About SSB Interview
Armed forces offer very exciting career to young men and women in several fields. Career in the forces, in addition as a career, is also an adventure in itself. To ensure that appropriate candidates are chosen, a comprehensive selection process is adopted by the armed forces through Service Selection Board (SSB) interview. This system of selection is based on the trait theory of leadership which assumes that every leader must have some specific and pre-determined leadership traits. It also presumes that such traits can be acquired by a candidate with the passage of time meaning thereby that a person once rejected in an SSB interview is likely to succeed if he acquires some of the traits with the passqage of time. The present system of selection, although is long and takes four to five days, is thus based on an objective assessment of each candidate in which the qualities like initiative, alertness, judgement, courage, physical fitness endurance, cooperation, group planning, decisiveness,knowledge, etc. are judged. In addition, psychological and mental robustness of the candidate vis-a-vis requirements of the Armed Forces is judged and finally an overall assessment of the personality of a candidate is made by way of an exhaustive personal interview.
FACILITIES FOR CANDIDATES BY SSB
Pick-up and Drop from reporting Railway Station.
Game, Magazines and Newspapers
These all & some other facilities for candidates to ensure that they feel at home.
DAY ZERO(Reporting Day)
Candidates are picked by representative of the SSB and are accommodated in the board area, where they are divide into a groups of 8-10. Each individual are there chest numbers which is given by the board. They have to wear it throughout there SSB secession. After chest numbers allotment they all have to fill PIQ(Personal Information Questionnaire) forms. These forms are later used by SSB for assessment of candidates. At end of all this opening address is given by the president of the SSB or any other officer.
DAY ONE(Screening Test)
Actual SSB test start from this day. Candidates have to go through Intelligence & PPDT tests. An Intelligence test is basically test of reasoning which is of Verbal and Non-Verbal types. A PPDT(Picture Perception & Discussion Test) in which you have to write a story on an image within four minutes, image slide is show only for 30 seconds and image slide is always hazy and unclear. A rectangle is printed on the paper on which you have to write your story. Later you are divided into 12-15 candidates group and advised to sit in a semi-circle. Where each candidates are asked to tell his/her story. Now all candidates have advised to discuss there stories and find out a common story where all the individual must present there view as common as much as possible. Result of this test is make available within 1 or 2 hours.
DAY TWO(Psychology Test)
On second day only those are allowed to undergo through four different test who are already clear there first stage. i.e Screening test. Here pay your attention if you are fail to pass screening test than you are send back no further assessment by SSB.
The Four different test are as:
Thematic Apperception Test(TAT)
Word Association Test(WAT)
Situation Reaction Test(SRT)
Self Description Test(SD)
In TAT you have to write 12 stories in total based on 12 picture slides. This time 11slides which have picture(not blank) are not hazy and the twelfth slide which is always blank. All these slides are shown for less than one minutes and they are expected to write story based on these slide separately within four minutes or sometime less than this.
Word Association Test is an attempt to concur the candidates psychological make-up based on there responses for different words of word slides as shown by Board officer. There are 60 such slides shown by the Board officer and you have only 15 seconds after that present slide is flipped and next slide is appeared. So you have only 15 seconds to read, understand and make a meaningful sentence.
In SRT You have now 60 multiple questions to solve within 30 minutes. Basically in SRT none of the option is either right or wrong. They have different weighted in the degree of correctness. So you have to chose that suited best in that situation as action according to you.
At last candidates have to go through SD test. It held after 10-15 minutes gap of SRT. Here everyone have 15 minutes to write about himself/herself . But not only what you think about yourself and what your strength and weakness, you have to mention the views/thought of different persons about your strength/weakness. The persons are your Parents, Teachers, Friends and others. You are also asked to write what qualities you want to develop etc.
DAY THREE & FOUR(GTO Tasks)
Next two task is usually called GTO test. This test have following test:-
Group Planning Exercise
Progressive Group Tasks(PGT)
Half Group Tasks(HGT)
Group Obstacles Race or Snake Race(GOR)
Final Group Task(FGT)