Military is known for its discipline and quality of life. Soldiers of our armed forces are courageous, disciplined and they bring glory to our nation by their services. In India, no. of institutions provide military educations in the schools so that the future warriors can learn to live a way of life from their childhood.

Military Schooling In India

Some of these institutes are:

Rashtriya Indian Military College

The Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun was founded in 1922. The objective of RIMC was to provide necessary preliminary training for Indians who wanted to become officers in Indian Armed Forces. RIMC runs school classes from 8th to 12th on 10+2 CBSE pattern and serves as a feeder institution to the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla (Pune).

Admissions: Only 25 Cadets are admitted every six-month. Admissions are made to Class VIII only. The Candidate must be studying in Class VII or above in a recognized school at the time of joining. Application forms are to be submitted to respective State governments.

Candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in an All India Entrance Examination held twice a year successful candidates are called for Viva – Voce test. A merit list is prepared and those who qualify are sent for medical examinations. Those finally cleared are invited to join up.

Sainik Schools

The Sainik Schools Society is an organization under the Ministry of Defence. Its board of governors is chaired by the Minister of Defence. Sainik Schools were started in 1961 to remove regional imbalances in the officer’s cadre of the Defence Forces.

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15 Golden Tips to Crack the SSB Interview

by Sachin Kumar on July 17, 2014

SSB is regarded as the toughest interview in India. Large no. of applicants apply for the various entries but at the end only few make it. The reason behind their selection is that they were different from the others.


How you can be different than others and how can you crack the SSB? Find out in the following article:

  1. Speak truth: Truth Alone Triumphs. Whatever you speak it must be true. In case you don’t know anything about a particular question then don’t lie to the IO. Remember that he interviews many candidates like us and he can catch you easily when you are lying.
  2. Show your knowledge: Keep yourself updated with the latest happenings in the world and India. When it comes to GD and Lecturette then your knowledge will surely help you to earn more points. Your knowledge will grab others attention and you will become the center of attraction. In case of you interview, show your full knowledge of games you played, NCC etc.
  3. Motivate others: In GTO tasks, you may find that some people get nervous or they are not able to express themselves clearly. In that case you must give them a helping hand and motivate them to express themselves. A leader never lets his soldier feel low or nervous.
  4. Work for a team: When it comes to PGT,HGT,FGT and snake race, always think for the team first. Make a balance in giving ideas and helping others. In snake race, always help the weak members to cross the obstacles before you.
  5. Don’t panic: While Psychological testing, Interview and Individual tasks, don’t panic. Nobody is going to kill you. Just keep yourself calm, hold your breath, leave all the tensions behind and give your best performance.
  6. Don’t beat around the bush: In case of Interview and GD, if you don’t know anything about a particular topic then don’t beat around the bush or give illogical ideas and answers. Just give it a small try and leave the topic if it is not going in your favour.
  7. Don’t apply others ideas: This happens mostly in psychological testing. Some people discuss with others (who already had appeared for SSB) and ask them that what they wrote in the pictures, situations and words. If they find it good, then they apply the same ideas in their own SSB. This is a wrong technique as it may not match your personality.
  8. Be cooperative: Don’t argue with other, don’t shout and don’t be loud. Cooperate with others and keep the discussion healthy.
  9. Express yourself/ Good expressions Power of expression is most important. Express your points with full confidence and positivity in such a way that it leaves a positive impact on the audience. When you are answering a question in your interview then make sure that you are expressing your thoughts clearly and precisely. Don’t hurry and speak slowly with an ease.
  10. Be cheerful and lively: Whatever you do, so it with full energy and keep smiling. A cheerful and lively person is admired by all. Always keep a smile on your face. Smile costs nothing. It shows that you are enjoying your tasks/conversation with the IO and nervousness is far away from you. A gloomy face shows lack of confidence and interest.
  11. Be confident and have faith on you: Always be self-confident, be positive and have faith on you that whatever you are doing is right. It removes nervousness. Whatever you speak, speak with confidence. If you are confident, then every question will be easy for you to answer.
  12. Be positive: In Psychological testing some negative pictures, situations and words are displayed to check candidate’s reponse. In that case one must display positivity and remove the negative aspect of the above by his logical and positive thinking. But if you reflected negative thoughts, then you are gone.
  13. Take initiative:  A leader always lead his team to victory. Take initiative in performing tasks. Also, have ideas from team members.
  14.  Adapt the environment: Sometimes you may feel that people are not that friendly with you. For e.g the GD becomes the fish market and people may not listen to you. All you need to do is to adapt the environment and act accordingly.
  15. Show your OLQ’s: You are aware of 15 OLQ’s? Keep all the qualities in your mind and show it your assessors be it you Psychological testing officer, GTO or IO. If you show these OLQ’s then believe me, victory is yours.

