SSB Interview Book PDF Free Download | P N Joshi 2022

The aim of this guide is to train the candidates and give them the idea and the knowledge to enable them to do well in all the tests, which are conducted by SSB for selection. The basic purpose to hold various tests by SSB is to assess the qualities and the best traits of personality of the candidates. This guide will teach the candidates to exhibit the qualities which are possessed by them. The whole exercise is divided in to five parts as below:

  • (a) Screening tests.
  • (b) Intelligence tests.
  • (c) Psychological tests.
  • (d) GTO’s tests.
  • (e) Interview by the President or Deputy President.

The tests (a) to (c) are the written tests, which are conducted by SSB. The Screening test is conducted on the first day to short list the candidates. It is therefore, necessary to qualify this test. Only those who qualify the Screening test are allowed to undergo other tests namely intelligence, psychological and the GTO’s tests followed by the interview.

There are two sets of intelligence tests. One is Verbal and another is Non-verbal. The questions in the Verbal intelligence test are given in the form of the language. They give 100 questions against this test, which are to done in 50 minutes. In the case of Non-verbal intelligence test they give problem as well as answer figures in the form of designs, drawings, diagrams and the features. The candidate has to select the correct answer out of the choice figures given in the test paper. The total number of problems which are given against this test are 60 and time allowed is 30 minutes. This guide contains 270 Verbal and 120 Non-verbal intelligence questions with examples and the answers for the guidance of the candidates.

The SSB is giving the questions of the similar pattern in Verbal and Non-verbal intelligence tests. The candidates are advised to go through all the questions, examples and the answers carefully, which will educate them to do better in the tests when conducted by SSB. Immediately after the intelligence tests are over, the psychological tests are carried out. In other words, it is called personality test. This is a very important test. This is completely a written test. The psychologist does not see the candidates, but he gives his assessment about the qualities, character and traits of personality of the candidate through the answers given by the candidate on the answer sheets. If the psychologist finds officer like qualities in a candidate, he recommends for selection. This test comprises the following:

  • (a) Words association.
  • (b) Thematic apperception (Picture Story)
  • (c) Situation Reaction.
  • (d) Self-story and Self-appraisal.

This guide contains 770 words with appropriate sentences, 62 pictures with model stories, 100 unforeseen situations/problems with suggested solutions and guidelines with examples for self-story and self-appraisal for the guidance of the candidates. Once the candidates go through them carefully they will understand about the requirement and that will help to boost their confidence.

After the psychological test is over, the candidates are handed over to the GTO, where they remain with him for two days. The tests of GTO are on the ground, practical and face to face. He assesses the traits of personality of the candidate by observing his performance closely. The GTO’s tests are also important because he watches the ability and leadership qualities of the candidates, which are required for outdoor works as the officers of armed forces demonstrate their activities generally on the ground or the battle field. Thus this aspect is necessary for an officer in the defence services. The GTO’s tests comprise the following:

  • (a) Group discussion
  • (b) Lecturettes
  • (c) Military planning
  • (d) Progressive group task
  • (e) Inter group obstacle race (or Snake race)
  • (f) Half group task
  • (g) Command task
  • (h) Final group task
  • (i) Individual obstacles.

This book contains one model group discussion and 20 other topics for discussing amongst the group. The model group discussion is a demonstration to show to the candidates as to how the discussion is carried out on the topic given. This will brush up the ability of the candidate, so that he finds himself capable to avail the chance to speak out his ideas during the discussion at the earliest possible. The other topics are selective and are relevant to the topics which are generally asked in SSB. These all 20 topics have been elaborated with sufficient points in support of both positive and negative sides, so that the candidates can read and gain the knowledge and techniques to make their group discussion meaningful when they are tested by SSB.

There are the instances, a candidate knows about the subject when he is asked for lecturette. He can speak out about the same in a normal manner. What is actually required is a presentation that the candidate has to make his lecture forceful, attractive and convincing. This book contains 5 model lecturettes which will give the idea to the candidate as to how he can make his speech decent and impressive. Furthermore 105 topics have been given for the reference of the candidates, so that they can prepare on those subjects and do the practice of speaking. That will develop their knowledge and strengthen their confidence to prove as good speakers as and when they are tested.

Details of P N Joshi SB Interview Book PDF Download

Book NameSSB Interview
PublisherUpkar Prakashan
Author NameMAJOR P. N. JOSHI
LanguageEnglish
Total Pages192
Book FormatPDF

The military planning is very important in the armed forces. The candidate should have the ability to plan and tackle unforeseen situations or the problems successfully in a team and under stress. This guide has given four exercises with sketches for minute observation and study. The candidate will automatically understand the requirement after careful study and he can make his military planning purposeful in SSB.

It is necessary for a candidate to demonstrate his leadership ability in a group, to execute a work with limited resources, materials and under stress. The SSB has designed a task which is called progressive group task to adjudge the intelligence, ability and leadership qualities of the candidate. This book contains four exercises with relevant sketches to train the candidates to make their progressive group task well.

