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SSB Interview Story of Kapil Salimath: Recommended from AEC entry

Hello Everyone! I am Kapil Salimath from Pune, Maharashtra recommended by 24SSB Bangalore through AEC entry in my 2nd attempt. Before venturing into the field of defence, I was preparing for competitive exams like Civil Services, SSC- CGL, SBI PO, etc. I spent some 3 years in total preparing for these exams and cleared a few as well but then I got to know about Defence entries as one of my friend (Thanks Rutuja!) told me about the AFCAT 1 2015 form (Seriously! At the age of 24 I got to know how to get into the armed forces and what it really means!). 
SSB Success Story of recommended candidate
SSB Success Story of recommended candidate
So I cleared AFCAT and started preparing for the SSB which was in Gandhi nagar on 15/06/2015 (I chose this date as 6 is my luck number, luck was not on my side though!).The SSB testing procedure was completely new to me, hence, I took advice from a friend who has been to the SSB before (Thank you Ganesh!) and joined Col. Sinha’s Gurudeva’s Academy in Pune.
Coaching was extremely helpful as the knowledge that I had gained in my competitive exams’ preparation was not much relevant in this type of testing process. I got to learn a lot and was quite confident to compete in an arena which was much different than what I am used to. Unfortunately, I was conference out in the AFSB but it was surely a great learning experience and it also created a desire in me that now I have to clear the SSB interviews.
I was searching for opportunities to appear for SSB again as I was running out of attempts because of my late self-actualization. And thus I learnt about AEC entry in army and got a chance to appear for the SSB on 21st Sept 2015. This time I was a calmer and composed than before as I had learnt from my previous mistake that over enthusiasm ruins your performance. I was taking every test one at a time and was not thinking at all about what had happened or what will happen ahead.
Also, one huge mistake which I previously did was to write pre-conceived stories in TAT. This time I wrote whatever came to my mind first after seeing the picture and made sure that I stick to the theme which is clearly seen in the image.
In GTO, I just made sure that I enjoy all the activities. I was quite lucky to get a fantastic group where no one created any chaos and everyone was giving the other person a good opportunity to speak. I always kept a smiling face, welcomed everyone’s ideas in the GD, GPE and PGT, and focused more on building common opinion that forcing people to implement my ideas.
At no point I was thinking about getting recommended, I was only trying to give my best in whatever I was doing there then.
SSB Success Story of recommended candidate
SSB Success Story of recommended candidate
Then on 26th Sept 2015 came the conference! As the popular myth goes, if there is gap before or after your conference or if your conference lasts for longer than usual, it is only then you have a chance of getting recommended. But in my case, there was no gap before the conference, it lasted for only 30seconds and there was no gap after it as well. So for I while I thought to myself, Better luck next time!
But when the results were declared and I heard, “Chest Number 17, Salimath Kapil Sharnayya” it was a feeling which was completely out of this world! I thought I would cry but instead I was smiling a lot because of that Euphoria.
I spent more 6 Days in the selection center for the medicals. Thankfully, I was medically fit so had no problems at all there.
Made it through the merit list and now eagerly waiting to join the academy and explore my true potential.

Best of luck to all the Defence aspirants and I wish you success in all your endeavours

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SSB Success Story of recommended candidate Kapil Salimath

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Things you should Do and Remember while facing SSB: Recommendation by Experienced Candidate

Here Again I am back with one more 5 Day Real Story of Shailendra Rajput at SSB, I must say that he is really a deserving candidate. How he spent his 5 Days at SSB and what are the problems faced by him, how he managed to complete all those tasks and what are his recommendation for other aspirants going for SSB—He has tried to tell everything via this article. I am grateful to him that he send this article to me.

So there I was with my suitcase and ironed formal shirt standing in-front of Allahabad railway station for Indian Army SSB for UES24.

Screening test took place around 0800 hrs. It consists of 2 stages.

A. OLQ test.

Tips: Don’t bluff answers in OLQ answer sheet. Try to attempt maximum questions. Skip the question if you think they’ll consume time for calculations.

