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How To Prepare For SSB Interview

How To Prepare For SSB Interview

How To Prepare For SSB Interview

Services Selection Board (SSB) is an organization that assess the candidates for becoming officers into the Indian Armed Forces. The board evaluates the suitability of the candidate for becoming an officer using a standardized protocol of evaluation system which constitutes of personality, intelligence tests and interviews. An SSB comprises the panel of assessors, who are officers in Indian Armed Forces and having their specialization as Psychologist, GTO and Interviewing Officer. In total there are ten Service Selection Boards across India, out of which three boards are for Indian Army, four boards are for Indian Air Force and three boards for Indian Navy.

Here Defence Guru share detail about How To Prepare For SSB Interview. Always prepare for the Personal Interview before attending SSB Interview because you know the type of question generally asked by the IO.  Always prepare for the PI before attending SSB Interview because you know the type of question generally asked by the IO. Below are few questions which you may face during your SSB Interview. If you have any doubt please mention it in the comment box.

Before the interview

  • Your interviews will start from 2nd day onwards generally. Interviews are taken by president of board, vice president or similar rank officers in afternoon
  • You will be notified by CHM before interview, he will tell you about location of interview and where to enter and where is waiting room.
  • For interview make sure you are in formal attire and well dressed. Don’t ask anybody anything like tie, shoe make sure you carry your own. it makes very bad impression when you both have interview at a same time
  • and don’t give anything to any other person because it may lead to unwanted frustration for you in peak hours of your golden chance and may disturb your attitude
  • so try to be smart and well equipped
  • While going for interview make sure you are wearing chest number and it is properly tied.
  • Use neck tie below the chest number so he can see your chest number easily. And try to wash chest number on previous night but don’t wash out number from that cloth!!
  • When you will be notified about your turn of interview go to waiting room and wait for your turn.
  • There be electrical display where you can read plates like president and vice president
  • CHM will tell you who will take your interview so look towards that plate as your number will flash there you can move towards interview cabin.
  • While waiting for your interview don’t talk with peoples waiting there.
  • It can cause nervous feelings within you because nobody knows what he is going to ask and what are correct response
  • And plz don’t talk to persons who are coming after finishing their interviews. It may lead to difficult situation to you as well as the person.(becoz warning is given in waiting room that don’t stop in this premises after your interview.)

Pre-interview preparations

  • Read your resume in detail
  • Remember your PIQ form
  • Remember SDT (self description test)
  • General knowledge questions
  • Questions about your hobby , extra-curricular activity and your place
  • Your friends, family, school, college, Any recent incident related with your hobby, extra-curricular activity you mentioned in PIQ form
  • Remember your education, achievements ,work, and try to arrange it in chronological order
  • Iron your interview dress, neck tie and polish your formal shoes and carry handkerchief with you.
  • Don’t carry your mobile, wallet, wrist watch, any sacred threads, don’t fold cuffs, tuck in shirt and make sure your look as gentleman. Use washed socks.
  • Do carry pen and blank sheet in your pocket(in case of emergency… don’t ask pen to IO)
  • Before going for interview take sufficient water, go for washroom and tell to yourself. You are going to get selected as you are going to speak only true things and you deserve this post as per your performance.

“Being good at interview is skill, which is quite separate from work skill”


  • It will be conversation with purpose. It will only involve only 2 persons IO and you. It is to check your officers like qualities and your nature and personality traits. They will try to search

Power of expression

  • Initiative, drive, tact, alertness, self confidence, sense of responsibility , quality of critical appreciation, clear and logical exposition, balanced judgment, ability for social cohesion , leadership qualities, moral integrity, social adaptability,
  • He will look some officers like qualities within you.

Planning and organization:-

  • Effective intelligence, reasoning, organizing, expression

Social adjustment:-

  • Adapatabilty, co-operation, responsibility,

Social effectiveness:-

  • Initiative, self confidence, decision making power, influencing to team, happy nature, resoursefullness,


  • Courage, enthusiasm , stamina, determination.
  • He and his team checked you about this qualities on ground and on paper now he will check these qualities when he will interview you
  • This is just like cross checking method. As I mentioned about CHARACTER MAP, It is map drawn by psychologist about your traits and send it to GTO and IO …now this map will be with IO and he will try to check that version while interviewing you.
  • Keep in mind that he needs two way process in this conversation. As you will enter interview room he will welcome you with bright smile and sometimes with shake hand…… so give him very good response…
  • Don’t seat without taking permission and even don’t stand in front of chair. Try to stand near to the chair . after getting permission thank him with good gestures
  • Non-verbal language is an important part of any interview. Often decisions about you are made in seconds, sometimes before you even have a chance to speak. Since body language is such an important part of communication, it’s important to be aware of it during a job interview. Positive body language can put people at ease and make them feel comfortable around you. This is the best position to be in for your interview and will give you a competitive edge.

