The selection procedure of the candidates for the training programme of different Indian Defence Academies through of Combined Define Services Examinations includes Interview and Special Tests, apart from the written tests.
Candidates, who qualify the written test, undergo interview and a series of intelligence and personality tests. The tests, both verbal and non-verbal, are designed not only to judge the mental caliber of the candidate but also to assess his social traits and awareness in current affairs.
The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process-stage I and stage-II. OR those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II.
The details are:-
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception *Description Test (PP & DT). The candidates will be Shortlisted based on combination of performance in QIR Test and PP and DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
The personality of candidates is assessed by three different assessors viz. the Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The mks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the test.
In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage.
The various test of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/ absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.
Candidates those who are recommended by the Services Selection Board must undergo a medical examination by the Board of Service Medical Officers, and are allowed to go for the training programs only after being declared fit by the medical board.