OIR Test in SSB Complete Guide, Syllabus, Question Pattern and more

In this blog you will get to know about the complete details of (OIR) officers intelligence Ration test conducted by SSB . Below we have provided OIR test in ssb syllabus of both verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning .

All about OIR test is as per the latest SSB interview pattern and prepared by expert faculty . OIR test is a part screening test of SSB 5 day procedure . Many candidates are eliminated on the basis of screening test consist of two part PPDT & OIR test. So every aspirant must prepare for the SSB interview after qualifying the Written exam .

OIR test in SSB complete guide , syllabus , question pattern and more
OIR test in SSB complete guide , syllabus , question pattern and more

Candidates who qualify the written exam of NDA or CDS is then called for SSB interview which is a 5 day procedure consist of various test like OIR , PPDT , WAT etc . On the first day screening test which is a stage-1 test is conducted in SSB which consist of two test OIR ( Officers Intelligence Rating test ) and PPDT (Picture Perception and Description Test) . Those candidates who qualify the stage-1 of SSB interview are only eligible to appear for stage-2 and rest are send back home .

If you going for SSB interview or the written exam of NDA , CDS then you must start preparing for SSB interview stage-1 & stage-2 to increase your chances of selection . Below we have discussed the detaile about OIR test of SSB interview .

What is Screening test of SSB ?

Screening test is conducted to assess the various Officer Like Qualities of a candidate. The elimination of a candidate begins from this stage only. The board declares the result on the same day and takes only those candidates who possess the required basic minimum personality trait.

There are two types of Screening tests conducted by SSB :

  • Officers Intelligence Rating Test (OIR) – It consists verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning test. As we know that reasoning is the process of acquiring indirect knowledge through direct knowledge. This test is an effective measure to judge candidate’s level of intelligence. It consist of simple linguistic, logical, analytical and mathematical questions to test the basic commonsense. In this blog we have just provided the complete guide for OIR test only .
  • Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT) – It is a picture based test. The test judges a candidate on the basis of his approach and his way of looking at various things. In this test a candidate will have to write a story based on a picture that will be shown. You can use the complete guide for ppdt for your preparation .

What is Officers Intelligence Rating test ( OIR) or Intelligence test in SSB ?

On day 1 candidates are given Intelligence Test or Officers Intelligence Rating test (OIR) which is divided into two parts verbal and non-verbal. Each part generally contain 40-50 questions and time given to candidates to solve them, is 25-35 min. There is no negative marking, so try to attempt as many questions as possible.

In non-verbal reasoning intelligence test, a series of patterns and figures are provided. The candidate has to identify the relation between figures and pick the correct alternative from the given choices whereas in verbal reasoning intelligence test a series of question is provided, candidate has to understand the pattern and pick the correct answer.

The details of Officers Intelligence Rating test divided into verbal and Non-verbal reasoning is provided below :

Syllabus of Non-verbal reasoning intelligence test of SSB :

In Non-verbal officer intelligence rating test candidates will usually find questions on the following :

  1. Analogy: In these type of questions, a pair of related figures is provided and a similar relationship is to be established between two other figures, by selecting one of them from a set of alternatives.
  2. Series: In these type of questions, there are two sets of figures. One set is called ‘Problem figures’ while the other as ‘Answer figures’. These problems are based upon the continuation of figures. There are various types of problems on series. However, the basic concept for each type is the same. There is a sequence of figures depicting a change step-by-step. A candidate has to select a figure from the given set of figures, which would continue the series.
  3. Classification : In such problems, we are given a set of figures, such that all, except one have similar characteristics. We are required to select the figure which differs from all other figures in the given set.
  4. Completion of Incomplete Pattern : In such type of problems, a figure is given which has a definite pattern. But nearly a quarter of that pattern is left blank. The candidate has to select that answer figure which best fits into the blank so as to complete the pattern of the figure.
  5. Spotting Out Embedded Figure: A figure (X) is said to be embedded in a figure (A), if figure (A) contains figure (X) as its part. In such type of problems, a figure (X) is given, followed by four figures in such a way that figure (X) is embedded in one of them. A candidate has to select such figure in which figure (X) is embedded.
  6. Mirror and Water Image : When a mirror is placed in front of an object then the left hand side (LHS) and Right hand side (RHS) of the object interchange their places while top and bottom remain same. The water image of a figure or an object looks like the mirror image of the figure, when the mirror is placed horizontally at the bottom of the figure. In the image the left hand side (LHS) and Right hand side (RHS) remains unchanged but the top and bottom of the figure gets interchanged.
  7. Cube and Dice : In cube type of problems, a large cube is painted and the candidates are required to cut and count the blocks of selected sides of cube. In dice type of problems we are given figures showing the same dice (in the form of a cube or cuboid) in various positions. After observing these figures, we have to find the number opposite to a given number on the dice.

