Now clearing the SSB interview is a big task. Nearly 60% - 75% of students are unable to clear Day 1 which is called screening of the SSB. It becomes all the more difficult because the candidate is not able to understand which portion did he/she fell short.
Let's start with the introduction of the OIR test first in the screening procedure first.
Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test for SSB Interview
What is OIR?
OIR is an acronym for Officers’ Intelligence Rating. It is the test of the level of intelligence and competence of a candidate.
The OIR test basically is a test of 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.
The OIR Test comprises of 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 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 the tests that are 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:
|Verbal Test||Non - Verbal Test|
|Figures||Completion of Series|
|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|
Suggested Read: Complete 5 Day SSB Interview Procedure
What does the OIR Test tell you?
Depending upon your marks in these tests, the candidates are then rated from 1 to 5 which is shown in the below table:
|OIR - 1||Outstanding|
|OIR - 2||Excellent|
|OIR - 3||Above Average|
|OIR - 4||Average|
|OIR - 5||Below Average|
Why is it necessary?
These 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 PPDT (Picture Perception & Discussion Test).
To get insights about PPDT you can click on the link below:
How the Result of Day 1 (Screening) is Calculated?
After the story writing phase of the PPDT, the Group Task Officer takes the Narration as well as Group Discussion phase ahead with giving prior instructions about the task. During this phase all the assessors - 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 - No
D - Doubtful
Y - Yes
The below table shows some special conditions on how the candidates can still pass:
Here R shows Recommended in the screening test.
So, even when two assessors say “N” and one assessor say “D” you can still get recommended if your OIR is 1.
Also when you score very low i.e OIR 5 you can still clear the stage 1 is all the assessors say “Yes” to your performance in the SSB interview.
This clearly breaks the following myths:
Screening solely depends on your performance in the PPDT.
The OIR test is unnecessary and useless.
The OIR test is checked only after you get recommended for calculating Merit List.
Books for OIR Test:
You can practice the verbal and non-verbal questions Analytical Reasoning from Manohar Pandey.
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