6 Tips for SSB Personal Interview

by Uday Kumar on September 14, 2012

SSB Personal InterviewThe following points are a safety check list before you go for any personal interview, not just the SSB Personal Interview.

1. Personal Grooming

Please ensure you wear an appropriate (formal) dress for any interview. Preferably light coloured full sleeve shirt and dark coloured trousers. Belt and shoes both of same colour (both needs to be either black or brown). Make sure you have a good haircut (Nicely worn turban in case of sikh candidates). Nails trimmed. Apply a decent deo. (STRICTLY avoid perfumes and large quantity of deodorant on you as shown in TV ads. Please take it from me in writing – no beautiful and dangerously clad young women will run behind you for at least a deodorant. In this case the Interviewing Officer)

2. Do Your Home Work

Please find out about the organisation in which you are applying for. In case of Armed Forces – please do some research on Navy, Army and Air Force and the post to which you have applied for.

3. Keep Yourself Updated on the News

In any sensible interview, the interviewing officer will try to find out the candidates interest in the day to day environment and also find out his reactions. Keeping oneself updated with latest news shows that you are a very disciplined and intelligent person. At least make sure to know what has happened in the past one month.

4. Know Your Subjects

Knowing about your basic subjects is extremely important. Your knowledge in your professional subjects reflects your interest and motivation which you will show once you get selected and assigned a job.

5. Be Cool

It is important to remain calm and cool. A nervous person is a indication of underconfidence. Indication of nervousness is continuosly shaking your legs, clasping your palms frequently, moving uncomfortably and adjusting your position in your seat, looking all around the place except the interviewing officer, not looking into the eye of the interviewing officer, picking up a table weight or some object from the table and fiddling with it, stammering, etc.

6. Smile

Smiles do no cost. Then why don’t you smile 🙂

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Meenakshi September 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm

awsum article sir…:)


Anuraadha September 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Thanks a lot for highlighting on important points.


Ramsheed Hameed September 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

What about beard?should it be shaved or trimmed?Trimmed face always gives me a gentle look.


Uday Kumar September 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Ramsheed, I would definitely suggest for a shave, but if you insist then do a good trim and try to look smart with a fine trim…



Kauntey Hareshankar September 16, 2012 at 2:42 am

Respected sir,
I am ECE student from pune. I am going to attend TGC-116 on 7th october 2012. This is my first SSB and I am confident.
Sir, i want to know that
1) What are the general errors that freshers do in first SSB attempts on different tests in SSB, so that I can rectify if I have any of them.
2) I want to know basically which section or type of questions they asks in technical in interview.
3)what should be the answer of “Tell me about yourself”.
should it be Elaborated one OR small and up to the point.
4) can we use little Hindi at some occasion like in the GD or in Lecture to clarify something..

sir, I want to know my errors and want to correct them as soon as possible.. please guide me sir..
Thanking you sir.
waiting for your reply.:-)


jagjitsingh saluja September 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Hello Friend,
This is Jagjitsingh Saluja, I wanted to Share something with you as far my Information and Idea’s.

Well Let me tell you First That In SSB Interview you just in to be your Self not a Fake Because Most of the People ll Rejected due to there Fake Attitude, No Lies In Interview and Be Honest, Loyal and Be Cool and Original,
See Don’t worry about your Interview, Relax and be Cool.

See In SSB Interview they are not Intrested about your Percentage or
your Class Of Passing, In Interview what they want Is a 15 Officer Like Qualities.
The 15 Officer Like Qualities ll Find in this site onlly,
I wanted you to do is try to develop the Qualities and slowly slowly you ll Feel Yourself different from an Other People.

( Sir If i were Wrong so Please Corect me)

Nikhil Kumar Singh September 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Nice one again Sir.


Pushkar Dwivedi September 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I want to go in IAF but my brother has filled INDIAN ARMY as my FIRST CHOICE. what i should say to interviewing officer regarding this and what IF he asked WHY?


rajendra babu September 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

i got a call letter from indian navy and iam having interview on 11th oct2011.
iam preparing SSB the complete guidance book by dr Natarajan sir. is this book helpful to clear the interview sir?in SSB group discussions are more hoe to clear them sir.please suggest me sir.


