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GTO SSB - GROUP TESTING SERIES - This is based on the theory of Gestalt, wherein the GTO looks at the candidates performing in a group, gradually singles them out and gives a closer look and finally once again observes them perform in the group. There are a total of 9 tasks conducted by the GTO. These are divides in three phases:-

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(a)Basic series- It consists of Group discussion(2 rounds), Group Planning Exercise, Progressive Group Task and the Group Obstacle Race.

(b)Confirmatory series- It consists of  Half Group Task, Lecturette, Individual Obstacles and the Command Task.

(c)Final series- consists of Final Group Task.

The point to understand is that it is important to do well in all the series and more importantly in the basic series. If you have not done well in the basic series the your chance of getting recommended by the GTO are very low. As I said, first impression is the last impression. However, this does not mean that having done well in the basic series you can relax in the other two. So give your best shot and come out with flying colors.
There are various tasks in this testing. This are-

•    GROUP DISCUSSION
•    GROUP PLANNING EXERCISE
•    PROGRESSIVE GROUP TASK
•    GROUP OBSTACLE RACE
•    HALF GROUP TASK
•    LECTURETTE
•    INDIVIDUAL OBSTACLES
•    COMMAND TASK
•    FINAL GROUP TASK


(A) Group Discussion- This is the first activity in the GTO series. There will be two rounds of GD. The candidates will be made to sit in a semi-circle, in numerical sequence of their chest numbers. In the first round, the GTO will give you two topics and allow the group to choose any one of them. Once it is chosen, he will repeat the topic so that it becomes clear in the minds of all the candidates. Time allowed here is 20 minutes. After you are done with the first discussion, you will be given a second topic. But this time there will be no choice. You will have to carry on the discussion on the topic that GTO gives. He might also give you two or three leads regarding that topic. In this task, you are not expected to arrive at a conclusion.

In this test, following qualities will be prominent-

a.    Your awareness level.
b.    Ability to reason your views with knowledge and logic.
c.    Power of expression.
d.    The way you interact with others. Are you receptive to other's views or not?
e.    Whether you cooperate and give chance to others also or tend to be selfish and disruptive.
f.    Do you take the initiative and lead the discussion or speak once in a while?
g.    Do you have the confidence to face the group and put across your point of view or do you need support?
h.    Do you give up when countered by others or bounce back with even better points?
i.    Are you able to influence the group with your logic?

Now, following are the points to be kept in mind:-

i.    Be well prepared by regularly reading newspapers and magazines. This will give you a lot of confidence. Here, mainly two things are important. One is Participation and the other is contribution.
ii.    You should be an active participant in the discussion and speak for at least 5 minutes in totality. Also, there should be a meaningful contribution to the discussion. Basically- What’s your attitude and what’s the altitude of your thoughts.
iii.    Try and initiate the discussion. It does not mean that you jump off your seat and start talking in a high pitched voice. Politely begin with a thought or quote or something which attracts the attention of candidates and GTO towards you.
iv.    Do not repeat other's points or your own points. Bring in fresh points that will take the discussion to a higher level.
v.    Do not try to generalize the leads given by the GTO.
vi.    Be nice to the others in group. You may disagree at times but be polite and humble to them. Avoid being insensitive and rude.
vii.    Do not get discouraged if others oppose your views. Try convincing them with your logic and reasoning.
viii.    If you feel that your point is not valid then no harm in accepting and falling in line with the group.
ix.    Keep a smiling disposition and do not look unduly worried or tense.
x.    Do not get excited and tend to get up from your chair.
xi.    Do not use your arms too much to bodily impose yourself on others.
xii.    Do not keep looking at the GTO.

(B) Group Planning Exercise-
This is the second activity. Here, you will be given some problems on a model and asked to firstly write then their individual solutions on a sheet of paper and then discuss among themselves to evolve a common group plan. In this you have to arrive at a conclusion. This task is conducted in 5 stages. These are:-

I.    The GTO will explain you a model made on a wooden plank. At the end of his explanation, you are allowed to clarify your doubts, if any.
II.    Now the GTO will read a story from a card. Pay careful attention to the story. Do not try to write or try to correlate with the model as you may miss out on  the story.
After the GTO finishes the story, he will allow you five minutes to read the story from the story cards which will be placed on your chairs and correlate with the model. Make a mental picture of all the features and salient points given in the story because after minutes the story cards will be taken back. You are not permitted to write down any points at this stage.
III.     Now the candidates are asked to write their individual solutions to the various problems on a sheet of paper. Time allowed here is 10 minutes. After that, your sheets will be taken back.
IV.    And now, the GTO will ask the group to nominate any one person to explain the agreed common plan of the group to him.

