Recommended For Indian Army in 2nd Attempt From 19 SSB Allahabad

“जो Winner है, जो जीतेगा, वो एक बार नहीं हज़ार बार गिरेगा और खड़ा होकर बोलेगा : मैं खेलेगा ।”

Greeting future GC’s and LC’s!!! This is your friend Rishabh Pandey and I’ll be sharing my experience for Army TES SSB for 39th course in the next few paragraphs. It could be long but I can assure you that it will be worth reading. I hail from a defence background and living in Kanpur since the last 5 years. I have done my schooling from St. Aloysius’ High School, Kanpur. I always wanted to become the first generation officer from my family and therefore started my preparation for SSB right after my class 12th. I went through a few SSB books (had like-minded friends, each one would buy a different book and then we would exchange them among ourselves). I had watched YouTube videos just to get some idea of the procedure, while browsing I came through the video tutorial package by Cdr. Natrajan sir and ordered it. To my surprise it was much better than my expectations and took coaching to quench my curiosity and get more hands-on approach.

During this 3 months tenure of preparation I collected every vital information and practiced for psychological test and went confidently for my first SSB for Navy Tech (10 + 2) B-tech Entry in NSB Coimbatore I did exceptionally well in all the task but couldn’t perform well in my interview due to anxiety and this performance later affected my GTO Day 2 tasks. I knew I ruined it and won’t be making it this time. I took a one week break and tried recollecting and re-evaluating my performance I interacted with commander Natrajan sir and told him about my experience. Other than this there were many seniors who helped me figuring out my weaknesses and improving them. (Thanks to Apoorva, Pratik, Pranjal, and Amit)

I took their words as instructions and started building up the GENTLEMAN in me.

Apart from this I practiced for psychological tests and made a whatsapp group of friends with whom I discussed the responses. I got a gap of about 6 months (Aug – Feb) for my next SSB which was for Army TES.

I was happy on receiving the call letter but it later changed to disappointment when I saw I had to report to Allahabad, the centre well known for rejection. I was not sure if I should waste an attempt (Yes, I was scared). I decided to take a chance as it would be a test of my preparation.

Day 1 : Stage I (Screening Test)

The day started at 0600 Hrs. I Reported at MCO Allahabad with my luggage and documents. Saw a huge number of boys neatly dressed. Interacted and made some friends. Bus took us to the Selection Centre where documentation took place. A total of 251 candidates reported of which 3 were already recommended. Verbal and Non Verbal Tests were conducted and I attempted maximum questions in both the tests. We were given a short break after which PP & DT was held. We were shown a hazy picture where two human figures could be seen, one of them sitting on a raised platform and the other one on a mat (or ground).

Then for the discussion, they made a group of 20 candidates (mine was a repeaters batch and I was the youngest repeater there (i.e C/O only once).There was a fish market situation as everybody was seeking to take the initiative. I decided to keep calm and waited for the exact moment (when there is least noise) and made my entry to the discussion with 2-3 solid points. With more and more chaos the assessors divided the group into two parts and in this way the discussion concluded in less than 5 minutes.

We then came out of the Capt. Manoj Pandey Hall and were given refreshments. I had a mixed feeling and wasn’t that confident of getting screened in. In order to release my anxiety I decided to have a casual walk observing the faces and hearing from other candidates. The time went really fast and we were called again to the hall where the results of Stage I screening test were to be declared.

A total of 18 candidates were screened in out of which 8 were fresher’s and 10 were repeaters (Including 2 NDA-140 recommended candidates). Yes, I was among them! And was allotted chest number 14. After which we were briefed about the rules and regulations and made to fill up the PIQ and few other forms. The day ended at 1800 hrs. We were allotted our barracks where we kept our luggage and congratulated each other for clearing Stage 1.

