Lecturette Topics for SSB Interview Preparation (Latest and Current Topics)

by Uday Kumar on July 31, 2012

Many young men and women take extreme pride and are very eager to serve our nation. The opportunity gives them a lot of satisfaction and also shows their patriotism towards our nation.

The young crowd who generally participate in the interviews and tests conducted in order to evaluate the candidates for the Armed Services selection, undergo a procedure that is carried out on a regular basis by the Indian Armed forces officers and their respective departments. The Interview which is carried out for the Indian Armed Forces is known as the SSB (Services Selection Board) Interview. This interview is conducted for a period of 5 days through different tests which scientifically analyze the personality and intelligence of the candidates who take part in the selection process.

An SSB Interview generally consists of two levels. The first level is the initial screening process and it has two stages – the intelligence test where candidates are tested on their verbal and non-verbal skills and the picture perception test and discussion test (PPDT). The second level of the interview process consists of a group of tests including the psychology test, Group Testing Officers (GTO) test and finally the personal Interview.

GTO (Group Testing Officers) Test

The Group testing officers’ test, also known as the GTO test, is conducted on the 3rd and the 4th day of the SSB interview process. GTO has a list of tests within it and they are:

  • The GD (Group discussion)
  • Military Planning Exercises for the candidates
  • Performing activities together as a group known as the Progressive Group activities
  • Half Group activities
  • Race for Individuals to overcome the obstacles (Individual Obstacles)
  • Snake Race also known as the Group Obstacle Race
  • Command Tasks
  • Lecturette and
  • Final Group Activities

All these activities are used to test the individual on an overall basis and evaluate them.

Lecturette in SSB Interviews

In the Lecturette part of the Interview, each and every candidate has to talk on a topic. The candidate will have to pick up 3 slips with one topic written on each of  them. The individual has to select one (it is always a good practice to select more than one as a backup) topic and report it to the assessor. Then they will be given three minutes duration in which time the candidate will be asked to give a short lecture about the topic and this is to be done only in English.

The key thing to remember for a good performance at the Lecturette is to practice again and again. Repetitive practice is the only way in which the individual will be comfortable to talk before the crowd by avoiding stage fear and candidates also gain the confidence that is required to perform in an appealing manner.

Tips for the Lecturette part of SSB Interview

  • After finalizing on the topic report it to the GTO officer or the assessor.
  • The introduction to the lecture is very important since it gives an overall view about the lecture; hence it is essential that the candidate presents the topic well in the introduction.
  • The flow of lecture can be like introduction for the first 4 – 5 sentences followed by main points on the topic. You may also mention the negative effects in an effective manner, followed by a small example to support your lecture.
  • When you are delivering the lecture, always look at the group members, make eye contact, and never look into the eyes of the GTO officer.
  • Give a brief introduction about yourself in less than 30 seconds before starting the topic. This can cover your name, educational qualifications, the place you are from.
  • Try your best to maintain a smile throughout the process. It is essential that you stay grounded at all times and never lose your temper.
  • Talk in a very loud and clear manner, be straight forward in your points, and do not beat around the bush which gives the impression that you are not sure about what you are talking and shows there is a lack of confidence.
  • Never make any unwanted hand gesture during your talk and also during the other candidates turn.
  • Plan your time for talking all your important points, do not wait until the last second to drag on the conclusion and also do not go over the given time limit.
  • Dress in proper attire and be presentable, walk with your head held high. This shows that you have a lot of confidence and is the key to help you clear ssb interview.

Latest and Current Lecturette Topic Examples 

  • Your first day of college life
  • About the nuclear reactors in our nation
  • War on Terrorism
  • Dictatorship
  • The unemployment rate in India
  • The most unforgettable moment in your life
  • Your life achievements
  • ISRO
  • Alternate Energy sources for fuel
  • About the hike in the petrol prices in India

Hope you found this post useful. Prepare well for the lecturette topics. Preparation is the key to success.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Narayana July 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm

sir i have applied for 10+2 TES INDIAN NAVY. My pcm is 98.67. Most of friends are getting their ssb callletters. All of them have been alloted NSB Coimbatore for their ssb interview. Sir will i get my ssb call letter. Please help me sir. Eagerly waiting to fulfill my dream.


uday July 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Dear Narayana, by all means you must have got your call letter by now owing to your marks. However you might still want to wait and see as there are many batches of ssb being conducted and may be in the next batch your letter will be sent. Plz try to keep in touch with PR section of IHQ MOD Navy.