This are the topics from which you will get questions in your SSB intelligence test of non-verbal reasoning . If you wanted the practice exercise or mock test for OIR non-reasoning then you can comment us below .

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Syllabus for Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test verbal reasoning :

Verbal reasoning is the understanding and reasoning concept framed in words. It most specifically refers to more complex thinking tasks, such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation of text. It aims at evaluating ability to think logically and constructively.

The topics for which question are generally asked in VERBAL reasoning section of officer intelligence rating test ( OIR) of SSB are given below :

  1. Spelling Test: In such type of questions four words are given, out of which one is incorrectly spelt, you are required to find that word. Basically, these type of questions, test your vocabulary.
  2. Sentence Completion: The questions are designed to test the comprehensive ability as well as the knowledge of the meaning of words required to be filled in. The candidate is asked to select the best of the alternatives given. These questions are relatively straight forward but more than one of the words may complete the sentence so you must read it carefully and choose the appropriate word.
  3. Synonym and Antonym: Questions based on synonym & antonym test your vocabulary. You are required to know the meaning of the words given in order to select the words which have either the same or opposite meaning.
  4. Analogy: Analogy can be described as the logical similarity between two or more groups of numbers, letters, words, objects and things. Analogy is asked in examination to check the candidate’s intellectual skills. The candidate is required to carefully identify the relationship between two or more things and find out the alternative based on that relationship.
  5. Verbal Deductions: These type of questions are designed to test candidate’s ability to understand and manipulate the information given to solve a specific problem. Various types of questions are asked from verbal deductions. Some of them are :
    1. Coding-Decoding: Coding is a method used to convey secret message from one place to another especially in defence services. The codes are based on a particular pattern, so that it can be easily decoded at the other end. These questions are designed to test your mental ability to grasp the logic and decipher the coded message.
  6. Direction Sense Test: In these type of questions, some instructions related to directions are given. A candidate is required to follow the instructions and ascertain the final direction or distance between two points. The test is meant to judge the candidate’s ability to trace and follow the instructions correctly.
  7. Classification: Classification means to observe the differences and similarities among various items such as numbers, letters, words etc based on certain properties. The similarity is common to the group and is followed by every member or item of the group. The one which does not follow the common property in the group is the odd one
  8. Series: Series can be defined as a sequence or pattern of numbers, alphabets or combination of these two. The term follows a certain pattern throughout the series. The candidate is required to study the given series, identify the pattern followed in the series and then complete the given series with the most suitable alternative or find the wrong term in the series.
  9. Sitting Arrangement: Sitting arrangement is defined as the arrangement of objects or persons based on the given information. The arrangement of persons or objects may be linear, circular, rectangular, square etc.
  10. Blood Relations:Blood relations means any relation between two or more persons which is acquired by them by the virtue of their birth. From this topic, questions are asked which involve the analysis of the information showing the blood relations among members of the family. The relationship can be divided into two main categories— Maternal and Paternal. Relations on the mother’s side are called maternal while the relations on the father’s side are called paternal.
  11. Puzzle:A puzzle is the raw information given in jumbled form for a sequence or an order of things which need to be arranged systematically, so the sequence of things is correctly depicted.
  12. Logical Venn Diagram:In this topic, we deal with questions which aim at analysing a candidate’s ability to relate a certain given group of items/things and represent it diagrammatically. Figures representing the groups of items/things in the form of enclosed regions are called Venn diagrams. To represent these diagrams, we use different geometrical figures such as circles, squares, rectangles, triangles etc.
  13. Ranking: Ranking means arranging a set of objects/persons from the top and the bottom or from the right and the left, as per the given relation between them. It deals with the problems related to the arrangement of the persons/objects in ascending/descending order based on different parameters like height, weight, age, salary etc and determine the position of person/object in a row/queue.

This are the topics from which you will get questions in your SSB OIR test of verbal reasoning .You an also check the practice exercise or mock test for OIR reasoning .


At last , if you are preparing for any defence exam like NDA , CDS etc then along with the written exam, you also need to prepare for its interview round in order to secure your selection .On NDAbooks.in you will get complete knowledge regarding SSB interview round and its practice materials for free . In SSB interview there are various more test like WAT , TAT etc regarding which you can also get knowledge on NDAbooks.in . Thanks for visiting our blog .

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