New Delhi, June 25:  The National Security Guard (NSG) has introduced a comprehensive psychology test for the entry-level soldiers. NSG is honed as ‘black cat’ commandos who undertake special counter-terror and counter-hijack operations in the country. A senior official in the Union home ministry said that soldiers desirous of joining the National Security Guard or NSG, modeled on the lines of special counter-terror forces of the UK and Germany, will now have to undergo a special capsule of psychological tests and questions during the 3-month CCC. Also Read - Pitching For Nuclear Suppliers Group Membership, India Turns to Russia

The force had a “pressing” need for a full-time psychologist in its commando selection panel and experts of this domain have recently been hired in the NSG, he added. Also Read - Microsoft Tests Separating Search From Cortana in Windows 10

The new system of induction will ensure that physically and mentally fit personnel is inducted into the force to become and perform as the best commando unit of the country, the official said. Also Read - Pant is another Adam Gilchrist, says Ponting

The federal contingency force till now used to put Army and paramilitary troops under rigorous physical and mental strength tests once they join the commando conversion course (CCC) to get inducted into the premier force.

The ‘black cat’ commandos of the NSG are segregated into two major units — SAG (Special Action Group) manned by officers and jawans from the Army and the SRG (Special Rangers Group) comprising personnel from paramilitary forces. The force was raised under an act of Parliament in 1984 as a federal contingency combat unit. It has undertaken numerous operations till now.

(With PTI inputs)