How to Clear SSB in First Attempt

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Clear SSB in First Attempt - Hello Aspirants, looking how to clear SSB! Go through the complete article and read the ways on how to crack SSB in your first attempt. Feel free to ask questions in below comments.

The Services Selection Board (SSB) interviewing panel is looking for candidates who fit in well in their pre requisites. It’s a market, where they are looking forward for assets for their organization, and you, candidates, are these assets. You are supposed to present yourself in such a manner that they are convinced that you will be a very valuable asset to them and to this country. This whole test of interview is based on your personality check. Your personality is, believes it or not, is the key to success here.In this article we have given everything about SSB which will help you to Clear SSB.

Clear SSB in first attempt

Clear/Crack SSB in Simple Easy Ways


Stages of testing in the SSB:

1. STAGE ONE- SCREENING
2. STAGE TWO- 

•    PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST
•    GTO
•    PERSONAL INTERVIEW


How to Clear SSB in First Attempt

The Screening test includes the Verbal and Non Verbal test and the PPDT: The Screening Test or also called as the Stage 1 testing, is the first test. The lot of candidates is put through it, which comprises of two intelligence tests (Verbal and Non Verbal) followed by PP&DT(Picture Perception and Discussion Test). The Intelligence tests are similar to IQ tests conducted in any admission/ entrance exam. Based on your performance in these two tests, your intelligence rating is derived and this put together with your performance in the PPDT will decide your selection for the second stage testing. These tests usually involve grammar, verbal analogies, synonyms, antonyms etc. Because they depend on understanding the precise meaning of words, idioms and the structure of the language, they require practice and regular reading of newspaper and books. You will get 45 questions, and 30 minutes to solve these.

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Moving on to the more important test, i.e. PP&DT- This is a simple yet powerful test to filter the desirable candidates for the second stage testing.. Here the candidates are shown a hazy picture for 30 seconds and thereafter 4 minutes are given to write a story. One is required to identify the number of characters, age, sex, mood and then go on t write a story bringing out the situation perceived in the picture, what must have led to the situation and what is the likely outcome of the situation. After 15 minutes of break, the candidates are divided into the groups of 15-20. They are made to sit in a semicircular fashion and narrate the story one by one.
Now , Following are the important points to be kept in mind:-

•    When you see the hazy picture, try to see how many persons are there.

•    See if the person whom you want to make the main character of your story is a male or a female.

•    Please, stick to the picture and form  a story in your mind. Do not try to complicate the situation by over thinking about the picture. It is your simple perception and not mugged up stories beforehand.

•    See the picture for complete 30 seconds and observe the details. What most people do is the moment they see the picture, they start off with writing the story. This is where they make a mistake. When you do so, the chain of thinking will be hindered and you might not be able to continue the story in a very presentable manner.

•    Instead take your time to think about the story for 30 seconds, rest 3 minutes and 30 seconds are more than enough for you to write the story.

•    Do not scribble, write legible handwriting. Remember, your first impression is the last impression.

•    After you are done with this, don’t take the break as a break for it is your time to practice the narration of your story. Immediately, find a corner and try recollecting what all you have written and then start narrating the story to yourself.
•    Keep repeating it at least 10 times.

•    Now when your turn comes, speak firmly, confidently, without stammering or using any fillers like "aaa....umm...." Keep it simple and short.

•    During the discussion, do not try to jump off. Listen to other people's points. Add your own points. Do not repeat points. Be humble, if the discussion is way too heated up, do not hesitate to bring it down by saying, "Gentlemen, let this be a friendly and healthy discussion and not a fish market."

•    ALWAYS POSE A SMILING FACE NO MATTER WHAT!

Stage two testing :


 PSYCOLOGICAL TESTING- or the psychometric testing is based on the principles of projective testing. In this, there is a series of tests like THEMATIC APPERCEPTION TEST (TAT), WORD ASSOCIATION TEST (WAT), SITUATION REACTION TEST (SRT), SELF DESCRIPTION (SD). It is believed that the responses to these tests are an outcome of the candidate's personality traits and thus an estimation of his/her traits can be made by going through the candidate's response to various stimuli.
Personality is defined as, "particular combination of emotional, attitudinal and behavioral response patterns of the individual." From this, it is evident that it has more to do with the internal sate of a person than his external appearance. Thus when a candidate is shown stimuli and asked to respond, his emotional, attitudinal and behavioral patterns emerge very clearly. Since the tests are conducted under the constraints of time, the candidates are unable to mask their response or to give a more desirable response and there lies the strength of this technique. It is seen that while many candidates do well in the GTO and Interview techniques, their true personality comes out in the psychological tests. So in order to do well in these tests, one hast to Practice hard.

