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.


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

  1. sagar singh
    January 18, 2017

    sir my eyesight is -1 both eyes. am i elligible with medical aspects?

  2. Vivek Kaurav
    January 17, 2017

    Sir I have an steel plate in my hand
    so I will be rejected in medicals or not
    pls clear it sir

  3. hitesh yadav
    January 15, 2017

    sir, first of all thank you very much for sharing a wonderful knowledge.
    Can u tell me sir that how many months are enough to do preparation for CDS ?

    • Sonu
      January 29, 2017

      It’s not the time that matter, it’s the dedication which matters. No fixed duration.

  4. suvamswain7
    January 10, 2017

    I have got 60% in my btech am i eligible for ssb

  5. Akshay
    January 7, 2017

    Hello sir I am student of Ame in one of college but DGCA had changed the exam pattern so our college fee is also increased for training purposes and we have to complete more that 40 papers to complete this course with 75% passing marks so I don’t have hope on this. So I am doing along with this course can I join IAF after my if yes how? And the training i am taking on aircraft now is there any useful to join IAF pls suggest me sir

  6. vishal
    December 19, 2016

    sir after how many days of recommendation , the medical test begins???
    and can we change the medical dates

    • Sonu
      December 27, 2016

      After one day or sometimes depending on availability of batches, after a month also. You can’t change date.

  7. prince kumar
    December 5, 2016

    Sir, In self description test . can we tell about our good and bad quality both or not?

  8. Anand
    November 29, 2016

    Is BMI is very important in rejection. Because my BAM IS 33.I am eligible or not?

  9. onkar
    November 21, 2016

    m an average students ..not that good…but i m really interested in NDA…i gave my nda exam 2016 2 i have not cleared it …is it really tough to pass ssb?

    • Sonu
      November 24, 2016

      There is nothing is in life, until you decide that you will achieve. Have strong will with dedicated preparation, its not that hard. All the best!

  10. Sarabjit Singh
    November 16, 2016

    Hello there,
    I’m 18 year old and I’m in 12th right now. I wanna pursue my career in Army by clearing CDSE. 1 month back I broke my right collarbone but it was not displaced so it fully healed within 6 weeks. I just wanted to know regarding my case, is there any chance of getting rejected in Medical?

    • Mayank
      November 19, 2016

      Bro you can go through the medical requirements of army. I don’t think this will lead to rejection. All the best for your future endeavors.

      • Sarabjit Singh
        November 20, 2016

        That’s a relief. Thank you buddy. And all the best to you too for whatever you wanna do.

    • Sonu
      November 24, 2016

      If it wasn’t a major problem then you will not face any issue in SSB medicals, but during Academy training you might find some difficulty though its not very obvious.

  11. sayantika
    November 14, 2016

    sir i want to join air force. and being from a defence background myself it has been my dream for years now.
    i really really want to serve for the country!
    but sir i am not very good with sports. but i am physically fit and i workout and do gymming too ! but sports isn’t my cup of tea!
    will it have a negative impact during my interview??

    • Sonu
      November 24, 2016

      You don’t have to be a national level player or sportsperson but you should be playing some or the other game as a recreational activity and mingling with people. Its important, shows certain qualities of a prospective officer candidate.

  12. Siddharth singh
    October 31, 2016

    Sir i have spectacles of -1.5 in both the eyes is am eligible for executive entry in Indian navy .

  13. Akash sharma
    October 26, 2016

    Sir,In pgt if we dont have any ideas then at that time what we have to do?

  14. Fathima
    October 24, 2016

    Hello Sir,
    Morning..I have selected in ssb interview…How to attend the interview without any fear ..and what will happen in those 5 days ..Can u eloborate if u don’t mind!!!

    • Sonu
      October 26, 2016

      Pls read all the posts. I have elaborated duely on all the stages of SSB.

  15. Akash sharma
    October 23, 2016

    Sir ,what we have to do in gd when the situation of fish market cames?

    • Sonu
      October 23, 2016

      Wait, some more wait. If they are not stopping then intervene once or twice. That’s all.

  16. Dhanraj Tamgade
    October 16, 2016

    Hello sir, i have problem of dry skin during winter, will i get rejected in medical test ?

