June 11, 2009

Going To The Bangalore SSB Interview For The First Time?

(this is a travelogue from home to SSB, 5 day Interview, and back; for info on the Selection Centre, kindly select from the menu)

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Soldiers are not what we most often see portrayed on the screen. The best of them, the ones who ascend to generals' stars, are thoughtful students of their profession, scholarly commentators on history, and gifted observers of human psychology. The profession of arms is every bit as broad and deep as medicine or law. Like physicians, officers must know their subject in every detail, for they deal in the currency of life and death, and some mistakes can never be corrected. Like attorneys, they must plan everything in exquisite detail, because in some arenas you have but one chance to get it right.

Welcome Military aspirant to the first hand view of a Punjabi who travelled half way through the country to give his Navy SSB. I’ll also share photos and experiences at Bangalore Service Selection Board and what we used to do after the days activities were over. Hop on!

Delhi is the central station from where most of the long-route trains begin and end at. Punjab roadways bus for Delhi was the first leg of the trip.

Punjab Roadways Bus traveling by road you cannot miss the border of Delhi, thanks to the landfills

A little bit of Metro (from Kashmere Gate adjoining ISBT to the New Delhi railway station)

Delhi Metro Delhi Metro Delhi Metro luggage

Seated in my compartment of Indian Railways, a very long journey ahead

leaving Jalandhar station en route  from my seat in the train you know you have reached south when you start reading kannada

So finally landed at Bangalore or Bengaluru. Since Interview is important, I reached the city one day before my reporting time and thus needed a place for rest and night’s sleep. Took a bed in dorm of railway station.

Bangalore railway station

Damn! Idly, Dosa and Sambar are like air and water in South India- everywhere :) In fact, I began to miss rajma chawal some days into my stay here, and could find a dhaba selling north Indian dishes only at Yeshwantpur while boarding back for home. Somewhat strange, because while in Punjab, I throng south Indian dhabas…lols

 Sambar Dosa taking rest the day before Interview began, at the Bangalore railway station dorm enjoying idly sambar and tea

So, the moment arrives…so many youngsters some sober, some hip-hop, some geeky, all with their luggage are huddled near the SSB receiving block and looking excitedly at the Army vehicles and fuajis moving around.

no one can beat the excitement of boarding the army bus, especially for the first timers 

You can hear a few of them trying to brag around. A handful of aspirants would be concerned on fresher vs repeater dilemma- who gets selected more and such.

Also, one incident would be worth watching out for – some of the guys will be all too pumped up, and go out of way to volunteer for loading luggage on the roof of bus and will end up doing all the work. Still have doubts if that has any bearing on selection….lols.

Now, we all boarded the bus and reached the SSB, which is in a very posh colony of Bangalore

MG Road, Bangalore The SSB Centre of Bangalore

Upon arrival. we were seated in the reception block, and after preliminary roll call, filling up PIQ forms, identification forms etc, were given board numbers and then escorted to our lines.

You’ll also get another pleasant surprise, the company of fellow lady aspirants, but only in mess or occasionally in corridors.

Reception Block of SSB Bangalore  12 SSB candidates' line

The first night is the most unnerving, because you never know whether you are staying after the screening test.

  trying to get a good night sleep?  

The plan for the candidates

12 SSB Programme Chart

Alright, it’s a new morning- Am I dressed properly? :)

am I dressed properly? Mess of Bangalore SSB

Then will be the Screening Test and all its phases. The details will be sorted out by the seniors, who may separate freshers, repeaters and may interview freshers first. Though, at times, the interviewers beat the expected order by calling chest numbers at random.

My suggestion for anyone in this situation would be no to worry about anything else and just speak his heart out and perform well. The results would be announced after all the candidates have taken lunch.

There is no limit on the number of attempts that can be made and the SSB Assessors encourage candidates to appear again for SSB.

Well well, the fortunate ones would be escorted back to the barracks and reissued supplies and beds while others will be respectfully dropped back to railway station.

The group dynamics change after that, since all of the guys are now here for at least five more days.

they take good care of candidates with timely tea etc     lots of trees and pleasant weather

Then the schedule of the SSB Interview kicks in and the the day at SSB should be over around lunch with the rest of the day for the candidates, who may go out in group. I am not able to share any photos of the Interview because besides mobiles being not allowed at testing centre, my focus was on performance.

The selection procedure is as follows (courtesy wikipedia):

  • Day 0 (Day of Reporting)

SSB is a two stage process. To qualify for Stage II, a candidate needs to clear Screening Test or Stage I. On the date of reporting, the candidates are picked from the railway station and during the evening, certain Forms and also the Bio Data forms known as “Personal Information Questionnaire” (PIQ) are filled. PIQ is very important- there must be no cutting and consistency in each of the four or five copies of PIQ you are to fill.

  • Day 1 (Screening Tests)

On the next day, is the Stage I, in which candidates are given Intelligence Test (Verbal and Non-Verbal), then there is a Picture Perception test, in which a slide (hazy or clear) is shown and then each candidate writes their story and later have a Group Discussion. This sequence is popularly called PPDT- Picture Perception and Discussion Test. After the completion of these tests, results are announced and those who do not make it in this attempt are dropped back to the railway station and the successful ones are retained for 4 days of detailed assessment.

  • Day 2 (Psychology Tests)

   1. Thematic Appreciation Test (TAT)- Commonly known as Picture Story writing.
   2. Word Association Test (WAT)
   3. Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
   4. Self Description Test (SD), or a variation of this like description form the eyes of parents, teachers, colleagues, neighbors etc.

  • Day 3 and Day 4 (GTO Tasks)

dress for GTO events in SSB
The recommended dress for GTO
tests- white shirt, white shorts,
white socks and white PT shoes
along with the colored chest number
(which has to be worn at all times
except while in barracks)

The following tests are conducted in this category :-

   1. Group discussion
   2. Group Planning Exercise (sometimes known as Military Planning Exercise)
   3. Progressive Group Tasks
   4. Half Group Tasks
   5. Individual Obstacles
   6. Group Obstacles Race
   7. Command Task
   8. Lecturette
   9. Final Group Task Interview : (Held during afternoon/evening hours on 2nd/3rd/4th day)

  • Day 5 (Conference)

On the final day, every Assessor and the candidate sit together for and have a chat- the fate of the candidate for that SSB is decided by the Assessors collectively there. The candidates are required to appear before the complete Board of Examiners comprising of President,Deputy President, all the psychologists, all the GTOs and Technical Officer.

Some more pics of the Centre:

  

After the Tests- Bangalore is a tourist’s delight, there are so many places to visit, from the spacious parks, to temples, to upmarket malls and so much more. The lounge is labelled with maps and tourists attractions and you may decide what to visit on which day. And please, don’t get stuck onto the MG Road only, there’s much more to Bangalore…

Also railway tickets can be easily booked at the Utility Building at the MG Road. There you might notice for the first time, a queue in which people sit on seats rather than stand in a line…nice.

Just a tip- note down the centre’s phone numbers when you leave and in case you might get late or some other concern, just call them up and inform them.

Happy SSB and enjoy your travelling. Here are some of the places I went to while my SSB:

       

Back to Home- God decides everything, and I had to leave on the Conference Day. Well back to Punjab.

A tip- Sometimes it might be difficult to book a seat from Bangalore to New Delhi, you might try other trains that leave from Yeshwantpur (a nearby town) to H. Nizamuddin station.

Check out the complete album and photos here

Also I am not sure if shooting such photos or even calling from mobiles would be feasible these days, since have heard that we have to deposit all devices before beginning SSB.

Suggested reading and credits:

  1. Experiences and lots of discussion of Allahabad SSB Centre by a fellow blogger
  2. Some useful links for candidates re the methodology, what to expect, etc
  3. Services Selection Board (Wikipedia)

images: MG road utility building by anitabora, others by author

199 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all these things ... regarding to SSB.

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  2. Hi... Glad you liked it :)

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  3. thanks for your advises for ourself because we are first to attend this interview.
    THANK ONCE AGAIN

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  4. I am so happy to be of help, knowing what to expect makes the trip easier, doesn't it...good luck and may God make you a Fauji Afsar...Jai Hind

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  5. hi its really nice to share ur views it will be helpful 4 me on my ssb interview on 29 th july 2009
    & i also hoping 4 +ve results thanks....

