Bhawani, Harkaran & Ishan
These are real stories of three of my students. These stories are very relevant for a large number of aspirants who are reasonably competent in all-round abilities but still keep getting rejected at SSB. Let us understand the stories in brief.
Bhawani was good in English, academics, physically fit, a fairly good sportsman and quite fit to be selected when he joined my program. He had been to SSB earlier. He went for SSB and got rejected. Upon discussion, post his rejection, we realized that he had abided by some illogical advice which he had received earlier. He realized his mistake. He never spoke to me again for quite some time when one day I got a call from him that he had been recommended for Air Force. I asked him as to why he never spoke to me in between at all. He told me that he had nothing to clarify & hence he did not speak. He just had to be his natural self to get recommended.
Ishan was fine with English, had been the school topper throughout and was physically also quite fit. He was quite fit for selection when he joined my program. He got recommended only in his fourth attempt. In his last attempt, in which he was selected, he finally decided that he will not be concerned at all about the impression he had on the assessors and would just be what he naturally was.
Harkaran was good in English, competent in academics, had good Gk and was physically good. When he joined my program I was finding it difficult to understand as to why he was rejected 2-3 times earlier? In such cases I advise students to over-prepare & gain greater confidence. He still got rejected twice. We lost contact till he called me one day from Canada. He told me that he was working as a gym instructor in Canada. He needed my advice as to whether he should come to India and join OTA because he had been selected in SSB. What had happened was that he had given up on his dream to join the Defence Forces & decided to settle down in Canada. When he had done all his formalities and was awaiting to leave for Canada he had an OTA entry SSB lined up & he was quite free. He just went with no preparations and a totally carefree outlook. He was feeling no pressure to get selected this time. This was the time he got selected! I advised him to remain in Canada.
Lessons for Aspirants
Please focus on all-round improvement for success at SSB. Pressure to get recommended causes us to give responses which we feel would be pleasing to the assessors rather than what we feel are rationally correct. This attitude gets us rejected.
The corporate world attitude is unsuited for SSB because in the corporate world an interviewee is expected to say that the Company for which he is being interviewed was his childhood dream to join (the truth would be that he would have Googled the details of the company just 3 days back) & forget him, the guy interviewing him would leave that dream company to join another one for Rs 5000/- more! In SSB, honesty still remains the best policy!