My Advice for Stage I:

– Assume yourself as the central character
– Try to make the story on some social issue, reflecting some moral values.
– Try to tackle the situation (or problem) by yourself instead of pushing the responsibilities to some ‘NGO’.
– IF you couldn’t complete your story or wish to make some changes, do it wisely while narrating without altering your original theme/motive
– Be loud and clear during your narration and do not stop or stumble in between. Confidence is the key to clear Stage 1.

Day 2 : Psychological Tests :

I had practiced a lot for this particular day. We reported to the CHM at 0730 Hrs who took us in Vikram Batra hall where the psychologist briefed us about the tests.

TAT : 11 Pictures + 1 Blank Slide was shown for 30 seconds each. And we were supposed to write stories in 4 minutes of time.(Similar to PP & DT)

My advice :

– I had prepared my Blank Story beforehand (about a birthday party I organized) .
– Preparing the blank story really helps and you can utilize those extra 30 seconds in completing/concluding your incomplete stories.
– Make sure it is something realistic and reflects your personality. Wont prefer you to write the story of your ‘SSB Struggle’.
– Don’t seek pity and don’t try to beg ‘recommendation’ by forcing him/her them to see your hard work (Instead show them by your ACTIONS).

WAT : Attempted 58 / 60 words in 15 Minutes

Skipped 2 words ‘Recommendation’ & ‘Dames’. Words were quite easy and I made simple observational sentences which reflected my personality. Speed and accuracy matters.

My advice :

Listen to psychologist’s instructions carefully. Make sure you don’t miss out the sequence as it may reflect your careless attitude and may spoil the whole test. So be conscious and cautious. Write your natural response which comes at first shot.

SRT : Did all 60/60 in 30 min

My advice :

Don’t over assume the problem. Be honest in every response, react logically. Know your limits, You can’t fight 4 men alone (that happens only in south Indian movies), or use a public vehicle in a curfew. Be aware of rules and certain protocols of the society.

SD : Practiced it beforehand, improved my timing.

GTO Day 1 : 18 of us were divided into 2 groups of 8 and 10. (The later consisted of repeaters)

Group Discussion :

My participation was good in both the GD’s, I gave solid points which were often accepted by the group. I promoted the one who weren’t able to put their points and spoke for about 3-4 times in the complete discussion. Provided counters where ever necessary.

My advice :

– Discussion is a two way process, even if you have less information of a topic listening will help you take a stand in the discussion and counter/support the points.
– Reading helps a lot: Facts and figures can add value to your points.
– Learn to CONTRIBUTE and not to COMPETETE while working as a group.

My group members were excellent and competitive, I smartly snatch opportunities to show my skills and ideas, most of the members agreed to my idea which made me confident and helped me perform better in next GTOs test.

GPE, Lecturrete topic : Swach Bharat Abhiyan : spoke fluently for 3 minutes

Snake Race : Chose the war cry : “Hamari Shan- Hindustan”, Lecturette topic : Swach Bharat Abhiyan : spoke fluently for 3 minutes and Individual Obstacles : Did 11 out of 10 (Repeated the commando walk), PGT and FGT were held on the same day. Interview of some candidates took place.

Day 4 : GTO 2 & interview

Command Task : To my surprise, none of the group members called me as a subordinate for the command task.( Next time anyone says the more you are called as a subordinate the higher is your chance for getting recommended, show them this post).

I got a difficult structure but managed to clear it halfway when the GTO shouted at me “Gentleman, hurry you have last 60 seconds !!!”.He was trying to pressurize me but I didn’t lose my cool. He made all the structures white and i was able to cross the structure along with my two subordinates.

