July 21, 2013

GTO Task in SSB Interview

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GTO Task in SSB Interview
GTO Tasks is the second set of tasks which is conducted after the psychological tests. The GTO Tasks are designed to test the sociability speaking skills of a candidate. An officer has to perform his duties along with his colleagues  and hence this task is truly the most important test of the entire ssb procedure.

The Group discussion and Progressive group task is used by the GTO to reach into a picture of the personalities of candidates and other tasks like Half Group task, Individual obstacles, Inter Group Obstacle Race , Group Lecturette are designed to confirm the earlier findings of the GTO and also to change the assumption about a Candidate.
GTO Task in SSB Interview
Command Task during GTO

Group Discussion

This is the first task of the GTO Process and this test is designed to check the general speaking skills of a candidate and as rightly said “The first impression is the best impression”, the performance of a candidate in the GD is the first impression that the GTO forms of a candidate. He later evaluates each and every candidate in the other tasks .
In GD, there is usually two rounds of discussion. In the first round, the GTO announces three sets of topics and the candidates can select any one from among them. You will be amazed to find that the first set of topics are really simple and each and every person can take part in it. But the second round topic is quite difficult and a well informed candidate only can take a lead in the discussion. The GD generally lasts for 30 minutes.

Group Lecturette

This is one of the most important task of the GTO series. The candidates are made to sit in a circle and every candidate are given a topic and he has to speak on it. The time allotted is three minutes.


Progressive Group Task

The first outdoor task in GTO Tasks. PGT is about set of obstacles in ground in a specified area in that you and your team members should cross each obstacle defined by set of rules.  Also while crossing those obstacles we should carry a load.  To cross those obstacles, some helping materials are given by the G.T.O.  i.e. Balli (wooden log), Plank, and rope to tie these. The difficulty of the task increases from one obstacle to another in a progressive manner.  So it is named as Progressive Group Task.

H.G.T. – Half Group Task

HGT is similar to PGT, but the difference is that the group is divided into two sets.  i.e. If your group contains totally 10 persons, then it is divided into 5 of two groups.  Like this the GTO will see the performance of the candidates in close. The rules are same for this like PGT.

C.T. – Command Task

The Command Task is held before the F.G.T.  The aim of this task is to find the commanding capability of the candidate.  The candidates are allowed to choose two members from the group.  The candidate should have to cross an obstacle with the allotted men and the resources available within allotted time.

F.G.T. – Final Group Task 

The final task of SSB  GTO outdoor tasks. The entire group is participated in this task and there is only one obstacle.

Rules for PGT, HGT, CT, and FGT

The obstacles are painted in three colors namely
  • White
  • Black
  • Red 
Each one describes one rule.                            
White: - Both the candidate and the helping materials can touch the obstacle at this region.
Black: - Only the candidate can touch the obstacle in this region and not the helping materials.
Red: - Both the candidate and helping material should not touch the obstacles.

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 Aneesh Jaganath, Editorial Team

A student from Kerala. Aspires to join Indian Army SF through NDA. Has a desire to join Indian Army from childhood. Mail us to join our editorial team now.

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