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Leadership Qualities  - Officer Like Qualities OLQs That a SSB Aspirant are supposed to have?

Hey guys I have searched many website for this topic and didn’t found much more about the Officer Like Qualities that a Candidate should have. After a lot of hard work I have concatenated various activities to write a healthy post on All officer like qualities that you can mention in your PIQform. This post will help you in filling up your PIQ form for SSB + It will also help in understanding your strength also. Try picking up the points that suits your personality most.

The following are qualities have been generally accepted as the qualities of leader.

Officer Like qualities one should Have to Become OFficer in Indian Armed Forces
Officer Like Qualities

Intellectual attainment- 

 1. The extent of knowledge of various subjects of academic pursuit- e.g. Science, History, Economics, Literature, Current events etc. 2. The depth of knowledge – how deeply has the candidate studied a subject of his choice or interest? 3. Application of knowledge- how has the candidate applied his theoretical knowledge to find solution of daily life situations. 4. General knowledge of current affairs, everyday science, burning topics, sports, newspaper headlined etc. 5. Grasp – quickness with which the candidate picks up the core requirement of thee question.

Logical Approach to Problem - 

 1. Rational, clearheaded, analytical systematic, proceeding step by step and no contradictions.  2. Practical approach- realistic and sensible, use of common sense, alive to facts and existing limitations.

Planning and Organizing Ability:

 1. Clear aim and objectives- ambition and goal in life e.g., why he wants this job? 2. Planning- working out what is to be done, when and how? 3. Methodical and systematic approach. 4. Mobilization and utilization of resources.

Power of Expression: 

  1. Fluency in speech – no stammering, the unwanted gaps while answering the questions. 2. Forceful – deliberates, enthusiastic and arresting. No  monotonous or dragging voice. No swallowing of words. 3. No affectations. 4. Convincing ability –speaking with sincerity and conviction.

Dynamic Qualities (Most wanted OLQs): 

1. Self confidence. 2. Initiative and enterprise 3. Drive, dash, push, motivation. 4. Promptness in taking decisions, borne out of knowledge and sound judgment. 5. Determination & perseverance 6. Stamina, energy, active temperament and hard working 7. Resourcefulness. 8. Courage, pluck, guts, spirit of adventure, willingness to take risks.

Psychological Factors:

 1. Positive thinking, confident and determining approach.  2. Optimistic, hopeful outlook.  3. Sense of right and wrong. Absence of anti-social or negative qualities -  e.g., unreasonable fear, persecution complex, jealousy, inclination towards crimes, tendency to tell lies, selfishness, quarrelsome attitudes, irritable nature etc.

Social Qualities (Important OLQs): 

  1.sense of responsibility. 2. Adaptability 3. Cooperation, readiness to help.  4. Tact, pleasing manner and poise. 5. Preference to group life and activity. 6. Considerations for feelings of others. 7. Friendly. 8. Readiness to sacrifice, selflessness, placing froup before self. 9. Ability to influence others and get things done.

Personal Traits (that’s how one should be): 

1. Cheerful, pleasant and smiling disposition 2. Liveliness, eager, alert sprightly, inspired, fired with ambition. 3. Enthusiasm, keenness and interest. 4. Appearance, dress and turnout – smart, clean and suited to the occasion. 5. Poise, graceful movements, confident approach, straight walk, looking into the eyes while speaking – not bent headed or looking at one’s toes while speaking. 6. Punctuality.

Character (One should bear these qualities): 

1. Discipline 2. Loyalty. 3. Integrity and moral values 4. Sincerity.

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Preparation Tips for PI (Personal Interview) In Services Selection Board (SSB)

How to Prepare yourself for PI in SSB
Personal Interview Preparation Tips
Personal Interview a big aspect of SSB selection Procedure, if you are thinking of just trying your luck in SSB interview then it might work for you. Recommendation in SSB interview depends upon your Interview, If you really had a good interview then your chances are really high. So today i am writing my experience how i prepared my SSB Interview 15 days before my SSB.

