What is the Marking Scheme of SSB Interview: Check the complete procedure here!

Safalta Expert Published by: Harshita Pathak Updated Thu, 13 Apr 2023 09:15 PM IST


The SSB Interview is a five-day interview procedure in which a candidate is examined using a variety of tactics. This blog aims to provide an insight into the SSB interview process and what is marking scheme of the SSB Interview. 

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The Union Public Service Commission conducts NDA/NA Exam twice every year. Candidates who clear the written exam appear for the SSB Interview which is a five days long procedure. Candidates are tested in multiple ways and go through different tests such as Psychologist test, GTO exercises, and a personal interview. The SSB Interview is considered very tough by a lot of candidates. Before you start preparing for the Interview you should know all the information about the interview. This blog aims to provide an insight into the SSB interview process and what is marking scheme of the SSB Interview.

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General Marking System in SSB Interview

The SSB evaluation method is not analogous to the marking system used in school/college assessments. Only in the OIR exam, which is part of the screening procedure, is this type of marking done. In this approach, the assessor continues to assign grades after reviewing each answer. As a result, if you obtain 40 accurate answers out of 50, you will receive an 80% grade.

Officer Intelligence Rating or OIR is a test of the intelligence of a candidate. This test comprises two test booklets, each booklet has around 40 (sometimes 50) questions for which you will be given 17 minutes of time (which will increase to 50 questions). You must try to solve all questions in the given time.

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Marking Scheme in SSB Interview

There are three assessors, and each will award 300 points for the medical test, GTO (group task), and personal interview (PI). A minimum of 90 points must be obtained from each assessor. SSB has a total of 900 points. It is then divided into four parts (psychology, GTO, interview, and conference round), with each test phase receiving 900/4=225 marks. You must receive at least 90 marks out of 225 in order to receive a "Yes" from any of the assessors, while less than 90 marks simply mean "No."

The First 4 Days of the SSB interview Includes Screening, Psychological Tests, GTO Tasks and a Personal Interview. In this way, The minimum marks you would be required to pass Is 90*3= 270 marks.

For example,

1) One candidate receives 80 marks in the interview round, 70 marks in the GTO round, and 75 marks in the psychology round. The total is 225 marks.

2) Another candidate receives a total of 250 out of a needed minimum of 270 marks. As a result, the significance of the conference round has now been established. If your marks are higher than 240, the conference round will determine whether you are recommended or not.

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SSB Assessment: Subjective

Assessors are quite clear about OLQ definitions and how to assess them. The system is really scientific. However, what defines sufficient in a certain quality cannot be determined objectively. Each assessor has this mental benchmark and consequently assigns scores to candidates in the 15 OLQs based on it. As a result, it becomes a subjective activity. If an assessor is unsure about a candidate's evaluation during the psychological exam, he can confer with a psychologist colleague. The GTO or IO does not have the option of seeking a second opinion since he must analyse a candidate's OLQs as he performs. There is no video footage of the performance that can be viewed.

Three Broad Categories of Assessment in SSB Interview

A candidate will get placed in one of the 3 broad categories:

  1. Clearly unfit for selection.
  2. Borderline case, who could be recommended in case he is found adequate by the other 2 techniques of assessment.
  3. Clearly fit for selection.

Invariably, a candidate who is obviously unfit/fit by one approach is also obviously unfit/fit by the other two procedures, and so is rejected/ chosen without spending much time in discussion in the 'Conference.' Variations in evaluation are more frequent in a borderline situation since an assessor has deemed him to be slightly unsuited for selection, but there is nothing seriously wrong with his personality. Such a candidate would be chosen or rejected based on the results of the other two approaches and the debate in the 'Conference' to reach a consensus.

The SSB's selection procedure is based on approaches that aim to assess the individual in the context of the defence forces' requirements. As a result, prepare for each phase of the SSB and put in a lot of practice time.

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What is the highest marks in SSB interview?

For SSB interview the maximum marks for Indian Military academy, Air force academy and naval academy is 300 marks each and for OTA(officers training academy) it is 200 marks.

Is it easy to pass SSB interview?

If you have cleared the written NDA exam then you have to appear for SSB or Service Selection Board interview. As we all know SSB is the toughest interview for any service in this country. Only a few candidates are able to crack this interview in the first attempt. So it is very difficult to clear SSB interviews.

How many candidates are selected in SSB?

368 vacancies for every single NDA recruitment and almost 2.5 lakh aspirants from all around the country participate in the written exam. Out of these, only 545 (approx.) are called for the SSB interview. And finally, only the required number of candidates are selected for the training.

Is jeans allowed in SSB interview?

You should wear formal trousers with a smart shirt with formal shoes. Although formal clothes are not required for screening, it is preferable and safer because you will be appearing in front of the Board members.

Is there reservation in SSB?

"Services Selection Boards" are there to assess a candidate whether he/she is capable of leading men/women in the Defence Services. The only thing they look for is OLQ which is the one and the only thing that matters It provides 100% reservation for those with Officer Like Qualities(OLQs) who can qualify for SSB.

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