Hello everyone. Friends my name is Avinash and I am from Lucknow, a defense aspirant from childhood. My journey started from last year after I passed class 12. Clearing NDA written exam became a challenge for me but I was appearing for TES and NAVY tech. My first SSB was on 10 August 2017 at Allahabad for TES 38. I got screened in easily. At that time I was a little casual person and I did some mistakes in GTOs. My interview went for 15 minutes only. I was unable to make it at that time. I got conference out. A huge failure for me. I was unable to forget it for about a month.
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After that, I appeared for NAVY tech SSB at Coimbatore where I got screened out because the GD of my group was not healthy. Again a disappointment.
Then a smile on my face as I saw TES 39 notification. My SSB was on 25 Jan 2018 at Banglore. Preparations were going on but, again I got screened out. This time I was very upset I decided to not appear for direct entries but, my friends helped me out. I went to appear for my NAVY tech SSB which was at Coimbatore again on 6 Feb. I had a clear aim to get screened in first and I did it. After getting screened in from 216 candidates I was having a different smile on my face. My psychology went well as well as the interview but GTOs again ruined my graph. Only one got recommended out of 36 and again a failure in my life.
I gave my 5th NDA with full confidence and yes this time finally I cleared it. Extreme happiness in my inner world. For SSB I changed my approach. I gave up writing stories daily but started analyzing my day to day activities. Started reading self-help books, editorials and day by day I was able to notice a change in my personality. My NDA SSB was on 18 August. I did well in PPDT and got screened in. For the psychological test, I just tried to relate myself with the picture and wrote my actions in that situation. In WAT I wrote maximum observational responses and in this way, my psychology test went well.
In GTOs, I just cooperated with my group. I even asked my subordinate for help in command task as I was not having any idea. My interview was just after my GTO, Firstly he asked me about my GTO performance and my stay and then a series of question from PIQ after answering them he asked me about my daily routine and I told him everything which included newspaper reading. He asked me to tell three national and international news and to elaborate on anyone. I told all news and said to him that I want to elaborate Kerala floods but he told me elaborate Venezuela crisis, I explained about it briefly. He then asked me that who is the president of Venezuela and I said I do not remember exactly but his title is Maduro. Then he said how you got all these information and I replied that sir I follow you tube. He asked me the no. of individual obstacles I did as my hobby is Calisthenic. I said 15 and he said ok .
My interview was over now. My conference was also very short and then came the results the first chest no. he named was 22. I was shocked . I thought I am dreaming but yes this was the moment for which I had struggled a lot . I was in the same conference hall where my journey had started. A huge satisfaction in myself and my confidence again built up. Friends keep working on yourself because “Sometime it delays but Hardwork always pays”.
After that, I went to Banglore for TES 40 on 7 sep and got recommended there also. I just hope that my experience will help you all. Keep going.