B. PP-DT (picture perception & Description Test)

PP-DT is all about perception. Try to make a story which is practical and believable. In the story add officer like personality characters that are within you or you want to have.
After the PP-DT exam, they generally give you break for few minutes. Utilize this break to rehearse your PP-DT story (mentally) because what comes next after PP-DT is Group Discussion of the story you’ve written.
Tips: You’ll be given hardly 1 min to narrate your story. Be loud and clear and confident enough so everybody can listen to it. Don’t stumble or fumble yourself with complicated English words.
During GD, try to help group members come to a conclusion rather pointing out mistakes or proving your story.
Results came out and almost 80% were screened out.
Out of our 264, we’re left 40 for Day-2.
Filling up forms starts next with certificate verification and all.
PIQ- personal information Questionnaire is very important. Be precise and remember what you write in as your hobby/interests/sports/achievements as they will be asked to you in your interview. Don’t fake or lie.
You’re there to become an Indian Army officer, so from here on behave as one.
Have a healthy friendship with all and respect everyone for their spirit to serve the country.

Be focused because its psych test day. WAT, TAT, SRT and all are very important.
WAT- it’s never about attending all 60 words nor is it about using the word in your sentence.
Write the thought that comes to your mind when you see the word. Be honest. Keep the sequence correct in case you miss any word.

SRT- your reactions should be more like taking actions rather handling the responsibility to someone else here. Be in the situation and take control of it. 

TAT- perceive positive and write it down showing few Officer like qualities. End it in a positive note.
Self Description- Be honest and write stuffs about you in clear hand writing. Do a self-introspection about yourself. Ask your friends, family about you as a person and qualities they like or dislike.



GD/ Lecturette/ PGT:

GD- the GD topics are usually current affairs and well known topics. Be active in discussions, don’t sit idle or be scared what others will think. Fact is if you don’t, you will lose the battle.
 My group topic was:
1. Online shopping
2. Youths making girlfriend

Lecturette- choose topic which you’re comfortable with and have enough points to speak for 3 min. A bit of hand gestures are good but don’t over-do it.

PGT- Portray your ideas clearly and make sure everyone is listening to you. This shows command. Be active.

If you are going as a fresher then you should be consulting your friends who have been before to ssb, because at the instant you see planks, balli, ropes so it takes time to generate ideas in your mind, so go well prepared in advance


IO/Command Task/HGT/FGT:

Individual Obstacle: it’s all about checking the basic body fitness.
CT- command task is vital. Before acting on the situation, as a commander take a pause and look around the obstacle and think of possible ideas. Don’t just jump into the field with phatta and balli or load.
HGT- While the entire group is fighting over a path, take a break and look around the other paths available. You might just find the easiest way out.
FGT - Same as above.

The interview went for about 1 hour or so. As I was from B. Tech-(MAE), a few technical questions were also asked to me. Apart from that, basic current affairs and general knowledge were also asked. Few of them were about our neighboring countries. They want to know what kind of a person you’re and want to be. They will ask questions regarding family, friends and enemies, girlfriends. Be honest and tell them what’s true. Sometimes the questions become personal, so don’t hesitate to speak the truth or hide anything. Be honest always and open minded. They are not sitting there to judge you by any means. Have an insight about Army, Navy & Air force.
Keep a track on you postures and gestures, body language. Think of at least 3 positive and 3 negative qualities in you. When asked about negative qualities.
Conference- Be cool and relaxed. At times they ask you questions which they asked you in your interview and you failed to answer. So prepare the answers beforehand.

Results- out of 40, 5 were recommended from 34 SSB board for medicals.
Always have a fighting spirit. My rejection in SSB made me prepare more hard and improve in stages where I lack. I kept a note in my pocket with a list in it, jotted down the possible mistakes I might have made in my previous SSB.
Self-introspection had a big help to me. Unless and until you don’t accept your fault you cannot rectify it and move ahead.
Think of it like this, getting a job in a field (armed forces) which gets the highest respect in the country or world, can’t possibly come to oneself so easily. In order to get it, handwork and dedication is inevitable.
Never lose hope and quit, trust me I have done that mistake.
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong”

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I JOJO CHANKAN JOSEPH presently doing final year in Bachelor of Electrical & Electronics engineering in Nehru institute of Engineering and technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu .I love to do social works by organising blood camps, making aware of political scenario to my friends. Earlier in 2011 I wrote NDA because of compulsion of my grandpa who is Halvidar in Indian Territorial Army. I’m not interested in joining armed forces because I saw how my grandma feels bad about grandpa when he took adventure in,because of his compulsion and with no interest I wrote NDA cleared written exam ,appeared ssb –bhopal ,got recommended ,went medical test got fit for all forces but funny things happened around merit list my name is not appeared,I understand I’m merited out. Then in 2011 I joined engineering college with full interest in electrical subject.

