How is JAG SSB different from Other SSB Interviews ?

What is SSB Interview?

Although, SSB stands for Services Selection Board which is an important part of the selection process in any defense exam whether JAG- Entry, NDA, CDS, AFCAT, and many more. The candidates are called for an SSB interview as soon as they clear their written exam.

SSB interview is the test of personality that every defense aspirant has to clear if they want to become an officer in the Indian Armed forces whether Army, Navy, or Air Force. There are a number of stages in the SSB interview itself once the candidates clear the written exam.

What is JAG Entry in the Indian Army?

JAG stands for Judge Advocate General when it comes to joining the Indian Armed Forces. Hence, that means you can join the Indian Army as an advocate through JAG entry. The salary of a JAG ranges from 10,56,100 to 1,77,500 as soon as they join as Lieutenants.

In JAG entry also the candidates have to appear for the SSB interview once they clear the written exam.

JAG Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

The age of the applicants should be 21 to 27 years as of 01 Jul 2022 (Born not earlier than 02 Jul 1995 and not later than 01 Jul 2001; both dates inclusive).

Educational Qualifications

Minimum 55% aggregate marks in LLB Degree (three years professional after graduation or five years after 10+2 examination). The candidates should be eligible for registration as an advocate with the Bar Council of India/State. Only the candidates from a College/University recognized by the Bar Council of India are eligible.


  1. A citizen of India
  2. A subject of Nepal
  3. A person of Indian origin migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, and Zaire.

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JAG SSB Interview Process

Those who have been preparing for the JAG entry must know how the JAG interview is undertaken. But here we will clearly guide you upon what actually happens in the JAG SSB and what are the different stages in the Judge Advocate General Services Selection Board Interview.

The candidates are called for the SSB interview once they clear the written exam by issuing call letters to the qualified candidates. Again in SSB, they have to undergo different stages to become a commissioned officer through JAG entry.

1 Screening – The screening process comprises the intelligence tests (verbal & non-verbal) and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT).  In the intelligence test, you have to answer questions and focus mainly on quality over quantity and there is no negative marking in the OIR (Officer’s Intelligence Rating Test).

Then comes the PP & DT, here you will be shown a hazy picture for 30 seconds and the students will have to percept what the picture is all about. Here the candidates don’t have to simply describe the picture instead write a story out of that picture. This test is very common among students who have been aspiring for the defense exams.

2 Psychological Test – Next comes the psychology test and the candidates who are screened in only have to appear for this and further tests. In this, there are three tests that include TAT (Thematic Apperception Test), WAT (Word Association Test), SRT (Situation Reaction Test), and SD (Self-Description Test).

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3 Group Testing Officer (GTO) Tasks – After the above test comes the Group Testing Officer (GTO) Tasks. It comprises the

  1. GD (Group Discussion),
  2. GPE (Group Planning Exercise),
  3. PGT (Progressive Group Task),
  4. HGT (Half Group task),
  5. GOR (Group Obstacle Race),
  6. IO (Individual Tasks),
  7. CT (Command Task),
  8. Lecturette and
  9. Final Group Tasks (FGT).

4 Personal Interview – Through PI (Personal Interview) the IO (Interviewing Officer) assesses the personality of the candidates by posing general and technical questions.

5 Conference – SSB conference takes place on the 5th Day of the complete SSB testing.  At the conference, there is a panel of assessors that ask questions to the interviewee. All three assessors are present on the final day conference viz Interviewing officer, group testing officer, and the psychologist.

6 Medical Examination – Then the candidates who clear the 5-day SSB testing are recommended and called for the medical examination. If they are found medically fit then only they are selected as officers for the JAG entry.

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Difference Between SSB and JAG SSB

So, now let us come to the question, “Is there any difference between any other SSB interview and a JAG SSB interview?”

No, there is no difference between other SSB interviews and the JAG SSB interview. By preparing for the general SSB you will automatically be prepared for the JAG SSB.

Also Read: What is the JAG SSB interview procedure?

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