Cdr. Dr. N.K Natarajan (Retd.) CHIEF MENTOR, GTO ASSESSMENT TRAINIER
Cdr. Dr. N.K Natarajan (Retd.)
An assessor with 25 years of experience in the Indian Navy with 3 years as Group Testing Officer. He is an alumnus of Indian Naval Academy and a Presidents Gold Medallist. He holds 6 post graduates in management and a doctorate in psychology.
He has mentored more than 1,000 candidates successfully through the selection process.
Col. Sachit Hasabnis GTO ASSESSMENT TRAINER
Col. Sachit Hasabnis
An alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Col Sachit is an Air Defence Gunner having been commissioned to the Army Air Defence in 1986.
In his illustrious career spanning three decades, the officer has a wide range of experience in operations, human resource management and logistics and has served across the length and breadth of the country in various capacities.
Col. Sachit is a qualified assessor of the Services Selection Board from the prestigious Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Timarpur, New Delhi.
In his assignment as Group Testing Officer of Selection Centre East (Prayagraj) he has screened more than 2,000 candidates and was instrumental in selecting few of the best material for the Indian Defence Forces.
His vast experience in this field has led him to certain analysis and recommendations for the betterment of the selection process and has been duly incorporated.
He is a qualified psychologist having done his MSC in psychology from Bhartiya University in 2007 and is presently pursuing his post-graduation in human resource management from the prestigious NMIMS.
An alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Col Prashant Kamath was commissioned in to the Regiment of Artillery in 1991. In his career spanning over three decades, the officer has wide ranging experience in active Operations, Human Resource Management, Training & Development, Administration, Logistics and Network Centric Warfare. He has been awarded the Sena Medial (Gallantry) by the President of India for his action at Dras, Kargil during Operation Vijay in 1999.
He is a qualified analyst of human behaviour and evaluator of personality through the Group testing Technique, from the prestigious Defence Institute of Psychological Research, New Delhi.
He has had the distinction of serving as an assessor at the Services Selection Board, Allahabad twice and has evaluated over 4,000 candidates. He has also conducted a number of Personality Development Training capsules at the various Human Resource Development Centres of the Army for the service aspirants.
His expertise inaccurately identifying the areas of strengths & weaknesses a personality and his skill of guidance towards self - reformation prepares the aspirants to face the test situations confidently.
Col Prashant Kamath, with his vast experience as an assessor and instructor, is an ideal mentor for character building of the aspirants anda valuable member of team AFPA.
Served in the Indian Air Force for 25 years as an In-Flight Navigator and a Group Testing Officer. As a Flight Navigator in AN 32 Aircraft, he had specialized in Para drop and Supply drop operations in our border areas.
As a flight navigator, he has carried out countless drop sorties in both eastern borders like Arunachal Pradesh as well as our northern borders like Sia-chin and Aksai-chin. After his flying tenure, he served as a Group Testing Officer in AFSB Dehradun and as a senior GTO at AFSB Mysore.
During his tenure at the selection boards, he had not only assessed around 2,000 candidates, but have also trained other officers to become effective GTOs. He was once posted at Air Force Head Quarters to manage the complete Officer Selection System.
The officer selection process includes right from issue of advertisement, administering written tests as well as monitoring your SSB interviews.
His role continues after SSB interviews by way of monitoring medical examination, preparation of merit list and finally issue of joining letters to successful candidates. In fact, there are many officers currently in service who had received joining letters signed by me.
During his tenure in Air Headquarters, he was instrumental in creation of Air Force Common Admission Test called AFCAT. This was part of a huge streamlining process for induction in the Airforce.
After commencement of AFCAT, he was also involved in setting up of an online portal for AFCAT. The portal was designed to serve the complete application process for AFCAT.
After his retirement, he has served as a Chief Ground Instructor in two flying schools. One of them is Orient Flights in Mysore and the other is Aviacons at Hyderabad.
