SSB Interview Tips – FAQs Myths and Facts -3

Question: - How does a Candidate display the OLQs during the SSB selection process?
Answer:- In all the responses during the PPDT, Psychology tests, GTO exercises and in front of the Interviewing Officer, your actions should clearly display the following-: Complete adherence to the given instructions; Attention to details; Ability to grasp the problem/ requirement quickly; Answer to the point and specific to the situation; Adequate reasoning/ logic/ realism and truthfulness in all responses; Ability to communicate clearly and politely; Ability to mix, gel, work and contribute usefully in a group for the given task; ability to plan/organise and allot correct priorities; Ability to take initiate and complete a task with confidence using the given resources when the situation so demands; Maintain ones composure and cheer even when the situation is not favorable; Ability to persevere and show reasonable physical/mental stamina and determination when meeting obstacles and finally, Willingness to take calculated risk in order to reach your target.

SSB- Coach - Classes
Air Cmde V Parnaik, Ex Sr Psychologist, SSB

SSB TIPS: WHAT ARE THE OLQs EVALUATED/TESTED IN THE SSB?

 THE   OLQs (officer like qualities) TESTED IN SSB ARE ORGANIZED IN FOUR FACTORS AS FOLLOWS:-

FACTOR 1 – PLANNING AND ORGANIZING. THESE INCLUDE EFFECTIVE
INTELLIGENCE; REASONING ABILITY; ORGANIZING ABILITY AND
POWER OF EXPRESSION.

FACTOR 2 -SOCIAL ADJUSTMENT. THESE INCLUDE SOCIAL
ADAPTABILITY; CO-OPERATION; AND SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY

FACTOR 3 – SOCIAL EFFECTIVENESS THESE INCLUDE INITIATIVE; SELF
CONFIDENCE; SPEED OF DECISION MAKING; ABILITY TO INFLUENCE
THE GROUP; AND LIVELINESS.

FACTOR 4 – DYNAMIC THESE INCLUDE DETERMINATION; COURAGE;
AND STAMINA.

Trainer and Mentor

SSB- Coach - Classes
Air Cmde V Parnaik, Ex Sr Psychologist, SSB

SSB Interview Day Wise Procedure 2017?

QUESTION: – WHAT IS THE SEQUENCE AND TYPES OF TESTING AT THE SSB CENTRE

ANSWER: – 5 DAYS SSB SCHEDULE

DAY 1 (REPORTING DAY)

AS PER THE CALL LETTER, USUALLY THE REPORTING TIME IS IN THE AFTERNOON/ MORNING & PLACE IS MOVEMENT CONTROL OFFICE (MCO), LOCATED AT THE RAILWAY STATION. ON REPORTING DAY YOU ARE GIVEN A DETAILED BRIEF ABOUT THE TESTS & INSTRUCTIONS & TIMINGS FOR VARIOUS THINGS. PIQ (PERSONAL INFORMATION QUESTIONNAIRE) FORMS ARE TO BE FILLED. PAY FULL ATTENTION TO ALL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FULL COMPLIANCE.

 DAY 2. STAGE 1 TESTING- SCREENING

SCREENING IS THE PROCESS DESIGNED TO SELECT POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR DETAILED SELECTION, FROM ALL THOSE WHO HAVE REPORTED FOR THE PARTICULAR ENTRY AND ELIMINATE THE UNSUITABLE. IT COMPRISES OF OIR TEST AND PPDT. THOSE WHO DO NOT QUALIFY ARE SENT BACK AND OTHERS REMAIN FOR THE MAIN STAGE 2 SSB. THIS PROVES TO BE A NEMESIS FOR A LARGE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES SINCE 40% OR EVEN HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF CANDUDATES GET ELIMINATED IN THIS STAGE. IT IS THUS IMPORTANT TO BE FULLY AWARE OF THE TYPE AND PROCESS OF SELECTION FOLLOWED DURING THIS STAGE.

