Stage 1 - (SCREENING TEST)
Consists of two tests, Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Picture Perception Discussion Test (PPDT).
1) OIR – Consists of Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning.
2) PPDT – Consists of writing of a story based on a Picture shown followed by a discussion in a group of about 15 candidates with an aim of arriving at a common story.
CANDIDATES CLEARING THE SCREENING TEST WILL GRADUATE TO STAGE II OF SSB INTERVIEW.
Stage 2 - (PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS)
1) Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
CONDUCT – This is the first and most important test conducted by the psychologist. The candidates will be shown Twelve (12) black and white pictures on the screen.
✔ Each picture will remain on the screen for 30 seconds.
✔ After that the screen will go blank for 4 minutes during which the candidate has to write his story. In this manner Eleven (11) stories are written.
✔ The twelveth (12th) frame will be blank. The candidate has to presume any picture in his mind during the 30 seconds and then write a story on the assumed picture in the allotted 4 minutes.
What should the story have?
✔ A central figure around whom the story revolves.
✔ The central figure should be in positive frame of mind, and preferably match the age and Sex of the candidate.
✔ The story should be written in past tense.
✔ The hero should have a need/aim/problem that needs to be met/resolved.
✔ The hero should be able to achieve the above in the final out come
2) Word Association Test (WAT) - Conduct
✔ Candidates are shown 60 simple words on the screen, one after the other.
✔ Each word is displayed on the screen for 15 seconds.
✔ The candidate has to respond to each word while the word is displayed for 15 seconds.
✔ The response has to be preferably a short sentence
What is expected ?
✔ Candidates should preferably express the thought or idea that comes to his/her mind on seeing the word.
✔ The sentence should preferably be of approx 6-8 words.
✔ Positive responses are preferred, displaying an attitude of optimism, honesty, responsibility, patriotism etc.
✔ One should not display negative thoughts like cowardice, anxiety, fear etc.
✔ Do not have mundane and repetitive response and avoid idioms and phrases.
3) Situation Reaction Test (SRT) - Conduct
✔ The candidates are given 60 situations which they may encounter in real life at there age and in their environment as a young adult.
✔ The candidates are to give written response to these 60 situations in 30 minutes.
✔ Therefore, the candidate gets approx 30 seconds to respond each situation, but unlike TAT and WAT the time control lies with the candidate.
✔ The candidate has to read the situation, understand the problem (s) and give a comprehensive response in approx 30 seconds each.
What should the candidate do ?
✔ Read each situation carefully and understand the problem (s) in totality.
✔ Respond to the situation in a realistic manner.
✔ The response should be positive and should not show escapist attitude or negative and knee jerk reactions.
✔ The candidates should respond in minimum possible words or else they may overshoot time in the initial situations and may be left with very little time for balance situations.
✔ Candidates are advised not to skip answering situations in between this show avoiding attitude.
✔ The response should be easily understood by the psychologist.
✔ Take care of your handwriting and make it legible.