All You Need To Know About the New 3 Day SSB Interview Procedure

Introduction

With the changing modern era and introduction of latest technologies in war and military tactics it is very crucial for a Nation to be prepared and walk hand in hand with these recent changes. Keeping these thing in view Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR-  a unit of DRDO), a nodal body monopolized with the responsibility of bringing these new changes in Officers selection system has almost finalized a new system of assessing candidate’s suitability to serve the Indian Armed Forces with more efficiency.

What is the requirement of new selection system?

Very soon Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will launch a new SSB Interview procedure which will reduce the number of days from 5 to 3. This new 3 day SSB interview procedure will have some minor as well as some major changes.

The new selection system which is probably scheduled to be come into effect from 2019 will be called De Novo Selection Processwhich means, ‘A Fresh or New Approach of Selection Process’.

  • To increase the capacity of boards to asses more number of candidates.
  • To fulfill the shortage of officers.
  • To match with the latest changes and requirement of the Armed Forces.
What is new selection system?

The new selection system will be the blend of old techniques as well modified and developed version of the older one with the days to be reduced to three instead of five.

Stage-I (Screening)
Existing Procedure

Currently candidates are tested over two tests named Officers Intelligence Rating Test (OIR) and Picture Perception Discussion Test (PPDT) and all those candidates who qualify these two tests are retained for second stage of testing.

Proposed Procedure-

In the new proposed procedure screening will be made online for which online testing centres will be established. It is proposed to be conducted once which will be valid three month which allows candidates to appear thrice in SSB. It is only known but yet not officially confirmed.This will straight away cut down at least one day.

After the completion of the Stage-I selection procedure candidates will be called for Stage-II testing where other tests will be conducted.

Existing system Proposed system
Officers Intelligence Rating Test (OIR) and Picture Perception Discussion Test (PPDT) At one of the SSB Online Screening test at established online examination centres.
Stage-II

As existing procedure Stage-II will be comprises of Psychology Test, Group Testing Series and Personal Interview with some small changes.

Let’s understand these probable changes in brief.

  1. Psychological Test

Existing Procedure

Currently Psychological test have four tests namely Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT) & Self-Description.

Proposed Procedure-

In the proposed procedure Thematic Apperception Test will be replaced by Situation Apperception Test where 9 slides will be shown instead of 12 slides.

It is also expected that WAT & SRT will also be given some new shape which is yet not disclosed. Though little known about SRT which will be renamed and divided into two parts namely Situation Judgment Test (Affect) and Situation Judgment Test (Values).Self-Description will be completely deleted from the system.

Existing system Proposed system
Thematic Apperception Test Situation Apperception Test
Word Association Test Word Association Test with some modifications
Situation Reaction Test Situation Judgment Test (Affect) and Situation Judgment Test (Values)
Self-Description To be excluded

2) Group Testing Officers Series

Existing Procedure

Currently a candidate undergoes series of 9 tasks over two days which are given below- Group Discussion, Group Planning Exercise, Progressive Group Task, Half Group Task, Lecturette, Individual Obstacles, Command Task and Final Group Task.

Proposed Procedure-

Proposed system will also have first two tasks namely Group Discussion and Group Planning Exercise which will be called as Combined Situation Planning (CSP).Progressive Group Task will be redesigned with some new changes and is named as Outdoor Task Execution-1 (OTE-1).Outdoor Task Execution-2 (OTE-2) will be the next outdoor task which will be somewhere like Half Group Task.

A new task Combined Obstacle Course (COC) is introduced which will be the combination of Individual Obstacles and Group Obstacles Race. Command task is replaced by Leadership Situation Task which will definitely have some changes which is yet to be confirmed. There won’t be Lecturette and Final Group Task in the new selection system.

Existing system Proposed system
Group Discussion Combined Situation Planning (CSP)
Group Planning Exercise
Progressive Group Task Outdoor Task Execution-1 (OTE-1)
Half Group Task Outdoor Task Execution-1 (OTE-2)
Individual Obstacles and Group Obstacles Race Combined Obstacle Course (COC)
Command task Leadership Situation Task
Lecturette  

To be excluded

Final Group Task

3) Interview

Personal Interview will be held either on day-1 or day 2 which will follow current procedure.

4) Board Conference

As usual last day is dedicated for Final board conference where the final assessment report of an individual is discussed among all board members and President or the Deputy President of the board interacts with the candidates one by one while other officers observe the proceedings minutely.

With these changes there will be 1.5 km run which candidates are to complete in the given time for which the probable time will be  8 minutes. Candidates will be assigned marks as per the time taken.

Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) has worked extensively to bring upon ne changes and almost finalized new selection procedure. The current set of 15 OLQs may change which will be replaced by new modified version suiting to the requirement of current scenario.

Benefits of proposed selection system
  • It will cut down the number of days from 5 to 3 which will enhance the Board’s capacity to test more number of candidates in a month.
  • Current system of screening is quite ambiguous and holds less clarity which will be replaced by an online screening test. A major step which will have clear base of rejection or selection.
  • It will also cut down the current per candidate expenses.
Conclusion

All in all this new system if implanted will not only meet the shortage of officers in Indian Armed Forces but also enhance the quality of an officer resulting match with the current emerging challenges and requirements.

Important Note-

Dear Candidates,

Whatever is given in this blog is only a bunch of information which is official yet to be declared. Exact changes and developments will be made clear only after the official release of DIPR.

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