Screening Test in SSB Interview

by Uday Kumar on October 9, 2012

SSB interview is the gateway for a career in the Indian Defense forces as an Officer. You can take the route of NDA, the CDS or the AFCAT and so on for various levels, such as XII, graduation or post graduation.

After the test, all the candidates have to appear for the Services Selection Board Interview, or the SSB interview for the purpose of the final selection. The SSB interview is held for 5 days and is divided into two stages. Stage 1 is the screening test held on the first day of the interview. The results of this test are declared and only those candidates who have qualified in the screening stage are asked to take the stage II test.

The second stage of the SSB test consists of a psychology test, a GTO (Group testing officers) test and finally a personal interview. The screening test in SSB interview consists of OIR or Officer Intelligence and the PPDT.

These tests aim at ascertaining the analyzing ability of the candidates and assess their potential. The screening test in SSB interview is a very important part of the SSB test, because there is a very high competition level. The test consists of Intelligence tests that consist of both verbal and non verbal type along with picture perception and discussion test, known as PPDT.

Verbal and Non-Verbal Tests

The verbal test consists in testing the basic knowledge of English and the non verbal test tests logical math and numbers. The verbal and non verbal part is not very difficult, as it is only aimed at testing the intelligence rate. However, the time might be very limited, so try to attempt answering all the questions, as there is no negative marking for this part of the screening test in SSB interview. In our online SSB Training Program, we have included examples for various verbal and non-verbal tests.

The time is less and the candidate is put under pressure for solving the intelligence questions. The SSB coaching center can help prepare candidates to obtain high marks.

With the help of SSB coaching, candidates can get in-depth guidance and get to know a brief of all the tests conducted. You will also get to know all the procedures that the SSB interview process follows when they conduct the various tests. Model tests are conducted at SSB coaching centers simulating the pattern of the SSB, with written tests, Ground tests, GP discussion and so on.

PPDT – Picture Perception and Description Test

The next step is the PPDT. A picture is shown to you and you will have to write a story based on the picture. Candidates can see the picture for 30 seconds and make a note of specific parameters, such as the age, the action, the sex, the number, all of which is to be done in a minute. The candidate is then given four minutes to write the story.

The candidate is first made to sit in an auditorium and the instructions regarding the PPDT are given. He can then see a hazy picture for 30 seconds and think of a positive story to write. After writing the story, the candidates are asked to sit in a semi circle and have to discuss their own stories. During this screening process, the GTO is present in order to select the students for the remaining four days. The candidate has to mark the central character, his mood, the situation of the past, the present and the future.

Later the candidate has to discuss the picture for a period of 30 minutes. For this discussion, the candidates are divided into different groups with about 15 candidates in each group. Each of the candidates is asked to narrate their story and they should discuss among themselves. The aim is to achieve a common agreement over the main theme of the story and the characters. The result of the screening is declared and those who succeed in it can stay back for the stage 2 on the second day.

More details about SSB Screening Test

To succeed in the SSB screening test, check out our online SSB training program that covers the entire syllabus. You can ensure selection by getting sufficient knowledge of the test from our SSB coaching center.

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Subhabrata Dey October 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

GD is a fish market! Some people do sell the fish, and some just watch others do that.


Vinod Kumar October 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

sir,thanx for help me in ssb interview


Atul Kumar Singh Yadav October 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

thank you sir for giving basic knowledge about the screening test.What are the do and don’t which we must take in care during screening test?


Abhishek Sharma October 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hello Sir,

Thank you for providing the guidelines and information about defense and entrance to the young aspirants.

Sir, I was recommended for Navy SSC-GS(X) for Dec-2012 batch, all the medicals and verifications are done. Can you Please tell approximate date of Meritlist and commencement of course? Does the startdate of course remains same every year or is floating?


Uday Kumar October 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Dear Abhishek, firstly congrats for getting recommended !!! Merit list will be out 3-4 weeks prior to commencement of course. Date of commencement of course is floating and is not fixed every year!!

