Only 127 out of 8,080 pass Airmen selection rally

18 January 2007

The poor performance of candidates at the Indian Air Force recruitment rally held for the selection of Airmen inspite of increase in the turnout of the candidates is a great cause of concern, said Squadron Leader K K Bhaduri.
Addressing a press meet here on Wednesday, he said the turnout of candidates for the Group Y (non-technical tradesmen) was overwhelming. As many as 7,593 candidates had appeared for the selection. For Group X (technical tradesmen) a total of 487 candidates had appeared from all over Karnataka. However, in Group Y, a total of 99 out of 7,593 candidates had passed the written examination which comes to a mere 1.3 per cent. After physical fitness test and interview, a total of 79 candidates were qualified. In the group X, a total of 62 candidates out of 487 could clear the written examination.

After physical fitness test and interview, 48 candidates were qualified for medical examination. The total pass percentage for Group X and Y is approximately two per cent, he added. Mr Bhaduri said the Koppal rally in the last year had seen the highest ever selection of 264 candidates out of 6,179 which makes it 4.27 per cent.
He said a thorough analysis of the answer scripts of the candidates showed that most of the candidates lack the basic knowledge of English language. They found it hard to understand simple English sentences told to them during the briefing.
Mr Bhaduri said the question paper of mathematics reasoning in Group Y required basic mathematical knowledge and reasoning for solving. Since the questions were framed in English, candidates of Kannada medium found it difficult due to lack of basic knowledge of English language. A large number of candidates had turned up without any formal preparation for the rally, he added. He said that there will be another recruitment rally in Belgaum in June.


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