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  6. thanx buddy..
    tell me how many days bfore did u receive ur SSB interview call letter..?

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  7. @Tushar
    I am happy that the article will be of help for your SSB...29th is not far...good luck...Jai Hind

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  8. (SSB Call-up Letters)

    @Rammohan
    SSB Interview call letter is an important document, but it is quite possible that you may not receive the letter at all...

    Yes, it happens at times, and particularly with the Allahabad SSB

    I think you should be getting it around 3-4 weeks before the Interview date.

    Personal suggestion:
    1. If you are going through the written exams like NDA or CDSE, and you have cleared as shown at the http://upsc.gov.in site, then wait for a reasonable time, and if you feel that it is getting late, or your friends who gave the paper with you have begun receiving call letters, then call UPSC at Delhi. Number given in notification, envelope etc.

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    Facilitation counter and website for guidance of candidates: In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC`s Facilitation Counter near `C gate of its campus in person or Over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs. The Commission also has Website at address www.upsc.gov.in over which the candidates can obtain details of the examination as well as information about registration of their applications. venue of the examination and results etc.
    "

    It takes a number of redials to get the no. though :) Tell them that you have not received your call-letter. They'll tell you that your Centre is xyz (say Bhopal, Allahabad etc). Take it's number from them.

    Then call up your centre and verify the date of your Interview from them and whether or not you receive the letter, be there at the Centre on your date.

    2. For direct entries, I think they do not accept speed-posts, registered mail or even courier- only simple mail is accepted.

    I have little idea in this case how to verify re call letters...

    3. For NCC entries, contacting your NCC office might be of help.

    In any case, try to keep in touch with fellow aspirants who may be pursuing similar entry and you can keep in touch re call-letters.

    Who knows you may end in the same Centre, and in the same batch...

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  9. thanks gopal...i wonder how do you come to know all these stuffs???

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  10. :)

    hi Kunna, all this info I share is from the three SSBs I gave (Bhopal, Allahabad, Bangalore)

    I love and respect our Army and want to offer help as much as I can to prospective Officers...

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  11. Hi buddy! I will b giving my ssb on 29 sep. What carrier are u pusuing now?

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  12. hi Ashish, good luck for your Interview...have fun there

    well I am completing my MCA and into computer industry

    might give a few shots at SSB via postgraduate entry

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  13. thanks for sharing photos and ideas regarding ssb

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  14. i think i will get definetly good result thanks

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  15. thank you and good luck... all is God's grace :)

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  16. thanx buddy.........
    a nice presentation. glad to see u didnt cross limits to click the restricted sites. rest was nice. and definitely proove helpful.
    going on 26th

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  17. Hi,Gopal

    I have attended a ssb at allahabad and was conference outfor 10+2(TES).

    again I have filled the form for the same .Can u give me any idea that where my ssb centre will go (Bangalore or Bhopal)


    Please give me a reply on my email pawan1992@live.com

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  18. @Anonymous

    you are welcome...glad you liked the post...best wishes...Gopal

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  19. @Pawan

    bro, this is a decision made by them in which it is very difficult to guess your next centre

    I think you'll have to wait for the Call-letter...

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  20. hi
    i m so glad 2 c this presentation n my centre happens 2 b bangolore city.thanks.mine is on dec o9

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  21. hi

    first of all, best wishes for your SSB...glad you liked the presentation

    this is my attempt to share with Readers an idea and experiences of what to expect in a SSB, especially Banaglore

    good luck!
    Jai Hind

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  22. wow, great work .........keep it up.
    plz tell about your other ssb journeys also in future.
    so u had gone to bangalore after giving cdse?n whts the ssb like, is it tough?

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  23. thanks,

    for Bangalore, I had gone via direct entry for Navy on the basis of graduation BSc

    sure, I'll post more experiences for my Readers :)

    take care, warm regards
    Gopal

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  24. Hello Sir,

    I'm Binesh.P and I'm selected for the SSB interview (NAVY) scheduled on last week of December. But my weight exceeds the permissible limits.
    So am I eligible for the interview?
    Kindly reply me.
    Thank You.
    Binesh.P

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  25. hi Binesh,

    congrats for selection to SSB....of course you are eligible for the Interview...who knows, you might make it :)

    but you need to be concerned about weight during the medical, which is after clearing the SSB...

    the worse that can happen due to being overweight is a "Temporary Rejection (TR)"- in which case, the candidate needs to workout and lose weight to get it correct...

    best of luck
    warm regards,
    Gopal

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  26. Thanks for your reply Sir..
    I tried many times to the contact numbers to make sure..
    But there was no reply from their side..
    Do you have any numbers to contact with SSB Bangalore???
    If Yes, pls reply..
    Thank You...

    Binesh.P

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  27. Sir, This is Binesh once again...
    Please do provide me information on the eyesight too... Can it be corrected using glasses??? Waiting for your reply...
    Thank You...

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  28. hi Binesh,

    you usually have to redial their number a lot of time to get them...

    why not bribe your younger brother/sister to keep dialing till they pick up the phone... :)

    well, the best way to get nos for any SSB centre is to all UPSC at Delhi (011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs), and ask them for the nos.

    if u get them, ok, otherwise don't bother too much about this...just focus on your performance buddy

    warm regards
    Gopal

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  29. and regarding eyesight, you must have received information with your SSB call-letter.

    otherwise they are not tolerant for Air Force, but allow correction with glasses for Army and Navy...

    don't bother too much about the specifics...exercise daily, prep your knowledge, have a good backup plan...and leave the rest to God...

    He'll do good :)

    warm regards
    Gopal

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  30. Thanks for the information Gopal...

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  31. hello gobal chap
    I BELIEVE NOW I GOT A LITTLE BIT MORE IDEA REG: SSB BENGALURU. THAKS A LOT. I APPRECIATE YOUR INITIATIVE IN THIS REGARD. ADVICE: YOU COULD HAVE SHARED SOME MORE EXPERIENCES DURING THE 3RD ASND 4TH DAY.SAY : THE TOPICS YOU GOT FOR GD,MILIT PLAN,LECTURETTE, INTERVIEW QUESTIONS THAT HAD BEEN PUT UP ETC..
    ONCE AGAIN THANKS CHAP..
    ALL THE BEST...

    DO REPLY selvan795@gmail.com

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  32. hi

    glad you liked it and that you'll have more ideas re Bengaluru SSB when you reach there

    yeah, that's a good suggestion...will work on individual days of SSB in detail...

    thanks and best wishes
    Gopal

    Jai Hind

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  33. Ajinkya GodseJanuary 02, 2010

    Thak you i got good iformation from this blog about ssb

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  34. Hello Gopal
    Could you provide information on the eyesight.
    I have glasses for distant vision & had opted For naval academy.
    I have been called in Bhopal SSB centre
    Should i be going for interview?
    Waiting for your reply. Thank You!

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  35. hi

    in your call letter, you must have received health info like weight, eye sight etc

    I suggest you refer to that... Also why not give the Interview...who knows you might make it and glasses may not be a problem :)

    best wishes
    Gopal

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  36. interesting dude...........u describe so beautifully.......and spl punjabi nature

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  37. Hello sir.i have my ssb on 24th jan at allahabad.but i hv heard frm many dat allahabad is REJECTION CENTRE.is it true or just a rumour?m a bit nervous also.
    A Punjabi w8ing 4 a punjabi's rply..!

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  38. Hi

    First of all congrats on being selected for SSB... I understand your anxiety.

    I've been there and I offer you my word- it's a rumour that has passed from one to another.

    Have fun there...

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  39. congrats man,
    whether weight is considered during your selction procedure.Have u undergone medical rounds,pls rply me....

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  40. Hi

    Weight has no role during Interview but is an important point during Medical.. So that means it is important to be in shape when you reach there...

    No, I didn't get the opportunity of medical, but my friends did :)

    Good luck
    Gopal

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  41. Hello sir.thnx 4 d information.pls tel me wat r contents of PIQ form.and wat shall v write in self description.w8ing 4 ur rply.
    Thnx

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  42. Hi,

    Glad you liked the presentation.

