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