Picture Perception & Discussion Test
Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PPDT) in SSB Interview is asked on the first day and is part of Stage I testing.
The PPDT consists of 2 parts:
- Picture Perception is a screening test in which candidates are shown a blurred picture for a period of 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, each candidate is given 1 minute time to pen down the action of the story and then, he is given a time of 4 minutes to write the story.
- The story must be on the following lines - What led to the story, what is going on in the story, what will be the possible outcome. After the story writing, candidates are organised into groups and each candidate is given one minute time to narrate the story.
- After the narration, candidates are told to discuss the story and arrive at a common consensus. This is followed by a group story.
Thematic Apperception Test
The TAT consists of 2 parts:
The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is conducted for candidates who shortlisted in the Day 1 of the SSB Interview. This test checks the traits of the candidates, which is tested against Officer Like Qualities. There are a total of 12 slides including a blank slide on which a candidate needs to write a story. All the candidates are shown a picture for 30 seconds and are to told write a story in 4 min.
Let us begin by talking about how to observe the picture when it is shown to you:
First and the foremost you should look at the background, setting of the story, e.g. rural/urban, market place/building, etc., then look closely at the foreground and see how many characters there are, what they're doing and what kind of work they're doing. One must closely relate to the main character.
You will not be able to write more than 08 lines in four minutes, out of which, write about 02 lines for what might have contributed to this scenario, write about 04 lines about what is currently going on in the scene that you have seen and written about 02 lines to tell what was the logical outcome of the situation.
Write the story in the past tense and make sure you're creating an optimistic, meaningful and knowledgeable shop. The assessor can track your mental level, your general awareness, and how you respond to the world surrounding you. The viewpoints you express in the tale will represent your social attitude and the responsibility you have towards others in society.
Make sure that the main character selected by you is inspired, e.g. by raising the conditions of the railway station, one of the following can be done: stn boss, social activist, NSS graduates, president of the station vendors ' group, worker/cooler’s union leader, etc.
Second, don't see the issue needlessly when it's not shown in the photo, for instance. Place of the markets, do not see an explosion, bomb blast, chain snatching, etc. if it is not mentioned, as it will display a cynical bent of mind.
Thirdly, if you know the work of the main character, you can not explain the behaviour that he has taken, for instance, if you have no idea as to the work of a nuclear scientist, do not create the main character as a nuclear scientist.
Don't compose a wishful tale, such as rags to riches, etc. Your narrative must show a positive frame of mind, the main character should be an intelligent person who feels and does something to others in society and ideally does not compose an individualistic novel.
Always forget to write the product of the novel, in which the main character is not excessively rewarded-seeking. A quick pat on the back, or the gratitude of doing the job he did, was great enough.
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