The 5 day SSB Interview Experience

by Uday Kumar on June 25, 2012

The SSB interview is a common test conducted in order to choose the right candidates for the offices of the Armed Forces of India. The SSB interview is a 5 day selection test designed to completely comprehend the potential and capacity of NDA and NA aspirants to be able to deal with complex, stressful situations and take quick, reasonable decisions with prudence and confidence.

The SSB Interview officials look for candidates with reasonable intelligence, but most importantly those who have the ability to lead the pack and portray effective and efficient leadership skills such as being responsible, being analytical and logical in their approaches and take initiatives to solve issues and problems.

Taking the SSB interview is truly an experience of a lifetime and the SSB interview experience has proven to be a big learning curve for most people who have attempted to crack SSB interview.

The 5 Day SSB Interview Experience

The SSB interviews are conducted in numerous selections camps all over the country such as Bangalore, Allahabad, Mysore etc.. The candidates on their arrival will be picked up from the railway stations by the military vehicles and taken to the respective SSB centers. On arrival, all candidates will have to fill out some basic forms and submit proofs of their identification and mark sheets from the 10th and 12th board exams for verification.

The forms to be filled out usually consist of Personal Identification Questionnaire (PIQ), Travel Allowance Forms and Identification Forms. The candidates are then allotted chest numbers and given instructions on code of conduct to be maintained at all times in the SSB centre.

Day 1

The candidates undergo a number of intelligence tests on Day 1. The tests are usually scheduled to begin at 6AM and the candidates will have to be present at the exam centers latest by 5.50AM. They will be provided breakfast before going for their tests.

Before each of the intelligence tests begins, the examiners will provide ample instructions and explanations as to how to go about taking the test. Most of the tests conducted are similar to the ones that have been conducted since 1974.

Therefore, while preparing for the test, candidates refer questions from previous year’s papers and this helps a lot in succeeding in the intelligence tests. The picture perception test is then conducted where the candidates will have to write a story or answer questions such as number of people, character which they saw first after observing a hazy picture for 30 seconds.

Day 2

Day 2 consists of psychological tests to be cleared by the candidates. The tests conducted include Thematic Appreciation Test where the candidates will be shown a clear picture and will then have to write a story within 4 minutes. It is important that the story is very positive and without mentioning much negative aspects.

Then the Word Association Test is conducted wherein the candidates have to write anything that comes to their mind after seeing a particular word for 15 seconds. There will be a series of 60 words shown and the candidates will have to write answers for all the 60 words. This is a very difficult test as test papers will be provided once to the candidates and it is important not to make any mistakes so as to avoid any cutting or over-writing.

Day 3 & Day 4

Day 3 and Day 4 consist of tests designed to assess the candidate’s ability to work in a group. The tests are called the Group Testing Officers (GTO) Test and include a number of challenging tasks.

This category of tests consist of Group Discussion where candidates will be given a common topic and will have to speak on it in a group and come up with a reasonable solution at the end of the allotted time period that is agreeable to all.

This is a very challenging test as you have to be assertive and be able to talk and also make sure that others are listening to your points as well and portray your communication skills, depth of knowledge and being able to put forth all your thoughts in a coherent and timely manner.

The lecturette is another important test to do well as it tests the aspirant’s ability to boost confidence among his team mates through his lecture. The candidates will have only 3 minutes within which they should exhibit key skills such as clarity of thought process, their ability to express their views cohesively and their self confidence levels.

Other tests in the group category are group obstacles with very strict rules to be followed, snake race, lecturette topics (extempore), command task and final group task all of which are aimed at determining the candidate’s abilities to lead a team and function efficiently as a group member as well.

Day 5

This is a crucial day, as it is the last opportunity to showcase the true potential and is a one-on-one interview with an assessing officer. The personal interview seeks to extract maximum information from the candidate and also consists of rapid fire questions that enable the officer to determine the candidate’s ability to think off the feet and respond relevantly to tricky questions!

This 5 day SSB interview experience will provide a good learning platform and will instill the habits of discipline and patience amongst everyone trying to clear the SSB interview.

Uday Kumar

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praphullalla June 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Thank you sir. Sir can you please tell me about the rope climbing task. I never did it before. I don’t know how to. what if I fail in that task sir?


Uday Kumar June 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I have explained that task in detail in my online SSB Training program. Check it out at

p v dinesh July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Sir, what about the outdoor can we get trained for that.Is their any other process for that.


Uday Kumar July 3, 2012 at 4:28 am

For outdoor tasks you can get training at the various training institutes in several major cities. However if you cannot attend a live training program and want to learn in depth information about the tasks from study materials then I recommend buying our study materials at

We have lessons for each out door task with pictures that you will not get anywhere else.