Questions Tips for SSB Interview Preparation || What Questions may be asked in SSB

  • First and foremost, you will enter into the room the Interviewing Officer will be having your performance report and a PIQ form in his hand. He will ask you to sit and have some water or tea. After that he will start asking you questions, now questions may be like this Chest no i can see a pen in you pocket which pen is this and like tell something about yourself!
  • As you Start Telling he will start catching your weak point like if you said i was captain of my cricket team, he may ask you there are 5 teams and you have to conduct a tournament how many matches will be played in series, as asked by me.
  • Like if you tell him that your father is farmer he may ask you about rabi or kharif crops. Also if you play cricket he may ask you weight of ball. I was asked 100 meter race record because i have written running as a hobby in my PIQ.
  • Also if you are an engineer sahab, some technical details he may ask you like what is working principle of plane.
  • It also matters for which entry you are going for like if you are going for air force then please take a general idea of fighter planes used in Indian Air force and Missiles etc
  • If you are going for Army then know about rank and sign of officers.
  • Especially for AFCAT, just study about planes and working principles.
  • If you are a computer engineer then you should know about the basics of computer like i was asked what is difference between internet and intranet which one will u use in military operations. 
Dressing and other Tips:
  • like most of you have heard that please read your ticket carefully they may ask you journey distance and ticket fare, yes it is true, not only this is sufficient if you have a day journey they may ask you the no of stations that fall during your journey and what you eat in between and how it was.
  • Plus know about you wear there some of you prefer to wear blackberry or Peter-England, do read about these brands in details. you might be thinking that how long i am writing this post and home many things i have told you to do but its true, they want a officer not a ordinary person.
  • Also wear good dress, use good pen say Parker pen it lays a good effect, analyse things around you and lastly prepare PIQ with efforts.

Advice : When you are at home some days before your SSB fill your PIQ form, know every point included in it and make a research on it, know about your father occupation and your family well and everything you think can be asked.

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What is the Importance of good PIQ Form Filling in SSB

  • Guys these points should be kept in mind while filling your PIQ form these will help you in filling your PIQ form.
  • At time of interview you have to spend 40-45 min with interviewing panel there are 2 ways to spend good time with them
    • First is that you have putted enough material on your PIQ form that you can engage them with it, and since you have fully prepared your PIQ form so you can answer them with ease.
    • If you have left your PIQ blank then questions will go according to then not according to you. They can ask you anything they want like- present happening ,current events etc.
  • So it is very important to fill your PIQ with good points and know each point completly. See my PIQ form Filled for reference.

Points to be Borne In Mind at the Time of Interview:

• Know all the personal details correctly, like education profile, certification, outstanding achievements in school and college.
• Know about the place you hail from, with specific reference to the district, state and attributes of the place with special references to historical background.
• Linkages to the Old Indian Civilization and general impact in the area.
• Highway projects, rail communication network including ongoing metro projects. Developments/ changes taking place in view of the Commonwealth Games should also be incorporated.
• Important personalities attached to the place and relative achievements and contribution to the society. Living legends like military commanders, educationists, teachers, scholars, historians, social activities, politicians, etc. should be included in briefing.
• Education setup in the place, and contribution to the society. It may include universities, colleges, schools, medical college/engineering colleges, dental colleges, Agricultural setup, management institutes, call centre, hospitality sector, BPO's, etc. Such vital inputs should be kept for ready reference.
• Industrial setup, sports industry, automobiles, industry, major company HQ's, banking institutes, etc.
• Complete family profile to include parents, brothers, sisters, and any immediate relation concerning your profile and his contribution should be included. Complete and comprehensive knowledge is required in this aspect.
• Do not hide any personal data, changing the profile of parents/relatives should be totally avoided. Be your original self and frank in discussion rather than giving misleading facts to the assessor.
• Parent's occupation, income in true sense and achievements if any by the family.
• Educational background details from primary, middle and secondary classes, details of extensive studies in college, etc. to be included. Professional courses to be included, value addition if any after completing graduation/post graduation, etc. to be entered.
Filling Good PIQ Form/ Points kept in mind for SSB interview
Filling Good PIQ Form/ Points for SSB interview

