SSB Interview Procedure 2018: 5 Days Event

Recruitment in defence forces requires the candidates to go through the written exam and then the SSB. Many aspirants have this question lingering in their minds that, "what is SSB?" Keep on reading to know it all about the Intelligence and personality test which is known as the SSB.

In a nutshell, the tests conducted in the SSB aims at selecting individuals with OLQs (Officer Like Qualities). 

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.

(a) Stage I : It comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception* Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II: It comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test.

The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.

Based on the results of these tests candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB. 




Day 1 (Day of Reporting and Screening Tests)

As we have already read that the SSB is a two stage process. To qualify for Stage II, a candidate needs to clear Screening Test or Stage I. On the date of reporting, the candidates are picked from the railway station, certain Forms and also the Bio Data forms known as Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ) are filled. 

Note: PIQ is very important- there must be no cutting and consistency in each of the four or five copies of PIQ you are to fill.
Then comes the Stage I, in which candidates are given Intelligence Test (Verbal and Non-Verbal), then there is a Picture Perception test, in which a slide (hazy or clear) is shown and then each candidate writes their story and later have a Group Discussion. This sequence is popularly called PPDT- Picture Perception and Discussion Test. After the completion of these tests, results are announced and those who do not make it in this attempt are dropped back to the railway station and the successful ones are retained for 4 days of detailed assessment.

Day 2 (Psychology Tests)

1. Thematic Appreciation Test (TAT)- Commonly known as Picture Story writing.
2. Word Association Test (WAT)
3. Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
4. Self Description Test (SD), or a variation of this like description form the eyes of parents, teachers, colleagues, neighbors etc.

Day 3 & Day 4: Group Testing Officers (GTO) Test

The following tests are conducted in the GTO Test:
1. Group discussion
2. Group Planning Exercise (sometimes known as Military Planning Exercise)
3. Progressive Group Tasks
4. Half Group Tasks.
5. Individual Obstacles
6. Group Obstacles Race or Snake Race
7. Command Task
8. Lecturette
9. Final Group Task

Note: Interview :- (Held during afternoon/evening hours on 2nd/3rd/4th day)

Day 5 (Conference)
On the final day, every Assessor and the candidate sit together for and have a chat- the fate of the candidate for that SSB is decided by the Assessors collectively there. The candidates are required to appear before the complete Board of Examiners comprising of President,Deputy President, all the psychologists, all the GTOs and Technical Officer.

After the Board Meeting of every candidate is over, the final result is declared within an hour. Selected candidates are required to stay back for their medical examination (takes about 3 to 5 working days) in the Military Hospital.

Documents Required

Documents that the candidates need to bring along at the time of reporting for interview(SSB)

  • Original alongwith two self attested copies of 10th Class Marksheet & Matriculation or equivalence certificate issued by the Board concerned (CBSE/State Board/ICSCE) in which date of birth is reflected for proof of date of birth (Admit card/Marksheet/Transfer/Leaving Certificate are not acceptable for proof of date of birth).
  • Original alongwith two self-attested copies of 12th class Certificate & Marksheet.
  • Original alongwith two self-attested copies of Graduation Degree/Provisional Degree showing clearly having passed degree examination and eligible for award of degree. 
  • Original alongwith two self-attested copies of Mark sheets of all years/semesters.


All certificates in original. Originals will be returned after verification at the Service Selection Board ITSELF.

Note: Any candidate who does not carry these entire documents for the SSB interview, his candidature will be cancelled.

Proof of identity with photograph such as voter ID (or) PAN card (or) driving license (or) passport or Aadhar Card.
Candidates Who Have Submitted Their Certificates and Mark Sheets in College or Institution for Pursuing Higher Studies.  Please bring a bonafide certificate along with certified true copy.

Candidates who are Studying in Final Year of Their Academic Season/ Appeared for final Examination and Results not declared.  Please bring a bonafide certificate.

Applicable to Service Candidates Only. Service candidates will be entertained at the selection centre for their SSB interview only if they report on movement order by their respective unit.

What are the Items that the candidates need to brought during the SSC process?
 
  • Two pairs of white shorts / full sleeves & white T-shirts for GTO task.
  • One pair of Sports Shoes preferably in white, one pair of leather shoes, two pair of white shocks and one pair of colour socks.
  • Two pair of formal dress (Full sleeves light colour shirt and dark colour trouser).
  • Track suit and winter wear as per seasonal requirement.
  • Adequate writing material. 


Do’s during the Process
  • Be courteous with all the staff interacting with you.
  • Deposit your mobile phone if retained after stage I testing. It will be returned to you after Stage II testing.
  • Move out of your living area only in shirt and trouser with shoes or dress for testing.
  • Meet any visitors only at the visitors’ waiting room or cafeteria but only after testing hours.
  • Adhere to punctuality.


Don’ts during the Process
  • Do not visit any area at the Selection Centre other than candidates’ mess, candidates’ lines and testing areas.
  • Do not smoke or consume liquor during your stay at the Centre.
  • Do not attempt to visit any of the staff members or use any means to approach them directly or indirectly to seek any favour.   
  • Do not tip any staff. 
  • Do not pay any money to touts as bribe.


Physical Conditioning required if you qualify the SSB interview and medical examination, you are advised to follow the under mentioned regimen daily in order to keep yourself in good physical condition at the time of reporting at the Academy: 

Running: 2.4 kilometers in 15 minutes.
Sit ups: 25
Push ups: 13
Chins ups: Minimum six.
Rope climbing: Three to four meters.  

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