Pushkar Dwivedi September 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I want to go in IAF but my brother has filled INDIAN ARMY as my First choice. My SSB in on 03rd October in SCE ALLAHABAD. I want to know what to answer the Interviewing Officer when asked WHY NOT ARMY????????


Keshav September 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

Just say that you have a keen interest in airplanes and jets, they fascinates you. Every time when you watch them on TV or in Republic Day Parade, they motivates you to fly and serve your country in best possible way, so you want to join IAF not Indian Army.

sandeep October 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Can’t explain in words sir how it is useful to us…. thank u s much sir


thrivi October 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

due to piles and hernia, the candidates will be permanently rejected or
temporary rejected ?


Gaurav October 18, 2012 at 1:08 am

kindly help me ,i have an ssb on 7th of nov but i also have a written exam on 11th of nov .So i am thinking of going on absentee date which is 18th nov sir tell me did they ask me the reason or any certificate for coming in absentees.


gautam November 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

hi gaurav,
even I have the same doubt. please add me in http://www.facebook.com/gautam456
and also the reporting time is 0600hrs. so will they give facility to refresh?

subha October 22, 2012 at 12:18 am

Sir,I have a bit stammering problem which makes my confidence lower during any interview season.Will it make any bad impact during SSB personal interview?


karambir singh October 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

nice article sir


ARFAZ ALAM M November 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Good evening Sir, I have just received the call up letter for SSB by Indian air force for cources commencing on July 2013.But my date of Reporting 31st December 2012 clashes with the day of my Final exam.what should i do? Please help me..expecting a reply from u sir..
Thank you


Venkatesh November 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

thank yu sir 🙂


anamika November 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

your every article has elaborated, clear and practical ans.. its so helpul to me… though, i want to know abt WAT. if i continue with all the simple sentence, will it be acceptable..


Sneha M December 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

Sir, I have applied for the logistics cadre Navy which commences on June 2013. When can I expect my call for the SSB interview?


uday1 December 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

Sneha, approx Feb/Mar

Arash Hans December 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

How many chances does one have to apply for the NDA ???


Dinesh Bagal December 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

sir i applied for coast guard asst. comnadant technical,give me tips for pp&dt


tejas January 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Hello Sir ,
I have been detected with
osgood schlatter’s disease( ie small bone out growth under the left knee)
My orthopedic doctor says that this problem will disappear with age .
Right now i am 16 years old . So will i get rejected in the medical tests .


arijit February 28, 2013 at 12:13 am

Dear Uday,

Can you please describe the job responsibility of the TGC candidates in indian army.


arijit February 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

Dear Uday Sir,

Can you please describe the job responsibility of the TGC Candidates in Indian Army.

I’m sorry for my previous post.



sindhu March 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

gd evng sir,
sir I have selected to INDIAN NAVY SSB for SSC OBSERVER POST
sir pls clarify my doubts :
1)Sir,Can girls attend SSB Interview in chudidar than formal dress
like boys
2)I have complited my engineering in aeronautical branch,
what to say whn intervier asked me WHy NAVY ??


Uday Kumar March 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Dear Sindhu, yes you can attend in churidar. And if the interviewer asks you Why Navy?? then tell him Why Navy!! 🙂 As an aeronautical engineer you will be working on Airplanes and whether it is in the Navy , AirForce or the Army what difference does it make???


Aashi April 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Respected Sir
I have cleared AFCAT 2013 and scheduled for SSB on 12 August. I have some doubts to get cleared:
(1) I have myopic eye with -3.50 with 20 degrees axis. Will undergoing a lasic eye surgery lead my rejection in medical examination.
(2) Does a cylindrical eye means a squint eye.
(3) Will SSB coaching help anyways, if I go for it.
(4) I had completed my B.Tech two years later, due to some odds in my family. Will that affect my candidature anyhow.
(5) Sir I do fine in writing english but lost my confidence due to two years of solitude. I am trying to gain GK and verbal at my previous levels. How should I reply to their question for the gap of two years. Because I know saying out truth would seem to pour sympathy and I don’t want to be in such condition. I am confident about myself but when it comes to account for past two years it brings me a fear to lose my present worth. Explaining things of a traditional family seems dramatic to myself, and for sure to them as well.
(6) My friends used to say that where there is me there ends every problem. should I write this kind of thing in PIQ form where we need to write what our family and friends think of us. This would seem self praising when I know and they’ll find out a gap of inexperience and worthless two years passed in family fuss.

