The 5 Day SSB Interview Procedure Explained in Detail

by Akash on May 12, 2013

Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are the three elite armed forces of India. To get into these forces as an Officer, you all need to clear the SSB INTERVIEW. In this article, I’ll let you know all the details about the SSB procedure and requirements.

ssb interview procedure

Firstly, in order to fetch the interview’s call, you need to apply with an online application form which is made available on the websites of these armed forces from time to time. Once, you fill it up and follow the procedure mentioned over there, your application will be considered only then.

Then, if you meet the eligibility viz. cut off marks in graduation etc. you will get SSB interview call. This is relevant for Direct Entries. By Direct Entries, I mean, the type of Entries that do not require any kind of exam to be cleared before coming to SSB interview. These entries in particular are Army’s TGC, SSC, UES (selection through personal interviews in colleges) etc.

Similar is the case with one of the direct entry for Navy but for Air Force, no such direct entry exists. So, if you are found eligible, you will be called at selection centers for SSB interview. The information about the selection centers will be provided in the next article. In this article we shall focus only on SSB procedure.

SSB is normally a 5 day long process with eliminations. Following are the details about these 5 days:

Day 0: Registration/Reporting Day

On this day, you need to report at the provided SELECTION CENTER. The JCOs will check your documents original as well as attested photocopies of your mark sheets from 10th standard onwards. If some important document is missing, unfortunately, you will have to leave the selection center at that very point of time and the Defence Vehicle will drop you at the railway station without TA/DA.

If you have all the documents, you will be required to fill up 3 forms viz. Identification Form, Travel Allowance Form (if you are fresher for that particular entry) and Marks Card. You will have to attach the original travel tickets to the form for you being eligible for the Travel Allowance.  This documentation finishes then you have Commanding Officer’s speech in which he will make you aware about the procedure and schedules for the next 5days and also about the rules and regulations you need to follow when you under testing. Then you have your dinner (under normal condition when the reporting time is 2pm). You are provided with a bed where you can rest and prepare for the next D-DAY.

Day 1: Screening Tests

The next day normally starts at 6.30 A.M. You need to get ready and have breakfast and gather at the assembly point. The test normally starts at 7A.M. The test includes basic set of questions that will check your aptitude that is required for an Officer. It includes reasoning, quant, verbal ability etc. There are 2 tests of approximately half n hour each. These are called verbal and non-verbal tests.

Details of the same I’ll provide you in my subsequent articles. After these tests finish, you undergo PPDT. PPDT is Picture Perception and Description Test. In this test, you are shown a hazy black and white picture for 30 seconds and then in 4 minutes, you need to write a story about that picture. After this, you go and have lunch and those who are eligible for TA get that. After the lunch, the result is announced, those who make it, remain in the selection center for further testing for 4 days and those who do not make it, are dropped to the railway station.

Day 2: Psychological Tests

The next day starts like the previous day. During this day, you undergo psychological tests. These are as follows:

  • Thematic Appreciation Test
  • Word Association Test
  • Situation Reaction Test
  • Self Description Test

The interviews are lined up for some candidates so they are not allowed to leave the premises. The other candidates are allowed to visit the city.

DAY 3 & 4: GTO Tasks

In this test, your ground skills are checked. This test is taken care of by GTO OFFICER(s). The details are worth mentioning which are as follows:

  • GDs
  • Military Planning Exercise
  • Progressive Group Task
  • Half Group Task
  • Final Group Task
  • Lecturettee
  • Command Task
  • Individual Obstacles
  • Snake Race

Then the interviews of all the remaining candidates take place within these two days.

DAY 5: Conference Day

On this day, wear the best dress you have..!! :p Nobody knows the final result. Every candidate is called in the conference room and asked few questions about the stay, the food etc. This is the first time all the TESTING Officers meet and decide your FINAL FATE. After all the candidates have undergone this procedure, you will have lunch and after the lunch, the time comes for the TIME you have been waiting for all your LIFE…!! “THE FINAL SELECTED CANDIDATES.” All the other candidates are dropped at the railway station.

The, then, selected candidates undergo MEDICAL EXAMINATION further for 5 to 6 days. If they are found physically fit, they just have to pray to see their name in the final merit list. If there is some defect or disease is found in the candidate, who can be cured, they are provided with 40 days time for that cure and then they will have to report again to the nearest Military Hospital. But if there is some permanent defect in the body viz. flat foot, knocking knees etc. then he/she is declared as not medically fit for the armed forces.

Hope this article helps you in your preparation for the SSB INTERVIEW. I wish you all the best and as I mentioned in my first article about Office Like Qualities (OLQ), ask yourself as many times a day you can “DO I HAVE IT IN MYSELF…!!”

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Sid May 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

Sir,I just want to ask a doubt. In call letter, they said to provide a parents approval certificate. How this can be Typed? Please help me.


Akash May 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

which entry?? if is it 10+2 TES or NDA then u just need to get the sign of ur parent in the same call letter that would be enough.l and according to me no other entry requires such a thing.

Eva Agrawal May 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Please post some questions about PPDT and also the way to solve them.
P.S. Specially for women entries.


Akash May 17, 2013 at 1:20 pm

i’ll post about PPDT in my next article. Is it ok?

PRASOON GAUTAM May 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I’ve cleared AFCAT my ssb is in sept. i have an aggregate of 59.2% . but the eligibility criteria is 60%.

this eligibility criteria makes a confusion as is it 60% till the completion of degree, or till the date of ssb


Aasim Mohammed A June 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Please tell me what is the difference between SSB and AFSB. Do the interview and Group task events vary?


santhosh.s August 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Sir, can you tell me when is the SSB for university entry scheme. I have already got selected in the preliminary round and waiting…


tony jose September 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

sir, i have been called for ssb interview under 10+2 b-tech scheme. My physical conditions are not satisfying for me. I’m 18yrs old with 172cm hieght and 78kg weight. Can i pass the physical tasks for ssb.


Aakash Sharma September 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

sir mera call letter abhi tak nhi aaya hai lakin meine apne roll no. dekh liya hai ki mei selected hu. mera call letter jaldi bhejne ki kripa kare. mein intjaar kar raha hu. mera roll no. 244534 hai.
ye “regular date of reporting” or “absentee date of reporting ” kya hai. kya hme dono din aana hai ya kii ek din. mei 13 sep 2013 ko nhi aa paya kya isse koi problem to nhi hai. kya ab mei 11 oct 2013 ko aa sakta hu.
11 oct 2013 kya kya documents lane hai.
is bare mein koi information ya to is id par bheje ya 8449266836 ya 8273892942 ya 8791926844 par bheje.


RAM LAKHAN SINGH November 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

thank you so much sir.


Hrishikesh May 12, 2014 at 12:38 am

what is the procedure for LAW OFFICER entry….? I am mean to say whether the same procedure has followed as it is in case of other SSB interviews…or it is different…? Plzzz do repond…


Amit kumar October 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Good evening sir, I want to join Indian army and I am determined for it. I have recently joined your free ssb email course to make this dream true. But I got select in air force y group and I am going to join it. so will you please tell me that what are the entry schemes to join army as an officer after joining air force and what is eligibility criteria for that. please tell me this in detail.


paritosh das November 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

i am wearing glasses and i am having a power of -5. am i eligible for Indian navy in any technical post?


Hartaj Dhaliwal April 9, 2015 at 4:55 am

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karishma September 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

in gd round is dus necessary to communicat in english????


Thaldrine October 21, 2015 at 12:09 am

Sir can u give some information in medical examination especially in dental section (can artificial tooth replacement be OK ?)


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