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Long Awaited Projects Of Indian Armed Forces

by Sachin Kumar on July 16, 2014

In this article we will talk about the long awaited projects of India which are yet to be completed and inducted into all the three components of the Indian Armed Forces i.e. Army, Navy, Air Force. These projects when completed will strengthen the backbone of Indian Defence. Let’s have a look in the pending projects of India.


HAL – Light Combat Aircraft Tejas

LCA Tejas is a multi-role light fighter under development by HAL. The Tejas is the second supersonic fighter developed indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Development of Tejas began in the 1980s to replace India’s ageing MiG-21 fighters.  Tejas has a pure delta wing configuration, with no tailplanes or foreplanes, and a single dorsal fin.  It is supersonic and highly maneuverable, and is the smallest and lightest in its class of contemporary combat aircraft.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has ordered 200 single-seat and 20 two-seat conversion trainers, while the Indian Navy might order up to 40 single-seated aircrafts. The Tejas was cleared in January 2011 for use by Indian Air Force pilots. It received the second of three levels of operational clearance in December 2013.

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My SSB Interview Experience (by Girish Singh)

by Girish Singh on July 14, 2014

30905357Welcome back. In the last article, we in detail saw some things about public speaking. This article is the most awaited one, I will share my interview experiences in this article.

It was the third day. We were in between GTO tasks. As the tasks were about to get over, our CHM came and informed that a few of us will give interviews today only. I was also among them. He told us to immediately go for the interviews, in the GTO dress only. It was rainy season and so my clothes were all messed up from the tasks from earlier of the day. While I was walking towards the interview room I was wondering how my crisp formal clothes were waiting for me in the room and how different it would have been only if I got 3 minutes to change my clothes. But now there was no other option other than to go all messed up for the interview. I waited in the waiting room seeing that pretty red bulb, waiting for it to glow up. That would be my signal to proceed towards interview room. While I was sitting there, I wondered how my interviewer would look like. 😀

As the bulb finally went on, I stood up and went straight to the room. I knocked at the door lightly and asked permission to get in. He asked me to get in. I went and stood next to the chair meant for me. He was not looking at me. Two minutes of awkward silence. Then he asked me to sit down and looked at me from head to toe. I realised that my shoes had spoilt the crystal clear floor and while I was contemplating about how dirtier I could be, he said “You coming straight from the grounds kid?”

I answered “Yes Sir”.

Then he asked me about my SSB experience from day 1 (screening) to that moment. I replied very carefully and honestly. He seemed to be a really nice officer. He asked in a very polite tone and so I tried to answer the questions even more polietely.

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Life At Indian Military Academy

by Sachin Kumar on July 14, 2014

In this article we will talk about the life of a trainee in Indian Military Academy. A trainee on admission to the IMA is referred to as a Gentleman Cadet. IMA GC’s undergo training at the IMA for one or one and a half years depending on their entry. Cadets from NDA & ACC also join IMA and undergo one year training.

Indian Military  Academy

GCs hail from diverse backgrounds and different parts of the country. IMA plays a vital role in eliminating the differences and helps them to share the love of common bonding. The Academy teaches all of them to be united and develop values such as camaraderie. The training at IMA aims for the overall development of a GC in regards to the physical, mental attributes and sharpen the leadership skills of cadets. The main aim of the training is to break the sense of self, and teach team spirit.

The first thing every candidate experiences is the haircut which becomes your identity to the outside world. All GC’s are allotted with a bicycle, a GC number and a company which is basically his home for the duration of his training.

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Pilot Aptitude Battery Test – Explained in Detail

by Sachin Kumar on July 13, 2014

Pilot Aptitude Battery Test is an aptitude test designed and conducted for all those candidates who aspire and apply for a flying career in the Air Force. The main aim is to assess a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot and test the mental alertness, judgment power, presence of mind and self-confidence of the candidate. It checks whether a prospective candidate has proper control over his nerves while he is flying an aircraft.

Candidates can appear for the PABT only once in their life time because it is said that a person who doesn’t have natural attitude and ability to become a pilot, cannot be trained well as a successful pilot.

PABT comprises three tests: Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Sensory Motor Apparatus Test  or Flight Control Test and Control Velocity Test or Drum Test.  Instrument Battery Test (INSB) is a written test and other two are machine tests.

> Instrument Battery Test (INSB)

Test 1: Meter Reading Test

In this test the candidates have to answers 15 questions in 12 minutes. This test is designed to see whether a candidate has the ability to read meters quickly.

