Physical Group Tasks in SSB Interview – Explained in Detail

by Girish Singh on July 1, 2014

Hi there. First of all, thanks for the feedback and suggestions you guys have been giving. It is an encouragement.

This article concerns the rest of the physical tasks that are there in group testing. I will try to shed some light on them according to my experience. Try to bear till end as this article summarizes nearly all those tasks which make most of the part of group testing.


As soon as the physical group task begins, the first that comes in the series is Progressive Group Task (PGT). Look at the key words and you can get a basic idea what this is about. We are supposed to progressively solve some tasks in group. Now, the catch about the tasks are that they are generally in an order, starting from easiest and slowly towards advanced or more difficult. There are certain rules and regulations, clearly explained by the GTO at the start, so look out for them. Then there are certain helping materials, a rope, a plank and a wooden log. We are supposed to cross from start line to finish line using the helping material while carrying a load given.

Actually what the tasks are and how they are conducted is not of much important at this point of time. These things become pretty clear when GTO explains them. The important part is how we conduct ourselves there. Look, PGT is a stage where lots of opportunities are there. Group may and will get stuck frequently and a void for a leader is always there. Try to fill that void. It does not mean coming up with useless and ideas purely driven by trial and error. Try to implement the knowledge and logic that you have practically. I will try to elucidate my statement further.

Suppose you are trying to bridge the gap between a platform and an iron pole structure. While the people are struck on it and they are all trying the same thing one way or other (trust me this happens), the catch may be to figure out a completely alternative solution to solve it. This requires careful and speedy analysis. Next obstacle is to present this solution in front of the team while convincing them to work with your idea. This may require good communication skills, flawless explanation and a sense of confidence and command in your voice. Shouting never helps. Nor does snatching and trying to get indulged physically. Work with the team, driving them to the solution a step at a time. You may face resistance, but try to handle the resistance to your advantage. Like this maybe-

Suppose a guy in your team decides to thwart your idea completely and says something like this- “I don’t think his idea is ever gonna work. I think he is leading us to our deaths” *Sorry for theatrics*

Then maybe your obvious reaction will be giving a mean look to the guy like he talked about stealing your girlfriend, but I suggest, don’t do that!

The common goal is to solve the problem, and the leader is the one who can lead the team despite the differences in the team that he leads. *Yes that one is from Saving Private Ryan*

So, what I would suggest is try to take the guy on your side. Maybe say something like this-

“I think you are physically stronger than many of us and if you would bring the load, I think we can make it with my idea too. Also can you please help me tie this rope tightly?”

Trust me, doesn’t matter how insecure that guy may be from you, he won’t dare deny helping you. I hope I made my point clear. It’s all about applying yourself. Situations will be different, of course. Also, remember not overdoing anything. It may backfire as well.

The other task that is there is Half Group Task (HGT). Fundamentals are same, rules are same, and number of people in group is half. Those who complain of not getting a chance in PGT should prove themselves here.

There is another task known as Command Task (CD). Kindly note that I am not explaining the tasks in the order in which they appear. When I went for my first SSB, this was the task which I loved most. You are made commander and you are allowed to choose two subordinates for yourself which will assist you. They are supposed to only assist you in carrying and putting stuff that is helping physically. The solution of the problem has to be yours, and only yours. I was unable to even start my command task for the first 10 minutes in my first SSB. It was that tough. After starting, when GTO helped, I completed the task in another 15 minutes. Another guy solved his CD in 3 minutes. So, the toughness level varies this much in command tasks. Maybe the best course to take in command task is to think with all the brains you have got while maintain your calm.

The most fun filled task that is there in GTO is the Group Obstacle Race (GOR). Multiple teams run together, on parallel paths with obstacles in between to reach the finish line while carrying a snake (tent with ropes in it) with them. Obstacles are easy, if done with team. This is when everyone realizes how fun it is, crossing obstacles when accompanied by brothers. There is no strategy or technique that one should learn for this. Be yourself, enjoy the race. Follow the rules.

Individual Obstacles (IO), is the test when a candidate individually faces 10 obstacles. Time given is 3 minutes. The obstacles are numbered, from 1 to 10. The first one carries one mark and so on in arithmetic progression, the 10th one carrying 10 marks. So, 55 total marks, 180 seconds. Order of solving them can be chosen by us. So, maybe think the order beforehand. Good physical stamina and arms strength come handy here. Order of solving is important, so try to put your focus on that.

Final Group Task (FGT), this is the final physical group task. Task and rules same as PGT and HGT, again the whole team together solve a single task.

In the next article I will try to explain my views and experience on the Lecturrete, the last task that remains in our discussion of Group testing. Thanks for reading.

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