 • The primary/secondary, education and type of school and college. The break if any in education/different places and any major changes in percentages to be highlighted. Outstanding achievement in education like distinction, etc. can be incorporated.
• Outstanding achievement may include any special awards, percentages, contribution to school and college in education, sports, extra curricular activities.
• Special references to NCC training incorporated. The NCC experience certification to include Junior/Senior Wing and level of participation in different camps, locations like National Integration Camp, Polio Campaign, Blood donations, Traffic Regulation, etc. • Games, sports to include indoor games and outdoor games. Games like basket ball, hockey, football, squash, tennis, golf, and cricket can be included. Proficiency in these games at school and college unit level advocated.
• Indoor games like chess, table tennis, billiards, badminton can also be included.
• Track and field events, swimming, trekking, adventure activities play a vital role for overall development of a personality.
• Mountaineering, rock climbing, river rafting, skiing, boating, caning, wind surfing, gym, can act as a force multiplier at the time of interview.
• Parasailing, commercial pilot training, gliding is helpful. • Reading activities to include special authors like Arundhati Roy, A.P,J. Abdul Kalam, Kiran Desai, fiction/nonfiction novels, etc.
• Works of Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, .Mahatma Gandhi, Encyclopedia like Britannica, Encarta, can be read for value enhancement.
• Value addition with Professional Certifications or GATE score, CAT, Microsoft certification, work experience in MNCs, etc. Any special technical proficiency in computer, languages, project works like simulators, robots, etc.
• Professional experience in serving with companies/ corporate sector, nature of job and contribution to the system. Experience in call centres, BPO, industry management, and retail sector. • Working with non-government organization, social organizations like CRY, Help AGE, World Vision, and Sakshi.
• Individual and collective contribution to the society, colony, in case of polio campaign, literacy campaign, and social awareness programmes, hygiene, sanitation, etc.
• Help to troops operating in Kargil operation/flood victims/Tsunami, help to the destitute and the needy.
• Extra curricular activities like taking part in math's olympiad, debate competition, quiz competition, dramatics, plays, special appreciation in any field like painting, sketching, drawing, mono-acting, caricature, cartoons, etc.
• Hobbies to include all individual effort and not collective effort. Anything which can be fruitfully done in hours of relaxation. Collective efforts do not come hobbies, Individual effort in playing instrument,
sketching, archery, book reading can be incorporated under this category.
• Interests are separate from Hobbies. Interests can be practiced once in a month. Visiting old age homes, leprosy centres, helping poor and the needy. Attending to weak and the destitute. Feeding animals/birds can also be part of interest.
• Motivating force to join the army can be referred to war movies gallantry award winners, scenes of aggression during 1962, 1965, 1971 wars, Kargil operation and also motivation from the place/within the family.

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How to success in SSB Interview – Some basics concept to take care of?

how to have a good impression on Interviewing Officer in SSB
Basic Tips for SSB Interview
Hello guys this post is about very basic knowledge which 50% of you don’t know, but if you really care then you should remember these
 basic things in mind before going for SSB Interview. These will not clear your SSB Interview for sure but these will lay a positive impact on Interviewer and you will be on safer side always. These includes understanding the Interview Environment, Personal hygiene, Dressing up and normal etiquette/Manners.

Understanding The Interview Environment:

                Unlike the G.T.O tests which is generally held in a informal and relaxed environment, or the psychological tests which is written test, the ‘Interview’, being a one-to-one affair, generally causes a little nervousness, and tension in the candidates mind. The layout of the interview room further components to this stressful condition.
                It is, therefore, of paramount importance that the candidate must shed his inhibition and overcome his nervousness so that he can collect his thoughts and expression his ideas logically and sympathetically.

Making a Good Impression:

                An interview will normally last 30 to 40 minutes which is sufficient time for the IO to appraise your personality. You should , therefore, aim to make a good forst impression on him and try to sustain that impression till the end of the interview.

To achieve this you should take the following steps.

Personal hygiene:

Be clean, neat and tidy when you present yourself for the interview. See that you have good haircut and hair are combed well. Nails of your fingers are cut and clean. Remove sweat, oil, dirt, etc. from your face and forehead. Make sure that no bad odour or smell emanates from you. It is understood that you can’t change your face, but you can certainly do a lot to improve it. Your appearance should show that you an orderly person. Therefore, do take care of you grooming.

Importance of Good Dressing for SSB-Dressing Up:

Shakespeare wrote ‘Apparel proclaimeth a man’ i.e. a man is recognized by the way he dresses. How true! you make the first impression with the way you dress yourself up. If your clothes create and initial unfavorable impression, you will be hard put to neutralize it during the interview. Similarly, with some care for your clothes, you can begin the interview with your right foot forward. It is, therefore very essential that you turn up for the interview, smartly dressed.
What type of dress you have for your SSB Interview (According to season)-Dress well as per the season and suited to the occasion. Your clothes should not be gaudy or showy. You must present yourself in a suit in winter. Preferable of dark or sober color. Your shirt must be clean, well ironed and starched. Your shirt cuffs should not be frayed at the ends. Shoes must be well polished.

Normal etiquettes / Manners:

                Etiquette, manners and courtesy can help in tilting the interview in your favor. Before entering the room, gently knock it ask for coming inside, beware of push or pull written on door. Just say good evening or good morning according to watch. Don’t sit without permission, reply gently when you asked – how are you? Show your manners by asking the same from IO. Presence of mind should be there be true , don’t try to cheat with them and you will make it.

