Sonusmac

Good, bad and unexpected of Military life.

About Me

imageI am Sonu S, from Bangalore, India. I like reading books mostly love fictions, fantasy and philosophy. I love graphic designing and photography. This is my personal blog where I share my experience in life, in various places.

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Have a nice day.

Sonu S


Disclosures:

  • I do this as a hobby.
  • The opinions in this blog are my own.  And not of my employer.  And certainly not of my family (who remind me of this on an ongoing basis).
  • I have tried to offer attribution in all cases where this was possible.  If I have inadvertently posted anything which requires consent, please let me know and I will remove your work immediately.

 

92 comments on “About Me

  1. Dinesh
    July 24, 2017

    it really been nice to visit your WordPress and amazing collection you have 😊
    moreover you are one of quick responders 😀
    PS: Bookmarked your web and we’ll back soon 😋

    • Sonu
      July 27, 2017

      Dinesh,

      I am glad you liked it here. I am just trying to help as many as I can 🙂 Always welcome visit us anytime.

  2. Tanmoy Chatterjee
    July 21, 2017

    Thanks for study material
    🙂

  3. hanish kumar
    July 13, 2017

    thanku for the material

  4. Karthik
    June 3, 2017

    How do you know about ssb?

  5. gold
    May 5, 2017

    in discussion. how v r permitted to narrate the story, by looking our story and reading?
    or just remembering and narrating?

    • Sonu
      May 5, 2017

      You have to narrate without looking at paper.

      Basically what happens is you pen down your story, submit paper. Take a small break – come back and group discussion is started with narration from one side by each candidate at a time.

      • hema hema
        May 6, 2017

        but sir .is there any time given to recall our story.. or just v have to remember it during writing itself?

        • Sonu
          May 6, 2017

          You just have to write and then recall story. No extra time is given.

      • hema hema
        May 6, 2017

        sir. i am going to bangalore tmrw for ssb tech 20 ..

  6. Suraj
    March 19, 2017

    Thank you Sonu sir,
    your blog is very helpful.. lots to learns and material also.

    • Sonu
      April 18, 2017

      I am glad you like it 🙂

  7. Sandeep Isram
    September 19, 2016

    Hello Sir,
    I am a civil engineer with 60% aggregate.I’ll be 26 yrs old by this October. I wanna join air force.i referred various sites which all have different answers.some said 24 yrs is limit while some said 27 or 28 yrs is the maximum limit.some said aeronautical engg is compulsory and some said any graduate can attend the AFCAT. Can you please tell me in which branches of air force am i eligible?

                                                            Thank you
    
  8. I am a KV Product
    August 13, 2016

    Sir Thanks for sending me the Study material

    Sir How to start preparation for English fluency for GD and Lectures.

    Please help me sir …………

    waiting for your reply
    Arun

  9. jitendra singh
    July 27, 2016

    hi sir i want suggestion from your side about a problem …the thing is that i am going to attend ssb interview on 4th August. I have all my B.tech original mark sheet(1st to 8th SEM) but my university did not issued provisional degree yet.
    Is it will create any problem. if yes then what to do. for your kind information there is not any form regarding provisional degree in ssb call up letter.

    please help me in this matter.

  10. Hane
    July 6, 2016

    You are doing a great job.. Tysm

    • Sonu
      July 12, 2016

      Your welcome, I am glad you for it helpful 🙂

  11. Sathya Narayanan
    April 23, 2016

    wats your mail id sonu….want to ask doubts

    • Sonu
      April 23, 2016

      Sonusmac(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. shubham sunny
    February 19, 2016

    Hii Sonu

    I just saw you mentioned the minimum height required is 152 cm is that true for any candidate??
    Because on official website its mentioned minimum height required for Indian Army officer has to be 157.5 cms in case of north eastern candidates the height may be relaxed by 5 cms. which then reduces to 152 cms…. this 152 cms height criteria is only for north eastern candidates ??

    • Sonu
      February 19, 2016

      That is only for ppl from Eastern Himalayan region as it is mentioned in the website.

      • Shubham
        February 21, 2016

        sir,

        I am a guy who has a height of 154 cms currently persuing engineering
        Are there any chances of me getting into defence services
        With this height. I am NOT from Eastern Himalayan region
        I am from kanpur Uttar Pradesh.
        Thanks for replying 🙂

        Regards

        Shubham

        • Sonu
          February 24, 2016

          I am afraid you cannot.

