The maximum marks allotted to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers’ Training Academy respectively.
The candidates who qualified the Stage I written examination will be called for the Services Selection Board (SSB) Interview which will be conducted in one of the Services Selection Centre.
The SSB Interview consists of two stage Selection Process Stage 1 and Stage 2.
Stage 1 has two tests which is as given below.
- Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) Tests
- A simple logic/analytical aptitude test.
- Intelligence rating awarded to candidates range from I to V
- Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT)
- In this test, candidates will be shown a picture on the screen which they have to observe properly and later they should write down what they have observed (like number of characters, age, their disposition etc.) from the picture shown to them and write a story related to the pictures
The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
Candidates who clear stage 1 of the SSB interview will be allowed to appear in the stage 2 of the SSB Interview selection process.
Stage 2 has three tests and is conducted for four days. The 3 tests are as follows.
- The Interview
- It is a face to face discussion and a test of candidates’ heart (emotion, temperament, mind sentiment etc.).
- to distinguish the qualities of the candidates during the interactions whether they have the required qualities to be an army officer.
- Group Testing Officer Tasks (GTO)
- The GTO is actually an interaction with the candidates throughout the tests.
- Candidates’ physical and mental qualities get highlighted in these tests.
- Psychology Tests
- he Psychological Test is a test for candidates’ mind.
- Candidate should attempt to complete all the SRTs, 60 TATs, and the 60 WATs.
- Candidates’ positive thoughts and their method of application is assessed.
These three tests are conducted for 4 days. Candidates can avail the complete details of these tests in our CDS Syllabus section.
The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz.
- The Interviewing Officer (IO)
- Group Testing Officer (GTO)
- The Psychologist
All these have equal weightage and there is no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors purely based on the candidates’ performance in all the test. Additionally, candidates are also awarded marksin the Conference (the final stage) based on their initial performance in the three tests.
The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities (OLQ) and their trainability in a candidate based on which the candidates are recommended are non-recommended at the Services Selection Board (SSB).
Candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in each stage of the exam i.e. the written examination held by the UPSC and the interview for intelligence and personality test conducted by the Service Selection Board and the minimum qualifying marks will be fixed by the Commission and the SSB at the discretion of the.
The candidates merit ranking is determined based on basis total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the SSB tests.
Success in the examination doesn’t mean the candidate has been selected to the Indian Military Academy Course, or Indian Naval Academy Course, or Indian Air Force Academy Course, or the Officers’ Training Academy Course. The final selection is decided on the order of merit along with satisfying the required medical fitness standards, fittingness in all other requisite aspects and the number of vacancies available.
NOTE: Every candidate for the Air Force and Naval Aviation is given Pilot Aptitude Test only once. The Grade secured by a candidatein the first test of Computer Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and/or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) will consequently hold good for every following interview at the Air Force Selection Board. Candidates who have failed in the Indian Navy Selection Board/Computer Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and/or Pilot Aptitude Battery Test earlier and those who routinely wear eyeglasses are not eligible for Air Force.
TEST/INTERVIEW AT AIR FORCE SELECTION BOARDS FOR THOSE CANDIDATES WHO APPLY FOR AIR FORCE THROUGH OTHER MODES.
There are three modes of entry in Pre Flying – F (P) course and they are as follows.
Candidates who apply for the Air Force through any other modes will be tested or interviewed at the Air Force Selection Boards only once for Air Force.
Common candidates who failed in the Computer Pilot Selection System (CPSS) and/ or Pilot Aptitude Battery tests as an NCC or Airmen candidate and who have applied through CDS Exam will be called again for OLQ (Officers’ Like Qualities) testing for Army/Navy/OTS.
Candidates who qualify in the written examination for Indian Military Academy (D.E.) Course and/or Indian Navy Academy (S.E.) Course and/or Indian Air Force Academy Course regardless of whether they have qualified for SSC – OTA Course or not will be detailed for the SSB Tests in August-September of that particular year and candidates who qualify for SSC Course alone will be detailed for SSB Tests in October to December of that particular year.