"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.", Henry Ford.Personal blog of Gopal Aggarwal, a Web Developer from Punjab, India
Respected Sir,I am very interested to join the Indian Army,I have completed my B.E in Biotechnology,So I would be really great full if u could provide me with the details.Eagerly waiting for your reply.Anirudh Chowharye-mail:email@example.com
HiIt's a pleasure to hear from an Army Aspirant. To become an Officer involves the following stepsSSB -> Medical -> Merit List (suggested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Services_Selection_Board)I suggest you read Employment News every week...It costs Rs 8/- and comes every weekend...It's your guaranteed source for all info on openings in MilitaryTry for written exams like CDSE, direct entries, esp for NavyAnd of course running etc to improve stamina...Visit your city's Sainik Welfare Office, some retired Fuaji Afsar or family friend in Army...Wishing you all the best for Fauj... Jai Hind
Re Army check out the offical page http://joinindianarmy.nic.in/howtoenter.htm. Also I have written about it http://gopal1035.blogspot.com/2008/05/introduction-to-indian-combined-defence.html, http://gopal1035.blogspot.com/2007/08/service-selection-boards-ssb-some.htmlHope you find them helpful
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Hi... all this knowledge I share is from the three SSBs I gave (Bhopal, Allahabad, Bangalore)No, I have not been able to get past the SSB stage. Might give a few shots after my post-graduation MCAWell, best wishes to youJai Hind
RESPECTED SIR,I NURTURE THE THOUGHT OF JOINING THE INDIAN ARMY RIGHT FROM THE AGE WHEN I WAS ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE THINGS AROUND ME.I'M CURRENTLY IN S.Y.B.SC.I.T IN MUMBAI & WOULD LIKE TO JOIN ARMY AFTER T.Y.B.SC. SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FOLLOWING THINGS.........1)WOULD IT BE ESSENTIAL TO GIVE WRITTEN EXAM SINCE I WOULD BE A GRADUATE BY THEN.IF YES,THEN HOW MUCH NEGATIVE MARKING IS THERE FOR EACH WRONG ANS: & WHERE I CAN GET THE BOOKS(PUBLICATIONS,COMPANY,ETC.)FOR THE EXAM PREPARATION.2) IF ,GOD FORBID,I'M NOT CLEAR IN FIRST SSB INTERVIEW THEN CAN I GO FOR IT AGAIN IN THE SAME YEAR TWICE OR IT IS ONLY ONCE IN A YEAR?3)ALSO I READ UR BLOG BUT CAN U TELL ME WHAT R THE THINGS(CLOTHES,SPECIFICALLY) TO B TAKEN 2 THE INTERVIEW TIME FOR THE STAY?I WOULD B HIGHLY GRATEFUL 2 U IF U COULD ANS: MY QUESTIONS NOT BORN OUT OF EXCITEMENT BUT AFTER THOUGHTFUL BROODING.HOPE U TOO WILL CLEAR THE SSB SOON.AWAITING UR REPLY AT UR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.....JAI HIND!!!RISHABH DIDWANIA.e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi...Well it is always a pleasure to interact with wannabe Faujis, and believe me the pleasure is mine :)1. BSc(IT) is a good course, being Bachelor of Science, it enables you to apply for technical posts in Army, Navy, Air Force and other services like Coast Guard etc.2. There are two options - either give a written exam, or appear for interview without written on the base of your degree, NCC C certification etc.Going on the basis of written may help because the no. of candidates is less, whereas for non-written ones, there are a large no. of candidates satisfying the requirement and thus the competition increases.My suggestion: go for both and don't shy away from written exams. They only require focused prep and that's easy...3. Yes, there is negative marking, just like in any prestigious exam. The current details will be known when you fill up the UPSC etc forms, but I think it's about 1/4th negative marking for each wrong answer.4. There are lots of books available like DGP etc. Buy any book and practice it sincerely. Then if you feel like more, buy another book.Besides these, read newspapers, Editorials and even the readers' letters in any paper of your choice.(also, I suggest you make it a habit to run daily a few km)5. Yeah, only really lucky guys make it in the first attempt, so no issues re that. You can appear any number of times, any time. In fact I've known people who would have SSBs stacked one week after another...So just keep eyes on Employment News, fill up forms on time, send attested docs, when required and you'll get many many chances for SSB (if required).I repeat, no limit whatsoever and the people at SSB want us to come again , in case we don't make it.6. Suggestions re things to carry for Interview in next comment...
hi gopal,this is ramji.i've appeard 4 ssb dat is on 14 dec to 25 dec..i've screened out in a gd,only i hav a desire fr army wt out any selfishnes and pride.bt my intelligence is nt so mch,i'm frm a rural area in deep village of andhra pradesh n i have -1.5 eye sight,my english is nt so good,physically fit,i hav 54.87% in b-tec,72 in 10th,65.5 in inter, i hav the zeal,i need the real sweat to gt into d army bt i hav no idea whr n wht to start..dis may b laughy bt bro mein tho sachi dil se des ki seva karna chahta hoon....
