Central Selection

Nepal

Central Selection Overview

Central Selection follows Regional Selection and we will call you forward in groups. West will be called forward first, followed by the East. It is very important you check this website so you know which day you must arrive.

We will be calling forward 260 Potential Recruits from the West and 260 Potential Recruits from the East. From this we will enlist the best 270. These numbers could change and we will update the website if it does.

Central Selection takes place in British Gurkhas Pokhara

Dates and further information

 Dates:

  • 3 – 28 January 2019

Central Selection is very competitive. Your first 3 days will be spent undergoing a thorough medical examination. This will be followed by physical and education tests which are highlighted on this website. If you pass all of these tests, we will call you forward for an interview. You must prepare yourself properly and use the training programmes and advice on this page to help you.

If you make it through to the interview stage of Central Selection and you do not get enlisted, it is because you have not performed well enough over all. You might have passed everything but you simply have not scored highly enough.

If you have made it to Central Selection, you have already done very well so congratulations. We want all of you to perform at your best so prepare hard, be yourself and show us that you have what it takes to be a Gurkha.

Physical Tests

If you follow our 3 month PT training programme for central selection, available as a download at this bottom of this webpage, you should be able to meet the requirements stated below.

  • Personal fitness assessment run in 9. minutes and 40 seconds
  • 70 sit-ups in 2 minutues (but best effort required)
  • 12 underarm heaves
  • 1 lift 40kg powerbag lift
  • 2 x 20 litre jerry can carry for 150 metres
  • Doko race carrying 25kg over 4.8km with an incline of 500 metres

Education Tests

There are no marking schemes for the RS assessments or CS listening or reading – they are either right or wrong.  There are detailed marking schemes for CS writing and speaking.

  • The English assessment during Regional Selection is designed to broadly test the candidates Functional Skills to Entry 2 standard
  • The Maths assessment during Regional Selection is designed to specifically test the candidates Functional Skills at Level 2 standard
  • The English assessments during Central Selection are designed to specifically test the candidates functional skills at Entry 2 in writing and reading and Entry 3 in speaking and listening
  • When answering questions, candidates must read the questions carefully before answering.  Providing too little, or even too much information does not show that the candidate has fully understood the question.  This is particularly relevant to the Central Selection listening and reading assessments
  • The literacy requirements are in line with wider army recruiting.  Further information relating to these standards can be found in the “Adult Literacy Core Curriculum”

Interview

If you have passed Regional Selection, you will have some idea of how to conduct yourself at interview.

Everyone who turns up to Central Selection will have been considered to have potential for the British Army.

Getting into the Gurkhas will be life changing for you and your family. We will pay you, house you and feed you. At the end of your service you will be entitled to live in the UK with free healthcare and a good pension. Therefore, we have to ensure that we are selecting the right people and this is the purpose of the interview.

It is possible to pass the interview but still not get in. This is because others have done better than you. At the same time, you may have very good education and physical results, but if we think that you do not have the correct personality or character for military service, you are unlikely to get in.

At Central Selection, there will be two interview panels with three people on each.

Each will be chaired by a Major and he will have two other board members. There will be both British and Nepali serving Officers.

The interview will be in Nepali only. 

The board members have years of experience serving with Gurkhas in many countries, on operations and in barracks. They know what makes a good Gurkha soldier so you must trust their experience.

Process

15 minutes before your interview, you will be asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation about yourself answering key questions. We will give you a 1 minute warning when you reach 4 minutes.

After this, the interview panel will ask you questions and grade you on the following categories:

  • Your 5 minute presentation and communication 
  • Courage and Discipline
  • Integrity and Loyalty
  • Respect for Others and Selfless Commitment
  • Military awareness and suitability
  • Motivation for joining and preparation

See our Dos and Don't guide download at the bottom of this webpage.