SSB Interview GD Topics (Group Discussion Topics)

by Uday Kumar on August 31, 2012

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
  • Lecturette
  • 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
  • Naxallisim
  • Terrorism
  • 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

I hope you found it useful. Let me know if you have any questions!

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Selvakumar Duraisingam August 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm

hi Uday,
Thanks for you valuable advices to the buddy officers.. Could you please write aricles on roles and resposibilities of an officer once he got into defence(all the 3 forces)? This is the serious query most of the desiring candidates please explain my query in your upcoming articles.


Uday Kumar September 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

I am not allowed to reveal all the details because it of security concerns. However I will write one article about it with some little information.

maxy August 31, 2012 at 8:28 pm

For now I don’t have much idea about the above topics..How I wish there were a collection of essays/articles based on this subjects 🙂


Meenakshi Yadav August 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Respected Sir,

I want 2 knw wen dis EKT is conducted in AFSB…4 technical entry. M vry confused regardin dis coz sum say it happens n sum say nw evrythn s included in AFSB so ders no EKT…need ur precious guidance….kindly reply




uday September 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

As per my knowledge, eariler it was conducted sepearately, but now it is conducted along with AFCAT.

Meenakshi Yadav September 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm


In a GD is it necessary 2 b 100 percent for or against d topic. for eg. luv or arrange marriage….is it possible 2 keep a point dt considers both…lyk if both d points r correct within sum constraints…wht 2 du in dt case.

Plz hlp


uday September 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Dear Meeakshi Yadav, no donot go for both the sides. It will put you in poor picture. You may strongly feel for one and may be slightly accept a few points from the other side too. But you can not accept both.


Meenakshi Yadav September 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm

ok…….thanku so mch sir…..:)….will keep dt in my mind


Nitin October 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

meenakshi you can’t talk on both side if you go for talk both side than out of the gd.

ASHISH SETHI September 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

sir i have been called for an interview can u plz tell me what kind of interview will be there and gd is also there ?


Nilesh s sonwane September 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

I will go for ncc entry, tell me what actualy i shuold read?
And my english is very poor as i studied in marathi medium school.
and what points i should go for?


Dharmendra November 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

I want to prepare for PC SL commission. What should I read because I have no sufficient time thesedays to join any coaching.

Swagata Mukherjee September 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hello Sir,

Yours is truly the most amazing site on SSB.I am expecting the AFCAT 2/2012 and I am most likely to make it.Sir how do I do I become a part of your coaching program?


Swagata Mukherjee September 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Sir I made cleared AFCAT.


venugopal December 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

sir could you please me about the detailed selection process in that 5 days .
by the way i got a call for interview from ssb on 8-01-2012 .
how should i prepare


uday1 December 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

You can follow the link above

Gagan January 26, 2013 at 2:31 pm

thank u sir for this information. im 1991 born frm Punjab. im persuing in IT field n been trying to join Indian armed forces since i was in diploma. im a sports-persn too n hve good knowledge of technical subject both(programming n Networking). i dont really hve any1 to guide me so pls Sir suggest me how can i hve the honour of serving my nation by joining Indian navy. Thanku


abhi ranjan March 13, 2013 at 1:04 am

hi sir i have attended 3 ssb but always s/o plz suggest me how to write story in ppdt and how to participate in gd that enables me to get in plz guide me sir i m in air force corporal 6 yrs


Yuvaraj May 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Hello Sir,
I have my interview on 28th May in AFSB, Mysore.
I did my Aeronautical Engineering and i have applied for Technical branch.
Will i be questioned on any technical topics of my branch??
Please help me on this issue.
Thanks in advance..


Divesh May 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

Gud morning sir ,
i want to knw about how to face gd . I m going for NCC air wing unit . . Cn u please gv me some information about it. . What shud i prefer ?


manisha July 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

sir plz give me detail about indian airforce. i studying in BE 3rd year. i wants to become a pilot.


sachin yadav September 23, 2013 at 11:32 pm

this is very helpful for me…………….


Arun Kallarackal September 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Great post sir! Really helpful for NDA aspirants. Thanks for sharing!


ranjeet kumar November 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

respected sir,
thank you very much for inspiring all of us and for helpful study materials. Through which we get updated with current topics. sir could you send me some pic for ppdt and words for wat.


abhimanyu saru April 23, 2015 at 4:20 am

sir I have cleared my written’s and preparing for the upcoming SSB and got a need of fairfull guidelines through which i could crack the SSB sackles in my first attempt hope for good luck comes my way


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