Psychological Tasks in Services Selection Board: Self Description


Self Description is the final task that is conducted as a part of the Psychological Testing Series. It is a descriptive task and seeks to find what a candidate thinks about themselves and what the others think about the candidate.

Key aspects of Self Description
  • Time Duration: 15 minutes composite.
  • The candidates have to write responses to these 5 questions:
  • For Non Working Candidates
  • What do your parents think about you?
  • What do your teachers think about you? 
  • What do your friends think about you?
  • What do you think about yourself?
  • What is your aim in life/Qualities you would like to improve?
  • For Working Candidates
  • What do your parents think about you?
  • What does your employer think about you? 
  • What do your colleagues think about you?
  • What do you think about yourself?
  • What is your aim in life/Qualities you would like to improve?
  • A composite time of 15 minutes is given to answer these questions, which means 3 minutes to answer each question.

Key points to remember while writing SD

  • This is one task which can be prepared beforehand if you want to.
  • Get insights into your personality from others. Ask your parents, teachers, managers, friends, colleagues of what they think about you. This will give you an idea of who you are from someone else’s perception.
  • Retrospect and introspect a lot to write the answer to what do you think about yourself.
  • Do a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threats) analysis to answer the question to qualities you have and the ones which you want to improve.
  • Dig deep and find the motivation that you have and formulate your aim in life. Go above and beyond, you are not being asked short term goals here. They want to know what your aim in life is. What kind of a person do you want to be and how will you put that to good use.
  • There is no such thing as writing only positive answers. Be truthful and write what the truth is and nothing except that. Rather than trying to put up a facade it will be easier for you to justify the truth at the later stages of testing.
  • Don’t write long answers and try to stuff everything in it, you’ll end up missing some questions because of bad time management. 4 or 5 lines are sufficient per answer and will save time as well.

Self Description is a projection of your personality in your words. It encompasses what your peers and family think about you, your own self-beliefs, strengths, weaknesses and qualities and finally who you want to be in life. Please do justice to it and write the truth.

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