  1. Magnetic Compass: This instrument is used to determine the direction in which the aircraft is traveling towards. The real compass needle usually point north and south direction, but the images on the question paper may be north, south, east, west, north east, north west, south east or south west.
  2. Artificial Horizon: This instrument is used to measure the altitude of the planes at both its wings – the right and left. This is critical to determine if the plane is flying parallel to the ground or sliding towards one end.
  3. Altimeter: Altimeter is used to calculate the altitude at which the plane is flying. Usually it is measured from the mean sea level. It has 3 needles which move in a clock wise direction.
  4. Turn and Back Indicator: This instrument is used to figure out where the aircraft is turning. It has a white ended needle and the movement of the white needle indicates whether the plane is turning left or right.
  5. Climb and Descent Indicator: This instrument is used to find whether the aircrafts is ascending or descending.
  6. Air Speed Indicator: This instrument helps to determine the speed of the aircraft which is referred as the IAS (Indicator Air Speed).

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46040737Now these days General Knowledge is emerging as an important subject in all the written exams. Even interviewing officers at SSB boards ask lots of questions on GK and current affairs. If you have appeared for a SSB interview then you might be familiar with that. But if you haven’t appeared yet and you want to crack the SSB interview then my advice to you is to get into the habit of reading newspapers and listening news.

General Knowledge is nothing but just awareness of current events all around the world. For e.g. current appointments at cabinet level (who is the defence minister and which political party he belongs to?). The most obvious question in GK is about the current chiefs of the tri services. And much to their dismay some people are not even aware of that.

In addition, some people say that they are very passionate for joining defence forces but when the IO asks them some questions related to defence then they don’t know the answer. For e.g. IO asks you about the 5 guns currently in service with Indian Army and if you don’t know the answer then it leaves a bad impression on the IO. So it’s better not to say something which goes against you. But if you want to say that you are passionate for joining the defence forces then you must acquire the basic knowledge of our armed forces.

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National Defence Academy Exam – UPSC Notification

by Sachin Kumar on July 8, 2014

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has invited applications for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination II (2014). The examination is conducted to select candidates for training in the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA and Indian Naval Academy.

UPSC-Application-FormVacancy details: 375 (Total)

a) National Defence Academy: 320

  • Army: 208
  • Navy: 42
  • Air Force: 40

b) Naval Academy (10+2) Cadet Entry Scheme: 55

Eligibility criteria:

  1. For Army: 12th class of the 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examination conducted by a state education board or a university.
  2. For Air Force and Navy: The candidate should have passed his/her class 12th examination with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University

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Public Speaking and Lecturette in SSB Interviews

by Girish Singh on July 6, 2014

Welcome Back! Hope you all are doing well. This article is about the ways to perform well in public speaking and lecturette.

Many candidates have good communication skills yet they fail to come ahead in other tests because they lack leadership. Now, this test is a bit different in this perspective. That’s the beauty of Services selection boards. You can’t end up saying that you were not given a chance if you even fail. Lecturette is one of those tests that ensure that. With whatever experience I had, I think lecturette play a very important role in determining your performance in group testing.

Business Conference

How it is conducted: There are cue cards. Each card with four different topics. One topic is very easy- like computers, Internet sort of. Other two topics are moderate ones, like- Pollution and its consequences, Globalization etc. The last one is usually more tough to speak on, like- Need of Infrastructure development, part of youth in today’s economy sort of. I’m sure you can get plenty of topics by a simple google search.

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Hi there. First of all, thanks for the feedback and suggestions you guys have been giving. It is an encouragement.

This article concerns the rest of the physical tasks that are there in group testing. I will try to shed some light on them according to my experience. Try to bear till end as this article summarizes nearly all those tasks which make most of the part of group testing.


As soon as the physical group task begins, the first that comes in the series is Progressive Group Task (PGT). Look at the key words and you can get a basic idea what this is about. We are supposed to progressively solve some tasks in group. Now, the catch about the tasks are that they are generally in an order, starting from easiest and slowly towards advanced or more difficult. There are certain rules and regulations, clearly explained by the GTO at the start, so look out for them. Then there are certain helping materials, a rope, a plank and a wooden log. We are supposed to cross from start line to finish line using the helping material while carrying a load given.

Actually what the tasks are and how they are conducted is not of much important at this point of time. These things become pretty clear when GTO explains them. The important part is how we conduct ourselves there. Look, PGT is a stage where lots of opportunities are there. Group may and will get stuck frequently and a void for a leader is always there. Try to fill that void. It does not mean coming up with useless and ideas purely driven by trial and error. Try to implement the knowledge and logic that you have practically. I will try to elucidate my statement further.

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