Thematic Appreciation Test in SSB Interview – A Guide

by Sachin Kumar on December 31, 2014

Thematic Apperception Test is the first test of psychological testing series. It is a projection test in which a candidate is shown a series of pictures on which the candidates have to write a story.

ssb thematic appreciation testThere are total 12 pictures are shown to the candidates in a big auditorium, in which 11 pictures are hazy i.e. not so clear and the last one is a blank slide. Each picture is displayed for 30 seconds and total 4 minutes are given to write a story on it. Every picture contains a real life situation on which you have to make a story. Perception for each picture varies from person to person. In the case of blank slide, the candidates have to think a picture of their own choice and write a story on it.

Your stories on these pictures bring out your thoughts and thinking.  The psychologist accesses these thoughts and takes out your qualities from them. On the basis of your qualities, the psychologist decides whether to recommend you or not.

How to plot a Story?

The story must be positive and result should be positive. It must not reflect negativity and the story must be written in a logical/systematic way. A story must consist of:

1. What led to the situation? (Past)

This is the beginning part of the story which constitutes 3-4 lines. For giving a good start to a story, a candidate must keep following points in mind:

  • Describe the hero: There must be hero in the picture. The hero of the story should be of same age/sex of the candidate. The hero should be an average person with a positive attitude, not a superman. The hero must be confident and intelligently solve the problem. If there is no hero, then you can create a hero from outside the picture.
  • Identify the Problem:  Here, the hero must identify the problem and how it is affecting the related entities.
  • Aim of the hero: Here, the aim of the hero must be specified i.e. what hero has planned to solve the problem.

2. What is happening in the situation? (Present)

It is the middle part of the story which gives details about the hero’s efforts to solve the problem. It consists: What hero is doing? What are the steps he takes to achieve his theme? What are the resources, methods he is utilizing? Give only 3-4 steps in a systematic/logical approach so that one step leads to the next. This part is the heart of the story and it constitutes 7-8 lines.

3. What is the Outcome/Final result of the situation? (Future)

This is the last part of the story which tells what the outcome is and how it resolved the observed problem. It shows the result of hero’s efforts and the steps taken by him. Don’t award or praise the hero at the end of story. This part constitutes 2-3 lines in the story.

What type of stories must be avoided?

There are two approaches for making a story. First is: writing down negative thoughts on seeing a negative picture and another is writing positive thoughts on seeing a negative picture. The psychologist is very interested in seeing your positivity on seeing a negative picture, so the candidates must take care of this.

Let’s take an example: On seeing a picture in which a man is lying down, most of the people will make a story on an accident or a person fainted, etc. Positive approach towards this picture can be that a person is giving a seminar of yoga classes, seminar of CPR or a nukkad natak to make people aware of giving first-aid.

What to write in the blank story?

Try to relate it to your personal life. You can make a story on your extra-curricular activities, sports or any responsibility held. You can make a good story on your life experience as well that how you motivated people to keep villages clean, etc.

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