GTO Tasks, Colour & General Rules for SSB Interview

By Dhruv Kumar|Updated : August 10th, 2021

GTO testing produces important conclusions and assessments about each candidate, which is why people get thrilled because it involves group activities centered on group dynamics and, of course, a rush of adrenaline. GTO tasks differ from the other two testing approaches in that they require the candidate to reveal his true self through a series of actions in which he will be put under pressure with or without his group, and his reasoning and logical abilities will be tested. Confirmatory tasks will demonstrate his leadership qualities, and his practicality will be appraised.

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GTO testing produces important conclusions and assessments about each candidate, which is why people get thrilled because it involves group activities centered on group dynamics and, of course, a rush of adrenaline. GTO tasks differ from the other two testing approaches in that they require the candidate to reveal his true self through a series of actions in which he will be put under pressure with or without his group, and his reasoning and logical abilities will be tested. Confirmatory tasks will demonstrate his leadership qualities, and his practicality will be appraised.

You will be with your group for two days and even after the testing hours, so maintaining excellent group dynamics is essential to ensuring cooperativeness. You should be able to influence your group members positively and present yourself well in front of the GT officer. To improve your performance and build your confidence, you must remain active, agile, and firm in specific words.

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SSB Interview Tips: GTO Tasks, Colour & General Rules

The rules of the obstacle series that apply in HGT, GOR, FGT, IO, and CT are some basic guidelines to follow and are listed below to assist candidates in avoiding mistakes and completing assignments quickly.

How to Get Ready for the SSB GTO

  • To begin with, it is a group exercise that moves together with your group. Never abandon your companion. This activity is primarily designed to assess a candidate's performance in a group setting.
  • To prepare for GTO you can watch online videos or you can join offline classes.
  • This interview is unlike any other personal or professional interview. To choose the candidate, the Examiners look for officer-like qualities.

GTO Tasks in SSB: Rules to Follow

Group Rule: The most crucial rule that aspirants must follow while performing the ground tasks such as PGT, HGT, and FGT is the group rule. Snakes are also used in races. The rule presupposes group unity, i.e., the entire group will pass the single obstacle collectively, and after they have crossed it, they can move on to the next. The rule was created to test some of the candidates' attributes, such as unity, group collaboration, and whether or not the candidate is selfish.

Rule of Distance: It is forbidden to jump over a distance of more than four feet, according to the rule of distance. The gap of more than four feet must be bridged with the aid of materials to shorten the distance and, of course, the less distance that can be jumped. Simply cross it by spanning the gap with a piece of supporting material. Make an educated guess of 4 feet and assess yourself. Don't keep inquiring about the distance with the GTO.

Rigidity Rule: The Rule of Rigidity stipulates that no two rigid supporting materials, such as a phatta and a balli, can be linked together. Instead, a structure such as a phatta with a rope or a balli with a rope can be used to tie the assisting material. Phattas and ballis are commonly used as rigid aids in ground tasks. Two phattas, two Ballis, or a phata or a balli cannot be connected, according to the rule. Rather, they might be stacked on top of one another or tied to the building (keeping the color rule in mind.)

Color Rule: The constructions will be painted in a variety of colors, each with its meaning and set of regulations that the applicants must obey. Read the following regulations about colors on Service Selection Boards very carefully.

  • White Color – The candidates, the supporting supplies, and the load are all inbound for the white-painted structure. This means that not only the candidates but also the supporting materials and the load can be stored on the white-painted framework.
  • Red Color - The candidates, the helping material, and the load are all out of bounds for structures painted red. Simply put, you don't have to touch red structures. You cannot stand on a red-colored structure, nor can you keep a load or assistive supplies on a red-colored structure.
  • Blue/Yellow/Green Colored - Structures painted in any of these colors are inbound for candidates but outbound for aiding materials and cargo. This signifies that the candidates can stand on these colors, but they are unable to keep or load on them. However, while standing on a structure painted with any of these colors, a candidate can hold the weight or assistive materials in their hands.
  • Black Color - Black structures are found at the bottom of the structures and have no importance of their own. Whatever color is painted immediately above the black color black acquires the same color. If a long rod is black at the bottom and white at the top, then black becomes white.

Infinity Rule: The infinity rule states that the starting and ending lines on both sides are extended to infinity. This regulation bans candidates from approaching the finish line from the side of the obstacle course. You must overcome the challenges and reach the finish line. The group is unable to cross these lines.

GTO Tasks in SSB: Rules for Helping Materials

  • It's impossible to tie two aiding materials together. That means you can't connect a plank and a Balli, but you can use rope placed between two strong supporting elements.
  • One piece of assistance can be stacked on top of another piece of assistance. You could, for example, place a plank over the balli.
  • Helping material can be attached to or placed on any white structure.
  • Rope can be tethered to any white-colored structure.
  • Two ropes can be used by tying them together. Ropes can also be formed into a bundle and used.

Load Rules: Because the load is a delegated material, it should be handled with care. The load cannot be utilized as an assisting material; instead, it works as a group-binding force.

The following are some additional rules to observe when attempting ground tasks:

  • The first thing that every SSB aspirant should learn is to obey the evaluators' instructions. Follow the rules and don't break them. You must keep rules in mind at all times.
  • Don't say or do anything else, and don't expect to be calm all of the time. Be the best speaker you can be, and give other applicants a chance to speak and try ground duties. Supporting the plans of others demonstrates a cooperative attitude. Assist them in putting the strategy together. Allow anyone who appears to be an introvert in GD to express their thoughts or opinions.
  • While executing any work in GTO, don't try to steal looks at the assessors. Concentrate on the subject at hand and pay no attention to what GTO is watching or writing. While talking or executing the ground job, many candidates try to view assessors. This demonstrates a lack of concentration and confidence, as well as an attempt to impress GTO. Concentrate on your tasks and new ideas and points to attract the attention of the group.
  • When you're given a briefing on the next duty, pay attention. Listen to it and construct a mind map of it, whether you're a newcomer or a seasoned veteran. The solution to a task is sometimes concealed in the directions, and following them demonstrates your discipline.
  • You are in charge of the GTO group you have assembled. Ensure that the entire group moves in a parallel manner while executing the ground task. Individual movement is uncooperative. Your final goal should be to arrange and give plans to get the group to the other side.
  • Because there are candidates in the group with a variety of moods and behaviors, it is best to avoid confrontations and disagreements. Maintain a calm and collected mentality through cooperating and supporting others. Maintain the best possible group dynamics.

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  • Candidates can review the details of all nine GTO Tasks in SSB in the following section:

    • Group Discussion (GD)
    • GPE or MPE (Group or Military Planning Exercise)
    • Progressive Group Task (PGT)
    • Snake Race
    • Lecturette
    • Half Group Task (HGT)
    • Individual Obstacles
    • Command Task
  • The SSB Command Task (CT) is an element of the Group Testing Technique's confirmatory series of the SSB Interview. It allows the GTO to focus on a single individual rather than forming a group.

  • The core of the GTO task series is the Progressive Group Task (PGT). Though it is an enjoyable chore, it is also difficult and time-consuming. This simple task brings to the surface a number of vital qualities that have been dormant within the person.

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