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Concept of SSB


Selection means choosing a few from amongst many available and the aim of scientific selection are to choose the right person for the right job to satisfy the purpose in view. Selection is carried out mainly to meet a requirement or selection must satisfy a criterion means suitability based selection. In Armed forces, pre and post independence era basic level of selection process was implemented and with passage of time considering the rapidly expanding requirements of the Armed forces the pressing need for a scientific selection system was felt to choose personnel who would maintain a desired standard of efficiency in handling unfamiliar situations.

Creation of SSB Interview Process 

To select future potential leaders, the concept of forming Service Selection Board came into existence. The aim of SSB interview testing is to obtain maximum information on the candidate’s leadership potential using different media to obtain from responses. Candidate and jobs they perform differ from in many ways and the efficiency of an organisation depends upon the effective utilization of human resources which can be achieved only if job description and the candidate potential match each other. Utility of the individual to the organisation will also be conditioned by his trainability, potentiality and consistency in the performance of job. Considering this aspect, to find answer to such questions right test is required to tap potential of candidate.

DO YOU HAVE IT IN YOU – Leadership Qualities 

Selection process of Armed forces is a unique model which has been created to select future potential leaders when we say leader’s means candidate must have those attributes which makes him leader with special reference to Armed Forces. To become effective leader, candidate must possess the following leadership attributes -

  • Intellectual Abilities – Candidate must have ability to grasp, understand, interpret and appreciate situations with a view to find solutions to mundane to difficult problems.
  • Social Behaviour – Candidate must have adequate social intelligence to get along with people/new environment and has the ability to work in a group.
  • Leadership Attributes –   Candidate must have the ability to initiate new ideas and suggest solutions to resolve situations. Should be sure of him and nurses a keen desire to achieve high level goals.
  • Mental & Physical Robustness – Candidate must have the ability to work for a sustained period, yet keep him physically and mentally strong. To face unfamiliar situations one has to take risk that needs mental and physical courage.

Assessment of Leadership/Officer like Qualities –

Considering the job description of Armed forces, 15 Leadership qualities have been identified and to explore these qualities, scientific assessment model has been created which involves Interview, Group Testing and Psychological techniques. In brief, human behaviour is influenced by different state of mind i.e. conscious, semi-conscious, sub-conscious and each of these states of mind has an impact on human behaviour. For better understanding, Interviewing officer assess your behaviour when you are in a conscious state of mind, similarly in GTO technique, he assesses how you behave in a group and in psychological technique your behaviour in sub conscious state of mind is tapped through written responses. How does this process works, when candidate comes in contact with stimulus or any of the tasks or tool or situation he would react in a particular way and this reaction forces him to manifest his behaviour in a given situation. Through these manifestations, assessor is able to assess leadership or officer like qualities which helps him to evaluate his potential to become future leader. Diagrammatic explanation of concept -

Conduct of SSB Training – 

At SSMENTORS, we have designed the process which helps candidates in exhibiting or expressing his/her officer like qualities. Our real time SSB Coaching process assist candidates in achieving the following objectives –

  • Familiarity with Process – To achieve better results, understanding of process is very essential. Once you understand the process, it helps in managing our psyche and physical energy which takes your performance to next level. During SSB Training sessions, candidates are exposed to SSB like environment and made to undergo practice sessions to get familiar with process.
  • Overcome fear of unknown – Once familiarity with process increases, candidate’s starts feeling the pulse of process which gradually enhances comprehension and better understanding of testing tools. 
  • Exposure to Actual SSB Like EnvironmentAt SSMENTORS, Candidates are put through actual SSB like environment to experience real time psychological test, outdoor GTO tasks and mock Interview. This in turn helps candidates in gaining confidence and use tasks in best optimal way to express officer like qualities.
  • Self - Introspection Candidates after having undergone rigorous training, they would be in a position to do self introspection which helps them in identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Exercise of Identification of strengths and weaknesses take him to next level i.e. setting short term goals to refine identified weak areas.
  • Train your Brain to enhance your Capability – Once we analyze the entire process of SSB , it is essential that brain must be trained to switch from one situation to another.  To achieve this, we use scientific training methodology i.e. train your brain with NLP – the “difference that makes a difference.”       Through the years in school and college, candidates have become conditioned to think, act, and behave in a particular manner. Now, all of a sudden, they’re in the SSB environment which is very different – situations are completely new and unfamiliar and you are required to “think and act on your feet.” This requires preparation of a different kind, preparation with a difference that is the reason SSB Training is become important to get used to new environment. While you may be prepared, you may never be prepared enough – the uncertainty and ambiguity of the unexpected will always loom large and you need to train your brain to perform against the odds.
  • During our SSB coaching or SSB training sessions, we train candidates to use proven techniques from Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP in order to train their brains to help reduce/eliminate the effects of such uncertainty and ambiguity, and help them navigate through the SSB environment with greater success. Techniques such as Anchoring, Circle of Excellence, Framing & Reframing, Subconscious Re-imprinting, and others help candidates in training their brains to build capability.

  • How to manage your Conscious and Sub Conscious State of Mind – During our training session, we lay stress on how to manage your perception, attitude and state of mind without distorting facts. How can you alter your thought process to make optimal use to exhibit best of your abilities?