Complete SSB Interview process in Indian Armed forces

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Check 5-day SSB Interview procedure here. This article by militarygyan will provide you with complete details of all the process and tests in the SSB(Service Selection Board) Interview. This information is useful for all the candidates who want to know what is happening in the SSB Interview of Indian Armed forces. SSB Interview are mostly conducted for candidates who qualify the written exam of  CDS, NDA, TES, TGC, UES, TA, INET, AFCAT etc.

A major problem faced by candidates in the way of defence aspirants after clearing the written exam of defence forces . CDS, NDA & AFCAT etc SSB Interview which is conducted by the respective military institution by their SSB Board team members or you can say officers

Complete SSB Interview Procedure

The candidates that clear written exams such as CDS, NDA, TA, INET and AFCAT are then called by respective military boards for SSB Interview. One can also appear for SSB Interview by getting shortlisted direct entries – TES, TGC, UES, SSC Tech etc. The selected students then need to appear before a Service Selection Board for an Intelligence and Personality Test.

The SSB interview is directed to check a candidate possessing character traits called “Officer Like Qualities”. checked by the following procedure mention below

a. Mansa (which means thoughts; Psychological tests)

b. Vacha (which means speech; Interview)

c. Karma (which means deeds or actions; Group testing)

Day 0/1 (Reporting):

The candidates are usually received at the station by an officer(s) of the board and from there they are taken to the selection centre by force Bus. After the candidates are settled in, an ‘Opening Address’ takes place where an officer of the board briefs the candidates of their stay for the next 5 days. Document Verification takes place after that where the original documents of the candidates are verified. A form filed by candidates know as PIQ(Personal Information form) in personal interview most the question asked from your PI form.

To Know more about form: How to fill PIQ forms, do & don’t : CLICK HERE

In some boards (esp. Air Force SSB) the Reporting day is regarded as the Day 1 of SSB and the testing starts on the same day

Day 1 (Screening):

The first day of SSB Interview process involves 3 tests i.e.

Officer Intelligence Rating Test(OIR TEST) consist Paper 1 & Paper 2

Which consists of Verbal and Nonverbal Tests.Mostly contain mathematical and reasoning ability related question The candidate gets two booklets having 40 questions each. The time allotted for each booklet is 15- 17 minutes.

Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PP&DT):

This test is also further categorized into following mention below:

Picture Perception: An image is displayed for the time period of 30 seconds and the candidates need to note down its details such as sex, age, and mood of the characters, action performed by them. The candidates then create a story based on that image in a time period of 4 minutes. Done this to check your imagination and perception towards life and also define your experience you go through and think

Group Discussion: In group discussion 10-15 candidates is formed from the batch and each candidate needs to narrate his/her story that you written in picture perception test and then discuss it in the group, to reach a common consensus. Done to check your convince power  how you influence other candidate that your story is the true definition of picture.

Day 2 (Psychology Test):

On the second day of SSB Interview , a Psychological Test is conducted by board . test conducted in this section mention below

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT): Candidates are shown 12 images (including 1 blank) and then they need to write a story each for 4 minutes. The time limit is imposed to gauge the natural response of each candidate.

Word Association Test (WAT): 60 words are displayed in front of the candidates for 15 seconds each and the candidates need to write down a sentence which comes to their mind on seeing the word.

Situation Reaction Test (SRT): A booklet is given to the candidates with 60 real-life situations and the candidates are required to write their reactions to those situations. The total duration for this exercise is 30 minutes.

Self-Description Test (SDT): Candidates need to write few paragraphs covering their self-description for the context given. For instance, writing the opinion of their parents, teachers, friends etc. and the qualities the candidates wish to develop. Time allotted for this test is 15 minutes.

Day 3 (Group Testing – I):

Day 3 involves Group Testing. Here several outdoor tests are conducted where the candidates need to take part in groups. This day involves the following group tests:

Group Discussion: The group discussion is conducted on two topics back to back on some current events or social issues. The discussion is usually of 20-30 minutes each.

Group Planning Exercise (GPE): Here the candidates are clubbed in the group of 10 – 15 people and are then given a story based on a model having certain issues. Candidates need to identify the issues and provide

Progressive Group Task (PGT): Candidates need to overcome the 4 given obstacles collectively in a group for which they are given some helping material and a load with some rules.

Group Obstacle Race (GOR): Commonly referred to as Snake race, each group is required to compete against another group for 6 given obstacles.

Half Group Task (HGT):This exercise is like PGT, but it is conducted with a smaller group over a single obstacle.

Day 4 (Group Testing – II):

This day is again dedicated to Group Testing. Following tests are conducted on this day:

Lecturette: Each candidate is presented with 4 topics out of which he needs to choose one and speak on it for a period of 3 minutes.

Individual Obstacles (IO): Each candidate needs to clear 10 given obstacles in a time period of 3 minutes which are marked from 1-10 based on the difficulty level.

Command Task (CT): Each candidate made the commander and is given an obstacle similar to HGT which he/she needs to overcome with the help of his subordinates.

Final Group Task (FGT):The entire group is reunited and required to complete the assigned task similar to PGT in the stipulated time.

Personal Interview: Personal Interviews are generally conducted during Day 2, 3 and 4 after the respective daily tasks have been completed. Interviews are usually related to everyday experiences, work, education, family, hobbies, achievements in academics, general awareness etc.

Day 5 (Conference):

Day 5 is the last day in which the assessor starts with a closing address, then the conference of candidates starts. A board conference is conducted where all the officers who assessed the candidates in the previous days are present. Each assessor discusses among themselves with respect to the suitability of a candidate.

Each candidate then appears individually before the board where their total assessment is narrated, and the board makes a recommendation accordingly. The candidates who are borderline are given certain situations and then a collective decision is taken. After the result is announced the shortlisted candidates are retained for further medical examinations.

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