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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??


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

  1. Rhea
    June 22, 2016

    I got just 49% in graduation, will this effect my chances of getting selected in SSB.

    • Sonu
      June 23, 2016

      No, it will not. But they would expect a good explanation for such grades. So be prepared.

  2. suyash
    June 14, 2016

    is weight limit is hard and fast rule for navy ssb interview

    • Pinka
      June 14, 2016

      It is, but you get a lot of time(30-45 days) for reducing it. So its not a problem.

      • Suyash
        June 15, 2016

        But I weight a bit more, will they allow me to even attend interview

  3. Mohammad Hamza Beg
    June 9, 2016

    Hi Sonu… let me accept that your blog has been very helpful but its half so i want its complete version. I am keeping a dream to qualify JAG this year and i really want to clear in my first attempt. my email id is hamza*****
    i would love to chat with you. kindly watsapp me on 77******** (if you dont feel any threat) hehehe!!!!!
    And listen brother.. you really can help me. I will be waiting for your response.

    • Sonu
      June 14, 2016

      Hello Hamza,

      Thank you. But I didn’t understand that why you said – “Blog is Half”? Can you elaborate.

  4. Swetha
    June 8, 2016

    Hi ,I am Swetha and I’m doing my graduation in physical education .am I eligible to try for SSB

    • Sonu
      June 8, 2016

      Hi Swetha, Graduation in Physical education (i.e. Bachelor’s in phy edu). So, you are eligible.

    • Shivam
      July 12, 2016

      yeh you are eligible ….


  5. Sunil Panchal
    June 6, 2016

    Sir, my PCM % is just 80% nd am applied for SSB can i will receive a call from SSB??

    • Sonu
      June 6, 2016

      Yes you will be called.

      • Sunil Panchal
        June 6, 2016

        Sir, There is any need to join a coaching class or study any book for SSB prepration?? Pls reply??

        • Sonu
          June 6, 2016

          Its your wish.

          If you join, you will get an idea of what is going to happen and how you should approach all the test.

          It will be a practice for you. If money is not a issue, then you can go.

  6. Harsun.Malhotra
    May 17, 2016

    good afternoon sir …..i have scored 85.98% in my +2 boards and will apply for TES (ARMY)…….and also joint classes for ssb preparations ……..and i want some tips on behalf of ur experiance…..
    n would be very thankful if u’ll do the need full

  7. Harsun.Malhotra
    May 17, 2016

    respected sir,
    my question is that is the ssb interview of nda is different than of TES army or its the same

  8. Nihal mohammed
    May 8, 2016

    sonu sir & purva ma’m,
    tnks 4 the active blog …….

    actually how much should i score in nda to clear it ……. should i get seperate cut offs in maths, geo, history ….. if so how much ????

    what other ways can i opt to join the army as an officer ?????
    i aim to become an army doctor ……
    is it possible after joining as an officer ????

    please reply ……

    • Sonu
      May 11, 2016

      First question, I can’t answer as I m not aware if there is cut off mentioned by UPSC.
      No, because both are two different entries.

  9. Santosh
    May 8, 2016

    Sir i applied for navy PC log
    I scored 83.78 in my Bcom graduation
    Is there any chance to call ssb….?
    I checked on navy website to check my status but it is the message to my reg no is that presently i m not shortlisted for ssb… they will inform me by SMS or email in case i am shortlisted for ssb..
    What does it mean actually…

  10. vishalharsha
    May 2, 2016

    hi sonu iam little bit weak in verbal…… i have chance to clear the verbal and non verbal……section….or i need any special preparations….

  11. priya
    May 1, 2016

    hello…actualy i have filed my application twice for ssb for navy..can it impact my selection or calling for the ssb interview.??

  12. swapna
    April 26, 2016

    I have applied for observer post in navy,I want to know whether a coaching is required compulsory, if so which will be the best academy,and how can I prepare

  13. shubham kumar
    April 20, 2016

    Hello sir!! i m shubham .i m currently pursuing B.E. in 2nd sem, how can i prepare for CDS ???? i want to join AFA..what should i do for preparing for this????

    April 11, 2016

    one has to carry documents photostate attested by himself or by some gazetted officers

    • Sonu
      April 14, 2016

      Gazetted officer is preferable. About self attestation, do that only if it’s mentions in you call letter.

