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20+ Ideas For Thematic Apperception Test Story

Check the different ideas and themes to write the TAT story in SSB Interview psychological tests.

Today we are sharing a few themes or ideas which you can use while writing stories during Thematic Apperception Test aka TAT. We have mentioned few themes which you can use based on the picture shown to you. Basically, these are the plots for your stories which you can include while writing stories during TAT.

Ideas for Thematic Apperception Test Based on Picture

  • Scene of Factory or Workshop
    • Modification of Factory
    • Quick Order Delivery
    • New Invention
    • New design
  • Scene of Office Meeting/ Phone Calls
    • Board of director
    • Presenting new idea
    • Inventions
    • New techniques
    • New education system
    • Planning attack
  • Scene of Fight/Running/Knife in hand/ Pistol in hand/Catching the Throat
    • Yoga
    • Karate
    • Commando attack
    • Learning martial arts
  • Scene of Defence Forces /Army Soldiers
    • Patrolling
    • Planning
    • Attack
    • Destroying enemy target
    • Destroying Amn dump
    • Getting information of enemy
  • Scene of Vehicle Car/ Bike
    • Car/Bike rally
    • New design of an engine
    • Pollution free vehicles
    • Less competition
    • Multi fuel design
  • Group of Girls/women
    • Vocational training center
    • Cottage industries
    • Handicraft industry
    • Health/hygiene training
    • SSB selection training
    • Modeling
    • Dramatics
    • Folk dancing
    • Family Planning
  • Scene of Boat/River/lake
    • Boating competition
    • New design of boat
    • Racing
    • Rafting  

    Scene of Bridge

  • Repair of bridge
  • New design
  • Widening of bridge
  • Bridge inauguration

Scene of Mountains

  • Mineral/Oil discovery
  • Plantation/forestation
  • Tourism/archeological
  • Hiking, skiing, study of historical structure


  • Pollution
  • Creating lake
  • Reservoirs
  • Tourist resort
  • Boating
  • Flood control
  • Digging
  • Navigation/waterway


  • New technology of agriculture
  • Drip irrigation
  • Digging canal
  • Creation Reservoir for water
  • Plantation
  • Windmill


  • Cottage industries
  • Small scale industries
  • Handicraft Industries
  • Agricultural Industries
  • Teaching new agricultural Method
  • Education/Family planning/Child Marriage menace


  • Widen road
  • One- way traffic
  • Bus facilities
  • Street- lights
  • Encroachment removal
  • Zebra crossing
  • Traffic lights
  • Evacuation of hospital

Boys scouts/cycle/car

  • NSS Camp
  • Flood relief
  • Cycle rally
  • Car rally
  • Picnic
  • Jogging
  • Peace march
  • Blood donation
  • Rescue operation

Sitting in Office

  • Planning
  • Research
  • Relief operations i.e. flood, earthquake etc.



The Story: The conglomerate of Indian Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Management has actively participated in the Student Exchange Programs between India, Japan, Germany, France and many other nations. Suraj Dev, a first-year student from IIM Ahmedabad enrolled in the Post-Graduation Diploma course in Management, represented the Institute and was a team leader in the IIM conglomerate for inter athletic meet in Japan 2017.  Suraj has been a meritorious student graduating from the Sri ram college of commerce, New Delhi, and DPS R K Puram. He always has been enthusiastic about participation in sports, debates, event management and was very keen for Motion photography. In his graduation days, Suraj won the best photograph in Motion Category from the National Geographic channel. He understood the concepts of physics and the relevance of timing in such genre of photography.  As a part of the team lead, Suraj was responsible to be a part of the organizing committee of the athletic meet in Japan along with the Management Institute of Japan.  His merit, experience of teamwork enabled him to gel easily in the overseas culture and set the event to perfection along with all delegates. The event started with the run where Suraj photographed the person from the most prominent position.  After returning to India, Suraj was felicitated for his exemplary dedication to the event and this picture was framed in the “Hall of Fame “wall of IIM Ahmedabad sports zone.

Story Interpretation:

Officer Like QualitiesRelevance to the mentioned story
Effective IntelligenceThis story does show effective intelligence in various forms. Suraj’s candidature in IIM Ahmedabad, his representation at the International Student exchange program, his quick adaptability in the overseas culture etc and the narration as well.
Reasoning AbilitySuraj got correct hold of the situation, understood what needs to be done, went ahead with cooperation with other delegates from Japan and set the event to perfection
Power of ExpressionThe story expresses each event in a proper way.
Self ConfidenceConfidence is shown here by virtue of participation and winning. Also representing something at an international level and concluding it with perfection shows the blend of confidence.
DeterminationSuraj is determined to conclude things with perfection. He is also determined to make the best out of the situation. As for the case of this story, his dedication to participation, winning in National Geographic Photography Competition, making the best in organizing the Inter athletic meet in Japan etc shows the level of determination
Organizing AbilitySuraj is well acquainted with the availability of the resources and his ability to organize the event in cooperation with other delegates from other country shows this trait.
InitiativeThis officer like quality is also displayed in the story but in a minimal amount
CourageRepresenting our own entity at a global level needs a good amount of courage. This story exudes courage at that level where Suraj represented and participated in the athletic meet at the international level
CooperationThis trait is observed in the part of the story where Suraj is organizing the event in cooperation with the other delegates who are from Japan
Sense of ResponsibilityThis trait is visible in multiple points as Suraj, being a team lead, exhibited a responsible position
StaminaOrganizing something and keeping it going with perfection till the end takes a lot amount of both physical and mental stamina
Group Influencing AbilityThe hero’s experience of teamwork enables him to exhibit this trait as well
LivelinessThis trait is shown by the interest of Suraj to participate in all type of activities right since his childhood etc.
Social AdaptabilitySocial adaptability is shown by his interest and ability to participate in organizing activities.


While there are many tips in the market to attempt TAT, the key idea behind this is to keep the stories in line with the PIQ and reflect the same set of thinking in WAT and SRT. For better formation of themes, divide pics into 5 categories and apply one category to any pic shown in the test. For having a wide range of theme as per your PIQ, refer to the Better India and adopt themes related to your PIQ from there.

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All these are themes or plots for a story based on the picture shown to you. You are suggested to take utilize these themes as per the picture and mix your story with a perfect combination of ideas you are getting. If you have any other suggestions, do share them below.

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  1. Jis insan ne yeh story likha hai na wo duniaya ka sabse bad chaandal hoga,sale soch ke to likta ki hame time kitna milta hai aur itna khubi ek ladke me abe insaa hai yha bagwan sale kuch sooch ke to liktha

  2. according to me this person seems to be undergoing self – defence training in order to save and help himself As well as others


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