The Union Public Service Commission declares a list of candidates for interview, based on written exam. These selected candidates will have to appear before SSB Board for Personality and Intelligence test. The total marks for the interview are 200 for OTA and 300 for IMA, Naval and Air Force. Candidates for the Air Force wing and Naval Aviation will also have to undergo a Pilot Aptitude Test.
SSB Interview comprises the following steps:
The table below has listed the 5 days scenario of the SSB Interview.
|Day 1||Candidates are required to appear for a Picture Perception & Description Test along with a round of group discussion. At the end of day only few candidates are screened out and the remaining will continue their testing.|
|Day 2||On day two of the SSB interview, the candidates will be divided into groups of 8-10 candidates and will be given different chest numbers followed by Psychological tests|
|Day 3||The candidates are required to appear for the personal interviews on day three and four in front of the interviewing officer. Group testing is usually done on third day by the group testing officer. All the candidates are briefed about the outdoor tests before hand. There are nine tests which have to be cleared for final selection.|
|Day 4||The tests on fourth day of the SSB interview begins with Individual obstacle race. An individual is expected to clear a set of 10 obstacles and the total time given for all the tasks is just three minutes.|
|Day 5||On day five, the candidates are supposed to appear for a conference which will be conducted by the SSB Board. Candidates will be given a closing address on Day 5 by the deputy president of the board. Candidates will also be able to clarify their doubts and queries.|
The conference is commenced on the 5th day of SSB Testing. In the conference, all the assessors of the particular board including president and deputy president collectively discuss and prepare students result of 5 days testing.
It is the final event of the five-day testing process. The board conference is conducted by the president, Deputy President and all the assessors that are the GTOs, Psychologists and Interviewing officers. Each candidate is screened by all the three assessors who examined the student’s performance independently using the specific technique. Before the board conference, students will be asked to appear individually. For taking the final decision about the candidate, the detailed process of validation and counter validation is undertaken. During the conference, some questions will be asked to the students. The final recommendation, suitability of the candidate as well as final marks will be awarded to each of the candidates.
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Technical officer of Board is responsible for announcing the result. Students who are unable to clear the CDS examination will not be able to take admission. On the other hand, all the students who have successfully cleared the CDS examination and are also recommended by the board will stay for the medical examination which takes at least one-week duration.
The closing address is generally given by the Deputy President of the board before the Board Conference. During the address, the officer will tell the highlights of the selection system and also explains about the qualities that Armed forces are looking for in the student’s personality. They also provide the clarification to any doubts or the questions raised by the candidates. Applicants can also put forward any complaint or problem or can give any suggestion that they have experienced during their stay at SSB.
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After the declaration of the result, all the shortlisted or recommended candidates can appear for the medical examination. To complete the medical board, the process takes total 4 to 5 working days for the concerned military department and after that, the candidates are dispersed. NDA students are examined for both Army and Navy. President of Medical Board will guide candidates for Appeal/ Review Medical Board procedures. In the case, if students have declared unfit then they can seek advice from President Special Medical Board for review/ appeal.
When students have cleared all the rounds and are in the final stage of the personal interview so it becomes essential for them to create a good impression. The personal interview consists of questions which are very common. Some of the questions are listed below:
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.