    In PIQ form, you are asked about you right from beginning education and then there are questions about your hobbies etc.

    I think tips regarding these can be provided better by coaching institutes or retired Officers.

    With best wishes
    Gopal

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  43. hey gopal sir

    how are you sir.
    unfortunately i lost my documents when i was leaving to bangalore.
    are there any chances to get the date again from SSB bangalore.
    mine as alloted was 25th feb 2010.

    kindly help me..
    my id is ravinitjaipur@gmail.com
    09785036447


    P.S. can i get the contact no. of the guy whom i should contact.

    please sir.


    RAVI

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  44. Hi Vineet

    There is no need to worry if you have misplaced the Call-up letter. You just need to know the date on which you are to show up at the SSB Centre designated to you.

    Please do not go back home. Report to your Centre on the your alloted date.

    It is often possible to request SSB at a later date, but this is no reason to postpone such a golden opportunity.

    Write back if you have any doubts

    Bro, only God knows...it might be your fate to become an Officer in this attempt only :)

    Warm regards and best wishes
    Gopal

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  45. hi Gopal , this is d wonderfull information given by u to d freshers. I'm attending for ssb interview can u suggest me wat are all preparation is needed before d interview, infact i'm little afraid....
    naveenvk88@gmail.comca

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  46. hello gopal this is anurag frm delhi...i had the SSB call for 7th march 2010...i had been looking on net for more and more info about picture perception test...can you help...thanks

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  47. @Anonymous

    Glad you liked the stuff. This page might be helpful http://gopal1035.blogspot.com/2009/06/indian-military-becoming-commissioned.html.

    Besides that, you could search the Net more or join some SSB coaching institute

    Best Wishes
    Gopal

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  48. @Anurag

    Hi Anurag,

    Good luck for your SSB. Sorry but I don't have much material on PPT as of now.

    Some SSB preparation books are available in market that have examples. Also maybe SSB coaching centers might be having such material.

    With best wishes
    Gopal

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  49. heyy gopal.......this is amol will be goin to banglore soon for my ssb.....ur memory creatin geasture by clikin every move has inspireed me......
    nw even i'l also start everythin as u did....
    chal bye.......tk care.....

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  50. Hi Amol

    Good luck for your SSB...

    And also best wishes for sharing info for benefit for fellows :) drop a line if you need any help...

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  51. Hai Gopal...I'm so grateful that u have taken the pain to help the fellow candidates...I have written CDS 1 2010 and waiting for the results.Now the applications for CDS II-2010 are invited...I have doubt regarding how to fill the column 1,ie,Name of Exam...There are five boxes...should I write it as C_D_S_I_I or C_D_S_II...

    NB:_represent each box

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  52. Hi Hari

    Glad you liked the presentation :)

    It must be mentioned in the instructions... Kindly confirm from there.

    Best wishes
    Gopal

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  53. Hiiiiiiiiii thanx for giving us information I m also going for SSB at Bangalore

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  54. Hi Yashshree

    Thank you :) and best of luck for your SSB Interview

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  55. BudhadityaJune 06, 2010

    Hi....
    i've seen my name in the list of shortlisted candidates for ssb to be held in bangalore on the indian nav's website. but I haven't received my call letter. Plz tell me what shud i do.

    Budhaditya

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  56. Hi Budhadiya

    I understand your concern. I've already touched upon this topic at the following link

    What to do if SSB Call Letter not received?

    Hope that's help :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal
    Jai Hind

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  57. Hi gopal, My SSB is dated on 4th july @Banglore. I have a doubt regarding interview. Recently i did R&D project on Defense gadgetry 'Unmanned vehicle for Explosive handling and Hostage situation neutralizer' funded by 'THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS'kolkata. Is it worth and fetch me any thing with this interview if i talk about it in personal interview.

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  58. Hi Bharat

    First of all best wishes for you SSB... Also checked out your profile and blog... pretty hi-tech stuff :)

    Well, if you ask me I am bowled over just by the name of the Project you worked on. I have a gut feeling that SSB is lenient towards engineers and doctors.

    Tell you what, I'll share a small story that a retired Army Officer told me regarding your doubt:

    Once there was a farmer working on his field. He saw something shiny in the soil, picked it up and thinking it to be a broken glass threw it on road.

    Just then, a jeweller from city was driving by. He stopped and checked it out.

    Guess what? It was a diamond woth an amount the farmer could have never imagined.


    The moral with regards to SSB: Yu just present yourself to the SSB guys...this is who I am, I am passionate to be a soldier- If I make it.

    Finally, to quote in your own words :), in my opinion, yes, it is worth and will help in Interview.

    P.S.: just have fun there! :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal
    Jai Hind.

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  59. hi buddy this is first ssb in b'lore, got a lot from u .....
    gooood work ,may God bless u ....

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  60. Hi Rajesh...thanks...the pleasure is mine :) ...Gopal

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  61. AnonymousJuly 16, 2010

    Thnak u sirji... and sir suggest me any good books on ssb interview.. ,and GD basic.

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  62. Rahul VermaJuly 16, 2010

    that was a wonderful toil . I must say future aspirants like me really get help by your aesthetic work. my ssb interview will be held on 27 july and after reading your comments it was a quite nerve relieving to read your experience and now it seems to be really gonna be life time experience to the way of SSB interview . thank u very much Gopal to ur this help . jai hind jai bharat Rahul Verma

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  63. hi gopal. it's great that you are helping bigginers.your blog is very helpfull regarding to the ssb interview.thanks...

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  64. @Anonymous

    You are welcome. I would suggest that if possible, join some coaching centre to not only get an idea, but also practice with other aspirants.

    Some things like Group Discussion can never be learnt from a book, or an article.

    You must practice with other persons to enhance your GD skills.

    There must be some SSB coaching centres, or Sainik Welfare Office- approach either of them for guidance.

    With best wishes
    Gopal
    Jai Hind

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  65. @Rahul

    Hi

    Glad you liked the work :) Just have fun there and don't take much tension.

    God will do best.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  66. @Vishwa

    Thank you :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  67. hi gopal I am kumud from chandrapur( m.h.).I am selected for army ssb at bengaluru on 7th aug.can i take my mo.and digital camera there.Is screening is very difficult?Can u give ur mo.no.?

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  68. Hi Kumud

    Congrats on being selected for SSB :)

    1. Take along your mobile phone for sure- it helps in contact with family etc while travel also. I advise to use a cheap mobile handset.

    Last I heard was that they take all the electrical equipment on first day and return when you leave.

    2. Re camera, I don't know- if it's not that expensive, then you may take it along.

    3. Screening is not very difficult, just keep your cool and don't take too much pressure. God will help :)

    4. I am always available by blog post, email gopal1035@gmail.com and Twitter also @gopal1035...just drop by a line anytime

    Wishing you the best of luck
    Do well

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  69. hi i want to know what kind of job one get after getting slected,is it all technical??..plz reply me on my id
    ''nidhi_kalani@yahoo.com''

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  70. Hi

    After getting selected and clearing Medical check-up, begins the training in Academy. There are different academies for different arms and courses.

    Now, training is tough. It helps make the future Officers strong men and women.

    After training, you choose your branch like Infantry, Artillery, Tank Armour, Signals etc.

    The technicality involved in your career depends upon the arm you get selected for.

    e.g. Infantry (also called the "Queen Of Battlefield") is all about fighting from front, thus not much technical, but about morale and courage.

    Signals is about tech and communications.

    Army Supply Corps (ASC) is purely about logistics and management.

    etc.

    In general, life of a soldier involves staying away from family for many months, tough service conditions, strict hierarchy. Also respect of people, serving nation directly, no worries about medical, or otherwise- proper departments to take care of that.

    Also, the basic thing is that besides the man, his wife and children also need to be mentally tough. I've a civilian family, maybe if you could talk to an Army family, you could get to know how and what it means first-hand.

    Thus, it depends upon your choice, and the finally the arm they assign to you.

    Don't think too much :) Just fill the form and go for the SSB Interview while you pursue your education/job also.

    You never know what the future holds for you.

    Warm regards
    Gopal
    Jai Hind

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  71. well we we clear the nda exam......
    are we called for the ssb??????????????