Uttam Chand Meena October 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Sir please tell me
How many pictures are shown in the PPDT to write story ?


Siddharth October 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thanks a lot sir 🙂


shibiraj October 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thank you for helping very much as reading your articles i have passed out the first screening test it was just awsome having the experiance in INS Agrani really enjoyed those days, But as i did not do it so seriously so was unable to clear it through.. .


Meenakshi October 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm


I wanted 2 ask in a gd or lecturette…if topic is sumthn versus defence…eg.v shud spend more on defence or infrastructure of r country OR whu serves r country more Farmers or Soldiers….in dt case if v opt 2 turn down d defence option den will d officials tak it as a negativ aspect as i want 2 join defence bt m still tokin against it..

Kindly advice..



Siddharth October 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Uday SIr,

My D.O.B is 1st july 1992, currently 2nd year student of electrical engineering & will be graduated in may 2015, I have my one shot aim – To Join Indian Army (in non-tech entry).
Hereby I request you to please look into the matters of age limits & please tell me all the opportunities for getting into Indian Army (in non- tech).

It will be very grateful Sir.

Try to reply as soon as possible. Thanks


MONAL October 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

What the hell GD is conducted in SSB.
This is the way GD is held.
Just dont know who taught them that these are the ways gd are held where GTO is drinking tea & sitting as if students are not speaking but cracking jokes.
moreover a student at one corner cant even see the other one.
This is GD. Any intelligent person wo nt speak a single word there where evey one is shouting


Babla Biswas October 30, 2012 at 4:01 am

can I use Hindi during interview ?


ashutosh tripathi October 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

thank u sir..for the guidance.
sir i have to go for the ssb interview of indian army…and my poblem is that i was week in english spoken and fleuncey..this is only thing which sometimes diverted my kindly help me sir


Anup November 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

I received call letter to attend SSB interview at BHOPAL for SSC (Tech) Navy. I have a doubt regarding my eyesight. I have myopia of -0.5 and -0.75 and i wear spectacles at all times, but even if i remove them i would be fairly able to see things except small writings at long distances for which i need spectacles. Would i get permanent rejection because of this. Please clarify my doubt as this is my first time SSB and i want to get through it at any cost. Thank you.


Sahil Gahlot December 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

I am a Software Engineer and this is the first time I’m appearing for the CDSE and AFCAT exams. I’m good at communication and have faced enough interviews so I’m quite confident. But to improve myself I’m taking help from your site and some others and that you people are have done a really good, I’m very thankful to you.

Sir I have a question and it is that if i get my written test clear and get a call for SSB, than how much time (approximately) will I get between between my written test and SSB?

please do answer my question sir, I will be waiting for your answer.
Thank you.


uday1 December 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Sahil, you will get about a months time handsdown

Nagesh December 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Dear sir,
i have a PSB test on 7th january of 2013 for Indain CouastGaurd.if i clear this Preliminary test then when they will conduct final much time they will take to conduct Final Selection after PSB.please reply to my mail sir.

thaaking you sir


Rakesh sharma February 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

sir as i see urs all articls for newly attender of ssb,its awsome to read and took sme guide line of point which is basically needed to young gernation who r appear and going on appearing ssb test.only few respected people are sharing this type of guid line to entire canidate in open web.Its best knowledge for me and all reader of this articls especily for me i was achive lot hits which became for a ssb qulifyabe thank you


jyoti krishna July 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

i am going to attend my final ssb for SD selection .My problem is i am not able to speak in ppdt as everyone starts shouting. wat should i do pls suggest


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MOHD IMRAN June 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm

i want some tips frst day exam ??? in ssb my exam is on 23july ssc atc exam


MOHD IMRAN June 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

sir i cant talk in english ….please tell me is there any option to take ssb interview in hindi place of english ….plzzz suggest


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