Psychological test in SSB Interview
Psychological testing series– psychological testing is conducting on day-2 of SSB interview. It is the 1st day of stage -2.
What is psychological test?
Psychological tests are written, visual, or verbal evaluations administered to assess the cognitive and emotional functioning of aa SSB candidate.
Why psychological test?
psychological tests are used to assess a variety of mental abilities and attributes, including achievement and ability and personality functioning of a candidate.
For this purpose, the following psychological tests are conducted –
TAT-Thematic Apperception Test
TAT entails writing 12 stories on pictures shown to you one after the other on a screen. You will get 30 sec to view the picture and 04 min to write a story on each picture.This test is similar to PP&DT test. The 12th one is a blank screen and you are required to write any story from your own mind. Make sure that you link this story with a momentous reflection from your own life or a story of an achiever that you have heard or read and that really touched your heart.
Tips to write stories for SSB TAT pictures for screening
- When the picture is
shown for the initial 30 seconds, observe carefully the following points from
a-Number of characters
b-Their Age and gender
d-What is going on
e-Set a theme for your story
f-Future probable actions
- Observe these details and jot down these in the answer booklet simultaneously.
- As you jot the details while observing the pictures, elaborate the observations to form a meaningful positive story in 200-250 words spanning over 2-3 paragraphs for the next four minutes.
- The 1st paragraph describes ‘What has happened’.
- The 2nd paragraph describes ‘What is going on’ and ‘Probable Future Actions’.
- In the final paragraph, write a positive outcome of your story.
- Give realistic aim, and practical problems and their solutions. Do not give impractical views or childish imagination.
- A shorter story is not better, so practice writing fast. There is ample sample material present on our website.
- Choose the age and profession of the main lead of your story very carefully. The age should be exactly what is evident from the picture. And choose the profession according to age.
- In the case of many characters in the clip, choose the one closest to your age as your hero. In the case of pictures in which it is very difficult to determine the age, there also choose the age nearest to yours. But do not forcefully give the age of very evident characters near to your age. For eg. If in the picture only one child of 5 years is shown then do not write his age as 21 years in the story.
- A good story has a motto, however small it may be, but it should be the practical, mature and realistic motto.
***Best advice- Practice, Practice and Practice
WAT-Word Association Test
By this test, the psychologist judges your personality. In this test 60 words are shown to you one by one and each word is flashed for 15 seconds and within this time you have to write a meaningful sentence on your answer sheet. Many candidates mistake this test for a sentence making test, rather than a word association test and hence, falter in the very approach to this particular test. The WAT is designed to assess your personality traits, like all other tests administered by the psychologist, through the responses given by you in your psych dossier. Hence, out of the 60 words, some words will relate to your intellectual quotient, some to your social attributes, some will reflect your effectiveness as part of a team, while some would depict your dynamism. It is highly undesirable to practice WAT without understanding how your responses will be analysed by the psychologist.
Tips to write stories for SSB WAT-
1- Your reaction must be natural and write the thought that comes to your mind first.
2-Make sure you write meaningful and logical sentences. Don’t use your imaginary power too much while forming sentences in WAT. Make real sentences and be grounded.
3-Write grammatically correct sentences and maintain good handwriting. This is just something that no one will tell you and no one will bother telling. But through this, the assessors test your ability to remain calm and composed under pressure don’t make sentences related to Defence too much. Writing sentences solely on defence will not take you anywhere. Instead, it shows a lack of originality and thoughts.
4-Do does not give suggestion or advice to the board or to anyone implicitly through the sentences.
5- Don’t use words like should, could, might, ought, can, may, must, etc. too much. Again, these form the basis of imaginary sentences.
6- Keep the sentences to as short as possible. I’d say, sentences having 4-10 words are optimal. Don’t make it too short or too long.
7- While thinking about a sentence to make from a word, think of the first image that comes to your mind. This is your original idea of that word. Now, try to make a positive sentence from that word or relate that image to a positive story or current affair.
***Best advice- Practice, Practice and Practice
1- Danger- Indian
defence is always ready for dangerous situations.
