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About Minerva Academy – SSB Coaching Academy in Chandigarh

About Minerva Academy

Minerva Academy is an SSB Interview and Written Examination Coaching Academy located at Daon (दाओं), a village located within the periphery of Chandigarh. It was established in August 1955 at Shimla. The Academy was then shifted to Jullunder Cantt then to Sector 3 and later to Sector 15 Chandigarh and finally to its present location in Daon. The Academy is ideally located in its own vast 10 Acre campus. The Academy was named after ‘Minerva’ the Roman Goddess of War and Wisdom.

All the boys coached in the first batch were selected. Since she could not cope with the huge task single handed, Col. Deol took premature retirement for her help.

About Retd. Lt. Col. I.S. Deol

Col. Deol, is the founder of Minerva Academy. He has done M.A. History from Govt College, Lahore. He appeared before the S.S.B. once for selection in 1944 and was selected as an Emergency Commissioned Officer in the British Indian army.

He remained posted in Iraq (Middle East Sector) for the full period of the World War II and attained the rank of Captain. After the war he appeared for the Indian Civil Service (I.C.S) and served for 2 ½ years. Later in 1946, he appeared for regular commission and was selected.

He was chief instructor, ASC Centre North, the biggest in northern India for 3 years. Col Deol was well known for his unique & captivating technique of coaching, full of thrill and laughter.

Since Mrs. Deol could not cope with the huge task single handed, Col. Deol took premature retirement for her help.

Minerva Academy Faculty

NameDesignation
Lt. Col. I.S. DeolFounder Director
Mrs. J. Deol, M.A. (Psych)Founder Principal
Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj- IAS,( Retd)Faculty Member & DIRECTOR
Col Jagjit SinghFaculty Member & Ex Interviewing Officer SSB Bangalore
Col Om KakkarFaculty Member
Wg Cdr S. P. OberoiFaculty Member & Ex Technical Officer (Psychologist) AFSB Dehradoon
Mani Sir (K. Vasudeva Panicker)Faculty Member, personally trained by founder Lt. Col. Deol.
Mr. Ranjit BajajFaculty Member and COO
Commodore S P SinghFaculty Member

Minerva Academy Courses

Minerva Academy is specialize in SSB Coaching and Written Exam Preparation for various entries in Armed Forces. The list of entries include:

  • National Defence Academy (NDA)
  • Indian Military Academy (IMA)
  • Officers Training Academy
  • Women Special Entry Scheme (WSES)
  • Technical Entry Scheme (TES)
  • Technical Graduate Course (TGC)
  • University Entry Scheme (UES)
  • Short Service Commission (SSC-T)
  • National Cadet Corps (NCC)
  • Judge Advocate General (JAG)
  • Army Education Corps (AEC)
  • Territorial Army (TA)
  • Special Commissioned Officers (SCO)
  • Permanent Commission (Special List) (PC SL)
  • Army Cadet Corps (ACC)
  • Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
  • Commission Worthy Scheme (CW)
  • Higher Educational Test (HET)
  • PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test) Coaching

Minerva Academy Written Exam Coaching

  • NDA Written Exam Coaching
  • CDS/OTA Written Exam Coaching
  • AFCAT Written Exam coaching
  • ACC Written Exam Coaching

Minerva Academy Contact Details

Alumni of Minerva Academy

  • General JJ Singh, former Chief of the Indian Army
  • Lt General GD Singh, former Army Deputy Chief
  • Capt. Vikram Batra (Kargil Hero) PVC Awardee
  • Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon (IAF’s first and only PVC Awardee)
  • Capt. A. S. Cheema, (the first Indian to climb Mount Everest) Padma Shri Awardee, Arjuna Awardee, SM, VSM
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