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Hi RamjiFirst of all, every person has the right to improve his life. It's just that city people have it a little easy, while those from village have to work a little harder.Secondly, have a backup plan. That is Army/Navy/Air Force and BSF/Coastal Guards etc may be your first priority, but there are so many uncertainties. A young guy cannotn stay idle- you must make a backup- like take a job somewhere. 72% in BTech is quite good, I think.Then you'll be able to better face the SSB.English is not necessary for SSB and a career in Army. Just request the senior that you are a little weak in English, and he'll allow Hindi- I've seen this happen at my SSBs.If possible try to join SSB coaching centres, but only after getting a day job.Try as many attempts at SSB as possible. It is very easy for engineers to get into Army/Navy/Air Force etcIf I were you, my plan would be:1. Get a job and start earning- very important.2. Read newspapers etc AND do psychical exercise, running to be fit.3. Try to get SSB coaching, improve English4. Apply for as many SSBs as I can.5. Also apply for different government jobs, banking posts etc (Employment News, every week, Rs8/-)6. And Faith in God, believe we all need thisWrite whenever you feel like and hoping this helps...Warm regardsGopal
hai gopal,i am vineeth.i am a B-tech graduate.i have applied for the post of general service(technical cadre)and submarine cadre.my b-tech percentage is 62.7.juz wanted to know will i get the call letter or not??pls reply....am very much anxious.thank u brother.
Hi Vineeth,I understand your anxiety :)As far as I have idea, 1. Those entries for which you send the application form and attested xerox documents, by UNregistered post i.e. simple mailyou have to receive a SSB call-up letter. Absence of such a letter would imply that the application has been screened out.2. For entries in which you give written examination like CDSE, NDA- once you verify that you have cleared the written exam (via Internet http://upsc.gov.in etc), you get the right to SSBand even if you do not receive the SSB call-up letter in some weeks, you must call them (UPSC Delhi etc) and know your allotted Center and Date.Also, you are a BTech with good marks...apply at some company...get yourself a job, just for backup :)Warm regardsGopal
hello sir,it was nice to get so much info from you . Right now i am preparing for CDSE, so can you suggest me some steps as well as preparation books. that will be very kind of you thank you Abhishek
HiGlad you liked the stuff. There are many books in market...buy any popular one.See the difference will not be made by the brand of book you buy, but how much you practice...really.As far as prep is concerned, you could try and join some coaching institute. Besides that running to improve stamina, reading newspaper to improve awareness and being positive and energetic.Also, you must have a backup plan...some job etcHope you do wellWarm regardsGopal
Thank u sir for ur usefull Information about SSB.. sir i cleared CDS-1(2010) got short listed for both IMA,OTA and i still not received call letter??when i should receive ....and sir is it necesassry to take coaching to clear SSB Interview?? pleas answer it...Madan firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi MadanGlad you liked the presentation and congrats on clearing the written.1. You should receive it in a few weeks on result on site. If does not come then you need to contact UPSC.. follow this linkWhat to do if SSB Call Letter is delayed?2. Taking coaching does not do any harm, if you want to learn from but not let it completely modify your personality. I suggest you go for coaching to fine tune Group Discussion and get some practice on what to expect. Learn from them, improve yourself but make decisions yourself and not let anyone else make it for you.Wishing you best of luckWarm regardsGopal
hello sir, i want to join IAF. please tell about ssb test and pabt test.
HiGlad to learn of your ambition :)1. For SSB Tests, kindly see Service Selection Boards (SSB)- some useful links for candidates re the methodology, what to expect, etc.2. Re PABT tests- it is to assess a candidate's ability to become a fighter pilot, to do with fast response times, being alert and all. Any good SSB Coaching Centre can provide you hands-on experience.3. Read Employment News every week and you could try for Navy and Army and BSF etc also.Do your homework well and God will help you :)Best of luckWarm regardsGopal
hello gopal i am ayan this my first interaction with u i am appearing for cds2 2010 for the first time since i am passing out this year i am preparing for the past 1 month and would to know from u about the so called cut-off marks for the written part i am sure u have an idea as u have cleared it several times it would really help me and about ur blog its inspiring thanx anyway
Hi AyanI remember that I was not very strong in GK, but was in English and Mathematics.So, I feel that clearing overall is more important, rather than individual cut-off.Prepare well :) and besides the written-entry exams, try Direct Entry. Try to maximize the number of SSBs you give.Employment News will be helpful.Glad you liked the blog. Hope it'll be helpful to you, even if slightly.Warm regardsGopal
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Hello AbhilashaThanks for writing in. Regarding women, military has different (and relaxed) physical standards. As per the minimum height, I am not aware of the exact requirement but this should be easily available. Try searching for 'Indian army women physical standards' etc.Similarly for eyesight. Also, I hope you are not going to have any eye-surgery to improve eyesight as this will result in permanent rejection (PR).I am sorry I'm not able to provide definite yes / no to your queries. You should also consider visiting your city's Sainik Welfare Office for guidance.Also, a friendly suggestion - keep looking for jobs / placements also. This can be a fallback as well as will ease pressure when attending SSB Interview.Hope this will get you going in right direction.
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