March 7, 2012

Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT)



Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT)
PILOT APTITUDE BATTERY TEST (PABT)Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT comprises three tests viz Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a paper pencil test and other two are machine tests. The Instruments Battery Test (INSB) comprises two parts. 

This test assesses assimilation of the briefing and the ability of an individual to read and interpret the dials of an instrument panel of an aircraft. The candidates who score the minimum laid down criteria are subjected to the machine test. The machine test includes Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.
INSB contain 75 question in two parts 15 and 60.Total time is 35 minutes.  You have to find out the direction of fighter plane, like its descending, ascending, left bank or right bank. The Officer Incharge will explain all this before test properly. They will show you the large dummy meters so that you can easily understand. It includes a brief study of all important meters in aircraft ie.(compass meter ,climbing or diving meter, horizon detector, altimeter). After getting the knowledge of these meters the candidate has to give test related to these meters. Those only who qualify this test are eligible to give machine test. 2nd: This machine test has two parts. 1. There is a two rectangle (small one is in big one). There is a dot comes from upper screen which has to be adjusted in small rectangle. Another beep killing has to be executed by pressing jockey button. Another process is to put off yellow & red light simultaneously by left hand lever. 2. Another machine test is control velocity test in which by jockey a small dot should be superimposed on free falling yellow dots coming from upper screen. You get three chances to appear all these machine test.

Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT)Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. It is aimed at assessing a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. PABT is being used as an independent selection device to induct potential officers into Flying Branch of Indian Air Force. PABT comprises three tests viz Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a paper pencil test and other two are machine tests. The Instruments Battery Test (INSB) comprises two parts. This test assesses assimilation of the briefing and the ability of an individual to read and interpret the dials of an instrument panel of an aircraft. The candidates who score the minimum laid down criteria are subjected to the machine test. The machine test includes Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA) and Control Velocity Test (CVT). These tests measure the psychomotor co-ordination skill of the individual. These tests are conducted on a single day and administered only once in life time.

  • The aim of giving this test is generally to find out whether the candidate possesses mental alertness, presence of mind and self confidence and has adequate control over his nerves, and particularly whether he will be able to balance and control the flight of the aircraft and will not break down under stress.
  • These tests are designed to measure the ability relevant to the art of flying a plane. These are : (a)  Meter Reading Test  (b)  Flight Control Test (c) Drum Test.

Meter Reading Test

In this test the candidate is given 5 questions to be answered in 12Minutes.  After this there is a second set of 60 questions on two Meters (Horizon and compass) for which 20 minutes are given to answer them.

This test is designed to see whether a candidate has the ability to read meters quickly so as to enable him to adjust his flight with the help of these meter readings.

  • The Magnetic Compass – The compass needle always points out to the North. In this the meter reading the needle of the compass shows the bearing of the plane in relation to North.  Thus one can find to which direction the plane is moving.
  • The Altimeter – In altimeter, the needles move in clockwise direction.  By reading the needles in the altimeter, Pilot is able to know the altitude (height) at which the plane is flying at a particular time.  Adjustments in the plan’s altitude are made with the help of the altimeter.  The accuracy of the altimeter in the plane is very important for its safe flying.
  • Air Speed Indicator or Speedometer – The needle in this also moves in clockwise position.  By reading the needle, the Pilot can find out the speed of the aircraft per hour. He, therefore, can make adjustments where necessary.
  • Turn Indicator – From TI, the Pilot can find out whether the aircraft is turning left or right.  If the plane is turning left, in the instrument the black ball remain in the centre and the white needle will move to the right and if the plane is turning right the black ball will remain in the centre and the white needle will move to the left.  It means the white needle will invariably move to the direction opposite to which the aircraft is turning.
  • Climbing up and Diving Down meter – In this, if the aircraft is climbing the needle will move up and when it dives down the needle will move down.  Thus the pilot can find out whether the plane is going up or coming down.
  • Gaining or Loosing Height Meter – It shows as to whether the plane is gaining losing or maintaining its height during the flight. Necessary adjustments are made by the Pilot with the help of this instrument.