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  72. Hi gopal
    My roll number has appeared in the list of qualified candidates.
    my 1st preference was naval academy however as i have poor eye sight i now wanted to change my preference to army is it possible.

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  73. thanks for discussing all these things .

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  74. @Sourabh

    Congratulations on clearing the written. Yes, that means you've earned the right for SSB.

    Wait for a weeks, you should receive your call-up letter.

    In case, doesn't come in a few weeks, then What to do if call-up letter not received?

    Glad to be of help :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  75. @Anonymous

    Hi

    No. Choice once entered is not modifiable by you. Though the Military may depending upon various factors, recommend you to some other branch than your 1st preference.

    Hope this will clear your doubts.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  76. Hi Prasanna

    Glad you liked the efforts :) Thanks

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  77. Hi friend let me know wat are all the things(luggage like dresses etc) i want take before goin for SSB

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  78. thanks chap, you have done a great job for us.....
    Don't leave this habit of blogs

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  79. hi gopal i want you to read this


    http://www.gurushala.net/service-selection-board-an-overview-of-ssb-selection-procedure/

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  80. HEY GOPAL,

    thanks man ,u hv given lots of info.......but i need sum info abt PPDT,wht i hv to write and hw i'll........please suggest me brother.....


    gajendra kumar
    10.gajendra@gmail.com

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  81. Rahul VermaAugust 29, 2010

    Hey, Gopal.this is Rahul Verma i have earlier send a comment to you in july. where i mentioned about call of my ssb exam. now i given my interview though i am not recommended for medical test,yet staying there for 5 days has given me a lot of satisfaction. i was called by allahabd . before going to attend the interview i heard that allhabad is a "REJECTION CENTER" . now i come to know that it is just a rumor. my board was very lenient and cordial,they selected 7 out of 50. which is very incredible. I learnt quiet there. but one thing is not understood by me is that all the candidates who have been recommended for the medical test all has B.Tech degree. Is there any nepotism between Engineering graduate and common graduate in defense? anyway i will again try for the upcoming examination. bye jai hind jai bharat.

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  82. thanks 4 sharing ur experience awosme piece of wrk me too is going 4 ssb in nov hoping 4 the bst and u shud gv it a try after ur mca all the best.

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  83. hi Gopal.. i have been shortlisted for the SSB. it is to be held in Jan 2011 . im really nervous coz my eyesight is too weak(-5). when indian army came to my college for selection , i thought i wont get selected and faced the interview just for fun.. however i got shortlisted. should i undergo a laser operation ?? i think they will kick me out on the very first day itself because of the eyesight. and about the verbal and non verbal tests... do they test grammer too.. i can speak fluent english but when it comes to grammer rules... i suck !!
    im really nervous.. pls help..

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  84. @Anonymous

    Re things to take along

    Hi

    You should always assume that you'll clear the Screening and will attend the 5-day Interview. :)

    Thus that makes it 5-day trip, and up-down to SSB Centre from your place of residence.

    For SSB, strictly follow the instructions given in the call-up letter.

    All documents in original, sufficient number of photos etc.

    Like white dresses for GTO.

    For Interview, you'll need formals.

    For travel, some simple and plain clothes.

    For after-lunch outings, casuals depending upon the weather in the SSB city at the time of your Interview (You may google if don't have idea).

    Also, your tickets in original, to receive compensation if first time for a particular type of SSB Entry.

    Bedding, lodging, food is their responsibility.

    Besides all this, all that stuff that is normally taken on a long trip, like first-aid etc.

    And finally, use common sense, and also, it helps to keep luggage to a minimum.

    Wishing you all the best of luck friends
    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  85. @Vivek Guru

    Thanks. These words of appreciation encourage a lot :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  86. @Anonymous

    Yes, checked your link http://www.gurushala.net/service-selection-board-an-overview-of-ssb-selection-procedure.

    It's a good article, with sketches of GTO tasks.

    Recommended for reading.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  87. @Rahul

    Hi

    Yes, I remember your earlier comment. Glad to know that you cleared the Screening.

    Well, whatever God does, does for the better. SSB will groom you and the things you learn there will stay with you forever.

    In my opinion there isn't any favoritism for B.Techs. This could have been a coincidence also.

    Well, the main thing is to give direction to your life.

    Yes, please try for as many SSBs as you can, but also side-by-side keep pursuing your career, education etc.

    Keep in touch. It's a pleasure to hear from you.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  88. @Anjana

    Hi

    Glad you liked the presentation. Best of luck for your SSB in Nov.

    Yeah, now I'm in my V Sem of MCA. Maybe, will try for Army once again :) I have faith in God- whatever happens will be for the better.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  89. @Shradha

    Hi

    Congratulations on being selected for SSB.

    Do NOT undergo any laser surgery. You will be rejected for life. It's clearly mentioned in their call-up letters which they send to candidates that come via written exams.

    See, The SSB's Interview portion does not care for your eyesight. That's the responsibility of the Medical Examination, that comes only after clearing the SSB.

    I think, if there is a medical condition like this, they depute you to a less demanding role.

    For Army as an Officer, it helps to know both Hindi and English- but be rest assured, they don't care about your language that much.

    They're looking for some qualities, if you have them, you're selected else not. It's always your choice after being selected whether to go or not.

    Hope this will help. Write again whenever you feel like.

    With best wishes.
    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  90. shibu singhOctober 21, 2010

    hi...gopal...u've done a superb job in maintaining d blog evn after not qualifing d ssb....
    i'm a 4th ys c.s.e studnt n i'm leaving 4 varansi tomoro 4 my ssb(iaf) to b conductd on 26th dis month...
    perhaps dere is a passion dat cant b descibed in words... i ve waitd 4 da day ovr a dacade in ma life... done all d home wrks nw's d time 2 deliver....
    evn if i'm rejctd i'll keep on tring 4 d ssb...
    will reply wat happned wid me...
    y dont u apply 4 ssb's wen u hav d passion like me.... good luck 4 ur future....

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  91. hi gopal,
    i just want to know one thing.i'm overwieght but physically active.
    i'll be attending the ssb very soon.
    i would just like to know "were there any overweight candidates in your ssb and by i overweight i mean really fat" and if there were how did they cope up .
    cheers.

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  92. @Shibu

    Thanks a lot for your kind words. I am sorry for replying late, and hope your SSB went very well :)

    Yes, that's the spirit, but get yourself a proper job or further study while you attempt for Military.

    I often think about Army, might give a shot after my MCA, but sometimes you just got to accept God's Will.

    With best wishes
    Gopal

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  93. @Anonymous

    Hi

    Yes, there were overweight candidates, but not very fat. They were like that a few weeks of regular exercise would trim those guys.

    The only issue for an overweight guy would be the GTO tasks. I suggest when jumping and doing tiger-leap etc, give yourself extra leeway.

    The SSB doesn't care for your exact weight, that's the job of Medical Board.

    But, I've seen guys get Temporary Rejection (TR) because of weight. Clear the SSB first, God willing, you'll lose weight later.

    Warm regards and best wishes
    Gopal

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  94. Gopal
    Thanks a lot for your wishes gopal.I'm confident about the SSB but my only problem is wait.I can run and stuff and would be able to do some of the tasks.By the time you reply to this post I already would have left for SSB.I come from an army background so have a general idea of what to expect.But will have to wait and see what happens.Just hoping that by God's grace I clear it.Thanks for replying.

    Cheers

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  95. i hv cleard my nda 2 2010 written exam,can anyone tell me when will i receivw my call letter also wat was the date of ssb last year for nda 2?

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  96. Hi Gopal
    I liked your blog very much..I m having SSB in Bangalore only on 8th of Jan 2011..but I m somewhat nervous..because I haven't taken any kind of coaching for it.Could u plz tell me hw can I do any kind of self-preparation for it??I m a bit afraid of Picture Perception Test.Pls Guide me abt it..

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  97. hey satshriakal Gopal bai,
    I am Manjeet Singh MahaL from patiala (Punjab).recently i have cleared CDSII exam, so preparing for my SSB which may be in jan end or in feb,so i was gathering some info regarding ssb on net and got to know about ur blog(thanks to google).i just want to Thank you for such type of information regarding ssb and yes also want to congratulate as you have become famous as a guide for ssb aspirants (Lols jokes apart)...
    This Blog is really very helpful not only for me but also for many other aspirants and future officers.its really appreciable on your part.Best of luck for your future.

