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  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.

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