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Assessor’s Briefing

Personal Interview

The interviewing officer discusses by way of questions and answers the opportunities you had in life and the utilization which you have made of them. It is a test of your heart. The interviewing officer is fairly senior and experienced in the armed forces. While he interacts with you he visualizes whether you have the essential qualities to be trained to be an army officer. What you have done till date with regard to your basic educational performances in exams from 10th to present level, your achievements in extra curricular activities, your hobbies, sports, activities and any other interests in life, your relation with your parents, friends, teachers and society at large, your general awareness and general knowledge and your physical and mental fortitude are important facets of his assessment. The interviewing officer understands and gives you fair benefit for shortcomings or mistakes which you may have committed. Thus, do not try and hide anything. The tendency of lying or making false pretenses is viewed negatively and is easily discernable.

Do's

Some basics which a candidate must keep in mind while preparing during an interview are as under:-

  1. Be appropriately turned out for the interview.
  2. Look smart, cheerful and enthusiastic.
  3. Must remain happy and calm and respond politely to the interviewing officer's welcome remark.
  4. Be audible but not too loud. Appear keen to speak and respond to questions.
  5. Sit straight and comfortably, do not fidget, do not keep moving your hands and legs.
  6. Acknowledge questions being asked by gently nodding your head and maintain eye contact throughout.
  7. If you have not understood anything, politely ask for a clarification or to repeat the question.
  8. Must be clear about facts and figures regarding your bio data, marks obtained, ranking in competitive exams, dates, names of school / institution, teachers, friends etc. Avoid stating "I do not remember" and respond as far as possible.
  9. A large number of questions are normally asked at one go in a sequence. Try and remember all these questions and attempt to answer them in the same sequence. If you fail to recollect all questions, finish those you remember and then request to clarify for anything, left out.
  10. Prepare well in general knowledge for the interview. You are expected to be aware about current events, if asked.
  11. Talk about hobbies, participation in games & sports, adventure activities and any other interests. You must have adequate technical knowledge about your hobbies and games you play. You shall get some questions on these.
  12. Utilize your time while waiting for interview by reading newspapers and journals available in waiting room.
  13. Watch TV News for updating yourself in candidates lines / waiting room.
  14. Remain relaxed and at ease throughout during the interview.
  15. Listen to complete questions before attempting to reply.
  16. Be truthful and honest while replying to questions.

Dont's

  1. Do not be shabbily dressed.
  2. Do not be under stress during interview.
  3. Do not discuss the questions asked by interviewing officer.
  4. Never lie or put up a false pretense.
  5. If you are well read it is an advantage. If not, do not pretend to have read books/magazines and newspapers which you have only heard of.
  6. Do not reply as has been told to you by the candidates interviewed before you. Their questions may have had a different perspective.
  7. Avoid guess work. Better be polite and say I don't know, sir, I shall find out".
  8. Avoid being rigid, restorative, argumentative, overbearing, complacent and stiff, throughout the interview.
  9. Don't keep mobile, watch etc on person during interview.

GTO Testing

Do's

  1. Have adequate general awareness and read current affairs.
  2. Perceive the problems posed correctly and assimilate all details.
  3. Be quick enough to think and write solutions. Avoid grammatical mistakes.
  4. Solutions should be logical and realistic.
  5. Be spontaneous and forthright in expressing. Participate actively in the group actions.
  6. In outdoor tasks, be energetic, participate willingly and contribute to the group activities.
  7. Understand the requirement of the task, plan and try to evolve / suggest workable ideas.
  8. Try to project / exhibit leadership qualities in implementing plans.
  9. Keep the group aim in mind.
  10. Be confident and develop perseverance in pursuing aim / goal.
  11. Be physically and mentally tough. Routine daily physical exercise must be taken well before coming for the SSB. Warming up before coming to GTO's ground will certainly help. You can do some exercise in lines.
  12. Be effective in communication skill. Being conversant in English is always beneficial.
  13. Be well dressed in white shorts, T-shirt and PT shoes.
  14. Dress should be loose and comfortable.
  15. Ensure smart turn out (proper hair cut and shaved properly).
  16. Sleep early at night so as to remain fresh for the next days testing.
  17. Listen to opening briefing by GTO attentively and follow the instructions.
  18. Enjoy the tests, take them as group activity.
  19. Adhere to laid down timings and instructions passed by SSB students to you from time to time.
  20. Work hard, be active and put your best foot forward.
  21. Be positive, optimistic and friendly.
  22. Be your original self.
  23. Imbibe discipline in yourself, whether in lines, at work, in the ground or in the city / sight seeing.
  24. Carryout tests to the best of your physical ability.
  25. Inform Testing Officer in case you are not feeling well enough to go through the testing.
  26. Follow all the instructions as given to you before commencement of each task in the GTO's ground.
  27. Respect others then only shall you get respected.

