’Selection is a like a balancing act, where every step matters’’
Screening should be remembered and considered as a filtering process. Only the cream of the crop are filtered who are willingly confident enough to display their skills and knowledge in the SSB.
This is the reason we see many overly aggressive ppl getting screened in many a times. But none the less your grasp on the language, persuasiveness and confidence cannot be replaced.
Points to remember:
- Many ppl come with the idea that in ppdt we need to write social stories, which does not make sense.
- Remember PPDT means giving accurate response as per your perception of the pic shown. So write the story genuinely as it is shown.
- Next part and the most important in todays screening process is the narration, be very crisp and clear. And yes this means loud as well, make your presence felt when you narrate the story.
- Use minimum of complicated vocabulary and be clear with your story. Don’t fumble stumble or stutter, speak with confidence that the story u’ve written is perfect in each sense.
- Address the group and look into the eyes of each of them while narrating, and not looking at the assessors.
While at Allahabad I was instructed before the narration, that we should narrate as if there is no assessor in the room.
- After the assessor has told you to stop, don’t argue with him. He has got your point, speaking more doesn’t increase your chances.
- Now coming to the GD, which is mostly a fish market, these days having upto 20 or more in GD.
- Start on the agreements in the stories, Sticking on your own story repeatedly will only get you disagreement.
- Do not be a part of the fish market, even when speaking loud to make your point heard ensure you are speaking with logic, and not just to make yourself heard.
- Speak with logic and make people agree with you with good story planning points, cheap tricks would never work here.
- Only genuinity and your hard work in psych preparation will let you be heard.
For the intelligence test, do not worry about the time limits, the level is not so high but remember the score will affect your merit in the end. Read all questions carefully, No negative marking so attempt all. Do not get into a fuss while marking, mark with utmost caution.
Whenever you feel stressed, take a deep breath remember a picture of your parents your loved ones, your Guru for a second.
This thing really helps.
I believe till now that you read this manual you have already prepared enough and now all you need to do is make a clear picture of all your preparation in your mind.
Your strengths your weaknesses, with genuine understanding of your own self. Do not take points from others on this aspect of your life. And a very informed person of our group has said once that ‘The speciality of Recommended candidates of the SSB is that all of them no matter how different have one thing in common, a true and deep understanding of their own inner self’.
Remember this thing while you revise your Psychology.
Coming to the most important part of the Psych tests that is called TAT.
Yes even though it can be contradictory but from my Guru I have been taught that a person with good stories will win the psychologist.
Points to remember in TAT:
- Perception is very important, as it is called stimulus, Stimulus means what your mind thinks instantly when you see a picture, and generating a good response can be secondary if the stimulus is good.
- The 12 stories are divided into 3 groups, you all must be familiar with, Outing/adventure, Crisis and social.
- Understand your own self(your environment that you live in) and generate stories, and do not get stressed out when multiple thoughts come during seeing the picture. Remember take a deep breath, same thing works.
- Have an already prepared blank story, mostly on your hobby or any other depending on your ease.
- The purpose of blank story is to ease you for the next test.
- The highest amount of preparation time should be spent on TAT preparation, this is how you will get to know more about yourself. (More about that in SD)
- Sometimes you write a story and you know it is not up to the mark, now you know where you lack. Solve your mistakes well in time, everyone commits different mistakes so do not learn from others but from your own mistakes.
- Make all mistakes in your preparation; don’t leave anything for the critical day.
- Do not unnecessarily create problems, blood, havoc in stories.
- Liveliness in your stories will give you a definite edge over ppl who read arihant and are coached, these ppl tend to find problems and become top notch engineers and officers to solve the problems.
- Do not do this mistake, be grounded and think how you would solve probs with the minimum resources a common man has.
- Always think of good and so shall your stories will be.
- Remember your stories are a reflection of your current state of mind, if you’re stressed so shall your stories will be, relax and cool down. Listen to music, play games meet friends before going to SSB.
This test is basically something we can prepare in advance and score good, till now I feel everyone has made a concrete list of common words and their responses. Make responses short and crisp.
This needs practice and there is no substitute to it. Faster hand writing while maintaining neatness will come with regular practice.
No such thing as you cant write quotes, yes but do not over load on it. Again a relaxed mind would work more efficiently than a stressed mind.
Do the deep breath exercise every time between your tasks. Picture your Guru, anyone that inspires you in your mind, this is very powerful.
For this, all in all there are ten types which I would list down and yes there are good responses and bad responses for this, not a lot of variation is good.
The responses that are good are good, learn them if you can’t get the proper response yourself.
- Games and sports: ‘play and justify’ are the words, and not ‘will convince and discuss’. There is no discussion in sports, actions describe sportsman spirit and not words. Remember injuries don’t let you sit back. Take first aid and play, don’t wait for team members/partners and play the game with stand by.
- Natural calamities: Do not look for support from govt, or NGOs. Work for your family’s resettlement. Find part time/ full time job, take care of your siblings studies and support.
