How to prepare for SSB Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

How to prepare for Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)


Candidates consider this test most difficult to crack in the SSB Interviews. But if you keep your responses natural these test are the easiest one, even whole five days testing procedure would become a cake walk for your to clear. First, you have to be very clear about the testing procedure of the SSB and what are the expectations from you. SSB is totally based on the projective technique that you project in the span of five days in the SSB. The assessors are trained professionally to asses your true personality, so to be natural and honest is the key to success.

This is the first test that is conducted in the psychological test battery. In this test you would be shown total 12 different stories. The last 12th story would be blank slide and you would have to write any story of your own. You would be given 4 min total to write the story from which initial 30 seconds would be to observe and see the picture,

Most of the candidates prepare 50-60 stories and based on the theme try to fit the story in SSB Interview. In a rare case 1% out of 100 it can work, But 99 % percent of the time it will go against you.

So to prepare for the TAT test, first you need to understand that what is required from you when you attempt these test. SSB recommends the candidates who have the Officers Like Quality in their personality. So, first understand and know what are these officers like qualities and how can you inculcate these qualities in your true personality and then in your stories. 

Your story should be written in past tense which should have three things i.e what led to the situation, what is going on in the picture and what is the logical outcome of the picture. 

The main things to keep in mind here are that what led to the situation should be completed in the 2 lines and the present ongoing things or the action part of the story should be written in at least 6-7 line and after you should sum up your story by giving the logical outcome or conclusion to it. Don’t act as superhero or take impractical approach to handle the situation the given picture. 

Be normal human being and  write practical story related to your own personality thinking out of the box ideas. Avoid negative approach in your stories. Your story should reflect the officer like qualities and positive approach towards life and it should not have content showing your negative qualities, pessimistic attitude, suicidal tendencies, depression or other psychological problems.

What we will recommend is to live your life to the fullest, practice different hobbies and interest and enjoy every single moment of it. Take whatever responsibility is given to you, even initiate work in your home, offices and talk to different people. In this way you would be able to write natural stories and that would really help you in clearing your SSB interview. Start observing things around you and make stories on the real life situations in mind. In this way you will be able to think fast and under pressure as well.

Jai Hind

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