Want to become an officer in Indian armed forces? One must have all officer like qualities to be
recommended by SSB board. Read on to know about all OLQs which are must for an officer in Army, Navy and Air Force.
Officers job in Indian Armed Forces is very reputed and challenging one. In order to become an officer
in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, one must possess all Officer Like Qualities (OLQs). Typically
OLQs are the qualities which a true and successful leader should have in him in order to lead the
community or a group.
Leadership qualities required in Indian Armed Forces officersLeadership quality is the essence of an officer in Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. A successful leader
only can guide his group or men when they need proper guidance to save the country’s pride. A
leader should possess special qualities which make him stand high among all others. Following are
essential Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) which SSB interview board looks in candidates appearing in
Initiative qualityA leader will always initiate a work and motivate all others to take part in the work. If a leader
will not initiate a work and will ask others to do the work, then others may think that the leader is
misleading them. So a candidate should showcase his initiative quality during the SSB interview in Picture Perception & Description Test and Group Discussions.
ResourcefulnessA leader should be resourceful. An officer working in Army, Navy or Air Force will come under
such circumstances where he needs to accomplish task assigned to him with the limited resources
available with him. Thus SSB board will look whether a candidate have resourcefulness quality in
himself or not.
Communication skillsA leader should be able to communicate effectively with his followers so that he may convey his thoughts clearly. If communication skill of a person is not good, he may not become great leader. Communication skills bring the extra confidence in the leader. Thus, SSB interviewing officers will definitely look out for communication skills in the candidate who is appearing for the interview.
Self ConfidenceSelf confidence is a must quality for an officer. An officer should be confident enough to give orders
to his subordinates and also he should have good confidence by which he can do any task allotted to
him. Thus self confidence quality is the key Officer Like Quality in order to be recommended by the
Decision making qualityAn officer should have decision making quality in order to prevent major accidents and damage.
One must be good decision maker in order to become a successful officer in Indian Army, Navy and
Air Force. If you are appearing in SSB interviews, you will come across various situations where you
need to make quick and best decisions.
Persuasiveness qualityPersuasiveness is one of the most important OLQs. An officer should be able to persuade his
subordinates for doing desired work. If an officer fails to persuade his juniors, then he will fail to
accomplish the task assigned to him. Thus, SSB officials will look whether a candidate has persuasive
quality in him or not.
Liveliness qualityA leader should be lively enough to attract the group. If a leader is dull and gloomy, then people may
not trust him. So an officer should have the quality of liveliness in order to impress his juniors. Thus
if you want to clear SSB interviews, then you should be lively enough to impress the psychology and
GTO officers of SSB board.
Human Understanding qualityUnderstanding other humans is most important officer like quality through which one can excel
in his leadership. Not only a defence officer should have ability of understanding humans but also
every person should have this quality to become successful in their lives. SSB interviewing board
officials will definitely look out for candidate’s human understanding quality through various tests.
Delegation of responsibilityDelegation of responsibility is vital officer like quality. A successful leader should delegate his
duties and responsibilities to his subordinates during his leadership. A person cannot do all tasks
by himself. Thus, in order to be successful one must delegate his work to others up to some extent.
Candidates undergoing SSB interviews must show their ability to delegate responsibility during
Integrity and loyaltyAn Army, Navy or Air Force officer must have integrity and loyalty qualities. An officer should be
loyal to his country in order to protect his country and countrymen. Though one cannot judge
whether a person is loyal to his country or not, trained officers of SSB interview board will definitely
judge whether a candidate is loyal or not through various psychology tests.
UnselfishnessA leader should not be selfish. If an officer becomes selfish, then whole country may fell in risk of
being attacked or intruded. If a person works unselfishly, then he will be much more fruitful than the
selfish ones. In order to be recommended, candidate should show his OLQ of unselfishness during
five day SSB interview.
Basic / fundamental intelligenceBasic or fundamental intelligence is must for each and every person in order to lead a normal life.
Higher degree of intelligence is required for successful leaders. Thus fundamental intelligence is
one of the most important officers like qualities. In SSB interview, all candidates need to show their
intelligence through intelligence tests conducted during five day SSB interview.
Practical intelligenceOne must have good amount of practical intelligence in order to be successful. If a person has only
theoretical knowledge and don’t know how to use it in his day to day life, then that person is less
likely to succeed. During SSBs, candidates need to show their practical intelligence in almost all tests.
KnowledgeKnowledge is very vital when it comes to leadership. If you want to lead a group of people, you must
have good amount of knowledge. When it comes to armed forces officer’s life, the officer must have
sound knowledge about various things in order to take best decisions in time to avoid massive loss.
Thus, candidates need to show their knowledge in the interview in order to become an officer.
Physical fitnessLife in Indian Army / Navy / Air Force is very challenging and requires good mental as well as physical
health. Officers serving in armed forces should be fit enough to survive in any situation during
their service. Though physical fitness does not matter much during SSB interviews, if a candidate is
physically strong, it will be an added advantage.
So these are the various important Officers Like Qualities (OLQs) which are checked by the officers in