Sir I am looking in anticipation towards you.


colskant April 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

not to worry. go with confidence. i m sure every thing will be ok

vivek kumar April 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

very nice


Sachin Budhawant April 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

too good article..


pooja sharma April 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Sir, i have completed b.tech in I.T. field and i am going to attend air force ssb interview on 24th june. Please suggest me which professional subjects i must focus on for the afsb PI.
Thanx in advance.


B SRIRAM April 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I am a service candidate. I had been to SSB interview for 12 times from 2001 till date. Twice CDS (NT) Army in 2001 & 2002 and rest in IAF from 2004 onwards. Only twice I went upto full phase conference in AFSB (2006) then rest every time screened out and twice not cleared written and thrice not able to apply due to some family commitments I had to go on leave. I have my SSB on 22 Apr at 1 AFSB. Following points emerged on my self analysis:
1. Sheer determination.
2. Never give up.
3. Do the assigned job to perfection and with utmost care.
4. Thorough professionalism in my job.
5. Good repo with colleagues and boss.
6. Take up the challenging jobs and execute it to perfection with in stipulated time frame.


1. I get perplexed.
2. I am not brief in narration.
3. I am not that strong in grasping.
4. I am willing to work hard.
5. I am not able to take a very quick decision.
6. I expect others also to be perfect and do the job like me to perfection.
7. Some times I do get angry if the job is not done correctly by my colleague/juniors.

How to improve/hide the weakness and are these things which are not allowing me to pass through the ssb interview.

Thank You Sir,
B Sriram


dr.pranesh sahare April 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

respected sir,
i had applied for SSC but i didn’t received call letter DGAFMS should i wait or asked them by telephone..when they will sent it.


MUKESH KUMAR PAL April 19, 2013 at 7:18 am

I hope this article will suffice the need of all aspirants of Armed Forces. It will work only when aspirants will workout on self.


HARSHA April 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm





Avinash June 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Respected Sir,
As i can see you are doing a wonderful job for freshers.I had applied for Assistnt comandent post(Technical) in coastguard.i got the call ltr for interview.I want to know that face to face interview and prelimiry interview willl be in the same day or diffrent diffrent day?
kindly reply as soon as possible !
Thanks in advance


Ajay kumar September 20, 2013 at 12:19 am

Hi.sir I am ajaydhewana. I belong to poor family. I am preparing for upcoming nda exam because I am so interested in armed for. Sir if you have and can do it easy. Please send me nda exam notes as fast as faster at minimum (exact) rate.. I will be thankful to you. Your truly. — Ajay Dhewana ..


Ravi Sharma September 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Thank you so much.that will be really very helpful for me.


Alen Hilary December 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Thank you so much sir for the tips and for the valuable motivation.


sourav tomar December 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

sir I have my ssb in feb but I cant go due to my board practicals .does going on a secondary date affects the chances of selection.plz tell me…


rs shinde January 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

thank you sir, i am a service candidate applied for SCO-34, interview scheduling on 13 feb 14 at allahabad or 04 apr in absentee batch at bhopal. The fwg points need clarification from your end :-
1. which batch should i attend, people say allahabad is very difficult to get through.
2. being my first attempt what common mistakes do we do.
3. w/o coaching can i do it. I have confidence in myself.


samiksha shekhawat April 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

sir will you please tell me about all the exams conducted for defense services in India for officer posts????
i will be really thankful to you


Ankit Yadav July 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Thnx for the guidnce sir…nd same i will follow these while mh Interview..!!
N yess….m little shy boy but this i ‘ll make it off..!!


Ravinder Singh September 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

Sir it is my first ssb and I m not going for coaching so tell me what to do and how I should prepare, tell me some que of screaning


Rahul keshervani November 5, 2014 at 5:38 am

Really important article. Thank you uday sir for your efforts.
But sir I have one issue like recently I have paid Rs. 1000 online for your ssb interview study material but till now I have not received the study material.
Even I have not got a single mail regarding my ssb material.
Sir it is my humble request to you that please ensure that I get ssb study material as I have to appear for ssb in November last 2014.


suraj January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

sir is there any disadvantage for repeaters ?


sushma September 19, 2015 at 3:16 pm

sir you mentioned about boys what about girls


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