SSB 5 Days Interview

SSB 5 Days Interview- Most of the aspirants would be eager to know about the tests and activities conducted during the SSB interview. Therefore, let’s discuss the various activities which would be conducted to assess a candidate.

The SSB interview is conducted in 2-stages i.e. Stage-1 & Stage-2

STAGE- 1 (Day 1)

The first day of the SSB, candidates have to go through 2 tests which will be conducted consecutively. The first two tests will be an Officer Intelligence Test (OIR) and Picture Perception & Description Test (PPDT).

STAGE – 2 (Day 2)

However, on the first day of Stage-2, candidates have to go through psychology test. This test consists of the following:-

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT): In this test, 12 pictures are shown consecutively for 30 seconds. However, the time allotted to write a story on each picture is 4 minutes. Once the 4 minutes mark gets over, next picture will appear on the screen for 30 seconds. This goes on until all 12 pictures are shown on the screen. Remember, candidates, need to write a story on every picture shown on the screen.

Word Association Test (WAT): In the test, one word is shown for 15 seconds and candidates have to write the first thought that comes to their mind. A short sentence (one-liner) would be appropriate. This goes on till the 60 th word is shown on the screen.

Situation Reaction Test (SRT): In the test, candidates need to be careful as 60 situations will be shown on the screen and the candidates have to write the reaction as to how they would react in these situations.

Self- Description Test: It will be the last test of psychology where candidates have to write a short context about the opinion of parents/guardians, friends, teachers and the qualities one needs to improve on. SSB 5 Days Interview process

Group Tasks (Day 3):

Group tasks will be conducted on day 3 & day 4. On the 3 rd day, candidates will e assessed through the following tests.

Group Discussion (GD) Candidates will have a discussion on 2 topics. They can have an internal discussion and no debate is tolerated. Hence, each topic will be discussed for 15-20 minutes.

Group Planning Exercises (GPE): In general, the test will be conducted in 5 parts

  • Explanation of model
  • Next is the reading of narrative by GTO
  • Then comes 5 minutes of self-reading
  • Then 10 minutes for writing an individual plan
  • Finally, 20 minutes to discuss the common plan

Progressive Group Task (PGT): To clarify it will be the first outdoor task where a set of 4 obstacles with progressively increasing difficulty level will have to be overcome in 40-50 minutes by the group.

Group Obstacle Race: In the test, 3-4 groups are pitched against each other over a set of 6 obstacles with a snake like a load.

Half Group Task: The group is divided into two and an obstacle similar to PGT has to be crossed in 15 minutes.

Lecturette: A set of 4 topics are given and the candidates have to give a short lecture on any one of the given topics. SSB 5 Days Interview process

Group Tasks (Day 4):

It is the second day of GTO and remaining tests will be conducted on this day.

Individual Obstacles: In the test, a set of obstacles have to be tackled individually in a span of 3 minutes.

Command Task: In the test, an individual is nominated as a leader to handle one task which is similar to PGT. Then, the individual can select two subordinates to help him during this task.

Final Group Task: It is very much similar to progressive group task (PGT).

(Day 5)

All things considered, it is the last day of the interview. On this day the candidates will have a closing address. Next would be the conference which is a short interaction with a candidate with the board officers.Moreover, once the conference is over the results are announced.


Besides, the personal interview will be conducted in the afternoon by the interviewing officer from day 1 to day 4. In this case, the atmosphere is informal and relaxed.