How to Prepare. There are no
special preparations required by students to join the Army, an
aspirant should have a good awareness level of national,
international affairs, should be physically fit and mentally agile.
Those aspiring to join the NDA or IMA/OTA need to refer to UPSC
website or newspaper notification for the detailed syllabus of the
written exam of respective entries. The candidates are shortlisted
for SSB on the basis of UPSC exam for UPSC entries and on basis of
percentage in case of non UPSC entries. The SSBs have a five days
testing schedule, other than the day of arrival/reporting. These
tests arte not only looking at physical fitness but are also geared
to know more about various shades of personality. The exact schedule
of tests may be varied depending on the No of candidates to be
tested. Details of testing are as under :-
(a) DAY-I (Stage-I). Stage one selection system includes the
(i) Intelligence Test (verbal and non verbal).
(ii) Picture Perception and Description Test. A picture is
lashed for 30 seconds. The candidates have to broadly note down
seven basic parameters viz number of characters, age, sex, mood,
action relating to past, present and future for each character in
one munute. Time for story writing is four minutes.
(iii) Discussion of the Picture – 30 Minutes. In this phase,
batch is divided into different groups. Strength of group is around
15 candidates. Each candidate narrates his individual written story
verbatim. Subsequently, in Part-II, all the candidates have to
discuss amongst themselves and achieve a common consensus about the
characters and theme of the story. Once all candidates have
undergone Stage-I, the results for Stage-I testing are declared.
Recommended candidates are retained for Stage-II testing and those
not recommended are dispatched back.
(b) DAY-2 (Stage-II). Psychological Tests include the
(i) Thematic Apperception Test. 12 Pictures including one
blank are shown. Candidates are asked to write a story around what
led to the situation? What is going on and what would be the
outcome?. Each Picture is shown for 30 seconds and candidates are
asked to write a short story about it in 4 minutes. In the blank
slide, they have to think a picture of their own choice and write a
story around that.
(ii) Word Association Test. In this test, a series of 60
words are shown to the candidates one after another for 15 seconds
each. A candidate is required to write down the first thought or
idea comes to his mind.
(iii) Situation Reaction Test. This test consists of 60
routine life situation regarding day to day activities. The
situations are printed in a booklet and the candidate is asked to
write his reactions by completing the sentences, as to how they
would feel, think and act in these situations.
(iv) Self Description Test. Candidates is asked to write five
separate paragraphs on each context about the opinion of his
parents/guardian, friends, teachers/superiors.
(c) DAY-3 (Group Tests). GTO tests conducted include the
(i) Group Discussion. Two topics of common interest (social
issues and current events) are discussed. It is an informal
discussion and not a debate. Each topic is allotted 20 minutes each.
No definite conclusion is required to be deduced.
(ii) Group Planning Exercise. It comprises of five stages
vi., explanation of the model, reading of the narrative by GTO, five
minutes for self reading by candidates, 10 minutes for individual
written solution and definite conclusion is required.
(iii) Progressive Group Task. It is the first outdoor task. A
set of four obstacles with progressively increasing level of
difficulties are to be completed in 40 to 50 minutes. Structures,
helping material and load are provided to the group.
(iv) Group Obstacle Race. In this task the group is pitched
against each other over a set of six obstacles with a snake like
load to carry.
(v) Half Group Task. It has one obstacle similar to
progressive group task with helping material and load to be carried.
Group is divided into two sub groups and assigned the same obstacle
in turn in such a way that when one group is working, the other is
not allowed to watch it. Time allotted to each sub group is 15
(vi) Lecturette. It is an individual task and the candidate
is required to give a short talk to the group. Three minutes are
allowed to prepare any chosen topic from the four given in the
Lecturette Cards for the talk.
(d) Day – 4. GTO tests conducted incl the following :-
(i) Individual Obstacles. A set of 10 obstacles is set to be
tackled individually. Obstacles are numbered from one to ten,
denoting the points each one carries. Each individual is given three