- Hiking/mountaineering: Again don’t get let down by injuries, neither yours or your team members. Help the injured, ‘give first aid’ and continue.
- Picnics: sort out issues, if given a bad seat in bus accept it. Show your liveliness during these moments. Picnics are for fun.
- Financial crisis: Approach friends, relatives or bank for loan and return in time. Or use insurances for medical treatment. Think positive and result oriented. For helping friends, pool money with all friends and help.
- Fire: inform fire brigade, ambulance, pacify, help in controlling fire using sand and water. Evacuate closed buildings, use fire drills in urban atmosphere. Fire extinguishers and avoid using of lifts. Use emergency exits and make everyone evacuate.
- Crossing river/ nala: arrange boat, swim according to the situation. My personal response: I take the water to be at knee level, fold jeans and cross.
- Accidents: Rushed casualties to hospitals taking lift or any transport. Show urgency in these srts. Give first aid simultaneously. For cycle got punctured, lock it on the pole on the road and resume with lift or transport.
- Journey/train problems: in case of fire, pull chain evacuate, plug fire source with extinguisher. Heated arguments; engaged them in a diff topic, cracked jokes, lightened up the environment. For miscreants, overpower with help of public, hand him over to police. Rushed to save any accidents, show urgency in avoiding any accident. For full train or bus, manage in it, and reach destination.
- Studies/exam: manage time for studies if there is any family crisis, work hard to cope with up previous failures, remove misunderstanding with teacher by personally talking to them. For roommates, make them understand the value of exams. For urgency in documents, get them attested and submit application.
- Strikes and unions: No agreements and joining strikes, under two bosses just say obeyed them both.
This is just the framework of SRTs and adopt genuine responses from them, but do not start adding any crap. Just understand the responses and inculcate positive thinking and a sense of responsibility in yourself which comes with deep thought and much hard work in real life.
Self description is totally a personal affair. But deep thinking and attention is required in it as this is also a base for success in any interviews in life and more importantly the PI in the SSB.
Understanding of your own self and your immediate surroundings is what makes you do good in this.
SD is not a test for showing off, writing rubbish in the form of self appreciation; it is a test of self understanding. And self understanding comes with knowing the circumstances and situations behind the way you have been born and brought up.
Knowing your weaknesses is a way to improve and cultivate yourself better.
Hence self improvement is the biggest gift you can give to yourself.
Before completing this section I would like to make a note that, Do not have blind presumptions going into SSB, do not take advices on doing this or doing that even from recommended fellows. Follow instructions strictly as told by the Psychologist in the starting of your test. Be attentive and listen to each word he says.
Your greatest Strength in Psychology is a relaxed state of mind void of any outer noises, all you shall hear is your own voice. The other strengths come from a deep understanding of your own self and a sense of morality that makes you understand what is right and wrong.
We talk about sense of responsibility a lot here, I believe it to be the quality to let one stand in the other persons shoes and feel his pain equally. To take all work as duty and not a favour on anybody.
GD and Lecturettes have a common preparation base, but can be different in performance.
- For lecturettes one great tip I got was that; the best preparation should be of ndia and neighbors, because it comes in more than 70% of slips. And if luck favours you, you will have a great impression with this task. And even grievances in your GD will be over looked.
- Ind- PAK
- Ind- China
- Ind- US
- Ind- Bangladesh
- Ind- Myanmar
- Ind- Nepal
- Ind- Afghanistan
One more important issue is of the red corridor/ Naxalism. This is asked very frequently, even in the PI.
Other trendy GD topics:
- Women Atrocities, reason?
- Best source of power in India?
- Why is today’s youth under stress?
- Why are some states developed and some not?
- Urban migration and reasons?
- For economic development of India what should be done?
- To stop corruption what should be done?
- Why are divorce cases on the rise?
- Nuclear family or joint family?
- Sex education, who inculcates better teachers or parents?
- Criminals into politics, reasons?
- Vulgarity in cinema and who is responsible?
- Role of media in today’s society?
- Solution of Naxalism?
- Kashmir solution?
- RTI, good or bad?
- Reservation system, good or bad?
- Why youth does not vote?
- Brain drain and reasons?
- FDI, good or bad?
- Railways, private or with govt?
- Why is petroleum price increasing?
- Reasons for Assam violence?
- North east problem, illegal immigrants or under development?
- How can sports improve in india?
- Problem of power cuts, reasons?
With all said and done, and all your preparation. Remember one thing, there is no shortcut to knowledge, you cannot fool the GTO by speaking loudly and making others quiet, this would only shorten your chances. No cheap tricks would work there. You cannot just blabber anything and expect good ratings.
Speak with logic and conviction. Be rational and think before you speak or else just intend on listening. Three to four good points in a GD is enough. But unlimited noise will serve no purpose.
And Deep breathing exercise shouldn’t be forgotten.
