It was totally a new experience for me to attend the SSB interview
. I had appeared in Dec2012 CDS exam and qualified it but since my age was not as per required by the UPSC so I decided to escape that and thus focused for the next.
I had done no preparation for the CDS written exam. In fact, a day before the exam, I was busy participating in the Model United Nation i.e., MUN. I did well in the G.K and English because I was preparing for UPSC civil services. In mathematics I missed some questions because of poor time management. Somehow I managed to clear the cutoff and got a call for SSB at Allahabad. I would like to advice the aspirant to read Lucent’s GK , Lucent’s general science & Lakshmikant’s polity for G.K part. Any student with average English can do well in the English paper. For Maths read R.S Agrawal’s mathmatics.
My SSB reporting date was 3rd Oct, 2013. I decided to report on the regular batch because I believe that punctuality is one of the important quality of an officer
. Absentee batch is an option to be opted only in rarest of the rear case. This time the cds-2 was scheduled on 8thof Oct. Though there was a risk, but you need to be confident enough to make sure that you give your best short in one attempt rather than thinking about doing well in the next.
On the first day of screening, before going to the auditorium as we were asked to, I ensured that I was wearing neat and clean formal dress, shoes, socks, shaved cheeks and enough food and water. I also ensured that I should speak the least since the time I woke up and before entering the auditorium for screening round. This made me relaxed and helped my mind to come to a relaxed comfortable condition.
Before coming for the SSB, for the last 10 days I had spent 2 hrs daily to watch videos and sample questions on SSB. This helped me to become familiar about the exam to some extent. However I believe that one who participate co-curricular activities, read good books, do creative writings and observe things closely can even escape doing any sort of preparation. Read onto know how Yusuf has passed screening test of SSB interview here
After I got screened in, my first focus was to immediately rush and check my sample PIQ form
. Before coming for the SSB, I downloaded the sample PIQ form and practiced on it. If you do this, you can avoid unnecessary cuts/marks on the original PIQ form. Before coming for the SSB, I ensured that I should have at least a basic knowledge about what I will write in my PIQ form. I tell I never participated in any sports competition in my college or school days. But a sport shows group dynamism which is very important for an army officer So anyhow I had to mention it in the sports column of the PIQ form. So what I did is to start playing badminton in my hostel mates some 30 days before the SSB. I also goggled about the laws/rules of the badminton. Apart from that I also goggled about “cross country championship”. This is the only outdoor sports which has hardly any rule/laws. So I added badminton and cross country as my sports in my PIQ.
Thus what I want to convey is that you can lie in PIQ but make sure you lie cleverly. The interviewer is smart enough to detect any foul play. Lie the least!
I had participated in lots of debate & quiz competitions, NCC, NSS, photography, dramatics in my school and college life. I even have two science patents in my name. but I mentioned only a few in my PIQ. The reason why I did this, is because I wanted to avoid any special attention by the interviewer. So i only added debate, N.S.S & patents in my PIQ form.
In the WAT
round, I attempted all the questions. I want to tell the aspirants that in many books you will read that one should not write sentences starting with “I….” “WE” in the WAT but frankly about 60-70% of my sentences in WAT had a start with “I”. So don’t believe in all those advises. Write what comes to your mind. You wont get enough time to think, so just write and write.
I attempted only 36 questions in the situation reaction test. But I ensured that I write complete solution for the situation instead of just finishing it in one line/sentence.
I did extremely well in TAT
. A believe that TAT is deciding test for a candidate. I had already developed a strategy for TAT which I am sharing it to you all. Before coming for that SSB, I had decided that if I had been asked about some good qualities of mine, I would say that I am very sincere, helpful & cooperative, hardworking and polite. I avoided leadership because it raises the eyebrow of the interviewer and thus more counter questions.
Now in TAT what I did is to make sure that in each story I should show the hero of the story being hardworking/polite/sincere/helpful & cooperative. In TAT you get enough time to write a story adding all these qualities through creating favorable situations. I advice the aspirants that they should always write a story revolving around their life for ex. most of my story were revolving around college life, student, youths etc.
I had not prepared for my self description test
. I just wrote all that comes to my mind at that time. But I ensured that I should not miss all those qualities( helpful friendly polite hardworking etc). I want to tell the aspirants that they must remember that in all the tests the psychologist checks whether you counter to those things that you shows in the previous test i.e if you shows that you are courageous in TAT then make sure that you should show the same quality in your self description test. This will maximize your chance of selection.
In GTO my focus was on snake test
& command test
. Strange na? yes I know but I tell you these two are the deciding tests in GTO. In the progressive group task, you will always find some of the team member who will not listen to your advices or who will not let you do anything. Same happened to me as well. What I did to counter this was to ensure that I should become a part of the supportive group. I started encouraging my fellow team members to go first. I started saying “ yes chest no x that’s a workable approach go with it” “ chest no z you go first I will support you “ I started holding the plank and bhalli. I even helped the members to tighten the rope. I knew that I was unable to convey my idea to them as they were not listening so this was the only approach to get more points. However if you get an opportunity then try to give a workable solution for the task as it puts good impression. Also never look at the GTO. Just do your task sincerely.
