SSB Interview is conducted for selecting candidates for our elite defence forces, the process of SSB Interview is conducted in such a manner that a lot of myths gets created. A number of candidates give undue attention to those myths due to lack of proper knowledge. So today let’s break the 7 popular myths regarding SSB Interview.
1. A candidate is under watch right from the word go:- Many candidates think that the officers’ keeps a watch on the candidates right from the railway station but this is not true. A candidate’s actual test is done during the testing procedure only. However, if you get into some serious trouble at the railway station and the matter gets escalated to the officers of the selection board then this might give the assessor an idea about your personality. There is no sleuth keeping a watch on a candidate at the railway station.
2. The number of candidates to be selected is fixed:- Many candidates have a misconception that the number of candidates that are to be selected from a particular batch is fixed. Again this is a myth and the reality is the assessor at SSB Interview are not bound to select a particular number of candidates. They just recommended candidates who possess the qualities for induction in armed forces. A final merit list is generated according to which the candidates are enrolled in the different academies.
3. Tailor-made responses as per OLQs will help you get recommended:- Many candidates think that if they prepare for all pictures, words and situation reaction tests and write the same during the actual interview they will get selected. What is expected of a candidate is to write the first natural response that came to his mind. If you write coached response then you will be caught as you might reflect that you are a responsible candidate through the psychological tests but in GTO test it could be possible that you don’t reflect your sense of responsibility then you will surely not be recommended. If a candidate is naturally responsible then he will be responsible in Psychological, GTO and Personal Interview also there will be no contradiction.
4. A candidate needs to have all the 15 OLQs to get recommended:- Many Candidate thinks that to get recommended one needs to have all 15 OLQs. This is not true, in fact, if this criterion is adopted then only 10 candidates will be selected in a year. There are few qualities such as honesty and integrity on which no compromise will be made. However, if a candidate is average in few things such as organizing ability or stamina then he would probably get recommended because all these qualities can be incorporated into a candidate by training.
5. Taking Coaching from the reputed academy will guarantee selection or coaching is necessary for selection:- This is again a popular myth. Candidates think that certain coaching academies have the exact same structure as various boards have and also they have direct links to Service Selection Boards and candidates from a particular academy are given preference. Friends, all this is rubbish, no preference is given to any candidate from any academy, all candidate are treated equally. Even if you gain advanced knowledge of structures of GTO tasks even then there is no guarantee that you will be recommended. The GTO is not there to see your fatta carrying or rope tying skills.
6. Candidates with defence background are given an advantage:- At times candidates who are not from defence background tends to think that the candidates with defence background i.e. parents of the candidate are in Army/Navy/Air Force gets some advantage. No such undue advantage is given to any candidate. But what happens is that as the candidate with defence background has their upbringing in defence environment they naturally develop some qualities such as punctuality and discipline. And for those qualities, one surely gets some edge over others. But no preference is given only for the fact that a particular candidate is from defence background.
7. Only one or two candidates will be selected from a group:- Again this is also not true. I have seen 5-7 candidate getting recommended from a single group. There is no fixed number that a GTO has to stick to for recommending a candidate.