Sagar July 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My Percentage In 10th Was 80, And In 12th It Was 59 After That I Have Taken A Year Drop To Prepare For My Engineering Entrance Exams, In spite Of Taking The Drop I Am Not Able To Get Admission In A Good Engineering College. I Have My Last Attempt Remaining For AIEEE And Again I Am Taking A Year Drop So That I Can Get Admission In A Good College Like The NITs.
So Sir, My Question Is That Will It Hamper My Chance Of Getting Recommended At The SSB Interview?
I Have Been Conference Out At My Last SSB For 128th NDA Course, This Is My Last Attempt.
Thank u Sir So Much..It Would Of Great Help If You Reply…:) 🙂


uday July 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Sagar, are you preparing for AIEEE or NDA or both??

Revanth July 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Sir i would like to know many of them are selected to attend the SSB interview every term?
2.How much mark should we secure to get an SSB interview call letter?


uday July 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Revanth, which entry are you talking about???

Prashant September 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Sir can we speak there in ssb in hindi.


Akshit Kapoor October 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

When I read this article then I think that I was also in Air ForceI


bharat October 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

can igive nda exam in 11


bharat October 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

i am in commerce can it will be possible to give nda exam


Praveen December 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Sir please….tell me….what were the questions asked to you….at your SSB training…….I will be glad to know …..Please sir


MUHISN AK February 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

sir I am selected for the SSB interview as a NA cadet from the NDA & NA (II) 2012. can you help me to know the criteria of the interview and how to prepare foor the interview.


vivek ranjan March 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

sir, please tell me how to prepare for the naval campus interviews for ues (final year).also please tell me about the types of questions asked by the campus selection team. can you please tell me about the total no. of vacancies for various courses . i’ll be very thankful sir


ANIL RAWAT May 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

sir can we speak in Hindi NDA ………………………Plz tell mee.
and what is the pass marking in NDA?


deepak singh mahar May 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hii .
Friend i want to tell you that their is no language barrier in ssb .. you can communicate in hindi too… 🙂

Rishabh May 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

sir I am selected for the SSB interview In airforce from the NDA & NA . can you help me to know the criteria of the interview and how to prepare for the interview.


Yatharth June 5, 2013 at 12:50 am

Hello Sir, May i ask, What are the most common mistakes done by the students in SSB…
I am really serious about NDA..


moti kumar July 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

sir my english communication is very weak can i prepare for cds exam


vaishnavi August 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Hello sir, i am persuing my btech final year and i am very much intrested to join in airforce .so what exams i need to write .when will be the exams .Is their any conditions for girls in airforce…………….sir please tell me.


siddharth singh September 1, 2013 at 2:20 am

gys instead of asking foolish questions start working hard so that u can simplify u’r problem anything is possible becuzz U r able to see my comment So never giveup N never backdown


Ajit singh October 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

SIR my english communication is very weak.can i prepare for ACC EXAM……


Braj mohan sharma December 9, 2013 at 2:46 am

Sir, i can attempt ssb interview in hindi?


Nisha December 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hello Sir,
How much time it takes to go after clearing SSB interview.


Nisha December 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Hello Sir,
How much time it takes to go After SSB Interview got cleared


eswaran December 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

Hello sir,
For SSB interview Hindi is important because I don’t know Hindi. My first SSB selection were at Allahabad were I suffered lot because of Hindi .I know sir Hindi is important but it will take time for me to learn but I want to join my defence force . Reply me sir whether Hindi is important or not.


Saurabh January 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

hello sir
Is hindi is allowed tp speak in NDA SSB interview????


aniket June 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

sir i completed my 12th in 2013 and i wish to join in nevy can u plz give me tips for clearing the ssb interview also what happens if candidate didnt complete individual obstacle stage is that affect in our ssb interview sir plz help me also tell me which books should i refer????


aniket June 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

also tell me after clearing the nda written exam when we call for the ssb interview if i given the exam in september 2014 and when the batch is started sir plzzzzzzzzz reply me u r reply is most for meee plzzzzzzzzz


MOHD IMRAN June 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

i am not speak in english …so can i communicate in hindi during my ssb ??


Siddarth Rout September 19, 2014 at 12:23 am

hello everyone ,

I have been here to clear my thoughts and a question i used to get frequently day and night while i think about there phrase ‘ Do you have it in you ‘ . What exactly they are searching for , a dumb or a genious . i know you don’t want a genious .


Aman thakur October 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

sir i have a problem of stammering while speaking,then how i can crack this interview…please tell me….


vipin October 31, 2014 at 6:35 pm

sir , i am going to take ssb interviw at allahabad and that will be my first and i think last chance so please tell me which kind of things i keep in mind when i am going to attempt that one.?????


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