2- Risk- A winner always ready to take a calculated risk.
3- Worry- A fighter never worries about failures.
4- War- Indian war of independence got tremendous support.
5- Problem-Proper planning lead to an easy solution to the problem.
Situation Reaction Test
In the Situation Reaction Test (SRT), the candidates are expected to give out spontaneous and instinctive responses to certain stressful, unfamiliar and real to life situations. A total of 60 situations are required to be addressed in30 minutes, i.e. 30 seconds per situation. These are ‘real to life’ situations, which you may encounter in your day to day life. These are given in a Booklet, in the form of statements which you have to complete by giving appropriate reactions. Due to a constraint of time, you will generally give a response, which would be close to your actual reaction, while facing a similar situation in real life.
Tips to write stories for SSB SRT-
• Write short and to the point responses for the given situation.
• Never try to act like a superhero to be an officer only.
• Always put yourself in place of the hero and write the response.
• Don’t write socially acceptable responses as you might be caught at this point by the psychologist as they are expert in doing that.
• Your image of qualities extracted by the psychologist should match with all the three assessors and the original you then the only recommendation is possible.
*You are living in a college hostel. The dal served to you in the mess has a lot of stones. What would you do …..
complained to the manager.
*You are serving under two senior officers who always give conflicting orders….
brought it to notice of senior most officer.
*You heard rumours that enemy is likely to attack the country. As a serving soldier what u do…
will be ready to neutralize the attack.
Self Description test which is also known as Self Appraisal or Self Story Writing is the last test in Psychologist test series at Service Selection Boards. It may be the last test but as important as the first one, this test affirms the finding of Psychologist about a particular candidate which he makes by the previous tests like TAT, WAT, and SRT.
This test gives an idea to the Psychologist regarding how deep the candidate has knowledge about him, whether he knows his Qualities and Shortcomings or not.
No. of Paragraphs – 5 Time – 15 Minutes
In this test, the
candidate is required to write 5 paragraphs on What his Parents,
Teacher/Employer, Classmates/Friends, Candidates own opinion about himself
and what qualities he would like to develop for the future.
Most importantly they do not want you to write/describe your autobiography, so do not start describing you birthplace, school or some unrelated stuff. You must write some positive and negative qualities in each paragraph as those pointed out by your Parents, Teachers, Friends or you yourself noticed. You must start preparing on it well in advance before going to SSB because at there your brain will serve you the points which your hands will not be willing to write Following are the points on which you have to describe the details.
Write about what your parents think about you. If you don’t have both parents alive then you can mention Guardians opinion.
Mention your Teachers opinion if you are a student and employers if you are working in a profession.
Write your friends opinion or classmates or colleagues opinion in this paragraph.
Your own Opinion
Here write your own opinion about yourself.
Qualities you would like to develop for future
Here you are required to mention your future goals and ambitions and any other qualities which you want to gain in your future.
i.e. those points which you think will not be in your favour for selection.
Tips for SD test
• Do not write more than three odds lines for
each category, i.e. while writing the opinion’s of your parents/guardians,
teachers/employer, friends/colleagues, and your personal view about
yourself be brief and precise.
• Never copy someone else’s SD, speak from your heart and you could actually take feedback from all the above category of people to write an authentic SD.
• The SD must comprise of some highpoints of your personality and one odd perceived area of improvement in each category.
• Do not write OLQs/ qualities while describing the opinion, e.g. do not say, “My parents feel I am very hardworking, trustworthy and obedient son/daughter”. Rather, say how they perceive you as hard-working, reliable and obedient
• While writing a perceived area of improvement in each category, make sure not to use very strong language to describe it and also see to it that such shortcoming is not something which is very deep-seated and irretrievable.
• In case during the interview, the IO asks you about your weaknesses, you should also be ready with some examples from your life, e.g. where you took time to become friends, or where you got impatient, etc.
• Lastly, SD is very exclusive to your personality, and hence must be written in your own words and straight from your heart keeping the above cardinals in mind.