What is seen in a candidate at the SSB [REVEALED] - Clear SSB


What is seen in a candidate at the SSB ?

Hello aspirants, Going for SSB ? You must be thinking what is exactly SSB want to see in candidate at the SSB? Have Questions in mind about SSB ? We will help you to know about what is the actual need of  SSB want to see in you ie the question they often ask "Do you Have it in you".. yes they are talking about the 15 QLO's. So In this article we are going to reveal what exactly is expected from a candidates in the SSB.Read the article to know more clearly about SSB.

Also Read: Clear SSB in First Attempt

Candidates often ask us at the end of all the tests as to what is that the assessors look in us at the time of selection. It is unfortunate that they do not even know what are they tested for. This article deals with the 15 Officer Like Qualities (OLQ's) that are assessed in the Service Selection Boards. Incidentally, all the three assessors measure the same 15 Qualities using their respective tools or techniques. Hence, it is important for the candidates to know what is seen at the SSB. Feel Free to comment below for any queries or questions in mind.

What is seen in a Candidate at the SSB [REVEALED]

What is seen in a candidate at the SSB [REVEALED] - Clear SSB

What is seen in a Candidate at the SSB [REVEALED]

Factor I: Planning and Organizing

This factor includes four qualities which are associated with the mental aspects of the person.

(1). Effective Intelligence (EI): This is the ability of a person to evolve solutions to practical problems. It is different from basic intelligence which is measured using the intelligence tests (Verbal and Non- Verbal). In EI the assessor wants to see if you can solve day to day problems and cope with minor difficulties of daily life.

(2). Reasoning Ability (RA): It is the ability of a person to grasp a given situation and arrive at a conclusion by rational thinking. In RA the assessors are looking for your receptivity, inquiring attitude, logical reasoning and the ability to see the essentials of a problem.

(3). Organizing Ability (OA) : It is the ability to use the resources systematically to produce effective results. In OA, the assessors are interested in seeing how you use the various resources to produce results.

(4). Power Of Expression (POE): It is the ability to put across one's ideas adequately and with ease and clarity.

Factor II: Social Adjustment

This factor includes three qualities which are associated with the heart/conscience of the person.

(5). Social Adaptability (SA): It is the ability of a person to adapt himself to the social environment and adjust well with persons and social groups. The assessor is interested in your abilities to adapt to the members of the group, how you interact with them, with the assessor, are you tactful in your dealings with others etc

(6). Cooperation (Co): It is the attitude of an individual to participate willingly and in harmony with others in a group achieving the group goal. It is important to be a team player and one must not be selfish. The group aim and objectives should be most important as compared to individual aims and objectives. The assessors will be keen in seeing your team attitude.

Also Read: Upcoming Entries in Indian Armed Forces

(7). Sense Of Responsibility (SOR): It is the through understanding of the values of duty, social standard, and of what is expected of an individual and then giving it his energy and attention on own accord. The assessor is keen on knowing if you understand your duty as a child/student/citizen of a country and do you have a right sense of what is the social standard and know what is expected of you as an individual, and then do you give your best energy and attention towards it without anybody having to remind you or tell you. For example, if as a student you have not done well in school/college and do not have a valid reason for poor performance it will be interpreted as low sense of responsibility. Because as a student your duty is to study hard, and if you have failed to do that it will obviously mean that your responsibility is low.

Factor III: Social Effectiveness

this factor includes five qualities which are an outcome of the dynamic interaction of the above two factors, i.e head and the heart.

(8). Initiative (Inv): It is the ability to originate an action. The assessors see if you take the lead in the right direction and sustain it till the result is achieved.

(9). Self Confidence (SC): It is the faith in your own abilities to meet stressful and unfamiliar situations.

(10). Speed Of Decision (SOD): It is the ability to arrive at a workable decision quickly. There are two components of this namely, appropriateness of the decision and quickness in arriving at the decision.

(11). Ability to Influence the Group (AIG): It is the ability of a person to influence others in the group to achieve the objectives set by him/her. What is seen, if you can convince others to do things willingly that you want them to do without us of any force.

(12). Liveliness (Liv): It is the capacity of a person to remain calm and cheerful with difficulties, and bring about a cheerful atmosphere in the group. The assessor want to see how you react on stress situations , how you get worried or disturbed when faced with difficult situation.

Also Read: Major reasons of Not Recommendations at the SSB

Factor IV: Dynamic

This factor includes three qualities which are associated with the limbs or the coordinates between the mind and the body.

(13). Determination (Det): It is the ability to put in sustained efforts to achieve objectives in spite of obstacles and setbacks. The assessors see whether you are focused, able to concentrate on the task and continuously work towards achieving the objectives.

(14). Courage (Cou): It is the ability to appreciate and take purposive risks. What is important is to take risks only where required and that too after careful. Some candidates ten to take rash decisions which may endanger the life of subordinates and that is undesirable. Hence, what is important is 'calculated risk when required'.

(15). Stamina (Sta): It is the capacity to withstand protracted physical and mental strain. It includes both physical and mental endurance.

Also Read: Impress Interviewing Officer at the SSB

So this was all about What is seen in candidate at the SSB. Hope aspirants liked our article we have just made it simple for you to make you understand on which basis does SSB selects you and also you may have got the idea why you were not recommended for your last SSB where you went wrong. All this 15 OLQ's play an important role in the selection of a candidate. So aspirants try to behave according to this OLQ's in your daily life which will surely help you to go through and succeed. Aspirants can also follow us on Facebook for more latest updates on SSB. Feel Free to comment below if you liked our article on What is seen in candidates in the SSB or regarding any questions in mind.

Wish you all the best!


  1. Tell me the reason if one candidate is recommended but his name doesn't not come in merit list and next time again he goes for SSB and this time he gets screened out. why it is so?

    1. Gud Question! See the thing is SSB doesn't keep any record for your last SSB on which reason you got out.. they just want to see the performance .. Even after your recommendation you are screened out its completely depends on your performance . If you attend SSB 100 times they will select you only on the basis of your current SSB not what you did in the last one.SSB doesn't select on basis of sympathy.. they only wants your performance. Hope you got your answer!




Get latest updates


Proud to be an Indian

We are on Facebook