Different types of tests
Stage 1 Testing
The Stage-I test has two distinct parts:-
Stage 2 SSB Psychology Test
The Psychological Test
This includes the following tests:-
- Situation Reaction Test(SRT)
- Thematic Appreciation Test(TAT- Picture Story Writing)
- Word Association Test(WAT)
- Self Description
The psychologist does not interact with you nor does he know you by your physical appearance or attributes. He will assess your personality merely through the inputs which you have given him in the answer sheet. It is a test of your mind. Your answers are required to be natural responses and not preconceived. In case you have tried to think and modify your natural responses you will run out of time and will not be able to complete the tests. Large gaps in your response will make it difficult for him to assess you. An endeavor has to be made to complete all the 60 SRTs, 12 TATs and the 60 WATs. Any candidate can achieve proficiency in completing these tests through adequate practice. Various books are available which explain the essentials of these tests and may help you in practicing them before you take on the actual test. You cannot change your personality but you can certainly complete the tests in the given time and be in a better position to be assessed well by the psychologist. What is important is you should be positive in thoughts and your application to the test.
Stage 2 SSB GTO
GTO tests are done over two days. Following tests are conducted:-
- Group Discussion( Two GDs)
- Group Planning Exercise(GPE)
- Progressive Group task(PGT)
- Group Obstacle race(GOR)
- Half Group task(HGT)
- Individual Obstacles
- Command Tasks(CT)
- Final Group Tasks(FGT)
GTO interacts with you throughout the tests. Each and every action of yours is observed. It is a test of your body and coordination between your body and mind. Your physical and mental qualities get highlighted in these tests. Project your qualities to the GTO and do not remain a passenger. Come out with work sense, ideas and ensure that others accept them. If they are logical and workable they will be acceptable.
While you expect others to accept your ideas you should be willing to accept others ideas as well. You need to remain confident and cheerful throughout the tests and learn to comprehend all instructions and ensure that no rules are violated.
Your overall performance in all the GTO tasks brings out your personality. You need to be good in every aspect. Outstanding performance in some and poor in others is not acceptable.You must perform in a consistent manner.
You need to constantly introspect and find out your shortcomings in your performance. You ought to be physically fit and mentally alert to do well here.
Stage 2 SSB Personal Interview by IO
The Interviewing officer discusses by way of questions and answers the opportunities you had in your life and the positive or otherwise benefit you have derived from them. It is a test of your heart.
The interviewing officer is fairly senior and experienced in the armed forces. While he interacts with you he discerns whether you have the qualities required to be an army officer. What you have done till date with regard to your academics, competitive exams, your achievements in extra curricular activities, your interests in life, sports you play, your feelings for your parents, friends, teachers and society at large, your general knowledge and awareness and your physical and mental fortitude are all important facets of his assessment.
The interviewing officer understands and gives you more than adequate benefit for shortcomings or mistakes which you may have committed, thus, do not try and hide anything. The tendency of lying or making false statements is negatively viewed and is easily discernible.
Stage 2 SSB Final Conference
The three assessors have individually carried out their assessment. However, there is no discussion as sharing of facts of assessment between them nor any results of your performance is known to them or anybody else at the beginning of the conference. For the final result on the performance of a candidate all the three assessors and all members of the board must interact and also meet the candidate in person. Thus, a final board conference is held.
During this, the individual assessments are discussed and a candidate’s plus points and weak qualities are deliberated upon in detail. All aspects of a candidate are analysed to see if he / she has the required qualities to be trained to become a good armed forces officer.
Candidates with higher intelligence rating get an additional credit as compared to those with lower intelligence rating. When the conference terminates the results are finalized and communicated to the candidate.