    • Sonu
      October 17, 2016

      No u will not be rejected.

  17. Akash sharma
    October 11, 2016

    Sir,as u know that group discussion is the first task of gto we can impress gto in group discussion during fish market?

  18. MAdhav
    October 8, 2016

    Hello sir.

    I am in a difficult situation. I selected for ssb interview and they want me to select date for the ssb interview. At this time we have our final year semester examination and the exam schedule was not yet announced. Can I change date for ssb interview accordingly with exam schedule if I select any date now ?/

    Please help me

    • Sonu
      October 10, 2016

      No you can only select on of the two dates given by SSB. First date or absentees date.

  19. Akash sharma
    October 8, 2016

    Sir what we should do in snake race of ssb

    • Sonu
      October 10, 2016

      Cordintae among team and take the snake along with you after crossing all the obstacles.

  20. David
    October 4, 2016

    I have floaters in my eyes.. Very less though.
    Will i be eliminated in the medical round??

  21. Saasha
    October 1, 2016


    First of all I would like to thank you for such an detailed explanation. Furthermore, I would request you to answer the following questions:

    Is SSB process same for both direct and non direct(through CDS EXAM )entry?
    Does CDS exam marks(Other than minimum qualifying marks) affect SSB final recommendation?

    I hope that you will help me with this query.


    • Sonu
      October 4, 2016


      Yes it’s same.
      CDS marks don’t affect your SSB recommendation, it could only make minor changes in your final merit. That’s it.

  22. UMESH
    September 22, 2016

    IN TGC-124 application i hve written 743 instead of 723 in 2nd sem marks
    it can be changed or not

    • Sonu
      September 29, 2016

      Can be changed but only at later stage.

  23. mohamed
    September 21, 2016

    is there any written test in NA ssb interview…after completing ssb also is there any score test

  24. Shubham
    September 21, 2016

    Thankyou sir

  25. Shiva
    September 19, 2016

    Thank you for your inspiring speech

  26. devendra
    September 19, 2016

    Sir if i score 600+ in nda witten exan then how much i will have score in ssb to get selected.. cause i am perparing for jee advance i have seen previous years exam paper they are quite easy
    and I have seen ob site that last recommended cadidate after ssb and medical scored nearly 750-700 will this be helpfull for me in ssb.
    how can i check i am not a flat footed boy beacause i am having a bit of doubts….
    i am very keen to this sir please reply a soon as possible
    by the way everything you have written about ssb is goood…
    reply as soon as possible

  27. devendra
    September 19, 2016

    Sir my DOB is 18/01/2002 for which paper i should apply i will complete my 12th in 2018….please sir can you tell me thiss …
    and one more thing is there any min marks criteria in ssb that you wiil have to score that much marks in ssb….

    • Sonu
      September 21, 2016

      Official website will give you exact marks percentage.

  28. Arjun Malik
    September 16, 2016

    Dear sir, I wear spectacles of -0.25 and -1.75 (myopia). I want to know if I am eligible for Indian Air force ground duty branches like logistics or others?
    2) My nose is slightly deviated (deviated nasal spectrum). Will it lead to rejection at medical test or temporary rejection?
    3) If I don’t become fit visually for first preference, will I be recruited for second or third if vision limits are satisfying?
    Kindly reply to these 3 queries of mine at the earliest sir. Would be thankful to you.

    • Sonu
      September 21, 2016

      You are eligible in both cases.

  29. Amit
    September 13, 2016

    Sir .., if the person is not able to speak in English … Can he qualified or selected in interview?

    • Sonu
      September 15, 2016

      chances are very less!

  30. Abhishek pg
    September 9, 2016

    Sir,is flat foot a problem in medical test?Also in WAT should there be a hero in the sentence?

    • Sonu
      September 10, 2016

      Flat foot – yes a problem.
      Hero in WAT – not required.

  31. Sneh Sagar rajput
    September 1, 2016

    I have opt for Bhopal for SSB but I got Vishakhapattan which is too far……….
    Can it be changed???????

    • Sonu
      September 6, 2016

      No it can’t be Changed.

