My father always told me brave stories of my grandfather when I was a kid and I always felt proud and motivated listening to them. My grandfather took part in the freedom fight against the Bruisers and participated in various campaigns in different parts of the country. I always wanted to be a commander in the Indian army to serve the country and our motherland India. In my school days too, I had joined National Cadet Corps and went for three days training camp living in rural areas under the hut and learning shooting skills from the soldier.
After completion of my secondary school, I had to choose my career option and I decided to fill the Indian army form for getting selected as a cadet corp. and then train myself in Defraud Army School and come out as a training officer. I sent my application via Indian post and after few months got the roll number for written test. I took the coaching and studied day and night and left everything in order to concentrate hard and clear the test. My hard work paid off and I cleared the written. Next was the call up for five day test for testing me for different things. With blessings from mother, I went and cleared the day 1 stage followed by day 2 and next was group planning exercise on third day. Then came the interview round and I was called in the afternoon batch.
It was my first interview of life, so I was very nervous and no idea about their questions and way to answer them. I had dressed casually and went without haircut and with stubble face. There were three officers who tested me on with various questions and related to my subject knowledge. I kept on answering them but suddenly interviewer sitting on the right asked me about my hobbies and interest. I told him swimming and body building. The gentleman further asked me on my view on personality and why I was in casual without shave. I had no answer to him and just tried to make a fake story that it was due to our religion sentiments. But those people were professional and I was caught in my own words. I got nervous while speaking and my hands started shivering. Then the interviewer just asked me leave and they will announce the results in the evening. I was rejected due to my personality and laziness to shave for such an important day. But still I respect my country army men and I am proud of it.
It was hard day for me but I learnt my first lesson to shave and be in formal wear and avoided future opportunities.
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