5 Days SSB interview Experiance- FUll Story
SSB Interview Experiance of JOJO

In 2012, I came to hear about 26/11 attack which happened on 2008, I heard about Maj.sandeepunnikrishnan/NSG, Kerala who dedicated his young life for India. Then on 15 June 2013,uttarahand flood occurs ten days after , on June 25 ,Indian air force pilot officer Praveen Kumar dies in rescue operation he is from Madurai district Tamilnadu. I was thinking “Y this young men age 22-30 ,dedicating his life for mother country .I was little confused too. Suddenly on August  14 2013 INS sindhurashak got sunk in Mumbai dockyard 11 officer died 7 missed following on feb 04 2014 INS sindhuratna got sunk near Mumbai. On moral ground Admiral D.K.Joshi resigned his chief of naval staff rank. I was thinking a man of high post resigned in name of moral grounds. Fromfeb 2014 I goggled I learned value of officer like qualities from many site,result of that is now I’m frequent visitor of ssb, 26*7*365 dreaming stars ,uniformed life.
Coming to my experience in which I recently had in 12-SSB, Bangalore on march 15 2015. I need to share many points to readers. Earlier after NDA I went attended Afcat exam in 2014, cleared attended  2-AFSB, but conference out. When I’m in pre-final year I applied UES-24 in Indian army screened out in campus interview itself. Then in month of June 2014 I applied for UES-15 in Indiannavy, attended campus interview on sep 28 2014,cleared.
      I thank to ”JayendraPratapsingh’,a good mentor of mine ,will reply in 24*7 around the clock motivates me like dad. His words are like cement to build carrier in uniformed life. I also thank brave “Tashi Mishra “ for her informative blogs. So from sep 28 2014,I prepared to face ssb.

First tool:

Self Introspection: I’ll talk to myself in mirroreveryday, address myself as leiutant officer. Searched for weak point worked on weak areas. I stop working on my failures which I usually do. Now started working on weakness.
understanding OLQ: yes, I goggled all.i took not as information. But I changed personality like an gentleman officer.

On feb 10 2015,I got a e-mail stating I nominated for 12SSB Bangalore ,and I should report on march 15 2015..First I booked railway ticket to Bangalore on march 14 then I prepared al certificates got attested from my principal. Got advise from defence friends ,grandpa. Meanwhile I prepared story for TAT 12th slide, SD. seriously without knowing ourselves v can’t able to become officer. I wrote a honest SD.second by second I’m got full prepared for face SSB bold.purchased dress shoes for GTO task.
On march 14 2015,I boarded train at 8p.m From Coimbatore and arrived at march 15 morning 7.20 a.m. Morning when I arrived in MCO one man came to me enquired about “R u came to attend ssb?”, I said yes.then he said sir, use railway dormitory we will charge only R.s100 till afternoon 2.30p.m . Since I need to get refresh I accepted the deal stayed in dormitory till 2.30p.m. there I searched for other aspirants. I got one Tamilnadu friend who did campus interview with me. His name is Mahendran. we both had good talk ,early experience of SSB. Meanwhile two Andhra ssb aspirant joined the discussion.we introduced ourselves .we talked mainly on politics of Tamilnadu, division of telugana. I took got good 2 p.m we all completed our lunch and went to report at MCO.
   There me and Mahendra searched for south Indians candidate no one we found. We two don’t know Hindi too. Candidate around us talking mostly in Hindi. So, we introduced ourselves to a group of west Bengal candidate. Really good ones. Name are as follows. Sandeep ,Adhityapatuuva ,Ashish ,Kaushik, Dallthi, sandeep searched for a partner to have smoke. he asked me “wil u smoke?, I said big yes. We went railway premises had a Classic cigar. Then our SSB bus took all of us to  selection centre south.
     It looks like ghost house, We were made sitted in large room. Ground duty staff addressed us in Hindi. I can’t understand single line. Bengali friends translated to me and to mahendran. while sitting in room we met another Tamil guy name Anbu. We all were asked to write PIQ, ("Read Sample Filled PIQ form here") TA, Identification form. Friends, don’t took PIQ a fun, really it will change your life if u arer true in PIQ. 210 candidate reported for certificate verification 8 of candidate routed home on various issue. it took almost 5 hours to complete certificate verification for all. Finally at 9 p.m we got our chest number mine is 171. Mahendran 173. Anbu 175 bengali friends got in-between 130-140.we all made friends easily. A south Indian Jojo, got friends from many states without knowing single line in Hindi, Feels good.  Deputy President of SSB arrived took small lecture on Do’s &Do not’s of SSB. teached me value of sense of responsibility, because many had skipped their lunch before reporting. Mobile phones are surrendered.
      At 10p.m we got well-furnished room, we kept our belongings in our room kaushik, ashish, Pattuvasandeep, Dallthi, Anbu, Mahendran stayed together. I’m the alarm for my room. Sandeep asked “jojobhai, can v smoke?, I asked How ,he said wv can smoke man. so we opened the window me, sandeep, patuuva smoked a classic pack. We all sang different language song and slept nice at 4a.m I waked my roommates’ all dressed formal took two pens, went to mess at 5.30a.m they provide us with bread, jam, butter, two egg, oats, banana, diary milk.

