The interview is one of the most important parts of the SSB. As previously discussed the ‘Mansa’, ‘Karma’ and ‘Vacha’, the interview is a test of ‘Vacha’.
The SSB interview is an interaction of a candidate with the interviewing officer about himself. The Interviewing Officer asks questions with the candidate to test whether he/she is suitable enough to lead men.
Important Questions asked in SSB Interview
The questions that are asked are related to normal life and are simple in nature, but the way of answering is the crux to crack the SSB interview. Here also the Interviewing officer is testing for the Officer Like Qualities in candidates.
One more important point to keep in mind is that the OLQ’s represented in the Psych Test & ongoing GTO should be carried over to the Interview as well. During the Interview, the IO (Interviewing Officer) should not feel that the person was faking a particular quality.
The questions that are asked by the IO are based on what you have written in your PIQ (Personal Interview Questionnaire), Self-Description Test (SDT), and your blank story. These documents he already goes through before you have an interaction with him.
Aim of Rapid Fire Questions:
The purpose of Rapid Fire questions is to judge your overall personality, mental stamina, power of expression, patience, logical reasoning, confidence, and grasping ability.
Interviewing Officer will first make sure you are comfortable enough and then begin with rapid-fire questions. His aim is to ask you 10 to 15 questions at one go. He might interrupt you in between your answers. You are expected to answer all the questions with the same speed and order
A Candidate is expected to be quick, audible and confident. Rapid-fire questions can be related to your friends, education, family, your teachers, subjects, sports you like, your interests, etc.
All of the questions are simple and easy to answer. Everything asked is based upon the info provided in your PIQ form and Self-description test.
Here are some Tips and Tricks to tackle Rapid Fire Questions
- Keep your hands on your thighs and count the number of questions on your fingers or in your mind, without being noticed by the IO to remember the number of questions asked by the Interviewing Officer.
- Note Practice this trick with any of your friends before going for the actual interview. Only then, you will be able to implement it precisely.
- Pay attention to the IO very attentively. Remember the questions by keywords for example:-
You need to practice this trick to be efficient during the actual interview.
- It is okay if you forget a few questions, but try to stick to the same order in which IO asked the questions.
- If you are able to answer more than 10 questions in the same sequence out of all 5 questions, you will be good. Interviewing officer just wants to check your memory and presence of mind.
- All you need to display is that you can retain information under pressure.
Here is the list of questions that might be asked by your SSB Interviewer:
Q1: Tell me something about yourself.
Q2: Tell me your percentage starting from class 8 onwards.
Q3: How many best friends you have? Why?
Q4: Which is the quality of your best friend you like the most? Which is one thing that you dislike about your friend?
Q5: Whom do you tell your secrets? Friends, Parents, or Sister/Brother?
Q6: Who is your role model?
Q7: Tell me about your daily routine.
Q8: Tell me about your routine at the weekend.
Q9: Who is your favorite teacher?
Q10: Why have your marks reduced from 10th to 12th (or 12th to graduation)?
Q11 Which is my favourite subject and why?
Q12: Why do you want to join Indian Army/Navy/Air Force?
Q13:Do you know what job role you're applying for?
Q14: If you are made the Cheif Minister of your state? What will you do?
Q15: Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Q16: Tell me the most mischievous thing that you have done.
Q17: How did you prepare for SSB?
Q18: What if you got rejected this time?
Q19: What are you afraid of?
Q20: What are your strengths & weakness?
Q21: what improvements have you made since the last time to ensure that you get selected this time?
Q22: Tell me something about the place where you belong.
Q23: Tell me the most embarrassing situation.
Q24: If you are so passionate to join the Indian Army/Navy/Air Force, why did you not join NCC/as a soldier?
Q25: What are your future plans?
Q26: Where do you think you lacked in previous SSB attempts?
Q27: Rate your performance in all the tasks (GTO & Psych).
Q28: Tell me about your involvement & achievement in sports.
Q29: What events did you participate in and what was your timing?
Q30: How do you think that job will be any different from what you're going to do here?
You can attempt these questions by yourself and we will discuss some important tips while facing SSB Interview in upcoming articles.
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