AFSB interview preparation tips

Under screening test two rounds of tests are conducted one is Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT) and another one is Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) test. Candidates who have cleared both the test will only be able to stay for the next 5 day SSB interview procedure. Screening test is very lengthy and sometimes very disappointing procedure, that’s why candidates have to push beyond their potential limit to survive the first day.


Tips for AFSB Interview PPDT

  • In PPDT, once the narration is started, assessors should not be interrupted by any of the candidates it will result badly for the whole group. It’s the group members’ responsibility to handle the discussion without outside help.
  • Candidate should narrate his story with in one minute.
  • If the group discussion becomes a fish market, a candidate should try to calm everybody down and continue the discussion in a well-mannered way.
  • Don’t let the discussion go away from the discussion topic of PPDT, try to interrupt very carefully because interrupting in this kind of situation can go both ways for a candidate.
  • Give chance or inspire everyone to speak and praise others point too if possible it shows a supportive nature in PPDT.
  • In story writing, the story should be positive and must sound realistic. Avoid inhuman fictional possibilities in PPDT.
  • Give a name to characters, it’s a good habit.
  • The basic format of the story should be: a problem arises, the hero solves that problem, and hero feels happy about him solving the problem.


Consider the following traits for Personal Interview:

  • Rapport Building: One creates an environment for interview. I.O establishes a rapport with the individual through casual talks bringing the candidate in his/her comfort zone. Series of undisputed questions are thrown so as to make candidate frank and truthful.
  • Rapid Fire: A series or a bunch of questions either 10 to 15 or 20 depending upon your intellectual level is fired which includes family and educational background, sports and extra-curricular background and likewise. Testing candidate’s priority, intellectual capacity, his/her retaining capacity, panic points.
  • Routine: It is established that the daily routine shapes one’s personality. It gives certain individual information like punctuality, commitment, sense of responsibility, accountability, motivation, persistence etc.
  • Personal Achievements: The achievements of the individual are it in any field like education, sports, extra-curricular activities, or anything else that the person would like to mention. This would reveal his level of aspiration and motivation.
  • Hobbies, Interests and Likings: What sort of hobbies does one pursue, what type of people, food, friends, places, books, role models, favourite actors, personalities etc. are all asked to judge candidates liking and dislikes.
  • Similarly other topics that are included in PI are: organizational abilities, current affair, family support, independency, friends other relations, leadership, history etc.