SSB (Service Selection board) Interviews are conducted by the Indian Armed forces Department to hire candidates for the Indian Navy and other armed forces. SSB Interviews which are conducted over a period of 5 days with multiple tests, provide each and every individuals and the young crowd an opportunity to serve our nation.
SSB interviews assess the personality and also the intelligence of the candidates and test them whether they are fit enough to join the Indian Armed Forces. These interviews use scientific analyses to evaluate the potential and all round capability of candidates. The SSB interview is a two level process, the first level is the initial screening process which consists of Intelligence test (testing for evaluating the verbal and non-verbal skills) and the second test consists of PPDT (Picture Perception Test and Discussion test). The second level in the SSB Interview consists of three main tests including the psychology test, Group Testing Officers (GTO) and the Personal Interview (PI).
GTO (Group Testing Officers) Test
Group Discussion is a part of the Group Testing Officers test (GTO) which is conducted on the third and fourth day of the interview process. GTO consists of a list of tests which is conducted under this category. They are as follows:
- Group Discussion
- Military Planning Exercise
- Doing Progressive Group activities
- Half Group Activities
- Individual obstacles (How the candidate overcomes them on their own)
- Snake Race / Group Obstacle Race
- Command Tasks
- Final Group activities
Information on How Group Discussions are Conducted
Group discussions are the first in the list of tasks in the Group Testing Officers (GTO) test. Every candidate has to participate in two group discussions which are on entirely different topics. Both the group discussions are conducted back to back without any break, so it is essential that the candidate is well prepared to handle this kind of situation. The allotted time for each of the group discussion is about 15 – 20 minutes. Among the two GD topics, the group is provided with three options on the topics by the assessors out of which the group members have to discuss and choose one topic for the discussion. For the second group discussion one topic is given to the group and they have to discuss on the same, this time the candidates or the group members as a whole will not be provided with any choice. The second group discussion topic is a compulsory one; these topics are mostly based on the current affairs and most happening issues in our nation and all around the world. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate has gained good knowledge about these issues by reading newspapers and magazines.
Group Discussion Topics in SSB
To help candidates prepare for ssb interview, here is a list of possible GD topics and information about the topics that have previously occurred in SSB Interviews.
- About the 33 % reservation for women
- Is it beneficial when our country gets rid of all its nuclear reactors like Germany?
- Positives and Negatives about Science
- About the nuclear power plants in our nation
- Best Alternative source of energy as opposed to the nuclear reactors
- About our nation’s nuclear agreement with United States of America
- About our nation’s nuclear agreement with United States of Russia
- Does the nuclear head in Pakistan pose a real threat to our nation?
- About the role that the press and media play in our country
- Compulsory training for the Army
- Young generation in politics
- About World Peace
- About rise in the technology advancements increases the life span of the human beings
- Opinion about the Unemployment in India
- The importance and necessity of Sex Education in our country
- India the super power in the field of Agriculture and in Defense
- Common Syllabus for all the schools in our nation
- Is ragging the students in colleges good or bad
- Single entrance exam for the college admissions at all India level
- Which one is best, love or arranged marriage
- Does eradicating Alcoholism is a loss in terms of the economy
- Alternate source of energy for the fuels such as Petrol and Diesel
- Opinion on India having Permanent member position in the United Nations Organization (UNO)
- Opinion on India having Permanent member position in G8
- About the Co – education in schools and colleges in our nation
- Police or Army – Who saves our nation
- The BPO jobs and work culture in our country
- About the rate of success of alternate energy sources such as wind and solar energy
- India’s part and place in the Space research
- About the allocation or the Quotas which are followed in our country
- About the communication systems in our country
- The predominance of Cricket over Hockey
- Our National game – Hockey
- About the joining of rivers project
- The increasing population of our country
- Economy and inflation in our country
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