Air Wing of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) continues to be popular amongst students in colleges and schools of the city.
More than 350 girls and boys turned up for the enrollment drive on Monday, whereas only 65 vacancies were available for the new session.
For the selection of cadets, a three stage selection procedure is adopted. In the first stage, interested students are given a written test on current affairs and general knowledge. In the second stage, the students are checked for their physical standards whereas the interview with CO marked the last stage.
Wing Commander SS Kaila, commanding officer of the unit, explained, “Since the numbers of interested students is more, we have to make it a fair selection for everyone. The aim of the written tests is to check out their written communication skills, besides, assessing their GK abilities. In the PI, I was mainly judging their motivational levels, confidence and verbal communication skills.”
The training I/C Sgt Vaibhav vouched for the effectiveness of such a tedious selection process. “Our foremost aim is to have motivated cadets. Taking them through these selection procedures gives us an insight to their thought process and general level of discipline. The subsequent part of training such motivated cadets becomes more fruitful. The third stage has been the most time consuming with CO personally interviewing all the 350 interested students.”
There is also a move to increase the no of vacancies for the girl cadets from this session onwards.
“The girls have performed very well in the previous session. Two of our girl cadets had brought laurels for the air wing for proving their prowess in mountaineering expedition. The air wing provides equal opportunities to boys and girls alike,” said Kaila.