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The Territorial Army Recruitment process comprises different stages. The Territorial Army Selection Process is different for civilians and Ex-servicemen. Each of them is discussed below in complete detail:

Ex-Servicemen TA Selection Process

The ex-services man selection process under Territorial Army recruitment involves only 2 stages, i.e., the Army Headquarters Selection Board test and medical examination.

Civilians TA Selection Process

For Civilians, the Territorial Army officer selection process has three stages: Preliminary Interview Board PIB), Services Selection Board (SSB), and medical examination. The candidates must crack each stage of the Territorial Army (TA) selection process successfully.

Territorial Army SSB Interview Testing

This will last for five days, in two stages excluding the day of arrival. The details are as under:-

(A) Stage I

Stage I testing shall commence at 0630AM on the first day and will comprise the following:- (i) An Intelligence Test. (ii) A Picture Perception and Discussion Test.

(b) In case of your rejection in Stage I, you shall be returned from the Centre by 1 PM that day.

(C) Stage II

The Stage II test comprises the following for the next four days:- (i) Psychological Test.

(ii) Group Test I and II for two days (In case of excess no. of Candidates, GTO Test may be conducted in one day)

(iii) Interview.

Free boarding and lodging will be provided to you for the period of your stay at the Selection Centre. Joining instructions for your guidance and compliance are enclosed. Please bring this letter with you and deposit the same at the Centre on arrival. You are entitled to get a travelling allowance in case you are coming to SSB for the first time for this entry.

Please note that no lunch will be provided by the Selection Centre on the day you report to the Selection Centre.

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SSB INTERVIEW 5 Day Procedure !

SSB Interview Procedure:  The SSB Interview is one of the stages of selection for those candidates aspiring to join the defence forces. SSB Interview is a five days procedure. There are different tasks that candidates have to perform each day. All those who are aspiring to join the defence forces should know all the details about SSB Interview procedure. 


SSB Interview Day 1: Screening Process

1. OIR (Officer Intelligence Rating Test) – Paper 1 and Paper 2

OIR Tests are conducted with two banks of questions covering both verbal and nonverbal reasoning. Candidates had to write their answers down in the past, however, today OMR sheets are provided for marking the solutions. The number of questions in each set and the time permitted for each set vary, so pay close attention to the instructor’s pre-test briefing.

2. PP&DT (Picture Perception & Description Test)  – 
First, candidates will be shown a picture (mainly blurry/hazy) for 30 seconds, after which they will have one minute to report their observations, including the number of characters, their genders, their moods, and the action that is occurring in the picture. Then they will have four and a half minutes to compose a tale based on their findings.

3. Group Discussion (GD) – 
The batch is divided into groups of 10 to 15 aspirants, and each aspirant must share their experience before the group can come to a decision.


SSB Interview: Day 2 - Psychological Tests

TAT (Thematic Appreciation Test) – In this test, the candidates are shown 11 hazy/blur pictures on the projector one by one and the candidates need to write a positive story on the shown pictures.  The 12th picture will be blank and the candidate needs to write a Self-Description on the same.

WAT (Word Association Test) – this test is to determine the candidate’s psychology. Candidates will be shown 60 words on a projector consecutively and they have to associate these words with some positive events.

SRT (Situation Reaction Test) – SRT is conducted after WAT and 10 minutes will be given to the candidate for answering these questions. The total number of questions will be 60 and the candidates have to write 2-3 sentences in each situation.


SSB Interview Day 3: Group Testing Officers Tests

1. Group Discussion (GD) – The GTO first presents two themes for the first GD, from which the group selects one before exchanging opinions. The GTO provides a topic for the second GD, after which the same process is repeated. The group does not need to reach a decision in this instance.

2. Group Planning Exercise (GPE) or Military Planning Exercise (MPE) – Using a map of the location, the GTO describes a situation where there are a number of issues. The candidates then have 10 minutes to write their solutions using all of their resources, including their group. The group then confers a strategy for resolving the issues, which is then described by one of the participants.

3. Progressive Group Task (PGT) – 
This challenge consists of four different obstacle courses, each of which gets harder as it goes along. The group is expected to proceed and take on these buildings utilising their available aid, such as a rope, plank, balli, etc. There is also a load that needs to be carried. 

4. Group Obstacle Race- This is also known as the snake race. The group has to take part in a race of six obstacles. Here, the Group Testing Officer GTO wants to see the cooperation and team-leading quality in you.

5. Half Group Task (HGT) – HGT is almost similar to PGT, but the group is divided into two parts. Here, the Group Testing Officer wants to see the individual performance of the candidate. The rules for HGT will be the same as in PGT.

6. Lecturette- In this round, each candidate will be given 3 minutes to deliver a speech in front of the group. Scores depend upon your expressions, body language, fluency, confidence, and the knowledge you have.

7. Individual Obstacles- In this round, the candidate has to perform individually and needs to cross 10 obstacles. These obstacles are Single Ramp, Double Barrel, Screen Jump, Balancing Beam,  Tarzan Swing, Burma Bridge, Double Ditch, Double Platform Jump, Tiger Leap, and Commando Walk. 

8. Command Task- this round is to find the commanding ability of a candidate and is conducted before the FGT. The candidates are allowed to choose any two members out of the group that they have been allotted. This task is like PGT and HGT.




SSB Interview Day 4: Personal Interview

Any of the three days, following the conclusion of the examination that day, may be used for the personal interview. The IO asks the candidate a variety of questions about his family, academics, involvement in sports and extracurricular activities, hobbies and interests, responsibilities, and general knowledge including forces, personal life and many more based on the information provided by the student in his PIQ (Personal Information Questionnaire).


SSB Interview Day 5: Conference Day

The Final Day is the Conference Day in the 5-Day SSB Interview. The assessor gives a final address before the conference of aspirants gets underway. All the officers who evaluated the Aspirants the previous days attend a board session that is held. Each assessor talks amongst themselves about a candidate’s suitability.


Marking Scheme In SSB Interview

Pertaining to the SSB Marking System, each of the three assessors will evaluate the medical test, the group task, and the personal interview for a total of 300 marks (PI). A minimum score of 90 is required from each assessor. The SSB consists of 900 total points. It Is Also Divided Into 4 Parts (Psychology, GTO, Interview, And Conference Round), Giving Each Test Phase 900/4=225 Marks. Out of these 225 marks, you must receive at least 90 in order for either of the assessors to say “Yes,” while scoring less than 90 simply results in a “No.”

Screening, psychological tests, GTO tasks, and a personal interview are all part of the initial four days of the SSB interview process. In this case, you would need to pass with at least 90*3= 270 marks. For Example –

1) One applicant receives 80 points for the interview, 70 for the GTO, and 75 for the psychological test. The final score is 225 points.

2) A different contender receives a total of 250 out of the necessary 270 marks. Thus, the significance of the conference round is now apparent. If your marks are higher than 240, the conference round will determine whether or not you are recommended.

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