      • SHIVA (@SHIVPP)
        April 14, 2016

        not mentioned only written that bring 3 attested photocopies of the documents

        • Sonu
          April 18, 2016

          Then better take, attested by Gazetted officer.

  15. Aayush Bedi
    April 11, 2016

    Dear Sir,
    I wanted to know, will Navy SSB (Post for Logistics Dept) for a girl be suitable. I’m sorry if my questions are a little stupid.
    What will be her office work and will she have to work overseas or on a ship on a regular basis? And my last question is, will this job be a difficult one in marriage point of view?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Sonu
      April 14, 2016

      Logistics includes mostly ground duty, so her chances of going to overseas or working on a ship are bare minimum.

      Well the job isn’t the problem, what matters is – how you handle it.

      • Aayush Bedi
        April 19, 2016

        I am thankful for your answer. Sir, my female friend (which I was talking about) got recommended from SSB for Logistics Cadre, now her Medicals are pending. She and 7 other girls got recommended. I’m sorry for asking another question, what are her chances to make into merit list?

        • Sonu
          April 20, 2016

          Merit you cannot predict.
          It totally depends on how they have performed in SSB.

    April 3, 2016

    what is the ratio of selection at a center on a particular date

    • Sonu
      April 3, 2016

      Shiva, there is no fixed ratio for selection. It’s as per the availability of suitable candidates.

    April 3, 2016

    what are belongings one has to take along with him to ssb

  18. Subin
    March 18, 2016

    Can a person completed BCA can appear for afcat exam and ssb their any problem in doing BCA instead of BSc(bsc as prescribed in eligibility). Also I want to know what percent of marks should we scored in +2.(did we need to score 70% of marks individually in physics maths and chemistry or the total precentage in the 3 subjects). Please please reply kindly….

  19. Bikram Singh biswas
    March 12, 2016

    my one legs finger is a little short ….
    m I illegible for ssb medical test ?

    • Sonu
      March 13, 2016

      Yes you are.

      • dharmender
        March 28, 2016

        I want to know that what the things i need, to prepare about my screen in test and iq test

        • Sonu
          April 3, 2016

          For PPDT: Practice writing and narration of story.

          For Intelligence test: Practice the sample question papers.

          • dharmender
            April 13, 2016

            Sir i want to ask that there is discrepancy in my caste when i filled the written form so what should i do as i have to appear for its ssb somedays later….

            • Sonu
              April 14, 2016

              It’s okay. When you clear your SSB, there will be made to fill new set of forms, correct it there.

        • dharmender
          April 11, 2016

          I need some material for TAT and iq test ….

    • Harsh
      March 14, 2016

      yes of course that doesn’t matter … I am a captian in Indian army..

  20. Ashish
    March 7, 2016

    Hi I am Ashish and i am in high school and please tell me what i do to pass the ssb examination and my aim was to beat the ssb examination

    • Purva
      March 7, 2016

      Hi, there are various entries to get into defence.

      NDA, IMA and OTA for Army.. You can decide which one you want to go for and work accordingly.

      SSB is there for all entries, practice public speaking and verbal non-verbal intelligence questions in order to clear SSB.

  21. Rohit
    February 26, 2016

    tell me about s s b 1st day

  22. sid
    February 23, 2016

    I have eye sight of minus 1 in one eye and -.5 in other. Is there a possibility for me to clear the SSB? what are the alloewd standards?

    • Sonu
      February 24, 2016

      Allowed standards are – plus/Minus 3.5. Hence, you can clear.

  23. DAVID
    February 23, 2016

    Hi i had given my afcat 2016 and i am quite sure that i will make for ssb call but im having a back log in one subject ,so i want to confirm that what might the minimum time period for the ssb call so that i can be sure that my pending result will be no mean of rejuction….

    • Sonu
      February 24, 2016

      It’s varies from one month to two month, depending upon your name in the list of SSB candidates.

  24. Dhaval Rajyaguru
    February 22, 2016

    Hello sir!
    I am going for my first SSB on March-2016. My English is very poor so I wanted to know that. Is English compulsory language for express your self in SSB?
    Reply me as soon as possible.

