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Recommended in 18th Attempt to join Indian Military Academy

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Hello everyone, I’m Sujeet Singh Chouhan from Bhopal. I recently got recommended in my 18th attempt for TGC-137 entry from 14 SSB Allahabad to join Indian Military Academy. I had always been an active participant in sports and extracurricular activities with average performance in academics. Coming from a completely civilian background, I got motivated by my friends/their parents, and relatives who were serving in the forces, and that ignited the fire in me to join the armed forces. I always dreamt of making my parents proud by becoming an officer in the Indian armed forces. After completing my 12th class, I appeared for the NDA exam twice but couldn’t clear it & I was not eligible for TES entry because of my low percentage.Later, during my graduation (BCA), I joined the NCC to explore myself more and work on my leadership and management skills. Also, to inculcate officer-like qualities and be one step close to my dream. In the final year, I started preparing for CDS & AFCAT examinations but I always used to miss the cut-off by a few marks. After graduation, I applied for NCC Special Entry but got conferenced out from Bengaluru.

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At the same time, I started searching for future options and decided to do post-graduation in MSc. IT as it’ll give me extra opportunities for various direct entries like SSC Tech, TGC, SSC Tech navy along with the NCC Special entry. I consistently prepared hard for my SSBs and the OIR booklets & other materials of DDE helped me a lot in increasing my accuracy and making me comfortable with the stage 1 process. Still, the journey was long as I was neither getting success in SSBs nor in clearing the defence examinations. This was the time I got disheartened and started questioning myself but my parents, seniors, and friends always used to keep me motivated and showed their belief in my abilities that one day I’ll get through and earn my recommendation. I took assessments from a couple of Ex-assessors which helped me to work on my weak areas but still, I was not getting through, either I got conferenced out or screened out.

recommended in 18th attempt indian military academy

This time in Feb 2023, I got two SSBs one for Navy tech Logistics & the other for TGC–137. For Naval entry, I went to Kolkata and it was my 17th attempt, our group was very coordinated and I had performed well in all the tasks, hence was hoping for my recommendation but destiny had some other plans and the batch got washed out. Then I thought about taking a break from SSBs for a couple of months and prepare for the upcoming AFCAT exam but my parents and friends told me to go for the TGC entry which was at Allahabad. Somehow, I got train tickets in current availability and reached Allahabad, this was my 18th attempt on the reporting day I gave my best in OIR and PPDT and was confident of getting screened in & got in as chest number 19. The SSB OIR Book of DDE has always helped me to get an edge over other candidates. Then, for the next tests I gave my best and I was quite happy with my performance.

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Finally on D Day – conference day, before the results announcement, I was getting the same feeling that I used to get every time. The assessor came and started announcing the chest numbers one by one, and then the most magical thing happened he called out CHEST NUMBER 19, I got numb and everything around me froze for a few mins, I even forgot my roll number. Tears started rolling down my eyes but this time it was out of joy. Finally, the hard work of 2 years & 3 months gave me the result. After multiple failures, I tasted success with the help and effort of all those people who stayed by my side, my friends, family, and teachers, and who trusted me throughout the journey. I believe it is all about dedicated efforts & perseverance, anyone can get the desired results.

In the end, I would just like to say this to all the aspirants out there, if you have a dream just go for it, try until the last attempt, you never know which day will become your lucky day because “jab tak todega nahi, tab tak chodega nahi.”

Thank you so much DDE team for giving me this wonderful opportunity of sharing my story with the world.

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  1. Congratulations Sujeet !! U have cracked one of the toughest selection procedure. In fact this is the only selection system which assesses your leadership potential and Officer like qualities, I.e, your Personality by Socio-psychological techniques which has stood the test of time.
    I’m sure you must have missed most of the time as a borderline case. With time and experience, you must have introspected and worked hard to improve your shortcomings. Personality is dynamic and changes for good or bad based on the genuine effort of the individual.
    Assessors are the happiest when their maximum candidates pass. The pleasure is always ours.
    Keep working hard as your journey has just begun.
    God Bless and Good Shooting 👏🏻👏🏻💫

  2. Congratulations Sujeet.. This is just a start and you must do really well in training as well as after getting your ranks..

    @Deepak Sharma.. Are you an officer or an assessor?? Without knowing what is the selection procedure giving a comment about the assessors is unwarranted.. would you like a strong comment about your professionalism by anybody who is not in profession.. Mind your words in social forum. This is not to hurt anyone but think before point fingers at others ..

    Lt Cdr Vimalraj
    EX GTO
    Colonel and Commander Defence Academy

  3. You’ve done a fabulous job of proving your assessors wrong. Apparently you always had what was required, else you would not have made it. The assessing team needs to be assessed.
    Hope you do well and the service doesn’t let you down. The mantra for professional success is pretty much the same whether in civil or military.

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