Good, bad and unexpected of Military life.

How I cleared SSB interview and you can too! – the easy way – Part 2

(continued from – Part I..)

c) Situation Reaction Test(SRT)

1) Be sensible, write practical situation.
2) Show action happening, explain.
3) Do not act like a superhero.
4) Do not skip a situation in between, it projects that you are trying to avoid or run away from that situation.
5) Do not waste too much time thinking on a single situation.

Good e.g: She calls for help and ties her scarf on leg to stop bleeding.
Bad e.g: He will jump out of the window and save the falling cat.

d) Self Description –

1) Write the truth, project yourself in the best real way.
2) Take help from your friends, teachers and parents. Ask their opinion about yourself.
3) Can prepare in advance.
4) Introspect, to know about your strength and weaknesses.
5) Do not copy what you read in some book or website.
6) Your only chance to communicate with psychologist and tell about you in simple words.


INTERVIEW – This is the most easiest phase of ssb as far as I think because for this step you need not prepare or practice anything. Interview always revolves around the candidates past, present and future. You will be questioned about your studies, hobbies, like & dislikes, friends, enemy, some social problem(not always), why army?, your views on politics.

In interview your memory, communication, honesty, reaction, way of expression, understanding, is checked.

Before going for interview drink a glass of water and take 5 deep breathes it really helps to relax you and say to yourself “I will do good” and enter.

Personal Interview - SSB

During Interview –

1) Interviewer is not a monster from fiction movie, calm down and communicate freely, who knows this might be your only chance.
2) Speak truth and only truth. No bluffing, beating around the bush.
3) Try to answer question in the sequence asked.
4) It is right to say “I don’t know” rather than telling fairy tales.
5) You are not required to know all the answers, as interviewer will not ask all the questions from you.
6) Do not try to be someone you are not.

If your interview is after GTO, then:

1) Talk about your group, team and not only how well you did in individual obstacle and command task.
2) Do not project yourself as a hero and the only hero of team, that you did everything.
3) Do not criticize anyone.
4) Appreciate and acknowledge others’ help in your team’s victory.

During my interview, I was very relaxed and throughout interacted with IO as a friend. It went very smooth. Didn’t realise when three quarters of an hour flew.


GROUND TASK – In this phase of ssb you are observed on ground. How good you are as a member of team, as an individual, as a commander, as a subordinate in achieving the goal. Things observed are practical application of theoretical knowledge, orator skill, physical robustness, intelligence, problem solving ability, time management.

a) Group discussion –

group planning ssb interview

1) Follow golden rule – Speak and let other speak.
2) Add quality to discussion not quantity.
3) Pay attention to what others have to say, by nodding(not like a maniac) or maintaining eye contact.
4) Don’t disagree with other, don’t try to prove them wrong instead put your own point across.
5) Subject knowledge – very much required.
6) Don’t be in hurry to end or conclude the discussion, GTO is there to end it.

b) Lecturette –

1) Prepare the outline of your lecture in the given 2/3 minutes.
2) Be brief.
3) Utilize time completely and don’t overshoot your speech.
4) Maintain eye contact with your groupmates & not the GTO.
5) Be firm and loud enough.
6) Controlled use of hand and overall body language.

c) Group Planning Exercise(GPE) –

1) Keep the time and distance factor in mind, most of us ignore this easily.
2) Use the resources available in situation.
3) Prioritize the problems in order of importance.
4) Be reasonable in your solution.
5) Avoid red heir or take care of it in the end.
6) Follow basic rules in discussion.

d) Command Task –

1) Observe and understand the problem once for all.
2) Do not take help of subordinates.
3) Do not allow subordinate to break any rules, at all.
4) Do not give up, on average a obstacle has 2/3 solutions.
5) Call for good subordinates and not good commanders.
6) Resourcefulness of subordinate can’t be used but they have to be good in obeying order.

e) Half Group Task, Progressive Group Task and Final Group Task –

1) For god sake stop don’t run behind the Balli(stick), fatta(plank) and rassi(rope).
2) Help others in crossing.
3) Give your ideas when everyone is busy thinking.
4) Think for next obstacle if you couldn’t help in the previous one.
5) Don’t fight or snatch the helping materials. (Yes, people do that.)
6) Don’t keep on shouting like a maniac to get them to use your solution or for helping material.

f) Individual Obstacle –

1) Try to do as many as you can.
2) More than 10 obstacle will give you sure advantage.
3) Go in an orderly manner(sequence), you will not miss any.
4) Plan your order of proceeding in advance.
5) Don’t get hurt unnecessarily.
6) Don’t hesitate to jump, or leap.

Individual obstacle

I have covered mostly everything in these four stages of SSB. If you have any doubts leave a comment and if you found this helpful then do share with your friends.


556 comments on “How I cleared SSB interview and you can too! – the easy way – Part 2

  1. qadeer
    September 16, 2017

    Sir,I have participated in UES prelims last week.And officer gave RAGGING as group discussion topic.Firstly I said negative points and then I said positive points as well.Is there any chance of getting selected?

  2. Malavika
    September 11, 2017

    i got scared when i climbed up 7-8ft ? whwt do i do

    • Sonu
      September 16, 2017

      Hello, Malavika Its okay, sometimes it happens.
      It appears to be something you need to practice. Do not think it is your fear – DOn’t give it a face of fear and get afraid of doing it.
      Instead what you need to do is, practice climbing similar heights, initially with support and later on without support. This way you will be not hesitating next time.
      As both of us know that its not of very much height 🙂 Go around find places, climb up and prove you can do it.

