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What is the selection process?


The competition for the selection of Garda Trainees attracts a very high number of applicants. Accordingly, the selection process to become a Garda Trainee is comprehensive, with candidates required to undertake a range of relevant assessment tests and exercises over a number of selection stages. The tests and exercises are designed to identify candidates suitable to be a Garda Trainee, with potential to become an attested member. Therefore, only the highest performing candidates at each particular stage will progress to the next stage.  The numbers called forward to each stage of selection will be determined from time to time having regard to the number of places to be filled in the Garda College.

The Public Appointments Service will conduct the initial selection stages on behalf of the Garda Commissioner. Names and details of candidates who are successful and are placed highest on the order of merit following the selection stages conducted by the Public Appointments Service will be forwarded to An Garda Síochána for further consideration.

Neither An Garda Síochána nor the Public Appointments Service will be responsible for refunding any expenses incurred by candidates in relation to the recruitment process.

Job Preview Self-Assessment Questionnaire

A realistic job preview questionnaire is included in this booklet (see Appendix A) which you should consider before making an application. This is not a part of the selection process but rather is for your own use to assist you in deciding if a career in An Garda Síochána is right for you.

Selection Methods

Candidates will be required to take a number of tests which are designed to identify their potential to become a Garda Trainee. More detailed information in relation to the selection methods e.g. tests, exercises, etc., and confirmed dates will be made available to candidates as they progress through the process.

The methods used to select the successful candidates for this role may include:

  • Assessment questionnaire(s)
  • Tests and Exercises e.g. reasoning and ability tests
  • Interview(s)
  • Language test(s) e.g. in the case of fluency in Irish stream
  • Physical Competence Test
  • Medical Examination
  • Any other assessment tests/exercises deemed appropriate 

Overview of the Garda Trainee selection process

The chart below outlines the selection process that candidates can expect to participate in, should they apply for the General and Fluency in Irish Garda Trainee streams.

Recruitment chart 2019

Key Dates

3pm on 24th April 2019

Closing date for receipt of application forms

9th May to 16th May 2019

Stage 1 On-line Assessments

June / July 2019

Stage 2 Assessment Centre

Initially the top group of candidates from Stage 1 will be invited to Assessment Centre in late June.  Further groups may be invited from time to time as required.

August 2019

Stage 3 – Interviews and other assessments

Initially the top group of candidates from Stage 2 will be invited to Interviews and other assessments in August 2019. Further groups may be invited from time to time as required.

September 2019An Garda Síochána Clearance stage to commence for those successful at Stage 3 in PAS in August 2019.
Mid-2020It is envisaged that successful applicants from this campaign may be considered for intakes into the Garda College from mid-2020 however, this is subject to change*

* There are currently a number of applicants still being processed from previous campaigns that will be considered first for intakes into the Garda College (subject to their files being approved).


  1. Stages 1 to 3 of the selection process will be conducted by the Public Appointments Service. Candidates who qualify following Interview & other assessments, and whose place on the order of merit is reached, will go forward for consideration by An Garda Siochána.
  2. Serving Garda Reserve Members Stream - Applicants for the Serving Garda Reserve Members Stream will undergo an alternative selection processto that outlined in the Selection Process Overview on previous page. This will involve attending supervised tests at the first stage. Further details will be made available directly to applicants closer to the time. 
  3. As candidates progress through the various stages of the process they should make themselves available for any dates communicated to them as it may not be possible to reschedule.