Few things you should do with your body during an interview:


  • Keep your hands out of your pockets at all times during the interview. Hidden hands often indicate you have something to hide.
  • Beware of over-using hand gestures. It can be highly distracting and take away from what you are saying. Watch your interviewer. If he or she is using hand gestures, you may as well.
  • If you are prone to talk with your hands excessively, practice answering a few basic interview questions at home, before your interview, in front of the mirror to get an idea of how you look and what is appropriate.
  • During an interview, avoid folding your arms because it can be interpreted as a defensive move. Instead, fold your hands loosely on your lap or place your arms on the arm rests, if your chair has them.

Eyes contact

  • It’s very important to make eye contact. However, make sure it is natural eye contact and not staring. If you feel uncomfortable maintaining eye-contact for this length of time, try looking at your interviewer’s nose. A smile while maintaining eye-contact is sometimes the difference between a positive body language message and staring.
  • If you feel your eye-contact is becoming staring, it is ok to take periodic breaks, but don’t look down. This might indicate you don’t believe what you are saying and give connotations of submissiveness.

Sitting Posture

  • Your posture reflects your energy, as well as your interest level, enthusiasm and self control. When standing or sitting, do so with a straight back and squared shoulders. Slouching will give the impression you have a negative attitude.
  • When sitting, put both feet on the floor and lean slightly forwards. Leaning back in your chair will give the impression you are comfortable and may be appropriate towards the middle or end of the interview.
  • Sitting on the edge of your chair will give the impression that you are tense and that you feel uncomfortable, so you should avoid sitting too far forward.

Interview Questions

  • As you will seat for interview, IO will ask you how r you? how is SSB board? Do you liked this? you went for
  • Movie or outing? And he will try to break ice and make you feel comfortable …get relaxed and proceed further.
  • He will ask you about you, your family, your education and some basic information in few question and then he will ask you 15 to 20 question in a one go and will ask to answer these questions.

SSB Personal Interview  are divide in 4 phases

first is ice breaking

  • It will include which place you belongs to, how is temperature there, famous for, your name , meaning of name,

Second is normal questions;

  • What was reason for your low score, how you got chance in drama, team of cricket, how many ways to out a batmen? etc

Third is general awareness, problem solving technique and decision making

  • What is arab spring, why you wish to join army, what is happening in Somalia? Rupee sliding down? Who is CAG….some situation he will provide and will ask for solution, ur graduation related questions etc.

Fourth is practical knowledge questions or technical questions …

  • Don’t worry … no need to get panic about this… give answer about questions you clearly listened and tell answers in simple and correct. Don’t use heavy words he may ask anything about that word and if you unable to give answer it will lead to bad impression. During interview you must be humble, polite, genuine , pleasant before and after interview, keep in mind don not expose your disappointment or failure via any mean don’t lose your ground even in tough questions. That’s key to success in SSB personal interview.
  • If you are asked question like why you want to join army? Then don’t go for “deshsewa.” it is assumed…!! Or don’t tell want to be like James bond. Be real and firmly grounded. Give emphasis on principal qualities, experiences, occupation,
  • Show your enthusiasm by keeping an interested expression. Nod and make positive gestures in moderation to avoid looking like a bobblehead
  • Limit your application of colognes and perfumes. Invading aromas can arouse allergies. Being the candidate that gave the interviewer a headache isn’t going to do anything in your favor.
  • The three best ways to get better at interviews are to practice, practice, and, yep, practice. The best way to practice is in front of a mirror.
  • Close the door, leave your ego outside, and talk about your key points and anecdotes while looking yourself in the eye. You will automatically critique and improve your performance as you go along. When the interview is on for real, you’ll be glad you looked yourself in the eye so many times. You’ll know how you’re coming across.
  • Don’t get nervous in difficult situation, try to solve it. Best solution to solve any problem is fragment it and try to solve it and then apply it for complete. Use your planning, organizing abilities. Avoid giving lengthy and vague answers to questions otherwise he will say “ATA MAZI SATAKALI RE.”
  • So put yourself at case and establish rapport . your answer should be meaningful , brief, concise and to the point.
  • Make every possible Endeavour to avoid pitfalls
  • And don’t mugup any particular answer because no question will be asked exactly so don’t expect any question. Have determination and plenty of drive. Have capacity to work under very pressure condition. A common mistake that many candidates make is not being themselves. Some feel that they need to fit a certain mold and act accordingly. This will only end up hurting both parties in the end when your “true” personality comes out. You will be surprised how easy it is to detect insincerity during an interview. Thus, it is important to be professional, but also maintain your true essence. When you do this, your sincerity and genuineness will be picked up by the interviewer. This is one of the best interview strategies to implement, and will go a long way in determining your success.
  • Show you skills, potentials and achievements and be gentle in complete process.
  • Remember IO is very senior person with lot of experience to interview 1000 of candidates so don’t bluff .try to make your interview productive, as it will help him to select a right candidate. Don’t show off things and don’t ask any question to him.
  • Speak in same peach for complete interview. Distance between you and interviewing officer will be more than 8 to 10 feet so don’t shake your legs and don’t do any moves which will give bad impression of your image to him.
  • After finishing interview thank him and close door very gently and don’t ask him how was my interview and give put you hand towards him for shake hand… enter in confidence and leave with same confidence.
  • You too don’t visit waiting room after your interview.
  • (interview will be conducted on any day between 2nd to 4th day )


