My dear Friend, God bless you! 1.

The process of SSB is most scientific method to find out your true personality. As their advertisement says: "Do You Have It In You?" If you have it in you, they will find out. Approach the entire process confidently and with open mind. There is nothing stopping you! 2. A gentleman with whom I was traveling in train and sharing berth was an SSB Official. He happened to share some information on SSB Interview. When I asked him about how the evaluation of candidates is done; he said, all the candidates are categorized in 5 grades A, B, C, D, and E. The Candidates in A, B and E grades are rejected. The logic for the same was an eye opener for me. 3. “A” and “B” are too intelligent and hence cannot be trained efficiently to become officers. They are the ones who are more likely to be potential Musharafs! An “E” grade candidate simply doesn’t have the aptitude to become an officer. Thus, after eliminating A B and E; “C” and “D” are the only guys, who have the potential; and they are the ones who can be trained and molded to become officers. 4. First and foremost: Do not try to pose what you are not. Be honest, natural and down to earth. If one is trying to cheat during the process of SSB Interview, it will be easily detected by the Group Testing Officers (or GTOs), the Interviewing Officers and the Psychologist who have been specially trained to conduct this process of interview. And mind you, they have vast experience of judging hundreds (rather thousands) of potential officers wanting to join the Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), who come for SSB Interview as candidates, from different states and variety of family background. 5. The SSB interview is spread over duration of 4 to 5 days and it involves different types of tests to find out your Personality; your Leadership Qualities; and your Psychological build up! A word of caution here, even if you clear the other tests; unless the Psychologist finds you fit to become an OFFICER, you will not be selected by the SSB. 6. If you have sufficient time at your disposal, you may join some coaching class; but it is not a must and it is not going to help much. My son (Lt Shirish Sayanakar, now posted to 2 J&K LI) got precisely 5-6 days to prepare for his SSB Interview. Since he is a good sportsman, he did not have any problem in doing the OBSTACLE COURSE and other PHYSICAL TASKS during his SSB interview. All I showed him was a set of obstacles (fortunately) available in the

the more one speaks.indianarmy. You can buy or borrow any book about SSB Interview and just go through it once. Navy or Air Force) near your place. Also. Leave it for the GTO to do it. that is not your job as a candidate. It will not do any good. Also. you can’t prove a point by raising your voice (or shouting). the more one tends to exhibit "bond like” traits in his personality. Mind you. will definitely help you to perform well. If there is any Service Officer (Army. Also. he can give you some practical hints.joinindianarmy.nic. One should know when to speak. Remember. Kindly open the following link on internet: www. Your outlook must be positive! 13. Whatever I have written above. even when they do not have something substantial to say or add. During Group Discussions. 8. 7. if any of your friends has undergone this interview recently. You must speak (in you turn) to the point and add something substantial to the discussion rather than just repeating what others have said. some Candidates tend to keep on speaking. 9. there will be some "Well Wishers" who will tell you only the negative aspects about the Armed Forces. Also.nic. you can try Just avoid them. 11. do not try to sum up the discussion. It is the test of the leadership qualities in you which can't be "imported".in. During Group Tasks. when to give chance to others and more important of all : when to keep one’s mouth shut. These are part of your mental set up (nay personality) and would depend as to how you have been brought up and what constructive activities you have been involved in during your student/social life. This is also of some help. Like I have already said in the Rest was left to him to update himself about General Knowledge. do visit him and ask for some positive inputs about. It is not going to help. Always be positive and that is MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR which is going to help you during the interview.close vicinity of my house. so that your group does well. improve his Physical Fitness and Stamina etc. Interview Technique. 10. . In the Group Discussion. there is no need of become a "Parrot" and rattle out things during the SSB Interview. It will give you some inputs which will come handy as general information. without giving chance to others. Do not ridicule anyone during the Group Discussion. do not overstep someone else's time or point. don't be selfish. It is the test of your personality which can not be built overnight. to the best of your ability. which will give you sufficient idea about the entire process. The success of your group will be your true reward. You have to help the entire group to perform well. 12.

Be co-operative and helpful to everyone. Natural Team Work. Though you all will be competing against each other. the GTO was referring to those traits and characteristics that one is born with and also one has developed over the past 19 to 22 years. SSB preparation doesn’t guarantee your selection. Natural Communicative Skills. 15. and 15 Officer Like Qualities (OLQs). and now there are so many vacant seats in the academy. (Don’t forget. At the same time. Infact I was also just talking to a GTO recently and he was saying that the biggest problem faced by the Armed Forces is NOT lack of officers. In my personal and frank opinion. And if you don’t have it in you. 19. but it is the lack of QUALITY officers. This the GTO implied as no fault of the selection methods but fault of the candidature material. be careful not to be overconfident. 17. The GTO went on to say. When I asked a GTO. what is it that he would be looking for in the candidates during the SSB Interview? He replied:(a) (b) (c) (d) Natural Intelligence. then even 5 years of SSB Coaching won’t get you through the selection rounds.14. in 60s-70s-80s. I was once speaking to a GTO who said that. there is a very thin line between being ‘Confident’ and ‘Over Confident’). and NOT in some 30 days stint with SSB Coaching Class. then you'll get selected without even an ounce of SSB coaching or preparation. 18. I will pray to the Almighty for your success in the SSB Interview. It only reduces your nervousness and nothing else. 16. SSB is a test of your aptitude and nothing else. . if you have it in you. Be Natural. Last but not the least: Be confident of your ability and capability. there were more recommendations than number of seats available. let it be a healthy rivalry.

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