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SSB Stage 1 Screening test and tips to pass

Written by The Trooper on May 22, 2017

Screening is conducted to filter out bogus and uninterested candidates. Also, the candidates who don’t possess basic problem solving and communication skills are filtered in this stage. Read on to know how to crack the Stage 1 screening test...

SSB Stage 1 Screening test and 8 tips to pass

SSB Screening test procedure with example

As discussed in the first part of ‘Back to Basic’ series, SSB interview is divided into 2 stages, the first stage of which is the screening test. After screening, the candidates who succeed are retained for the further interview process and the rest are asked to leave the same day.

But why is screening test of SSB conducted in the first place when everyone is called for SSB?

The simple answer to this is to filter out bogus and uninterested candidates. Also, the candidates who don’t possess basic problem solving and communication skills are filtered in this stage. The armed forces are no place for people who can’t communicate their thoughts and are poor at basic problem solving, doesn’t matter how hard you have prepared to crack the CDSE, NDA or AFCAT.

With this there is one point to keep in mind again that SSB is not a competition between you and others. It is highly possible that all the candidates get screened in at the same time, and none of them gets screened in.

Moving on, SSB stage 1 screening consists of two tests namely – Intelligence Test and PPDT.

Also read: Tips to pass SSB screening test by recommended candidate

Intelligence test is further divided into Verbal and Non-Verbal tests.

In non-verbal test, a series of patterns and figures are provided. You have to identify the relation between the figures and choose the correct option according to the question. The figures are generally easy and form either series, analogy, classification, completion of incomplete pattern, cube and dice and so on.

Tips for SSB non-verbal test to get screened in

The only thing that you need to do for non-verbal reasoning is practice. It is a person’s inner ability to solve the problem that is tested in non-verbal reasoning.

You can practise non-verbal reasoning with our best collection of questions that includes previously asked question in AFCAT papers. Click here to try out non-verbal tests for free.

The other part of the intelligence test is the verbal test.

This test examines your command over understanding and implementing the English language. It doesn’t majorly focus on vocabulary although vocabulary is important to tackle this test. The test usually consists the questions regarding spelling, sentence completion, deduction, synonyms and antonyms among others.

Tips to tackle verbal tests for screening

Just like the non-verbal tests, the verbal tests also look for person’s inner ability to solve the problem. All it need again, is loads of practice and good command over English language.

You can practice verbal reasoning with our best collection of questions that includes previously asked question in AFCAT papers. Click here to try out verbal reasoning tests for free.

The other part of Stage 1 testing is PPDT.

PPDT stands for Picture Perception and Description Test. It is conducted to bring out candidates’ imagination power and description ability within the given time. A blurred picture is shown to the candidates for 30 seconds and they have to write a story on it within next 5 minutes.

After the story writing, candidates are given a chance to narrate their stories, first individually.

After that, a group discussion takes place where candidates discuss the story and arrive at a common conclusion in the group and form a common story.

Tips to write PPDT story for screening

  1. When the picture is shown for 30 seconds, observe carefully the following points from the picture:
  • Number of characters
  • Their Age and gender
  • Their Mood
  • What has happened
  • What is going on
  • Future probable actions
  • Final Result
  1. Just as you observe these details in 30 seconds, note down these in the answer booklet within the next 1 minute.
  2. Now, for the next 4 minutes, elaborate the observations to form a meaningful positive story in 200-250 words spanning over 2-3 paragraphs.
  3. 1st paragraph describes ‘What has happened’.
  4. The 2nd paragraph describes ‘What is going on’ and ‘Probable Future Actions’.
  5. In the final paragraph, write a positive outcome of your story.

So, guys, this was all for the third part of ‘Back to Basic’ Series. Check out the other parts too which are numbered in chronological order for your convenience.

All the best for your SSB interview.

Also read: 5 Tips to pass SSB Screening test


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