by Uday Kumar on February 26, 2011




Aptitude test is a test to find out whether a person is fit to carry on a particular job or not.

We can also call it a test of suitability for work. It is a test to determine whether somebody is likely to be able to develop the skills required for a specific kind of work or not. The PABT is conducted in three SSB centers only. Mysore, Dehradun and Varanasi are the places where these tests are being conducted. It is the air force selection board that selects the candidates whether they are eligible to fly or not. The AFSB selects the candidates for navy and army pilots also. The PABT comprises of two different tests.




The instrumentation test is a test for your imagination. A model aircraft will be shown and parameters like elevation, altitude, banking to right and left, compass (north, south, east and west), speed and direction will be explained to you in detail. Now you will be given some photographs and you are supposed to find out the parameters explained to you. If you can imagine the aircraft in your mind based on those given parameters then it becomes very easy to find out the answer.


The aptitude test is a test to find out how well you can coordinate all your senses. In simple term this test is a video game test. You are to play two different video games.

The first game is such that you are supposed to place a ball inside a square wherein the ball is controlled by a joystick and pedals. By moving the ball with the help of your controls you are to place it inside the square for as long as possible. In the mean time you are to respond to lights and sounds that pop up in the monitor by pressing various buttons and levers. This game is for 90 seconds and you get 3 chances and the best score will be considered.

The second test is an even simpler test wherein you are supposed to control the ball and superimpose this ball with many other computer generated balls which move rapidly in the screen. For every ball you place over it you get 1 point. This test is for 60 seconds and 3 chances are given and the best among the three will be taken for consideration of score.

My verdict: that’s all I have to say…go prepared and try to find out the parameters that I have discussed in the first para before hand so that you have an extra advantage. All the best for your PABT.


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Ashwani February 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Hello sir,
my query is related to Indian coast guard. For Asst. Commdt General Duty the reqd. eligibility is
“Bachelor’s degree with 60% marks in aggregate of a university recognised by the Central/ State Govt./UGC with Maths & Physics as subjects up to 12th Std of “”10+2+3″” scheme of education”

Now I am an B.tech degree holder, am I elligible or not for this entry.

And I am also aware of the fact that only Bsc. degree holder are elligible for pilot entry and not B.tech degree holder although we are more than welcome in IAF and Indian Navy for flying branch..strange.

plz reply soon.. and thanks in adv..


Kumar February 28, 2011 at 1:52 am

dear ashwani, yes, you are eligible for this entry

Ashwani March 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Thanks sir for reply to my previous question..really u r doing a wonderful job here..my next query is related to navy..i received an sms from navy 2 weeks before that i hav my absentee batch ssb on 27 th march in bangalore (GS(X) entry)..but till now i didn’t receive any hard copy for the same…and i have to book my rail ticket too (i live in ncr)..so sir will they send me any hard copy or i hv to just report on 27th..with my previous call letter…please give me guidance in this matter…thanks in adv


Kumar March 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Ashwani,they should be sending u a call letter….dont take a chance better plan ur reservations and make it, rather wait for last minute commotion

Ashwani March 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

K..sure..and 27 march means i hav to report on 27th at 15:00 o’clock..and not the starting of the process..(usually 1 day later than the reporting day)..so i am booking keeping in mind that i,ve to report on 27th..

and one more thing..do medical process (after being recommended) start the next day itself..because i hv to book my return tickets too…


Kumar March 3, 2011 at 6:30 am

yes ashwani…it starts the very next day

Ashwani Kumar March 3, 2011 at 8:50 am

So do they provide any assistance in booking of return railway tickets…like tieup with any ticket agent…and medical take how many days..


Jai March 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

Sir, i m a commerce studnt not havin maths. M i eligible for nda


Jai March 19, 2011 at 11:45 am

Sir, plz rplw soon


Piyush Kumar March 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Sir, I failed in INSB test during my ssb at mysore.I am heartbroken as i know i will not be able to become a pilot ever.Can I appear for PABT again as I have failed insb and not in battery test? A friend of mine suggested me that i can appear for navigator post in IAF/IN.I will be greatly obliged if you can guide me through this.