After completion of Command Task GTO sir briefed us and wished us all the best for the next tasks. After which we had lunch and it was announced that I have to report for the interview at 1500 Hrs and Deputy President will take my interview. I had my lunch and went back to the barrack along with my friends. They were asking me to prepare for the GK questions which he was commonly asking. I took a shower and dressed up smartly and reached the waiting hall. Deep inside i was getting nervous as i wasn’t prepared for the GK questions which he was commonly asking. I stood up and walked up to the mirror and spoke to myself, “Be cool Pandey Ji, Anxiety has already been the reason for your last failure, let’s try something new!!!” As soon as I finished my sentence the buzzer rang and my chest number was displayed on the screen. I gave a final look in the mirror, adjusted my tie and walked towards the door, knocked, opened and wished him good afternoon. HE stood up and gave a handshake and asked me “So Rishabh for how long have you been waiting in the waiting room?” I wasn’t aware of the time right now but i confidently said for the last 45 minutes sir.” He then asked questions about my city Kanpur, my journey and details of the train, the average speed of the train. He then went on with my PIQ, my interview lasted for around 50 minutes. I was asked 2 sets of rapid fire questions which i answered in sequence. I was not asked any technical questions.

My advice :

– Be truthful and precise to your answers.”When you say the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
– Positive Body language, etiquettes and smile is a MUST.
– Feel comfortable and listen to his questions carefully.
– Prepare your PIQ well. Interview will be around this.
– You must be able to justify your answers.
– Confidence doesn’t come when you have all the answers. But it comes when you are ready to face all the questions.

This was the last night together for the group (As tomorrow was the judgement day). We were working as a team for the last 4 days. They gave me the nickname ‘Pandu’ we made a great bond of brothers which will last forever.

Conference Day

Before the conference i made sure that I know all the answers of the questions which I didn’t answer in the interview. I had to wait for 7 minutes before entering the conference hall. This time I was not at all nervous. As I entered the hall I found that all the officers were in uniform and were difficult to distinguish. I was smiling and kept the same smile throughout. I was asked GK question which I was not able to answer in my interview and were given 2 SRT’s to solve, they asked me to rank my position in the group, and asked who all will get recommended and why? HE asked if you could remove a person from your group who would it be ? I gave logical answers and justified them whenever asked.

He then asked for any suggestions and wished me All the best. I thanked them and confidently walked out of the hall. I was satisfied with my overall performance. I met my friends in the waiting hall who were waiting to hear my experience inside the conference hall.

The Dy. President came for the motivating closing address. He told us about the 15 Officer Like Qualities and wished us Good Luck for the results.

After which the results were declared, officer came in and declared the chest no. Of recommended candidates. Who had to stand up walk forward and should their name, date of birth and roll number…. Heart beats could be heard in the room….

Chest no. 11 (Shubham), Chest no. 13 (Ajinkya) and

Chest no. 14 (Rishabh)

I went numb for few seconds but somehow overpowered my legs to stand up, cried my name in a broken voice, barely managed to speak out my date of birth and by the time I reached my roll number I started crying. Everyone congratulated us, I felt sad for the rest of my friends.

I really appreciate the fighting spirit of repeaters. And I wish to say that, ”You have the patience, the strength and the passion to achieve your ambitions, your goals and your dream. All you need to do is TRY.

If a stone is broken by the last stroke of hammer, it doesn’t mean that the past strokes were useless. Success is the result of continuous and persistent efforts. Keep trying and don’t stop till you get enough!

Looking forward to read your story on DefenceLover.

Jai Hind !!!

What are the Requirements to be a Fighter Pilot in Indian Air Force?

Do you have it in you? Are you interested to join Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot? Then there are some standards that you need to achieve to qualify. The flying branch has to go go through additional requirements in medical. Let us what all is needed.

Physical Standards- Physical fitness is one of the most important prerequisites for joining the Air Force. Irrespective of the branch you are applying for, you must fulfil some basic physical standards. Listed below are some guidelines that identify the general physical requirements that are common for all candidates.

You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/ disability, which is likely to interfere with efficient performance of duties. There should be no evidence of weak constitution or bodily defects.


(a) The duration of training will be 74 weeks for flying and technical branch and 52 weeks in case of Non-Tech branches. However, this period is subject to variations.

