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How I cleared SSB interview and you can too! – the easy way.

how_toclear_ssb_sonusmacIts very hard to pin point the qualities or the reason because of which one clears the SSB. All credit goes to the wonderful process of SSB, which is designed by the DRDO scientists. If you have it in you then its very easy, but if you don’t have it in you – then you have to be smart enough to prove otherwise.. 😛

I have tried my best to bring out most of the things which must be kept in mind by a candidate.

SSB is based on principle of selecting suitable person for the job not the best person for the job. If a person is not selected in SSB that does not mean – She/He is a failure in life. It just means that – the person is not fit to become an officer.

We have so many great personalities around us who appeared in SSB but didn’t clear it and now there at the top of there field. For e.g. – Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan & some more.

All of us make the first mistake by thinking SSB as another competition in our life but I must tell you, Its not a competition between you and others(your batch-mates). We can take it as a challenge by the standards set by DRDO to you to prove that you are up to that mark.

Not everyone is born with Officers Like Qualities(OLQs), over a period of time we automatically inculcate these qualities right from the childhood or right from our school going days, depends on the kind of environment. There are 14 to 17 approx OLQs which are derived from each other. In SSB, the assessors are looking not for a person who is consistent in his performance when she/he is put under various different situations.

Generally people ask, “How to prepare for SSB?”, You tell me – Is SSB an examination for which you need to study predefined books and prepare? I say ‘NO’. In SSB you are not judge on basis of what you did in college or school nor your marks in maths or science. It does not matter whether you were a topper or an average student during your school days. It does not matter at all.

What matters is, what you are? At present, during those five days when you are being tested. What totally counts is your conduct during those days . But a person will surely conduct himself in his true manners when he is put through various stages which has factors like time limit and performance pressure.

That was all talking I thought that would help you to understand the basic funda.

Now lets go to some of the what To Do’s and Don’ts for various stages of SSB:-

Firstly, as I told you its not a competition. So when you go to ssb you meet new people, so its better you make friends and not rivals. Because what I felt, if you have better understanding and cooperation between your group then there are higher chances of more number of candidates getting recommended.

Stage 1 –

1. PPDT – 



a) Story writing –

i) Observe the picture carefully (which many of us ignore because we are all in hurry to start making story.)

ii) Make a blue print in your mind as to what you see in the picture and what will be your story.

iii) The story making secrete: Cause/problem(main issue) + Solution(action oriented) + hero(that’s you).

iv) Keep your story short, sweet and simple.

v) Don’t waste time in writing a story for The times of India. From my side write in most layman’s language.

b) Discussion –

i) For god sake! Its a discussion, so discuss and don’t try to put each other down.

ii) Aim is to come to a common story. Its better to cooperate or because its of no use cursing each other after getting S/O.

iii) Don’t become a spectator there(I have seen people speaking nothing at all in discussion). Speak up, give chance to judge you.

iv) And for those Heavy Machine Guns(that’s what I call them) who open fire like anything even before asked to. Hold your horses. You are doing more harm than any good to your self. Let others speak.

v) Be creative, think out of box and try to make a common story by merging maximum two to three stories.

vi) Don’t narrate a different story from what you have written. You can add few points, in case you could not write due to lack of time.

vii) Be confident! Here you can show your communication skill and convincing ability also, if required.

viii) One should know when to speak, when to give chance to others and more important of all : when to keep one’s mouth shut.

ix) The more one speaks; the more one tends to exhibit “bond like” traits in his personality.

2. Psychology Test :-

a) Word Association Test(WAT) –

i) Write short and simple sentences.
ii) Don’t give second thought, once the word is flashed. If you try to think and write, you will miss a word or two.
iii) Just be positive.
iv) be careful about handwriting, that does matter.

b) Thematic Appreciation Test(TAT) –

i) Follow the points given for PPDT.
ii) Just remember that write your story in brief.
iii) Don’t make it complicated.|
iv) Blank picture: In this write a story which relates to you in real.

c) Situation Reaction Test(SRT) –


What do you think??


378 comments on “How I cleared SSB interview and you can too! – the easy way.

  1. Dinakar
    June 12, 2018

    Sir i had applied for tes cn u help me sir plz is screening test is easy r tough plz help how to crack OIR test

    • Sonu
      June 13, 2018

      Its easy.
      Practice verbal and non verbal reasoning tests.

  2. Rahul
    April 24, 2018

    I am not attended last 3 interviews (tgc123, tgc 124,SSC 50) is this effect my current interview

    • Sonu
      June 8, 2018

      No, but better have a good reason for not attending.

  3. Sawan Bora
    April 16, 2018

    Sir please add me WhatsApp group of ssb…8057196007

  4. Chandan
    January 26, 2018

    Hi Sir, My eyes power are – 2.5 in both eyes. Am going for UES Navy Coimbatore board. Will it going to affect? Waiting for your reply.

    • Sonu
      January 28, 2018

      Navy – If its not for pilot then it shouldn’t affect.

