The Palace Guards competition is divided into two phases:
The eligibility tests: candidates are tested on general knowledge and physical fitness (take place over two days)
The ranking determines participation in the admission tests.
Admission tests: applicants undergo medical and psychological tests, interviews and a conduct test (these last five days).
The general knowledge tests at brevet (secondary school diploma) level involve:
- General culture test
- Written expression
- Oral expression on a topical subject
- A mathematics test at secondary school diploma level (a non-programmable calculator is allowed)
The physical aptitude tests involve :
- Aquatic Ability: 100 metres followed by 10 metres underwater
Cardiorespiratory endurance: Running for 12 minutes
General muscular ability: sequence of three muscle activity sessions with no rest period, followed by a core strength exercise
The admission tests take place over five days, during which time candidates undergo medical and psychological tests, interviews and a behavioural test.
Functional respiratory exploration
X-ray of the lungs
Psychological questionnaire and interview with a psychologist
Behavioural test on tatami mats
Subject to the places available, the jury will make a final ranking in order of merit. New Palace Guards are enlisted after approval by H.S.H. The Sovereign Prince.