Thursday, September 25

SSB Tips from my SSB Guru Major Pravin Sir...

WHAT WE SEEK IN OLQs(Officers Like Qulaities) IN SSB?

A common question troubling SSB aspirant candidates’ minds is as to what is being sought for in Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) in SSB? I will try to answer that in simple words. A candidate should be assessed as adequate in following qualities: REASONING & ORGANIZING ABILITY, SOCIABILITY, LEADERSHIP, WILL POWER & DETERMINATION. As to how assessment is done is an art which is best left to the expert assessors.

What we should understand is that an average candidate getting assessed should have in his/her career done the following:

A) Studied sincerely & understood what was taught well. 

B) Played some games, and done some physical fitness exercises.

C) Been involved in organizing some events at home, or school/college & hence would have the ability to organize an event, if required.

D)Would have had some friends at school/college & good relations with family members. He/she would have been helpful in social relations & would respect & regard others.

E) Would have been involved in some leadership role like house captain, team captain, prefect, etc & developed abilities to positively influence a group & work effectively as a leader, as well as a subordinate.

F) Would have developed will power & determination through tough times faced at home & school/college like exams & other pressure/deadline oriented tasks.

G) Would have some hobbies & interests which would have aided personality growth in fields other than what is there in the school/college curriculum.

H) Would have a reasonable interest in knowing about important National & International events & social issues.
It would be apparent from the discussion that the above should be a very normal profile of a candidate. Such a candidate would be selectable. Nothing extra ordinary is required!
Unfortunately such simple qualities are difficult to get in a large number of candidates because of unnecessary focus on marks, time spent in tuition, which hampers all round development.

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Wednesday, September 17

Success story shared by Inesh Choudhary who got Commissioned in 152 sikh Infantry (TA).

I had a word with Mr. Inesh Choudhary who got Commissioned in Indian Territorial Army.

I tried to find out about Inesh and his preparations, more importantly how he made it possible. Thanks to Him for giving us time and helping other aspirants by sharing his knowledge and experience form filing of Application to SSB.

"The journey from application to joining in TA has almost taken a year; however I must start with a comment that each stage of selection and each month has ensured that I stayed more focus to achieve what I wanted to from Day 1.

As we all know the first stage is to submit a duly filled in application form with NOC from current organization (if employed). I did that and submitted the form to Southern Command.

Stage I –
It has a written examination which is a mix of objective type questions and essay on most recent current topics. Through adequate research on internet, got to know that the question paper of TA. With adequate preparation written examination turned out to be a cake walk. I was quite confident that would clear and precisely the same happened when the results were announced.

Stage II –
I was called to appear before PIB. For me it was Southern Command. We were asked to fill up PIQ (Personal Information Questionnaire). The key here is to be honest with your credentials and outline responses very clearly on questions asked. It is around personal details hence all someone needs to know is their self-information. We then got our documents verified and submitted. We were then lined up for our personal interview with the board. I was called in and the board comprised of two senior officers along with a psychologist. The interview is mostly based on the PIQ that was filled earlier and questions were specific to current employment, purpose of joining TA, family and education background etc. As a part of advice, below aspects should always be kept in mind as questions will vary from each candidate; however ground rules are similar – 

  • Always be crisply dressed. One should be in a dark colored trouser, light shirt and a tie (optional)
  • Walk in the room post seeking permission brimming with confidence and a pleasant smile
  • When asked to sit, do so and be attentive
  • Make eye contact while answering questions to the board member who is asking with precise answers without beating around the bush
  • Present facts and never try to manipulate answers
  • When asked to leave, thank the board and walk out in a crisp fashion
  • The interview will be about you so be thorough about what has been written in PIQ.
As a one-time activity, conducted by DIPR (Defence Institute of Psychological Research) we were asked to attempt two sets of question papers comprising of numerical ability, quantitative and qualitative aptitude. It appeared this was some kind of research; however like I said it was a one time activity and isn’t a normal practice. Once we were done with the time bound tests, we were asked to go. I was quite confident in my attempt so was expecting that results would be in my favor. As it turned out, I did make it to next round of selection.

     Stage III:
   I would term this as one of the trickiest stage. A stage where in there are too many apprehensions, information on internet and too 
many people with just too many suggestions. I am referring to much talked about SSB .Our batch was scheduled to appear before Southern Selection Center in Bangalore. Before I start with my experience and suggestions, would like to outline that SSB is an extremely scientific way of selecting officers out of all applicants hence we should be sure that no one can cheat/trick the system and clear. I followed very simple approach prior to attempting SSB – 

    1:Be physically fit. A healthy looking body without excess fat helps add to overall personality and to multiple outdoor assessments that one will go through.
    2:Be aware of various tests that will be conducted in SSB. Watch official SSB video on website of Armed Forces and go through stages of testing to be aware and not be surprised when one actually face them.
3: Work on the approach towards a situation in life in a positive fashion. Make it a habit to think and act positively with friends, family, neighbour, colleagues etc.
4:Work on communication skills. It needs to be effective and crisp. Read current affairs weekly magazines, newspaper, communicate with friends/colleagues in English and be aware of what’s happening around in India and world.

    I reached the selection centre and from noon were asked to fill up PIQ and multitude of other forms, got documents verified, got chest number and were assigned candidate’s lines for the stay during night as early next morning we were due to appear for our Stage-1 testing.