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  98. DEAR SIR,
    I AM A STUDENT OF CLASS 12 WITH COMMERCE STREAM, CAN I JOIN NDA...
    TELL ME HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR NDA WRITTEN EXAM...
    REPLY SOON

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  99. @Anonymous

    Hi

    Glad to hear from you and hoping that you've cleared the SSB, and Medical.

    Warm regards and best wishes
    Gopal

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  100. @Rajiv

    Congratulations on clearing the written :)

    You should be receiving it three or four weeks before Interview.

    Kindly read Some Tips Regarding SSB Interview Call Letters for more suggestions and telephone numbers of the UPSC office, New Delhi.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  101. @Sippy

    Hi

    Glad you like the blog and hoping that it'll help you in your success.

    Regarding Picture Perception Test (PPT), you can google or buy books from market. There are many books on SSB Interview and they include chapters on PPT with images and suggested stories.

    Kindly keep in mind that every person is unique. Thus the story I create on seeing the same image will be different from yours.

    So, keeping the general theme of your story positive, you must try to create an original story.

    With best wishes.
    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  102. @Manjeet

    Hi

    I am so pleased and honored to hear such kind words :) I am happy that you and other Military aspirants find the blog helpful. Congratulations on clearing the written and best of luck for the Interview.

    Thanks for your wishes, and hoping for your success too.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  103. @coool.dude

    Hi

    Yes, you can appear for NDA, Army Wing. If a candidate has both Physics and Mathematics, then they are eligible for Naval and Air Force Wings also.

    I quote from the official notification for NDA from upsc.gov.in

    (ii) Educational Qualifications :

    a) For Army Wing of National Defence Academy�12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

    b) For Air force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy�12th class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

    Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination can also apply for this Examination.


    There you go buddy, now brace yourself and prepare well for NDA.

    Also, I would suggest get yourself admitted in a regular degree course also, so that in any case you do not have a gap in your studies.

    You can always leave studies whenever you clear SSB Interview and Medical, God Willing :)

    With best wishes.
    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  104. If u guys have a face book account then this page can be help full - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Service-Selection-Board-SSB/129849570414806

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  105. Hey thanks to given such a information abt SSB...
    Actuaaly im very interested to join in force,but im not even getting call letters ..
    Can u give me a suggetion how to fill application form correct and how much percentage required to get call letters......

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  106. Thank you very much sir for sharing your ssb moments with us...

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  107. Hi Jagadeeh

    1. If you're giving written exams like NDA, CDSE etc then call-letters are optional. You may not receive it, but if your name is in the Results at http://upsc.gov.in, then you can go for the SSB Interview.

    Kindly see what to do if call letter not received.

    2. If it's direct-entry then the only way to confirm call for SSB is through the call-letter.

    I suggest you follow the instructions given in the notification of the Entry very carefully.

    e.g. Let's say it is the notification for Indian Navy's Executive Branch.

    Then there are conditions on education e.g. BSc, percentage e.g. min 55%, age limit etc.

    If you clear all these, move to next steps.

    Get the form printed from a cyber-cafe or maybe some local book-shop e.g. book-shops at bus-stands.

    Then get your documents xeroxed, and attested by a Notary (visit local DTO office or Courts for this)- they charge a small amount per page attested.

    Carefully tag all these filled forms and attested xerox and send by regular postal mail only- confirm from the instructions because I think they reject all speed-post/registered mail/courier etc.

    Post your envelope and pray to God :)

    Thus, what you need to do is read all the instructions in the notification and follow them carefully.

    With best wishes and warm regards
    Gopal

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  108. if you are not getting reservation or any trains to reach bangalore from your place to ssb center, and if you are going by some other means either by bus or by break journey or by flight, will they reimburse or payback the amount whaterver is allowed? in such case other than going on my own expenditure what else u can suggest or anyone who experienced.

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  109. Ashok yadavApril 01, 2011

    great job
    great experience
    well done
    thnx

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  110. Hi Gopal,
    thanks for your great job.. I am a NCC holder.. I just received a SSB call letter , should i go for interview or i will have some other entry? Please tell me 9600330067 .. Thank u brother

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  111. Hello sir, this information is very helpful to repeaters as well as freshers like me.thank u.sir i cleared CDS2 2010 and waiting for ssb letter.when should i expect the letter?

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  112. Thanks for the first hand information.

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  113. Wonderful Work Gopal !! I have a small doubt, i have SSB on May 9. They gave two Mobile Numbers in Interview letter, but whenever i call it is switched off. Can u please tell me the SSB Bangalore Landline Number please !!

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  114. hello sir m name is vikrant....... i know that laser operation is not allowed but people already gone for a hair transplantation can find any problem in medical checkup.......please reply

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  115. Hi Vineet

    Regarding reimbusment of fare, I think

    1. They'll reimburse no matter how you travel.

    2. But only an amount less than or equal to II class railway fare from your hometown to the SSB city.

    3. Also, you need all the original tickets (bus, railway etc) and will have to affix them on the form to return to them.

    4. And only the first attempt for each type of entry is eligible for reimbursement of travel expenditure.

    Hope this helps.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  116. @Ashok

    Hi

    Thanks and it's a pleasure to be of help to Military aspirants :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  117. @SHKart

    Glad you liked the presentation.

    Yes! SSB call-letter is the invitation to go for the Interview.

    Kindly read Dream To Be A Military Officer In The Indian Armed Forces- How To Go About It? (Info For Freshers). This will help you get idea regarding role of SSB Interview, Medical Exam etc.

    Other Readers may note that sometimes, SSB call-letters get misplaced or delayed and for suggestions to handle that, kindly read What To Do If Call-Letter Not Received?

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  118. @Anonymous

    Glad that you find the presentation helpful. Congratulations on clearing the written exam.

    Wait for a few weeks, if possible get in touch with people who have given the same exam and see if they've begun receiving the call-letters.

    And kindly read What To Do If Call-Letter Not Received? for suggestions in case you do not receive the call-letter.

    With best wishes for your success :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  119. @Mehtab

    The pleasure is mine. Praying for the success of every candidate. Make the Army, Navy and Air Force proud guys :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  120. @Sesha

    Thank you brother :)

    See, if you know the date of your SSB, then all's well and you show up at the city on that date.

    In case you want to contact the SSB Office, then you may get the latest numbers from the UPSC Office at New Delhi.

    "Facilitation counter and website for guidance of candidates: In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC`s Facilitation Counter near `C gate of its campus in person or Over Telephone No.011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs."

    With best wishes and warm regards
    Gopal

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  121. @Vikrant

    Laser operation for eyes results in permanent rejection. Hair transplantation, for that I have little idea.

    My suggestion: go for the Interview and leave the rest to God :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  122. @Mr.Gopal Agarwal.... i have some stammering problem. how will it affect in my SSB interview??

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  123. @Mohit

    Hi

    Well, I'd say it is better not to come to any conclusion and let the SSB take your Interview.

    If it had been an issue with English/Hindi language then I'd have safely said that there is no issue.

    I'd like to answer your concern in this way:

    There are many roles in Military besides active combat and each role has different requirement for skills.

    I suggest you go for the SSB Interview and leave the rest to God.

    Also, if you have time before SSB, start looking for a job that fit your skills. Maybe private job, maybe some government job.

    This will help you get financially secure and mentally peaceful too :)

    Praying for your success in life.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  124. hai gopal,my name is also gopal..from Kannur,kerala.Recently i got written exam cleared of Airforce.Now i am going to attend SSb coaching from cavalier india.Will it help me by any way?

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  125. @Gopal

    Hi, congrats on clearing the written exam.

    Yes, from my experience and what I've observed any coaching where you get to interact with ambitious fellow aspirants is always beneficial.

    Please go ahead and take coaching.

    But don't mentally offload the labor to them. You must have the passion yourself and go the extra mile.

    Be humble and have fun!

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  126. @ gopal.. thanks buddy, dats the best f the info i got ny whr.

    and i think you r best fellow who i can discuss my confusion with...i have few questions gopal, i am categorizing them here..

