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SSB Full Form: The full form of SSB is Service Selection Board. This Board conducts interviews for selection of candidates in the defence forces. All those who clear the written examinations such as NDA, CDS, AFCAT etc. have to mandatorily appear for SSB Interview. Only those who are recommended in this round are considered to be finally selected.  SSB interview is a 5 day process which has different tasks to assess the candidates. There are different specialists in the interview such as Psychologist, Group Task Officer (GTO) and Interviewing Officer. Read this article to know everything about SSB Interview and other details. 
 
  • The SSB Service Selection Board test is a 5-day evaluation process. Once the candidates have reported to the centre allotted, the process of analysing them starts.
  • The Service Selection Board members are senior officers from the Indian Armed Forces with specialisation in psychology, Group Task Officer (GTO) and Interview.
  • There are thirteen SSB Service Selection Boards across India, out of which four boards are for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force respectively, while five boards are allowed for the Indian Navy.
  • All the candidates aspiring to be officers in the branches of Indian Armed Forces except army medical corps members must succeed in the SSB Service Selection Board interview.

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Table of contents

SSB Service Selection Board Overview
SSB Service Selection Board Aim and Objective
SSB Service Selection Board Procedure
SSB Service Selection Board List
What After SSB Service Selection Board?
SSB Service Selection Board Medical Standards
SSB Service Selection Board Vision Standards
SSB Service Selection Board Physical Standards
SSB Service Selection Board Physical Efficiency Test
SSB Service Selection Board Terms of Disqualification

 

SSB Service Selection Board Overview

SSB Full Form

Service Selection Board

Total SSB Boards

13

Duration

05 Days

Exams Covered

  • National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA & NA Exam)
  • Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)
  • Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)

SSB Direct Entry

  • Technical Graduate Course
  • Tech Entry Scheme
  • Join Advocate General
  • Technical Short Service Commission Courses
  • Non-Technical Short Service Commission Courses
  • NCC Special Entry Scheme
  • University Entry Scheme
  • IAF’s Meteorology Branch Course
  • Navy’s Executive and Technical Branch Entry
  • Navy’s Pilot/ Observer Entry
  • Navy’s Education Branch Entry

Type of Tests

  • Physical Efficiency Tests
  • Personality Tests
  • Psychological Tests
  • Intelligence Tests
To check NDA/NA Eligibility Criteria: Click Here
 

SSB Service Selection Board Aim and Objective

The SSB Service Selection Board works with an objective to recruit candidates in the Indian Armed Forces who are mentally and physically capable of handling such huge positions of responsibility.

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The process is based on the concept of ManasaVacha, and Karmana which means mind, speech and actions which means the officer candidates must have their mind, speech and action in alignment and agreement.
If you are looking for best study material for NDA/NA Exam, then click here: UPSC NDA Study Material

The SSB Service Selection Board tests the candidates for 15 officer qualities. The aspiring candidates must have these 15 qualities to get selected in the Service Selection Board:
SSB Service Selection Board Procedure
 

SSB Service Selection Board Procedure

The Service Selection Board interview is done after evaluating candidates through various parameters for 05 days. The candidates are eliminated on the first day and the fifth day only. Candidates who dream to serve the nation must know about the SSB Service Selection Board process in detail and prepare themselves accordingly.

The SSB selection process involves testing candidates through physical, psychological, personality and intelligence tests. But how is it conducted? What are all the candidates required to do? Curious? Let’s find out the day wise SSB Service Selection Board procedure.
 

SSB Service Selection Board List

The SSB Service Selection Board centres for different branches of Indian Armed Forces are mentioned below. Candidates must take note of the Service Selection Board interview centres concerning their applied post and branch and prepare accordingly.

SSB Service Selection Board List

Indian Army

Indian Air Force

Indian Navy

Selection Center East (SCE): Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

  • 11 SSB
  • 14 SSB
  • 18 SSB
  • 19 SSB
  • 34 SSB

1 AFSB Dehradun, Uttarakhand

NSB Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Selection Center Central (SCC): Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

  • 20 SSB
  • 21 SSB
  • 22 SSB

2 AFSB Mysore, Karnataka

12 SSB at SCS Bangalore, Karnataka

Selection Center South (SCS): Bangalore, Karnataka

  • 17 SSB
  • 24 SSB

3 AFSB Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat

33 SSB at SCC Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Selection Centre  North Kapurthala

4 AFSB Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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- 5 AFSB Guwahati -

Training Centers/Institutes:

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun (U.K) – Permanent Commission for Male
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai (TN) – Short Service Commission for both Male & Female
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA) Gaya (BH)– Permanent Commission for TES & SCO Male Course
  • National Defense Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla, Pune (MH)– Permanent Commission

Training Centers/Institutes:

  • Air Force Academy (AFA) Hyderabad (A.P)– Permanent/Short Commission for both Male & Female
  • National Defense Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla, Pune (MH)– Permanent Commission

Training Centers/Institutes:

  • Indian Naval Academy (INA) Ezhimala (Kerala) – Permanent/Short Commission for both Male & Female
  • National Defense Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla, Pune (MH)– Permanent Commission

What After SSB Service Selection Board?

