SSB Interview Story of Kapil Salimath: Recommended from AEC entry
Hello Everyone! I am Kapil Salimath from Pune,Maharashtra recommended by 24SSB Bangalore through AEC entry in my 2ndattempt. Before venturing into the field of defence, I was preparing forcompetitive exams like Civil Services, SSC- CGL, SBI PO, etc. I spent some 3years in total preparing for these exams and cleared a few as well but then Igot to know about Defence entries as one of my friend (Thanks Rutuja!) told meabout the AFCAT 1 2015 form (Seriously! At the age of 24 I got to know how toget into the armed forces and what it really means!). SSB Success Story of recommended candidateSo I cleared AFCAT and started preparing for theSSB which was in Gandhi nagar on 15/06/2015 (I chose this date as 6 is my lucknumber, luck was not on my side though!).The SSB testing procedure wascompletely new to me, hence, I took advice from a friend who has been to theSSB before (Thank you Ganesh!) and joined Col. Sinha’s Gurudeva’s Academy inPune. Coaching was extremely helpful as the knowledgethat I had gained in my competitive exams’ preparation was not much relevant inthis type of testing process. I got to learn a lot and was quite confident tocompete in an arena which was much different than what I am used to.Unfortunately, I was conference out in the AFSB but it was surely a greatlearning experience and it also created a desire in me that now I have to clearthe SSB interviews. I was searching for opportunities to appear forSSB again as I was running out of attempts because of my lateself-actualization. And thus I learnt about AEC entry in army and got a chanceto appear for the SSB on 21st Sept 2015. This time I was a calmerand composed than before as I had learnt from my previous mistake that overenthusiasm ruins your performance. I was taking every test one at a time andwas not thinking at all about what had happened or what will happen ahead.
Also, one huge mistake which I previously did was to write pre-conceivedstories in TAT. This time I wrote whatever came to my mind first after seeingthe picture and made sure that I stick to the theme which is clearly seen inthe image.
In GTO, I just made sure that I enjoy all the activities. I was quite lucky toget a fantastic group where no one created any chaos and everyone was givingthe other person a good opportunity to speak. I always kept a smiling face,welcomed everyone’s ideas in the GD, GPE and PGT, and focused more on buildingcommon opinion that forcing people to implement my ideas.
At no point I was thinking about getting recommended, I was only trying to givemy best in whatever I was doing there then. SSB Success Story of recommended candidateThen on 26th Sept 2015 came theconference! As the popular myth goes, if there is gap before or after yourconference or if your conference lasts for longer than usual, it is only thenyou have a chance of getting recommended. But in my case, there was no gapbefore the conference, it lasted for only 30seconds and there was no gap afterit as well. So for I while I thought to myself, Better luck next time! But when the results were declared and I heard,“Chest Number 17, Salimath Kapil Sharnayya” it was a feeling which wascompletely out of this world! I thought I would cry but instead I was smiling alot because of that Euphoria. I spent more 6 Days in the selection center forthe medicals. Thankfully, I was medically fit so had no problems at all there. Made it through the merit list and now eagerlywaiting to join the academy and explore my true potential.
Best of luck to all the Defence aspirants and I wish you success in all yourendeavours
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