OFFICER’S INTELLIGENCE RATING (OIR) TEST

IT IS SIMILAR TO THE INTELLIGENCE TESTS OF REASONING (VERBAL & NON-VERBAL) GIVEN IN VARIOUS COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS PREPARATORY BOOKS & MAGAZINES. REASONING ABILITY, AS WELL AS SPEED OF REASONING IS IMPORTANT. IT IS ADVISABLE TO PRACTICE THESE TO GET A GOOD SCORE.

SCREENING TEST: PICTURE PERCEPTION & DISCUSSION TEST (PPDT)

IT INVOLVES TWO ASPECTS- FIRST IS WRITING A STORY, & SECOND IS A GROUP DISCUSSION ON THE STORY. YOU WILL BE SHOWN A BLACK & WHITE, HAZY PICTURE FOR 30 SECS.YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE SOME PARTICULARS IN THE AVAILABLE BOX IN THE ANSWER SHEET, WHICH INCLUDES NO OF CHARACTERS, THEIR AGE, SEX & MOOD. THE ENTIRE STORY HAS TO BE WRITTEN IN ABOUT 3 MINS & SUBMITTED.

TIPS FOR STORY WRITING

DON’T WRITE A PREPARED STORY. IT WILL NOT MATCH WITH THE PICTURE AND THUS, MAKE NO SENSE. LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTIONS VERY CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW THEM TO THE FULLEST. SUCH CONTRIVED ‘POSITIVE’ STORIES CAN BE EASILY FOUND OUT BY THE ASSESSORS. SUCH STORIES HAVE AN ADVERSE IMPACT ON THE CHANCES OF SELECTION FOR THE CANDIDATE. GUIDANCE REGARDING THE CORRECT PROCESS OF STORY WRITING TO BE FOLLOWED IS PROVIDED BY OUR EXPERTS.

DISCUSSION REQUIREMENT

CANDIDATES ARE ORGANIZED IN GROUPS OF 14-15 FOR GROUP DISCUSSION. EACH CANDIDATE IS REQUIRED TO NARRATE HIS STORY BY TURN. AFTER EVERYONE HAS NARRATED HIS/HER STORY THE GROUP IS REQUIRED TO DISCUSS THE SAME & ARRIVE AT A CONSENSUS STORY. THE GROUP IS REQUIRED TO NOMINATE A LEADER WHO HAS TO NARRATE THE STORY ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE GROUP.

TIPS FOR DISCUSSION:

NARRATE YOUR STORY CONFIDENTLY IN A CLEAR VOICE IN ABOUT ONE MINUTE. DURING DISCUSSION DO NOT FORCE YOUR VIEWS ON OTHERS. LISTEN TO THEIR IDEAS ALSO. NEVER LOOK AT THE ASSESSORS WHILE NARRATING THE STORY, OR DURING THE DISCUSSION. LISTEN TO THE SPEAKERS ATTENTIVELY. BE POLITE, GIVE YOUR IDEAS & VIEWS ONLY, & DO NOT ARGUE WITH OTHERS. IN CASE THE ENTIRE GROUP IS SHOUTING, AS HAPPENS IN MOST GROUPS, DO NOT TRY TO OUT SHOUT OTHERS, BUT WAIT FOR THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY TO INTERJECT. DO NOT TRY TO DOMINATE THE DISCUSSION BY SPEAKING MORE AND REPEATING YOUR IDEAS. THE QUALITY AND WEIGHT OF YOUR VIEWS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HOW MUCH YOU SPEAK. HELP THE WEAK MEMBERS TO SPEAK UP. IN CASE YOUR STORY IS DIFFERENT FROM THE ENTIRE GROUP, IT IS SENSIBLE TO CHANGE YOUR VIEWS & HELP THE GROUP IN FORMING A CONSENSUS STORY, RATHER THAN TRYING TO FORCE THE GROUP TOWARDS YOUR VIEWPOINT.

RESULTS OF SCREENING:

AFTER THE COMPLETION OF PPDT, YOU WILL GET A BREAK OF 2-3 HOURS. SCREENING RESULTS WILL BE DECLARED AFTER IT. SELECTED CANDIDATES ARE ALLOTTED WITH NEW CHEST NUMBERS. REST OF THE CANDIDATES GET THEIR TA AND ARE DROPPED BACKED TO THE RAILWAY STATION.

