The GTO tasks are conducted on the 3rd and the 4th day of the SSB and it is a very sound opportunity for making an impression on the GTO. GTO contains a set of task which helps the GTO to understand the nature and behavior of the candidates in the group.
Group Testing determines an individual’s ability to function in a group and based upon functional capacity, discover his actual and potential level and assesses his suitability for the armed forces. The purpose of GTO is to observe
- Social Adaptability
- Ability to tackle crisis
What are different GTO tasks
- Indoor tasks
- Group Discussion
- Group Planning Exercise
- Outdoor tasks
- Progressive Group Task (PGT)
- Half Group Task (HGT)
- Individual lecturette
- Snake Race
- Command task (CT)
- Individual Obstacles (IO)
- Final Group Task (FGT)
Group Task Video
Group Discussion at SSB
In Group discussion two topics of common interest (social issues and current events) is discussed. For the 1st discussion the group will be given a choice to choose from 2 topics and discuss. There is no choice for the 2nd discussion. It is an informal discussion and not a debate. Each topic is allotted 20 minutes each. No definite conclusion is required to be deduced.
Group Planning Exercise
A group planning exercise contains a set of problems which brings out all “officers’ like qualities” in a candidate which encompasses quality to lead (the lads), organising, courage, team work, spontaneity, and effective intelligence, etc. GPE comprises of 5 stages.
- Explanation of the Model
- Narrative by the GTO .
- Self reading for 5 minutes by the candidates.
- 10 minutes for writing the solution for the problem.
- 10 minutes for discussing the solution.
Progressive Group Task
This is a outdoor task and is one of the interesting task of the GTO series. This task is about set of obstacles in ground in that you and your team members need to cross each obstacle by set of rules. The time allotted for the task is 30-45 minutes and to cross the obstacles the group will have some helping materials which are given by the GTO.
Half Group Task
Sometimes some of the candidates do not get the opportunity to express their ideas in the Progressive task . For this sake, the Half Group Task is used. The whole group is divided into half and each group is assigned with the same task one by one. The rules are same as in the PGT.
It is an individual task and the candidate is required to give a short talk to the group. Three minutes are allowed to prepare any chosen topic from the four given in the Lecturette Cards for the talk.
In this task the group is pitched against each other over a set of six obstacles with a snake like load to carry.
The whole group is seated away from the testing area. The task is similar to that of the PGT and the rules remain the same. Each individual is then called by the GTO one by one in a random manner. He then asks the individual simple question to make the aspirant feel at ease. Then the GTO explain the task and ask the attempter to clear the doubts if any. Then he asks the attempter to choose his subordinates for the task.
A set of 10 obstacles is set to be tackled individually. Obstacles are numbered from one to ten, denoting the points each one carries. Each individual is given three minutes.
Final Group Task
This task consist of one obstacle similar to Progressive Group Task and the whole group participate in the task. Time limit is 15 minutes.