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Difference between PPDT and TAT

PPDT stands for picture perception and discussion test, it's a part of the screening test. PPDT consists of story writing, narration, and story discussion in a group.


Most of the candidates and especially freshers are confused between PPDT and TAT which is conducted at SSB interview. We have already covered many articles related to PPDT [ Picture Perception and Discussion Test] and TAT [Thematic Apperception Test]. In this article, we will discuss what are the differences and similarities between PPDT and TAT.

What is PPDT

PPDT stands for picture perception and discussion test, it’s a part of the screening test. PPDT consists of story writing, narration, and story discussion in a group.

What is TAT

TAT stands for Thematic Apperception Test, its a part of Psychological testing conducted by SSB psychologists for all screened-in candidates.

What is the Difference Between PPDT and TAT of SSB Interview

Below we have mentioned the differences between  TAT and PPDT. Candidates can refer to this table and understand the meaning of TAT and PPDT.

Stage 1 test, conducted during Screening Test to filter candidates for stage 2 testing.Conducted only for screened-in candidates, part of psychological tests conducted during stage 2 testing.
The candidate who passes this test goes for Stage 2 testing and stays for 5 days testing if fails routed back on the same day.It is not a knockout test, but it plays a major role in your recommendation. TAT is one of the four tests conducted during Psychology testing.
Consist of story writing, story narration, and story discussion among group members.Only story writing. No narration and discussion.
No. of picture: 1 Type of picture: Hazy Total time: 4 minsNo. of pictures: 11 ( including 1 blank slide) Type of picture: Clear Total Time: 4 mins for each picture
The difficulty level is high because of the competition. it’s a knockout round.There is no competition, the individual result of TAT is never declared.  
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  1. I gave the preliminary selection test for the Indian Coast Guard ,which consisted of the ‘mental Ability Test’ (MAT) and PPDT. Got shortlisted for FSB at the noida centre. At the FSB will i again go thru these tests ( MAT and PPDT) on the screening day or will i start with TAT,WAT,SRT,etc . Pls help as i have this small doubt.

    Please Reply at bhatiadhruva@gmail.com


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