    1)how many candidates are generally taken in a group?

    2)i overheard that overweight people can't make it to SSB!!....is it right?..i am a bit overweight actually(around 80kg)..:(

    3) can i get some pictures of picture perception test...i mean any site or something!!

    thanks...

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  127. Hello Sir,
    I have selected for an SSB Interview for SSC(TECH)-37th Course at Officers Training Academy. What are the documents that i should take. I have one confusion that the i don't have the hall ticket. can i go for an ssb interview. please help me. I have also 2 defective teeth. please help me sir. my mailid is 2vickys@gmail.com

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  128. @Vickys

    Hi

    Congrats on getting selected for SSB.

    Of course, you must go for the SSB. A hall ticket or call-letter is sent by post and as such it is possible that it gets delayed or lost in transit.

    Please read What to do if call-letter not received? for next steps, as you need to know the date and SSB Centre which has been allotted to you.

    Bro, you'll have to contact the SSB Centre for which documents (in original) to take along. I'll give you idea and a couple of suggestions:

    1. Make a xerox of all the documents and leave it at home with someone responsible.

    2. Give yourself the benefit of doubt. Take along all documents in original that are related to you. Taking them along won't matter but God forbid missing any document will be problematic.

    * These would include your X, XII, graduation's each Semester/Year marksheet and Degree etc.

    * Color passport-size photos (at least 25)

    * Driving License, Voter ID card etc because there will be a verification right at the gate.

    * Rest as the SSB Centre guides you.

    And you'll need clothes for GTO taks- white shorts, white socks, white PT shoes, white T-shirts.

    Some good clothes for Interview and Conference.

    And casual clothes for going out in evening.

    You get the idea?

    Re defective teeth- this can be a problem in Medical Examination. But I'll say that if it is not too much bother, go for the SSB.

    The experience will be life-transforming.

    Write back whenever you feel like.

    Praying for your success.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  129. @Ankit

    Hi

    I am so happy that Military aspirants find the presentation useful. It makes me feel that I'm contributing to our military even if it is not direct service.

    Regarding your questions:

    1. At the end of the day, about two to five candidates are selected.

    Frankly you should bother about this. Just do your job- have fun, stay humble and present yourself :)

    2. Well, there is a healthy age-height-weight. I think it is also included in the SSB call-letter.

    No, being overweight is not an issue for SSB Interview. It may an issue in the Medical Examination.

    The best would be to run daily to become fit and lose weight.

    The worst case is getting a TR (Temporary Rejection) because of being overweight- in this case you are given time and asked to report back for Medicals.

    3. Try searching online. Also there are SSB books in the market. You may buy one of them for the PPT (Picture Perception Tests) examples or better join a SSB Coaching Institute. That'll give you an all-round idea of the process.

    Write back whenever you feel like.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  130. thanks for your suggestion sir. can u tell me about the 14 dental points.

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  131. @Vivkys

    I have no idea about that. Your local dentist can help you in this regard.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  132. AnonymousJune 28, 2011

    Hi Gopalji,
    Could you please tell us what are the tests conducted for Medical examination(during the last stage of SSB) ?

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  133. @Anonymous

    Hi

    I have no idea regarding the medical tests.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  134. hi gopal ji
    i am a student of 3rd year nd i want to try for the UES entry will u plz me how i made this possible
    how i prepare fot this??

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  135. hello gopal ji
    will u plz tell me about screening in SSb.

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  136. AnonymousJuly 16, 2011

    Hai sir glad to meet u here nd this is very useful to everyone who applied for this post.. i applied for indian navy ssb(obs) so can you pleasr tell me what are the documents that i shouls take and please tell me what type of tests will be conducted and for selection how many marks i will get..

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  137. @Jyoti

    Hi

    I did a google for UES Indian Army and found this page, seems helpful

    http://sarkari-naukri.blogspot.com/2011/06/22th-ues-in-indian-army-for-engineers.html

    Hope this helps.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  138. @Anonymous

    Glad you enjoyed the article and hoping it's helpful for readers.

    For the documents, please refer to your call-letter. If you still have any doubts write back.

    Okay, SSB is a standard tests and you can learn about what to expect. Some suggested links are

    Services Selection Board on Wikipedia

    Indian Military- Becoming A Commissioned Officer– First-Hand Experiences, Tips And Suggested Reading For Aspirants

    You may do some google also.

    Finally, I have no idea of the selection marks etc.

    Hope all this helps you and praying for the success of all military aspirants.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  139. Bhai
    its good to see people like you are there. I really appreciate your interest in this regard.you hav depicted sm of your fine assets.
    i feel pity on ssb guys ........they obviously missed a good officer. You would hav brought laurels to fauj.
    anyways bahut accha laga.
    bye .

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  140. Hi Gopal

    I've been selected for the SSB Interview for Allahabad center. I want to know few things:

    1) Health: If a person is underweight or overweight does he get rejected in the Medical Test. If yes, then is that a permanent rejection and don't they give sometime to the candidate to come in shape?

    2) Dress: What is the recommended dress for the Interview and GTO tasks. They have mentioned dark colour trousers and light colour shirts. Any specific recommendation that you can give.

    I am also concerned about the sports shoes that we have to carry, is it just a pair of normal sports shoes or white PT shoes? And, in your post you have mentioned white shirts for GTO tasks. Could you make it clear/confirm, is that a white Shirt or T-Shirt.

    3) Travel: If a person is rejected from the screening day or day after the conference, will he have to make all arrangements (reservation of ticket, travel)to travel back to home by himself.

    As of now only these questions are in my mind however I will ask again, if I need any help regarding the interview. I find this post very useful, thanks a lot for sharing valuable information with the world!


    Regards

    Gaurav Rawat

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  141. Hy Gopal,my name is Rhythm Khanna
    First to tell you that U are doing a great job by helping freshers like me in clearing their doubts and the most important their nervousness............keep it up!
    Now I want to ask U that I have given my examination at the end of class 11th(Just to take a look at the paper pattern and have an experience),but fortunately,I've received my call-up letter on 11th August,2011 for Bangalore ssb(navy).I'v heard that if you pass the interview session,then U should submit your class 12th pass certificate at maximum within 30 days before joining.This is the case I don't fulfill...............I need to know if they will wait for me to clear my boards or NOT(in which case am I disqualified for further training?).
    Also are they going to book my tickets for return journey if I may or may not be able to qualify the day 1 screening test?
    And the most important.....................in case I am selected and they will even wait for me and some how I cannot go there for further training.....................am I entitled to discontinue(i.e. don't want to pursue that line) my procedure on any grounds necessary or is there an obligation to attend the future training?
    Please reply fast,I don't have much time left!

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  142. hei bro...
    im cald for TGC114 ssb at bnglr..they hav mentiond 2dates in the website 20th sep nd 6oct as altrnate date f reportn..i wud lyk to attnd ssb on 6oct as im undergng a course n pune..i ddnt gt d caal lettr yet..tell me whthr shud i report ssb on my choice as 6oct?nd how to contact them?pls reply fastt

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  143. Hi gopal,
    I am Dhanunjay from visakhapatnam, i called for (TGC) -114 ssb interview bangalore on 15th sep 2011.I just completed my Btech in mechanical engineering.

    I have some querie please clarify it,
    Actually just i fill up online application form but i did not send any documents to the ssb board even i got a call up letter from ssb bangalore. Is it possible to call?

    I have eye sight which is corrected with spectacles. And the power is for right
    eye distance vision 2.75 and for left eye distance vision 2.00. Is it sufficiant
    to participate in ssb interview? am i eligible to attend for an ssb interview?

    i am waiting for your reply.......
    r email me at dhanunagu007@gmail.com

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  144. It's very amazing yaar how u take these photos last time in feb 2011 when i went to banglore for SSB our mobiles were collected by them at just on arrival i also got home on 5th day& in my all stay i got the best that our whole nation's boys whether hindu sikh muslim all r like bhai bhai there all right i am come back to my 2nd ssb on 5th sep. 2011. If u also good luck yaar!
    *Jay Hanumaan!