There are many activities which are carried out as a team work and in competitive form with an object to win and achieve the goal. There is a role of each and every member of the team to carry out the work and someone acts as a natural leader which other members follow to execute. The Services Selection Board has designed the inter-group obstacles race (or snake race) to assess the talent of a candidate to work in a team under stress and when he has to do the task under competition. The performance of the candidate in the snake race will speak out about his leadership ability, when he leads the men and does the task faster to compete with others.

This guide contains suitable tips with necessary sketches for the obstacles, which are generally given in SSB. The candidates are advised to go through them carefully to understand the techniques to enable them to exert their talent including leadership ability during the snake race. As already highlighted in the preceding paragraph about the group task in which the performance of the candidate is assessed, when the work is carried out by a group of the candidates collectively, it is obvious that good candidates miss the opportunity some time to show their performance in a big group.

The SSB, therefore, gives an opportunity to the candidates to exert their talent in a half group task, which is carried out by a group of 5 to 6 members. This guide has given essential guidelines with sketches and explanations about the obstacles for reference of the candidates, so that they can make good use of the guidelines given in the book. The candidates are screened by SSB for selection to grant commission as an officer in the armed forces, where they have to act as commander of the troops in all the outdoor activities.

The basic purpose of armed forces is to defend the nation. They have to fight with enemy on the battle field in which they have to execute the task with limited resources and with the limitation of the time under the leadership of an officer. This particular potentiality in a candidate is essential to be a successful commander. The SSB has designed command task with the same principle to adjudge the ability of the candidate. This guide has given important hints with necessary sketches for the obstacles related to command task for reference of candidates to enable them to make this task successful.

It is necessary that an officer in armed forces should be smart, physically fit, tough and should have sufficient physical stamina. He should have the sense of arrangement. A military officer is required to be bold enough, courageous and capable to act with firm determination. The SSB has designed various obstacles, which the candidate has to cross individually within a short time. This guide contains ten obstacles with pictures in which the candidate has been shown crossing the obstacles. The guidelines separately given against each obstacle will educate the candidates to enable them to clear all the obstacles easly and within time.

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The third and most important test is interview, which is taken either by the President or Deputy President. Both are senior, experienced and matured officers. The psychologist and the GTO have the different ways to adjudge the qualities of the candidate. At the same time their jurisdiction of testing is limited according to their profession and expertness. But the interviewing officer has the vast jurisdiction. He has the authority and experience to cover all the three aspects. The interviewing officer will assess the qualities and traits of personality of the candidate through interaction by putting questions and the problems to the candidate.

The interviewing officer will watch the ability of the candidate as to how he responds and tackles
unforeseen situations. His ultimate aim is to find out the suitability for an officer in armed forces. This guide, therefore, provides the useful hints, methods and techniques for application to make the interview purposeful. Besides above, there is a model interview in this guide, which will boost the confidence of the candidate in bringing himself to respond in an operative manner.

This guide as a whole contains sufficient exercises for complete SSB tests right from Screening test upto the final interview of the candidate. If the candidate studies, understands the techniques as incorporated in this guide and does practice of doing the things keeping the time factor in view, he will definitely do better and his chances of selection will increase. He acknowledge the co-operation extended by his wife Smt. BINA JOSHI in completing this book and giving a good shape to it.

In the last, He would like to mention that the entire material of this guide is as fresh and original as it must be. All the pictures have been drawn by me. All efforts have been made to make the guide unique, attractive and useful to generate eagerness amongst the candidates to choose this book for guidance.

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Table of Content of this P N Joshi SB Interview Book

  • Introductory
  • SSB Screening Tests
  • INTELLIGENCE TESTS
    • Intelligence Tests: Introduction
    • Verbal Intelligence Tests
    • Non-verbal Intelligence Tests
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
    • Word Association Test (WAT)
    • Thematic Apperception Test
    • (Picture Story Writing)
    • Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
    • Self-Appraisal and Self-Story
  • GTO’s TASK-INDOOR TESTS
    • Indoor Tests: Introduction
    • Group Discussion: Introduction
    • Topics for Group Discussion
    • Lecturettes: Introduction
    • Specimen for Lecturettes
    • Topics for Lecturettes
  • INTELLIGENCE TESTS
    • Model Group Discussion
    • Group Planning: Introduction
    • Group Planning Exercises
  • GTO’s TASK-OUTDOOR TESTS
    • Outdoor Tests: Introduction
    • Progressive Group Task (PGT)
    • Inter-Groups Obstacle Race
    • (Snake Race)
    • Command Task: Introduction
    • Command Task: Exercise
    • Final Group Task (FGT)
    • Final Group Task : Exercise
    • Individual Obstacles: Introduction
    • Individual Obstacles : Exercises
  • THE INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES
    • SSB Interview Techniques: Introduction
    • Model Interview/Specimen
    • Useful Hints for Interview
  • PILOT’S APTITUDE TEST (PAT)
    • Hints on Pilot’s Aptitude Test (PAT)
    • Half Group Task (HGT)

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