Good, bad and unexpected of Military life.
Its 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) –