      • shikha
        September 6, 2016

        sir can someone prepare for cds exam in one month?

  32. raj
    August 30, 2016

    My height is 179 cm and my weight is 82kg will it become a prob during medical test as my age is 21?

    • Sonu
      September 1, 2016

      Yes a little but don’t worry. If any problem arises you will be given time to reduce weight

      • raj
        September 1, 2016

        Thank u

  33. nihal
    August 30, 2016

    thanks. Very helpful

  34. Vaibhav
    August 27, 2016

    Hii sir.
    I have applied for pilot entry in Indian Navy through UES scheme. Their recruitment team will also visit my University next month for selecting students for SSB. The issue that i have is that in the online application form that i have filled out, all my particulars such as marks of 10th,12th,Btech, date of birth,address,college name etc are correct but by mistake i wrote my father occupation wrong in that form. will my application at anytime get rejected or it can rectified without much trouble? i need your advice.

  35. Sanchit parashar
    August 27, 2016

    sir if no idea come in my mind how to use,balli rope and plank,,and someone in my group has idea so what i do in that condition.!

    • Sonu
      August 29, 2016

      Give it to him, and support him.

  36. S
    August 26, 2016

    Hlo Sir , I want to ask weather a person who has not shown olq earlier time in
    life .but want to improve further .so one should disclose it in ssb or not??

    • Sonu
      August 29, 2016

      Be yourself. One can’t show something he doesn’t have.

  37. Saisagar
    August 24, 2016

    How can i be stable to talk without shyness???

    • Sonu
      August 25, 2016

      Practise, with your friends family.

  38. Rahul
    August 24, 2016

    Respected sir
    I joined wipro technologies with an aim that I will be doing my ssb preparation side by side. But at the end of the I was not finding myself satisfied with my preparation. So I resigned from wipro as I can’t compromise with my preparation for ssb. Will this act of mine will cause any problem in interview if I say this reason to IO when he will ask me about my present job profile ?

  39. Sainee
    August 19, 2016

    Sir I want 2 know abt ssb.. I submitted my all documents but not c certificate of ncc. I applied for ncc special entry 41th course. They told me if c will come on they will attach to document. But d last date of it was 18th August 2016. So without certificate will they send it further ? I got b grade in it.

    • Sonu
      August 21, 2016

      With out certificate they won’t be sending, because on the basis of NCC certificate you are going.

      • Neeru
        August 22, 2016

        Sir I waana be a pilot..its my childhood dream ..
        I have completed my graduation by science stream..
        Now I am preparing for afcat written exam..
        But I don’t have any NCC certificate..
        Plzzz tell me sir ..Am I eligible for ssb????
        Plzzzzz sir help me

        • Sonu
          August 23, 2016

          You are eligible.

  40. Bhawesh Pathak
    August 19, 2016

    I am confused with some pic to write story in which a man and a woman sitting in beach in negative mood
    Please help me in it

    • Sonu
      August 21, 2016

      Make a story based on a family – maybe planning about their kids future or about the girls parents who are severely sick.

      It could be anything, just imagine.

  41. manish kumar
    August 15, 2016

    and sir I have knoknees also what about that.

    • Sonu
      August 15, 2016

      Knock knees u cannot do anything. If it is too much, then that would be a problem.

      • ankit
        August 25, 2016

        Put a pillow between your knees and do 10-20 ups and down daily and you will see the difference

  42. manish kumar
    August 15, 2016

    hello sir
    I am Manish and I have an inner burning passion to join NDA only and nothing else and I have crack the exam two times yet but don’t go for ssb due to certain reason but this time I want to go for ssb and I want crack it in my first attempt. so please sir give tips how I start my prep for that becoz I have left less chances for NDA.

  43. Raman
    August 9, 2016

    sir i m suffering frm myopia and wear glasses wid power -1.0 each.
    will i be able to get through the medical of Indian Army ?

    • Sonu
      August 11, 2016

      You will get through.

  44. Rushikesh godse
    August 8, 2016

    Hello sir!.. … Is it important to shave for the interview??. ..(i love my beard😂)

    • Sonu
      August 9, 2016

      Haha.. yes it’s important. It will give you a decent look(required).

