black ball pen. Results are declared after 2 to 3 hours of the examination. Till that the candidates must wait, only the selected candidate names are announced for further process. Hence it is a rejection round becareful while marking the answers.
  • The second phase is the PP&DT or the Picture perception and Description Test. You are advised to be careful and observe the picture shown very minutely. You have to see the picture for 30 seconds and then write the details like age, mood, sex etc. of the characters seen. You have to write a story based on the characters seen in the picture. Then a discussion test follows. Where you are divided in groups of 15-20 candidates and each candidate has to narrate his/her own story then the group discusses and arrives at a common group story. After this also the candidates are shortlisted and then the shortlisted candidates get a call for the Final Selection Board.

Final Selection Board Interview: This is a four day test which is conducted only in the Noida Centre.The Psychology Tests happen on the first day, the GT Tests may happen on second and third day, interviews may be scheduled on any of the four days and on the fourth day Board Conference is held after which results are announced.

  • The psychologist tests the candidate through the means of psych tests which consist of Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT) and Self-Description Test (SDT). The candidate’s response in these tests helps the psychologist to understand the personality of the candidate and decide his suitability for the job.
  • The Next Assessor is the Group Testing Officer or the GTO which tests the candidates based on their practical group and individual performance. The tests conducted in the Coast Guard are two group discussion, one group planning exercise and Lecturette.
  • The next assessor is the Interviewing Officer. The personal interview questions may range from the personal sphere of a candidate to the day-today happenings in the world.
  • The final day a board conference is held where all the three assessors along with the board president sit and the candidates appear one by one, each is asked some general questions related to stay and food etc.

Medical and Merit: After the results the successful candidates are sent for medicals, if they have applied for flying pilot then they are sent for Pilot Aptitude and Battery Test (PABT) at AFSB Dehradun or AFSB Mysore. The final Merit list decides the final selection.

Note: The important thing all the candidate of armed force has to be aware of is the grade given during the interview. The candidates are given grades according to their answers. A, B, C, D and E are the grades given. C, D grades candidates are only selected in the interview, others are rejected.

That is because A and B grade people are rejected because they carry over attitude people and more intelligent where they will not listen according to the command in an army. E grade people are rejected because they are not fit to be an officer.