These qualities include effective intelligence, sense of responsibility, initiative, judgment (under stress), ability to reason and organize, communication skills, determination, courage, self-confidence, speed in decision-making, willingness to set an example, compassion and a feeling of loyalty to the nation.
Most of the tests require average intelligence. The SSB attempts to gauge the natural responses of the individuals. The tests are graded into various categories of both individual and group variety and each batch of candidates goes through the subtle testing pattern in the course of a few days. They are under observation not only while they perform in various psychological tests but even as they conduct themselves during the course of their stay at the SSB headquarters, where they are billeted for that duration.
The SSB Board is not concerned with the number of vacancies. Its responsibility is to assess and then, recommend. After recommendation, the candidates appear for Medical Examination and after that is the Merit List. Those who finally make the grade join for training and hence become Commissioned Officers.
DAY 1 (screening) :-
1) Officer intelligence review (OIR):- (a) verbal
(b) non- verbal
2) picture perception & description test (PPDT) :-
(a) picture perception & story writing
(b) picture description i.e. narration
(c) group discussion & narration of conclusion story/ group story
DAY 2 (psychology) :-
1) Thematic apperception test (TAT) :- 11 stories + 1 blank story
2) Word association test (WAT) :- sentences of 60 words
3) Situation reaction test (SRT) :- reaction to 60 given situation
4) Self description (SD) :- describe yourself
DAY 3( GTO-1) :-
1) Group planning exercise (GPE):- writing solution of given problems
2) Group discussion (GD) :- discuss on 2 topics, one topic of choice another one without choice
3) Progressive group task (PGT):- crossing 4 hurdles
4) Half group task (HGT) :- dividing group in 2 sub-groups & performing one hurdle.
5) Snake race :- competing with other groups over one hurdle.
6) Command task (CT):- each member becomes commander over one hurdle and cross it with help of sub-ordinates selected by him.
DAY 4( GTO-2) :-
1) Lecturette :- speaking on a topic for 3 minutes.
2) Individual obstacle (IO):- crossing 10 obstacles individually.
3) Final group task (FGT):- last group task over hurdle.
Conference :- final meeting with officer and decision on your selection.
Personal interview :- Your interview may be conducted on any day from day-2 to day-5.