1. THEMATIC APPERCEPTION TEST (TAT)-  In this , 12 pictures are shown one by one and you are supposed to write stories based on these pictures. The first picture will appear for a 30 seconds and thereafter 4 minutes are allowed to write the story. After 4 minutes again a picture will be flashed for 30 seconds and the series goes on until the 12th slide is shown.

Preparation- 

The most important thing here is your perception. The whole test is based on that only. To clear this test, sheer practice and only practice will help you. Download the set of sample pictures for your practice. Now, when you start with it, you don’t have to go with the time limit. For first one week, you need to calm down your mind and just observe the picture for one minute and then write a story taking 5 minutes. Do this carefully. Observe the picture; Try creating a positive outcome of your story, no matter how negative the image is. However if the image is neutral or normal, no need to create a negative scenario by yourself and then try to solve it, showing your qualities. If the picture doesn't demand such scenario then why not respond to it in a normal manner? The stories here should have three different parts- Past, Present and Future. Each of your stories should have a description- 10% past, 80% present and 10% future. When you write the story, try not to mention directly that 'he/she' is brave, courageous, punctual.... instead write in such a way that it is evident in their action, indirectly. For eg-

•    Incorrect - He was courageous and brave, and saved the drowning child.
•    Correct- He didn’t even blink for a second, jumped into the water and swam the child across the river and saved his life.

In the above mentioned example, it is made clear that your action should speak for you and not mere words should describe you. The qualities should be reflected in the stories and not mentioned directly.

Bottom line is- ACTION SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

 After one week, start practicing this test with time restriction. Firstly observe the picture for 25 seconds, think about the story which will take about 0ne minute. Then start writing your story. Most of them make the drastic mistake of writing the story immediately the picture is shown. If you do so, there will be no proper flow of thoughts and you might not be able to present your story in a systematic manner. Also it will lead to scribbles and poor handwriting. Remember, don't leave anything to chance, give it your best shot. Observe the picture, think about the story, frame it in your mind, and then just go on writing it, which will take just two minutes. Your handwriting must be legible. Hence you have to practice a lot to be able to write the story properly. Write 2 sets of TAT daily.

Blank slide -

Following are the points to be kept in mind while writing the blank story to Clear SSB:-

1. Write down a happening of your life, like the marriage anniversary of your parents, a picnic with your family, an adventurous outing with your friends, a birthday party that you organized etc.

2. Do not create a problem or a situation all by yourself and then go on solving it, describing about the officer like qualities in the story.

3. It is a blank slide and when the assessors haven't shown you or given you a situation then why do you want to create it and give your solutions? Just write a simple story, a happy one with a joyful conclusion.

4. Many of us have this doubt that should we prepare a story beforehand or we just go with the flow and think about the story on the spot and write in down there in the TAT test?

5. You have the power of deciding it. But what I would suggest is, nothing is to be left to chance. You should prepare a nice story, yet a simple one and write it down at the time of your testing in the SSB.

6. However, do not prepare a story wherein you use book language. Do not try to use difficult words in the story. The language and the wording should be so normal that when the assessors read it, they should find it gelling with all the other stories that you have written in the answer sheet. It should go with the flow. Hence, you should practice to write such a story first, and then decide which one to choose, so that you can write it down in the actual test.

7. One second thought about it is that what if the 12th story which you have already prepared beforehand, does not fall in line at all with the rest of the stories you have written in the test? What to do in such cases. The answer is , your rigorous practice for months will automatically help you in creating up a good story n the actual test.

8. That is why I emphasize on practicing the tests. Write and write as much as you can. It will give you the power of expression. Also, it will improve your handwriting and your speed of writing.
Practice about 200 stories.

