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5 Days Procedure In SSB Interview 2024 – Complete Guide For SSB Interview

SSB Interview consists of two stages i.e. Stage-1 and Stage-2. Stage-1 has OIR test and PPDT, Stage-2 has Psychological Tests, GTO Tasks, and Personal Interview. SSB Interview ends with Conference on the last day.

In this article, we are going to cover a detailed explanation of the 5 Days SSB interview procedure. It is a well-known fact that to become an Army, Navy, and Air Force officer one has to go through the SSB Interview. It is very important to know what the SSB interview is, various tasks and tests conducted in the SSB interview, and other important details.

Candidates who are preparing for the SSB interview 2024 can find the detailed SSB interview 5 days process and information on Psychological tests, Personal interview, and GTO tasks here. Many candidates are freshers, they are not aware of the SSB interview procedure, which leads to problems during the SSB interviews. They never know the do and don’t of SSB interview, they do not know about the necessary documents required during interview process. Let’s talk about the SSB interview procedure and the various sources which can help you and prepare you before you go for your first attempt.

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5 Days SSB Schedule :

Reporting Day: The day of reporting at the SSB board, followed by document check and form filling [PIQ forms]. You are supposed to report at the place mentioned in the call letter, mostly you are asked to report at MCQ [Moment Control Office].

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You will not find any difficulty in doing so because there will be candidates who would report on the same day as you, so you may find one or two.

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Note: For some entries reporting day and screening day are the same e.g. AFSB Interview, please follow your call letters for the correct information.

Note: For some entries reporting day and screening[PPDT] are the same, when your reporting time is early like 0700 hours then your screening day will be on the very first day(reporting day).

Stage-1 Testing

1. Screening: The screening process is to pick up some potential candidates from all those who have reported for the particular entry. It consists of few activities like:

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Candidates appearing for the PPDT at SSB
  • OIR Test: Also known as officers’ intelligence rating test, it is a Verbal and Non-verbal Test. If you are preparing for the OIR Test and PPDT, you can get the best OIR Test book here. OIR Test is a basic appitute test but it is always good to go well prepared, you can check some verbal and non-verbal sample questions here. After this test you will get some rest, and later proceed for PPDT.
  • PPDT:  Also known as picture perception and discussion test. We have already talked so much about PPDT earlier, this consists of story writing and group discussion. You will be shown a picture for 30 secs, later you will have 3 minutes to write a story based on the picture shown, after that, you will be divided into sub groups of 14-15 members, firstly each candidates will narrate his/her story which is  followed by the group discussion on the picture, among the group members. You can find more details here. Keep in mind that PPDT is the most important part which helps you to clear screening and  takes you to stage-2 testing.
ppdt result

Results of Screening:  After the completion of PPDT, you will go for lunch following that you will be getting some rest. Once the screening result is prepared, usually happens after the lunch, all the candidates will be called at once place and chest numbers of the selected candidates will be called one by one. After the compeltion of PPDT, you will get some rest for  2-3 hours and lunch too. Your screening results will be declared after it, selected candidates are allotted with new chest numbers. Rest of the candidates gets their TA and dropped backed to the railway station or bus stand.

Stage-2 Testing

Congrats to all who clears first stage of testing, now your real battle starts, loosing the stage-2 battle is very painful for most of us, but a good preparation can fulfill your dream to join Indian defence forces.

Candidates appearing for the Psychological Tests at SSB

2. Psychological Test: It is a battery of projective tests, all tests are used to check the psychological suitability of the candidate to be an officer. Candidates are required to write their responses based on the particular test. Here the time limit is very crucial , so you are required to write your first response in time.


  1. Thematic Apperception Test [TAT]
  2. Word Association Test [WAT]
  3. Situation Reaction Test [SRT]
  4. Self Description Test [ SD]


  • TAT: You will be shown 11 pictures in which last picture is will be a blank slide, each picture will come just for 30 seconds and then disappear, after that you will get 4 minutes time to write the story based on that picture. After 4 mins another picture will come for 30 seconds and same process will be followed till last slide {blank slide }.
  • WAT: You will be shown 60 words back to back, each word will remains on the screen for 15secs , in 15secs you are required to write a sentence which comes  in your mind first after reading that word. Likewise you have to write 60 words continuously without any pause in between.
  • SRT: You will get a booklet with 60 situations written on it, you are required to write your responses based on those 60 situations, time allotted will be 30 mins.
  • SD: You are required to write opinion about you from your parents, friends, teachers, yourself and thing you would like to develop in future. Time allotted will be 15 mins.