DAY 3 STAGE-2 OF TESTING

PSYCHOLOGY TESTS IN SSB

UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGY TESTS IN SSB

PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT CONDUCTED IN SSBS IS BASED ON THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHOLOGY. PSYCHOLOGY IS COMPLEX SCIENCE, AND THUS IMPLIES THAT THERE ARE NOT ALWAYS ABSOLUTE & DEFINITE YES, OR NO ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS, OR SITUATIONS. THE BATTERY OF PSYCHOLOGY TESTS CONDUCTED IN SSB IS BASED ON PROJECTIVE TECHNIQUES. PROJECTIVE TECHNIQUES WORK ON THE ESTABLISHED FACT THAT WHEN WE DESCRIBE AMBIGUOUS STIMULI, WE ACTUALLY DESCRIBE OURSELVES, & REVEAL OUR PERSONALITIES, THROUGH OUR CONSCIOUS PART (OF WHICH WE ARE WELL AWARE) & EVEN THE UNCONSCIOUS PART (OF WHICH WE ARE UNAWARE)! THE UNCONSCIOUS PART OF THE BRAIN IS ASSESSED BY SOME AS BEING 9/10th PART & CONSCIOUS ONLY 1/10th PART. ASSESSMENT OF AN INDIVIDUAL IS DONE ON THE ENTIRE TESTS AND NOT PIECE MEAL   . PERSONALITY OF AN INDIVIDUAL IS ONE WHOLE AND DYNAMIC IN NATURE. WORK TO IMPROVE YOUR PERSONALITY, WITH HELP OF OUR EXPERTS AND LEAVE THE ASSESSMENT TO THE EXPERTS!

FOLLOWING PSYCHOLOGY TESTS ARE CONDUCTED:

THEMATIC APPERCEPTION TEST [TAT]

WORD ASSOCIATION TEST [WAT]

SITUATION REACTION TEST [SRT]

SELF DESCRIPTION TEST [SD]

TAT

YOU WILL BE SHOWN 11 BLACK & WHITE PICTURES IN WHICH THE LAST PICTURE IS A BLANK SLIDE. EACH PICTURE WILL COME JUST FOR 30 SECONDS AND THEN DISAPPEAR, AFTER THAT YOU WILL GET 4 MINUTES TO WRITE THE STORY BASED ON THAT PICTURE. AFTER 4 MINS ANOTHER PICTURE WILL COME FOR 30 SECONDS AND SAME PROCESS WILL BE FOLLOWED TILL LAST SLIDE BLANK SLIDE.

WAT

YOU WILL BE SHOWN 60 WORDS BACK TO BACK; EACH WORD WILL REMAIN ON THE SCREEN FOR 15SECS. IN 15SECS YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE A SENTENCE WHICH COMES TO YOUR MIND FIRST AFTER READING THAT WORD. LIKEWISE YOU HAVE TO WRITE 60 SENTENCES CONTINUOUSLY WITHOUT ANY PAUSE IN BETWEEN.

ONLY THE SPONTANEOUS RESPONSE IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PERSONALITY OF THE CANDIDATE. THE PSYCHOLOGIST ANALYSES THE COMPLETE RESPONSES TO CONSTRUCT A HOLISTIC & CONSISTENT PERSONALITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL. ANY PREPARED RESPONSE WILL BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE COMPLETE BATTERY OF ANSWERS & HENCE WILL GET IGNORED.

SRT

YOU WILL GET A BOOKLET WITH 60 SITUATIONS WRITTEN ON IT. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE YOUR RESPONSES BASED ON THOSE 60 SITUATIONS. TIME ALLOTTED WILL BE 30 MINS.

TIPS: ANSWER SPONTANEOUSLY. THE MAIN CHARACTER IN THE SITUATIONS SHOULD BE A LEADER, WHO SHOULD TRY TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS PROACTIVELY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF EVERYONE & NOT WAIT FOR THINGS TO HAPPEN.

SD

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE AN OPINION ABOUT YOU FROM YOUR PARENTS’, FRIENDS’, TEACHERS’ & YOUR OWN PERSPECTIVE AND THINGS WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO DEVELOP IN THE FUTURE. TIME ALLOTTED WILL BE 15 MINS.

