The Defence Research and Development Organisation has developed a new method to assess the intelligence of the officers of the Armed Forces.
Director Defence Institute of Psychological Research Dr Manas Mandal speaking to the Hindustan Times said, “In future warfare, abilities like higher order mental function involving concept formation, attention ability and decision making would be more crucial than simple intellectual abilities?”
Therefore cognitive abilities like visual scanning, attention, memory, concept formation and decision making may become more crucial than just reasoning abilities in the intelligence tests for selection into the officers cadre of the Armed Forces.
While earlier tests were confined to testing of reasoning capabilities, the prototype of the new method called Comprehensive Battery of Cognitive Assessment (CBCA) measures a wider spectrum of cognition including attention, memory, problem solving, decision making, reasoning and concept formation.
Dr Mandal said, “The assessment test comprises of a set of sub-tests which measure registration of a stimulus, processing of information and planning strategies and higher order functioning for application of that information.”
He added, “A comprehensive cognitive profile of a candidate can be generated through the CBCA within an hour and 15 minutes.”
The final CBCA version would help in accurate measurement of a person’s ability to register process and retrieve information before a decision is taken, he added.
It will ensure quicker data processing to ascertain a candidate’s suitability for the officer’s rank, he said.
“We have also developed a computerised pilot selection system for selection of pilots for the Air Force,” Dr Mandal said. The system evaluates psychomotor skills, information processing skills, co-ordination, visualisation, concentration, attention, he said. The software will record complete flight data of the candidate so that any variable pertinent to the flying skills can be easily extracted from the data.