Part 3: Visits and Practicals in CBI training: Once in a lifetime experience.

This is the third part of our 3-part series on SI training in CBI. If you have not read part 1 and part 2, we advise you read them first.

  1. Part 1: Introduction to CBI Training: the best thing that ever happened to me.
  2. Part 2: Syllabus of CBI training: The most magical thing of all.

Continued from part 2…

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CBI lays emphasis on the practical aspect as well as the theoretical aspect of things. That’s the reason, you are given the first-hand experience of many of the topics covered in training. Major highlights of these visits are:

Live Post-Mortem: – The candidates in CBI are taken to AIMS Trauma center, New Delhi and are shown a post-mortem explained by an experienced coroner. The post-mortem is conducted primarily to ascertain the cause of death. In medico-legal cases like accidents, it becomes imperative to ascertain whether the death has occurred due to natural circumstances or due to unnatural circumstances. Therefore it is essential for a Police officer to understand the tell-tale signs of natural vs. unnatural death.

In the post-mortem, the coroner explains the types of wounds, differences between abrasion, laceration, contusion and concussion, causes of these wounds etc. He also explains various signs of bullet wounds e.g. wound made when the bullet is fired from a close range, wound when the bullet is fired from a distance, bullet marks when the bullet has penetrated the body and exited from another end or when the bullet has entered the body but has not exited the wound. (One candidate of our batch fainted seeing this as it is a gruesome sight to behold. They open the body of another human with a penknife which is pretty scary in itself.)

Visit to the Airport: Cadets are also taken to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to get an idea of working of the customs department. This is necessary to know the techniques used by the smugglers to smuggle drugs, gold, cash or other illegal contrabands. Cadets are given a tour of the entire airport. After the visit, a senior customs official delineates various laws of the Customs Act, 1962. He also details various cases where out-of-the-box techniques were used by the smugglers in the past and who were caught. I still remember a few of them.

In one case the smuggler had painted some gold in metallic hue and made thick staples with it. He then used these staples in cartons of TVs and food processors. The case was caught by the vigilant eye of an official to whom, the color of the staples was too dark in X-ray. This aroused suspicion and the smuggler was caught.  You can read more about it here.


In another case, a Nigerian man had stuffed drugs capsules in his rectum. In another instance, One Nigeria man had filled plastic capsules with drugs powder and had ingested them. Unluckily for him, the capsules got opened in his stomach and he died, I think. (The details are a bit hazy now, you can search for these cases on the Internet).

Visit to the Prison: Candidates in the training are also taken to the prison to have the first-hand experience of the inside of the prison. Nearest prison to Ghaziabad city is Dasna Jail, popular for incarcerating Rajesh and Nupur Talwar (accused in Noida double murder case). The jail superintendent gives a tour of the prison and cadets are told about the daily routine of the inmates. The cadets are instructed beforehand not to interact with any of the inmates.

When our batch visited the Jail, we got to see many infamous accused and convicted persons. Although we did not talk with any of them but seeing the inside of the jail was a one-off experience.

This is the beauty of CBI. It gives you varied opportunities to work and learn. The wide exposure that CBI gives you, I don’t think any other department gives you in a government job.

Attachments with the Local Police Stations:

CBI cadets must have an idea of working of local police. It is ultimately the local police with which they have to co-operate on several cases so it becomes necessary that they know the differences between their working and the working of the CBI.  That’s why they are attached with local police stations for 2 weeks (1 week in Ghaziabad and 1 week in Delhi).

Weapon Training:

This is one of the Most prominent highlights of the SI Training. I got to do things which I had not even dreamt of in my sane mind.

Cadets are sent to an army or Police academy which is equipped to provide weapon training to the candidates. We were sent to CRPF Academy, Kadarpur Gurgaon and given Weapon training for 5 days. The experience cannot be described in words. I got to lay my hands on one rare Glock-17 pistol.

The Glock pistol is a recent invention which has the lowest recoil thereby providing greater accuracy in hitting the target. The seriousness of CBI towards training can be gauged from the fact that these pistols are still used on a large scale only in the US. In India, they are owned and operated only by the National Security Guard (NSG), which is the innermost wall of defense of the Prime Minister of India.

One bullet of this pistol costs around Rs. 250/- and I got to fire 40 rounds, costing the government Rs. 10,000/-. (I came second and was called the marksman of my batch :-).

They also give a demonstration on various other weapons used by Indian forces and their respective ammunition.

Visit to Vigyan Bhavan:

Vigyan Bhavan is a large government auditorium in central Delhi which is used by the government for various functions, seminars, meetings and to accommodate large gatherings. Many scheme launches and award functions are also organized there and the stage is graced by eminent luminaries, Ministers, Hon’ble Prime Minister and sometimes even by the Hon’ble President of India. All the events and seminars organized by the CBI have an invitation to SI cadets.

On such visits, I got to see many eminent personalities like Ex PM Sh. Manmohan Singh, Ex-cabinet Ministers Sh. Kapil Sibbal, Salmaan Khurshid, Current PM Shri Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, NSA Shri Ajit Doval, Chief Information Commissioner, Chief of SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India), Several sports personalities like Rahul Dravid, Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt, Badminton Player Jwala Gutta, Chief Editor of The Indian Express Sh. Prashant Gupta, Boxer Shri Vijender Singh, BJP Spokespersons Sh. Sambit Patra and Shri Nalin Kohli etc. The list goes on and on and it’s something that you will have a great time talking about with friends and family. No other department in SSC gives you such exposure.

Visit to CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory):

CFSL is the central laboratory where all the evidence is sent for forensic analysis. The CFSL has facilities for Handwriting analysis, DNA detection, Blood matching, collection of Sperm samples (In rape cases), weapon marks analysis, Ballistics analysis (for checking if the shots have been fired from the seized weapon or a different weapon), forged document verification, fingerprint analysis, poisons and chemical analysis and a few things more. As you can understand from the topics that I mentioned, it’s a luxury in itself to even study these things let alone study them in a laboratory even for a day. You will definitely have a great time in CFSL.

This marks the end of our 3 part series on SI training in CBI. If you have missed any of it, read it here.

Part 1: Introduction to CBI Training: the best thing that ever happened to me.
Part 2: Syllabus of CBI training: The most magical thing of all.

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