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 shortly after all done I received my joining orders to my unit (152 Sikh Infantry) (TA). I joined the unit on 20th July with best possible fitness levels. It is expected that morning jog of 5kms, pushups, chin ups and crunches are done. This is followed by drill and classes on weapon handling. Normally initial one month one is expected to stay in lines meant for troops so that we get to learn better, know them better and understand living conditions of troops.

   I will keep updating on life in the unit once I get to experience. However I do want to state that preparing for SSB is a long drawn process. One has to think and behave like an officer and keep positive outlook towards life. Personality and communication plays a key role and it is important that work on this front starts early on. Good Luck…

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Recruitment rally for 103-Infantry Battalion (TA) Sikh Light Infantry (LI)

The 103-Infantry Battalion (TA) Sikh Light Infantry (LI) is organising a recruitment rally for soldier, general duty, soldier, tradesmen and clerk at their unit location at the GT road, Millerganj, Ludhiana, from 25 to 30 September.

Eligible States: 
Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh and NCT of Delhi

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Recruitment rally for 188 Infantry (Territorial Army) in Nagpur

The recruitment process will begin from September 21 at Sitabuldi fort in  Nagpur. The officials said that the recruitment will be carried out for soldier (general duty) and tradesman (chef community cook, hair dresser and housekeeper).

Minimum Education Qualification: 10th standard pass with 45 per cent overall aggregate (or equivalent) and 33 per cent marks in each subject.

Age: 18-42

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Sunday, September 14

Army Recruitment Rally Thiruvananthapuram, from October 11 to 18 2014

An Army recruitment rally will be conducted at the Asramam Ground, Kollam, from October 11 to 18.

The rally is open to all male candidates from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam districts from October 11 to 14 and for candidates from Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur districts from October 15 to 18 for the categories of Soldier Clerk/Store Keeper Technical, Soldier Technical, Soldier Tradesmen, Soldier General Duty and Defence Security Corps (DSC).

The rally is being organised by the Army Recruitment Offices in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

Candidates have to report at 4 pm on the day before the rally and at 5 am on the rally day. An ex-servicemen meet will be held at 12 noon on October 18. For details, contact Army Recruiting Office (ARO), Thirumala PO, Thiruvananthapuram - 695006. Phone: 0471-2351762.

Results Published

The results of the common entrance examination conducted on August 31 for Soldier General Duty, Soldier Technical and Soldier Tradesmen (10th) by the Army Recruiting Office, Thiruvananthapuram, have been published.

Candidates who have cleared the test have qualified subject to verification of original certificates. The successful candidates are to report to ARO, Thiruvananthapuram, immediately to collect a set of documents for verification.


Applications have been invited from army widows for the post of casual employees at the Family Welfare Organisation at the Military Station, Pangode. Only army widows need apply. Interested persons may contact the Military Station immediately over 8281295591.
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Friday, September 12

Territorial Army 107 INF BN (TA) open Recruitment Rally

The Territorial Army 107 INF BN ( TA) 11GR new recruits halling form North Eastern States by Holding Open recruitment rally  at haflong , Dist- Dima Hasao , Assam.

Post Details :

1.Post Title: Soldier (GD)
Total Post:22
Educational Qualification: Class 10th Passed or VIII passed for ST candidates
Age Limit:18-42 years 

2.Post Title: Clerk (Staff Duty)
Total Post:02
Educational Qualification: 10+2
Age Limit:18-42 years 

3.Post Title: Chef Community
Total Post:01
Educational Qualification: Class 10th Passed or VIII passed for northeastern candidates
Age Limit:18-42 years 

4.Post Title: House keeper (Tradesman)
Total Post:01
Educational Qualification: VIII passed 
Age Limit:18-42 years 

5.Post Title: Washer man(Tradesman)
Total Post:02
Educational Qualification: VIII passed 
Age Limit:18-42 years 

6.Post Title: Hair Dresser
Total Post:01
Educational Qualification: VIII passed 
Age Limit:18-42 years 

Open Rally Date :

15 Sep 2014 – General Duty ( GD) – Dima Hasao District of Assam & Manipur 

16 Sep 2014 – General Duty ( GD) – Assam ( Less Dima Hasao District ) & Tripura 

17 Sep 2014 – General Duty ( GD) – Arunachal Pradesh , Andaman & Nicobar Island , Meghalaya Mizoram , Nagaland, Sikkim & West Bengal ( Less Darjee;ling District) 

18 Sep 2014 – Clerk and Tradmen -Assam , Meghalaya, Manipur , Tripura, Sikkim , West Bengal ( Less Darjeeling District ), Arunachal Pradesh ,Mizoram , Nagaland , Andaman & Nicobar
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Saturday, September 6

Army Recruitment Programme 2015

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Tuesday, September 2

Territorial Army recruitment rally by the 117 Infantry Battalion

Territorial Army recruitment rally by the 117 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) from September 17 to 20  ,2014

Eligible States & UT :Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharastra, Rajasthan, Goa, and Union Territories of Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep.

Post Name :Soldier (General Duty) and Tradesman
Age:18 - 42
Place of recruitment rally : Fifth Battalion Railway Protection Special Force premises at Khajamalai,Tiruchirappalli.

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