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. Gurpeet Singh gill says:

    I soldiers Indian amry …please new update me ssb commsion thank you sir

  2. Hemanth says:

    How many times can we write NDA exam? Please tell me!

  3. Naveed says:

    I am engineering student has finished my 3rd year, what are the dates to apply online?

  4. Gaurav says:

    Which region is good for ssb for nda??

  5. deepak parmar says:

    I am NDA preparation in Indore .I confidently say this attamp crack to nda .I proud of my parents and my teachers. Jay hind

  6. Juhurul mondal says:

    I have done Ncc ‘c’ certificate and i want join Indian Army .so,when will update theSSB interview date for non upsc candidates? thank you sir

  7. KN REDDY says:

    Sir, JEE (mains) score is mandatory for ssb 2017, both navy and army?

  8. pratyush says:

    Ssb exam direct interview on the basis of 12th board examination marks,this notification is true or false.if this is true then told about it

  9. Sumit Kumar says:

    May we replied hindi in ssb exam.

  10. vaibhav. tamuche says:

    After completion of computer. Engg joinning of indian which exam are…

  11. Praveen kumar says:

    Actually i am doing M.S(software engineering)integrated course (5yrs). Wheather i can also able to apply for Airforce exams?

  12. Rishaj says:

    If we want to give ssb before class 12 finals can we appear for it or no. Like one month before the board exams of class 12.

  13. kamal tripura says:

    When will be graduated result me please sir

  14. nazeera ss says:

    sir, am national shooter i have ncc c certificate i want to join indian army kindly guaid me thank you

  15. sumit says:

    NAD cha form ksas fill karaycha? form fill karaychi website?

  16. Gurwant singh says:

    Sir please tell me about ssb interview date for acc116 thanks

  17. Amar says:

    Books for nda preparation?

    • Ayush Misra says:

      Arihant guide for NDA and NA is sufficient for preparation of written examination.
      The best book for preparation of SSB is “let’s crack ssb” from ssb crack.
      All the Best..

  18. lakshan das says:

    when will be upwate the exam date please tell me sir replay

  19. Manik jamwal says:

    when will be the NDA1 2017 written exam result declared.?

  20. Dharmendra says:

    When will be updated the nda1 results please tell me sir

  21. Your Name... says:

    I have passed CDS 1 exam 2017.What should I do to get notification regarding the SSB interview? Is there any procedure needed to be done to get those notification?I have been waiting for the call for past few months.Can you atleast tell the expected month of ssb this year for OTA candidates,pls????…

  22. Ashutosh kumar says:

    how to apply for direct ssb interview on the basis of +2 PCM marks

  23. ANMOLPREET SINGH says:

    sir it is written that to bring call letter what is it?

  24. Subhendu says:

    Sir interview ki bengali language ao hobe???

  25. S CHOUDHARY says:

    Sir, i m having NCC ‘b’ and ‘c’ certificate. i wanted to ask do i need to give CDS written exam or i can directly appear for SSB interview

  26. S S Kumar says:

    Sir, Pl let me know when NDA-I result will be declared ?? Pl. let me know the date.

    Rgds,
    S S Kumar

  27. Nishant Kumar pal says:

    When ssb test for CDs 2017 ota will be held? Iam eagerly waiting for this

  28. VIKAS says:

    Plzz explain about salary in various posts and how the posts are offered. …

  29. Sushant hatti says:

    NDA result

  30. Ansula Narzary says:

    I like this job

  31. Amulya says:

    I have eyesight .Am I able to clear medical test.

  32. John says:

    In which language we have to write the story or about our parents or about our friends in ssb interview?

  33. John says:

    In ssb the story writingvis in what language? English only

  34. pranav dube says:

    What type of pictures will be shown by the ssb of the candidate. Please reply me.

  35. I am a student of class 12 can I get the ssb interview of nda 2017 passed from 11 Ok says:

    I am a student of class 12 can I get the ssb interview of nda I am passing 11 this year my age 17 now I am 12 I have 1 to complete 12 class and how can I understand that I am selected for the ssb interview of nda

  36. Kaushal sahay verma says:

    Sir ji how can i clear ssb intervew i dont know please help

  37. Stevewa says:

    hi sir
    I completed 12th this year
    I’m interested to join in Air Force
    But I have eyesight
    Am I eligible for AFCAT exam?

  38. Parvinder Singh says:

    Sir I got 90% in board exams (PCM)(2016-17)
    What is the procedure to ssb now ?
    What I shall do now ?

  39. vishal nath says:

    If I dont have the fluency of speaking english..will my marks be deducted?

