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What is SSB Looking For

What is SSB Looking For ?

What is SSB Looking For : Many defence aspirants begin studying for the SSB interview after passing the written test. The Service Selection Board (SSB) is the authority in charge of recruiting young people to join the armed forces. Notably, it is critical for all defence applicants to understand the SSB interview and what they will encounter at the SSB.

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However, understanding what the SSB wants from a candidate is also essential. The bulk of applicants go into their SSB interview without any preparation and have no idea what the board is looking for in officers. Even potential candidates are unable to perform better when the time comes since they are not informed of such critical knowledge on officer-like qualities. In this article, we will explain what the SSB looks for in an aspirant.

Officer abilities must be distinguished from other variables considered during the selection process. Personal qualities (PQs), or Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) as they are known in India, are traits, states, needs, motives, objectives, attitudes, interests, deciding tendencies, and general inclinations toward personal or social circumstances. 

In a SSB Interview, OLQs are evaluated. So, let’s discuss these qualities. 

  1. Effective Intelligence: Effective Intelligence is the ability used in dealing with practical problems of changing complexity.  It differs from fundamental intelligence, which is the ability to recognise relationships or reason abstractly. Intellect tests, which can be verbal or nonverbal, are used to measure basic intelligence. Effective intelligence comprises the following:


  • Practical intelligence: it is the ability to discover unique answers to real issues and circumstances.


  • Resourcefulness: Resourcefulness is the ability to employ the available means to achieve the desired result through resource improvisation and problem solving while in a tight corner.


  • Reasoning ability: Reasoning ability is the capacity to understand the basics and reach conclusions through reasonable and logical reasoning. It entails openness, a questioning mindset, logical thinking, and recognising the fundamentals of a subject.


  • Receptivity: it is the ability to comprehend and assimilate new information. It necessitates a high level of curiosity, concentration, and grasping capability.


(b) An inquisitive mindset:   Healthy curiosity leads to a desire to broaden one’s general knowledge and life experience.


(c) Logical reasoning: it is the capacity to reach a decision or make a judgement solely on the basis of rational thought while ignoring emotional elements.


  • Recognizing the essence of a problem: It is the capacity of an individual to not only be clear in his understanding of the problem at hand, but also to analyse multiple aspects, move them in order of significance, and make optimum use of them in order to achieve a solution.


  •  Organising ability: It is the talent to organise resources in a methodical manner in order to achieve successful outcomes. It may also be described as the capacity to make the greatest use of the available methods to achieve the intended goal.
  •  Expressive ability:  This is the most significant instrument for assessing a person’s capacity to communicate ideas effectively and clearly.
  •  Flexibility in social situation:  The capacity of an individual to adapt to his social surroundings and adjust effectively with individuals and social groupings, with particular reference to superiors, equals, and subordinates. Social intelligence, attitude toward others, tact, and flexibility are all examples of social adaptation.
  • Collaboration: An individual’s willingness to cooperate freely in harmony with others in a group in order to achieve the collective purpose. This reflects a view that group work is more fruitful than individual effort. Cooperation entails both mutual effort and team spirit. Team spirit denotes dedication to the group’s goals and objectives to the point of subordinating individual goals to collective goals.
  • Sense of Responsibility: It helps a person to be trustworthy and to gladly perform his obligations. It incorporates a sense of obligation, but it is far more extensive in meaning and breadth.
  • Initiative: it is the ability to initiate meaningful action. It has the following characteristics: – 

(a) The ability to take the initial steps in a new circumstance.

(b) Move in the right direction.

(c) Maintain it until the target is reached.

  • Self-confidence:   It is confidence in one’s capacity to deal with difficult events, particularly ones that are unknown.


  • Decision-making speed:  The capacity to make quick, workable judgments. It consists of: (a) then appropriateness and cost-effectiveness.

(b) Feasibility and practicability.

(c) The speed with which the decision was reached.


  • The ability to persuade a group:  The skill permits a person to evoke a willing commitment from the group in order to achieve the goal that he has set for himself. This effect is the primary cause of a group’s collaborative and voluntary effort toward the attainment of a predetermined goal.


  • Liveliness:  The ability of an individual to remain cheerful in the face of adversity and to create a joyful ambience.


  • Persistence:   A consistent endeavour to attain goals in the face of challenges and disappointments. It denotes steadfastness of purpose like mental focus and willpower.


  • Courage: The ability to appreciate and voluntarily take purposeful risks. It consists of the following elements: 

It consists of the following elements: 

(b) An adventurous spirit, an ambitious spirit, and a readiness to brave or face a threat.

(c) The ability to maintain one’s attitude under bad events, allowing one to be stable in confronting and dealing with such situations. They are undeniably risk-takers, adventurous, assertive, inventive, courageous, and plucky, with immense physical and moral courage.


  • Endurance: The ability to resist prolonged physical and emotional stress. It focuses on endurance.


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