  13. Anil rao
    January 12, 2016

    Thank u sir!!I got the material…

  14. Sagar shedage
    December 25, 2015

    Hello sonu sir

    I lookup to you as inspiration,

    i’m from village jadhavawadi dist satara maharashtra from a farmers family.
    I have done my engineering (with distinction)
    It is my dream to became am defance officer.

    sir my english language skills are not good, i’m working on it,

    in last month, I been to Coimbatore for submarine eng. SSB and I got screened out, it was my 9th attempt ….and it was my 7th  attempt i’m getting screened out continuously..
    I really performed well but I couldn’t make it,
    now I have my last attempt for navy on 28th December 33ssb bhopal

    now I really don’t know what to do, 
    this is only thing I want to do in life, only thing I can do better.

    I shared this with you. Because I know you  can understand me. You have gone through such phase, and you can guide me.

    regards
    sagar.

    • Sonu
      December 25, 2015

      Hi Sagar,
      I’m glad that I inspire u.

      About your issue –
      As you told you are going on 28th for ssb, and for last seven times u got screened out.

      There is hardly anytime left for introspection and improvement. I would suggest, relax for the next two days – go with calm mind and more confidence in yourself.

      After so many SSBs, now you must have realized that where you are going wrong, so just try not to repeat those things and hope for best.

      Sometimes luck also plays some role in it.

      Always remember: Whatever happens, happens for good! 🙂

      All the best! Do well.
      (Let me know)

  15. loverofolivegreens
    October 17, 2015

    This blog is amazing! I’ve started blogging recently and I write about being a defence aspirant. Do read my blog and give some feedback.

  16. Anmol sharma
    October 4, 2015

    hi, I am 5-5 inch is it is eligible for NDA. what Is minimum height required for it?

    • Sonu
      October 22, 2015

      Yes you are eligible. There is no specific height required unless you are opting for few specific regiments like Gurkha Rifles!

  17. Minthang Lhouvum
    October 2, 2015

    No need to write all details. Just simple it and prepare for that counter question put to you….I too got recommended from 14 SSB Allahabad Aug 15…

  18. Rao
    August 16, 2015

    Do you mind removing the photoshopped image of the flag raising at Iwo Jima in this article https://sonusmac.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/a-conversation-between-a-soldier-and-software-engineer-in-shatabdhi-train-an-interesting-and-a-must-read-article/comment-page-1/.

    I was hoping you would understand a soldier’s sentiments and this picture means dis-respect to the thousands of American soldiers who lost their lives in Iwo Jima that day. It also means dis-respect to Indian soldiers because they have countless achievements and pictures that tell those stories. They wouldn’t need an American picture to do that.

    It is important to note that picture is an iconic pulitzer prize winning image and means a lot to American soldiers and their families who fought and lost lives in world war II.

    Thank you!

    • Sonu
      November 27, 2015

      Thank you for bringing it to our notice and we are sorry if we hurt anyone. The picture has been taken down long back.

  19. Udai Narayan Singh Bisht
    June 30, 2015

    Hi,
    I have my first SSB attempt on 2nd July 2015, at Allahabad. My background is Civil Engineering from 2013 batch and I am presently teaching diploma students since the past 6 months.
    I have a better inclination towards writing and blogging, I write for TOI, run a blog page and have completed my first novel too, plus I am pursuing my Masters in English (which has often put me in controversies at interviews, that why did I decide to pursue Arts after engineering?)
    My questions::
    1. My basics of engineering are not that much brushed up, as I have been out of touch for the past 1.5 year, however I am okay with the subject that I have taught my students. So what if he asks me questions on engineering that I might not be able to answer back? How do I tackle this?
    2. Should I mention that I am pursuing masters in English on my PIQ Form? I am afraid that the interviewer might come up with the same old question, that doing engineering was your wrong decision.
    3. (Why I did engineering) In the year 2009, there wasn’t much career counseling and I had little access to internet myself. A cousin who was well placed with TCS that time suggested I go for engineering, rather than Journalism or BA. I followed his advice and joined engineering. At the end of first year I asked my parents if I could quit Engineering, but I couldn’t as I was running on an education loan, that would demand repay instantly if I would drop out of engineering.
    On the basis of this information, please clear my doubts, as to how i should perform during my interview.

    Thank you

  20. Saleem
    June 20, 2015

    Hi, I have many questions,how can i mail you??

