Few questions remain cryptic forever, amongst them “WHO AM I?” stands top in the list. The knowledge of true self is must to answer this question and this knowledge can be mastered only by self-introspection. To your surprise the ultimate key to excel in the self-description test is self-introspection. So, you might be wondering why self-introspection is important for an officer. Your query was answered long ago by Aristole – “KNOWING YOURSELF IS THE BEGINNING OF ALL WISDOM”.
SDT looks pretty simple as the question paper is leaked but it requires so many ingredients to give better flavor to psychologist. SDT is confessions you make to psychologist about your behavior, which helps him to counter check the personality sketch he would have already made from the previous three tests. It also measures your attitude, self-esteem and the price tag you place for yourself. This is the reason you are recommended to be honest in the entire psychology testing process as your SD won’t substantiate your personality that was drawn out from TAT, WAT and SRT.
In SDT, you are given 15 minutes to pen down five paragraphs, which gives a balanced view of your personality by particularly addressing the following 5 questions.
• What your parents think of you?
• What your teachers think of you?
• What your friends think of you?
• What do you think of yourself?
• What sort of qualities you want to processes?
These tips will help you develop insight on self-description test.
Don’t dump all the thoughts that strike your mind, be selective and opt for the one that projects your OLQs.
As the question paper is already leaked, take time making a draft and memorizing the SD. This even gives you a chance to have a glance at previous tests and make necessary amendments, as you’ll finish well before the time.
Make a genuine survey to make a collection of your adorable as well as the undesirable qualities that you possess. Arrange the logically, and then supply the words to make them grammatical correct.
You are expected to deliver your strength as well as weaknesses. Don’t censor your weakness because you are strong only when you know your weakness.
Don’t present any weakness that strikes off any of the OLQs. In any case the psychologist won’t compromise with OLQs, so take ample care about it.
Never contradict your own SD at Interview or in PIQ. Take ample care about it.
To convey your thoughts clearly legible handwriting is must. Added to that maintain a good pace at writing as you have only 15 minutes in your hand.
Bluffing in SDT is strictly prohibited.
Mention the ways you adopted to overcome the weaknesses you mentioned. As weakness shouldn’t be concealed, it should be killed.
Write your SDT in paragraph form only and not in bullet points.
Most important trend I observed was that if your parents see you honest, then your friends, teachers and even you yourself will see you honest. It is because honesty is your apparent character and that’s the reason everyone observes the same trait. So while drafting the script, keep 4-5 broad traits and generalize those to all opinions. You’ll observe the same trend in my sample SD.
Ctrl + C & Ctrl V (copy & paste) business of sample SDs is also strictly prohibited. Use them as lead to draft your own script.
Below mentioned SD is just for reference only. For the sake of information this sample was my own SD that I presented for my selection into NDA.
My parents feel I take mature decision and given me the freedom to choose on my own. The are appreciate me for my social behaviour and obedience. They are happy that I tell them what is going on in my life. I help them in dealing latest technology. They have strong confidence in my abilities and believe my determination can achieve me my dreams. They at times feel I waste my time on mobile but I explain that internet is one of my teacher.
My teachers feel I maintain a discipled life and made me Class prefect. They appreciate me for creative ideas and ask me to organise programs. The are happy that I approach them for guidance in academics as well as real life. They noticed that I have a strong will power in working for my passion. Though they are not satisfied with my performance in academics, they think I can be comprehensive person with other talents.
My friends feel I’m unique in my ideas and remain composed in stressful situations. They appreciate me for organised way of living. They are happy that I cater time for them and help them in all times of need. They complement me for my commitment and believe I will achieve my ambition very soon. However they don’t like getting counselled to maintain the decorum of class.
I’m a self-controlled and creative person and believe in systematic approach for success. I enjoy taking responsibility and leading my group. I’m determined and never give up easily. I’m a happy person and wish see the same in the people around me. I fell glad as others are comfortable with my behaviour and term me as an interesting character. I feel my passion for navy as the root factor for my development.
Qualities I would like to improve
As I aspire to be an Indian naval officer I wish to enrich every quality that best officer of country possess. Apart from that I desire to develop good eating habits that in turn builds my physique and gives me stamina. I also need to balance my sleep cycle as my ‘complete the work and then think of bed’ attitude is cutting down my sleeping hours. So reducing the enjoyment time will help me solve it. I also wish to cater more time to sports and make myself a right fit.
Finally, Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you’ll continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside. So, look out for your own self and delve into your own soul.
HAPPY SOUL SEARCHING!!!
Name: P.S.Surya Srinivas
Roll No: NAV181M00094
Batch No: UNDA 45360
33 SSB BHOPAL