Tips for Psychological testing in SSB Interview – Phase 2 of SSB Interview Procedure


Service Selection Board Interview, commonly known as SSB Interview is conducted to check whether a defense candidate has an officer like qualities or not. There are three type of officers present in the SSB centers namely Group Task Officer(GTO), Psychologist and the interviewing officer(IO). The job of the GTO is to check what you do during fieldworks whereas the psychologist and the IO check what you think and speak at different situations. You are a perfect officer if the reviews given by all the three accessors matches with each other. The main difficulty to crack SSB is in the psychological testing. Candidates can easily prepare for the GTO tasks and interviews but it is difficult to prepare for psychological tests as it is hard to improve your psychology which becomes the reason for rejection. In this article, we are going to discuss the four tests in the psychological testing and the recommended tips to excel in them. So, here are the tips for Psychological testing in SSB Interview.

The four tests in Psychological Testing in SSB Interview.

  1. Thematic Appreciation Test(TAT)
  2. Word Association Test(WAT)
  3. Situation Reaction Test(SRT)
  4. Self Description Test(SDT)

Thematic Appreciation Test(TAT).

This test is similar to that of Picture Perception and Discussion Test(PP&DT). The only difference is that there is no discussion to take place here. You are shown a picture in black and white for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, you are given 4 minutes to write a story on that picture. You have to repeat this activity 15 times for 14 normal and 1 blank slide.


  • Write your own story. Don’t copy other’s stories or the ones you have seen in the preparatory books or somewhere else.
  • Try to write the stories which give some moral values.
  • In the blank slide, try to write motivational stories.

Word Association Test(WAT).

In this test, you are shown a word for 15 seconds. In the same 15 seconds, you have to see the word and then write a meaningful sentence on it. You have to write sentences for 60 words in total.


  • Avoid making sentences using words like you/we/I should etc. Using such words shows your immaturity in making sentences. Sentences related to phrases are the best. For example: if you are given a word like ‘help’, don’t make a sentence like ‘you can help him’ rather it should be like ‘Helping batchmates makes the bond stronger’.

Situation Reaction Test(SRT).

As the name suggests, SRT is conducted to check your response when you face certain situations. This is the most important test in the entire psychological testing. As an officer, you are required to handle even the worst situations. In this test, you have to write your own reactions to 60 different situations related to day to day life in 30 minutes.


  • As you have to write 60 responses in just 30 minutes, it might seem stressful to you. But, what actually matters in this test is quality, not quantity. Do not compromise on the quality of responses at all.
  • You should write practical responses. For example, if you are given a situation like “you lost your wallet in a train”, you should write “report the station master” rather than writing “found in another bang” as this shows that you try to run from situations which an officer would never do.

Self Description Test(SDT).

This is the easiest test among all the four as you just have to write about yourself in this test. Also, there is no limitation on time. The test comprises of following parts:

  • What do you think about yourself?
  • What do your parents think of you?
  • What do your friends think of you?
  • What do your teachers think of you?
  • Which are your weaknesses and how you have planned to overcome them?


  • You should know about yourself. Practice beforehand and note down your plus points. Note down what your family, friends, and teachers think about you before attending SSB.
  • In the weaknesses part of the test, try to write weaknesses related to your skills, not your character. For example, avoid writing “I am short-tempered” rather than you can write “I am weak in physics or any other skill/subject”.

These were the tips for Psychological testing in SSB Interview. Make sure your handwriting is neat while you write. Don’t copy others and stick to your own responses every time. If you follow these tips Psychological testing in SSB Interview,  you will surely be able to crack psychological testing in SSB Interview.

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