Till date, he continues to teach ground subject for pilots online for Airline Transport Pilot's Licence. By the way, he is also a Feeling Minds and Thomas International Certified Career Counsellor. He takes immense pleasure in guiding boys and girls like you in selecting a right career based on the personality profile.
A man with over 30 years of distinguished service in the Army and held many important appointments including Commanding Officer of the Artillery unit in J&K and Rajasthan. Dy. President of Services Selection Board Allahabad and also worked as an Interviewing Officer at SSB Bhopal. He is a qualified HR Professional with PG in management. A certified assessor and interviewer, who interviewed more than 2500 aspirants at SSB and about 1000 candidates of managerial post in public sector and corporate sector.
Air Commodore Sanjeev Gosewade (Retd.) INTERVIEW ASSESSMENT TRAINER
Air Commodore Sanjeev Gosewade (Retd.)
Belongs to Nagpur and has studied in SFS School, Bhonsala Military School, Hislop College and Institute of Science Nagpur.
On completion of Degree in Science from Institute of Science and NCC 'C' certificate from Nagpur NCC unit he joined Indian Air Force in 1980. He was commissioned as a flying pilot in Indian Air Force on June 4, 1982. He has held various important Command, Staff and Instructional appointments during his service career in the Indian Air Force.
As an experienced military pilot, he has flown around 5,000 hours on Ilyushin-76, Avro and Dornier aircraft and has flown these aircraft operationally both in India and abroad.
He has been the Flight Commander of VVIP Squadron, Commanding Officer of a Combat unit and the Commanding Officer of a Gajraj Squadron. During his tenure as Commanding Officer, 44 Squadron was adjudged the Best Transport Squadron of the IAF and was also commended by US Air Force during multi-national military exercise Red Flag.
Besides being the Station Commander. the Air Commodore has been the Air Officer Commanding of an important flying base and has the distinction of being the President of an Air Force Selection Board twice.
His staff appointments include a tenure at Air Head Quarters as Director Operations. He was awarded Vayusena Medal by the President of India on Jan 26, 2010 for his distinguished service in the Indian Air Force. He has also been awarded the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar in Oct 2018 by the Government of Maharashtra.
Besides attending Air Staff College in Australia, he is a post-graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India and has been an instructor for 3 years in this college. His academic qualifications include MSc and MPhil from Madras University.
He has held several sensitive and prestigious appointments dealing with operations, logistics and planning. He commanded an artillery regiment in the intense operational environs of the Srinagar Valley.
Col Sachit Sardana (Retd.) INTERVIEW ASSESSMENT TRAINIER
Col Sachit Sardana (Retd.)
Col. Sachit Sardana, an upstanding veteran with 37 years of exemplary service. He belongs to Delhi and has studied in St Joseph's Convent School and KV No.1 Faridabad. He is a product of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and got commissioned into an Air Defence Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1984 having passed out from Indian Military Academy, Dehradun in 1984. He has held various important Command, Staff and Instructional appointments during his service career in the Indian Army, including command of an Air Defence Regiment in the intense operational environs of J & K.
He has also served abroad as a military observer with the United Nations.
He has been an outstanding Interviewing Officer with 22 SSB Bhopal and as an assessor has had interviewed over 1300 candidates while in the Selection Centre.
He is exceptionally skilled at understanding and analysing the candidates holistically, with a keen lens for identifying potential shortcomings and suggesting improvement areas and personality profile.
Wg. Cdr. Rajan Krishnamurti (Retd) INTERVIEW ASSESSMENT TRAINIER
Wg. Cdr. Rajan Krishnamurti (Retd)
Wg. Cdr. Rajan Krishnamurti is a very experienced and Qualified Interviewing officer with over 3,000 interviews spanning nearly five years. He is an experienced transport pilot with nearly 5,000 hours in various aircraft. He has worked in Indian Air Force as chief ground instructor, and in Air HQ as JDPO. He has been a Senior Interviewing Officer at 1 AFSB Dehradun.
