Psychological Tests – An Overview

Psychological tests are integral part of Service Selection Board. It would not be wrong to say that SSB is all about Psyche, Verbal Efficiency & Actions (मानसिकता, मौखिक दक्षता, कर्म). The Service Selection Center tests a person broadly on these abovementioned three systems. It is prerequisite for a future military officer to have a stable mental outlook and positive attitude suitable to be trained at various military academies and to lead a officer’s life thereafter.

The primary aim of these tests is to assess the potential of a candidate in terms of qualities or positive personality traits that are desired in a ‘potential officer material’. The tests are required to be written with the limitation of time as the key factor.

This is purposefully done so that candidates don’t get chance to hide/morph his/her true feelings or negative personality traits. The candidate gives his/her responses in terms of thoughts, feelings and actions which are then evaluated by the Board Psychologists.

Dress Code

There is no special dress code for Psychological Tests. Just wear a formal dress which gives you a gentlemen look. However, no one would point you for your dress except if it is completely unacceptable. The key concept is you should feel positive which is utmost important in these tests.

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The four major psychological tests that all candidates are put through during the SSB interview are as follows:

  1. Thematic Apperception Test (TAT).
  2. Word Association Test (WAT).
  3. Situation Reaction Test (SRT).
  4. Self Description (SD).

Now, let us discuss the 4 Psychological tests in brief.

1. Thematic Apperception Test
You will be shown 12 pictures and for each of the picture you have to write a story. You will get 30 sec to view the picture and 4 minutes to write a story on each picture.

2. Word Association Test
In this test 60 words are shown to you one by one. The words will be flashed for 15 sec and you are required to write the first thought that comes to your mind after reading that word.

3. Situation Reaction Test
You have to answer 60 situations in 30 minutes, i.e. 30 seconds per situation. The candidates have to write their spontaneous and natural responses to certain stressful, typical real life situations.

4. Self Description Test
In this test, candidates have to write what a given group of people think about him/her, in his/her own opinion. For example, what your teacher thinks about you, in your opinion (and not your teacher’s opinion). The group of people generally are:-

  1. Your parents.
  2. Your teachers.
  3. Your friends.
  4. You yourself.
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To conclude, it is imperative to note that you must remember that the responses given by you in various psychological tests as that will be compared with the information given by you in your PIQ Form. This information is again further cross-checked by the GTO and Interviewing Officer (IO).

Also, remember that there’s is no right/correct answer in a psychology test. So you need not to worry about the correctness of your answers.

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