For all the doors that shut on me, I came back to buy the building. Hold on till pain ends, “I never lose, I either win or learn.” –Nelson Mandela. These were the lines that kept me going till my last attempt. i might wish to thank everybody who supported me and helped me get this far. Good day, everyone! My name is Enoch Daniel, i used to be recommended for NDA-146 from 33 SSB Bhopal (Indian Navy) on 18th of February, 2021. After two failures, the happiness after hearing the officer calling out my chest number had me stumped and that i stood as still as a statue!
Ever since I joined the NCC in middle school, I dreamt of joining the armed forces, in fact my inclination towards the Indian Navy takes its roots in INS Vikramaditya. i was fortunate to urge an opportunity to visit the vessel and learn about her. it had been during this visit once I need to know about the National Defence Academy, which was the day i made a decision that i will be able to join NDA. “Whatever it takes!”, was what I told myself that day.
After I failed to clear the written exam for NDA-144, I made the best use of the time I had within the lockdown of 2020 and prepared for the NDA 145 and 146 exams and managed to induce a decent 400+ marks. I got my call for the SSB and that i over-prepared for NDA-145 and wasn’t able to express my true self. I managed to get till the conference. I learnt plenty from my first attempt and that i made perseverance and resilience as my best mates, since I had just one attempt left.
For my second attempt, I took each stage and each task, one at a time. I did a lot of self-introspection. Also, I met some officers who told me the Do’s and Don’ts that i used to be not aware of. They guided and nurtured me and boosted my confidence. I also practiced writing TAT, WAT, SRT and SDT. I learnt tons from my first attempt and improved every time I wrote.
My advice to the aspirants, always remember why all of you has come this far. Break the entire procedure into small parts and take everything, one at a time. even if some tasks goes bad, don’t make the same mistakes again, stay calm and always focus on subsequent task. Think before acting /answering. Never feel intimidated, always be confident. Stop obsessing about the technical details and start feeling the procedure of SSB and be your true self.