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The Service Selection Board (SSB) is the organization which conducts this interview to assess the candidates for becoming officers in the Indian Armed Forces. There is a standardized protocol of evaluation system in place on the basis of which, the board consisting of officers from the Defence forces, select the candidates.
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Source: commons.wikimedia.orgThere are 13 service selection boards across India out of which 4 are for the Indian Army, 4 are for the Indian Air Force and 5 are for the Indian Navy.
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1. Understand the Pattern of SSB Interview Thoroughly
The candidate needs to understand the interview procedure thoroughly as it is not a one day task.
SSB interview is not like other exams so the candidates need to understand all the stages that will be carried out in 5 days.
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2. Practice is a key to success
Make sure you practice for all the tests that are mentioned above.
You need to develop your creative thinking along with speaking skills.
SRT, WAT and other written tests can be dealt with by practising from study material and practising creative writing daily.
Going through such questions daily makes it easier for you to deal with the exam.
Other tests like the obstacle test where your fitness and physique will be tested require you to be fit.
You need to have a vast knowledge of the GD topics as you need to speak and speak differently from others.
You need to be clear with the facts that you will present and at the same time confident about what you speak.
One should have good analytical skills, decision-making power and good communication skills to perform well in Group discussions.
Developing these traits will definitely help you out!
3. Be Confident whenever you speak
Being confident is vital not only for the GD round but also the Personal Interview test.
You need to be well prepared, honest and confident.
If you are not aware of anything, then don’t get nervous try to stay calm and composed and the best thing is that you can admit by simply replying that you don’t have adequate knowledge about the particular topic but don’t give twisted or wrong answers.
The panellist can make out that you are not aware of it.
Importance must be given to the way you dress up for the interview, your sitting posture, body language, eye contact and physical gestures.Fill up the PIQ form honestly and correctly because this will ensure that you are not asked something out of the league.
Because they generally tend to ask questions on the information that you have provided them.
During the personal interview, the interviewer generally looks for key traits like Office like Qualities (OLQs), confidence, decision-making power, analytic skills, general awareness and your aptitude.
4. Read Current Affairs Every Day
It is always important to be aware of the things going around you. As a citizen, it is vital that you are aware of the general things happening and has knowledge and understanding about the same. So don’t miss out the daily dose of current events. General awareness questions are also put in GDP especially something of your state and town. So read all the current affairs.
5. You must have in-depth knowledge about certain topics
SSB interview also has recurring topics in GD.
Hence, it’s crucial that you read the common topics like Indian Politics, History of India, India and its current affairs, Armed Forces in India etc.
Read Read and Read make notes of what you read.
6. Don’t ignore your background knowledge of academics
It is advisable that you brush up the things that you have read in your 12th or graduation. There are chances that the interviewer might ask you something related to it. If you are from the technical background then do have knowledge about the same because there might be a question that is put in PI.
7. Know everything about the place you belong to
As already said above that there might be questions more on the place you belong to.
Hence, it is advisable that you read about your town or city or the state you belong to. Read information related to historical significance, population, language, ethnicity, governance, notable personalities, cuisines, art & culture etc of your state/town.
8. Improve your oratory skills
If you have a good oratory skill then you will perform better in group discussion, Group tasks etc.
Stand in front of a mirror choose a topic and try speaking on it for 3-4 minutes. Record while you are speaking so that you can improvise it after listening.
9. Always maintain your Physical fitness
Along with the knowledge you need to be Physically fir as it is important for the obstacle found. Eat good and healthy food. Practice meditation and yoga daily to calm your mind and relax it.