PPDT -Picture Perception & Discussion Test 2017

What is PPDT? How to perform in PPDT? How to write PPDT Stories? PPDT or Picture perception and discussion test is one of the two tests conducted in stage one testing of SSB interview, the another one is officer intelligence test. Officer intelligence test consist of written test in verbal and non-verbal questions which is very easy and do not count much for screening, but PPDT plays an important role in screening.


Now we will discuss about PPDT, what is PPDT and how to write and speak during PPDT. This would help freshers who certainly miss or get confuse during PPDT story writing, narration and group discussion.

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What is PPDT?

  • PPDT stands for picture perception and discussion test, as the name suggests, you need to write a story on the picture shown, narrate it and then discuss among group members to make a common story.

How to write a story in PPDT?

  • You will see the picture for 30 secs and then you will get 1 min to note down few details and then 4 mins to write your story on the page provided by the SSB.
  • In 1  minute you have to write down the details like gender of the characters you have seen, their age, mood and circle the character you have seen first.
  • All these details have to be marked inside the box printed on the sheet provided by SSB.
  • Write M/F/P for male/female/person(if the gender is not clear).
  • Write +/-/0  for positive/negative/neutral mood.
  • Write their age assumed by you and as per the picture shown.
  • Circle the details of the character you have seen first.
  • On the right hand side of the sheet, you have to write the action happening in your story, it could be in 3-4 words like ” saving a child” , “Enjoying in vacation” , “helping a poor” etc

Picture Perception [Story Writing]

Sample of the PPDT story sheet:

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Assume that you have seen the picture(above) during story writing, it will be displayed till 30 secs and then 1 min for noting down few details. Assumptions may vary person to person, but try to assume practical and logical, if you find the character as a female, then write it as a female but male.

Details in the Box

  • According to the picture, I have seen a female[F] character first on the very left side of the frame with positive mode and age around 26 years. So you can see what I have mentioned it in the box given.
  • I have also seen another female[F] on the right hand side of the frame with little sad facial expression (negative mood) and age around 40 years.
  • I have seen another character in the middle of the frame, I not able to guess the gender so I marked it as a person [P] but I guess the age would be 45 years and mood is neutral.
  • These assumptions may vary person to person, one may see only two characters and other may assume it as a battle ground, so it depends on how you think and respond to what you see.

Action Part

Coming to action part, I find the scene of an agricultural land, so my story is related to farming/ agricultural. After seeing the picture few keywords came to my mind like farming+poor+agriculture+help+fertilizers+drought+earning+livelihood  etc etc , so based on that I assumed some story in my mind and based on that I wrote the action in very short.Your Story
Once you are done with above, you will get 4 mins to write the story, keep your story relavent to the picture and characters mentioned by you. Sometime you may not be able to finish the story in time, but that’s okay, you can add the missing parts while narrating but again make sure you do not change your story completely, but try to keep it relevant.

Discussion Test [Individual Narration + Group Discussion]

This part of screening which can make most of us nervous, as a matter of fact, individual narration and group discussion decides whether you stay for the day or screened out. So, use your full ability to perform well enough during narration and discussion.

This part consist two things, one is individual narration and another is group discussion. After the story writing, candidates will be divided in a group of 12 -14, all group members are suppose to sit in a semi circular fashion. You will be getting chance to read your story again just to revise before the individual narration starts.

Individual narration:

  1. Candidate with the least chest number start narrating his/her story, once finished, the next candidate will start his/her narration. This will proceeds till last candidate.
  2. Once the narration start, assessors will not interrupt neither you are suppose to look or talk to assessors.
  3. You will be getting sufficient instructions from assessors before the narration starts.
  4. Try to keep your story short and to the point, you may get maximum 1 min to finish your narration.

Group Discussion:

  1. As soon as the last candidate completes his/her narration, group discussion begins among group members without any interruption from assessors.
  2. Generally it starts with 6-7 candidates speaking/yelling at the same time, you are suppose to keep your calm and show maturity.
  3. The motto of the group discussion is to make a common story out of the picture shown.
  4. If the group discussion becomes fish market, assessors may divide the group into two halves. This makes the discussion easier because of less candidates in each group.
  5. You may get 5-10 mins for discussion.
  6. At last assessors will stop the discussion and tell the group to move out of the room.

PPDT/Screening Result:

  1. You will get your results after few hours, those who are selected stay back for next few days for stage-II testing.
  2. Don’t loose hope if you are not selected. Try to learn from your experiences.

Also Read:

  1. PPDT & TAT Sample Stories
  2. How to pass screening test in SSB

Please share you sceerning experiences and thoughts in the comments box below.

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    But if in the picture there is a child and a old man how could we choose our hero?

    • my friend u can take the hero from outside….,,,,likewise in this picture (above showed)(a girl is going with some books in her hands, a person working in the field and a lady stood in front of the field) so we can assume the hero from outside….

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  • During discussion try to speak 1st, if not than try to speak once during discussion but logically

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  • Admin do tell whr improvement is required ?

    • Nice story but make sure you equally do good while narrating and during GD.

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  • admin kindly rate my story

  • Can you tell me-
    i) have you ever stayed in a village?
    ii) Have you taken any such initative in any field? if yoy say yes then its a very well written story . you are a person wwho take tinitative, leader ship, helping nature, motivation,caring etc. You are a sutiable person to be an officer.From my side you are recommended provided you shows all others quailty of yours in other task.
    All the very best of luck.

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    information u have given is invitable……….brother ,,,,,always keep sharing experiences ,,,,,,duude

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      Its good but can be improved as flow of thoughts are not coherent.Please read it carefully and allign your thought process that will be much better than this.

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  • Ravindra Singh Rathore Mertiya

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      plz admin reply(comment) or someone who qualified ssb..

  • Shadab alam

    Really u r story is very good and i want to appreciate for your positive thinking about a situation of field and farmer .

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    Hi friends
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  • Ajay Sharma

    to make a story is not that difficult but the problem is to write as per criteria and conditions given

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    Man’s mood depends on think him that he think about lady .age of both can any else but my mood focus only driving

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