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  145. hiiii anil swami can you share your past experiance(ssb interview) with us because we need to know............
    I have eye sight which is corrected with spectacles. And the power is for right
    eye distance vision 2.75 and for left eye distance vision 2.00. Is it sufficiant
    to participate in ssb interview? am i eligible to attend for an ssb interview? please anybody give reply

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  146. http://bangaloressb.blogspot.com/2011/05/bangalore-ssb.html

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  147. @Vikram

    Hi

    Thanks a lot for your kind words.

    Yeah, I'm actually quite interested in helping in any way I can. Sort of helping the Army in my own small way :)

    No, please don't say anything like that regarding SSB. People change and time and life keeps on changing everyone. Maybe I learnt something later.

    Your message made my day bro!

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  148. Hi Gopal!!..Recently i cleared AFCAT and also the PPDT and grp discussion(phase I)from kochi under fast track selection..my ssb is on oct 7th in mysore..am currently working in a bank..i have done my mba.and also was really active in sports..have got many prizes in state and also a national meet record...

    Very much excited and passionate about joining IAF in grounduty branches..having a sports background advantageos??this is my first ssb...frm kochi i think only 100 are selected..how many wud they take in on the final day?we are also told the intelligence tests will have elimination...dono wat to expect in these tests..anyways am hopeful..wil atleast one or two from a grup wil be taken?.hw is it normaly?

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  149. Dear all...my ssb is over in mysore..and am IN!!!!!medicals in bangalore...dono how to express my feelings...nyways thanks @gopal to have shared ur thots in this website, which helped me to get a fair idea...all the best to others!!

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  150. @Gaurav

    Hi

    1. Yes, being underweight or overweight as compared to the standards leads to a *temporary* rejection.

    Fortunately, yes they give time to candidate to get in shape and reappear for the Medical Exam.

    2. Regarding dress, consider the roles you'll be playing for your Interview:

    (i) Traveling

    (ii) Interview- formal clothes, with formal shoes, and tie if you prefer, just like any proper interview.

    (iii) GTO- white T shirt, white shorts,white socks and white PT shoes. You can get these easily at any sports shop.

    The shoes are the basic white PT shoes, the ones we used to wear in school :)

    T-shirts are to be worn.

    (iv) Outing in evening- you will be free daily by lunch and then you may go out in groups. So pack along whatever you feel comfortable while going out.

    (v) Night stay

    3. In any case, whether the first day or Conference Out, the candidate has to make his own arrangements.

    Sometimes, if tickets are difficult for the main stations, you may also try nearby small towns.

    Of course, you are most welcome to share your doubts as well as tips and experiences. Please do that for the benefit of fellow aspirants.

    You won't believe but the pleasure is mine and I still remember the day I wrote this article. It's guys and girls out there like you that make me happy-that maybe, just maybe, I can contribute in making more officers for our Military.

    Warm regards and praying for success of all :)
    Gopal

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  151. @Rhythm Khanna

    Hi

    Thank you a lot for your kind words. It reminds me that I'm on the right track.

    Damn, I am so sorry I couldn't reply promptly- a lot was going on in my personal and professional life.

    Wow, that is an interesting scene- cleared the writtens when the only purpose was to get an idea.

    Yes, you have to submit your 12th pass certificate within some duration on selection.

    No, I don't think they will make any exception for anybody after the date of submission of documents.

    My fear is that they may not take some action like debarring from future exams. This is something that will have to be confirmed from official sources like Sainik Welfare Offices, retired military officers, SSB coaching centres etc.

    They never book the ticket but pay you the expenditure (equivalent to II class railway travel), the first time to try via a particular entry. Also, you need to submit the tickets in original for this.

    Again, whether or not it is legally binding or not after getting selected will have to be confirmed and I can't guide on this matter. Sorry! Though my idea is that it is always the choice of the candidate before joining the Academy, but not after that.

    I hope you and other readers will forgive me for delay in replying. And hope that everything went well for you...

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  152. @Amith

    Hi

    Apologies for delay! For other readers in a similar situation, a suggestion would be to contact them and inform them of the date of your choice.

    Call-letters often get lost in post. Kindly see Some Tips Regarding SSB Interview Call Letters if not received.

    Good luck and pardon me.
    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  153. ek salam tere hardwork ke nam!!!
    I am really glad that you have come so far for making a strong defense on one hand!!
    I am doing CA Final.
    Completed my b.com with 65%.
    i am appearing for my finals in may2012,thereafter i will go for defense. Can you help me with on how to prepare?
    As of can you share your preparation program.

    Regards
    Nishant

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  154. @DhAnUnJaY

    Hi Dhanunjay

    This must be a new way of calling candidates for SSB. If you've filled the form on an official site, then it may be genuine. I say go ahead! :)

    I am not aware of the exact medical standards. It must be mentioned in the document your received with the call-letter. Spectacles are allowed, but the more demading roles like fighter pilot etc are then out.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  155. @Anil Swami

    Yes, I've heard that these days all electronic gadgets are kept on arrival. And yes, it is an experience of a lifetime.

    Good luck for your future too :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  156. @Nandagopal N

    Wow! So glad to hear from you- you won't believe but your message made my day :)

    I feel satisfied now that my article is helping fellow Military Aspirants, whether they write back or not.

    Good luck for your future in the Armed Forces :)

    Jai Hind
    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  157. Great blog sir..!!
    I am slightly overweight.. does this effect in the ssb interview...???

    And can we wear sports shoes in the tests...?

    Thank you
    Arshad

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  158. I have got SSB(IAF) call on 12th december,2011. I want to postpone it as i have my xams from 5th to 13th. I hav got leeter from colg. for this. What should i write in application so that it would not make my impression down. (a polite letter). and what should i associate the president of AFSB with Yours faithfully or Yours sincerely?

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  159. @Arshad

    Hi

    Being slightly overweight is no cause for worry. Concentrate on the task at hand. Clear the SSB and this will be a minor issue then.

    No, I think the basic PT shoes are to be preferred.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  160. @Sahil B

    Hi

    In my SSB call-letters I received a pre-printed post-card for requesting change of SSB date. If you have not received that, then I'd suggest you make efforts to make sure that you are following the proper procedure:

    1. I think it doesn't matter that much, how you write the letter. You may conclude it with "Yours sincerely".

    2. Try visiting the head of local Army Recruitment Centre, or Sainik Welfare to get more guidance on the proper way to get the Absentee Batch.

    Wishing you good luck.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  161. Sir,
    Can u please list out all the required documents required for the ssb interview in mysore...
    please reply soon.. have interview in 3 days and i want to be sure i dont miss anything...
    Thank you

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  162. @Arshad

    Hi

    If you have it with you, kindly read the instructions that come with the SSB call letter. It also has a list of documents required.

    Also, I suggest:

    1. Scan all your important documents, and store them in email etc, where they can be accessed from anywhere on Internet.

    2. Get them xeroxed and leave a set with a responsible person at home.

    3. Now, give yourself the benefit of doubt and take along any document you have the slightest hint that it could be required.

    4. Documents in ORIGINAL, plus TWO PHOTOCOPIES EACH DULY ATTESTED of

    (a) 10th pass certificate and marks sheet
    (b) 10+2 pass certificate and marks sheet

    "In case, the original certificates and marks sheets are deposited with the institution for any
    reason
    , you are required to produce a bonafide certificate on the original letter head duly signed by
    the Head of the Institution and affixed round stamp, stating that the original certificate and marks
    sheets are deposited with the same institution.

    The bonafide certificate must include the date of
    birth.

    Also bring two photo copies each of the above documents duly attested by the Head of the
    Institution, failing which you will not be interviewed."


    (c) Similarly for higher education, with DMCs as well as the Degree, Postgraduate Degree etc.

    (d) ID proof with photograph, like Voter ID/Passport/Driving Licence/PAN Card etc

    (e) Take along any other document that you use to identify yourself with.

    Hope this helps. Wishing you all the best.

    Warm regards
    Gopal
    Jai Hind

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  163. nice to read it.. thank u

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  164. hey nice presentation buddy!!
    my ssb is scheduled for april 2012.
    this is my first time.
    so, please tell me, when will i recieve my ssb call letter?

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  165. @Arshad, @Priya and others

    Thanks a lot guys! :)

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  166. @Manjunath

    Thanks a lot!

