The SSB interview is one of the most important steps for the selection of candidates aspiring to join the defence. The interview carries a good number of marks and the IO is usually of a high rank. Hence, candidates have to ensure that they are well prepared and have the presence of mind to answer all interview questions intelligently.

The IO can ask all sorts of tricky questions to candidates in order to test their intelligence and strength of mind in pressure situations.

Candidates should be able to retain their composure and answer all questions intelligently.

Here is a list of the kind of questions which an SSB candidate can expect at the interview.

  1. How will you describe yourself?

The IO primarily asks this question to assess the candidate’s personality. How a candidate describes himself tells a lot about how he is as a person. Hence, this question is quite a crucial one at the SSB interview.

  1. Why do you want to join the Armed Forces?

Giving stereotypical answers will not do the trick here. The IO tries to find out how much of a practical approach the candidate has. Hence, the best thing will be to provide all practical reasons for wanting to join the Armed Forces.

Other variations of this question can be:

  • Why have you applied for the army?
  • Why have applied only for the Air Force? Don’t you want to join the Army or the Navy?
  1. Why couldn’t you clear in the previous attempt? How are you better placed in this attempt?

Repeaters need to give an honest answer to this question. Candidates need to review their mistakes and find out how they are in a better position in this attempt.

  1. Questions in relation to family and acquaintances.

These questions can be related to the candidate’s parents, friends or relatives. A few examples of such questions are:

  • Tell me something about your parents. Who are you more close to?
  • Do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
  • How do your friends describe you as a person?
  • Whom do you admire the most in your family?
  • How many siblings do you have? How will you compare yourself with them?
  1. What according to you is the most important current national political/sports news?
  2. Questions about the candidate’s own self.

The IO tries to assess the candidate’s personality through these questions. He can ask questions like:

  • What are your hobbies and special interests?
  • What do you like to do in your leisure time?
  • What is your usual routine on a holiday?
  1. Questions based on different situations.

These questions will help the IO understand how a candidate will react in various situations.

Questions can be like:

  • What will you do if your parents don’t allow you to join the Armed forces?
  • How will you organize a cricket/football match/local festival?

These SSB interview questions are quite important. Apart from questions on the subject of study and general knowledge, these questions play a very important role in the selection of the right candidate.