Hello everyone! This is Harshpreet Kaur Riar, selected for logistics branch in INDIAN AIR FORCE for July course 2019. My journey has been a roller coaster and filled with the test of patience. But at the same time, this journey has taught me so much about myself. It has enhanced me personally because even when I fell, I dusted myself off and pushed myself for the next coming attempt. And of all I feel, no one can it do alone. Your family, your friends, your teachers are your support system. You do it for your closed ones, for your alma mater and for yourself. I have been a fairly good and average student, scored only 65% in graduation. NCC and my family background ignited the spark I have had for the Armed Forces.
So, coming to SSB part , I attempted SSB 5 times, out of which I got conference out the first time (Bhopal Army ) , second time screen out (ALLAHABAD army) , third time merit out (AFSB Dehradun), fourth time merit out (Bhopal Army) , fifth time MERIT IN FINALLYYY !!! (AFSB DEHRADUN). In all the previous attempts, I have had heartbreak and major disappointment exhausting my chances and putting my career on the line. Even though, I had left my corporate job and rejected family pressure of having a luxurious life abroad. I had risked it all for my stubbornness to get into the INDIAN ARMED FORCES.
The reason I have told you this is that never give up on your dreams, never stop hustling for what you dream for your life, Luck favours the brave and dreams come true. Continuous prayers of clarity and direction gave me immense strength to continue and finally, the result came in favour. My approach to SSB has been very simple. PSYCH- never mask your first response … practice and practice to write your desired answers in the pressure of time and situation. Be you and never try superimposing anyone’s idea in your psych test. INTERVIEW- what I call is being besharam-ly honest with who you are. I have been that and had always put the facts plainly with absolutely no regrets of past…. everyone has had ups and downs in life… be in academics or personal life … but its all about being a balanced person and being a good human with a clear heart and intent which gets one for a longer run.
GTO- I tried being consistent in all the tasks which go on for two days. When I had the idea … I brought the group together and executed it along with the group and when I had no idea…I became a good follower of who had the idea and tried with the group together in the PGT, HGT and FGT. I tried being confident in Command task even when I used to be scared of it a lot. Individual obstacles – doing only the ones which I was confident and always followed a pattern in which I did. The funny part of the GTO tasks has been that I have never been called as a subordinate ever more than two times which used to scare me a lot but finally it depends on overall performance.
I feel its best to remain calm, prepare best when one can and should in preparation time before the ssb and be chilled as ice during whole SSB procedure, giving the best in whichever task that comes. I have been a very under-confident person as a kid but learnt to love and own myself over time and being assertive even when coming from quite a strict family. In the end, it all depends on what you want from your life and how much effort one is ready to put in an effort of constantly improving. More power to everyone who is hustling for their dreams. Hard Work pays. A big Thank you to SSBCRACK for inspiring so many aspirants and providing with great preparation material. I have personally used the LET’S CRACK SSB INTERVIEW BOOK and BREAKING THE CODE OF SSB PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS book. In the end, I would say NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT. Thank you.
“I scored 174 marks in AFCAT. However, the preparation strategy to get into the merit list should also be considered with which branch one wants to opt for. For flying, clearing afcat cut-off and few marks above it will do but won’t work the same for ADM or LGS. In that case, one needs to score 35-45 marks above the cut off and good score in the AFSB as well. This is what I learned and observed during my time and some of us did ask the interviewer in the interview when given a chance to ask a question from him, he too clearly mentioned that its with AIR HQ who decides the weight ratio of ssb marks and afcat marks for final merit list. In the end, its kind of dicey game as some candidates scoring marks near and above 200 also got merit out.“