      It’s like a choice – between the two!

  45. Sourav
    August 7, 2016

    What r the physical fitness tests in territorial army selection after written exam & interview?? Does it follow the same like u have given??

    • Sonu
      August 8, 2016

      It is not exactly same, they are different. I can’t tell you in detail as I am not 100% aware about TA.

  46. jeevan prakash yadav
    August 1, 2016

    sir, i am engineering student and now i am in final year…. i get inspired about listening ssb… so i dont what is process for it??what to do to go in ssb?? what type of study i have to do.??
    sir plz rply me.,
    hope your answer will clear all my doubt..
    thank you

  47. navitha
    July 29, 2016

    hie sir
    Am navitha and am repeater for ssc(obs) banglore 12ssb.I am a bit chubby will that be seen during individual or group task?
    And can i say them that the things that i have in me is anger and laziness withn respect to some works. plz answer me my interview date is on 5 aug

    • Sonu
      July 31, 2016

      You are chubby or not, that doesn’t matter, you should be able to do the task, that’s all.

      Don’t say anything about anger and laziness both are negative qualities, they project you badly.

      • navitha
        July 31, 2016

        ok sir thank u.after completion of interview the officer asked whether i had any question for him. in such cases can i ask him any question ?If so which sort them can i ask him

        • Sonu
          August 2, 2016

          It totally depends on you. If you have any genuine but not stupid question, you may ask.

          But why would you want to ask them anything? And it’s your interview, not theirs.

          So chose wisely.

          • navitha
            August 2, 2016

            yup ok i did the same in my first interview.Thank u for helping me.

            • Sonu
              August 3, 2016

              Nevermind.. welcome 🙂

              • navitha
                August 3, 2016

                R u comfortable in giving your mail id

                • Sonu
                  August 4, 2016

                  I guess yes, haha 🙂
                  sonusmac @ gmail . com

  48. hayathi
    July 27, 2016

    Sir, i have been called for the SSB interview ssc (tech) women. Actually i am agraduate of 2015(completed in 2015). I havenot done any job. If in interview they ask what u did this one year… what should i answer them. plz help me.

  49. Anuradha
    July 22, 2016

    I’m a defence aspirant…..A Wanna be Warrior. Joining forces is my lone dream and aim. I’ve my ssb for SSC Obeserver, Indian Navy on 26th July,16.

    I know once I’m screened in, this question gonna definitely come in interview that “Why do you want to join Indian Navy or forces?” the most asked question since childhood “Beta bde hoke kya bnoge?” And a neva changed answer “Defence Officer”. And now why…. trust me this is one single question i always ask myself ..thousands of times.

    “I want to be an officer, a brave soldier and great warrior and its a reason itself there’s no reason behind it.”
    Soldiers at the borders guarding our nation, protecting our boundaries at Siachin even below -50 degrees are my motivation. Service before self is their motto, they neva discriminates between casts, color, gender or between religion.They Protect US ALL. How beautiful is that.

    I can neva satisfy my answer with all associated privileges that I’m gonna get once I’m an officer…That Honor, Pride, Glory, Uniform and wot not..It gives you more..ALL IN ONE.
    Its more than a goal……Its my passion, a dream…I want to live it.

    I can’t put it in the right words to frame an answer to his question. What and how much it means to me no words can describe.

    So Dear Admin, Please help me out with this deal as I founded u and your post very simple in words yet very helpful.

    • Sonu
      July 24, 2016

      Before I reply to your question,
      Tell me – are you from defence background?

    • Sonu
      July 24, 2016

      Hey Anuradha,

      Your answer to the big question: “why u want to join forces?” Is good and justifiable, that’s what I feel Because it is coming from you

      But if you want to make it more simple then I would suggest:

      This –

      “It is my childhood dream. The pride of putting on the uniform and the respect associated with it, motivates me to join the forces.”

  50. Sachin
    July 20, 2016

    And one more thing do not keep in mind what you,ve just read forget it and then recollect it by your self, note this down.
    Anyone who,s centre is in vishakhapatnam as mine is too for this year


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