      • Chandan kumar
        January 28, 2018

        Its for UES navy (Executive PC). Also add me to your whattsapp group as my number is 9990878455

  5. Deepti
    January 7, 2018

    Hey, I have a National Certificate in Karate and A black belt holder with NCC C certificate and my height is 153 cm. Also I completed my Graduation. Will I be selected for Army?

  6. mayank pandey
    December 24, 2017

    Hi .sir i have been called for ssc tech-50 ssb but i dont have my8th sem markscard ,yet university has not issued and ihave to report on4jan so in that case if i take signature from principal on my internet copy will that be valid or it required original copy.

  7. Sanchita Ghosh Roy
    December 3, 2017

    Hi sir, I do not have very good marks in graduation?????????? Will it affect my ssb selection?

    • Sonu
      December 4, 2017

      No it will not.

      • Sanchita Ghosh Roy
        December 5, 2017

        thank you sir

  8. siddhant raizada
    November 27, 2017

    My handwriting is terrible, how much will it effect my overall performance and any tips?

    • Sonu
      November 28, 2017

      It can affect a lot, if its really terrible. Because psychology is a written test and if you can’t get across your point – its bad.

  9. anythinguneedblog
    November 27, 2017

    Hello sir, I have migrane headache. But it happens only sometimes. Will it be an issue in medical

    • Sonu
      November 28, 2017

      It will be problematic when in academy under training.
      Its not major issue in SSB Medicals.

  10. Defenceaspire
    November 23, 2017

    I had my SSB last week but could not attend as I did not get leave from office. Is it possible to get the date changed? (2 AFSB)

    • Sonu
      November 23, 2017

      If you have any option of absentee batch then you can go in that. Other than that you cannot change date.

  11. Prashant Chaudhary
    October 31, 2017

    I have 32 Teeth in which I have RCT in three of my molars. Rest are in good condition. Will there be any problem during Medical??

    • Sonu
      October 31, 2017

      No. Balance of the tooth will make up for the amount of point required.

  12. Prashant Chaudhary
    October 29, 2017

    Currently I am working in a private company and earning not so bad salary. But I always wanted to join Indian armed forces and become an officer. I am afraid of quitting this job for the preparation of CDSE, AFCAT because you can never be sure of getting selected in SSBs.
    I am skeptical over this as I am screened out twice in SSBs. Kindly suggest…..hope u reply.

    • Sonu
      October 29, 2017

      Hello Prashant,

      Risk is there. No doubt, its for you to decide that you want to take the risk of losing this one or not trying hard enough for Army. I cannot guarantee that you will get selected but try.

      Do not quit job, but take out the balance time strictly and prepare. That’s one option you can follow.

      • Prashant Chaudhary
        October 31, 2017

        Thanks for your suggestion……

  13. Mahipal singh
    October 27, 2017

    Sir, how much concession we get in ssb interview, if we apply through ACC??

    • Sonu
      October 29, 2017

      Concession for what my friend?

  14. Sparsh Agarwal
    October 25, 2017

    Sir ur post is awesome
    I want to ask u that i am suffering from myopia and used to have spectacles am i able to have medical test.
    Waiting for ur reply sir!!!

    • Sonu
      October 29, 2017

      Power of your glasses?

  15. Ayush
    October 10, 2017

    I am mesmerized by reading your article I want to avail about my two problems
    1) I am 175cm and my weight is approximately 70kg……..i would be selected or not
    2)What the distribution criteria for army,navy and the Indian air force for the aspirients.

  16. Vivek Singh
    October 2, 2017

    bhai ,i have gone 3times for ssb .every time i could not clear even p p d t. what is reason yar please tell me in .day by day i feel doubt on my capability what i do yar.
    sorry yar me whatsapp use nahi karta,

    • Sonu
      October 4, 2017

      Hey Vivek, Just by knowing that you have been out thrice – I cannot tell much. By now you should have introspected thrice that what went wrong in each of your SSB.

      And come back prepared in next attempt. If it was your verbal non verbal, narration or something else.

      You can only tell the reason.

  17. Manish Chauhan
    September 20, 2017

    my WhatsApp no is 72********

  18. Vikas hooda
    September 7, 2017

    my number is 80********

    • Sonu
      September 7, 2017

      Added to our WhatsApp Group 👍👍

      • Mahipal singh
        October 27, 2017

        Sir add to me also

        • Mahipal singh
          October 27, 2017


      • nandhu
        April 13, 2018

        can u pls add me also ? my mobile number is 9597818478

  19. shivamsinghania
    August 19, 2017

    Hey sonu sir, this is shivam i’m doing bcom and i wanna join NDA its my dream so can you plz help me out sir ,i wanna ask u that i was smoker for last 2 year and i just quite smoking last year,is this any issue to join NDA ??

    • Sonu
      August 19, 2017

      Go ahead – your dream awaits you. Past smoking habit will not be a problem for your medical. 🙂

  20. tejas
    August 17, 2017

    is attending ssb compulsory,can we skip if we are underpreapred or hoping to go through a different scheme(i have applied through 2 different entries ues and cdse)

    • Sonu
      August 19, 2017

      It is not compulsory but don’t skip again and again. If not prepared then its better not to apply for interview.