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10 Reasons Why Candidates Fail In SSB Interview

Guys this article is written by one of my Facebook friend and i really appreciate his work, he has used his experience in writing the reasons why candidates fails in SSB Interview. There may be different reasons for failure like i have explained below

1-Lack of Prior Preparation:

This is main problem that you go for your SSB Interview without Prior Preparation, Preparation gives you success and confidence. So before going for SSB Interview, Don't leave the things on luck, give ample time to its preparation like current events, PI preparation, TAT and PPDT pictures practice, writing of SD at home and so on.

2-Lack of Confidence in youself:

Bring confidence in you and it can be done by doing excess practice and preparation, all the students standing there are equal and are there for selection. Have a confidence look yourself into mirror when you are getting prepared for SSB and say yes m looking good and I can do it.Have a confidence of "yes i can do it, and i have it in me"

3-Listen every one and Instructor carefully:

When you are there for Tasks, before every task they will describe the procedure and how the task will proceed you just need to open your ears and follow your instructor, You generally hear them with closed ears and when you are doing tasks you will either do wrong and will ask others how to do that.

4-Lack of honesty with yourself and with others:

If you are not honest with yourself then there is no use of going there, don't hide anything with the IO as they are too smart that's why they are there. Maintain your honesty threw the whole prcess and you will make it definitely.

5-Being over friendly with the interviewing officer:

The IO will try to become as much familiar as he can he will offer you tea, a glass of water and will ask u question as if he is your friend. Don't be too much familiar with him as you are giving him a way to catch you, so be careful. He is taught to do so, he is expert in that. Be in limits answer logically and factually.

6-No knowledge about the surrounding:

You should know about your surroundings, surroundings means what have you done in 3-4 days where was you lacking like you may lack in courage and so on. Have a close eye on all candidates there and put facts in front of interviewer.

7-Dullness, non-enthusiastic attitude:

A person who is cheerful and enthusiastic is liked by all. Being cheerful shows positivity, whereas if you are dull and non-enthusiastic about things, it’ll reflect negativity. You need to be excited about the tasks, it should reflect from your attitude.

9-Bullying and overconfidence:

Forces is not the place where you can bully people. You need to understand that a good leader leads by example and motivates people instead of bullying them. You need to encourage your group, and not dominate them in order to appear like a real leader. Be in confidence but Not in over-confidence.

10-If you forget to smile: 

If you don’t smile you are taking unnecessary tension. People who forget to smile are likely to get nervous and thus mess up the things in which they could have performed well. So you need to take a break and smile. One old person has said "Keep smiling and you will be a officer one day".

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Mani Kapoor
About the author:

Mani Kapoor, He is a serving candidate, seeking for ACC commission. He is now serving in 20 J& K riffle (infantry) and also preparing for his upcoming SSB Interview.

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Questions & Answers asked by Preteek in Persnal Interview: Sample SSB Interview

Guys if you are thinking of Personal INterview in SSB, what types of Questions asked in SSB Interview and how should we answers in Persnal interview round in SSB, then go threw this post this will help you alot.

