First of all, congratulation to all those who cleared the written part of the NDA & NA (II) 2017 recruitment process. It’s because of your sheer hard work and the right strategy you made it to the list and selected for the final SSB Interview stage.
As you all know, the SSB stands for - Services Selection Board. It is set up by the Union Ministry of Defense (MoD) for the recruitment of officers to the tri-forces - Army, Navy and Air force. The Selection Board consists of senior officers from defense forces, who are usually in the rank of major, colonel, Lt Colonel. The board also includes psychologists to check the candidate’s ability for defense forces.
What is the SSB Interview Process?
The SSB interview is a 5-day process. Before starting, the SSB candidates need to report one day before which includes document checking and form filling. They are supposed to report at the place mentioned in their call letter. Mostly they are asked to report at MCQ (Moment Control Office).
For the benefit of the successful candidates in the NDA (II) 2017 written exam and the future aspirants, Jagran Josh is providing the complete details related to SSB Interview process and tips to clear the stage successfully.
DAY 1 of SSB Interview
During the first day of SSB Interview, following tests are conducted
•Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT),
•Filling up of Personal Information Questionnaire(PIQ) forms
Intelligence test: In this, a candidate’s ability to solve aptitude, reasoning and verbal problems are tested. Time is less and candidates need to solve more number of questions correctly. Around 50 questions need to be solved in 30 minutes.
DAY 2 of SSB Interview
On the second day, various tests are conducted to check the psychological suitability of the candidate to be an officer or to have officers like qualities. The tests include -
1.Thematic Apperception Test [TAT]
2.Word Association Test [WAT]
3.Situation Reaction Test [SRT]
4.Self Description Test [SDT]
Thematic Appreciation Test (TAT):
•A hazy (unclear) series of 11 + 1 pictures are shown to the candidates where the candidate has to write down a story for the picture.
•The 12th picture is the blank picture in which the candidate has to imagine a situation and write a story according to that. This is also called as an imagination test. The pictures can consist of hero, environmental situation, different characters, etc.
•Candidates need to focus on what is happening in the situation, or what is the outcome of the situation.
DAY 3 of SSB Interview
The activities on Day 3 are - Group Discussion and Military Planning Exercise.
1. Group discussion (Indoor Task): Group discussion is the important task of day 3, where candidates are given a topic to discuss. In this candidates are divided into 8 -12 members based on their chest numbers. Three options are given to select one for the first G.D. After selection, usually 3 minutes are given to think and then discussion starts. After completing the first G.D., the second topic is given which is a compulsory one. The expectations from the candidate in this round are good communication skills, leadership, coordination, listening, knowledge and most importantly confidence.
2. Group Planning Exercise or Military Planning Exercise (GPE or MPE):
It is a set or problems or critical situations in which the candidate has to put up himself, engage his team or group of friends in finding the solution for those problems along with the team. Candidates sit in semi-circle based on the chest numbers, where assessor narrates the story with the model and written pad is given in which problems are related to stories for which candidates individually need to provide the solution and common discussion is done to provide the solution. In MPE, it is a series of tough situation where the candidate is putting himself, his team in various situations i.e. extracting work from his team by allocating them based on the priority of the problem.
Day 4 of SSB Interview
The tasks on Day 4 of the SSB are -
1. Individual Obstacles
2. Command Task
3. Final Group Task
Individual Obstacles: The aim of the individual obstacles is to show the candidates stamina level, their endurance, their boldness, their courage and several factors. In this test total number of obstacles is 10 and the time limit given for each obstacle is 3 minutes. The G.T.O calls the first candidate (based on chest numbers) and orders him to ready for the task. If he blows the whistle the first candidate will start to do the task. At his 2.30 minute out of his 3 minutes, he gives another short whistle which is the sign for the candidate who is doing obstacle as time is going to end and also to the next person to come and stand ready for the task. If the candidate is able to complete the task in 3 minutes is allowed to do the process. Repeating of the task is not allowed again and again. Various obstacles are there like commando walk, Double ditch jump, Tarzan swing, Balanced walk, Jumping over drum winded by thorny wires, Step by Step jump, Jumping over the screen(high jump), Burma bridge, Hanging the rope after jumping from the ladder, Rope climbing.
Day 5 of SSB Interview
The activities on the final and Day 5 of the SSB interview are -
•Closing addresses by the Deputy President of the SSB
•Announcement of the results
Closing Address: The 5th day begins with the closing address. It is given by the Deputy President of the Board before the Board Conference. During the address, the officer highlights the merits of selection system, explain the qualities that the Armed Forces are looking and also provide clarification to any doubts or question that arise in a candidate’s mind. This is also an interactive forum for a candidate to put forward any problem or complaint or a suggestion that one might have experienced during the SSB interview process.
Board Conference: The Board Conference is the final event of the five-day SSB process. During the board conference, which is chaired by the president, Deputy president and all the assessors - GTOs, Psychologists and Interviewing Officers, who have assessed candidates are in attendance. Each candidate is discussed in detail by the three assessors, who have examined his demonstrated performance through the specific technique, independently, to arrive at the consensus on the acceptability of each candidate. The detailed process of validation and counter validation is undertaken to arrive at the final decision about the candidate. Candidates will be asked to appear individually before the board. Candidates will be asked questions during the conference for which answering will be very important. The board makes final recommendation about the suitability of the candidate as well as final marks to be awarded to each candidate.For complete details about Day 5, click here