Its all about your speed of thinking and writing, do not maupaltes much because it may create problem for you in later stage. Write legible and correct.

3. GTO: This is also has a series of outdoor task, the main aim of this task is to judge your qualities during group performance, remember most of the task in this series are group task, you are required to support the group with best of your qualities and not to compete with them in any manner.

Candidates appearing for the GTO Tests at SSB

Series of Tests:

  • GD: Back to back group discussion on two topics, mostly current affairs.
  • GPE: Group Planning Exercise, each candidate has to write his planning for the mentioned problem and map given, later group members are required to discuss on the problem and have to come with a common plan with common consensus. Later one of the group member has to explain the common planning with the help of pointer and map.
  • PGT: Progressive Group Task, you are required to cross some obstacles with the help of supporting materials like rope, plank, wood log etc. Some rules are required to be followed during this task, it a full group activity.
  • HGT: Half Group Task, mostly same as PGT but the number of group members will be half, you may get more chance to show your potential.
  • IOT: Individual Obstacles Task, you are required to attempt 10 obstacles individually, each obstacle consist of some points from 1 to 10.
  • Command Task: You will be a commander in this task, you are required to cross some obstacles with the help of 2-3 subordinates. You can choose 2-3 candidates from your own group whom you think can help you to clear the obstacles.
  • Snake race/Group Obstacle Race: All group members will be competing with other groups,   members will be holding a snake like rope, they are required to cross certain obstacles with the snake. There are certain rules like all other tasks. It is kind of race among different groups, its a fun.
  • Individual Lecturette: Each candidate will be giving lecture for 3 mins on a topic selected by him/her. You will get 4 topics out of which you have to select one topic.
  • FGT: Final Group Task, same like PGT, just like another chance to show your potential.
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Candidates appearing for the Personal Interview at SSB

4. Personal Interview: It is the main key that decides your recommendation in the SSB Interview, SSB Interview questions and answers play vital role in the assessment of the candidate. How to face the IO[ Interviewing officer]  in the SSB PI[ SSB Personal Interview] is the major concern here, one wrong move can tarnish your image and reduce your chances to get recommend.

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Candidates appearing for the Conference at SSB

Conference: Each candidates will be facing all SSB board members, he will face few general questions like how was your stay or what did you learn from this, conference is just to decide whether or not to recommend you as an officer in Indian defence forces. All assessors collectively decide your suitability, for some candidates those who are in border line, may face certain questions, which can be decisive one. It hardly goes for 1-2 mins.

Thanks to SSB Bhopal for producing such an informative video for all aspirants.

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  2. Sir i have ncc and I am in 2nd year of my ncc but because of covid I haven’t attend any camp and classes of ncc will it affect on ssb

    • @abhishek mehra
      yes abhishek it cause problem in ssb medical but don’t worry they gave you 42days time for recover your knock knee during this time you can cure you knock knee with the help of doctors advice or by exercise,
      i have also knock knee problem so i am doing exercise regularly because i also want to join NDA Airforce as a pilot

  3. Hello sir ….
    This is Tejaswini
    I want know about all this….
    I m a btech student I m still studying I m in 2year….i want to join in army…. please sir help me in this

  4. During interview never speak Hindi…..you can use Hindi during GTO, Lecturette but for few seconds only then come back to English, and also during GPE , you can use Hindi, but Mainly for Non-Hindi people ….during my SSB Interview at Allahabad , I used maximum Hindi,,but that’s an advantage for me since I’m Non-Hindi speaker… but I’m selected….besides other hindi speaking people should maximum use only English ….

  5. During interview never speak Hindi…..you can use Hindi during GTO, Lecturette but for few seconds only then come back to English, and also during GPE , you can use Hindi, but Mainly for Non-Hindi people ….during my SSB Interview at Allahabad , I used maximum Hindi,,but that’s an advantage for me since I’m Non-Hindi speaker… but I’m selected….besides other hindi speaking people should maximum use only English ….

  6. By what time do the conference last on the 5th day.
    Is the result of the recommendation announced before lunch time or sometime in afternoon?

  7. Sir,
    I have gap between teeths… So i had a treatment from orthodontics, so let me know that will it take harm during medical test after i get cure..?

  8. Hello Sir,
    I wanna to ask that Iam 2 times screen out from NCC special Entry of ARmy so will it effect my Air Force SSB and another thing while filling form I made one mistake that I mistakenly wrote 68 in Maths instead of 65 which is my actual marks will it create any problem for me ???????

  9. I have got a permanent tattoo on my left biceps,will that make me unfit for the medical test? If so,then please tell me an alternative if possible.
    Thanking You


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