Coming to the tasks of snake race and individual obstacles, All they are looking is how you behave in the group, how much you feel for the group rather than yourself in the snake race, don’t become a spider man. This is a mistake I’ve committed in my SSB, and plz do not repeat yourself. Feel responsible for the group and don’t feel on impressing the GTO by looking athletic.
Individual obstacles are only to test your courage, just don’t think I did less or more. Follow instructions carefully and take up those only which you feel you can complete. There is no timing as such, GTO rings the bell on his own wish here. If you get stuck on a task he will intend to let you complete it no matter the time.
Fatta Bali Tasks
FATTA BALLI TASKS (As I call it myself)
Let me tell you guys with my personal experience, this is where I lacked in my SSB and this is what made me go back home from Allahabad even after such a good PI.
Since then I have asked dozens of ppl on it, learnt dozens of tricks and worked a lot to become good at it.
One of the best tip I got from my friend who is currently in IMA ; He was recommended in his 3rd attempt so he had a lot of knowledge and experience to offer.
He told me that they do not need geniuses with fatta and balli, though there are specific marks for that. But it is mostly a test of co operation and qualities of adjustment. How you work towards the group keeping aside your own wishes. Even sometimes when you have a solution but the group has already started to work on it, do not show disagreement and intend on putting your idea forcefully. Go with the group; if the solution is not achieved GTO will personally ask all to give an individual solution.
‘Involvement’ is the word to be remembered in these tasks. Consider every task as your duty and not a competition.
Command task is another duty oriented task, do not consider the people you call for this tasks as your servants. Do all the work yourself and always be on the front, use them only to provide assistance whenever you cannot tie or hold something all alone. Take them along and always talk to them in a way you would like to be treated. Making friends behind the scene, in the room is what brings a lot of success in ground tasks, specially the command task.
A final word in this section, Getting stressed out is human, but overcoming it is what makes you special.
And I hope by now we know how to encounter this stress. 🙂
In my sir’s words; PI is a test of your environment and nothing else.
With a great PIQ you will win 50% of the battle. But then there are some things you cannot change in your PIQ, but you can always have your strengths shown and hide your weak points. Study drawbacks in your PIQ and prepare accordingly.
Some points to remember in PI:
- Never write fake hobbies, but even more important never leave it blank or write hobbies like chatting, making friends and stuff. Everybody has played one or the other sports in life. Use those to the best, and prepare in advance for your hobbies.
- Assessor will constantly ask you to tell negative points about your friends, teachers, family. Do not get fooled. Whatever life you come out of, it was the best anybody could ask for. You had brilliant teachers, the best of friends, and totally supportive and amazing family.
- Speak with conviction in a firm voice, and make good amount of eye contact with the IO.
- Do not discuss failures, every time IO starts a negative topic complete it as soon as possible, and don’t be afraid when he cross-questions. Cross questions are just made to see how genuine you are.
- Rapid fire; IO will ask around 15 to 20 questions, generally starting with your 10th class onwards on all parts of your self-description as same in the psychology. Prepare well in advance but do listen to him carefully, do not miss out on anything he asked, it will be taken as if you are hiding something.
- Remember a thorough understanding of your SD will make you win the battle.
Important IO questions:
Questions about family:
- Who are you more close to, father or mother and why?
- What do you do when you feel your parents love your siblings more than you?
- Are you jealous of your siblings? Do you envy them?
- What do your parents expect of you?
- What expectations have you set for yourself in their eyes?
Questions about friends?
- How many friends you have?
- One thing you see before making friends?
- Do you give them any out of the way help?
- Would you make me your friend?
Questions about teacher?
- Tell me something you feel your teachers should improve in teaching?
- Any problem with any past teacher? How did you solve?
- Your fav teacher and his/her qualities?
- What do feel has changed in new generation of teachers than older ones?
Self descriptive questions?
- Tell me your strong points and weak points?
- Your routine? And on holidays?
- The best day you like of the week and why?
- Why do you wanna join the forces?( the most important question of all, if you can impress him here, you have strong chances)
- How do you feel has your life changed from school to college? What changes did you see in yourself?
- Give me 5 reasons I should recommended you?
- Plan an event, or a football match?
- How do you cope up with your desires for the opposite sex?
- Any fights in college you have not told your parents?
- Any secrets?
With this final section I would like to make a note, your cheerfulness and liveliness brings the confidence required to impress the IO. Don’t feel too pampered by him nor let down by his words, your stability in your personality in this long interview is also a crucial factor.
Finally a word after completion of this small manual.
Totally dedicated to my Sir, for whom I so sincerely wanted to prove myself in the SSB . He gave me a new vision to look at life, I would forever be so thankful to him. His teachings of Duty oriented work will forever make me work hard and hard in becoming a better human being.
For the Aspirants, ‘This work is for a cause and not for applause’.
Thank you all for you support.
Contributed by - ARUN BABBER [Recommended for Indian Coast Guard & Indian Air Force]