    • Sonu
      February 24, 2016

      It’s not compulsory but it’s is advisable to use English as most communication in English. But if you get stuck while explaining you may switch to Hindi and do so.

  25. anuj gupta
    February 14, 2016

    hi my name is anuj…i dob is 24th march 1991 and i secured 84% in 10th and 73 % in 12th and i am currently in my final year of engineering and unfortunately i got 2 year backs in my engineering so my passing out year will be 2016 instread of am i eligible for ota and do i have the chance for joinning the army ?

    • Sonu
      February 14, 2016

      If you clear you final exam before February 2016 and clear CDS & SSB before that. Then you are eligible.

      Otherwise you are not eligible as you will be more than 25yrs old.

  26. imran
    February 13, 2016

    i have eye sight of 6/18 .igot ssb call letter can i will be elligible??

    • Sonu
      February 14, 2016

      You are eligible for SSB but if your eye sight is more than the allowed standards then you appear for SSB and will get rejected in Medical examination.

    • Imran
      February 14, 2016

      Thanks buddy for your reply…

  27. Anonymous
    February 9, 2016

    Hey! I want to join the Army. I have some doubts regarding the SSB. I will be glad if you can help me out. I have passed out my 12th last year now i am doing BTECH. I am going to appear for NDA exam. I am pretty sure that i will clear the written exam. I have 84% in 10th class but in between of my 12th my father got transferred from J&K to Maharashtra and we shifted there. I got 69.8% in my 12th. I regret that i didn’t manage to get good marks in 12th although i am doing well now. And also i am not blaming that because of my father’s transfer i didn’t get 80-90%. I want to know how this will effect my image in SSB (specially in Personal Interview) and how can i overcome from this? And one more thing as i have got 69.8% in boards so can i write it as 70% in PIQ form by rounding them off because at the time of admissions my college have also considered my marks by rounding them off?? Please Help me out…

    • Sonu
      February 10, 2016

      70% is good marks(maybe not by your standard).

      It will not affect in any manner for your Interview or any other test in SSB.
      No need to round off.

      • anonymous
        February 12, 2016

        thanks buddy for your opinion!! But i have got 69.8% not 70% …should i write them as it is 69.8% or shall i write 70%??

        • Sonu
          February 12, 2016

          Write what is in marks card and if nothing is written then write 69.8%.

  28. sayani
    February 7, 2016

    does one have to perform long jumps, push ups, run etc in ssb? If yes then how much do one have to run and what is the allotted time limit?

    • Sonu
      February 7, 2016

      No running test, no long jumps (except a small ditch of 3.5-4 ft – double ditch – individual obstacles [see here - ] and no push ups.

  29. Nitesh Solanki
    February 6, 2016

    I wanna. To go but what i have to do. Cause my eyesight is weak and my two fingers of right hand was fracture at that time when i was children 🚸so plz givee good instructions

    • Sonu
      February 6, 2016

      What is your eyesight?
      Fractured fingers – not a issue,(as it happened when you were a kid).

  30. vikash sharma
    January 19, 2016

    this year (2016) I am going to enter 12th class. am I eligible for NDA ?

    • Sonu
      January 19, 2016

      Age more than 16&half yr – 12th class (almost complete), is the requirement for NDA.

    • Shivam
      February 2, 2016

      What about medical examination ?

      • Sonu
        February 3, 2016

        What about it?

        • Subin
          March 11, 2016

          Hi, I have passed BCA [bachelor of computer application ],is i am eligible for afcat exam and to join IAF.also please tell me the branch Iam eligible if yes .

          • Sonu
            March 13, 2016

            Your eligibility depends on your age and type of entry you want to apply for. You can check Indian Air force website for the eligibility criteria.

            • nayan
              March 17, 2016

              Hello, my dob is march 1991.. Wether i am eligible for afcat 2 2016 or not

              • neha chaudhary
                July 29, 2016

                Hello, i am neha chaudhary, i have recently completed BBA-LL.B. so, i want to apply for JAG, but i am having SINUS and wax related problem in ear due to sinus.Can it be a disqualification in medical examination?

                • Sonu
                  July 31, 2016

                  Your entry doesn’t matter, Sinus may create some medical problem in SSB.


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