Wg. Cdr. Rajagopal (Retd.)
GTO ASSESSMENT TRAINIER
Served in the Indian Air Force for 25 years as an In-Flight Navigator and a Group Testing Officer. As a Flight Navigator in AN 32 Aircraft, he had specialized in Para drop and Supply drop operations in our border areas.
As a flight navigator, he has carried out countless drop sorties in both eastern borders like Arunachal Pradesh as well as our northern borders like Sia-chin and Aksai-chin. After his flying tenure, he served as a Group Testing Officer in AFSB Dehradun and as a senior GTO at AFSB Mysore.
During his tenure at the selection boards, he had not only assessed around 2,000 candidates, but have also trained other officers to become effective GTOs. He was once posted at Air Force Head Quarters to manage the complete Officer Selection System.
The officer selection process includes right from issue of advertisement, administering written tests as well as monitoring your SSB interviews.
His role continues after SSB interviews by way of monitoring medical examination, preparation of merit list and finally issue of joining letters to successful candidates. In fact, there are many officers currently in service who had received joining letters signed by me.
During his tenure in Air Headquarters, he was instrumental in creation of Air Force Common Admission Test called AFCAT. This was part of a huge streamlining process for induction in the Airforce.
After commencement of AFCAT, he was also involved in setting up of an online portal for AFCAT. The portal was designed to serve the complete application process for AFCAT.
After his retirement, he has served as a Chief Ground Instructor in two flying schools. One of them is Orient Flights in Mysore and the other is Aviacons at Hyderabad.
Till date, he continues to teach ground subject for pilots online for Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence. By the way, he is also a Feeling Minds and Thomas International Certified Career Counsellor. He takes immense pleasure in guiding boys and girls like you in selecting a right career based on the personality profile.