      All the best 🙂 👍

  3. Akash verma
    August 30, 2017

    What is languges in interview
    I m average in english so little tension
    Is they talk in hindi

    • Sonu
      August 31, 2017

      Interview happens in a mix of english and Hindi. English is preferred, therefore it is recommended to improve your english even though the interviewer speaks hindi.

  4. George Cyril
    August 25, 2017

    Hi.. I want to know usually how much duration will be there between CDSE, SSB interview and OTA joining. Can you help me with that?

    Thanks in advance

    • Sonu
      August 25, 2017
      1. CDSE Date – Sunday, 19 November
      2. SSB Interview – Starts one month after the date of result of written exam.
      3. Joining – One or one and a half month after merit list is out.

      This is general trend but UPSC can change if they wish to.

  5. Vivek
    August 19, 2017

    How to prepare for lecturrete?

    • Sonu
      August 20, 2017

      Read current affairs.

  6. Puneet
    August 16, 2017

    How to increase self confidence

  7. Puneet
    August 16, 2017

    Sir how to over come lack of confidence

  8. Kirankumar
    August 15, 2017

    Greetings Sir,
    This is Kirankumar from karnataka passed 12th and got call up letter for SSB from NSB Coimbatore through 10+2 technical entry. My SSB is on 6th sept. 2017. I’ve always been thinking how to write PPDT and TAT , what should be the theme? Since my entry is technical will they be testing my academics, as one of my friend was not questioned about it though his entry was also tech.
    Help me with this Sir and what else should prepare and concentrate during these 20 days

  9. Deepangshu Das
    August 9, 2017

    Sir I am a final year btech student cse department. I want to join Indian Navy after my graduation as an executive officer. A year back I underwent an ACL RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY. I want to know whether I will be cleared medically or will that be a problem.

    Thanking​ you
    Deepangshu Das

    • Sonu
      August 10, 2017

      It will be a problem for you during medical, even though it was year back but with the kind of training and physical activities you will go in academy may cause further injury like a meniscus tear or other problems.

      Therefore you might me given rejection on that basis at the time of medical.
      (Please visit any Naval Hospitals and meet a Orthopedic doctor to take the final advice.)

    • Sonu
      August 15, 2017

      Yes this will be an issue during medical examination as well as during your training.
      Meet an Ortho doctor in any of Naval Hospital for final decision.

  10. Mohammed Isaac
    July 13, 2017

    I have gone through your article it really gave some confidence after losing faith by knowing the tests. I have 2.75 eye sight will be an problem? And I’m for tes program, is any change for it?

    • Sonu
      July 21, 2017

      I am glad to have helped you regain that confidence. Never loose hope and Yes you are eligible. No changes.

  11. Lalit
    July 10, 2017

    Thank you for providing us such a motivated tips.
    I have graduated(distinction) and post graduated in Defense and strategic studies also i have NCC B & C certificates and NSS certificate, many army attachment camps cert.,military training certificates, seminars and national, international conferences in defense studies…..
    Do all these helpful for me in SSB interview?

    • Sonu
      July 10, 2017

      Your welcome Lalit,
      Yes, NCC Certificate help you to get direct call for SSB for Officer’s training academy.
      (Balnce of the qualification and camps everything show your personal qualities in qualifying SSB).

      • lalit
        July 16, 2017

        Thank you very much….:-)

  12. narinder
    July 8, 2017

    Sir , myself Narinder from j&k, and I wanna become a fighter pilot…I recently read the adv of afact 2 2017 in which it was mentioned that it is mandatory that one must have min of 60% marks each in physics and maths at +2 ,, but I’ve 58 in maths at +2,, so can I fill myself for afcat. I’m currently in final year of my bsc , and I’ve an average of 70% in my graduation…. Sir plzzz reply me ,, I need your help!!!!

    • Sonu
      July 10, 2017

      If you don’t fulfill basic requirement then you won’t be called for SSB or written exams.

  13. Rahul
    July 7, 2017

    Sir mg height is 162 cm can i join army as an officer

  14. Hii sir i read somewhere that 250 marks is enough for being in merit list if I clear written and ssb. is it true? And how the 250 is calculated? Only written or written + ssb? ..and how much can be considered good? Plz reply sir

  15. Netra
    June 22, 2017

    I’m a btech graduate from CE my Cgpa is 6.3 does low Cgpa have any negative impact on afcat ssb ?

  16. Rahulraj
    June 21, 2017

    Sir I have power on my right eye is there any chance of rejection in medical examination

    • Sonu
      June 21, 2017

      +/- 3.5 is acceptable. so are you within limit? Then no issue.

  17. rajesh
    June 18, 2017

    Sir I have a tooth problem so I remove my teeth and fixed another one so is there any problem in ssb?

  18. shrey
    June 16, 2017

    I have 59% in 12 and did in 6 yrs(1 backlog dragged me for 6 yrs), my record displays insincerety and sheer irresponsibility, what are my chances of clearing ssb, I’m currently in IT field

    • Sonu
      June 20, 2017

      80% chances of clearing – It depends on how well you explain to him the right reason for less marks.
      Mostly SSB doesn’t depend on academic marks – people with 60% have cleared SSB, I have first hand experience.

  19. Rajesh
    June 13, 2017

    Hello Sir
    Thanks for providing us information. Well sir, I am suffering from diabetes and doing private job for approx 4 years now I have applied for TGC126 course. Previously I attempted SSB in 2012 when I was in third year of engineering. My aggt percentage is 69. Can they shortlist my candidature or not and one more thing can a diabetic join Indian army.

    • Sonu
      June 15, 2017

      69% and TGC entry, I seriously doubt that because of the requirement – 75% marks. Diabetic, you can join.


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