Things to be paid attention to-

i.    There will always be four problems in this. One will be of serious nature like a man is bleeding profusely and is unconscious or a person has suffered severe burns or a person has fallen from a running train. Such problems should be assigned first priority.
ii.    Then there will be problems in which a large number of people are in danger or some public property will be destroyed if no action is taken quickly. Such problems must be given second priority.
iii.    There will be problems involving an individual, like a girl is abducted or a boy has been kidnapped etc. Such problems should be given third priority.
iv.    There will be a fourth problem like a gold chain is lost or cows have strayed in the jungle. They should be given least priority. However, you should not leave this problem just because it is too small.
v.    The GTO will tell to assume that there is no mobile connectivity, hence do not go on to solve the problems by using the mobile phones to inform the police, office etc. You are expected to get yourself involved in tackling the problems though there is no harm in taking the help of police, fire brigades etc.

What is seen this?

i.    Your ability to grasp the essentials of the given situation.
ii.    Are you logical in your approach?
iii.    Do you keep in mind the aim or get swayed away by the situation?
iv.    Are you logical in prioritizing the problems?
v.    Do you observe and identify all the obvious and hidden resources available to you?
vi.    Have you made correct use of the resources in solving the problems?
vii.    Your written power of expression.

Now, the important points to be kept in mind:-

i.    First identify the problems and list them in the order of priority in which you would tackle them.
ii.    Identify the various resources, obvious and hidden.
iii.    Write your solution for each problem in the order of priority. While writing the solution also make rough calculations about the distances based on the scale of the model and the time it may take to reach the place depending on the vehicle/mode that is being used. This way your solution should be practically possible.
iv.    After writing the solutions for all the problems, do mention that you will all gather at a point and proceed with the activity for which you had initially come (aim). Do not forget the aim and make sure that you achieve that too.
v.    The written solution is evaluated for 6 components namely, grasps, aim, priority, resources, time and distance, and overall solution.
vi.    Be prepared for a heated discussion as this is the competition stage of group development and all candidates will try to dominate the discussion.
vii.    Try and initiate the discussion as early as possible.
viii.    Do not generalize all the problems.
ix.    Be nice to others in the group. Be humble and polite.
x.    Do not keep looking at the GTO. Keep a smiling disposition and don’t look unduly worried.


(C) Progressive Group Task- This is the first practical test.Here there are four obstacles which the group has to cross in 40 minutes, by following some rules. The candidates need to cross the obstacles with the help of a helping materials- Plank, Balli, Ropes. You need to make use of these resources and take your group to the finish line across the obstacle. But there are certain rules. They are as follows:

i.Group rule- it implies that all the members of the group must have crossed the obstacle before anyone can go to the next one.

ii.Distance rule- it implies that any distance that is more than 4 feet, must be bridged and not jumped, even if you are capable of jumping.

iii.Color rule- The white portion is inbound for the candidates and the helping material as well. If it is painted red then neither you nor the helping material can touch it. If it is painted blue or yellow, only you van touch that portion and not the helping material.

iv. Rule or Rigidity- Two rigid materials cannot be tied together to form a bridge or an extension.

v. Rule of Infinity- It implies that the start line and the finish line should be imagined to be extending to infinity on either side. It means that you cannot walk through the sides of the task. Also be careful not to step into the area inside of the start and finish line.

The GTO observes the following-

•    Your ability to grasp the rules and conditions of tackling the obstacles.
•    Are you logical in your approach?
•    Do you have practical work sense?
•    Are you able to use the resources optimally?
•    Are you able to overcome the frustration and difficulties involved while solving the obstacle?
•    Are you able to communicate your ideas in a way that others understand it?

Points to be kept in mind:-
I.    Be a constructive member of the group
II.    All you need to do is give your ideas.
III.    Do not go on shouting while doing so, just be polite and be audible enough so that everyone listens to your ideas.
IV.    Do not feel shy and speak the ideas in the ear of the person standing next to you.
V.    Do not give up easily, keep striving and motivating your team members.
VI.    Do not break any rules. If you do, then immediately admit it and go back to the position where you were before breaking the rule.