DAY 1:

     At 6.30a.m v went testing room, officer made us to wait for 30minutes because of huge crowd of 202 candidate. Some of them slept in testing room for 30mint, at 7a.m we had OIR test in two shift each 30minutes for 50marks each. Questions are so simple no need of extra preparations. Then at 8a.m we allowed out for cup of tea. Then we came to testing room for PPDT TEST. Since my chest number is 171 I got seat only at back of big room. Officer explained all procedures of ppdt..A picture is shown, for me picture is very clear so that I can view at last. In picture a boy of 21years looks like doctor treating a lady. i developed a positive attitude story with all my OLQ. Friends please write past,present,future of story with some stress and hero overcoming stress but don't write superhero stories. Slide shown for 1minute , 30 second to write sex character mood gender. 4 minutes for writing stories. After that we grouped into 15 candidate in each from 170-185 chest number sat with me in a single group. Everyone narrates their own stories in different way. i did good narration with hero intro, present, future ,stress ,overcoming of stress,results of hero. when chest number 185 stops narration I took chance to discussion. I initiated with few points. funny factor is that ,after my discussion situation in seconds of time went harsh fish market. I thought Mahendran ,anbu will hit Punjabi’s sitting opposite to him. Friends be calm at fish market ,try to grab chance, let others to take chance good leader,correct the group if discussion went wrong. Everything got over by 1.p.m .we got lunch rice, chapathis, panner masala, chicken piece, one boiled egg, one orange.we got our T.A amount,Mobiles back.

Results announced in same hall were PPDT conducted, chest number 171 screened in , felt happy reported my name ,dob to officer got new chest number 17. In Bengali group sandeep also screened in with new chest number al of my friends screened out.we shouted bharath mathaki jai,and meet u soon in next ssb from 202 candidates now only 20 screened in for stage two testing. Documents are again verified. Mobiles surrendered again. Evening me sandeep had site visit ,we roamed cubbon park smoked in roads. Purchased some cosmetics. Again back to candidate mess we got nice dinner. We had a chat for  night 2’o clock sung songs slept.

DAY 2:

Morning waked, went to testing rum after having breakfast. First test was TAT, 12 slides are shown and asked to write stories in 4 minutes..Last slide is blank; I wrote wat I prepared before. Friends be yourself don’t write stereotype centers based stories. Give your OLQ in TAT. Next test is WAT ,60 words of different moods is shown I wrote positive sentences .i able to attend only 52. time is so less to think and write .so write wat comes in mind positive show olq. Next we had srt ,I attended 56-58 srt..dnt act superhero, think like a common civilian. How honest your are ,chance of recommendation is high. Next, SD I prepared before hand so I saved time ..pls write it honestly, introspect urself well. Write wat u need to change in yourself, write your weakness and steps to overcome weakness.evening went for site visit with sandeep, smoked …watched beautiful bangaloree girls. Back had dinner ,talked played fun like officer ,slept.