(b) The training at AFA demands a very high level of physical fitness. Outdoor activities are given equal importance as academics. Failure to achieve the desired standards in outdoor training and academics will result in termination of your training. Therefore, it is in your interest that you are physically and mentally prepared to undergo the rigours of training.

You will be required to participate in athletics, cross country and games, so you should keep yourself fit to undertake physical exercise like sit ups, push-ups, short and long distance running etc. If you have any sportswear/ equipment like football boots, tennis racquet or golf sets, please bring them along with you. The minimum standards expected at AFA are given below:-

(i) Men

Event AgeBracketMinimum Standard
1.6 KMUpto 25 years of age07.06-08.00 min
1.6 KM26-30 years08.06-09.00 min
100 mtrUpto 35 years of age16 Sec
Push-Up & Sit-Up (in 01 min)Upto 35 years of age20
Chin-UpUpto 40 years of age3
Swimming- 25 Mtr free style-Own time
Jump (swimming)-7.5 Mtr

(ii) Women

Event AgeMinimum Standard 
1.6 KM08.26-09.00 min
100 mtr19 Sec
Push-Up Sit-Up (in 01 min)20
Sit-Up (in 01 min)15
Swimming- 25 Mtr free styleOwn time
Jump (swimming)5 Mtr

Your chest should be well developed. The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cm.
There should be no disease of bones and joints of the body.

– You should be free of any past history of mental breakdown or fits.
– Your hearing should be normal without any evidence of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.

– There should be no sign of functional or organic disease of the heart and blood vessels. Your blood pressure should also be normal.
– The muscles of the abdomen should be well developed without any enlargement of the liver or spleen. Any evidence of disease of internal organs of the abdomen can be a cause for rejection.
– An un-operated hernia can make you unfit for selection. If operated, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any potential for recurrence.
– There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles. If operated for hydrocele and/or varicocele, this should have been done at least six months prior to the present examination and healing should be complete without any recurrence.
– Urine examination will be done and any abnormality, if detected, can be a cause for rejection.
– Any disease of the skin, which is likely to cause disability or disfigurement, will also be a cause for rejection.
– Vision will be tested. You must have good binocular vision. In case you have undergone or are detected to have undergone Radial Keratotomy, or any other procedure to improve the visual acuity, you will be permanently rejected.
– You should have sufficient number of natural and sound teeth. A minimum of 14 dental points will be acceptable. When 32 teeth are present, the total dental points are 22. You should not be suffering from severe pyorrhoea.
– The following are conditions pertaining to women that will entail rejection for all Air Force Duties:
– Acute or chronic pelvic infection
– Severe menorrhagia
– Severe dysmenorrhea
– Complete prolapse of uterus
– Pregnancy/ Amenorrhea
– Any other gynaecological condition, if so considered by the specialist.

Medical Standards for the Flying Branch (Additional)

If you are applying for the Flying Branch, you must remember that apart from the general physical standards, there are some standards that are specifically applicable to you. Listed below are the physical requirements applicable to both men and women applying to the Flying Branch.

1. Anthropometric Measurements – The acceptable anthropometric measurements for both Men and Women are as follows:

Minimum Height – 162.5 cms
Leg Length – Minimum- 99 cms.Maximum- 120 cms
Thigh Length – Maximum- 64 cms
Sitting Height -Minimum- 81.5 cms. Maximum- 96 cms

2. X-ray of cervical and Lumbosacral spine will be carried out.

3. The following conditions detected radiologically will disqualify a candidate for all Air Force Duties:-

– Granulomatous Disease of spine

– Arthritis / Spondylosis

– Rheumatoid arthritis and allied disorders

– Ankylosing Spondylitis

– Osteoarthrosis, Spondylosis and Degenerative joint disease.

– Non-articular rheumatism ( e.g lesions of the rotator cuff, tennis elbow, recurrent lumbago etc).

– Misc disorders including SLE, Polymyositis and Vasculitis.

– Spondylolisthesis / Spondylolysis.

