Once an SSB aspirant, HR professional now guides youngsters to face interviews to enter armed forces

What makes 40-year-old Onkar Singh's story an optimistic one is the fact that despite having not made it to the forces, he has been re-living his dream by helping others to face interviews for joining the three services.

As the HR manager of a leading IT firm in the city for two years now, he has imparted psychological training to eight SSB aspirants five of whom have cleared and made it to the Army.

All this is hobby, says Singh as he does not charge a single penny for the training. "It gives me the satisfaction that though I could not join the Army, I am helping others to do so. I maintain an Army-like haircut, exercise daily and yes; horse riding is my hobby, very much like the officers I admire," says Singh who has been pursuing MSc in applied psychology and a course in Certified Psychometric Testing to be able to effectively help more such candidates.

"I always wanted to be an Army officer and appeared for the SSB during 1992-93.

"The aspiration was sidelined when, despite repeated attempts, I could not make it to the Army. I then completed my engineering in computer science from Wadia college followed by a Masters in personnel management from NES Wadia.

"It is only about five years ago that the dream to associate with the Army has returned, this time with a different aim and that is to help others," says Singh who dedicates two hours per day for studying psychology.

The aim of the SSB is to look for Officer-Like-Qualities (OLQs) in every candidate. "When I train aspirants, who come to me from across the country, through references given by people who are known to me or whom I have trained, I do not try to change them.

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