The National Security Guard has made certain amendments for the entry level-soldiers. The organisation has introduced a comprehensive psychology test for the applicants to become NSG commandos. Notably, these commandos are given the responsibility for undertaking special counter-terror and counter-hijack operation in India. Popularly known as black cats, these forces earlier used to get selected from Army and paramilitary troops and put them under rigorous physical and mental strength tests to join the commando conversion course (CCC).
According to a report, soldiers having a desire to join the NSG will have to undergo a special capsule of psychology test. Not only that, he also needs to clear the set of questions prepared by the organisation. Speaking to media about the development, a senior home ministry official said that a certain level has to be obtained by an applicant in the newly introduced psychology test, just like qualifying the other physical and mental parameters in order to join the Force.
According to a report, this procedure for selection is solely based on the lines of German force Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG 9), the NSG is used to counter special circumstances. Applauding the move the home ministry official further added that this new system will ensure that a person having mental and physical toughness gets inducted into the force. This is the best commando unit of the country, he added.
From the past few decades, the NSG used to select cadets from Army and paramilitary troops. Reportedly, it uses to put cadets under rigorous physical and mental strength tests to join the commando conversion course.

As per the procedure, these commandos aka black cats are divided into 2 major groups – SAG (Special Action Group) and SRG (Special Rangers Group). SAG is manned by officers and jawans from the Indian Army and SRG is comprised of personnel from paramilitary forces. These forces are trained under the act of Parliament in the year 1984 as a federal contingency combat unit. It has taken scores of operations till now.

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