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Top 7 Reasons to Fail In SSB Interview

Internet is stuffed with articles on how to clear screening test, as rejection rate in this round is about 60%. Still, many aspirants get rejected straight away in the screening. Why?

Screening comprises of PPDT and OIR tests. Majority of the candidates get rejected in PPDT, mainly because of poor writing skills in PP, poor communication skills in DT and lack of preparation prior to coming for the interview.

For candidates who pass a screening, let us study what are top 7 reasons to fail in SSB interview:

1. Interrupting other candidates:

There’s a misconception amongst SSB aspirants that there are high chances of selection if you “lead” the group in all tests, become a leader in every task and speak more during GD round.

  • Even if you have good communication skills, you still need to be quiet and listen to other candidates as well.
  • Frequently interrupting others and speaking more than what is necessary might get you rejected.
  • Try to listen attentively to other aspirants, meanwhile present a few valid points in GD.
  • DO NOT KEEP ON REPEATING SAME THING AGAIN AND AGAIN for the sake of argument.

2. Lack of knowledge:

  • Not knowing important current affairs (national as well as international), not knowing capitals of popular countries, not knowing currencies of countries or India’s map, having no knowledge of global issues like terrorism, etc. might get you rejected. These are just to name a few.
  • Students who don’t read newspapers, magazines or don’t watch news channels are likely to be oblivious to current affairs, thereby getting embarrassed in Personal Interview or GD rounds.

Make sure you dedicate good amount of time daily for General Knowledge preparation and knowing current affairs.

3. Not knowing yourself:

Not just technical, general knowledge and current affairs, but SSB aspirants need to know themselves inside-out.

  • Every candidate has to know their own strengths, weaknesses, what they like or dislike, their family background, facts about their parents/close friends, basic info about their town/state where they belong to, etc.

Not knowing these simple things might put a bad impression upon the interviewer.

4. Lying:

IO is trained to be friendly and sweet to you so as to get the most out of you. Interviewing officers are very smart and experienced people.

Think twice before lying or faking about anything before your interviewer. Sooner or later, he might catch your lie or recognize your fake answers. Hence, you will be rejected.

5. Showing Regrets:

Whatever has happened in your life, never portray it to be a trauma. Always make sure that you present it as a good learning experience.

  • Showing regret towards your past actions is not really expected from you. You need to explain to the IO that your every mistake has taught you something valuable.

6. Responding without thinking:

  • There’s no harm in taking a pause of few seconds, organize your answer and then replying to the IO. This is a sign of a smart person.
  • Candidates who answer right away for every question might come off as witty and the IO might be unimpressed.

Also, don’t be dull or non-enthusiastic during different rounds of SSB. You should have a fair amount of energy level and look enthusiastic, especially during PI

7. Lack of Preparation:

After giving written exam, many candidates just waste the time idly till they receive the call letter. And that’s a big mistake.
If you don’t do any preparation up until you receive call letter and think that you will prepare for every SSB test within last 1 month- you are utterly wrong.
You think becoming a Class I Officer is going to be that easy?

SSB is a test of personality- true, but you also need to be physically and mentally fit to suit your post.

  • Start your preparation right after you give your written exam. Make a timetable and stick to it sincerely.
  • Divide timespan for every section precisely. Give plenty amount of time to prepare for PPDT, TAT, mock personal interviews, knowing current events, gathering GK, honing up communication skills, learning English grammar, etc.
  • Perform exercises daily and eat healthy to stay fit. Obese or unfit people might not be able to perform well during GTs, which might lead to failure in SSB. So, physical fitness is also equally important.