Things you should Do and Remember while facing SSB: Recommendation by Experienced Candidate

Here Again I am back with one more 5 Day Real Story of Shailendra Rajput at SSB, I must say that he is really a deserving candidate. How he spent his 5 Days at SSB and what are the problems faced by him, how he managed to complete all those tasks and what are his recommendation for other aspirants going for SSB—He has tried to tell everything via this article. I am grateful to him that he send this article to me.

So there I was with my suitcase and ironed formal shirt standing in-front of Allahabad railway station for Indian Army SSB for UES24.

Screening test took place around 0800 hrs. It consists of 2 stages.

A. OLQ test.

Tips: Don’t bluff answers in OLQ answer sheet. Try to attempt maximum questions. Skip the question if you think they’ll consume time for calculations.

B. PP-DT (picture perception & Description Test)

PP-DT is all about perception. Try to make a story which is practical and believable. In the story add officer like personality characters that are within you or you want to have.
After the PP-DT exam, they generally give you break for few minutes. Utilize this break to rehearse your PP-DT story (mentally) because what comes next after PP-DT is Group Discussion of the story you’ve written.
Tips: You’ll be given hardly 1 min to narrate your story. Be loud and clear and confident enough so everybody can listen to it. Don’t stumble or fumble yourself with complicated English words.
During GD, try to help group members come to a conclusion rather pointing out mistakes or proving your story.
Results came out and almost 80% were screened out.
Out of our 264, we’re left 40 for Day-2.
Filling up forms starts next with certificate verification and all.
PIQ- personal information Questionnaire is very important. Be precise and remember what you write in as your hobby/interests/sports/achievements as they will be asked to you in your interview. Don’t fake or lie.
You’re there to become an Indian Army officer, so from here on behave as one.
Have a healthy friendship with all and respect everyone for their spirit to serve the country.

Be focused because its psych test day. WAT, TAT, SRT and all are very important.
WAT- it’s never about attending all 60 words nor is it about using the word in your sentence.
Write the thought that comes to your mind when you see the word. Be honest. Keep the sequence correct in case you miss any word.

SRT- your reactions should be more like taking actions rather handling the responsibility to someone else here. Be in the situation and take control of it. 

TAT- perceive positive and write it down showing few Officer like qualities. End it in a positive note.
Self Description- Be honest and write stuffs about you in clear hand writing. Do a self-introspection about yourself. Ask your friends, family about you as a person and qualities they like or dislike.



GD/ Lecturette/ PGT:

GD- the GD topics are usually current affairs and well known topics. Be active in discussions, don’t sit idle or be scared what others will think. Fact is if you don’t, you will lose the battle.
 My group topic was:
1. Online shopping
2. Youths making girlfriend

Lecturette- choose topic which you’re comfortable with and have enough points to speak for 3 min. A bit of hand gestures are good but don’t over-do it.

PGT- Portray your ideas clearly and make sure everyone is listening to you. This shows command. Be active.

If you are going as a fresher then you should be consulting your friends who have been before to ssb, because at the instant you see planks, balli, ropes so it takes time to generate ideas in your mind, so go well prepared in advance


IO/Command Task/HGT/FGT:

Individual Obstacle: it’s all about checking the basic body fitness.
CT- command task is vital. Before acting on the situation, as a commander take a pause and look around the obstacle and think of possible ideas. Don’t just jump into the field with phatta and balli or load.
HGT- While the entire group is fighting over a path, take a break and look around the other paths available. You might just find the easiest way out.
FGT - Same as above.

The interview went for about 1 hour or so. As I was from B. Tech-(MAE), a few technical questions were also asked to me. Apart from that, basic current affairs and general knowledge were also asked. Few of them were about our neighboring countries. They want to know what kind of a person you’re and want to be. They will ask questions regarding family, friends and enemies, girlfriends. Be honest and tell them what’s true. Sometimes the questions become personal, so don’t hesitate to speak the truth or hide anything. Be honest always and open minded. They are not sitting there to judge you by any means. Have an insight about Army, Navy & Air force.
Keep a track on you postures and gestures, body language. Think of at least 3 positive and 3 negative qualities in you. When asked about negative qualities.
Conference- Be cool and relaxed. At times they ask you questions which they asked you in your interview and you failed to answer. So prepare the answers beforehand.

Results- out of 40, 5 were recommended from 34 SSB board for medicals.
Always have a fighting spirit. My rejection in SSB made me prepare more hard and improve in stages where I lack. I kept a note in my pocket with a list in it, jotted down the possible mistakes I might have made in my previous SSB.
Self-introspection had a big help to me. Unless and until you don’t accept your fault you cannot rectify it and move ahead.
Think of it like this, getting a job in a field (armed forces) which gets the highest respect in the country or world, can’t possibly come to oneself so easily. In order to get it, handwork and dedication is inevitable.
Never lose hope and quit, trust me I have done that mistake.
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong”

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