  21. Nikhil Kedia
    June 18, 2015

    Hey man! really good thing this that you started! Cheers! 🙂

  22. vishnu h
    April 23, 2015

    Hello
    I got call letter for aec 121 july course my interview will b on may 3 i lost my online application from computer
    Can i attend the interview

  23. subzz12
    March 28, 2015

    hi sonu , i really like your blog. Thnks for breaking down things in such a simple way.As you share your real life experiences of SSB , its helps us a lot to visualizes things. Thanks brother for your enormous effort. I also sent you a fb request , if possible plz accept it

    • Sonu
      November 26, 2015

      I didn’t get any, you can send again and we can be friends!

  24. Abhimanyu
    March 27, 2015

    hi sir myself Abhimanyu Singh Rathore got screen out from 17 ssb banglore for Army can you tell me if i am weak in maths i can ever clear verbal and non verbal test and is the marks sole criteria for getting screened in. how imp are verbal/non verbal

    • Sonu
      March 30, 2015

      No marks are not sole criteria for clearing and yes if you sre weak in maths you can clear because Its intelligence test not board exam.

  25. aamani
    March 25, 2015

    Good work sonu…
    March 20th I had ssb call… I was s/o…my pp ka story came out well… I was happy about it but in Gd After narration we hardly had a minute to discuss… Before which we were asked to leave… As a group v dint conclude a story story at all but we were asked. I din get speak up for the second time… And the result is I was s/o but my story was a good one which included a struggle and a solution as well

  26. Shivam Aggarwal
    February 16, 2015

    Thanks Sonu your work is helping us a lot. Keep going.

    • Sonu
      November 26, 2015

      Your welcome 🙂

  27. Souradeep Chattopadhyay
    February 12, 2015

    I have appeared for SSB for 3 times & got conferenced out every time.I don’t know what is hindering me to get recommended.Sometimes I think its the psych tests,next time the GTOs & so on. I am still unable to find my weak points.Please help……..

    • Sonu
      February 14, 2015

      You can tell me what you think was your week point in last three ssb… And i’ll try n help you!

  28. Prem Hejmadi
    February 12, 2015

    Hi Sonu,
    enjoyed reading your blog, for it took me back some 50 years plus down memory lane. Great job – keep up the good work. I was looking for information re OTA Chennai as i plan to attend the POP March 14th, 2015 – never having been to the OTA. Any info other than what’s on their website would be great – such as where to stay (OTA not making my arrangements), what are the distances from say the parade site to the parking area, any other which you deem necessary for me to be aware of. These may sound dumb – but useful for a septuagenarian plus. You could email the info to me. Would greatly appreciate it. Thanks. Love and light.

    • Sonu
      February 17, 2015

      Glad you like my work Sir! I will surely get back to you with information!

  29. Pinaki
    February 3, 2015

    Hi Sonu
    Thank u for this blog. I enjoy reading it.
    I have a question…
    Are u from an army blood relation? And
    What are the chance for non army background getting selected in SSB?

    • Sonu
      February 3, 2015

      I m glad, u liked it..

      It doesn’t matter.. Whether you are from army background or not..

      Both have same chance of clearing..

  30. satish
    February 2, 2015

    hi…sonu.I got confrenced out in my first ssb.after that i prepared a lot and spoke more confidently than any1 els..bt got s/o..and now again s/o…Even now iam confident..and make reasonable stories..cant find the reason for s/o.

    • Sonu
      February 2, 2015

      Its just luck… Or u maybe going somewhere wrong in your story writing!

  31. chandan
    January 6, 2015

    keep up the good work brother! 🙂

  32. Maninder singh
    December 10, 2014

    hello sir…
    i want to know from you that…how the candidates are compared on 5th day for recomendation…they are allotted marks for everything and merited or just by observing the out looks in all the stages(i mean how the comparison is done there bcoz every 1 will project themselves there….luck factor have any role)

    • Chetan
      December 11, 2014

      dear friend.. luck to chahiye hi chaahiye.. performance ke basis pe hota hia sab…

  33. zingcem
    December 10, 2014

    Good work you are doing Sonu 🙂
    Can I give you a hand in this? I have also tried for ssb a few times, have little experience.

    • Sonu
      January 21, 2015

      Sure why not!!

      • Purva
        November 22, 2015

        Thank you sooo much, Sonu. You are very sweet and kind. 🙂

  34. sajin
    December 4, 2014

    do technical entries get training visits to DRDO etc. too or is it only training in IMA

    • Sonu
      December 7, 2014

      This you can find out when u go there! Its TS 😛

  35. Deepti Sikha
    November 27, 2014

    Hello sir,

    Its me Deepti sikha. I got screened in in stage 1 at 34 ssb allahabad. Today was our screening test. A big thanks 2 you and your posts that helped me reach up to here.

