SSB interview is the most extensive and toughest among all the interviews conducted for government job examinations. To become an officer in Indian Armed Forces, you have to clear the SSB interview. SSB interview carries equal marks to the written exam. There are lots of candidates, who have qualified NDA or CDS written exam several times but failed in SSB interview. Most of the candidates, who are called up for the SSB interview, are sent back to home on the very first day and only a few candidates are recommended after the SSB interview. The rate of selection in SSB interview is nearly 6-10% of the appeared candidates. Now, you can understand the importance of SSB interview.
PI is a tricky affair. One must be very confident, prepared and honest, when it comes to this stage. Adequate importance must be given to dressing and appearance, sitting posture, physical gestures and eye contact. Don’t get too nervous, try to stay calm and answer the interviewer’s questions honestly. Keep answers to the point. Honesty is the best policy. Filling up the PIQ form honestly and correctly will ensure that you won’t face ‘tricky situations’ during the interview. During the PI, interviewer will look for key traits like OLQs, confidence, decision making skills, analytic skills, general awareness and aptitude.
SSB interview requires 80% mental efforts and 20% physical efforts to qualify.
Introspect yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. It is to be noted that knowing your weakness is more important than knowing your strengths. That’s what differentiates a wise man from others. Do not have a feeling that you do not have any weakness – there is no perfect candidate.