Day 3:

Morning waked, had breakfast, went to testing area where all 20 candidate assembled. Two groups formed with 10 each in it. sandeep and me in same group. Got one gto for our group. Starts with gd. first gto briefed and feels us comfort. GD Topics given was women empowerment, this time no one did fish market we managed well..tookk chance ,gave chance, lead well, came conclusion. Second topic was India’s recent development in science. we all put points in same manner, I thought gto felt happy with our group such a coordination we had in tat gd.
Second test is military planning exercise, a model is shown explained well. Gave piece of paper all wrote priotise the need ,helping materials, timings…really it made environment stress because all had new idea. we discussed well as gd..but can’t arrive common conclusion. Friends please listen to gto he will tell u many tips to tackle even though he bores you, he l give useful idea, sure.

Third test is lecuturette, I got 3 cards on topics Religion, Globalwarming, MyCollege. I took topic religion gave speech for 3minutes ,preparation time is 1minute..i did well,with good eye contact on group,made liveliness with jokes..sandeep took global warming performed well.

Fourth test: PGT, fun test enjoyed a lot .Friends listen to gto while briefing four obstacle should cross..gto will surely tells you logic in his speech. chest number 11-20 really nice guys,good coordination, cooperative. Friends don’t dominate give sensible logic. One sensible logic is enough to get good impression.

Group obstacle task: gunny bags rolled in form of snake is given, want to cross hurdles…war cry v took “vetrinadai, veeranadai”..Tamil slogan meaning “brave walk gives you success”.all accepted…crossed well, took 40 minutes…friends familiar with rules of colors, rules of distance, rules of bond .if violated rules come back do from first.applicable for all ground activity. Listen gto well..

Half group task: chest number 11-20 divided again to five each,people who dominant in pgt kept in one ,those who waiting for chance grouped into one..sandeep went second category..did well. listen gto one only tip.

Sandeep had interview on same day,if u have interview on gto days go in gto uniform nothing problem..sandeep came running from room , jo “    IO, f**ks me hard, I never did well …he can’t answer technical question it seems. Evening 6p.m went site seeing,sandeep took 3 classic cigar in tension.went mess,ate,slept.

DAY 4:

Individual obstacle cross, I did 7/10 .all easy, I’m sure no six packs needed to complete. have some stamina tats all low mark obstacle first..don’t stand long time in any obstacle if u can’t perform.balance beam are so easy try tat first..all are easy obstacle.
Command task: gto called me inquired about my family ,friends ,experience in ssb,directed me to call two subordinates I choosed chest number 12,14..completed Command task well,listen gto…do not act mediator,don’t dominate,take idea give idea,,managed well
Final group task well performed had fun with groups, neverdominated. had good cooperation

Finally my interview:
Jo:may I come in sir
IO:yes,gentlemen ,take your seat
IO:tell about yourself
Jo:briefed myself
IO: whydo you want to join navy
JO: I briefed uttarahandresuce,resignation of joshi sir
IO:he smiled at me,asked wil you die for country?
JO:yes sir,I will die of flag, i will kill myself for flag
IO:asked some political issues in tamilnadu
Jo:answered well
IO:asked about differential equation
Jo:bluffed integral formulas

Friends IO will surely cross checking our self description and piq form,he asked outstanding achievement and all did well

DAY 5:

      I was called in ,all officers sat in U-turntable, fired me in all directions with questions after question , I don’t know why..because all others candidate had only few minutes talk. But for me it took 30-40minutes to complete conference..questions are all about warship, adventures in life, view on tee-sta agreement with Bangladesh many question.
Sandeep too got many questions as mine he had it for 30minutes, i am sure no candidates got this much time..we both went for lunch..

Results announced: sandeep chest number 18 recommended, 2 more from first batch recommended. I went conference out, felt happy for sandeep..i know clouds won’t stop, sun won’t stop raising. Surely will recommend in next entry…sandeep stayed for medicals, said all d best. I went station got train to Coimbatore. Now working on weakness. I’ve applied TGC121  waiting for dates and also for afcatresults. Going to work on weakness not on my failures.

All the best aspirant-jai Hind

“SSB is battle, I fought bravely and ill fight bravely till I get recommended “

Jojo Chankan


  I JOJO CHANKAN JOSEPH presently doing Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Nehru Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. Interested in reading Books, watching political debates, organising medical blood camp. 24*7*365 die hard uniform aspirant. Will join as officer soon.

SSB Interview Experiance: Full 5 Days Story

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