Ideal Routine to Clear SSB

Daily Schedule of an Ideal Candidate

I have been asked to write a blog on the subject, “Daily Schedule of an Ideal Candidate”.  Here it is:

Ideal Candidate

There can be millions of ideal SSB candidates in India. The criteria are very easily attainable. Let us note as to what they are:

  • If he/she is a worker then he/she should be a competent worker.
  • If he/she is a student then he/she should be a competent student.
  • Be physically fit.
  • Have fairly good GK.
  • Meet the services requirements of physical/moral courage.

Different Lifestyles

One of my students is a nurse. She works 10-12 hours 6 days in a week. There are workers who work in shifts of organizations which work 24×7 & their shifts change every fortnight. The IT professionals work 10 hours per day for 5 days in a week. Some students do not attend college and have no routine. Similarly there are people who are neither students nor workers but are sitting at home & preparing for government exams.

It is obvious that none of the above can have a common routine.

Different Weaknesses to be Overcome

A lawyer is one of my students. She is fit to be selected but is physically very unfit & lacks the motivation, discipline and will-power to overcome her weakness. I have a student who is a terrific athlete but does not meet the selection criteria as regards communication skills & knowledge of his core subjects.

It requires no genius to realize that the above two should not have a common routine because the focus areas for improvement are different.

No General Ideal Routine

From the above it would be clear that there cannot be a general ideal routine for all SSB aspirants. Routine has to be made for each individual considering the lifestyle dictated by the work/study schedule & individual needs for improvement.

Common Features in Routine

Whatever be an individual’s work/study requirements he/she has to definitely devote regular time to improve/stay fit & keep updated with profession and with important events in India/abroad.

Complex Case Study to Understand Improving Routine

I had a student in Africa who was 45-46 years old, whose family was in India. He was in a senior position of quality control and managed 4 separate units. He was a competent worker. He had no medical problems & was not over-weight.  Broadly his routine was like this:

  • Get up at 5:00 AM. He had a cup of black coffee & biscuit.
  • 06:45 AM: He had ‘Idli-sambhar ‘breakfast.
  • 07:00 AM: He left for office.
  • 07:30 AM: He reached one unit & thereafter there was no fixed plan. The job requirements dictated what he did. He was quite busy the whole day. He definitely visited each of the 4 units everyday & came back home by about 7:00- 7:30 PM. He had a light South Indian lunch & had tea or coffee as well in the day about twice with or without snacks.
  • He had coffee & snacks on reaching home & had light dinner before 10 PM and slept by 11 PM.

Problems in Lifestyle

  • He devoted no time for personal growth as a professional (he was highly qualified-IIT+MBA).
  • The work life was not well planned and organized.
  • He over-supervised at work place & did not trust subordinates. He over-worked, which was neither good for him or in the interest of the organization which needed development of subordinates.
  • He devoted no time for exercise (he had to walk around quite a bit during work hours but that was all). His cardio ability was low & muscle strength was very poor.

Problems in Diet

  • He had very low protein intake (he was a vegetarian) & low consumption of Calcium, Vitamin D & Iron. He had low intake of vegetables/fruits.

Social Aspects

He took leave timely and had a good family life. This aspect of life was fine.

Changes/Improvements/ Success

  • We gradually worked on improving his professional lifestyle, exercise and food habits. I cannot dictate a work, food & exercise routine to anyone. I work to make the person realize as to what changes he can make and that also gradually. The older a person, more difficult it is to bring in changes. In this case we were successful about 15-20% only. The individual could not give up his habit of over-supervising despite my rationalizing and certain other aspects as well.
  • Reasons for only partial success:
    • The individual’s desire was to improve his accent, presentation skills & ability to influence people in gatherings. His desires were to attain rather superficial goals & he was not amenable to grasp the relevance of working at a deeper level.
    • He was reluctant to develop his subordinates because may be he felt the insecurity that his employer would feel that he is becoming less responsible. Moreover, enhancing the competence of subordinates is a risk to one’s job.
    • He probably doubted my ability to advise him on issues in his field of work in which I did not have experience.


Considering a person’s work/study requirements & other domestic responsibilities an efficient routine can be made by everyone. No routine can be externally imposed on a person because his/her willingness and commitment is essential, particularly when major changes are to be effected. I advise changes in the routine being followed on rational grounds. My rationality may appeal to some & may not appeal to some.  I am a personality developer, but not infallible! Others may have better logic. In case you are committed to improve yourself then regular effort in a focused manner is essential. It cannot be done by pending things to weekends or free times & so on. When I can make a routine of working 8-9 hours in a day, exercising regularly and keep myself updated with what is happening in the world, so can you!

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