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SSB (Services Selection Board) Interview is a selection process for different defence jobs. Cracking the SSB interview is not some easy task. The interview goes on for five to six days, during which, candidates go through intense testing that assesses their personality, traits, thinking ability, social behaviour, psychology, physical strength and many more things.
So, if you are aiming to crack SSB interview in the first attempt, this is the article for you. Read the full piece below to find out how you can prepare for each of the tests and stages involved in SSB.
SSB Interview Structure
The SSB Interview for CDS is conducted in two stages: Stage 1 and Stage 2.
Stage 1 includes PP&DT (Picture Perception Description Test) and OIR (Officer Intelligence Rating) tests.
After completing Stage 1, candidates’ scores are combined for both the tests and those who manage to qualify are selected for Stage 2.
Stage 2 then includes Group Testing Officer Tasks, Interview, Conference and Psychology Tests.
Stage 2 is completed over four days.
These different tests under Stage 1 and 2 do have separate weightage.
Marks allocated by different assessors like IO (Interviewing Officer), GTO (Group Testing Officer) and Psychologists in Stage 1 and 2 determine if candidates have been selected or not.
Tips to Crack SSB in the First Attempt
Cracking SSB in the first attempt is a dream of many candidates. So, if this is what you are aiming for as well, here are some tips that will help you.
Get Well-acquainted with SSB Tests and Procedures: SSB interview is not a one-day thing. Unlike any other regular interview, this interview takes about six days. Being monitored and judged for so many days can leave spaces for you to make mistakes, which may lead to you being disqualified. So, try to learn as much about the procedures involved in the interview as you can. A series of tests are conducted across different days. Get to know the proper time-table. Some of the tests like WAT (Word Association Test), SRT (Situation Reaction Test), Final Group Task, Progressive Group Task, Physical Test, Command Task and Conference Round take place at the SSB Centre. To ensure that you do well in these tests and don’t miss them, do your homework well.
Practice for Different Tests: There is an abundance of the study material for SSB interview preparation. If you want to ace these tests, you will have to practice hard until it becomes a habit to respond the right way. Not only do you have to prepare for the written tests, but also for physical tests, PI, psychological tests and group discussions.
Know Which Skills is Required for Which Test: As it has already been mentioned, the SSB interview includes a lot of different tests. Once you find out which skills will help you qualify for which test, you will be able to master it. For instance, in group tasks, you may be judged based on your confidence, analytical skills, clear thinking, communication skills and decision-making skills. Work on mastering these skills.
Be Honest: The officers who are assessing you are masters at their jobs. So, don’t try to be what you are not as they will be able to see through it. For instance, during Personal Interview, which can be really tricky, pay attention to your dressing, sitting posture, appearance, eye contact and physical gestures, and most importantly, stay calm and answer with honesty.
Stay Updated with Current Affairs: Ignoring to stay updated with current affairs would be like bringing a knife to a gunfight. At SSB Interview, there will be many instances when your general awareness and current affairs skills will be judged.
Tips to Score High in SSB Stage I
Stage I of SSB begins on the first day with the Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) test. The OIR value of candidates ranges from 1 to 5, which helps set a standard of the respective candidate before the Board. To prepare for this one, you will have to regularly practice reasoning questions, be it verbal or non-verbal.
The second test, which is PP&DT has a timestamp of one minute. In this test, you will be asked to develop a story. But, it is not as easy as it sounds. While drafting your story, you will have to be mindful of a lot of factors. For example, the theme should be socially productive, must reflect the problem-solving approach, rich ideals, positivity and resourcefulness of the central character. Make sure to have a positive facial index and calming approach.
Tips to Score High in SSB Stage II - Psychological Testing
During the psychological testing, the assessor obtains a candidate’s first response by subjecting her/ him to high-stress octane situations and different scenarios/ contingencies through different tests like WAT, TAT, SD and SRT.
This majorly tests the subconscious and unconscious state of one’s mind. So, to do well in this test, you will have to develop productive interests, hobbies and get involved in extra-curricular activities. Learn to acknowledge your failures and fears and try to be courageous in your routine life.
Remember, this is a scientific process, full proof, so avoid being fake. Honesty will actually prove to be the best policy here. Your sense of responsibility, integrity, quick decision-making, leadership skills and social adjustment will be reflected through your responses in the test.
Tips to Ace SSB Stage II - Personal Interview
First impressions matter. So, prepare a great self-introduction and share it energetically and happily. Your general awareness will matter, a lot. Think on your feet during rapid-fire questions. But, do not forget to pay attention to your responses as your patience, cognitive skills and confidence is observed through these questions.
Your demeanour should reflect confidence but also humbleness. So, when required, admit your mistakes. Work on your least desirable traits like low sense of responsibility and slackness in team performance, that can prove to be problematic during grilling sessions. Be attentive and try responding to the interviewer with passion rather than being distracted about the result.
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