TIPS: YOU SHOULD GO PREPARED. WRITE THE TRUTH. OPINIONS OF OTHERS, AS WELL AS YOURSELF ABOUT YOU ARE BASICALLY A BRIEF ABOUT YOUR STRONG & WEAK POINTS. THE STRONG POINTS SHOULD BE MORE THAN THE WEAK POINTS. IN CASE THE REVERSE IS TRUE, IT SHOWS THAT YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN ENOUGH ACTION TO IMPROVE YOURSELF, DESPITE BEING AWARE OF YOUR WEAKNESSES.

OVERALL TIPS FOR PSYCHOLOGY TESTS

THINK FAST; WRITE FAST, LEGIBLY & IN CORRECT SEQUENCE.

IT IS NOT MANDATORY TO COMPLETE EVERYTHING, BUT THE CANDIDATE WHO CAN COMPLETE EVERYTHING DEFINITELY THINKS FASTER & HAS BETTER MENTAL STAMINA THAN THE ONE WHO DOES NOT.

DAYS 4 & 5: GTO TESTS

GTO TESTS ARE A SERIES OF OUTDOOR TESTS, DESIGNED TO JUDGE YOUR QUALITIES DURING GROUP PERFORMANCE. REMEMBER MOST OF THE TASKS IN THIS SERIES ARE GROUP TASKS. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE GROUP WITH THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITIES AND NOT TO COMPETE WITH THEM IN ANY MANNER.

SERIES OF TESTS:

GD: DISCUSSION IS ON TWO TOPICS, ONE IS A DEBATABLE TOPIC FROM CURRENT AFFAIRS & THE OTHER IS ON A SOCIAL ISSUE.

GPE: GROUP PLANNING EXERCISE: IT IS AN IMPORTANT TEST IN THE GTO SERIES. A SITUATION IS GIVEN TO YOU. IT IS SUPPORTED BY A SAND MODEL/ MAP. INVARIABLY A GROUP OF PERSONS HAS TO GO FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER, IN A LIMITED TIME & ACCOMPLISH AN IMPORTANT TASK. IN BETWEEN PROBLEMS ARE CONFRONTED WHICH NEED TO BE RESOLVED, & IN CASE A PROBLEM IS UNIMPORTANT & RESOLUTION WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ACCOMPLISHING THE MAIN TASK THEN IT HAS TO BE IGNORED, OR RESOLVED TO THE EXTENT THAT THE MAIN TASK IS NOT JEOPARDIZED. A WRITTEN, INDIVIDUAL, SOLUTION HAS TO BE SUBMITTED. THE GROUP HAS TO DISCUSS THE PLAN, ARRIVE AT A CONSENSUS PLAN, AND NOMINATE A LEADER TO NARRATE THE PLAN. IT IS A COMPREHENSIVE TEST, WHICH BRINGS OUT THE ASPECTS OF LOGICAL THINKING, ABILITY TO CONVINCE OTHERS WITH YOUR VIEWS, ACCEPT IDEAS FROM OTHERS WHICH ARE BETTER THAN YOURS, OR ARE MORE ACCEPTABLE TO OTHERS. TIPS: CONCENTRATE TO UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION WELL. SUBMIT A COMPREHENSIVE & WELL WRITTEN PLAN. BE PREPARED TO ACCEPT OTHERS’ IDEAS. DO NOT TRY TO RESOLVE ANY INTERMEDIARY PROBLEM WHICH WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ACCOMPLISHING THE MAIN TASK.

PGT: IN PROGRESSIVE GROUP TASK, THE GROUP IS REQUIRED TO CROSS SOME OBSTACLES WITH THE HELP OF SUPPORTING MATERIALS LIKE ROPE, PLANK, WOODEN LOG ETC. SOME RULES ARE REQUIRED TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THIS TASK. IT IS A FULL GROUP ACTIVITY.

HGT: HALF GROUP TASK IS SIMILAR TO PGT BUT THE NUMBER OF GROUP MEMBERS WILL BE HALF, SO YOU MAY GET MORE CHANCE TO SHOW YOUR POTENTIAL.