l.O.: Good Morning Prateek.
Ch. No. 18: Good Morning Sir.
I.O.: Please have a seat No. 18.
Ch. No. 18: Thank you sir.
I.O.: So, Prateek you are from Meerut, tell me about Meerut.
Ch. No. 18: Sir, Meerut is a district, located at 60 km distance from Delhi. Sir, historically Meerut is known as the Sasural of Ravana. Sir, it was also the initiator of revolt of 1857. It is also rich in tradition.
I.O.: (interrupting) Ok Prateek now tell me about your education from class 8th? Tell me about your co-curricular activities and the games which you play?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, I studied my 8th, 9th and 10th class from the same school, i.e. K.V. Sikh Lines, Meerut. Sir, I scored 90.8 percent in my matriculate with distinction in all the five subjects.
I.O.: (interrupting) Prateek tell me your class 8th and 9th percentages also?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, I scored 88 percent in my 8th class and 89 percent in my 9th class.
I.O.: Ok Prateek, carry on.
Ch. No. 18: Sir, I was an active participant in co-curricular activities in my school. I participated in Kabir Peace Mission in 8th class and stood first in my school.
I.O.: (interrupting) What is this Kabir Peace Mission Prateek?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, it is a quiz competition in which the questions are asked mainly on history, Ramayana and Mahabharata.
I.O.: Ok, carry on Prateek, that’s why I think you know about Ravan’s Sasural?
Ch. No. 18: Yes sir, besides this, I participated in Green Olympiad in 9tha and 8th class and stood second in school. Sir in this science quiz takes place. Sir I also participated in youth parliament in my 10th class in which school students make their own parliament. Besides that I also participated in debate and extempore in my 8th and 9th and 10th class consecutively and every time held and position. Sir I also participated in cricket team in my 9tha and 10th class at school level. 
I.O.: Prateek, you didn’t play even at regional level?
Ch. No. 18: sorry sir, I put in my efforts buy still there were better players than me. Sir, after my 10th class, I switched over to Guru Tegh Bahadur Public School because there is scholar section in it which provides coaching in school time only for IIT and while studying for IIT we got to know the concepts more clearly, as I always wanted to have command over the concepts., sir there is participated in National Science Olympiad and also participated in volleyball team at school level.
I.O.: Ok! That’s really nice Prateek, Ok now let’s move out to your family and teachers? Prateek tell me about your parents and teachers you like most and least? Friend you like most and least?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, as far as my parents are considered, I really love them and they also take care me really well. Sir my father is an ex-service man; he is a real motivating force for me to join IAF. He is a very caring person. Sir, my mother is a housewife. She is really very emotional person that’s why I am also very emotional person. Sir about my favorite teacher, its Mrs. Summi Singh, she was my motivating force to join IAF; she really takes care of my all class. And Sir there is no teacher I hake, as I like every person. About my friends, I have a big friends circle. My best friend is Sudhanshu.
I.O.: Prateek tell me about the qualities which you find in friends and what are the qualities in yourself which attracted them towards you?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, Sudhanshu is a very good person. He always helps me. Sudhanshu has very similar likings to that of mine so we understand each other really very well. And sir about me, I think I am a friend who is always there of my friends whenever they need help.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek do you have any girlfriend?
Ch. No. 18: No sir, I don’t have any girlfriend?
I.O.: Why? You are studying in a co-education school still you are not having any girlfriend. Why?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, my first target is to achieve my aim to get into Air Force. After that I will consider these things. Moreover, girlfriends need very large amount of money to be spend over them and I am not spend thrift.
I.O.: That’s true Prateek; they really need a huge amount of money. Ok, tell me about your more friends? What do you in your leisure time with your friends?
Ch. No. 18: Sir besides Subhanshu, there are Prashant, and Arvind, we have discussions on various topics. In leisure time we also go to watch movies also, but we watch only social issue based movies? Sir.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek these two girls Indra and Pooja never attracted you towards them?
Ch. No. 18: No sir, we are just friends and nothing more, and no one of us has this type of feeling on our minds.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek now tell me about your one good and one bad quality?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, in my good qualities, I really very soon understand the expectation of others which they have from me, that’s why I easily adjust with everyone, and in my bad qualities, I am bit short tempered, Sir which I want to improve and working on it.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek tell me about any instance where you’re this bad quality rose up?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, once we were having group discussion and suddenly they, my friends Sudhanshu and Prashant, started cracking jokes on me and I loose my temper after some time and got back to my home. After that they called me and make me understand that it’s not good and also said they will not repeat if I don’t like. (The Interviewing Officer tried best to loosen my temper.)
I.O.: Ok, Prateek now tell me about your hobbies and interests?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, in my hobbies there are photography, reading, and feeding birds. And as my interests are considered there are visiting orphanages and watching F-1 races.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek how do you feed birds and perform photography.
Ch. No. 18: Sir, everyday I put on some water and rice top of my roof to feed the birds. And in photography, wherever there is in any function in my family I perform the role of photographer, and whenever I got to any tour I took photographs of natural scenes. And also when there is rainy season and clouds are there, I also take those pictures.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek what about you’re reading?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, I read newspaper The Times of India, read two magazines namely India today and Competition Success Review. I also read short stories of Sherlock Holmes and novels of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek what about this hobby visiting orphanage, it’s really very-very strange.
Ch. No. 18: sir, I have hobby of visiting orphanages as I want to help the kids who have no parents and also I want to help the country with its future. Sir, I visit Jyotini an orphanage twice a month. Sir, I take candies for them and teach them some lessons for some time. They also pay respectable attention to me.
I.O.: Ok, Prateek but what about the rag pickers, who are there on roads, aim and they the future of the country?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, they are the future. But as I am not having so much power to take these kids to my home from roads. I try to help them on roads only by providing them with food and meal instead of giving them money which is always contributed in the circle of this evil practice.
I.O.: Good Prateek, ok do you know about the Paraguay why is it famous?
Ch. No. 18: Sir, Paraguay is a country in South America and it is famous for Pampa’s grassland in South America (I was not sure why it was famous).
I.O.: Ok, do you know about Article 370?
Ch. No. 18: Yes sir, in this the law passed by Union Government are applicable to all states except J&K where it is applicable only when it passed by assembly of J&K.
I.O.: Ok, tells me about naxalites?
Ch. No. 18: Sir these are SC and ST people who criticize the government policies and demand for special rights for SC and ST. But the path adopted by them of violence is not correct.
I.O.: Ok, thank you Prateek, and all the best for your conference?
Ch. No. 18: Thanks you sir. (Shook hands when I was coming out.)
I.O.: Prateek, I thought that I was talking to a member of NGO. That’s good.
Ch. No. 18: Thank you sir.


