‘Must Know’ PPDT Story Writing Techniques – SSB Screening

Picture Perception & Discussion Test (PPDT) in SSB Screening is another important affair which no candidate can afford to miss by. Since it’s no story-writing or essay-writing competition, so candidates need to follow certain rules to clear it. Also be assured that a good story with a clear positive message can guarantee your chances of getting through the screening test smoothly.

There are some golden rules to write a killer PPDT story and sail through the screening test. We have summed up all the important points below for speedy reference & easy remembrance.

Top 10 ‘Must Know’ Tips For PPDT Story Writing

1.  First look at the background, see the setting of the story, e.g. school/hospital, home/ street or building/ marketplace etc. Then closely observe to see how many characters you can identify, what are they holding/doing and what kind of work is going on. Relate closely to the main character chosen by you and give him or her, a name.

2.  Remember that title should be such that it tells the complete summary of your story and is appealing. So draft the title carefully. After identifying the principal character, quickly identify the following things given below & note them down in the PPDT sheet :-

  1. Number of Characters.
  2. Age(s) and sex of character(s).
  3. Mood(s).
  4. What has probably happened.
  5. What is presently happening.
  6. Future action to be taken.
  7. Final Outcome.
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3.  You may not be able to write more than about 8-10 lines in the stipulated time of four minutes. So divide your time wisely like, write about 2 lines for what could have led to the current scene, write about 4 lines on what is presently going on in the scene, write about 2 lines on the future course of action that should be taken (if any) and write about 2 lines about the final & logical outcome of the scene.

4.  Write the story in past tense and make sure you write a positive, encouraging and constructive story. The assessor will observe your psychological well-being, general perception and how you relate to the environment around you. The views conveyed by you in the story would reflect your social attitude, unconscious beliefs and responsibilities that you feel you have towards the others in the society.

5.  Make sure that your story revolves around the main character chosen by you. This means your main character should be engaged in some constructive acts, respects authority, contributes to society and is helpful and considerate.

6.  Do not unnecessarily anticipate a negative situation when it is not shown in the picture. For example, you must not recognize/interpret a marketplace scene as an accident, bomb blast or soldiers dying scene. If it is not shown and still you write a story like that, it will reflect a pessimistic twist of your thinking.

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7.  You should not forget that in next 10 minutes or so, you’ll be narrating the same story and discussing it with your group. So you should write a story about which you are confident & that you can convince anyone boldly about its characters, situation or outcome.

8.  Do not write an impractical or a desirous story. Your story should depict a constructive & optimistic outlook of mind with the main character being an achiever, who feels and does things for others in the society. Do not write an unconventional or atypical story.

9.  Never forget to write an outcome of the story. Avoid representing the main character being exceedingly reward/recognition seeking person. Your story must have a positive ending (like happily ever-after 🙂 ).

10.  At last, remember that there’s no perfect story. If there are 150 candidates, then everyone will have his/her own story different from others. So don’t think about right or wrong story. Just follow the above tips by heart, and your story will automatically become a positive, constructive, optimistic, practical, focussed and to the point!

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