Questions Asked In SSB Personal Interviews:

60–70% of the questions asked in SSB Interviews are common to every candidate. The rest of the questions depend upon the response of the candidate and interviewer’s Assessment of candidate. The common questions, like questions related to you, your family, your Friends, your schooling, your teachers, your hobbies, your interests, situations reactions, your hometown, your Home-state, general awareness(self and surrounding) etc have already been answered very well and in sufficient detail.

  1. What is your name, meaning of your name, meaning of other member’s names in your family, compare yourself with them, name of place you come from, currently what are you doing?
  2. Family: How many members, since when living at the same place, description and sort of relationship with each member, closer to whom, why closer, whom you admire. Compare yourself with any of your brother/s or sister/s. If alone what would you prefer to have an elder/younger brother/sister? Occupation of working members in the family, if you are working what is your job profile, salary etc.
  3. Education: Institution where you had your education, since when, any achievements, any responsible post held during your education at the institution, represented institution at what levels, subjects you liked most and those you did not like at all, why, teachers you liked most and those which you did not like at all, why (here include the teacher and subject till all these years of education and not only school), name and specialty of institution where studied and a brief description about it namely its location, crowd, cultural and other heritages it carries. What are you currently doing ,what are further options (if not army),why, Why ARMY, since when liked army?
  4. Friends: What type of friends you like, what type you do not like, where have you gone and where would you like to go with your friends, why are these people your friends, describe your best friend, compare him with you (appearance ,height, texture, thinking, something common in both of you), their hobbies and interests, their way of living life and what do they want to achieve in life.
  5. Why do you want to join the defense forces, if not defense other options, how did you come to the conclusion that you want to join the forces. Did you try for NDA, why not succeeded? Why not proper efforts were given?
  6. Your hobbies and interests, how do you pass your time, which task did you find most interesting in psyche and GTO series, which books have you read, why did you not score well enough in 12th as you scored in 10th , NCC knowledge, Scouts, RSP, MCC, etc., knowledge.
  7. Your life in college, any memories, what is the difference between your friends at Pune and SSB center. If given chance what would you like to change in Pune ( Geographical, economical, agricultural, tourism, traffic etc.) Compare your hometown and hometown friends with friends in Pune and Pune as a place itself. Have you ever come before to the SSB centre previously. Which places did you visit at the SSB place?
  8. Give 5 current national and international political news.
  9. Give 5 current national and international sports news.
  10. Some international matters, international organizations, their working procedure and a good knowledge of your specialized subject.
  11. How would you organize a football match /hike/cycle race/ local festival /trek/swimming competition.
  12. Why were you weak in some specified sphere, how did you cope up with it.
  13. Have you taken coaching, why, what sort of?

Some Important Questions For SSB Personal Interview

1.Tell me about yourself?

2. Where are you from?

3.Tell the competitive exams that you have appeared in chronological order.

4.About your hobby

5.Your three best friends and what quality you like in them

6.Dad or mom whom you love more?

7.How did you prepare for this SSB?

8.Who is your role-model

9.Why you want to join Navy?

10.What is the job profile you have applied for?

11.Tell me 5 things about the city (My SSB was in coimbatore, so i had told him about some places i went there and the people)

12.Types of submarines in the Indian navy

13.Reason for the priority of service. eg; SSC(Engg) over PC(NAIC)

14.The year my dad was commisioned into Army?

15.The entry of your dad

16.What would you do if you dont get recommended>

17.How did you perform at Group tasks ?

18.What better you could have done in GTO tasks?

19.Tell me about the NDA exam you attempted ? Why didnt you attend the SSB?

20.Have any girlfriend? If yes, what you like in her and how did you meet ?

21. Do you drink/Smoke/Watch Porn?

22.The events where you participated and what did you learn?

23.Strengths and weaknesses

24.Have you fought with anyone?

25.How do you keep yourself fit?

26.Why do you think you are fit for the service and to be recommended?

27.What were you doing while you were waiting outside the room?

28.Some general awareness questions like CM / Presidents , National programmes recently implemented, Ganga rejuvenation

29.What would you like to improve about you?

30.How many friends have you made here?



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