Want to drive India’s first bullet train? Knowing Japanese could be your ticket


Want to drive India’s first bullet train? Knowing Japanese could be your ticket

In addition to other qualifications, knowledge of the Japanese language could be a useful asset for those aspiring to drive the super-fast Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train when the project becomes operational by 2023. That’s because the drivers will be trained by experts in Japan, most of whom don’t speak English.

“We are thinking over it; there may be some surprise also,” said Achal Khare, managing director of the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL), which is executing the project. “Globally each place is different, in Japan they took (to bullet trains) from a normal train. Only common element is a psychometry test, which will be mandatory here also, because everybody’s response to a situation is different.”

Psychometric tests are designed to measure an individual’s suitability for a role based on his personality characteristics and aptitude. They identify the extent to which a candidate’s personality and cognitive abilities match those required for the role he has to perform. Read More

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