IOT– IN INDIVIDUAL OBSTACLES TASK, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEMPT 10 OBSTACLES INDIVIDUALLY; EACH OBSTACLE CONSISTS OF SOME POINTS FROM 1 TO 10.TIPS: IT APPEARS TO BE MAINLY A TEST OF SPEED & STRENGTH, BUT IS NOT SO. PLAN THE SEQUENCE OF CROSSING THE OBSTACLES WITH A VIEW TO SCORE MAXIMUM MARKS EARLIEST. IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT ABOUT CLEARING AN OBSTACLE ATTEMPT IT TOWARDS THE END. IN CASE YOU HAVE BEGUN TO CROSS AN OBSTACLE, THEN DO NOT LEAVE IT IN BETWEEN, AS THIS DISPLAYS LACK OF DETERMINATION & SELF CONFIDENCE.

COMMAND TASK:

YOU WILL BE A COMMANDER IN THIS TASK, & ARE REQUIRED TO CROSS SOME OBSTACLES WITH THE HELP OF 2-3 SUBORDINATES. YOU CAN CHOOSE 2-3 CANDIDATES FROM YOUR OWN GROUP WHOM YOU THINK CAN HELP YOU TO CLEAR THE OBSTACLES.

TIPS: CHOOSE SUBORDINATES BASED ON COMPETENCE, RATHER THAN FRIENDSHIP. IN CASE YOU ARE STUCK, ASK IDEAS FROM SUBORDINATES. CT IS ASSIGNED TO EACH CANDIDATE BASED ON HIS ABILITIES. IN CASE YOUR CT IS QUITE DIFFICULT, THEN BE HAPPY, YOUR IQ HAS BEEN WELL RATED.

SNAKE RACE/GROUP OBSTACLE RACE:

ALL GROUP MEMBERS WILL BE COMPETING WITH OTHER GROUPS. MEMBERS WILL BE HOLDING A SNAKE LIKE ROPE; THEY ARE REQUIRED TO CROSS CERTAIN OBSTACLES WITH THE SNAKE. THERE ARE CERTAIN RULES LIKE ALL OTHER TASKS. IT IS A KIND OF RACE AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS.

TIPS: USE YOUR ABILITIES TO HELP THE GROUP FINISH THE RACE FASTEST.

INDIVIDUAL LECTURRETE: EACH CANDIDATE HAS TO SPEAK FOR 3 MINS ON A TOPIC SELECTED BY HIM/HER OUT OF 3-4 TOPICS.

FGT: FINAL GROUP TASK:

FGT IS SIMILAR TO PGT.

TIPS FOR PGT, HGT, CT & FGT: INITIALLY IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE USE OF THE HELPING MATERIAL IN CROSSING OBSTACLES. DO NOT WORRY, KEEP THINKING & OBSERVING. IDEAS UTILIZED IN CROSSING ONE OBSTACLE WILL HAVE RELEVANCE IN OTHERS AS WELL. AFTER PGT YOU WILL HAVE BETTER IDEAS FOR LATER TASKS. EACH TASK HAS MORE THAN ONE SOLUTION. PLEASE ADHERE TO INSTRUCTIONS.

PERSONAL INTERVIEW IN THE AFTERNOON OF DAY 4 OR 5

THE INTERVIEWING OFFICER HAS YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION QUESTIONNAIRE (PIQ) FORM, WHICH PROVIDES HIM THE BASE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW. HE STARTS TALKING IN A RELAXED MANNER TO MAKE YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE. HE THEN ASKS YOU A SERIES OF QUESTIONS TO WHICH YOU ARE EXPECTED TO ANSWER IN THE SAME SEQUENCE. HE KEEPS ASKING SMALL QUESTIONS IN BETWEEN. HE AGAIN ASKS YOU A SERIES OF QUESTIONS, TO BE REPLIED AS EARLIER.

TIPS:

BE RELAXED & CONFIDENT OF BEING SELECTED.

