Central Selection


Central Selection Overview

Details for RI22 Central Selection for both the British Army – Brigade of Gurkhas and Gurkha Contingent Singapore Police Force will be published in due course.

Dates and Further Information

Dates and further information will be published in due course.


You cannot prepare for the medical. However, here are some tips to help you:

  1. Do no listen to very loud music or other loud noises immediately before Central Selection; it may affect your hearing test.
  2. Do not take any supplements or energy drinks as these may affect your performance.
  3. Declare any medication on arriving at British Gurkhas Pokhara so that we can properly look after you during Selection.
  4. Bring the appropriate medical documents if you are on medication or have had surgery.
  5. Fizzy drinks such as Coca cola, Fanta, Mountain dew and Red Bull are extremely bad for your health. If you drink sugary drinks regularly this can affect your body in a bad way. If you have excess sugar in your urine during the urine test, then this means your organs cannot process the sugar properly and you will fail selection. Please only drink water and avoid sugary drinks.

Physical Assessments

  1. The Physical tests for Central Selection will be published in due course.

  2. We recommend that you use the training programme below.

  3. Do not over train. This will increase you chance of injury prior to Selection.

  4. Warm up and cool down. Do this before and after all training sessions to reduce risk of injury.

  5. Train progressively. Plan your training so that you are at your peak by Central Selection.

  6. Train Alone. Training in groups increase the risk of contracting the corona virus. Training alone is free and will help keep the country safe.

  7. Use the video on the website to help you train

Education Assessments

There will be two English tests at Central Selection. A 10-minute speaking and listening exam and a 40-minute written exam. The tests are run by professional education officers. You can find practice papers in the download section below.


If you make it to the interview, you have done very well. At this stage we want to know who you are and why you want to be a Gurkha Soldier in Britain’s famous Brigade of Gurkhas. If you are successful, you will be responsible for continuing our strong reputation in the future. Therefore, we only want the best and the most trusted individuals. 

A soldier in the Brigade of Gurkhas should have excellent values and standards, be robust and, most importantly, must want to be a Gurkha Soldier. 

You should do lots of research about your chosen unit. Visit their social media accounts like Facebook. Learn about what they are doing in the world right now and think about what it is that this particular regiment does that interests you. 

Those candidates that train on their own usually perform best at interview because their answers are natural and from the heart. Training centres teach you bad answers and if everyone from the same training centre says the same answer, we know that you are not telling the truth or that you cannot think for yourself. 

Advice for the interview can be found in the download section below.

RI22 - Physical Demonstration - Heaves