5 Days CDS SSB Interview Procedure, Know All About SSB Interview 2018

By Swapnil Yadav|Updated : October 7th, 2018

SSB Interview is a major hurdle which the candidates need to overcome in order to be a part of one of the defence organisations of the country. No matter what institute you apply for, clearing the interview conducted by Service Selection Board (SSB) is a must requirement. So, in this post, we have discussed the complete details of SSB Interview after the CDS exam. Read this post now to find out what is in store for you in the 5-days of the CDS SSB interview

We have covered the details of the different tasks which the students undergo in the SSB Interview of CDS. So let us now go through the detailed SSB Interview process of the Combined Defence Services Exam!

CDS 2018: All about SSB Interview

Here is everything you need to know about the SSB interview under the CDS exam:

  • The Interview of CDS is conducted over a span of 5 days, where the candidates undergo different tests for the assessment of different personality traits.
  • Candidates in the CDS interview of SSB are analysed for the following:
    (a) Mansa (which means thoughts; Psychological tests are conducted for this)
    (b) Vacha (which means speech; Interviews conducted for this)
    (c) Karmana (which means Deeds or Actions; Group testing is done for this)

We will now walk you through the 5 days of the SSB Interview of the CDS exam.

Reporting Day:

  • The candidates are usually received at the station by an officer(s) of the board and from there they are taken to the selection centre.
  • After the candidates are settled in, an ‘Opening Address’ takes place where an officer of the board briefs the candidates of their stay for the next 5 days.
  • Document Verification takes place after that where the original documents of the candidates are verified.

Day 1 tasks

  • The first day involves ‘Officer Intelligence Rating Test’. Under this, Picture perception & Description test and Group Discussion are conducted.
  • Picture Perception & Description Test:
    An image is displayed for 30 seconds and the candidates need to note down its details. After that, they need to create a story based on that image in a time span of 4 minutes.
  • Group Discussion:
    Groups of almost 15 candidates are formed from the batch and the candidates need to narrate their stories, first individually, and then discuss in the group, to reach a common consensus
  • The results are declared after that and the candidates are shortlisted for the next round of testing.

Day 2 tasks

Psychological tests take place on the 2nd day of SSB interview of CDS.  Following tests take place on this day”

  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT):
    Candidates are shown 12 images (including 1 blank) and then they need to write a story based on that in 4 minutes. The time limit is imposed to gauge the natural reactions of the candidates.
  • Word Association Test (WAT):
    60 words are displayed in front of the candidates for 15 seconds each and the candidates need to write down their first idea/ thought which comes to their mind on seeing the word.
  • Situation Reaction Test (SRT):
    A booklet is given to the candidates with 60 routine life situations and the candidates are required to write their reactions to those situations. The overall time of 30 minutes is provided for this.
  • Self Description:
    Candidates need to write a few paragraphs covering their self-description for the context given. For instance, writing the opinion their parents/ friends etc have about them or the qualities the candidates wish to develop.  

Day 3 tasks

This day involves Group Testing. In this stage of testing, several outdoor tests are conducted where the candidates need to take part in groups. This day involves following group tests:

  • Group Discussion
    This is usually conducted on some current events or social issues. The discussion is usually of 20-30 minutes.
  • Group Planning Exercise (GPE)
    The group is given a story based on a model with some issues. Candidates need to identify the associated problems and present a plausible and practical solution for it.
  • Progressive Group Task (PGT)
    Candidates need to overcome the 4 given obstacles collectively in a group.
  • Group Obstacle Race (GOR)
    Commonly referred to as Snake race, each group is required to compete against each other for 6 given obstacles.
  • Half Group Task (HGT)
    This exercise is similar to PGT, but it is conducted with a smaller group over 1 obstacle
  • Lecturette
    Each candidate is required to present an informal talk of 3 minutes on the given topic.

Day 4 tasks

This day is again dedicated to Group Testing. Following tests are conducted on this day:

  • Individual Obstacles
    Each candidate needs to overcome 10 given obstacles in a time period of 3 minutes.
  • Command Task
    A group intern takes command of the group and directs it towards the completion of the specified task.
  • Final Group Task
    The entire group is required to complete the assigned task in the stipulated time.

Day 5 tasks

The 5th and the last day starts with a ‘Closing Address’ followed by a conference.

  • A board conference is conducted where all the officers who accessed the candidates in the previous days are present.
  • Candidates appear individually before the board where their total assessment is narrated and the board makes a recommendation accordingly.

The result is announced after that and the shortlisted candidates stay back for medical examination.


Personal Interviews are conducted on the afternoons and evenings of Day 2, 3 & 4. Interview of each candidate may take place for 45 minutes to 1 hour and questions are usually related to everyday experiences, work, education, family, hobbies, achievements in academics, general awareness etc.

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