(D) Group Obstacle Race- here you are made to race against the other groups through a series of 6 obstacles. You need to carry a load, it’s a tent, rolled up to look like a snake. That is why it is also called as the Snake Race.
I.    Once the group picks up the snake, it should not touch the ground before crossing the finish line.
II.    The snake is not to be shortened or folded in any manner.
III.     At least 3 members should be holding the snake while crossing the obstacles.
IV.    The rules of PGT are applicable here too.
V.    Be enthusiastic towards the task. Keep cheering your team members.
VI.    Take the responsibility of carrying the snake. Also help others in crossing the obstacles.
VII.    This is a group task and not an individual one, so try hard to take your group to the finish line, first.


(E) Half Group Task-
This is just like the Progressive Group Task, the only difference is that your group will be divided into 2 sub-groups. Only one single obstacle course is to be crossed here.There are certain rules. They are as follows:
i.    Group rule- it implies that all the members of the group must have crossed the obstacle before anyone can go to the next one.
ii.    Distance rule- it implies that any distance that is more than 4 feet, must be bridged and not jumped, even if you are capable of jumping.
iii.    Color rule- The white portion is inbound for the candidates and the helping material as well. If it is painted red then neither you nor the helping material can touch it. If it is painted blue or yellow, only you van touch that portion and not the helping material.
iv.    Rule or Rigidity- Two rigid materials cannot be tied together to form a bridge or an extension.
v.    Rule of Infinity- It implies that the start line and the finish line should be imagined to be extending to infinity on either side. It means that you cannot walk through the sides of the task. Also be careful not to step into the area inside of the start and finish line.

The GTO observes the following-

•    Your ability to grasp the rules and conditions of tackling the obstacles.
•    Are you logical in your approach?
•    Do you have practical work sense?
•    Are you able to use the resources optimally?
•    Are you able to overcome the frustration and difficulties involved while solving the obstacle?
•    are you able to communicate your ideas in a way that others understand it?

Points to be kept in mind:-

I.    Be a constructive member of the group
II.    All you need to do is give your ideas.
III.    Do not go on shouting while doing so, just be polite and be audible enough so that everyone listens to your ideas.
IV.    Do not feel shy and speak the ideas in the ear of the person standing next to you.
V.    Do not give up easily, keep striving and motivating your team members.
VI.    Do not break any rules. If you do, then immediately admit it and go back to the position where you were before breaking the rule.


(D) Group Obstacle Race- here you are made to race against the other groups through a series of 6 obstacles. You need to carry a load, it’s a tent, rolled up to look like a snake. That is why it is also called as the Snake Race.
I.    Once the group picks up the snake, it should not touch the ground before crossing the finish line.
II.    The snake is not to be shortened or folded in any manner.
III.     At least 3 members should be holding the snake while crossing the obstacles.
IV.    The rules of PGT are applicable here too.
V.    Be enthusiastic towards the task. Keep cheering your team members.
VI.    Take the responsibility of carrying the snake. Also help others in crossing the obstacles.
VII.    This is a group task and not an individual one, so try hard to take your group to the finish line, first.


(F) Lecturette-
In This test, each candidate will be required to deliver a short talk for three minutes to the rest of the group on any one of the four topics. The GTO will have as many numbers of cards as the candidates in the group. Each card will have four topics on it. The first candidate as per numerical sequence will be called to pick up the topmost card and go a little away from the group and prepare for about three minutes. After three minutes, or earlier, if you are prepared then you can come back, handover the card to the GTO and deliver your talk. As soon as the 1st candidate is ready to give the speech, the second candidate must pick up the topmost card from the rostrum and go for preparation. As soon as two and a half minutes are over for the first candidate, the GTO will ring a bell. This is an indication that the candidate must wind up the talk. When three minutes are over the GTO will ring two bells. With this the first candidate will sit down with the rest of the group, the second candidate will come back, handover the card to the GTO and start with his talk.. This way each candidate will get three minutes to prepare and three minutes to deliver the talk on the topic of his/her choice.
When the first candidate is preparing for, the GTO will ask the rest to briefly introduce themselves in about 10 to 15 seconds. He will specify as to what all is expected from you and depending on what he asks, introduce yourself briefly. Normally, he will ask you your name, your father's occupation, school in which you studied hobbies etc. The first candidate who is preparing for his topic will be asked to first introduce himself/herself and then begin the talk.
Now, of the four topics, one each will be of higher level and lower level and two topics will be of average level. If you can speak on a higher level topic then it’s well and good. If not at least try to attempt average level topic. However, remember it is better to speak sense on a lower level topic than choosing a higher level topic and talk rubbish.