Prateek is well prepared and has a capacity to take on the questions aimed at him at a fast track. The answer have been given confidently, clearly, logically to the best of his ability and approach. Prateek has been able to maintain a cheerful disposition during the interview process. He has been frank, understanding and tactful while answering difficult question. He has a sound knowledge about his subject and confident to answer the question put at a rapid speed. He has a good sense of humor and can maintain his cheer during interview. His general awareness is of high order and can take on any question related to current events and general profile in school. He is the appropriate student to be selected for the job. 

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Hello Guys i was thinking of putting a interview of same type that is asked in SSB. Filnally after a lots of typing i have completed it, it will provide you basic idea of how interviewer ask the question and how should we answer the questions. It is a type of mock interview and similar types of questions will be asked by you which matches your personality.

                                MOCK INTERVIEW

                            Reading Session Self Awareness Set-1

I.O.: Welcome Gurjeet, have a seat. Ok Gurjeet, I saw pens in your pocket which     pen are you carrying?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, I am using Parker?
I.O.: Sir, it is from Paris.
Ch. No. 8: Where is Paris?
I.O.: Basically, Paris is in which country?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, it is in France.
I.O.: What is France famous for?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, no idea.
I.O.: Think, it is something girls use very often?
Ch. No. 8: Sir perfumes!
I.O.: Yes, of course. Ok what is Paris famous for?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, I have no idea.
I.O.: It is famous for fashion.
Ch. No. 8: Ok sir. Sorry I didn’t know it.
I.O.: Ok Gurjeet, be comfortable. Sit comfortably and relax. Now, we will share some conversations between us and I want to assure you that whatever we talk will remain inside this room and between you and me. No one will come to know about it. Your family will not be told anything.