WRITE ONLY THE TRUTH IN THE PIQ FORM, WITHOUT EXAGGERATION OTHERWISE, YOU WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO ANSWER THE VOLLEY OF QUESTIONS.

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE QUESTIONS, WITHOUT GETTING EXCITED. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS IN THE SEQUENCE ASKED. HAVE GOOD KNOWLEDGE ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECTS, SPORTS, HOBBIES, ETC. IF YOU SAY THAT YOU HAVE READ A BOOK, OR SEEN A MOVIE, OR TV PROGRAM, AND THEN YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IT WELL.

BE PREPARED TO EXPLAIN ORGANIZATION OF AN EVENT FROM YOUR HOBBIES, SPORTS OR EXTRA -CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN.

DAY 6: CONFERENCE IN SSB

IN THE CONFERENCE EACH CANDIDATE FACES ALL THE SSB ASSESSORS TOGETHER. DECISION ABOUT SELECTION OF CANDIDATES IS TAKEN IN THE CONFERENCE BY THE ASSESSORS. EACH CASE IS DISCUSSED IN DETAIL TO TAKE A DELIBERATE DECISION.

AS REGARDS YOU, IT IS JUST A FORMALITY, AS DECISIONS ARE TAKEN BASED ON YOUR PERFORMANCE ON TESTS CONDUCTED EARLIER & NOT CONFERENCE. USUALLY QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD, EXPERIENCE & STAY ARE ASKED BY THE INTERVIEWING OFFICER. ONLY SHORT ANSWERS ARE WARRANTED.

IN CASE THERE IS LACK OF CONSENSUS IN THE ASSESSMENT BY THE THREE ASSESSORS, THEN SOME ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS/SITUATIONS ARE POSED TO THE CANDIDATE & HE/SHE SHOULD REPLY SENSIBLY, AS IT MAY INFLUENCE THE FINAL SELECTION.

The  SSB Procedure is same for Indian Navy, Army and Air force. 

Trainer and Mentor

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Air Cmde V Parnaik, Ex Sr Psychologist, SSB

SSB Preparation Guide?

  1. The general curiosity amongst young candidates who qualify the written exam for NDA, CDS, Naval Academy(NA), ACC, NCC “C” Certificate or CW entry is now what to do, How to prepare for Service Selection Board(SSB), and suddenly an anxiety takes over the mind in a positive way for some and negative for others. Will I clear SSB? How should I prepare for the SSB?, How difficult will be the Obstacle Course?, Am I fit to clear the Medicals?…….and so on.
  1. So how to overcome the curiosity and start to prepare is the question. The best way is  to understand what qualities SSB interview, is looking in a candidate to qualify. The basic qualities(or OLQ – Officer Like Qualities)  are:-
  • Effective intelligence
  • Sense of responsibility
  • 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.
  1. Most of the above qualities are present in a every person , however application of those qualities in everyday life depends on the individual personality and habits . The SSB attempts to gauge the natural responses of the individuals.  So when you report for SSB interview till you leave the place, every individual is assessed for his individual and team behavior. Honestly if you are a team man with logical thinking skills – with confidence to overcome the situation positively , even when chips are down – irrespective of what may be the outcome,  you are what SSB is looking for.
  1. So how do we start preparing for SSB?

The best way is to began preparation for SSB, even before appearing for the qualifying written exam, say about six months from the likely time of getting a SSB call. It would be nice to meet up with some Ex- SSB officer for general guidance in your city, if you are in Pune, visit www.learninganddevelopment.co.in/ssb  for one day free counseling on SSB by qualified Ex- Psychologist of SSB or have a  7 days coaching session which is more than enough, post this only practice is required. Once you have got the clear picture of what are the tests conducted in SSB and how to prepare for them – following additional points will help you prepare further to crack the SSB-