    You should receive your SSB call-letter around 3-4 weeks before the Interview date.

    Also, you may read Some Tips Regarding SSB Interview Call Letters.

    Good luck.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  167. hey bro,thank u for the valuable information..i m expecting my first ssb interview this april..very tensed..and i wanted to know will they tell our score of written exam(cds)

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  168. @Srinu

    You're welcome. I'm glad you liked the presentation.

    Don't be tense regarding your interview call or anything. Play it cool- keep yourself busy in other things like education or job.

    I think not. Instead of scores, it'll be mentioned for which Academies you've qualified.

    Write back whenever you feel like.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  169. it's bayya.i am south indian,i hope u enjoyed the dosa,idly.
    i want to taste the panjabi dishes man

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  170. @Tej

    Yup, bro you won't imagine but I love South Indian food. Though the way dosa is made in Bangalore and here in Punjab are different.

    In Punjab, they put more effort and time in making it and you can find all kinds of dishes here.

    In Bangalore, I could hardly find a dhaba or restaurant serving North Indian food.

    Nice talking about food and all :)

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  171. hello gopal sir,
    just wanna ask about the eligibility for SSB nd also tat are CDS and SSB same????

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  172. @Anonymous

    SSB is the interview all candidates have to clear to become officers.

    NDA, CDSE, Direct Entry, NCC Entry etc are all different starting ways to become officers.

    The outline is this:
    Written Exam or Direct Entry or NCC etc -> SSB -> Medical Exam -> Merit List -> Training in Academy -> ...

    Kindly see Dream To Be A Military Officer In The Indian Armed Forces- How To Go About It? (Info For Freshers) for more details.

    Warm regards and good luck
    Gopal

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  173. Hello sir, thanks for the details and I would like to know about the written test , was it tough or average ? I have already started working on it , but still want to know . And also tell me will there be an interview at first itself before going through the tests scheduled for 5 days ?

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  174. Hello sir,
    I am in class 12 and i have cleared NDA (roll no 164929) and my date is 2 April 2012 but the problem is that IIT JEE exam is on 8 April.
    further Absentee batch is on 20 and VIT, ISAT is on 21 April and AIEEE is on 28 or 29 i think

    How important these exams are for anyone who is in 12 class is known to everyone who had non medical.

    So i want any contact number for Bangalore ssb so that i can fax my details and problem so that they can pre-pone my date to 4 feb
    sir please mail the number and any suggestion for ssb as i m really desperate to clear SSB
    Thank you sir
    Anuj Singh

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  175. OOps! srry for mail my mail is

    anujsingh23@gmail.com

    Anuj singh

    Thanks again

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  176. @Ujwala

    Hi

    You're welcome. Written exams are okay- I mean saying it was tough or average depends on the person, e.g. for me written exams were always easy, but for some of my friends it was difficult.

    I say you keep practicing, but under time-pressure, with a watch in front of you. Speed as well as accuracy- both are important.

    There will be some screening tests before candidates are selected for the 5-day interview. These include verbal/non-verbal test, story writing (Thematic Appreciation Test (TAT)), group discussion (GD).

    Kindly see www.ssbinterviewtips.com here for detailed information on Screening Test

    Keep writing and sharing your experiences too.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  177. @Anonymous

    I get your problem. Thankfully, we have time to sort it out.

    I personally do not have the number for Bangalore SSB. Kindly contact UPSC at Delhi to get the number of Bangalore SSB. See the first point on this page help you regarding that.

    You may also check out www.ssbinterviewtips.com or contact it's author too for suggestions.

    Bro, I want to help you and my first suggestion for SSB Interview is don't be desperate. Have faith, have fun while you are preparing, have fun while you are giving the interview etc. You know enjoying the journey to the dream also.

    Taking tension only takes us away from our goals.

    Keep writing and sharing your experiences

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  178. Hey everyone. I recently got a call-up latter for SSB interview on February 27th, but right now i am in the middle of an internship near Chennai and it is not possible to get 2 weeks off at a time. Will this be a valid reason to request a date change for the interview?
    If so, then how should i do the change? i tried calling the given numbers in the call-up letter during the times mentioned, but they are all switched off.
    Can i mail about this matter?
    Please provide me with the details, its very urgent.

    Regards,
    Narendra.

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  179. @Narenleo

    Hi

    Congrats on receiving SSB call-up letter. Yes, this is a valid reason for postponing your SSB to an Absentee Batch. I think you might need documents verifying your internship etc.

    It's a little unprofessional of SSB to keep those numbers switched off.

    Anyways, did you receive a printed postcard that mentioned something regarding Absentee Batch?

    You may see the common instructions for interview at all SSBs at the official Indian Army site. See point no. 3 and 4- it mentions something about Absentee Batch.

    Does your call-letter also mention something like this?

    Also, call up UPSC (see point no. 1 on this page) to get the latest numbers of your SSB Board and contact them.

    Bro, make sure you get this done through proper channel so as not to lose this chance of SSB. Also, keep in applying for Army, Navy, Air Force through as many entries as possible.

    Write back whenever you feel like.

    With best wishes and praying for your success.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  180. What kind of syllabus we should follow for intelligence test like in non verbal and verbal..?

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  181. @Shubham

    The level of difficulty is similar to any reputed competitive exam.

    The types of questions are well-defined and known. So, that gives all aspirants an advantage- they can prepare well before the SSB and increase chances of getting through the Screening Test.

    The verbal tests include analogy and classification, coding - decoding, number series, blood relations, direction test, seating arrangement, puzzle test, basic mathematical aptitude.

    And the non-verbal tests include analogy and classification of figures, complete and incomplete pattern of figures, cubes and dice, Venn Diagram (simple one).

    I have taken this list from a wonderful site on SSB SSBInterviewTips.com and I heartily recommend it for details and suggestions on SSB Interview

    With best wishes, and praying for the success of all Indian Military aspirants.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  182. hi, iv cleared cds2/2011 for ota, but hav not recieved any call up letter for the same yet, its been quiet very long since the results were declared.
    iv tried calling up upsc, bt no communications withheld. please tell me when do i expect it?

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  183. @Anonymous

    Congratulations on clearing the written exam. If four or five weeks have passed since the announcement of the written result, you should start taking some action.

    Since call-letters are sent by standard mail, it is possible for them to get lost in transit. It is not your fault.

    Kindly see What to do if SSB call-letter not received? for suggestions.

    The main thing is that you get to know your venue and date. Even if you do not have the call-letter, you must report your venue on the allotted date.

    Some of the aspirants shared receiving SMS details. Did you receive any such communication?

    Write back if it doesn't work out.

    With best wishes.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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  184. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

    Fantastic work bro....

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  185. AnonymousJune 19, 2013

    gopal d way u discribd is xactly wot i exprncd dre!
    it was ma 1st attmpt..confrnc out..
    n ma mind is stil dre..
    maza agaya padh ke..
    respect

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  186. So is there is some wat to book tickets for coming back from a ssb centre or its all spontaneous
    ???
    Any suggestions as i have a ssb ahead in nov.

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  187. Yes, there is a railway ticket booking centre near the Bangalore SSB Centre. It is the skyscraper Public Utility Building on Mahatma Gandhi Road (Bangalore).

    Also, a tip -sometimes it might be difficult to book a seat from Bangalore to New Delhi, you might try other trains that leave from Yeshwantpur (a nearby town) to H. Nizamuddin station.

    So, you can plan out your journey by booking tickets in advance when you have free time in the afternoon or evening.

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  188. Dear Gopal,
    I Cleared my AFCAT and i am to attend my SSB on 2nd of December in Mysore.Please let me know whether to carry my mobile phone with me and if so is that i am allowed to use it after the selection process gets over i.e on the evening or should we give to or surrender it to the airforce office there and collect it on returning back...?
    thanks for your in advance...

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  189. Hi Anantha

    Congratulations on your upcoming SSB. I've been out of touch of SSB Interviews for quite some time.

    As per my knowledge, they will collect all electronic devices like mobiles, cameras etc on your arrival at the SSB Interview Centre.

    I don't think they will allow you to use it daily in evening etc. You may get it back only when returning.

    I suggest take an inexpensive mobile with you to keep in touch while travelling etc.

    Warm regards
    Gopal

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