2. WORD ASSOCIATION TEST (WAT) - In this, you will be shown 60 words one after the other and are expected to make a short sentence using the word shown. Each word will appear for 15 seconds in which you have to see and write a sentence. There is a buzzer to indicate that the word has changed.
First of all, I would like to mention that here, in WAT, don’t go with the mindset that you can mug up the sentences and go and write them in the SSB. There are n numbers of words and you don’t even know what will come there. So the better thing to do is practice. Download the set of words and start practicing. Here too, don’t start with the time restriction. In the beginning, just try to make sentences which-
•    are factual, based on recent happenings
•    are positive
•    show your attitude towards that word
•    reflect your own values and beliefs

Here is what shouldn’t be written-

•    Idioms and phrases which lack originality of your thoughts/imagination
•    sentences that tend to preach
•    use of 'I', it reflects self-centeredness
•    negative sentences
•    frequent references to celebrities or known figures

Use your imagination to write the best sentence for the given word. Think and write. When you start with the exercise, you will see that it takes 2 minutes for you to think about the word and write a good sentence. But trust me, with practice; you will be able to write the sentence well before 15 seconds. After 10 days start practicing with the time restriction. Keep on practicing. And do two sets of WAT daily.

3. SITUATION REACTION TEST (SRT) - This test has some situations to which you need to present your responses. There will be 60 situations given in a booklet and you need to write your responses in one or two lines. This is a test of common sense, reasoning ability and maturity. One learns to act appropriately to situations by virtue of experience one gains in life. Here, if you find difficulty in solving one of the odd situations, please do not skip it as it gives a poor impression that you have a habit of avoiding situations and it will reflect you not being courageous enough to solve the problems of life. So, think and answer carefully. Do not feel the pressure, just be yourself and give your responses. Also apply your common sense as some of the situations don’t need your courage or honesty or other OLQs, they just need a simple answer. In this test, from the start itself, have the time restriction and solve a set of 60 situations every day. Make sure that by the end you should be able to write responses to all the situations easily. So you need to practice that hard.

4. SELF DESCRIPTION (SD)-  This is a test wherein you are supposed to write about yourself as the title of the test describes itself. In this, you need to write about yourself keeping in mind 5 aspects. These aspects are as follows:
•    What your parents think about you?
•    What your teachers think about you?
•    What your friends think about you?
•    What you think about yourself?
•    What kind of person you would like to become?

Now remember, this is very tricky. Most of you will find this one easy as it becomes super facile to write about yourself when asked to do so. But you need to keep it in mind that the assessors are well aware and they observe and analyses each of your answers/responses. So don’t go on bluffing and bragging about yourself. The point I'm trying to make here is you should be utmost neutral, humble, polite, and down to earth. Why??? Because, if you write fancy stuff about yourself here, that you are a very hard working person, a helpful person, courageous and etc , the first thing the assessors are going to do is they are going to match your responses to the PIQ form you have filled in. And if for instance you have not done good in your educational background or social life, then it puts a question mark that why have you written that you are a hard working person when your grades are simply telling the truth? So be truthful to yourself and write accordingly to only what has happened in your life. Be bluntly truthful and honest. Write this test with application of your mind. Be realistic in your writing. This does not require such a rigorous practice but yes time and again keep checking your answers every time you write and see if they are matching or not.
That brings the end of our PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING.

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:-

(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 PLANNIG 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 Clear SSB:-

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 Clear SSB- 

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 Clear SSB:-

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 Clear SSB:-

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 to Clear SSB:-

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.


PERSONAL INTERVIEW- The interview process followed at the SSB is based on Behavioral Interview Technique. Here, the interviewer establishes a friendly association with the candidate through his informality and then probes your past behaviors to extrapolate your likely behavior in the future.

The whole Interview is based on the most important form you fill in the beginning of the SSB- PESONAL INFORMATION QUESTIONNAIRE (PIQ). He heavily banks on it. You should not make tail claims in the interview if it is not reflected in your PIQ. Restrict yourself to whatever you have written in the PIQ.

There is a sequence followed by the interviewer.

•    1. Casual talks.
•    2. Family background.
•    3. Educational background.
•    4. Social background.
•    5. Stress situation.
•    6. Casual talk.

1. Casual talk- The interviewer will welcome you and ask you to take your seat. Greet him with a smiling composure and sit only when you are asked to. He will ask you how was your journey, how is the stay at SSB, the food and all. It is done just to make you comfortable, and bring down your nervousness.

