It is often seen that candidates upon receiving a call letter rush to the nearest coaching centre to do a crash course or pickup any book on SSB coaching and try to mug up ideas and views given in them. This will lead to definite failure as assessors are experts in discriminating between candidates who are genuinely good and those who are superficial. A word of caution therefore, is that there are no shortcuts to success It calls for dedicated and systematic preparation. To start with one must firstly, build awareness about what is going on in the environment. Selectors are not interested in knowing the dates, numbers, statistics etc. that are straight from books on general knowledge. The general expectation is awareness about what is happening in the country and its neighborhood. This calls for reading newspaper regularly and may be supplementing it with a good magazine. Alternatively, listen to any good English news channel to keep yourself abreast of the latest developments. In addition, it is recommended to watch popular TV shows like ‘We the People’, ‘Big Fight’ etc on NDTV 24X7 where current topics are debated by eminent personalities of the society.Secondly, it may also be a good idea to start speaking in English with friends and family members. It is unfortunate but true that the medium of communication is English and many candidates hesitate and hence do not express them self adequately and thus fail in the initial screening itself. Hence, it is important to develop English language skills and it is possible provided you practice regularly by speaking with friends and family members. Towards this reading newspaper and listening to news will also help build your vocabulary.