– Compression fracture of vertebra

– Scheuerman’s Disease (Adolescent Kyphosis)

– Loss of cervical lordosis when associated with clinically restricted movements of cervical spine.

– Unilateral / bilateral cervical ribs with demonstrable neurological or circulatory deficit.

– Any other abnormality as so considered by the specialist.

In addition, for Flying Branches the under mentioned rules will also apply:-

1. Spinal Anomalies acceptable for Flying Duties

– Bilateral complete sacralisation of LV5 and bilateral complete lumbarisation of SV1.

– Spina bifida in sacrum and in LV5, if completely sacralised.

– Complete block (fused) vertebrae in cervical and dorsal spine at a single level.

2. Spinal Condition not acceptable for Flying Duties

– Scoliosis more than 15 by Cobb’s method

– Degenerative disc disease.

– Presence of Schmorl’s node at more than one level.

– Atlanto occipital and atlanto-axial anomalies.

– Hemi Vertebra and / or incomplete block (fused) vertebra at more than one level in cervical or dorsal spine.

– Unilateral sacralisation or lumbarisation (complete or incomplete) at all levels and bilateral in complete sacralisation or lumbrarisation.

3. Vision

6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6 only for hypermetropia. ) Manifest Hypermetropia must not exceed +2.0D Sph, Myopia – Nil and Astigmatism +0.75 D Cyl (within +2.0 D – Max)

– Near Vision N-5 each eye.

– Color Vision CP-1(ML T).

LASIK Surgery for correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short Service Commission (Flying Branch) If the following condition are fulfilled at the time of Air Force medical examination:-
LASIK Surgery should not have been carried out before the age of 20 years.

– The axial length of the eye should not be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master.

– At least twelve months should have lapsed post uncomplicate stable LASIK. No history or evidence of any complication.

– The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns.

– Individuals with high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded.

– Candidates must not suffer from colour or night blindness.

4. Occular Muscle Balance – Phorias with the Maddox Rod Test must not exceed:

At 6 meters

– Exophoria 6 prism Diopters
– Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
– Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
– Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters

At 33 cm

– Exophoria 16 prism Diopters
– Esophoria 6 prism Diopters
– Hyperphoria 1 prism Diopters
– Hypophoria 1 prism Diopters

It may be noted that the Air Force Medical Board is the final authority while deciding the medical fitness for joining the Indian Air Force.

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What are the Procedures done during Medical Tests in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force?

When any doctor finds some point in your medical(no matter how big the defect is) they don’t give you permanent rejection instead they give you temporary rejection under which you are given a time period of 42 days to prove your medical fitness in any of the few given command hospitals across the country.

The candidate is supposed to choose any one hospital from given list after his medicals as per his convenience. So the medical is conducted by five different specialists-

1. ENT: Ear, nose and throat. They check very basic things and any person who has never had any bad experience will clear it. Hardly anyone is rejected in this.

Common Points of rejection: Hole in ear membrane and something with nose bone (one of the guys with me had this though it is easily treated in a 5 min surgery).

2. Eye: Common tests for vision and color blindness etc. Eyesight is checked along with your specs but the power of your specs should be in the permissible limits which is based on the type of entry.

Common points of rejection: Color blindness, weak eyesight.

Recommended Candidates before Medical

3. Dental: Normal checkup, rarely anyone gets rejected. If you have a full grown set of teeth without any problems you are good.

Common Points of rejection: Though if you are ever advised to wear braces then you might have a problem. One of my senior was rejected just because of this.

4. Surgery: Here you will be asked to take off all your clothes and the surgeon will examine you from bottom to top for knock knees, any previous injuries, deviation of arms, anus, hernia. Flat foot was not checked in my case.

Common points of rejection:

Permissible limit is 15 degrees(for boys) but they approve you upto 17 degrees. This is the most unexpected medical point people come across as they have no idea about this before coming to SSB.

Any severe fractures in any body part which resulted in permanent deformation.