2. Family background- In this he will throw a ball of questions at you. This is going to be a rapid fire round wherein you will be asked 15-20 questions at once. You are expected to answer these questions keeping in mind what all has been asked. For instance, he may ask you, “Please begin by telling me about your family. Your parents, sister, brother, grandparents etc. what does your father and mother do? What is the annual income of your family? How do you spend time with the members of family? Who are you close to and why? Whom do you approach when in difficult situations or problems? What do you like and dislike in your siblings? How do you meet your monetary requirement? How do you spend it?"

Have a systematic approach. Remember, he has asked you to tell about your family. So tell him everything about your family. Start from your father, talk about him like his name, occupation, income etc. Then about your mother and then siblings and grandparents. Then tell him how do you spend time together, your routine. How you help your family members. Now, just be normal and say that you love your family and everyone equally. Do not go on saying that i dislike so and so activity of my sister or brother. This will bring your impression down directly.  See the idea is, he wants to know how is your behavior in a small organization such as your own family, so that he can figure out what will be your behavior in the organization of a huge scale, i.e. the Army. If you keep cribbing about your family members then how can he expect you to gel up with others in the Army? So, avoid complaining about your siblings and just say that everything is good. Then talk about your pocket money/ earnings. Wisely explain him how you spend your money and on what all you spend it? Be organized at every step, it will reflect your systematic approach.

3. Educational background- Again a rapid fire round will be there. He will be interested in knowing about your educational qualifications. How you performed at various grades. Why is the score high/low? What all are your favorite subjects and why? Which subjects do hate? Who is your favorite teacher and who is not and why? How was your education financed? Who did it? etc. Start with your schooling in 10th onwards. Tell him all the answers without any hesitation. Speak the truth. Accept bluntly if you have scored lees marks then you didn’t study for it. If there is any other reason, you may state it straight forward. Do not give excuses. Don’t go on telling him that you didn’t like some teacher. As a matter of fact, you should never say it. The answer is very simple. The subject in which you have scored the highest becomes your favorite and the one in which you have got least marks becomes the poor subject.

4. Social background- Here, he will ask you about your hobbies, interests, friends, co curricular activities etc. Tell them about it. Do not unnecessarily start explaining, until asked to do so. Simply state whatever has been asked.

5.Stress Situation- Now, this will be a little bit heated up. He will through at you a situation where in your stress handling capabilities will be checked. For instance, he may ask you that, “you are going on a walk, and suddenly you see a person lying unconscious on the ground. What will you do?" Depending on your answers he will try to pressurize you. Following demonstrated conversation may help you.

He- what will you do in this situation?
You- I will take him to the hospital?
He- how?
You- in an auto rickshaw/bus.
He- no public transport is available because of the strike.
You- I will take the help of passing vehicles.
He- there is no one around. What will you do?
You- I will pick him up and immediately take him to my house, and ring up the doctor.
He- the mobile network isn’t working, now what?
So this is how he will try to push you. But do not panic or give up. He knows that there is an answer to whatever he asks, so you just think about it and answer it with confidence.
6. Casual talk- Now he will conclude by asking you if you have any questions to ask. Please say, NO SIR. Don’t go on asking questions. He will wish you luck and you are required to leave.

Apart from all this, he may ask some questions in between:-

•    Do you have a girlfriend?
•    Do you drink/smoke? Why?
•    Why do you want to join Army/ Air force/ Navy?
•    What are your strengths and weaknesses?
•    What would you like to improve in yourself?
All these questions need to be answered honestly. Be prepared, as he will try to probe you. Be truthful and sensible.

BOARD CONFERENCE- The last day of your stay, is the conference day, where your results will be declared and those of you who are recommended will be held back for medical examinations, and those who are not selected will be dropped at the railway station after the lunch.
It will start at about 8 am. You will be called in as per your chest numbers in a numerical sequence. You will find a U shaped seating wherein all the officers in their respective uniforms will be seated. Be calm, don’t get nervous. When you enter the hall, greet everyone. They will ask you simple questions like how was your stay at the SSB? How was the food? Which all places did you visit? Which test did you like the most?
Please answer sensibly. And if they ask any suggestions, please say that you don’t have any. Just maintain your smiling composure.
This is what basically SSB all about. The key to success in SSB is your hard work, practice, honesty. Practice hard and keep yourself motivating regardless of what the odds are! For more details regarding Clear SSB  comment below also you can follow us on Facebook or Google for more updates regarding Clear SSB in first attempt.

I WISH YOU ALL GOOD LUCK!!


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