SSB Rating - Tips and Tricks

Screening and Intelligence Test

Screening Test: The screening test (ST) is conducted on the first day of the selection process. The ST comprises of Intelligence Test leading to Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Picture Perception and Description Test(PPDT). These tests are aimed to find out the analytical ability of the candidate and to eliminate unsuitable for the next stage of testing.

Intelligence Test (IT) Intelligence is:

  • The innate ability to solve problems
  • An inborn mental efficiency
  • The capacity to solve new unknown problems of varying complexities.
  • A measure to indicate trainability of candidates at training establishments.

Importance of intelligence Test (IT)
The marks obtained in the IT is important since Officers intelligence Rating (OIR) computed from marks obtained helps in screening candidates for Phase II process. Candidates securing OIR 5 will have no chance of being screened in unless all the assessors, i.e. IO, GTO & Psychologist recommends. The reasons for conducting IT are:

  • A defence officer is confronted with complicated situations.
  • He is required to be critical and analytical.
  • He is required to make quick decisions.
  • To face/react to modern warfare warranting not only physical strength but also mental capacity.
  • To seek competitive advantage.
  • To determine OIR(Officer Intelligence Ratings) at SSB & to assess trainability.

Types of Questions asked in Intelligence Test
There are two type of intelligence tests from where OIR is computed. These measure the candidate’s innate ability and are as follows
Verbal Test: These tests are used with the language and consists of:

  • Analogy and classification
  • Coding – Decoding
  • Number series
  • Blood relations
  • Direction
  • Seating arrangement
  • Puzzles
  • Basic mathematical aptitude

Non Verbal Test: These tests are conducted with use of graphics, geometrical figures or sketches.

  • Analogy and classification of figures
  • Complete and incomplete pattern of figures
  • Cubes and dice
  • Venn diagram (simple one)
  • Paper Folding
  • Figure for Motion & analysis