Mrs. Deol was an alumnus of Lady Mcleggan College and Govt College of Lahore. She started the Minerva Academy 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 was named after ‘Minerva’ the Roman Goddess of War and Wisdom. All the boys coached in the first batch were selected. This established the reputation of the institute from the start which increased day by day. Since she could not cope with the huge task single handed, Col. Deol took premature retirement for her help.
Daughter of Col. And Mrs. Deol; B.A. Hons (Eng), M.A. (Psych), M.A. (History) and P.G. Public Admin from the International Institute of Public Administration, Paris, France. After retirement from the IAS in the rank of Chief Secretary, is the current director of Minerva Academy.
Col. Deol, M.A. History from Govt College, Lahore was a great sportsman of his time. He appeared before 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. He then appeared for regular commission in 1946 and was selected. He earned many outstanding A.C.R’s & commanded regiments for 9 years. 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.
♦ Established in 1955 by Lt. Col Deol, Minerva Academy is the Premier, the Oldest and the Best Academy for SSB Interviews and Written Exam Coaching with over 60 years of experience.
♦ Minerva has an unbeatable track record, with over 35000 officers trained to success, and over 1000 top positions in the Indian Armed forces.
♦ Every fourth officer in the Indian Armed forces has been a student of Minerva Academy.
♦ The Minerva Academy campus provides unmatched infrastructure, spread over 10 acres in lush green, pollution free, SSB like environment with on campus hostel over 200 beds and mess. 24 hour power backup & hot water. Geyser in all washrooms.
♦ The highly qualified and experienced faculty at Minerva adopts a practical, systematic and fun filled approach towards SSB training and Written Exam Coaching.
♦ Minerva guarantees 10 days, 100 hrs of coaching for SSB Interviews / over 300 hours in 6 weeks for written exam coaching unlike other institutes.
♦ Location is easily accessible and well connected by Rail, Road and by Air.
♦ Former Chief of The Indian Army, General J.J.Singh has been a student of Minerva academy.
♦ Param Vir Chakra –Captain Vikram Batra (Kargil Hero) & Param Vir Charka – Flying Officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon (IAF’s First and Only PVC awardee) were also proud Minervans.
♦ The First Indian to climb Mount Everest Cap. A. S. Cheema (Padma Shri Award, Arjuna Award, SM VSM) was also one of the famous alumni.
♦ Only Minerva Academy offers a fully equipped Football ground, Basketball court, dedicated Obstacle course and vast open grounds to encourage fitness among candidates as endurance and stamina are a pre-requisite for a success at the SSB.
♦ Unique life changing experience and completely transform person in training period.
Don’t let distance be the only deciding factor in your crucial decision of selecting an institute for training. In every batch upto 80% of our students travel from 500-3000 Kms away to take coaching from us. Students from every corner of the country are making the journey to us just to make sure that they can perform their best at their SSB Interview or written examination by selecting the best institute in India for training. It is well worth your while to invest in taking coaching from the best to make sure you don’t waste any chances, opportunities or your very precious time on taking mediocre coaching from the nearest coaching centre. Don’t compromise on the quality of your training just to try and save time spent on making the journey to us, as it may prove to be very costly later.
Minerva Academy is very well connected by rail, air and road. The hostel and mess on campus is very convenient and comfortable for out station candidates.
We urge you to visit our facebook page and testimonial page and success stories page to see testimonials from candidates from various parts of the country.
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THE MINERVA ACADEMY HAS NO BRANCHES ANY WHERE. Beware of cheats & touts. We conduct no Postal Courses because they are worthless. The S.S.B. selection process is conducted through practical tests which require practical & personal coaching. Guide books provide theoretical coaching which does more harm than good. GUIDE BOOKS cannot ever GUIDE in Practical Tests.
Candidates must know that training for S.S.B. selection or coaching at the Academy is IMPOSSIBLE unless there is a group of at least 8 candidates, for group task, group discussion, competitive group task, indoor planning & lectures. Academies which claim to coach two or three candidates for special and individual attention only cheat ignorant candidates. Minerva always has an adequate number of candidates in all batches to ensure that GTO Tasks, Group Discussions and Speeches are held in SSB Interview like atmosphere.
The public, in general, believes that all officers in the Armed Forces know the inner workings of S.S.Bs and having worked there, they can train candidates for sure selection, BUT THIS IS A WRONG NOTION. Even officers and GTOs who have been associated with the SSBs during their career, only know how to select or reject a candidate. They cannot analyze the weaknesses & shortcomings of the candidates. They cannot help a candidate to identify and pin point his shortcomings and certainly cannot help improve upon them or ensure success in any way. They cannot possibly improve their personality to ensure candidates success in any way. These days many Ex- GTOs, Psychologists and President’s of boards are starting up SSB coaching centers and promising success. Their results are the reason they often shut down within months.
Psychologists in the S.S.Bs are given only one month training and they have never studied the subject of psychology in their Academic career. Therefore, they do not have a real insight into the minds of their candidates. They cannot analyze or improve the personality of the candidates. They only tempt the candidates by concessions and making false claims of 90% success, which is ridiculous and impossible.
Offers of lower fees are not really lower. The number of Training Days may be ten, as in the case of Minerva Academy but the number if training hours is not the same, rather less than half. Only Minerva gives hundred (100) hours of actual practical, intensive & thorough training covering all aspects/ complete tests in SSB – Like atmosphere and surroundings.
Those who get tempted by such claims / low fee offers (always due to less total hours of training) later repent having wasted their parent’s precious money and their own time/ opportunity forever, which proves much more expensive both in the short / long run.
Do visit the Academy Campus and consult our successful ex-student-officers.