If you are selected in the Service Selection Board interview process and curious about the process that follows, then you are at the right place. The candidates who get recommended by the SSB Service Selection Board are sent for medical examination. The medical fitness test takes about 4-5 days and the candidates are dispersed afterwards. The candidates are tested as per the field they applied for. This is what SSB Service Selection Board medical examination looks like;

Day-1: Blood Test, Urine Test, Chest X-ray, Ultrasound.

Day-2: Ear, Nose & Tongue (ENT)

Day-3: Surgical Examination

Day-4: Eye & Dental

Day-5: General Medical (Height, Weight, Blood Pressure, Heartbeat) & Medical Conference

The candidates are tested by the doctors of Military Hospitals and the candidates found healthy and fit in all aspects are considered for the final recruitment.

SSB Service Selection Board Medical Standards

The candidates are required to be as per the prescribed SSB Service Selection Board medical standards in order to pass the recruitment process. The candidates should be in accordance with the following medical standards:

  • Free from wax (ears), DNS, Hydrocele/ Phimosis, Defective Color Vision, LASIK Surgery, Over/ Under Weight, Under Chest, Piles, Gynecomastia, Tonsillitis, Veri-Cocele, Aids
  • Able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart
  • CP-III Color Vision Standard
  • 14 Dental Points with sound teeth.

SSB Service Selection Board Vision Standards

The candidates while undergoing the Service Selection Board interview will be tested for vision standards. The candidates must fulfill the following vision requirements;

  • Uncorrected without glasses: 6/6, 6/9
  • Corrected with glass: 6/6 (only for hypermetropia)
  • Nil limits for myopia
  • Limits for hypermetropia: +2.00 D.

SSB Service Selection Board Physical Standards

The following physical standards should be met by the candidates appearing in the Service Selection Board interview medical examination. It must be noted that a variation of 10% in the prescribed SSB Service Selection Board physical examination is permissible.

SSB Male Physical Standard

SSB Male Physical Standard

Height (cms)

Weight (kgs)

Age 15-17

Age 18-22

Age 23-27

Age 28-32

152-158

46-49

47-50

50-54

54-58

159-165

50-53

51-55

55-59

59-63

166-171

54-56

56-59

60-64

63-66

172-178

57-60

59-63

64-69

67-71

197-183

61-63

64-66

69-72

72-74

184-185

64

67-68

73-74

75

SSB Female Physical Standard:

SSB Female Physical Standard

Height (cms)

Weight (kgs)

Age 20-25

Age 26-30

148-151

43-45

46-48

152-155

46-48

49-51

156-160

49-51

52-55

161-165

52-54

55-58

166-171

55-58

59-62

172-176

59-61

63-66

177-178

62-63

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SSB Service Selection Board Physical Efficiency Test

The candidates will be required to perform the following physical tasks during the SSB Service Selection Board Physical Efficiency Test.

SSB Physical Activity

Assessment Benchmark

Running

2.4 kilometres in 15 minutes

Push-Ups

13

Sit-Ups

25

Chin-Ups

06

Rope Climbing

3-4 metres

SSB Service Selection Board Terms of Disqualification

The candidates are disqualified from the medical examination of Service Selection Board interview on the basis of following grounds:

  • Sweaty Palms
  • Flat Foot
  • Knock Knee
  • Kidney Stones
  • Pigeon Chest
  • Color Perception CP 2 and CP 3 (Flying Branch) CP 3 (CDS Entry)
  • Carrying Angle of Elbow

SSB Service Selection Board Reappeal

The candidates who are declared medically unfit during the process of SSB Service Selection Board medical examination are given an option to re-appeal. Candidates can apply for the Apply Medical Board (AMB) by depositing a fee of INR 40. It must be noted that this option is only valid for the candidates who are given temporary rejection during the Service Selection Board interview process. The SSB Service Selection Board Appeal Medical Board will be held at one of the following centres:

  • Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt.
  • Command Hospital, Southern Command, Pune
  • Command Hospital, Eastern Command, Kolkata
  • Command Hospital, Central Command, Lucknow
  • Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandimandir
  • Command Hospital, Northern Command, ℅ 56 APO
  • Command Hospital, Air Force, Bangalore
  • INHS, Ashwini, Mumbai

The candidates declared underweight or overweight during the SSB Service Selection Board medical examination can re-appeal at the AMB centre after 42 days of the medical examination after gaining or losing the required amount of weight.

 


 

What happens on the day-1 SSB Service Selection Board?


The candidates on the day-1 of the Service Selection Board interview are first given a form to fill in. After that the candidates are required to do a screening test based on the non-verbal and verbal tests.

Can I appear for the SSB Service Selection Board interview only once?


No. The candidates can appear for the Service Selection Board interview multiple times if they are eligible as per their concerning post and exam.

What topics are asked in the SSB Service Selection Board Group Discussion?


There is no fixed syllabus for the Service Selection Board interview. For group discussion, topics are usually from current affairs and social issues.

Why is the role of the SSB Service Selection Board?


The SSB Service Selection Board assesses candidates through a variety of psychological and personality tests to determine a candidate's suitability for working under Indian Armed Forces.

Who all takes part as the Service Selection Board interview members?


The evaluation of candidates in the SSB Service Selection Board is done by senior officers from the Indian Armed Forces with specialisation in psychology, Group Task Officer (GTO) and Interview Officer.

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