….. Step-in and take the test! This full page advertisement in a popular newspaper caught my eye that surprised me and also reminded me on a query raised by an aspirant appearing for the Services Selection Board interview for the Defence Services.

            The query related to the score level needed in English language (vocabulary) and expectations by the selectors at the SSB! Would a score level of 5.5 in speaking do? Most corporates and companies in India and abroad need a 7.0 or more for a career interview.

            To those who intendappearing for the written examination for the Defence Services, a score level of above 5.5 seems adequate, however for the speaking part a 7.0 is expected; especially those facing the Navy and Air Force Selection Boards.

            Notwithstanding the score levels expected (and in good humour), one has experienced that ‘HINGLISH’ (part Hindi and rest English vocabulary) as the common usage in our Defence Forces; especially in the ARMY. It is recommended that the SSB need not be fixated on picking up English speaking candidates only instead the system should encourage ‘HINGLISH’ more. Though the SSB follows the policy on Hindi usage, it is noticed that there is certainly a bias towards good English speaking candidates which I am sure can be obviated. The need in today’s warfare is ‘good leadership with good level of communication with the troops’….. HINGLISH is here to stay!

Also Read: Steps to improve Spoken English
(Training Faculty, Cavalier India)
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