5. Medical: Height, weight, chest, BP, ECG (in special cases) etc.

Common Points of rejection: Over weight(very common), heart/BP problems(rare).

Chest x-ray for lungs, ultrasound for kidney stone, liver problems, blood test, urine test are also done and results are examined. Hardly anything is pointed out in any of these tests. Kidney stone is found sometimes in some candidates which is very much treatable.

I have written as much as i remember though if anyone has any doubt regarding any particular thing please feel free to ask.

I would like to express my opinion on something written in the description of the question. It says something about efforts getting wasted if a candidate is rejected on medical grounds.

Let me tell you my friend, anyone who has attended SSB and spent those 5 days there will agree with me that experience was totally amazing and there is a lot to learn even if you are not selected.

The article is republished from the answer written based on self experience by Manoj Jadon on Quora.

NDA Topper Leaves IIT For Defence, Says He Is Living His Dream Now

The pride and honor Indian soldiers feel in serving the nation is beyond the words and no one can explain those feelings in the word. People who have such feelings can see nothing other than serving to the nation. The same is again proved by a 17-year-old Uttarakhand youth named Shivansh Joshi. Shivansh topped the entrance examination of National Defence Academy(NDA).

Shivansh Joshi

After Shivansh’s win, he told to Hindustan Times, “Serving the country has been my objective since childhood. The love for the country runs in the blood of youngsters of Uttarakhand and I feel fortunate to be living my dream now.”

Shivansh is a Ramnagar resident who had cleared his 12th board from Little Scholar’s School with 96.8%. He also passed JEE advanced and got an entry in Indian Institute of Technology(IIT). However, he always dreamt of joining the armed forces and it was completed on November 24, when the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declared results for NDA. On November 25, when the merit list was displayed, Shiv’s name was on the top. He cleared the interview in September conducted by Services Selection Board.

Shivansh’s Family

Shivansh said, “The key to cracking such competitions is control over your routine.” He added, “I played football and used to read books. One cannot study whole time or play the whole time. A balance is needed to chase your dream.”

Shivansh is the first one who topped the NDA entrance examination. To this, Shivansh said, “I am extremely proud and fortunate to come from a state, which has given the nation people such as national security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and General Bipin Rawat, the chief of army staff. I too want to dedicate my life to the security and pride of the country.”

NDA coaching

Sanjeev Joshi, father of Shivansh said, “If every son understands his duty towards the country, we would beat any superpower. We want our younger son who is in class 8th to join the defence forces and make the country proud like Shivansh.”

NDA 1 2017 Cut Off Marks(Official)

Every year UPSC conducts written examination for National Defence Academy for the admissions in different programs for National Defence Academy NDA and Naval Academy NA. NDA 1 2017 exam was held on 23rd April, 2017. Around 3 Lakh students who appeared in the examination. All the candidates were 12th qualified or were appearing. The candidates are selected on the basis of a written examination and then by a SSB interview. Those who qualify in the SSB interview has to go through a medical examination and then only they are selected for the prestigious NDA. The NDA 1 2017 Cut off marks are here.

The candidates who will be qualified in the SSB interview, will be on the merit list to join the National Defence Academy. UPSC does not publish any cut off marks for the written examination. UPSC only publishes the final cut off marks aggregately of written exam plus interview marks. UPSC also publishes the roll no. of qualified candidates for admission to the Indian Navy, Indian Army and Air force wings of the National Defence Academy. All of the selection process happens under the Ministry of Defence. The mark-sheet of the candidates will be on the commission’s website within fifteen days from the final result date.

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy(I), 2017. The minimum qualifying marks secured by the last recommended candidate at final stage of the exam(out of 900 marks): 340 expected(with atleast 30% marks in each subject)

Out of 1800 marks: 640 expected

YearNDA-1(Max Marks:900)NDA-1(Max Marks:1800)

Marks secured by the last candidate- 674 out of 1800 marks

Marks secured by the last candidate- 637 out of 1800 marks
2016288 315
2017340- Expected

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