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.

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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

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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