    Good night.

  36. Yash Verma
    November 24, 2014

    Hlw Bhya! I read your blog! I am an NDA aspirant….some of my friends say that I have flatfeet ..and will get rejected..in medical…..but I have no problem running aur walking…..can u please tell m how they check flat feet…..

    • Sonu
      November 24, 2014

      I don’t understand, why take medicals’ tension.. Clear ssb and then see for yourself..
      Your answer: Flat foot is a medical condition, where you have problem in long run! You will not experience in day to day life but once under training you will feel it.. Its not neccessary that you will get rejected in medicals.

      I had a friend, who had same condition but he made it through medicals and joined academy. You may or you may not – Luck matters!

      Its a flat foot if –
      1) Its simple if your foot is flat like a flip-flop in the centre..
      2) Dip your foot in water and put impression on dry floor or anywhere if your feet’s complete impression comes, then it is.

    • Minthang Lhouvum
      October 2, 2015

      If you are already a defence pesonnel ,then they won’t check all those things. ..but as a civilian candidates they will but they are many ways you’ll get selected, just try yoga for flat feet, and wear soles for flat feet,,,I also like to advised you to see whether there is an arch form when you squat with your toes, if it is rigid and doesn’t form a little arch, then there is no chances….but hope for the best and try yoga for flat feet exercise. ..

  37. NIshant
    November 4, 2014

    hey…in them medical test…did they check for flat foot?

    • Sonu
      November 10, 2014

      Yes they did and Quite seriously..

      • ajay
        December 1, 2016

        hey sonu here are my stats running 8 km in 35 mins and 100 mt in 12s .my one feet is normal one is flat both were flat initially took up running in minimalist shoes .arch forms in both feet after standing up on toes ,both feet are very flexible ..what do you think ?no pain during and after running

        • Sonu
          December 2, 2016

          If it’s flat, it’s a issue but I recommend you go ahead and appear for SSB.

  38. Jaidevsinh Rathod
    October 31, 2014

    hi .. I want to know how to join and how to prepare for OTA ? my Email ID is : jaidev.rathod@gmail.com. please guide me.. I am doing preparation for first exam of 2015..

  39. khushbothra3
    September 21, 2014

    My height is 5.6″ and weight 48 kg, will it create a problem in medicals.

    • Sonu
      November 2, 2014

      Khushbo, Its Not a problem at all!! Go with free mind 🙂

  40. Maninder
    September 14, 2014

    Enjoyed reading your posts here sir

  41. ashish singh
    September 7, 2014

    I am an average student 57%in 12th in commerce stream n 56%in graduation (B.comm). My question is can any average student beat SSB.Its is possible for him practically???

    • Sonu
      November 2, 2014

      Only average clear SSB! Brilliants are left for IITs and IIMs 🙂

  42. ankit tripathi
    July 29, 2014

    Hi dear, can I ask u that frm where u got the pics of 14 jun 2014 ima pop pics?

    • Sonu
      August 9, 2014

      One of my reader emailed me!

  43. Jaydeep
    July 10, 2014

    You are helping many ssb students in preparing for the interview, i like to tell thanks for the good work you doing.

  44. Kiran Sharma
    February 21, 2014

    Hi Sonu!! I am also from the CA family. I am in CA Final and have exams in this coming November 2014.

    So my unsolved queries are:

    1. You are from Commerce background. What are the career aspects for a commerce or CA candidate in Army? Reason because in Air Force and Navy they have specific entries for accounts branch but I haven’t listened about any such thing in Army.
    2. I am not a sports person, as you know very well its “CA” going on.. ;p And also I am not a very physically active girl. So my query is will it affect my survival in “Academy”?
    3. Earlier my teeth were wired due to some problems in my teeth. Will it affect my selection in Medicals?
    • Sonu
      February 27, 2014

      Hey Kiran,

      1. Unlike Airforce no special work or branch for commerce students.
      2. Not at all, Its just your will power that matters in academy 🙂
      3. No!

      I hope, I answered your questions..

  45. Dinesh Jha
    March 24, 2013

    Hello Sonu, I am very inspired by your work. I really appreciate the work done by you. Your ssb experience helped me clear my ssb, thanks to you!! Regards, Dinesh

  46. Pratiek
    October 9, 2012

    Well done Sonu!
    Always inspiring in many ways.

  47. Mohit dhawan
    July 9, 2012

    I enjoyed your posts here. cheers, y

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