Officer Intelligence Rating OIR Test for SSB Interview

By Naveen Singh|Updated : March 18th, 2021

In this article, we are going to discuss a very important topic Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test which is a crucial part of a candidate's screening process.

Many students have a dream to join the armed forces as an officer and lead men into the battlefield. After clearing NDA, CDS, AFCAT, and other entries one can appear for the SSB interview.

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.

OIR Test:

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 TestNon - Verbal Test
FiguresCompletion of Series
AnalogiesBlood Relation
Figure MatrixShorter and Taller Problems
Locating Hidden FigureLogical Venn Diagram
Odd one outJumbled Words
Classification of dataCoding-Decoding
Paper CuttingOne word Substitution
Problem on DiceProblem on Ranks
Problem on CubesInterchanging 2 signs
Visualizing PatternsIdentification of letters
Spatial AbilityReconstruction 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 - 1Outstanding
OIR - 2Excellent
OIR - 3Above Average
OIR - 4Average
OIR - 5Below 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:

Tips on PPDT Picture Perception & Discussion Test for SSB Interview

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:

Candidate 11DNNR
Candidate 22DDNR
Candidate 33DDDR
Candidate 44YDDR
Candidate 55YYYR

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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Soumen Sarkar
Sir, what is the  cut off percentage to clear the OIR test
Archana Giri

Archana GiriSep 11, 2020

Sir what Is the cut off for OIR test ?
Satyam Ojha

Satyam OjhaSep 12, 2020

how many question we have to answer to get OIR
1 rating
Sachidanand Bhardwaj
Why is no one replying about the OIR cutoff?
We want to know how many marks is needed to score -1 or 5 in OIR test.
Mohan Kaladi

Mohan KaladiOct 25, 2020

Neha Vishwakarma
OIR is equally important for ppdt. Cant be ignored yar...
Dev Rankawat

Dev RankawatMar 18, 2021

I have been in 22-ssb recently, and they are giving a new series this time.. totally new series of OIR, with repeating questions of 2-3 types.
Aakash Baluni
Sir recommend some more Reasoning books?
Kishan Kumar

Kishan KumarMar 20, 2021

9507418903 please call me sir

PandeyjiNov 6, 2021

Would it possible for OTA??? #OIR Test


  • Two booklets are given in the OIR test, one verbal and another non-verbal each booklet have approximately 40 questions.

  • The time allotted is 22 minutes and 17 minutes respectively.

  • No, there is no negative marking in OIR test of SSB interview.

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning is problem-solving using pictures and diagrams. Whereas Verbal Reasoning requires children to problem solve using words and letters.

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