He has liaison with Army and Naval SSB boards and DIPR during standardisation exercise. He has worked in CPSS at AFSB and is a gifted coach and mentor.
He has the uncanny ability to pick up weakness in a candidate and groom them to overcome it.
Capt (IN) Satish Yadav, is a Alumni of Indian Naval Academy. He was topper & was awarded "President Silver Medal " for academic excellence. Upon earning 'Presidents Commission' in 1985 he went on to serve all kinds of ships viz from 'Missile boat' to 'Aircraft Carrier' INS Viraat besides many Naval establishments.
He is a " Missile and Gunnery " specialist & had proved his mastery, when he shot Aerial target "Chukar " that too twice, which was never done before even by much advanced ships. As a Gunnery Officer, he again proved his mettle when he destroyed surface target "Sea Star" while exercising with foreign navies and came for much appreciation by all. His exploits resulted in earning "Best Gunnery Trophy " " 2nd best SAM Trophy " and over all "Best Ship Trophy " . It was unprecedented in the history of INS Ganga a 'G' class ship beating much advanced 'R' class Russian built Destroyers.
The officer also Commanded prestigious 'Missile Corvette ' Veer class Ship & was instrumental in the blockade of 'Karachi harbour ' during "Kargil war". The officer has also participated in 'Op Pawan ' in Sri Lanka in 1987
The officer is Alumni of Prestigious "Defence Services Staff College " Wellington. Thereafter he served in NHQ for close to 5 years. Here, he was awarded "CNS Commendation " for his professional competence. He has also Commanded a strategically located Naval base in A & N island & provided yeoman service to eight islands post disastrous Tsunami of Dec 2004. Here too he earned "CINCAN Commendation " for his professional competence
Upon becoming Med Cat, he did 'Interviewing Officer' course' from Defence Institute of Psychological Research, New Delhi. Thereafter he went on to serve three (03) NSB/ SSBs. Another feather in his cap came when he was appointed as "Chief Instructor " at DIPR New Delhi. Where he trained above 300 Interviewing Officers of the rank of Col to Maj Gen and equivalent in other two services, Coast Guard and foreign armies too. He was also intimately involved in the training of TO/ Psychologists & GTOs at DIPR. He has been 'visiting faculty' to 'Institute of Technological Management ' at Landour Cantt, Mussoorie. Where he taught various topics related to 'soft skills'.
He retired after rendering 35 years of commissioned service to the nation. During this he earned three Masters Degrees & also MPhil in 'Organizational Psychology'.
Captain (IN) Satish Yadav has keen interest in Psychological aspects of human behavior, the knowledge of which he has accumulated through keen observation. It helps him in translating that knowledge in proper assessment of a candidate & guide them to bring about necessary changes in their behavior, thus improving their personality, helping them in increasing their chances manifold in any field, be it civil or Defence.
A third generation army officer with over 36 years of service in various assignments across the country and as a UN Peacekeeper in Somalia. Alumnus of the NDA and IMA, was commissioned into the Army Service Corps in June 1984.
He has had a wide experience in recruitment of soldiers and in officer candidate selection and has been involved in training of personnel from recruit to senior level officers. Logistics and supply chain management have been the mainstay of his career but his interests and duties have been multifarious.
Besides a graduation in science from JNU, the officer also holds post graduate diplomas in Public Relations as well as in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. He has also qualified with top honours in all military courses he has attended, including the Technical Staff Course..
Having qualified from the Defence Institute of Psychological Research, Delhi, he has served over five years as Interviewing Officer in the Selection Centres at Allahabad (Prayagraj) and Bangalore, and has conducted over 3000 live interviews.
He has also motivated and trained innumerable young men and women, particularly, from the NCC, to take up a career in the armed forces and to do well in other walks of life. Six of the cadets trained by him in the Maharashtra and in the Karnataka and Goa NCC Directorates have been recipients of Prime Minister’s medals in the All India Best Cadet competition held at New Delhi during Republic Day Camps.