What is seen here?

i.    Awareness about developments in the environment which is a part of the reasoning ability.
ii.    Your ability to organize your own thoughts.
iii.    Power of expression.
iv.    Self-confidence.
v.    Ability to influence the group.
vi.    Liveliness.
vii.    Determination to remain focused and delivers the content under a very stressful condition.
viii.    Courage to face the group.
ix.    Mental stamina to sustain the full duration of three minutes.

Your approach towards this test:-

a.    Don’t get bogged down when you see the topics. Be calm; select the topic of your own choice.
b.    Always divide your content into various sections as that will show that you are methodical and organized. Now, simply follow the rule about what to speak- Introduction about your topic, the causes or reasons, the solutions, and the conclusion. Or it could be- an introduction, advantages, disadvantages, your own opinion and conclusion.
c.    Choose a topic you are conversant with. It is not important to speak on a high level topic. Remember, awareness in not the only attribute that is seen through this activity. Even if you speak very well on an average or low level topic, you will be able to impress.
d.    Remain composed while speaking.
e.    Speak slowly because three minutes are very long when you are standing in front of the group.
f.    Do not look at the GTO as you will feel intimidated.
g.    Look at your friends while speaking and do not look up or sideways.
h.    Do not use your hands too much while speaking.
i.    Do not lean on the Podium/rostrum.
j.    Do not exceed your time and also do not finish abruptly.

(G) Individual Obstacles-
This is a test most of the candidates are looking for. This is a fun filled activity. It also shows the Josh you have to perform. Here, the GTO will first brief the candidates and thereafter show each obstacle one by one and explain what is required to be done. There will be a total of 10 obstacles to be tackled individually in three minutes. Obstacles will be numbered from 1 to 10 and the number of obstacles also indicates the points you will get if you do it successfully. Thus, if you tackle successfully all the 10 obstacles in the allotted time of three minutes you will get 55 points. The obstacles are placed at random and you are also at liberty to do these obstacles in the sequence you like. In case, you take too long on any particular obstacle, you may leave it, go to the next and come back to it later if time permits. And in case you happen to complete all the 10 obstacles successfully and still left with sometime, you can repeat the obstacles and depending upon which one you repeat you will get those many extra points. However, you must remember that you should not repeat unless you have completed all the 10 obstacles successfully and even while repeating, you are not permitted to repeat an obstacle more than once.

Following are 10 obstacles:-

1.The Single Ramp- you are expected to come running from a little distance and run over the ramp and land on the sand pit.

2. The Double Barrel Jump- you are expected to come running from a little distance and jump over the two drums lengthwise buried in the ground. While tackling this obstacle remember that you should not touch the drums as it will be painted red and red color is out of bounds. For lady candidates a single drum is placed adjacent to the double drum. They are expected to jump over only the single drum.

3.The Balancing Beam- In this there are three wooden beams placed one after the other in a sequence at a height of roughly three feet. You are expected to climb onto any one of the beam from both side and walk through them and get down from the other side. Please remember that, you cannot get down in between.

4. The Screen Jump- In this, there is a ramp similar to the one in obstacle number 1, and a red screen suspended in front. You are required to come running from a distance, run over the ramp and jump over the red screen without touching the screen. Ahead of the screen, there will be a sand pit to prevent any injury. In this you need momentum and hence must run some distance and should not stop at the ramp. In case you happen to touch the screen it will fall down. Do no waste your time in putting it back. Move on to the next obstacle. The ground man will put the screen back and you can take another attempt if time permits. For lady candidates the screen is placed at a lesser height.

5. The Burma Bridge- In this obstacle, there are two ropes fixed parallel to each other at a height of roughly 15 feet above the ground. There are two ladders on either side or also two ropes hanging on either side which you can use to go up. You can either use the rope or the ladder to go up. Upon reaching the top, you are expected to hold the top rope and walk on the bottom rope. Once you cross the distance, you can once again either use the ladder or the rope to come down.

6. The Tarzan's Swing- In this there is a platform with a ladder at about 8 feet height and a rope hanging from the top. You are expected to climb the ladder and reach the platform. Upon reaching there, the free end of the rope is handed over to you by the grounds man. You are required to hold the rope as high as possible and take a swing like a Tarzan and land beyond a particular point without touching the ground. The point is indicated by two red bricks placed on either side. An imaginary line joining the two red bricks is the area of clearance. In this, you must stretch yourself high and take a strong grip of the rope before taking the swing. As soon as you take the swing folds both your legs upward or else your feet will invariably touch the ground.