Flight Control Test

The entire apparatus is installed in a room. The ground glass screen is in the front and a stool fixed in the centre of the room. There are number of gears along both the sides of the stool. There are
mechanical gadgets to control and direct the flights.
        
This has two aims.  Firstly, it is meant to test a candidate’s aptitude for flying an aircraft and controlling it during the flight, so that it follows a correct route in the air and keeps correct balance which is very essential during flight.  Secondly, it also judges a candidate’s presence of mind, nervous control and alertness. 

This test judges the reflexive capabilities of a candidate. In this test, a spot of light (ball) is to be maintained in the centre of 2 concentric squares. The spot of light, if left, moves across randomly all over the screen. Also, there are 2 lights, yellow and red which come up in the top left and top right corners of the screen intermittently.

Now, the devices needed to control the spot are:
  1. A hand operated stick: This stick controls the movement of the stick in up and down direction. It is of the shape of the gear-changer in cars. Moving the stick back moves the ball up and moving it in forward direction moves it towards the bottom of the screen.
  2. Foot pedals: The operation of the pedals moves the spot of light (ball) to right or left.
  3. Light lever: A hand lever is provided which when moved forward puts off red light and when backward puts off yellow light.
  4. Beep button: A button on the top of the stick is used for putting off the beep sound in the headphones.
Here is a sample window for this test. Its exactly what you see at the screen at some random instant of time.


Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT)


Drum Test

In this test, a spot of light (red) is to be superimposed on a series of yellow lights running on the screen from top to bottom. Whenever there is a successful superimposition, there is a small blip in the headphone. The more times you succeed in superimposing the red ball on the yellow balls, the more points you get. A sample screen is shown as:

Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT)


It must be borne in mind that these tests are explained clearly to the candidate by the officer In charge before he administers them,  Candidates are, advised not to be afraid of this test and attempt it with confidence. 

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23 comments :

  1. Thanks for the Visuals... Admin.

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    1. After you get recommended for pilot.

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  3. hello sir... how can a girl be part of navy after completeing enginnering? y girls are not giving chance in navy

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    1. Hi Swathi, check out the types of entry in Navy for women below.

      http://nausena-bharti.nic.in/women_entry.php

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  4. I have cleared screening test of tgc 115 through campus yet my name is not mentioned in second list for TGC 115, is there possibility of more name to be announced for SSB call???
    Plz rply to me abhishekgawande0@gmail.com

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    1. Can't give assurance for the 3rd list, hope for the best.

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  5. Hi my eye sights are of 0.5 and 0.75 , so am i applicable for the pilot or it is strict to be of 6/6

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    1. That depends on the medical boards, but do apply for pilot.

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    1. Apply for Indian Air Force Flying Branch through AFCAT and CDSE.

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  7. but they ask for the pabt score in the application form without which the application does not proceed

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    1. Can you tell me about which application form you are talking about ?

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    1. You are just suppose to tell whether or not you have passed PABT. If yes then provide the AFSB board number and batch number, not scores.

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  9. Thanq for the explanation of the process sir. Can u please tell me whether we can appear for this test more than once?

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  10. really an eye opener...informative too,...
    thanks a lot ..:)

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  11. well anyone seeking any help to join the forces, u r most welcome to ask me...
    my id is killergaurav784@gmail.com
    i graduated from NDA and i m a Lieutenant now posted in Mumbai...
    ABCD (Any Body Can Defend ) !!

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  12. well anyone seeking any help to join the forces, u r most welcome to ask me...
    my id is killergaurav784@gmail.com
    i graduated from NDA and i m a Lieutenant now posted in Mumbai...
    ABCD (Any Body Can Defend ) !!

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  13. sir can you on what thing we have focus to clear pabt test

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