Besides his engagement in service activities, Colonel Rakesh Nair has been a keen sportsman with medals at the national level in equestrian events, successful completion of Himalayan Rally and participation in various aero-sports. He is currently a member of the National Selection Committee for selection of Indian equestrians for the Asian Games and other international competitions. .
A DRDO Scientist, alumni Defense Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) worked in the Selection Centre Central (SSC), Bhopal. A psychologist par excellence in psychometric assessment, personality profiling and training of students and employees. He was designated as consultant with the department of education, Tamil Nadu.
Has contributed over 650+ officers to the Armed Forces post retirement from services. An accomplished assessor indeed. Subject - Psychometric Assessment, Psychological Test Assessment.
Col Tarun Mitra is a result driven transformational leader with over 30 years of rich and comprehensive experience in various fields with the Indian Army. He is motivated, goal driven with strong work ethics, continuously striving for improvement, with an eye for details and commitment to offer quality work.
Col Tarun Mitra is a qualified psychologist from the prestigious. Defence Institute of Psychological Research, New Delhi.
He has had the distinction of twice serving as a psychologist in Services Selection Boards at Selection Centre East, Allahabad and carries with him vast experience in the field of psychological technique.
A triple post graduate, he has been involved in training of services aspirants at various levels and possesses quality to train and nurture the aspirants desirous of joining the Armed Forces as a Commissioned Officer.
Commandant Yogesh Dutta is seasoned and experienced veteran with two and a half decades of distinguished service with the Indian Coast Guard.
In his chequered and illustrious career, the officer has held several prestigious and coveted appointments ranging from operations, management, human resource development and strategic planning & implementation. He has the distinction of commanding the hovercraft twice and has achieved proficiency in every facet of this modern and state-of-the-art combat platform.
Commandant Dutta is a qualified psychologist with a masters in clinical/applied psychology from the Annamalai University.
He has been a certified psychologist & assessor for the selection process of officers and has trained large number of psychologists in the method of assessment in the service selection board.
Commandant Dutta brings to team AFPA his unique and seasoned experience and has added tremendous value to the training process. His innate ability to quickly and accurately discern the areas of improvement in candidates and propel them into the correct method of evaluating and overcoming these flaws renders him a valuable resource person capable of transforming under confident and potential candidates into front runners in any selection process.
Col. Ravi Nair (Retd.) PERSONALITY ENHANCEMENT TRAINER
Col. Ravi Nair (Retd.)
A veteran of the Indian Army, Col. Nair has an experience of over three and half decades of experience in various facets of the services to include operations, training and human resource management. A certified soft skills trainer with proficiency in communication skills, personal interview techniques, general awareness quotient and motivational talks. He has trained several batches of SSB aspirants both in service and budding young NCC candidates. Subject: Personality Enhancement Coach.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, CDR. Chakrapani is a veteran SEA-FABER having served the Indian Navy for over 2.5 decades. In his illustrious career, the officer has contributed in the commissioning of submarines and has commanded a missile corvette.
A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. He has held very important, coveted and sensitive staff and instructional appointments in almost all the important Naval stations.
A qualified assessor from Defence Institute of Psychological Research Timarpur, New Delhi (DIPR) has had first-hand experience in assessing over 1,000 candidates at the Selection Centres - Allahabad and Bangalore.
Cdr. Chax is also a technocrat having served in the corporate (TECH- MAHINDRAI for over a decade conceptualizing and evolving several far-reaching automations and strategic initiatives for his organization.
This wide-ranging experience across the job spectrum renders him an ideal interviewing officer for Personal interview sessions of the 558.
He has the ability to quickly identify the flaws in every candidate and suggest Invaluable measures to overcome those flaws. Many candidates have benefitted from his interaction and have gone on to crack the SSB Interview.
AFPA offers a unique opportunity by providing an Interface for interaction with Cdr. Chax and to exploit this rare skill set.