SSB Interview 2018, SSB Exam, Preparation – Check Dates & Procedure

SSB 2017SSB Interview 2018 for NDA 142 will be commenced in the month of January 2019. SSB (Service Selection Board) is an organization which is set-up by the Ministry of Defence, India. Service Selection Board is the body that schedule, organize and conduct the SSB Interview of the candidates applying for Indian Military Forces. SSB Screens the candidates for the Army, Navy and Air Force. SSB Interview is five days long procedure which includes two stages of testing as stage I & stage II. This procedure will be organized at the SSB Centers (designated by SSB). SSB Interview also includes Intelligence & Personality Test. Here, we have updated the complete details about SSB Interview which includes updates for SSB exam, preparation tips & books, SSB Interview dates and SSB online procedure.

SSB NDA Notifications:

newiconSSB Interview 2018 for NDA 142 (NDA II) will be commenced in the month of January 2019. Check other details from below.

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Dates has been announced for NDA 2018 (I & II) Examination.
EventsNDA 1 DatesNDA 2 Dates
Notification release10th January 20186th June 2018
Application form release10th January 20186th June 2018
Last date to submit the application form5th February 20182nd July 2018
Admit Card Issue Date27th March 201820th August 2018
Exam Date22nd April 20189th September 2018
Result Declaration Date15th June 2018November 2018

SSB Examination

Candidates applying for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force have to secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in written test & Officer Potentiality Test.

Candidates applying for the Air Force, they also have to qualify the Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS) & Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) separately.

PABT Test is applicable for the candidates those First choice is Air Force. PABT is also organized for all SSB qualified candidates with one of the choices as Air Force.

Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is a unique test. Its aim to assess a candidate’s aptitude to be trained as a pilot. Candidates can only take PABT once in a lifetime. PABT consist of three tests, i.e. Instrument Battery Test (INSB), Control Velocity Test (CVT) and Sensory Motor Apparatus Test (SMA).

SSB Interview Round

Candidates have to qualify one of the exams for undergoing the SSB Interview. The exams are:

  • National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA Exam)
  • Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)
  • Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

SSB Interview will be scheduled for the qualified candidates followed by upper given exams. It is necessary for all qualified candidates to appear in the SSB Interview round for final selection. The final selection will be made on the basis of the marks secured by the candidates in the examination & SSB Interview. Candidates have to report for SSB rounds on the date intimated to the candidates in the call letter for interview. The SSB interview consists of two stages i.e. stage I and stage II. The stage (I) will consist of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT). The stage (II) will consist of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These test will be organized over 4 or 5 days. The entire process will carry 900 marks.

SSB Interview Procedure

The SSB Interview Procedure comprises of two stage selection process: Stage I & Stage II. Candidates, those qualify the Stage I, only they are permitted to appear for Stage II. The complete procedure is given below:

Stage 1: This stage consists of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT). Stage 1 is a screening test. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of combined performance in OIR Test and PP & DT.

Stage 2: This stage is conducted for four (4) days. Stage II consists of Psychology Tests, Group Testing Officer Tasks (GTO Tasks), Interview & Conference.

Five Days SSB Selection Procedure

Day 0 (Reporting):

On this day, candidates have to report to the selection center. Candidate’s original documents along with photocopies will be verified. After the documents verification, Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ) Forms will be filled.

PIQ Forms: In this form, candidates have to fill their personal details regarding educational profile, family background, etc. This form is very important. It forms a base of questions, which might be put to an aspirant at the individual interview round. The responses will be analyzed by the psychologist of the Board.

Day 1 (Screening Test):

On the next day, it is the Stage 1. Candidates have to give an Intelligence Test (Verbal & Non-Verbal) & Picture Perception Test. In PP test, slide (hazy or clear) is shown for 30 seconds & candidates have to write the story. After finishing this test, the group discussion round takes place. This sequence is commonly known as Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PPDT).

Intelligence Test: It comprises of both; verbal and non-verbal questions. It is a written test which includes multiple choice questions. The time allotted to answering each question is 30 seconds.

Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PP & DT): This test includes story writing and discussion. A picture will be shown to the candidates for 30 seconds and candidates have to write a story based on the picture in 3 minutes.