Ch. No. 8: Ok sir.
I.O.: Ok Gurjeet, now I will put you through rapid fire questions, hear them attentively and make sure you answer all questions.
Ch. No. 8: Ok sir.
I.O.: tell me about your academic qualifications, the exams you have taken, your achievements in academics, games and sports you play, your hobbies, and your extracurricular activities, the teacher/teachers you dislike and why, the friend/friends you dislike and why, the friend with whom you are closest.
Ch. No. 8: I told him all things and answered all questions.
I.O.: Ok Gurjeet, have you answered all questions?
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir
I.O.: Are you sure?
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir.
I.O.: Ok, you said that you have appeared in Engineering Entrance Exams. Why did you not go for engineering then?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, actually I wanted to change my subject like from engineering to MBA because I was not confident with physics and chemistry.
I.O.: So, why did you take Entrance Exams for it?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, actually my parents wanted me to appear once for the Entrance Exam.
I.O.: But you didn’t want to?
Ch. No. 8: No sir, its not that I didn’t want to. What happened was that my parents told me to appear once for exam. If I got a good score then I could go for engineering else I could change my subjects.
I.O.: Ok, how much did you score?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, 40000 rank (all India) in AIEEE and 10,000 in Guru Gobind Singh Indraprashtha University examination.
I.O.: So, you are private MBA now from which university?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, from Symbiosis University, Pune.
I.O.: Why are you doing private MBA and why not regular.
Ch. No. 8: Sir, because I wanted to give more focus to CDS. If I would have gone for regular MBA, moreover, army is the first priority and MBA comes later.
I.O.: What is the difference between regular and private?
Ch. No. 8: Regular MBA is one where you physically go and attend the classes whereas in private MBA one doesn’t have to attend the classes regularly. You are required to go and take the exams finally.
I.O.: Is there any difference in knowledge area?
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir, in regular MBA, a person gets theoretical as well as practical knowledge through projects and case studies. But in private MBA, a person is able to gain only the theoretical knowledge.
I.O.: Does this concept have any affect on the working area?
Ch. No. 8: No sir, the working areas don’t get affected by the concept because the private course of three years is equivalent to the regular course of two years.
I.O.: But a person with private MBA, of course, gets an added advantage in a job.
Ch. No. 8: No sir, actually where in the difference lies is the mindset of the people. Regular MBA just gibes an advantage of an added practical knowledge, but private MBA is considered equivalent but lacks application.
I.O.: Are the hobs different from both categories?
Ch. No. 8: No sir, the jobs don’t vary.
I.O.: Ok, tell me what all books have you read?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, I have read One Night at the call Centre by Chetan Bhagat, The Three Mistake of My Life again by Chetan Bhagat, Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat and Who will cry When You Die?” by Robin S. Sharma and now, I have just started with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma.
I.O.: What was the name of the girl character in Five Point Someone?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, the name of the character was Neha.
I.O.: Tell me one good quality and one bad quality about the character Neha.
Ch. No. 8: The good quality about the character was the friendly nature of Neha. The first time she met with an accident with male character, she was quite friendly with him?
I.O.: She must have thought that she has found her prey! (Laughing)
Ch. No. 8: No sir, not prey. Actually varies from person to person, how tp react in certain situations.
I.O.: And what was the bad quality?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, the bad quality about Neha was her irresponsibility. She called her boyfriend to her place when her parents were not at home.
I.O.: But she was in love and in love, nothing is right or wrong!
Ch. No. 8: But sir that doesn’t mean that she will cheat her parents and cross the limit of being genuine. Cheating your parents is absolutely wrong.
I.O.: Gurjeet do you have a boyfriend?
Ch. No. 8: No sir.
I.O.: Why?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, I have many friends but no boyfriend as such.
I.O.: Why don’t you have a boyfriend? A boy doesn’t have a girlfriend so they have a reason for that because they don’t want to spend their money on gifts, parties, dimmers, etc. sometimes the girlfriend brings her friend with her. So the boy has to pay for her also. But why don’t you have a boyfriend?
Ch. No.8: Sir, I don’t have a boyfriend because I am a goal-oriented person. I don’t want to waste my time in all these matters. These things distract a person’s attention. I just want to concentrate on my career right now.
I.O.: So you have many boys as your friends. Name them.
Ch. No. 8: Sir, they are Sachin, Gaurav, Subodh and many others.
I.O.: Has any one of them ever proposed you?
Ch. No. 8: No, Sir.
I.O.: Suppose, in future, if they do so?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, I will surely refuse.
I.O.: Gurjeet, did you hear about a case in Meerut two year back in company garden?
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir.
I.O.: What do you think about that? Is moral policing right or wrong?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, whatever happened there was wrong on part of the people and the police also. As far as moral policing is concerned, it should not be there.
I.O.: But in today’s scenario, both the parents are working, so who will control all these social problems?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, if the parents are working and unable to instill these ethics in the children then of course, it is the sole responsibility of the individual to see and know what is good and what is bad. A person should know the limits and the boundaries so as not to get into such things.
I.O.: But, if then also, they cross the limits and get into such acts, then?
Ch. No. 8: At that, time, moral policing should be there but in a controlled manner because the way they handle such acts is not good. The people have to go through a lot of torture.
I.O.: What else, you did not tell me the most important quality, your instructor must have told you.
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir, but I feel courage is the most important quality.
I.O.: No, you are missing the most important one. Ok I will ask you in the conference. Tell me any two important current news.
Ch. No. 8: Firstly, India and Russia are set to sign the nuclear deal and secondly, FBI is about to arrive in India to investigate the David Coleman Headley case.
I.O.: What is happening in Pakistan?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, the Taliban group wants to occupy the region of South Waziristan and several other parts. So they are planning many suicide attacks and spreading terrorism.
