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Stepping Stone SSB Academy , Pune

SSb Guidance for army, navy & air force

At Stepping Stone SSB Academy, our aim is to provide every student a very good understanding of the SSB process and help him / her give the best effort at the SSB. We believe that the motto for success for every SSB aspirant should be to

Be Oneself, but Be the Best of Oneself

To this end, our aim is to help students to present their personal best while being original / natural in their approach to all the SSB Tests. We believe that success at the SSB can be achieved through a combination of our guidance, not coaching, and more importantly the efforts of the students.

YEAR 2024 (35 students selected so far)

Our Guidance

Your Efforts

Success at SSB

About Us


Stepping Stone Academy is the brainchild of Commander Sachin Jog (Ex- Indian Navy) and Lt Col Sameer Bhoraskar (Ex- Indian Army).

Both officers have 22+ years of a distinguished career in uniform having held varied prestigious appointments during their service careers.

Cdr Sachin Jog has served two tenures as a Psychologist at NSB, Coimbatore (2007-2010) and Selection Centre South, Bangalore (2010-2012).

Lt Col Sameer Bhoraskar has also served two tenures as a GTO at Selection Centre Central (Bhopal) (2006-2009) and Selection Centre South, Bangalore (2009-2012).

Both are qualified assessors from Defence Institute of Psychological research (DIPR), Delhi.

Since 2016-17, Lt Col Sameer and Cdr Sachin have been closely involved in guiding students to achieve success at the SSB. As mentors, they have worked very closely (and continue to work) with students from many schools considered as “Feeder Institutes” for the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA). They take pride in the fact that students mentored by them from such Institutes have seen huge success at the SSB and have successfully taken the first steps towards an Officers’ Commission in Indian Armed forces. Few of these are:

  • Sainik School – Satara
  • Sainik School – Chittorgarh
  • Services Preparatory Institute – Aurangabad
  • Army Institute Of Technology – Pune
  • Kolhapur Institute of Technology – Kolhapur

As founding faculty of one of the academies at Pune, in 2018-19, they have achieved the unique distinction of having mentored close to 400 students, over 60 of whom achieved success at the SSB. All this was achieved in a span of less than 18 months. This is perhaps the best success ratio for any institute in this field.

In Feb 2020, Cdr Sachin and Lt Col Sameer decided to set off independently and started “Stepping Stone SSB Academy” so as to continue to guide Armed Forces aspirants to achieve their career goals.

Why Us


we do not coach... we "guide"

The uniqueness of Stepping Stone SSB Academy is its specialized and result oriented approach to SSB guidance. We are conscious of the big difference between "coaching" and "guidance". Since the SSB aims at evaluating personality, our efforts are always towards guiding candidates to understand themselves better and give their best. Our experience has shown us that coaching students to respond / answer in a particular way (as practised in certain institutes) actually causes more harm and prevents candidates from giving their best. However, guidance helps them to be natural while being at their best.

we follow a Systematic, result-oriented Approach

All sessions at Stepping Stone SSB Academy follow a very systematic approach, which includes complete familiarisation with the “two-stage SSB Selection System and detailed discussions about the correct approach to the tests, followed by personalised evaluation and feedback.

we have Highly Qualified & Experienced Assessors

Both Lt Col Sameer and Cdr Sachin are DIPR trained and qualified assessors who have served as SSB panel members. They have over 22+ years of uniformed service and over 12+ years of combined SSB panel experience. During their tenure at the SSBs they have been involved in assessing thousands of students. Many candidates selected by them are proud commissioned officers today. They continue to work very closely with feeder institutes like Sainik schools at Satara & Chittorgarh and SPI, Aurangabad to mentor students to achieve success at the SSB.

we have Excellent Infrastructure

Our guidance centre is equipped with all the necessary infrastructure needed to impart guidance for the SSB, giving the candidates a real feel of the entire process. We have a well-equipped classroom for conducting all tests and discussion sessions. Further, our guidance centre is one of the few institutes that has full size GTO tasks for PGT / HGT / etc. Our GTO Area helps the candidates to get a real time experience of group discussions and such other group activities, almost akin to what they would face at the SSB.

we provide Personalised evaluation & feedback

This is the most unique feature at stepping stone our assessors take pride in discussing with each candidate their strengths and weaknesses. And help to create a "way ahead plan" by highlighting Areas where the candidate needs to work on himself / herself.

Positive Reviews
2000 +
Students Mentored
100 +
Successful Students
in the past 5 years

Our Assessors

You couldn't be in better hands

Cdr Sachin Jog

Ex- Indian Navy
Ex-Psychologist, SSB

Lt Col Sameer Bhoraskar

Ex- Indian Army

Photo Gallery

a glimpse of our activities & sessions

In the Classroom

an interactive classroom session

Group Discussions

A GD in progress at SPI Aurangabad

GTO Tasks

Students engaged in GTO Tasks


learning to face an interview

Sainik School, Satara

classroom instructions for cadets

Sainik School, Chittorgarh

With students


what our students say

Srishti (one of our students for the ONLINE Course) was stuck at home in her home town of Haridwar (Uttarakhand), wondering how she could prepare for the SSB for her JAG entry and whose guidance should she take, especially since the lockdown prevented her from venturing out of her home. Through her friend, she came to know about STEPPING STONE ACADEMY and decided to get in touch with us. Please listen to her when she shares her experience about our ONLINE Course.
Student, Online Course
"The academy helps many defence aspirants to achieve their goal. The team which works here is very cooperative. The genuine feedback which you get from the assessors will definitely help you to perform better in SSB interviews."​
Nirbhay Manoj​
"The atmosphere is very supportive. You can have all your problems and doubts cleared. Their approach towards SSB is great. You will learn a lot of things that will help you further in your life. The results are promising. With their experience Sachin Sir and Sameer Sir will guide perfectly for clearing SSB."
Nisarg Pawade

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Reach out

Give us a call today! We will be glad to answer all your questions.
  +91 7760578763  (Cdr Sachin Jog)
  +91 8390193590  (Lt Col Sameer Bhoraskar)