  •  Keep yourself physically active by jogging 2-3 kms 4-5 days a week.
  •  Visit NCC units / Sports Institutes and attempt the obstacle course once in two weeks.
  • Get yourself a general medical checkup done in reputed hospital.
  • Read News paper daily and magazines like “Competition Success Review” and make notes.
  • Participate in School and College Debate  Group discussions or with friends.
  • Try to visual positives in each situation you face in daily life and make it a habit.
  • If you are a loner by nature , inculcate habit to be friendly to all.
  • Try to give positive ideas in a group , but do not force them, learn to agree to disagree.
  • Be a sport not all can win a race , but yes all can attempt a race – that’s Important.
  • When in a group ensure – every one feels important and wanted – because team strength will be know by the weakest link in the chain.
  • Learn to be decisive – it does not matter if you are right or wrong but decide with logic and reason best to your ability and experience.
  • In a team nothing matters more than loyalty – Inculcate habit to be a team man.
  • While you think positive – it is also important to translate your thoughts into writing so keep writing fast and clearly it will help.
  1. To conclude I would like to emphasis that above things if done routinely for six months will inculcate the traits in you that SSB is looking for. All the best to  Prospective candidates. Cheers God Bless.

SSB Training in Pune

TOP SSB Institutes in India

The city of Pune is known to have contributed to the  Armed forces in a vast manner, mainly due to  the prestigious National Defence Academy, (NDA) being the motivator for youth, and the facilities available for Veterans like education for children, Job Opportunities  and quality of lifestyle makes it an ideal settling avenue. Obviously the attraction to join forces in youth is high in Pune as NDA and Veterans become the force multipliers in form of positive examples and encouragements. So  the demand for SSB training in Pune or SSB Coaching in Pune  or SSB Classes in Pune is growing and hence the fee too. Not only candidates from Pune, but nearby districts like Sangli, Satara, and Nagar till Kolhapur reach Pune for SSB Training.

So what is it that SSB (Services Selection Board) looking out in you?

Selection Boards do not look for ‘ideal’ Personalities.They recognise that each person has some healthy personality characteristic and may be deficient in some other characteristics and that each individual has potential within himself to improve and develop those areas of personality where he finds himself deficient. Therefore SSB looks for a balanced person who can deal intelligently with a variety of situations in his day to day activity, in which some situations are very easy, some very difficult and majority of a average difficulty.

The type of person sought by the SSB therefore is one who possesses positive qualities and not just the absence of negative qualities .A person who can enjoy life and provide opportunities for others to enjoy. A lively person who can feel anger, sadness of jealousy and can even express these feelings under appropriate circumstances without being influenced by resentment and hostility. A person who is not subservient but is an independent worthwhile individual with abilities, skills, feeling and aspirations, to improve and progress and has the desire to lead a productive, eventful and self realizing life. In short, a person who has the aptitude and capacity to fit in the Armed forces who will feel happy and satisfied with his experience as a service Officer.

How is SSB conducted?

The SSB exercise is mainly a series of psychological tests of the personality of the candidate, to gauge his/her potential as a future officer. The tests conducted by the SSB aim at selecting individuals with OLQs (Officer-Like Qualities).

The selection system is designed over a five-day process, Day 1 is the screening test, Day 2 is the Psychologist Tests, Day 3 & 4 is the group tasks and Day 5 is the Conference (Results). The personal interview will be conducted either in day 2,3 or 4 during the post lunch or evening hours.

OLQs  include Effective Intelligence, sense of responsibility, 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 social adjustment.

Most of the tests require average intelligence. The SSB attempts to gauge the natural responses of the individuals. The tests are graded into various categories of both individual and group variety and each batch of candidates goes through the subtle testing pattern in the course of a few days. They are under observation not only while they perform in various psychological tests but even as they conduct themselves during the course of their stay at the SSB Centres, where they are billeted for that duration.

The SSB Board is not concerned with the number of vacancies. Its responsibility is to assess and then, recommend. After recommendation, the candidates go for the medical test and after that is the Merit List. Those who finally make the grade join for training and hence become Commissioned Officers.

Origin of this type of testing belongs to First World War era. In the First World War, large numbers of casualties on battlefields necessitated recruitment of best fighting talent in armed forces. For this need, psychologists designed some scientific tests which assess candidate’s Officer Like Qualities (OLQs). Over the years SSB testing has been improved based on feedback and has been proved to be an effective and accurate way of selecting Defence Officers.

Finally

What are the best SSB  coaching institutes  in Pune?

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