Narayana August 1, 2012 at 5:56 am

thank you sir


Narayana August 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

sir i have got the call letter for Indian Army TES Entry. Ssb on 17 September. I want a detailed produre for buying ssb study material and books of yours. Guide me so that i can achieve my aim in my 1st attempt only. Jai hind


uday August 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Dear Narayana, you can follow this link.


ROHIT KUMAR August 2, 2012 at 8:12 am


what are the points we have to cover if the interviewer asked the following questions:

1.tell me something about your place?
2.what is your opinion about your place?
Are the qsn 1 & 2 same if not then what points we have to cover in both the cases.

3. your preference for big city/ small town/ rural life.


Uday August 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Dear Rohit,

1. Tell about your place its historical importance, economical status, development in fields of education and employment, infrastructure etc.
2. Opinion- This is a very important question. Your opinion may be different. You might like your place more than any other place. Your place is the best for you though it does not have any great facilities, infrastructure, etc. Your opinion must be positive and show a sense of belongingness towards your place.
3. This again must support your opinion. If your place is a small place and earlier if you said your place is very good, then you must say here that your preference is a small town.


Prakash August 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Sir i am prakash from karnataka i am a cadet from sainik school bijapur i was conference out in my first chance but i made up my mind to join nda only i personally feel that my performence is quiet good in my first attempt i would like to know how the repeaters are being assesed so that i can do well next time


Nutan Swami August 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

Hello Uday Sir,
I was conference out from 33SSB Bhopal for Navy.
and my question is same as Prakash asked. How repeaters are assessed?


dhanjit September 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

hello nutan… could u give me information of the lecturette nd gd topics @ bhopal ssb…

SAURABH RAI August 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Sir I am Saurabh from Bangalore….
My PCM % is 85.33 and I am still waiting for call letter for navy tech…most of my friends have got their call letter…can you guide me that when will i get my call letter
Thank You…


abhishek sharma August 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Hello Uday Sir,

I am recently recommended in Navy from NSB Coimbatore, in my 3rd attempt.
Is there some police verification process after recommendation at present address, because one of the other recommended candidate was called for the same but I had no such call uptill now and its about 2 months now since recommendation. How can i get to know if there has to be such process performed??


uday August 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

Abishek, yes police verification is very important and you have to get it done.


Suraj Gupta August 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Sir, I am recently conferenced out from SCE, in 10+2 TES entry of army, But I think I was not a ccandidate to disqualify. Can I get any answer sir ????


Harish Kumar November 15, 2012 at 1:39 am

Respected Sir,

I humbly request your help regarding the Army SSB selection and also about the life of an Army Tech Officer .

I had applied for the Army SSC 40 Tech and have received my call letter to report on Dec 10th 2012 at allahabad. I’m a software engineer and I look forward to joining the army for the wonderful life and opportunities it offers. I have a couple of questions, and I humbly request your guidance and opinion regarding the same.

1.As a Software engineer I have been completely lackadaisical about my physique and am obese, I would like to know if there is anything I could to prepare for the GTO Physical tasks during SSB selection?

2. I need some information on the life and career of an Army Officer in the Technical branch, the one I’m applying for. I’m keen to know about the opportunities it offers, the challenges I will be facing, kindly do provide me some information regarding the same.

3. I have above normal BP, approx 130/80, will it be a reason for disqualification during medical check-up?

4. I also have myopia (short-sight), my left eye has a power of -2.0 and right eye -3.0, kindly let me know if this is acceptable for selection.

I look forward to your reply and would deeply appreciate any help from your side.

Yours Sincerely
Harish Kumar

Jai Hind


Priyanka March 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

Hello sir,
I am Priyanka of age 21. I have received call letter to attend SSB for SSC(Logistics)-Women on 10th April,2013 at Bhopal. My qualification is B.Tech-ECE (80.19%).
But, my parents are not permitting me to attend SSB atleast mentioning that “Armed Forces like Navy, Air Force & Army are not safe for girls to work, so we do not like you to attend SSB”.
Sir, do this kind of fear hold valid in reality? Kindly reply.


Nitin November 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

hello Uday sir,
i have been called for SSC-UES(ENG) for the Indian Navy at Bhopal.
I have been to ssb interview twice earlier.
I was recommended in my first attempt but merit out. and the second time interview was also of navy at coimbatore. I was Screened out the second time.
So i just wanna ask you what is the criteria of selection of the repeaters and what must be done to be screened in .. ??


Mohammad Mubeen Khan April 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Hello sir,
I would like to know that in lecturette,on the given topics,if a candidate cannot able to speak on anyone of the topic, in that case can candidate can speak on their own topic by taking permission from the GTO.


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