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Army Selection Boards and 5 Day Process of Army SSB

This blog is important for all Army aspirants who are preparing for exams like NDA (National Defence Academy), CDS (Combined Defence Services Examination). TES (Technical Entry Scheme), TGC (Technical Graduation Course), SSC (Tech), SSC (Non-Tech), JAG (Judge Advocate General), UES (University Entrance Scheme), and NCC (Special Entry Scheme).

About SSB 

SSB stands for Services Selection Board which is the official body for the assessment of candidates for becoming officers in the Indian Armed Forces. 

It consists of both written and practical based tests including psychological tests, interviews, group tasks, and personality tests. 

With the target of getting success in the SSB, clearing of all the tests is very important. For SSB interview the respective military wing is the authorized body- Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.

Further, we are going to tell you about the Army Selection Board (Army SSB Interview Procedure).

Army SSB Interview Procedure 2020

The successful candidate who has passed the CDS, NDA, TES and TGC exams and wishes to join the Indian Army are called for the SSB interview rounds. 

The selected students are required to appear before the Service Selection Board for a Personality Test along with an Intelligence Test. 

The major objective of the SSB interview is to examine and point out the 15-character traits technically known as “Officer Like Qualities”.

The procedure mechanism is done by the following methods. 

1-Psychological Tests for testing the mental aspect.

2- Interview Test for testing the speech aspect.

3-Group Test for testing the action aspect.

Following is the day by day procedure of the Army SSB Interview through which a candidate is required to go. 

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Day 1 (Reporting)

The candidates are to report at the respective railway station from where they are received by the officers of the board and then taken to the selection centre.After settling down, the candidates are briefed about the whole briefs of the next 5 days are given by the officer in “Opening Address”.

After this, the Document Verification takes place where the original documents submitted by the candidates are verified.

Army SSB Interview – Day 1

The first day includes a total of 3 tests:- 

  • Officer Intelligence Rating Test (OIR Test -Paper I & II)- In this test, the overall intelligence aspect is tested. It consists of Verbal and Non-verbal Tests. The candidate gets two booklets with 40-50 questions each. Total time allotted is 30  minutes.
  • Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PP & DT) –

This test is categorized into two tests- Picture Perception and Group Discussion.

  • Picture Perception: An image is displayed for 30 seconds and the candidates need to note down its details such as age, mood, sex, characters and action. The candidate then creates a story based on the image in 4.5  minutes only.
  • Group Discussion: A group discussion takes place between 10-15 students and each one need to narrate his/her own story and then discuss it in the group in order to reach a common consensus.
  • The results are declared after then the shortlisted candidates are advanced to the next round of testing.

Army SSB Interview Day 2 (Psychology Test) 

On Day 2 of the Army SSB interview process, the following set of psychological tests take place:-

  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)-In this test a candidate has to write 11+1 stories on pictures shown on the screen one by another. 30 seconds is for viewing while 4.5 minutes is given for writing. 11 slides will be shown and the last one would be blank slide and the candidate has to write the story using his own imagination.
  • Word Association Test (WAT)- In this test 60 words are given to that candidate and he has 15 seconds for each to write the first thought on it which comes in their mind.
  • Situation Reaction Test (SRT)- A total of 60 unfamiliar, stressful and real-life situations are given to which the candidate has to give a spontaneous answer. The total time is 60 minutes.
  • Self Description (SD)- In this test, a candidate has to give his/ her opinion on family, teachers, friends and himself/herself. They have to answer in three-four lines on each.


Army SSB Interview DAY 3 & DAY 4 (Group Testing & Personal Interview) 

Day 3 and Day 4 includes Group Testing activities which involve various outdoor tests which are conducted in groups. It includes the following mentioned group tests :

  • Group Discussion

The GD (Group Discussion) is held on two topics on back to back basis. Topics are based on current affairs or social issues. The GD round is held for 20-30 minutes for each topic.

  • Group Planning Excercise

In this test, the candidate is formed into the group of 10-15 and they are given a story based on a certain issue. Candidates are needed to identify the issues and provide a practical solution to it.

  • Progressive Group Task 

In this round, the candidates are formed in the group of 10-15 people. They need to overcome 4 obstacles collectively as a group with the helping material and a load with some rules.

  • Group Obstacle Race 

It is commonly known as Snake Race where each group is to compete against another group for 6 obstacles.

  • Half Group Task

This activity is similar to PGT but is conducted with a half group in number and over a single obstacle. 

  • Lecturette 

Every candidate is given 4 topics out of which he needs to choose one and speak on it for 3 minutes.

  • Command Task

Each candidate is made the commander and is given an obstacle to which he or she needs to pass on with the aid of subordinates.

  • Individual Obstacles (IO)

Each candidate needs to clear 10 allowed obstacles in 3 minutes with a difficulty level of 1-10.

  • Final Group Task (FGT)

The whole group is reformed and is needed to finish the assigned task in the given time. It is similar to PGT in nature.

Personal Interview

Personal Interview is another test and is not part of the group testing. This test aims at checking the personality of the individual whether the candidate has the personal ability to be an Army Officer in the near future.

PI (Personal Interview) rounds are held during Day 3 to Day 4 after the daily tasks for those days are completed. Interviews are usually related to everyday experiences, work, education, family, hobbies and achievements in academics etc.

Army SSB Interview- Day 5

The final day of the Army SSB Interview is conducted with a closing address then the conference is held. A board conference is organized where all the officers who assessed the candidates in the previous days are present in uniforms.

Each candidate is given their final assessment and the board collectively makes a recommendation. After this the final result is pout and the shortlisted candidates are retained for a medical test.

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