Word Association Test (WAT) in SSB Interview (100 Words Sample)

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Word Association Test (WAT) in SSB Interview: Know all about the Word Association Test in the SSB Interview. One of the most important tests in the Psychology test of SSB interview is the Word Association Test or WAT. Let’s know about the Tips to write WAT effectively and further understand some WAT with examples.

Word Association Test (WAT)

Word Association Testing is one of the psychological techniques in which the subconscious behaviour of an individual is tested.

About the Test:

In this test, a word will be displayed in front of the candidate for 15 seconds and he/she is required to use that word to form a meaningful sentence.

Based on each word, there may be different ideas related to that word in the candidate’s mind, but he/she must write the first spontaneous response.

The test consists of 60 words that are displayed on the projector for a period of 15 seconds per word in which you have to think as well as write. The total time allotted in 15 minutes.

Why is this Test conducted?

The words in the WAT are chosen in such a way that every word can be taken as noun, verb, adverb or adjective depending on the candidates thought process.

The time for each response is less so that students write the first response that he thinks.

These responses are then measured against the Officer Like Qualities that each candidate must possess. The psychologist judges a candidate’s personality through each response.

Tips for WAT:

  1. The sentences should be framed in such a manner that, they show optimism, infuse leadership, honesty, responsibility etc.
  2. The sentence should not display negative thoughts like fear, cowardice, carelessness.
  3. You can use any form of the word as shown.
  4. You can also write a phrase, a feeling based on the word shown.
  5. The use of words “not”, “cannot”, “do not” are not allowed is only a myth. One can use them as long as he makes a proper sentence.

For eg – A leader does not make partial decisions.

One cannot perform well without proper training.

  1. The mundane or repetitive response shows a lack of creativity & thoughts.  

Don’ts of WAT:

  1. Don’t try to frame a positive sentence on purpose.
  2. Keep your sentences as natural and as spontaneous as possible.
  3. Don’t mug up the sentences from books or any other sources.
  4. Avoid making most of the sentences with General Knowledge.
  5. Don’t make too many sentences related to Defence.
  6. Don’t use the word “Should”, “Could”, “Would” as it shows a suggestion or advice.
  7. Don’t use Idioms & Phrases.
  8. Don’t try to forcefully insert OLQ’s in every sentence. Keep the response natural.

How to improve WAT:

As the time given in the exam is very less here are some ways by which you can improve your WAT:

  1. Make sentences as short as possible. Ideally using 4 – 5 words.
  2. Make sentences based on incidents of real life.
  3. Practice WAT with the help of a timer.
  4. For negative words try to find the reason or effect of that thing and make a sentence with that.

For eg – For betray we can use:

Friends do not betray one another.

Corrupt people betray.

Trustworthy people do not betray.

Sample WAT:

  1. Break: Records are meant to be broken.
  2. Cheat: Daredevils cheat death
  3. Deteriorate: Corruption deteriorates economy.
  4. Failure: Failure is one step towards success.
  5. Hesitation: Practice overcomes Hesitation.
  6. Love: Every citizen loves his motherland.
  7. Youth: Youth is the future of the nation.
  8. Escape: Courageous people never escape from obstacles.
  9. Mend: Mending Relations binds people
  10. Worry: Worrying after the exam is futile.


Here are some words that you can practice:

  1. Agree
  2. Average
  3. Applaud
  4. Appreciate
  5. Bottle
  6. Bless
  7. Boat
  8. Banned
  9. Custody
  10. Contract
  11. Common
  12. Cinema
  13. Care
  14. Death
  15. Diminish
  16. Dilemma
  17. Dance
  18. Entertain
  19. Episode
  20. End
  21. East
  22. Fight
  23. Found
  24. Frighten
  25. Fault
  26. Guitar
  27. Guest
  28. Gear
  29. Govern
  30. Goal
  31. Hope
  32. Haunt
  33. Home
  34. Honest
  35. Innocent
  36. Interest
  37. Impulsive
  38. Insensitive
  39. Joke
  40. Jungle
  41. Justice
  42. Jackal
  43. Kite
  44. Knife
  45. Kin
  46. Kill
  47. Lion
  48. Lesson
  49. Life
  50. Light
  51. Liability
  52. Minority
  53. Mercy
  54. Mystery
  55. Management
  56. Neglect
  57. Night
  58. Neighbor
  59. Note
  60. Optimistic
  61. Offensive
  62. Opportunity
  63. Old
  64. Parallel
  65. Pirate
  66. Profession
  67. Pole
  68. Physical
  69. Peace
  70. Quite
  71. Quarrel
  72. Queue
  73. Quall
  74. Rational
  75. Ready
  76. Report
  77. Role
  78. Safari
  79. Safe
  80. Sort
  81. Simple
  82. Sister
  83. Take
  84. Temper
  85. Toy
  86. Tell
  87. Talk
  88. Terror
  89. Toil
  90. Unilateral
  91. United
  92. Victory
  93. Vanish
  94. Walk
  95. Wake
  96. Worry
  97. War
  98. Youth
  99. Young
  100. Zeal

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