Screening

SSB INTERVIEW COACHING

SCREENING TEST


Stage - I Testing

  • O I R tests include a combination of two tests( ie Verbal and non-Verbal). Each of the tests has normally 20 to 50 questions each depending on particular test used for the day. Time given also varies from 15 to 30 minutes for each test. The tests are given one after the other, normally without any break. Each candidate is assigned a grade on five point scale on the basis of marks scored in each test. These tests have minimum marks required to pass in each test separately. Therefore candidates are advised to take both tests with equal seriousness.
  • ) PP & DT: It is a picture based test. Here candidates will be shown a picture for 30 seconds and candidates are required to write a story based on that picture in 4 minutes. Candidates will also be required to write the action of the story, mood of the story and mark the characters in the picture.

Tips to write the stories for PPDT


  • Observe the picture very carefully and minutely, and then collect all the resources you can see. Resources are the basic things available in the picture which you must not miss.
  • In the left hand box of the PPDT sheet you have to mark all the characters which you see in the picture. You are required to mention their Sex i.e. ‘M’ for Male and ‘F’ for female and ‘P’ for person if you cannot identify the sex, Mention the approximate age in number ie12, 26, or 35 , for writing mood of the character write ‘+’ for Positive mood and ‘—‘ for negative mood. E.g.
  • Make a practical and rational story. Don’t write something which you know is impossible. Don’t make a story which is far from reality.
  • Make a rough outline of the story you want to build up. Do not start writing randomly, without thinking. Draw an outline on what your story will be based on.
  • The picture will be hazy most of the times. So you need to concentrate more and observe the picture very closely. Imagine positively and make your story on a positive theme.
  • Your story must have a positive direction with a positive message.
  • There should be a central character. This central character must do something to help somebody else, which will make this character the hero of the story.
  • It is always good to write a story in which the society is being helped. Never write a pre conceived story. Some candidates memorise a few stories and then try to somehow make them fit into the shown pictures.
  • If something is very evident in the picture do not neglect it. It might be a negative but you can turn the negative into positive by showing a struggle of the hero and then making him win.
  • Use your imagination. Practice writing stories, that’ll give you an idea about the time management.

Note: Once the story writing is over. The candidates are divided into small groups and are seated in a Semi Circle. Three assessors i.e IO, GTO & Psychologist, form a team for assessment of every group. GTO moderates the discussion and all the three assessors assess the suitability of the candidate for Stage –II selection.


  • Candidates are assessed IN/OUT on the basis of their performance in OIR tests as well as in the discussion.
  • Each candidate is required to narrate his story in one minute one by one. The candidates are then asked to discuss the story and make a common story. Once they seem to have come to a conclusion the group is asked to give out the common story. The group may nominate any candidate for the purpose.
  • The assessors conduct an on the spot conference, for each group, and decide who all are going to Stage II testing based on the performance in Stage –I. The results are compiled and declared after all groups have undergone stage-1 tests. Those candidates who pass Stage -! Testing stay for next 3 or 4 days and rest of the candidates deport immediately thereafter for their homes.