  40. Nishant deep says:

    Give mesome suggestion about ssb interveiws

  41. Neeta Godambe says:

    Sir if I get 80 percent in HSC then it is not necessary to give written exam of NDA

  42. ram says:

    Hi,sir am ram 20 years old, Thank you sir given the lots of information.I will wrote AFCAT Feb 2017 exam and result will be came but which place my ssb interview conducted not conform where will be choose my ssb interview.which website seen please give me information,Thanku sir

  43. Nishant Kumar Pal says:

    Cds 1 201Ssb test kabse start hoga

  44. nitish kumar says:

    I clear the afcat exam what is best center ssb

  45. surjeet kour says:

    Sir,my D.O.B has-been submitted wrong in the AFCAT application form.what I have to do now for SSB .

  46. Jainarayan choudhary says:

    Sir,it’s a misconception or reality that a student getting 90%+ are directly called for the interview

  47. SHRAVYA says:

    Hello sir,
    Myself Shravya kuram
    Am studying b.tech 1st year.I was interested to join in air force,so on which way i’ll do this plz suggest me

  48. Aashish says:

    Hello sir…
    Myself Aashish Gupta
    My ssb held on 23 June at bangalore but I don’t have a original educational documents.
    Because of I’m serving at CRPF and when I was enrol in that service my documents were submitted. My documents will get after 1 year..
    So how should I go to ssb
    Please guide me..
    Please

  49. Kamal jeet says:

    Sir i want to join in indian army i have ncc c certificate and i m graduate in commerce stream with 61% by kuk what i will du to join indian army

  50. ABUL KALAM says:

    Sir,I am in class 11 till now.But after one week i get my result and then i will be in class 12.My ques is that while i give the NDA2 2017,And if i will pass in NDA2 then in SSB what should i do.At that time i have n’t my class 12 board certificate as because SSB interview of NDA2 always be held in the month of Feb.But as per NDA the eligibility is 10+2 certificate from any recognised board or university.
    I couldn’t get my marksheet.
    I have my only class 10 and 11 marksheet.
    So i could give the SSB??

  51. Your Name... says:

    is the sscw tech shortlist out?? if not could you tell me what is the expected date…please

    • Priyanka says:

      I m Also waiting for date of ssb interview.. Do we have to register online after getting the result of written xam??

  52. Abhishek Kumar Pal says:

    Sir can we use english as well as hindi to describe our story.

  53. vinay says:

    When will ssb start interview nd who are eligible for it sir

  54. Your Name...Basavaraj says:

    Hii i m Basavaraj now i m in Indian army so i want to join ssb or acc so on which way i ll do this plz suggest me

  55. Visthruth says:

    What will be the timings for the exam ?

  56. Amulya Mani Tripathi says:

    I am in class 11. I am confident that I will be able to clear the written round. But from where will I get 10+2 pass certificate? Is there any other way out? Please tell…

  57. karthik says:

    Iam in science stream but I choose hindi on place of mathematics so I can give ssb interview

  58. summerjeet singh says:

    sir , i m percuing b.tech 3rd year in civil engineering from kuk ..and i want to joining the army through ssb so please i want guidance about ssb …how can i apply in ssb ????

  59. sam says:

    Sir i send the all applications to the ssb for 2017 recruitment s…..but I didn’t get any authentication….

  60. Ch naveen says:

    Sir my age is 17 can i apply for nda1 2017

  61. nitish kumar says:

    Sir,when call letter release for 10plus2 Btech course june 2017

  62. Virendra says:

    Sir I mean studying currently in 11 the CBSE board. May I eligible to apply NDA (1) 2017.when will SSB interview conducted for this.

  63. Nirmit gupta says:

    Sir
    I m a student of class 11th can i appear for the examination
    I m 10th passed CBSE student

  64. Abhinav kumar says:

    I am very interested in NDA exam and I am very excited about the position of assistant professor department of health and safety officer and I am joining the team NDA and I haveget this job.

  65. Nur Alam says:

    sir I am the student of H.S 1st year.my stream is science. my weight is 56 kg,my height is 165 cm. can I join in ssb?

  66. Anjali says:

    Sir, i am in last year of BA. LLB, Can i fill the form of SSB

  67. Abdur Rahman says:

    Sir, I am student of class h.s ist year(sc). Can I join in ssb. My height is 5 feet 4 inch

  68. Angadparmar says:

    I like this job

  69. ABHIJEET KUMAR GUPTA says:

    I like this job.

  70. Samim Ahmed Barbhuiya says:

    Sir, i am in class 11th this year , while appearing class 12th, may i join the SSB or NDA examinations?
    Sir how much percentage is required in class 11 and 12 to join our indian army?
    Also sir i am in K.V.AFS.KUMBHIRGRAM(CBSE) and i got 9.2 cgpa in my 10th class is it ok……??
    Please meply me sir\ma’am…….

  71. Mihir says:

    Can commerce student apply for SSB

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