I.O.: What is global warming?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, global warming is the rise in the temperature of the earth due to the rise in the concentration of the greenhouse gases.
I.O.: What are greenhouse gases?
Ch. No. 8: Greenhouse gases are CO2, NO2, Chlorofluoro carbons. These are responsible for the greenhouse effect.
I.O.: What is greenhouse effect?
Ch. No. 8: It is the effect which is caused when the increased concentration of the greenhouse gases traps the harmful infra red radiations emitted by earth after reflection.
I.O.: Why does the radiation get trapped inside the atmosphere?
Ch. No. 8: The greenhouse gases trap them and don’t allow them to leave the atmosphere.
I.O.: Then how do the radiations enter the atmosphere?
Ch. No. 8: (confused) sorry sir.
I.O.: Ok, tell me about how you spend time with your family, whom do you tell your problems, what is your pocket money and how do you dispose it of?
Ch. No. 8: Most of the time I spend with my mother in the kitchen o other household work. When my father is at home, we generally discuss about the current topics. My brother is here with us only on Saturday and Sunday. So, Saturday and Sunday are totally reserved for him. We talk ad share all the activities we had done throughout the week. In terms of problems, I share them with my brother.
I.O.:  (Interrupting) why?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, because we are of the same generation. We understand each other well and of course we share a very friendly relationship. So that’s why I find it comfortable to discuss them with my brother. Moreover, he gives me a better suggestion and advice according to the situation because telling the problems to your parent’s means upsetting them. My parents are very conscious about me. So, if I face any problem, they get worried and upset. So, I discuss them with my brother.
I.O.: How elder is your brother to you?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, five years.
I.O.: That means he is 26 years now. Is he married?
Ch. No. 8: No sir.
I.O.: Why?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, he wants to establish himself well and wants to be in a perfect position to support his family and personal life.
I.O.: So when does he want to marry?
Ch. No. 8: May be by next year.
I.O.: Do you want to marry?
Ch. No. 8: No sir.
I.O.: Why?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, because I want to achieve my aim and have my own identity. After marriage, a girl faces many restrictions from the in-laws.
I.O.: But if the in-laws say that there are no restrictions, then?
Ch. No. 8: But sir, a married woman has many responsibilities towards her family. Also, they should know that our culture does not allow harsh behavior with women.
I.O.: Ok, also homosexuality has been legalized by the Delhi Court. So is this right or wrong?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, in my opinion, this is absolutely wrong. Homosexuality is something against the nature. We are insulting nature by merely getting into such acts. Homosexuality is something which is just the westernized form. This kind of thing was not observed in our culture before.
I.O.: But westernization has not affected the people. This is something which is in the hormones of the person.
Ch. No. 8: That is right sir. But homosexuality is going against the nature. The nature has made man and woman for this relation. But homosexuality surely creates an imbalance in the nature.
I.O.: Ok, you have participated in many competitions. What according to you is the strongest part of your G.K Quiz?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, I had a good general knowledge that helped me to participate and win.
I.O.: Suppose, the president had given you the responsibility to organize a GK Quiz competition between 101 SSB and 102 SSB. So, how will you organize it?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, firstly I will prepare a blue print of the whole event, i.e. the date, time and place, the no. of teams, the no. of participants, the chief guests, the judges, the audience, etc. after that, I will put a notice on the notice board informing the candidates about the competition and invite them for the same. I will also make a plan of the various rounds and the questions to be asked.
I.O.: Ok Gurjeet, on the day of the competition, suppose you reach the hall and find no one there, and then what will you do?
Ch. No. 8:  Sir, then I will make sure that they are there on time.
I.O.: How?
Ch. No. 8: I will assign the duty 2-3 of my subordinates for the same.
I.O.: Then, they will surely say that who are you to force us to participate in the competition. Then how will you convince them?
Ch. No. 8: (After thinking a lot) sorry sir, I am not getting the right idea at this moment.
I.O.: OK, don’t worry. You watch discovery channel?
Ch. No. 8: Basically, I only watch animal planet.
I.O.: Then tell me what the difference between a tiger and a lion?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, both belong to the cat family.
I.O.: Yes, but what makes a lion as the king of the jungle? He is known as the king of the jungle, why?
Ch. No. 8: Sorry sir, I don’t know I will definitely checkup and find the right answer.
I.O.: Actually, I saw it on this show only.
Ch. No. 8: Sorry sir may be I must have missed it.
I.O.: Ok Gurjeet, have you taken coaching for preparing for SSB?
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir.
I.O.: From where?
Ch. No. 8:  From Universal Counselling Centre.
I.O.: Where is it?
Ch. No. 8: In Meerut.
I.O.: Who runs it?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, Lt Col Rajeev Devgan.
I.O.: As you have taken coaching, you must know the qualities that are required in a lady to join the Armed Forces?
Ch. No. 8: Sir, first of all courage is required because Army requires a lot of courage and women generally lack that, then they should be lively, should have a detremination, they should have the quality of making a quick decision. And work for herself and her goals. So, there is, of course some limitation.
I.O.: Ok, tell me the neighbouring countries of India.
Ch. No. 8: Sir, they are Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, and Nepal.
I.O.: Is anything left?
Ch. No. 8: No sir.
I.O.: Is Afghanistan neighbour of India?
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir, it is, but it is not considered.
I.O.: Yes, right. If we look at it map-wise, it is a neighbour of India but otherwise it is not. It is generally the area of POK known as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir area.
Ch. No. 8: Yes sir.
I.O.: Ok Gurjeet, thank you so much, good day and all the best tomorrow’s task.
Ch. No. 8: Thank you sir.

Gurjeet is generally well prepared and has a good capacity to sustain protracted stress and strain during the course of the personal interview. The questions have been correctly answered but shows lack of general awareness and could have performed well with more reasoning and logic. Gurjeet should have shown more confidence in parents rather than brother’s and sister’s. There should have been more compatibility within the family which is lacking. The data regarding the neighbouring countries should have been well answered. This is a border liner case and with more effort the candidate could have performed better.

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