In the snake race I shouted the war cry loudly enough to be heard by GTO. I helped my team members to climb the wall and always climbed the wall only after every team members had climbed. I was shouting” yes chest no s you can do it”
As you can observe I was ensuring that I show my friendly and helpful character here in these tasks. My suggestion to aspirants is that they should follow similar tactics.
My command task was tough. Before going for the command task, I ensured that at least two candidates should call me as a subordinate in their command task. The reason why I did this was that this would put a good impression about me and that I am very friendly, helpful and trustworthy. You can do this by talking to your team members and it all depends upon how you convince them to call you!
In the lecturettee
, I opted for women empowerment out of the 3-4 topics mentioned in my card.I was given 3 min to prep on it. My strategy was to prepare first and last 2 lines of my lecture well because I believe that’s gives a good impression about self in front of the GTO’S eyes. Started my lecturette with good morning GTO mam & my dear gentlemen. The topic for my lecturette is women empowerment. Now the first question arise to my mind is what is women empowerment and why do we need it. I suggest to all aspirants that they should ask as many questions in their speech as they can. They should always try to end their speech before 3min and much end the speech with a conclusion. Read newspapers and Yojana and other magazines to make your content rich. In my speech I talked about the 73rdamendment and various government women centric schemes apart from role of women at global level.
was taken by the Dy. President of the board. I was for some 1 hr 20 min. During my interview a lots of questions were asked but most of them where revolving around my personal life. As I was expecting they asked about the good and bad qualities of mine. In the bad qualities never say that you are very emotional or that you get angry etc. for eg I said that I have a very poor handwriting. The reason why I did this was that writing is something which can be improved and which is actually not that bad quality instead. So what I am saying is that make sure that even your bad qualities is a good quality. The examiner asked about my dad who is a third generation IAS officer. For the last 100yrs my family has been serving the country as a civil servent and I am the only one who is joining army so the questions were but obvious. My answer was that I will get job satisfaction only in Army.
The interview also asked me about NCC and about how I got motivated to join army. Then in the rapid fire round they asked me about my marks in class 8, 9, 10th, 11th, 12th, graduation & favourite subjects, favourite teacher, name of best friend, five positive qualities of my best friend etc.
I suggest the aspirants not to get discriminating when the interviewer asks you whom you love the most among your siblings/parents. Just say I love all my siblings and both the father and mother equally. About the best friend make sure that the negative quality should be something which is not that negative to object. I mean you can just say “my best friend is careless about technologies. I always ask him to learn computer but he is very careless for these things. However now a days he has started obeying me and I believe soon he will learn it”
Day Before the conference day, your results are almost ready. I waited for some 25minutes before I was asked to come into the conference room. Those 25 minutes are the time when the GTOS and president and Dy.President consult among each other whether to recommend you or not. The more your are asked to wait the better the chance! My conference continued for some 20minutes. Normally conference continues for at most 5minute. But 3 out of 4 of us (recommended) had a long conference. In my conference I was asked about my life in DAV public school, about what I mean from WAR, what is the difference between a civil servants and an army officer, what are the probable reason for army personnel committing suicide and the appropriate measures I would suggest to curb it. I answered them one by one. I tried my level best to answer them correctly but I was a bit nervous because then there were some 10-12 people staring at you all the times.
After some 30 minutes results were declared, and I was one of the 4 recommended candidate from 18 SSB Allahabad.
We would also recommend all candidates to go through SSB experience and tips of Mr. Anurag Tripathi
who has cleared SSB interview in his 13th attempt.About Yousuf Hassan :
yousuf Hassan is 21 years old and persuing Masters In Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work (DSW, DU). He has done his B.A (Hons) philosophy from Hindu College Delhi University 2010-13 with 63%, XII th from DAV Public School BSEB colony Patna in 2010 with 89%, and Xth from DAV Public School BSEB colony Patna 2008 with 88.6%
His co-curricular activities are :
His achievements are as follows
- Two science patents pending.
- Model united nations.
- Debate and quiz
- NCC A, B & C certificates
- NSS (2010-13)
- Poetry and story writing
- Columnist at Indian fusion.
- Campus ambassador for three multinational brands and one ngo.
- NTSE scholar and national science Olympiad rank holder.
- Ssb attempt: 1st ( got recommended)
- Faculty of law, University of Delhi Entrance Exam 2013- Rank 521
- Delhi School of Social work Entrance Exam 2013
- Tata Institute of Social Science Entrance Exam 2013 Rank Holder
Thus, we wish Yususf Hassan good luck for his career as an Army officer.