In a country of 1.3 billion having the highest youth population in the world, the defence services are struggling to get adequate candidates to join as officers.

Isn’t this ironical?

Though there are lakhs of boys and girls applying for officers’ posts, the Services Selection Board (SSB) is not able to select the required numbers. Does that mean that most of them who are applying are not good enough?

In my 3 years of experience as a GTO in 33 Services Selection Board and 11 years of training defence aspirants I have often seen that most of them fail due to lack of understanding about the qualities they need to possess to be a successful service officer. As a trainer, I have seen hundreds of them making it once they get the clarity on what to inoculate and how to project their qualities in the right manner in the various tests that are conducted in the SSB and hence I conclude while most of them have it in them it is just the lack of understanding about the process and the desired qualities, they are unable to reach the mark.

It is this realization that led to the starting of AFPA. From inception we have tailored the training methodology around teaching the defence aspirants the desired qualities and practically showing them how one could showcase these in the various tests. Having taught them this in the first week we put them through the assessment process as followed in the SSB to make them realise the gaps or the weak areas and each student is counselled on ways to improve this.

Since most of the qualities are trainable and can be improved with effort the ones who genuinely put in this effort find success sooner than later. It is this that has enabled AFPA produce so may success stories. I urge the defence aspirants to join this program and transform themselves instead of finding cook book recipes of cracking the SSB which doesn’t work in reality.