Clearing SSB interview is certainly not a child’s play. But, it is not totally impossible as well. Here are some essential things you need to do before going for your SSB interview. Just try to implement and inculcate these tips into your daily life as much as you can during the preparation period.
SSB is not just a mere intelligence test but also a complete assessment of your personality.
10 Essential Things you must do before going for SSB interview:
1. Learn about all SSB tests and Procedures:
SSB interview is a comprehensive 5 or 6 day long procedure.
• Get to know everything about series of tests, related procedures and timetable of SSB interview.
• In the beginning, there will be a Screening test. Whoever clears the screening test and GD round will be staying at the SSB Centre for the next 5 or 6 days.
• Over a period of these days, different tests and a Personal Interview will be conducted by SSB.
• Some of these tests include SRT (Situation Reaction Test), Progressive Group Task, Command Task, WAT (Word Association Test), Final Group Task, Physical Test, Personal Interview and Conference Round.
CHM will be informing candidates about the dates and timing of these tests.
2. Prepare a Timetable and Practice Sincerely:
After learning everything about SSB tests, now it’s time to prepare for it.
• Practice for these tests as much as you can, gather information from different online resources, take mock tests, study SSB books, pursue coaching classes (if you have to).
For other tests, you can prepare from online resources and preparation books, but for PI, Conference round, Physical Test, Group tasks, etc. you need to work on your OLQs.
3. Work on your OLQs:
• Work on developing Officer Like Qualities within yourself. It will not happen magically in one day. You need to discipline yourself over time.
• Being physically fit has to be one of your priorities during preparation period.
• You need to train yourself to perform physical tasks given in SSB interview. Moreover, you need to complete them within given time constraint. Learn about those tests and try to practice thoroughly.
• Exercise regularly. Eat healthily and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
4. Preparing for Personal Interview:
• A Personal interview is a tricky procedure. Candidate needs to be honest, well-prepared and confident during this round.
• Before heading for the interview, you need to work on your dressing sense, appearance, physical gestures, eye contact, sitting posture, etc.
• Filling up the PIQ form is the most important thing because several questions will be asked based on this info you provide. Think twice before writing your answers.
5. Hone up your “Current Affairs” knowledge:
Now, this is not a one-day process. You need to read newspapers, watch news channels, read magazines, etc. on daily basis.
You need to have good general awareness and learn about current affairs (both national and international).
6. Gather info about important topics:
As you will appear for PI and Group Discussions, you need to have basic knowledge about Indian Armed Forces, History of India, Indian politics, Current affairs of India, Geography of India, etc.
• Read about these topics comprehensively and make notes, if possible.
7. Don’t forget about the Technical Knowledge:
Many a times, Interviewer might ask Technical questions related to your stream as well. If you are an engineering graduate, make sure you prepare well for basic questions related to your stream.
8. Get to know yourself:
Often, we see that candidates prepare well for all the technical, GK, current affairs topics, but forget to learn about themselves.
When asked about their own positives or negatives, many students waver on the answer.
• You need to know everything about your own self.
• Have a detailed knowledge about your family background, hometown, state, etc. (These questions are presented in PIQ form as well)
• Learn about any famous personalities, population, historical significance, governmental organizations, etc. belonging to your hometown or state.
9. Improve your communications skills and confidence:
This step is a must-do.
• Building confidence and working on your communication skills will certainly help you in personal interview, group task, group discussions, etc.
• Invest a specific amount of time for these activities daily.
10. Quit being pessimistic:
If examiners sense your pessimistic attitude, there are high chances of you being rejected. No matter what, always have an optimistic attitude.
• Keep a subtle smile on your face, be confident, try to get used to the environment and don’t ever provide fake answers or pretend to be who you are not.
These are the Top 10 Essential things that you have to do before going for the SSB interview. Practicing this as much as you can and inculcating it in your daily schedule will certainly help you crack SSB interview.