A Brief Overview of SSB Interview: How to Join Indian Armed forces as Commissioned Officers
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Note*: These are the general things you should know before going for SSB interview
Aim of an SSB interview
The aimof an interview at the SSB is to assess the leadership or “Officer-like”Qualities of the candidate by means of a directed or purposive conversationbetween the candidate and the Interviewing Officer(IO), In addition toappraising the present level of the candidate, the IO tries to evaluate thetraining potential of the candidate. The question at the interview, therefore,will be so directed as to allow the candidate to automatically show hisleadership ability in his answers.
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Services Selection Board (SSB), is the Personality and IntelligenceInterview spread over5 days which scientifically analyses each candidate’s potential and compatibilityfor commission into the Armed Forces of India.
There are many ways of beingCommissioned as an Officer in Indian Armed Forces, bothfor civilians (after 10+2, graduation, post graduation), as well asfor ServingPersonnel. Whatever be the mode, SSB is the step all have to clear,except for the Medical Corps. There is no limit on the number of attempts thatcan be made and the SSB Assessors encourage candidates to appear again for SSB.
The interview exercise is mainly a Psychological tests ofthe personality quiz of the candidate, to gauge his/herpotential as a future Officer in Indian Military. The tests conducted by the SSBaim at selecting individuals with OLQs (Officer LikeQualities).
The selection system is designedover a five day process, Day 1 is the screening test, Day 2 is the Psychologist Tests, Day 3 & 4 is the group tasks andDay 5 is theConference(Results). The personal interview willbe conducted either in day 2,3 or 4 during the post lunch or evening hours.
These qualities include EffectiveIntelligence, sense ofresponsibility, initiative, judgment (under stress),ability to reason and organize, communication skills, determination, courage,self-confidence, speed in decision-making, willingness to set an example,compassion and a feeling of loyalty to the nation.
Most of the tests require averageintelligence. The SSB attempts to gauge the natural responses of theindividuals. The tests are graded into various categories of both individualand group variety and each batch of candidates goes through the subtle testingpattern in the course of a few days. They are under observation not only whilethey perform in various psychological tests but even as they conduct themselvesduring the course of their stay at the SSB headquarters, where they arebilleted for that duration.
The SSB Board is not concerned withthe number of vacancies. Its responsibility is to assess and then, recommend.After recommendation, the candidates appear for medical examination andafter that is the Merit List. Those who finally make the grade join fortraining and hence become Commissioned Officers.
Origin of these type of testingbelongs to first world war era. In the First World War, large numbers of casualtieson battlefields necessitated recruitment of best fighting talent in armedforces. For this need, psychologists designed some scientific tests whichassesses candidate’s Officer Like Qualities (OLQs). Over the yearsSSB testing has been improved based on feedback and has been proved to be aneffective and accurate way of selecting candidates who are capable of being atleast an average officer after training, although SSB is the world’s toughestarmy test.
FACILITIES FOR CANDIDATES BY SSB
· Pick-up and Drop from reportingRailway Station.
· Furnished accommodation.
· Medical facilities.
· Game, Magazines and Newspapers
Theseand some other facilities for candidates to ensure that they feel at home.
Procedure to Join Indian Armed Forces as an Officer.
The candidates who are declared by UPSC ashaving cleared the written exam or recommended by Preliminary Interview Board(PIB) in case of Territorial Army (TA), as well as those shortlisted in DirectEntries are called through Call Letters to appear for SSB(Allahabad/Bangalore/Bhopal/Dehradun/Mysore/Varanasi/Coimbatore/Gandhinagar) atthe Centre allotted to the candidate. There have been instances when thecall-up letter fails to reach the candidate and the onus lies on the candidateto be alert and contact the office after a reasonable amount of time if theletter is not received when UPSC written has been cleared. This is similar forservice candidates, except that their movement is intimated to their seniorsvia movement orders.
SSB Center Location
Name of SSB Center
Selection Centre East (SCE)
Selection Centre Central (SCC)
Selection Centre South (SCS)
Ropar, PB (proposed)
Selection Centre North (SCN)
33 SSB, SCC
12 SSB, SCS
Naval Selection Board (NSB), Agrani
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