Day 2 (Psychology Tests):

It is a set written tests, organized by a Psychologist. In these tests, candidates psychological suitability will be checked to be an officer. These tests include:

  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT): It is called as Picture Story writing. This test is very similar to PPDT. In this test, about 11 pictures will be shown. Each picture will be displayed just for 30 seconds after that candidates have to write a story based on the picture within 4 minutes. After 4 minutes another picture will be displayed and the same procedure will be followed till the last slide. The twelfth slide will be blank where a candidate is supposed to write any story of their own choice.
  • Word Association Test (WAT): It is the second psychological test of SSB selection procedure. In this test, 60 words will be shown back to back for a period of 50 seconds. Candidates have to write the first thought that comes to their mind for those words.
  • Situation Reaction Test (SRT): In this test, candidates will get a booklet with 60 situations written on it. Candidates have to write their responses based on those 60 situations.
  • Self Description Test (SD): In this test, candidates have to write their opinion about their parents, themselves, friends, teachers & others. The time will be allotted 15 minutes.

Day 3 & Day 4 – Group Testing Officer Tasks (GTO Tasks):

These Tests are interactive indoor and outdoor activities as a combination of mental and physical work. These tests are as follows:

  • Group Discussion: In this round, a certain situation or topic (mostly current affairs) is given to a group of candidates. They are expected to discuss the various aspects of the issue. Group Task Officer observes each candidate during the course of the group discussion.
  • Group Planning Exercise (Military Planning Exercise): In this round, a model of real life practical circumstances is presented to a group of applicants. They have to write their own plan of action for the mentioned problem.
  • Progressive Group Tasks (PGT): In this round, the group of candidates has to cross some obstacles with the help of supporting materials such as rope, plank, wood log etc.
  • Half Group Tasks: This round is same as PGT but the numbers of group members will half. Candidates get more chance to show their potential.
  • Individual Obstacles: In this round, candidates are required to attempt 10 obstacles individually.
  • Group Obstacles Race or Snake Race: In this round, all group members will compete to the other groups. Candidates are required to cross certain obstacles with the snake-like rope.
  • Command Task: In this task, an aspirant will be a commander. He will be required to cross some obstacles with the help of 2-3 subordinates.
  • Lecturette: In this round, each individual has to give a lecture for 3 minutes on a topic selected by them.
  • Final Group Task: It is same as PGT. Candidates have another chance to show their potential.

On the same day, the candidate’s interview will be conducted. It involves a personal conversation with an Interviewing Officers.

Day 5 (Conference):

On the final day, candidates & all the SSB board member sit together and have a chat to the candidates to ask a few general questions. The conference is just to decide whether you recommend as an officer in Indian defense forces or not. Candidates are required to come before the complete Board of Examiners, which is consisted of President, Deputy President, all the GTOs, all the psychologists and Technical Officer.

Within an hour, the SSB result will be declared after completion of the board meeting. Selected candidates undergo medical test for further 3 or 5 days. After qualifying candidate’s medical test, the final merit list will be announced.

SSB Preparation Tips

SSB NDA preparation schedule must be well-planned and organized. Prepare for the exam as per the syllabus. Include the best preparation books and earlier years question papers in your study materials. To clear exam, only written test is not the key you should be physically and mentally fit to clear the selection process (SSB). Here, we are providing some preparation tips to pass the SSB Interview:

Be Confident: You have to maintain a confidence & a positive frame of mind. You have to believe in your capabilities. Make your weakness as your strong points.

Self- Awareness: Prepare for it beforehand. The examiner usually looks for your ability to self-analyze, the aim of your life & determination, your thinking and mentality about your parents, friends, family, teachers, neighbors and other. Write everything you know about yourself and your near ones. It helps you to know your positive, negative & achievements.

Practice writing & analyzing: You have to improve your writing skills. You have to practice writing about anything you see.

Stay Fit: You have to keep fit so that you can qualify all the physical activities with ease. Good Health helps you get a clearance in the medical tests. You can start mild jogging and stamina building exercises.

Personality Development: It is not enough that you should be a very intelligent person but you have to be strong, mature & possess a well-developed personality. Make communication with the people which help you to in lecturette round & also in every task that requires public speaking.

During group discussions, you have to focus these things in your mind:

  • While writing your story and just after completing it, don’t look at the officers.
  • Maintain your body language.
  • In GD, don’t argue with others: allow them to speak.
  • Wait for the right time to put your strong points of the story.

Documents Required for Interview:

Candidates have to bring their original documents. Candidates have to produce original documents soon after qualifying the SSB Interview. The documents will be returned after verification.

  • 10+2 or Equivalent Examination Mark Sheet & Passing Certificate
  • Ten passport size photographs
  • Call Letter

If you have any other query about SSB interview, you can leave your comments below.

