OIR Test: Officer Intelligence Rating Test for SSB Interview

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

OIR is known as the Officer Intelligence Rating test. The OIR is the first test administered on the screening day. There are two sets in this aptitude test. These sets include questions of the verbal and nonverbal reasoning variety. The body in charge of administering the exam makes the final recommendation for the candidates based on their performance in the OIR test.

In this article, we will discuss regarding Officer Intelligence Rating test, which is a crucial part of a candidate’s screening process. OIR test is mandatory in both SSB as well as AFSB interviews.

Officer Intelligence Rating Test

Clearing the SSB Interview is a big task as nearly 60% to 75% of students cannot clear Day 1, which is called Screening of the SSB. It becomes all the more difficult because the candidate cannot understand which portion they fell short of. Let’s start with the introduction of the OIR Test first in the SSB screening procedure.

The OIR full form is Officers Intelligence Rating Test. It is the test of the level of intelligence and competence of a candidate. The OIR is a test of the verbal and non-verbal reasoning of a candidate. As previously discussed in the Officer Like Qualities, tests are designed to gauge the Reasoning Ability & Effective Intelligence of a candidate.

What is OIR Test in SSB Interview?

The OIR test comprises two booklets, one verbal and another non-verbal, each consisting of approximately 40 questions, for which the time allotted is 22 minutes and 17 minutes, respectively. The questions asked in OIR are comparatively easy when you compare them against other competitive exams such as Banking and SSC, but the major factor here is the time required.

There is no negative marking for both tests conducted in this phase. In addition to this, taking a watch is not permitted inside the testing area. The following topics are asked in the OIR test:

OIR Test Topics
Verbal Test Non-Verbal Test
Figures Completion of Series
Analogies Blood Relation
Figure Matrix Shorter and Taller Problems
Locating Hidden Figure Logical Venn Diagram
Odd one out Jumbled Words
Classification of data Coding-Decoding
Paper Cutting One word Substitution
Problem on Dice Problem on Ranks
Problem on Cubes Interchanging 2 signs
Visualizing Patterns Identification of letters
Spatial Ability Reconstruction of test

OIR Test Ratings

Your performance in the Officers Intelligence Rating Test defines the OIR ratings. These ratings depend upon your marks in these OIR tests, and the candidates are then rated from 1 to 5 which is shown in the below table:

OIR Rating Performance
OIR – 1 Outstanding
OIR – 2 Excellent
OIR – 3 Above Average
OIR – 4 Average
OIR – 5 Below Average

Importance of OIR Test in SSB Screening

The OIR test ratings play a very important role in the screening procedure as they are calculated along with your performance in the subsequent round, which is the Picture Perception and Discussion Test. The following aspects are evaluated in the OIR test:

  • OIR tests are required to evaluate a candidate’s fundamental reasoning skills and logical perspective on issues ranging from medium to challenging.
  • Since the questions only need logical reasoning, as was stated above, the candidate’s aptitude in any field is not tested.
  • Together, the verbal and non-verbal components create a two-dimensional genuine IQ score of the applicant for intelligence tests.
  • The OIR test questions accurately evaluate a candidate’s capacity for effective and precise performance in various circumstances.


Special Condition in OIR Test

After the story writing phase of the PPDT, the Group Task Officer takes the Narration as well as the Group Discussion phase ahead with giving prior instructions about the task. During this phase, all the assessors – The psychologist, Interviewing Officer, and the Group Task Officer take the decision whether to take you or not.

Each candidate is given any one of the following grades by each assessor: N means No, D means Doubtful, and Y means Yes. The below table shows some special conditions on how the candidates can still pass in OIR test:

Candidate OIR PSYCH GTO IO Result
Candidate 1 1 D N N R
Candidate 2 2 D D N R
Candidate 3 3 D D D R
Candidate 4 4 Y D D R
Candidate 5 5 Y Y Y R

Here R shows recommended in the screening test. So, even when two assessors say “N” and one assessor says “D”, you can still get recommended if your OIR Rating is 1. Also, when you score very low, i.e., OIR 5, you can still clear that stage 1 is all the assessors say “Yes” to your performance in the SSB interview.

This breaks the following myths regarding the OIR test:

  • Screening solely depends on your performance in the PPDT.
  • The OIR test is unnecessary.
  • The OIR test is checked only after you get recommended for calculating the merit list.

There are no shortcuts when passing the Officer Intelligence Rating test. Candidates must read through all OIR information and begin studying. Also, aspirants can practice verbal and non-verbal questions in analytical reasoning.

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