7. The Double Platform Jump- In this there are two platforms; one at a height of about 10 feet and the other at 5 feet. In front of the 2 platforms is a sand pit. You are required to climb up to the higher platform using the ladder like bars and jump onto the second platform and finally onto the sand pit. While this looks fairly simple, you need to land on your toes or else you may trip and fall down. Also, the three sides of the structure are painted red and invariably candidates touch the red color. Be sure not to touch any red portion.

8. The Double Ditch- In this there are two ditches; first a long one and then a short one. These ditches are separated by a flat surface in between. The longer ditch has a rope hanging in the middle. You are expected to come running from a little distance, take a jump and hold the rope. Due to inertia you will swing further. On reaching the flat surface, you must leave the rope and land. Thereafter, take second jump and cross the smaller ditch. Remember, you are not permitted to first take the rope and then swing; you have to come running from a distance and take a jump to grasp the rope. For lady candidates, this obstacle is optional which means that if this obstacle is not attempted no adverse view is taken.

9. The Commando Walk- In this there is a narrow plank with a victory stand in the middle fixed at a height of about 10 feet. On either side, there is a ladder. You can climb the ladder from either side, walk on the narrow plank, climb on the victory stand and come down from the other side. The sides of the ramp and the victory stands are painted red. Hence, do not touch these sides and walk straight on it. Do not look down.

10.The Tiger's Leap- In this there is a platform with a ladder at height of about 10 feet and a rope is suspended in front. You are required to go up the platform, take a leap like a tiger, catch hold of the rope and come down. If you have arm strength this is fairly easy. Hence, practice ropes and do a lot of pushups to develop arm strength. For lady candidates this obstacle is optional.

What is seen here? 

•    Self confidence
•    Speed of decision
•    Liveliness
•    Determination
•    Courage
•    Stamina
•    Your ability to organize your time and effort towards getting maximum points.

What you are supposed to do-

I.   Have a definite plan.
II. Choose the correct sequence.
III.Do not walk on the ground. Show some sense of urgency.
IV. Do not break the rules or touch red portions of the obstacles.
V.  Remain composed while attempting high rise obstacles or the ones with the ditch.
VI. Do not keep looking at the GTO.
VII.Do not exceed your time or give up half way.


(H) Command Task- In this task, each candidate is required to do one task similar to the HGT or PGT. The GTO will call the candidates one by one at random. He will normally walk with you for some distance and do some casual talking before finally taking you to the task. You will be designated as a commander for the task and can choose two team members from within the group who will help you in doing the task. The team members should not interfere or give their own suggestions as the responsibility of doing the task is that of the Commander (YOU). You will normally get 15-20 minutes to complete the task.

What is seen in this particular Task?

a.    Your urge and capacity to lead a group.
b.    Effective Intelligence in tackling the obstacles.
c.    Organizing ability. How you organize the resources and the two team members.
d.    Power of expression.
e.    Exercise of control over the task and subordinates.
f.    Cooperation with the commander when you get called as a subordinate.
g.    Initiative.
h.    Self Confidence.
i.    Ability to influence the group.
j.    Sped of Decision.
k.    Liveliness.
l.    Determination.
m.    Courage.
n.    Stamina.

How to approach this Task?

i.    Since you will be in complete focus of the GTO in this task, you are likely to be under pressure. However, do not panic and maintain your composure.
ii.    When the task is being explained, pay complete attention so that you do not ask silly doubts later or commit any mistakes.
iii.    During the casual talk, do not try to become too friendly with the GTO. Maintain proper distance and restrict your answers to the questions asked.
iv.    Once the task is explained and you have been left to do it, call your team mates, and shortly brief them.
v.    At no stage you must shout at your team mates.
vi.    You are expected to help in physical execution of the task. You should help your subordinates.
vii.    Do not give up easily and refrain asking your subordinates to suggest ideas. It is your task and you have to do it showing your abilities.

(I) Final Group Task- This is the final task in the group testing series. The whole group is called back together and asked to solve an obstacle just like the HGT. Here the GTO will get confirmed about your abilities.
After you are done, he will conclude the session and ask you if there are any questions. First of all, you should not ask any questions. Your work was to perform at the test, which you did so refrain from asking silly questions. However, you may ask professional questions like how is the service life etc. ? Just be sensible.

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