Is it OK to go for SSB Coaching?

by Uday Kumar on September 17, 2012

Hi readers, a number of you (and a few years back even myself) have tried to find answer to a question and have not got a suitable reply regarding whether it is correct to undergo SSB coaching or not. To all those I present to you some opinions (purely mine) which throws light on the morality and correctness in undergoing coaching for SSB interview.

Let me put it straight – not all of us are born and brought up with all the Officer Like Qualities. If SSB is looking for Officer Like Qualities in candidates who have Officer Like Qualities right from their birth then I think we will not have more than 10 to 15 guys (though I strongly feel it will be comfortably NIL) getting selected per year for the Armed Forces (all SSB centers put together).

Then the next question is, then how come so many candidates are getting selected? So what actually happens? The answer is simple. Through out our life, we get moulded in life at various points of time. We learn a lot of things from our friends, family, teachers, society etc. We face a number of events, experiences and these things mould our character in due course of time.

So there is no doubt that our character is under constant change and transformation. One incident changes people for ever and ever. If one war can change Emperor Ashoka’s attitude, so can our attitude also change. There are many bitter incidents which have a long lasting scar in our life ahich changes the person you are. There are so many incidents in our life which contribute towards the shaping of our character and attitude.

So why do we have to call a candidate going for coaching inorder to have a character or attitudinal transformation as wrong. He is willing to accept and change his character. He has willfully taken a decision to adjust and transform his character in order to be more officer like and therefore attain his goal. So where on mother earth the person is doing something wrong. I know some people will not accept the logic which I have mentioned above and will try to argue against this idea. Do you want to?

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Mukesh Pandey September 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm


whatever you said is 100% correct, correcting oneself is never wrong… but my classmates and my school teacher whose son is in IMA strongly discouraged me to do so.. i dont know why? He said ” Ek nazar me coaching waale bande pakde jaate hain”…. seriously sir i didnt understand this part sir..

Second ques –

Sir in my previous comments almost like 3 months ago I told that I was overweight (Height – 178 cm, weight – 92 Kg) and you said to reduce 10 kgs in following 3 months.. and My weight is now 74 kg. so how much more i need to reduce sir?


Uday Kumar September 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Dear Mukesh, you have not understood the point of discussion here… You must not take the coaching as an easy cheat code, which if you will follow you will pass the SSB. What I meant is You must inculcate and incorporate those good qualities inside you.

You should not just try to be something which you are actually not. But instead you must be the person you want to !!

And regarding the weight for 178 cms the ideal weight is 66kgs with 10% permissible, which is 73kgs. So you are very very much with in the limits!!


Mukesh Pandey September 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Thank you sir. I clearly understood what you meant. I have to utilize the coaching as a way to change myself rather than using it just as a tip paper to follow.

And sir my sole aim is to get in the nsg. that’s why i opted for army as my first preference. will i be able to get in nsg through the army? and sir what i can do to prepare my ssb specially for those current affair topics. sir how will i recognize which topics are of national importance and which are not?
awaiting your reply sir.

RITU September 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thankyou sir for guiding us.
i have a doubt, my eyesight is -1.75 . Is m eligible for ssb or not ?


Shashank Rai September 29, 2012 at 4:00 am

Hi Ritu,regarding your question i would say that there’s no harm in having corrected can still be an officer.the correvction is a problem only if you go for PABT i.e. Pilot Aptitude Battery Test.but there are so many other departments where you can definitely wishes.Godspeed.

maxy September 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

Although I agree with you to a certain extend I heard that in the Armed Forces they are looking for originality.(Do they??) So, taking coaching will definitely swipes away most of our originalities.A person willing to change himself/herself just for the sake of getting a his/her dreamjob is not quite right.
But however, since change is inevitable a ‘Change’ for good is still sweet a acceptable.So,I think taking coaching is entirely personal.[just a humble opinion of mine :)]


Nishant Kumar September 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

Our life teaches us various lesson.We have to only implent them in our daily life.
How to implement,it’s your choice,By yourself or by coaching.So,it’s up to you.


VIKAS HALI September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

sir i am going to attend the interview under the university entry scheme of navy on 4th oct. please tell me that what type of questions they are going to ask and
how one should handle them???? plzz reply sir..


kiran gaikwad July 6, 2013 at 6:21 am

please vikas tell me which batch you had applied for UES navy. i was applied but i cant receive any call letter for campus selection or even SSB. whats your percentage.

pardeep kumar September 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm

sir, i dont found even single prolem in my ssc in varanasi for airforce, i reply true answers not even a single lie was there,i found it a perfect interview and ssb,, bt why i was not recommended????
sir please give me a satisfactry answer
and please guide me what kind of preperation i have to made in next ssb
and i want to take coaching in your institute,as i havent take any kind of coaching


uday1 September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

Pardeep Kumar, answering all answers honestly is not alone enough… you need to have those officer like qualities with out which you will not be selected!!

shubham singh September 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

very true respected sir,
sir this is my b.a 2nd year right now but i really wnt to be in defence. my hieght is 161 or odd. is i m eligible sir for including both criteria.if yes so kindly sir advice me correct path so i can be an officer in defence……….thankyou so much sir.
i m eagerly waiting for reply…………..


uday1 September 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

Shubam Singh, you are eligible for navy!!

shubham singh September 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm

thanks for reply sir there is one more ques…..
sir i have beaten group x paper and i m waiting for all india merit list…….
eligibility for g x is 17 to 22……
sir i am 17 and i have searched previous merit list there is not a single one who belongs to age 17. sir ……will i have been selected sir…………


Sid September 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm


Does eyesight matter for technical entries also in Indian Army? Please also tell whether engineers also get ranks equivalent to officer?


