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How I Cracked NDA SSB Interview with AIR-249

Managing time effectively, especially in the NDA's math section, was crucial. This section involved solving 120 questions in 150 minutes.

Success is built on a foundation of effort, discipline, focus, and, crucially, the lessons learned from failures. Greetings to all, I’m Satyapal Singh. Like many of you, my journey has been one of aspiring to join the defense forces. I’ve gone through the SSB Interview process three times, for both NDA and TES-49.

My first attempt led me to be recommended for NDA-149 at 19SSB Allahabad, where I achieved AIR-486, but unfortunately didn’t make the final cut. Later, I faced a setback at TES-49 in 22SSB Bhopal. Medical issues then prevented me from sitting for the NDA-150 written exam.

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However, perseverance paid off, and I was recommended for NDA-151 from 24SSB Bangalore, securing AIR-249, and am now on my way to the esteemed National Defence Academy.

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My interest in the defense sector stems from my family background. My father, a 24-year veteran of the Army, retired as a Havaldar in 2019. Growing up in this environment offered me a unique insight into military life, fueling my desire to join the army as an officer.

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My father’s dedication, discipline, and camaraderie were my biggest inspirations, making him my role model and greatest supporter. In my senior year of school, I was resolute in cracking the NDA exam, dedicating myself entirely to my studies. I immersed myself in learning from books, YouTube, and online resources, particularly focusing on past exam questions and time-management strategies.

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Managing time effectively, especially in the NDA’s math section, was crucial. This section involved solving 120 questions in 150 minutes. My approach was to first solve the easier questions, then move on to the more time-consuming ones, and, time permitting, tackle the most challenging ones. For the GAT section, I was careful to answer only those questions I was confident about, keeping in mind the negative marking scheme.

This method proved effective, helping me clear the written exam and gear up for the SSB. The SSB’s five-day regimen includes psychological tests, group tasks, and an interview, aiming to assess candidates comprehensively.

To prepare, I practiced OIR tests and developed stories for PP&DT images, honing my skills through regular participation in SSB-focused Telegram group sessions. My strategy during PP&DT was to focus intently on the image, formulate a coherent story relevant to its context, and convey my thoughts in a collaborative yet assertive manner during group discussions.

The subsequent psychological tests — TAT, WAT, and SRT — required crafting stories, constructing sentences, and solving situational problems, respectively. I made sure my responses were positive, relevant, and concise.

The GTO tasks spanned over two days, encompassing group discussions, planning exercises, tasks requiring group cooperation, and a lecturette. I engaged actively in discussions, bringing unique perspectives and staying calm under pressure. My preparation included staying updated with current affairs. The tasks required effective teamwork, problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and confidently.

The final interview phase demanded honesty, confidence, and a good grasp of current events and personal information. This journey of two years with the SSB taught me the value of resilience, the joy in the journey itself, and the importance of staying focused on one’s goals, despite setbacks.

The unwavering support from my family and friends was instrumental in this journey. I share my story with the hope that it inspires and guides others aspiring to achieve their dreams and reach new heights in their endeavors.

“When dreams fill your eyes, embrace your goals as your own. Then, what’s difficult and what’s easy? Once resolved, the path becomes clear.”

The Editorial Team at SSBCrack consists of professional writers, journalists and defence aspirants.

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