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5 Things To Avoid In TAT – Thematic Apperception Test

TAT thematic apperception test is the first test faced by SSB aspirants in psychology test and the most confusing part of the entire SSB schedule. Many candidates frame a story which has non-required material and which reduces their chances of recommendation. It is always preferred to know what not to do, before sticking to what to do.  To make the story writing easy, we are here with some tips and direction for all aspirants over what to avoid, while writing a story in TAT or PPDT.


  1. Don’t Describe The Picture – The instructions delivered by the officer before attempting the TAT test, mentions that candidates are not supposed to just describe the picture and characters shown. The test is not to check your descriptive power, rather your imagination is the thing that the SSB panel want to check and test.
  2. Don’t Decorate Your Hero – Don’t decorate your hero with the qualities like hardworking, intelligent etc. Avoid all these hype and try to convey these qualities of hero by the mean of his actions. Avoid awarding your hero with any kind of supportive and quality depicting words. Rather, try to show those qualities through the task and strategy of the hero. They don’t want you to imprint OLQs in your story. Your way to denote those qualities by the task done by the hero, is the matter they want.
  3. Don’t Perceive Stress And Intense Problems In Normal Pictures – All 11 pictures shown in the TAT have a specific idea. But many candidates indulge violent and stress in all their stories to show their crisis management. Be normal and perceive what is being shown. Don’t make a hype of what is not being shown. Just make a story over the situation and clues given in the picture.
  4. Avoid Indicating Actions, Rather Depict Your Actions – Your story should contain the details of the action that you are attempting. Don’t just write “he planned”, he coordinated etc., rather give a short explanation of how he planned or coordinated with his subordinates.TAT
  5. Conclusion Less Stories Are Useless – The task that you are perceiving in the story, should be concluded and completed. Make a story that has a satisfactory ending. There is always a motive that comes out of your story. Even a causal story of visiting any place has to be concluded in a significant way. Leaving your story incomplete or conclusion-less is non-acceptable. Many candidates raise the issue of lack of time management. Well, don’t put deep and minor info in your story. Try to limit your story by using effective and bulky meaning words and don’t go beyond normal story line’s limit.

Conclusion – Before going ahead for preparing for the SSB, most of the candidates are aware of how a good and effective story can be made. But a better result emerges when cautions are followed about what to avoid and exclude from the story. Follow the above points and stay in the premises of the rules to be followed for making a satisfactory story. Be normal while making the story, perceive as per your personality and avoid what is not necessary for the story.

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Ravinder Tanwar
Ravinder Tanwarhttps://ssbcrack.com/
A resident of Jaipur. I am a KVian who is passionate to join Indian Defense Force. I started giving SSB from NDA. After completing my B.Tech in 2012, currently I am working as a Software Engineer in Jaipur in a private company, but the passion is still alive in my soul.
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