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Nation First Academy is one of the very few SSB training institutes which boasts of well qualified (DIPR Trained) and experienced ASSESSORS across all the three techniques used at SSB ie Psychological Tests, Group Tasks and a Behavioural Interview which are all used for Personality Assessment and Selection of officers for the Armed Forces. Each of our Qualified Assessors has over 22+ years of uniformed service as Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces and over 7 years as Panel members across various SSB Boards in India.

Our Assessors

Brig Jay Konnur, SM ( Retd )

Ex President & IO, SSB

Brig Jay Konnur, SM has an MSc in Defence Studies from Madras University and served for 36 years in the Infantry. He commanded the Kargil Brigade during operations and was Commandant, Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, Delhi. He was trained as an Interviewing Officer at Defence Institute of Psychological Research, DRDO, Delhi. He later had a tenure as President and IO at Services Selection Board, Bangalore, where he interviewed more than 2000 candidates.

He has been conducting regular classes on Personality Development, Communication Skills, Time Management, Leadership and Team Building for more than a decade.

He was awarded SENA MEDAL for distinguished service in Kargil.

Col Avinash Chander

Col Avinash Chander has a Master’s degree in Psychology and completed his education from Delhi University. He served in the Army Education Corps for 32 years. During his service, he was posted as an Instructor in IMA Dehradun, NDA Khadakwasla, and AEC Training College and Centre, Pachmarhi. He did Technical Officers’ Course (Psychologist) at the Defence Institute of Psychological Research, DRDO, Delhi and served at Services Selection Centres,  Allahabad, and Bhopal. Presently, he regularly conducts classes for personality development.

Col AM Limaye

An alumnus of NDA, Khadakwasla, he served in the Indian Army for 27 years. After training at the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Delhi, he was posted as a Group Testing Officer (GTO) at the Services Selection Centre, Bangalore. He has assessed over 2000 candidates during his tenure. On retirement, he was on the panel of Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resources Development (SCMHRD)  and conducted personal interviews and group discussions for selecting prospective MBA candidates for Pune University (PUMBA) and Symbiosis Institute for Telecommunication Management (SITM), Pune. He has also conducted assessments on behalf of VSS Consultants for various companies including TATA Motors, TCS, TATA AIG, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, and Dabur Pharma. In addition, on being impaneled by AON Hewitt Associates from 2007 to 2017, he conducted an assessment for MNCs such as Hindustan Uni Lever, KSB Pumps, HSBC, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd, LIPI Data Systems, Birla Group, Prestige, Mahindra and Mahindra, John Deere, BEL Bangalore,  ABBOT Laboratories and so on.