Sid September 19, 2012 at 11:17 pm


Does eyesight matter for technical entries also in Indian Army? Please also tell whether engineers also get ranks equivalent to officer?
Please give all opportunity for an electrical engineers in Indian Army/Navy/IAF also give eyesight details for all.



Siddharth Raj September 20, 2012 at 8:52 am


What are the opportunities for an electrical engineer in Indian Army/Navy/Air Force? Please also give details regarding age limit & eye – sight (myopia).


Siddharth Raj September 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

Do engineers also get equivalent ranks in indian army ?


Goutham September 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hello Sir,

I received a call letter for the navy for the first time and it is in this October 2012. Navy again posted some more jobs for the next batch that is June 2014. In previous attempts column in the online application, should I say yes or no. I mean to should mention that I’ve attended or not??


abhinav anand September 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

what is the expected cut off for their subjectwise cut-off?
i m getting 154marks overall but only 29 in gk.
plz reply


Himanshu Gupta September 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I agree on your point that correcting oneself through coaching is never wrong. But (i don’t know if i’m right) i have an impression that all coaching institutes teach only according to themselves and do not go according to their student’s ability or inability to perform in a certain task.
For example, in my case, I have once been conferenced out from AFSB, Dehradun and i have recognised where i was weak. I know that i can do well in written psychological tests, OIR and picture perception. What i need is much practice in obstacle tasks like PGT, command tasks and also some mock interviews to get confident about myself and for a practice of general knowledge. I have heard from many of my friends who have taken coaching for SSB that the coaching institutes give emphasis only on Screening, and written tests and focus on only those students who are weak in written tests and communication. How can I, who wants to do well in physical tasks and needs much practice in them, cope up with It.!! Even talking to the authorities goes futile!! I want to perform well this time. I am totally confused to take a coaching or not. I have my SSB at Allahabad on 21st October, so I have less than one month left.
It would be great if you could tell me a good coaching institute ( in NEW DELHI) which can fully satisfy my requirements.
Thanking you a lot in advance,
Himanshu Gupta


rajan kumar rai December 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

sîr i am full? agree with you sir.thanks for ?our advice regarding coching.i have applied for afcat.i am cp-3(colour perception).am i eligible .please guide me so that i could prepare b? heart


lokesh January 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Respected Sir,
I cleared my coastguard psb ,fsb is on nxt mnth…m goin 2 tk coaching meanwhile b4 fsb…will it help me in fsb…?
and sir what s d selection rate in coastguard?


shiva January 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

sir ,
i have my ssb interview for ssc-ues-observer on feb 26. here are my queries:
1. i have an eye sight of 1.0 for left eye and 1.4 for right eye is it a problem for me??? height is 5’10” and my weight is 82 kg. is it necessary to reduce my weight???


shiva sai krishna January 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I got a call letter to attend ssb interview for ssc-ues-observer (INDIAN NAVY) after going through the GD and personal interview in our college. and the interview
is going to b held on feb 26 at bengaluru. i have some questions for which i need your useful suggestions:
1) i have an eye sight of -2.50 for right eye and -1.50 for left eye . is my eye sight a problem for the applied observer post in indian navy ?
2) i am 5’10” and weigh around 82 kg . is there a need to reduce my weight ?
please, i do need your usefull suggestion.. waiting for ur reply…

with regards
shiva sai krishna(hyd)


pankaj bhatt February 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

“Sir will u plz suggest me few good books for ssb prep as i m having my cds ssb in april this year…. I will be thankful to u sir”


kiran gaikwad July 6, 2013 at 6:27 am

major joshis SSB is useful

Dheeraj Rajput March 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Sir. I hav to appear for cw ssb. Give me important tips, and if u suggest me for coaching classes, then tell me the best institute providing guidance for naval ssb.


VARUN June 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

dear Sir,
i need your advice for ssb that i got screen out continuously 5 times so i want to know how to rectify my fault and i am a job doing person.
so suggest me some measures.


Rajat June 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm


I’ve to appear for Air Force SSB on 23rd Sept in Varanasi. I’m presently into job n have limited time available preparation of the same. Location being no constraint, i was searching for good coaching center for my preparation but fancy advertisement of all are making me confused.Kindly suggest me some good coaching institute and gap i should keep between coaching and SSB.



shiv July 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

sir i have vericocele problem in left testis. i am unfit for army officer ?


Nitin January 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Sir, i hv cleared the cds 2,2013.with my own preparation.nd now its ssb’s turn .pz suggest me how can i clear this hurdle.suggest me some books whatever u think to be good.i can’t do the coaching ,i m financially weak,pz sir suggest me something.


Lakshya January 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Hello sir !
I am a Btech pursuing student with 65% in academics. I have applied for AFCAT recently. I am sure that i can clear AFCAT. With SSB training what are the chances of I getting selected for flying branch ?


Palak Singh June 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Sir i have completed by Btech this year. i want to know what are the opportunities(papers)to enter in Indian army, navy and air force and also kindly suggest best training institute for this


ranjit May 31, 2015 at 7:32 am

I have -1D in both of my eye and i am applying for pilot entry in indian navy will they give me chance for LASIK because i found that Airforce is allowing LASIK for pilots to fly in transports and helicopters in AFCAT entry.Is this possible in navy.
Sir please i am waiting for your replay since there is no one to guide me,its my childhood dream to become an naval pilot.


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