  21. Rana Bais
    August 16, 2017

    Hello sir,
    I have six fingers in my left leg, is that gonna be a problem in medical test?

    • Sonu
      August 17, 2017

      Yes, you will have problem in your SSB.

  22. Rahul
    August 10, 2017

    Hello Sonu,

    My age is 24 and I am appearing first time for TGC-126 SSB.

    Are there less chances of getting recommended as its my first SSB at 24 ?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Charan
      August 10, 2017

      Hey Rahul

      No, you have higher chances to get recommended as this is your first time.
      All the best!

    • Sonu
      August 15, 2017

      If age had been a selection criteria then National Defence Academy(NDA) wouldn’t be under subscribed.
      Your age does not decide your selection, it is just an eligibility perimeter. Give your best in SSB – all the best 🙂

  23. Avi kumar sharma
    August 6, 2017

    Sir,I read in class 11th and I choose PCM.So you can tell me in which subject I work hard to prepare SSB OR WRITTEN TEST.

    • Sonu
      August 6, 2017

      SSB is not a test of your academics subjects. So it would be better you start preparing for Maths, GK and English.

      Its important to improve your verbal communication skills.

      • Vikas kashyab
        August 11, 2017

        bro let me tell you, i know many must have told you this,, but you are a great content writer,, your presentation skill is just top notch, with good blend of words.
        I’m a final year cse engineering student and had appeared for the ssb thrice via NDA,TES,and NAVY btecb, once-screened out, twice-conference out. last time i went for navy tech entry 3 years back,, but got recommend out… so now i have applied for cdse,,ues, and some btech entries,, so my question is ,,weather your past ssb record does matter,, like they just get all your previous details and will it play a significant part in recommendation or not.. coz you know for repeater there’s a very little scope of errors and the expectations are lot stringent as compared to fresher,,, so it would be great if you can share our thoughts and suggest some immediate to-do list for my type of candidate i.e graduation level as my SSB is just after 3 months from now
        Vikas kashyab

        • Sonu
          August 15, 2017

          Good morning Vikas, Happy Independence Day 🙂

          Thank you so much. Well all that you said, I don’t find myself that perfect – I am learning and improving.

          The records of previous does matter once you get screened in. But very little, only the part where you had shortcomings, your mistakes. Its is just to check that has this individual done some home work? Is he ready to change and improve himself accordingly? If you show that then its an add-on to your present performance in various tests.

          TO-DO List: You are the right person to answer this based on your introspection and experience in last few SSB.

          General things –
          – like keeping self updated about happenings in around the world,
          – reading about current topics and discussing with someone,
          – improving upon verbal communication,
          – physical fitness,
          – developing a hobby or religiously pursuing one you already have – these are the things you can surely do which will help you.

          I am glad you thought of me to be good enough for taking advice.

          Good day,

  24. Ashish singh pal
    August 3, 2017

    Hello sir..thanks for your is very helpful.
    Sir I have completely lost my 2 molars due to cavity in upper jaw….rest are fine.
    And one pre molar in lower jaw is bend towards tounge.but it poses no problem in speaking…rest are fine.

    Will I get rejected in medical?

    • Sonu
      August 5, 2017

      No medical will not be a issue for you.

  25. Ankush sharma
    July 30, 2017

    Sir i have specs of +ve 2 no. Is it eligible or it wil cause any problem for me and i also have cavities in my teeth is it a hurdle for me to achieve my aim

    • Sonu
      July 31, 2017

      Not a issue, you can appear for examination and interview.

      • Ankush sharma
        August 1, 2017

        Sir i am in 10th standard, please tell me what should i do right now to be selected for my dream wife, my job, my passion that is The LIEUTENANT

  26. sudhak
    July 15, 2017

    i have extra teeth 34 teeth, am i eligible

  27. Ravi
    July 13, 2017

    Bro I have tmj temporal mandibular joint disorder is it checked in dental medicals of Ssb.will I be passed.

  28. mayank
    June 4, 2017

    sir, i have sweating problem on my back but i dont get sweating on m hands. so is it problamatic….

    • Sonu
      June 4, 2017

      Not a problem at all.

      Everyone sweats from different places but excessive sweating from hand is a problem not from back!

  29. Defence Aspirant
    May 30, 2017

    Brother, I’m 83 kg with 180 cm (Age: 21). can i reduce it in 42 days time?? If not, may i have further time to reduce weight???

    • Sonu
      May 30, 2017

      Yes you can. Determination is all you need! No extra time.

  30. naveen
    May 23, 2017

    Is knock knees a rejection in ssb

    • Sonu
      May 24, 2017

      Yes, but if it is very minor then you can get through.

  31. shankar
    May 22, 2017

    wht abt flat foot

    • Sonu
      May 23, 2017

      Flat foot, it depends on how severe is the condition.

  32. Deepak
    May 20, 2017

    Sir can i know what is cut off for ssc (edu) pc (log) indian navy 01/2018


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