Dont's

  1. Do not limit yourself to one type of media or TV channel. Explore various types of media and TV channel to acquire knowledge / general awareness.
  2. Do not try to copy or paste pre-conceived knowledge / ideas, utilize them to generate own ideas.
  3. Do not sit / stand back and wait for opportunity to come its way - grab the opportunity.
  4. Do not discard others ideas, evaluate and then follow / modify.
  5. Do not feel discouraged if unable to perform well in a particular task. What matters is overall performance in all the GTO's tasks.
  6. In outdoor / physical tasks do not be reckless, take calculated risks. Remain bold and composed.
  7. Do not give up easily. Be resilient.
  8. Do not over eat prior to task.
  9. Do not wear tight clothes / shoes.
  10. Do not smoke, drink and gamble during your stay with us.
  11. Do not damage Government property.
  12. Do not stay out after specified timings while on out pass.
  13. Do not indulge yourself in stealing / playing cards etc.
  14. Do not be over smart and do not put up a false front or mask your original personality.
  15. Do not be aggressive or short tempered.
  16. Do not be pessimistic or careless / lazy.
  17. Do not be foolhardy and do not take stupid / foolhardy risks.
  18. Do not pick up fight with anybody whether in the SSB or in the Selection Centre or in the city.
  19. Do not keep mobile phone, watch, purse, chain any valuable on your person when in tests.

Psychological Testing

Do's

  1. Must listen & adhere to the instructions properly.
  2. Must clarify all your doubts before the commencement of each test.
  3. Must be as imaginative and spontaneous as possible.
  4. Must give your first reactions to the stimulus shown to you, don't think twice as there is no right or no wrong answer to the situations and everyone is likely to respond in his own unique ways.
  5. Write your responses clearly in simple language.
  6. While writing responses your ideas must revolve around the situations or stimulus given to you.
  7. Be realistic and logical in your responses.
  8. Be attentive and alert and keep a track of time.
  9. Carry blue / black pen only, which is fully functional.
  10. Listen to the instructions carefully and clarify your doubts before the test starts.
  11. During entry and exit in testing hall follow a queue.
  12. In case of any problem in visibility of picture and words inform the psychologist on duty after the demo picture / word is shown.
  13. Sleep early at night to remain fresh for the next days testing Get up early and freshen up well for the tasks.
  14. Adhere to time schedule of testing.
  15. Write your name, batch No and chest No correctly where there required.
  16. Handle the testing material properly without marking anything in the test booklet.
  17. Maintain silence while listening to the instructions.
  18. Confine your answers to the space provided for each test as there is no extra sheet provided alongwith the 16 page dossier.

Dont's

  1. Do not use coached / tutored ideas while responding to psychological test battery.
  2. Do not be unduly anxious. Keep yourself calm and relaxed.
  3. Do not hesitate on seeing the actual problem shown to you.
  4. Do not blindly follow guidelines given by any coaching academy for practicing psychological test battery as it creates a mental block which in turn may restrict your spontaneity and creative imagination. While taking coaching is not bad, you must be wise enough to discard what is not desirable to maintain your originality in thoughts.
  5. Do not be late in reporting to the testing hall.
  6. Do not go to candidates lines during break.
  7. Don't make a noise or talk among yourself.
  8. Don't be shy in clarifying your doubt regarding the test instructions.
  9. Don't use extra sheet or paper for writing the response.
  10. Don't mark anything with pen / pencil in the test booklet.
  11. Do not bring your mobile phone during the psychological testing.
  12. Do not copy the answers of other candidates.
  13. Do not keep any reference material in testing hall.
  14. Do not ask any doubt from other candidate. Ask directly to the officer, who is conducting the test.
  15. Do not disturb other candidates during the testing process.
  16. Do not go far away from the testing hall during the short break in between two tests.
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