This is the physical test you need to pass to join the gardai

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Would you pass?
Would you pass?

With 3,000 new gardai set to be hired, here is the physical test applicants will need to pass to get a shot at the uniform.

The first physical exam consists of a sprint start, a weave through cones, walking a balance beam, lifting a car wheel and carrying it, jumping, climbing and another sprint.

The circuit is to be completed three times in the fastest time possible. A pass standard is three minutes and 20 seconds.

The second part of the test is a push/pull machine assessment.

Male applicants will be required to complete from between 29 and 35 sit-ups in one minute, according to their age.

While females will be required to complete between 25 and 30 sit-ups in one minute.

Furthermore, male applicants will be required to complete between 22 and 25 press-ups, with no time restriction, while females will be required to complete between 18 and 20 push-ups.

A massive 3,200 gardai need to be recruited on a phased basis over the next four years, in addition to the 1,200 recruited by the end of this year, to reach a strength of 15,000.

This includes taking projected retirements into account.

It is expected that successful candidates from the new campaign launched today will enter the Garda College from mid-2017. 

Applications must be made through  

The closing date for applications is Thursday 29 September 2016.