Kumar March 29, 2011 at 5:50 am

Dear piyush, you can not attempt for another pilot battery test in your life time….you can but opt for navigator duties in air force / observer duties in the indian navy..the indian navy directly takes in observers as short service commission officers … you may from the general branch of duty also opt for these cadres

FEROS March 29, 2011 at 6:06 am



Piyush Kumar March 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Sir, what is the procedure /entry mode for the navigator in IAF?? Either through CDSE or else ?? Or is it that i have failed PABT I cant become a navigator in IAF because only pilots get the opportunity to become a navigator??


Harish June 7, 2011 at 6:40 am

Hello Sir,
First of all, thanks for this awesome way of helping the aspirants.
I have to ask for the max weight allowed for a pilot in coast guard for 180 cms (5’11”) and 25 yrs age.

Waiting for your answer.


Harish June 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

Plz reply to the above Question, as i am finding different weights suggested at different sites.


Soumya June 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Can anyone please tell if a bio-science graduate student is eligible for the test of “flying officer” in IAF through CDSE?(HAD MATHS & PHYSICS IN +2)…PLEASE HELP..


Soumya June 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Waiting anxiously for a reply..NEED TO PREPARE.


Srikanth August 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Dear Soumya, You can apply for the flying branch of IAF with any degree at hand; provided you have studied Physics and Maths at your +2 level.


OM PRAKASH SINGH October 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

Kumar Sir,
Really you are doing a wonderful job. My daughter has got SSB on 14 Nov 11 and she is not having time to attend any SSB coaching. She is very much interested to become a pilot in Indian Air Force. Presently she is in 7th semester of engineering. She is very much worried for PABT what to do how to guide her. I read all the article posted on this web site which is really useful. HOW TO MAKE HER READY FOR SSB PLEASE GUIDE.


Manas October 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

respected sir..
i am a final year engg student interested in joining navy as a pilot or navy aviator..v recently had an aptitude test and personal interview round conducted by navy in our college and i have passed it..next round is SSB,which will be conducted in feb 2012..in the application form i have mentioned that executive branch is my main priority..since navy aviation comes under executive branch..i wanted to know when will i be asked or given an opportunity to tell authority i want to become a pilot in navy??after the SSB round??or is there any other procedure to join navy as a pilot??i honestly want to join navy as pilot more than anything else sir..please clear my doubts at the earliest!!thank you in advance..


Kumar November 6, 2011 at 6:31 am

manas, if you r so much interested in becoming a pilot only then you must join the navy as a pilot entry ,which is a short service commission…but if you r jpining as a permanent commission then again you will get a chance to opt for aviation…but not all those who opt get to become a pilot …so you must be ready for that chance taking

ravi shanker yadav November 4, 2011 at 7:35 am

send me selection prcedure of indian army in 2011


vijayakumar November 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Hello Kumar sir,,,
This is Vijayakumar from chennai.. i’m B.E graduate with 75% aggregate.. Before my engineering studies, i finished diploma with 92%..
My query is related to pilot job in indian navy,, they expecting physics n maths marks in 10+2 level.. but i did’t study 12std, instead i studied diploma… in 1st year of my diploma i had physics n maths subject.. can i use my diploma phy&maths marks for the post of pilot in indian navy??? am i eligible for this???
Kindly reply soon… n thanks..


ambuj singh March 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

i wanted to know from which course one gets a chance to become a navigator
as my age for flying is over but i have been recommended in technical.so can i have a chance to become a navigator.i am pabt passed toooo….


KUMAR March 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

Ambuj Singh, no you will not be able to change from technical to navigator!!

aditya August 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

i would like to know what are the stage for pilot entry selection in navy.
before SSB its compulsory to pass PABT.


Aijaz September 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

good evening sir. sir , will i have to give pabt for becoming navigator in IAF.thank you in advance.


Aijaz September 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Sir what are the physical requirements for becoming a navigator in IAF.


pooja dogra March 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

respected sir,
. . this is pooja. i m interested in air force but i did my +2 with biology,physics and chemistry. somehow i knw that it reqiures maths for being a part of air force. but is there any other way(eligibility) to join it.??plz sir help me


moncler June 5, 2013 at 3:07 am

thanks for share


shailendhar dev December 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

sir may i know the educational qualifications for pabt please kindly rly sir


ashok patil September 27, 2014 at 11:10 pm

plz suggest me some books for pilot battery test.


PARAS May 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm

I got msg of ssb of INDIAN NAVY for the post of SSC(GS(x))…..But i dont know about the post very much that clarifies ma point means actually for what as a officer we wants to deal with…. in NAVY …so plz guide me sir….as fast as about the post relevant to which work????


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