What to prepare for SSB Interview

Many have the confusion in them when a notification is received to the candidate to attend the interview. Lots of questions may arise that

  • What to study?
  • How to study?
  • How to prepare?
  • What to prepare?

For all this questions and confusions here are some of the tips:

  • The process of SSB is most scientific method to find out your true personality. First and foremost: Do not try to pose what you are not. Be honest, natural and down to earth. If one is trying to cheat during the process of SSB Interview, it will be easily detected by the Group Testing Officers (or GTOs), the Interviewing Officers and the Psychologist who have been specially trained to conduct this process of interview.
  • The SSB interview is spread over duration of 4 to 5 days and it involves different types of tests to find out your Personality; you are Leadership Qualities; and your Psychological build up! A word of caution here, even if you clear the other tests; unless the Psychologist finds you fit to become an OFFICER, you will not be selected by the SSB.
  • If you have sufficient time at your disposal, you may join some coaching class.
  • You can buy or borrow any book about SSB Interview and just go through it once; which will give you sufficient idea about the entire process. Also, if any of your friends has undergone this interview recently, he can give you some practical hints.
  • During the group discussion, you must speak to the point and add something substantial to the discussion rather than just repeating what others have said. Do not ridicule anyone during the Group Discussion. Remember, you can’t prove a point by raising your voice (or shouting). Also, do not try to sum up the discussion; that is not your job as a candidate. Leave it for the GTO to do it.
  • Always be positive and that is MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR which is going to help you during the interview. During Group Tasks, don't be selfish. You have to help the entire group to perform well, to the best of your ability, so that your group does well. The success of your group will be your true reward.
  • The most important factor during the GTO during SSB:
    • Natural Intelligence
    • Natural Communicative Skills
    • Natural Team Work
    • 15 Officer Like Qualities (OLQs)
  • Last but not the least: Be confident of your ability and capability. At the same time, be careful not to be overconfident.

Since women candidates are eligible for OTA only, they should give OTA as their first and only preference

If a male candidate is competing for Short Service Commission (Army) only, he should indicate OTA as the one and only choice

However, a male candidate competing for short service commission course at OTA as well as permanent commission course at IMA, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy should indicate OTA as his last preference otherwise OTA will be deemed to be the last choice even if it is given a higher preference by the candidate

Exam Centres
Agartala, Gangtok, Panaji (Goa), Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Patna, Aizawl, Imphal, Port Blair, Allahabad, Itanagar, Raipur, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ranchi, Bareilly, Jammu, Sambalpur, Bhopal, Jorhat, Shillong, Chandigarh, Kochi, Shimla, Chennai, Kohima, Srinagar, Cuttack, Kohima, Srinagar, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Dehradun, Lucknow, Delhi, Madurai, Tirupati, Dharwar, Mumbai, Udaipur, Dispur, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam

Nationality: A candidates must either be:

  • a Citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently setting in India, or
  • a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii),

    (iv) and (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt of India

    Certificate of eligibility will, however, not be necessary in the case of candidates who are Gorkha subjects of Nepal

    A candidates in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination provisionally subject to the necessary certificate being given to him/her by the Govt. before declaration of result by UPSC

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status:

  • For Indian Military Academy (IMA): Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 02nd July 1993 and not later than 1st July 1998 only are eligible
  • For Indian Naval Academy (INA): Unmarried Male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 1993 and not later than 01st July 1998 only are eligible
  • For Air Force Academy (AFA):Age: 20 to 24 years as on 01st July 2017 i.e. born not earlier than 02nd July 1993 and not later than 01 July 1997 (Upper age limit for candidates holding valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 26 yrs. i.e. born not earlier than 02nd July 1991 and not later than 01st July 1997) only are eligible

    Note: Candidate below 25 years of age must be unmarried. Marriage is not permitted during training. Married candidates above 25 years of age are eligible to apply but during training period they will neither be provided married accommodation nor can they live out with family.
  • For Officers Training Academy (SSC Course for Men): Male candidates (married or unmarried) born not earlier than 02nd July 1992 and not later than 01st July 1998 only are eligible
  • For Officer Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course): Unmarried Women, issueless widows who have not remarried and issueless divorces (in possession of divorce documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been born not earlier than 2nd July, 1992 and not later than 1st July, 1998.

Educational Qualification:

  • For Indian Military Academy / Officers’ Training Academy: Degree from a recognized university or equivalent
  • For Indian Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering
  • For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognized University with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level or Bachelor of Engineering

Graduates with first choice as Army/Navy/Air Force are to submit proof of graduation provisional certificates on the date of commencement of the SSB Interview at the SSB.

For CDS exam, applicants can be from any stream but for entry to Air Force and Navy, candidates should have studied physics and maths up to Class 12

Candidates who are studying in the final year degree course and have yet to pass the final year degree examination can also apply but they will be required to subject proof of passing the degree examination to reach the Army Head Quarter/Rtd CDSE Entry, West Bloc III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066

Candidates appearing at the degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete. Such candidates will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination by a date to be specified in the Commission’s Notice for the Examination.

Physical Standards:
Candidates should be physically fit as per the physical standards for admission to the Combined Defence Services Examination.

Candidates should know about the Exam pattern for Combined Defence Services Examination (II) 2016

Fee Details:
Application Fee: Candidates (excepting Female /SC/ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees two hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, State Bank of Bikaner andJaipur/State bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee.

Candidates should know about the paper Eligibility Conditions for Combined Defence Services Examination (II) 2016

Important Dates
Starting Date to Apply Online: 16th July 2016

Last Date for Submission of Applications: 12th August 2016 (by 11.59 PM)

Last Date for Payment of Fee through Offline: 11th August 2016 (by 23.59 hrs)

Last Date for Payment of Fee through Online: 12th August 2016 by 23:59 hrs

Availability of e-Admit Cards: 03 weeks before the Commencement of the Exam

Date of Written Examination: 23rd October 2016

Date of Declaration of Written Exam Results: December 2016

Date of SSB Interview: 04th week of February 2017 and 04th week of May 2017