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  1. Arunkumar says:

    I have little bit of stammering problem while talking..I will sing songs very fluently. When I was fear about talking I get stammer.. So please clarify my question thank you sir

  2. Shalini Shukla says:

    I got shortlisted for SSB interview for Indian ARMY through JAG scheme for law graduates, which will be in DEC, 2018 in bangalore. Today I saw a notification if indian NAVY for JAG scheme for law graduates. Can I apply for navy as well, even though I have been shortlisted for ssb interview of army. will my army ssb get cancelled? will the dates of both ssb of army and navy will clash?

  3. Pintu chaudhary says:

    ssb ka call letter by post ata hai ya admit card ki tarah online

  4. sahasi singh says:

    how to crack ssb interview ? sir/mam please

  5. SANDEEP says:

    sir ssb ka exam kab hoga

  6. Parikshit Ranawat says:

    Sir, I am in 12 class and my birth date is 10/3/2002 . So how many times now i can give the nda exam. thank u…

  7. Achyutanand says:

    I have secure 85% marks in Intermediate level exam. Can I apply for SSB directly without giving NDA exam. Please reply soon.

  8. kartik says:

    i want become NDAjob for country.


    Sir, I’m studying in 12 standard.Can I join the Indian Air Force after completing my 12th.I’m a girl. so plz help me.

  10. ANIRUDDH DUGAR says:

    My SSB Interview call letter email has been deleted…what to do now…i got my centre as bhopal…have to report on 24th Aug 2018 can i get the email back ..

  11. S sanjay says:

    I have applied for SSB today ,when ll I get the call letter

  12. Dhanesh kumar parashar says:

    Sir, can I qualify the SSB procedure of TES entry with myopia -1.50D.

  13. Nishu Priya says:

    Respected Sir/Mam, Please clear my doubt regarding the question mentioned below :

    Will it be an issue in my selection procedures as a woman officer opted for OTA, Chennai if I have a tattoo on my wrist of four letters i.e name of my elder sister who is no more? The tattoo is in my left hand near to the place where we used to wear wristwatches and the size of the tattoo is normal, not so big or small. The tattoo is not on the upward or downward of the left hand. If i put both of my hands on a table then the person sitting to my left side can easily see my tattoo.

  14. Hitesh joshi says:

    Sir is there any books for ssb interview that helps me .

  15. Rahul says:

    Sir in ssb interview is it required marksheet percentagesor some cost relaxation.

  16. Perla.vivek says:

    Sir is there any general knowledge questions will be asked in ssb interview.

  17. ansari mubashshir says:

    when tha application form will be released NDA

  18. abhishek jha says:

    sir , when I have get my call letter

  19. Birbal says:

    I will get my ssb interview call letter on my email ID

  20. mayank sharma says:

    When we will get ssb call letter of nda and centre allocation.

  21. Adarsh says:

    Sir how to register for Ssb exam and which subject are compulsory for test

  22. VIVEK GAUTAM says:

    Sir I have lost my admit card. How can I check my NDA result. Reply me please

  23. ravi says:

    Sir,how do i get my interview call letter? either in post or else it would be send to my mail address.

  24. Kaustubh says:

    I have cleared NDA written exam. Is it necessary to register for ssb? If yes then how to register?

  25. Sahil Gupta says:

    I have cleared nda exam.
    Please tell how to register for ssb interview

  26. Vansh says:

    I have qualified for NDA1 2018. My First preference is Air Force. Do I have to register same on or any other site?

  27. Kishor Vijay Mali says:

    When and how we will get SSB call letter?

  28. Viprav says:

    I will get interview call letter or I will have to apply for interview as I have cleared nda1 written exam

  29. Sumit says:

    Sir can polytechnic civil engineering student give nda exam??

  30. Bhupender singh says:

    What is the most expected cutt of of nda 1st 2018
    Is 300/900 can be selected for ssb

  31. Alok s yadav says:

    Sir , how much marks we have to score to clear SSB INTERVIEW ?

  32. Shakeel Ak says:

    Sir I want to know that what should be the minimum and maximum size of chest.
    Thank you

  33. Vishal panchal says:

    When released NDA1 2018 results

  34. sahil jariyal says:

    when will conduct nda2 2018 ssb interview? date of that interview.

  35. Aarti says:

    I am pursuing Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication. I want to apply for OTA exam. Am i eligible?

  36. Bala murugan says:

    When will declare NDA1 entrance exam results

  37. Ankul says:

    When will come NDA 1 result?

  38. Sharvil joshi says:

    I will be in class 11 from session 2018-19 and my DOB is 17/4/2002, am I eligible for NDA2 2018??

  39. Harsh Dubey ji says:

    What is call letter?

  40. premsingh says:

    Tell me ssb ASI post Pst and interview detail

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