Top 20 Questions Asked in SSB Interview with the Tips to Answer
The SSB interview is same for CDS, NDA, AFCAT and other similar defense exams. Personal Interview is an activity that enables the Interviewing Officer (IO) to assess the personality of the candidates by posing general and technical questions.
The candidate will be interviewed by the President, Vice-President or the interviewing officer of the SSB Board to assess the personality of the candidate in order to know if he or she is having enough officer like qualities to get into Indian Armed Forces. Personal Interview is one of the deciding factors for defense aspirants after clearing the written exam which finally make a way to become an officer in Indian armed forces.
Questions Asked in SSB Interview
Let’s discuss some of the most asked questions in the interview along with some tips to tackle them –
- What is the meaning of your name and how do you live up to your name?
Tip – Make sure that you know the meaning of your name, also who gave you this name and the reason behind to give you this particular name and try to connect it’s meaning with some of your behavioral characteristic in order to answer the second part of the question.
- tell your 2-3 strengths and weaknesses?
Tip – Before going to SSB you are supposed to know about yourself the most. Try to analyze your personality by doing self introspection. Make sure you are able to tell your strengths and also mention only those weaknesses which can be corrected.
- Tell about your best friends and do you think they should change something in themselves?
Tip – Make sure you have a little discussion around this question with your friends so that you could answer it with surety and try to note down certain points related to them so that a properly framed answer could be given. Also don’t sound very negative even if you want to change something in them. Pick something which can be taken lightly For eg – A friend who always shows up a little late.
- Tell about your native place.
Tip – You are supposed to google a lot many things which are associated with you and note that down before appearing in SSB so that you don’t have to stay mum while answering anything. Know about your place, its history, famous things and anecdotes related to it and note it down somewhere so that you could recall it while answering.
- 2 Qualities in your parents which you like and which you dislike.
Tip – Take out a little time to think about people are who important to you in your life and frame a well organized answer about them. Never be negative about people who are close to you. Pick such qualities which can be corrected easily like my father needs to take more care of his health or need to do more workout.
- How do you spend time with your family?
Tip – Think about this beforehand, if you live with your family or somewhere else you just need to be sure that you sound close to your family and try to tell with some examples in order to sound more authentic.
- what all are your hobbies?
Tip – A hobby is considered to be a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one’s leisure time. So just tell them about such activity related to you and how much time you generally give to that.
- What is your daily routine?
Tip – Make sure you follow some daily routine and try to note it down so that you could answer the question with confidence and never try to add things which you don’t follow. It is actually an easy task for assessors to identify such made up things.
- Explain your relationship with your siblings.
Tip – Keep it real and tell the importance of your siblings in your life and vice versa by providing some examples.
- Can you tell about any latest example when you helped your friends and they helped you?
Tip – Again be truthful while answering such questions as it is a long conversation and faking anything won’t sustain long. So try to tell real life examples.
- If you don’t get recommendation this time then what would be your plan?
Tip – You must be aware of all your entries through which you can apply and mention them.
- tell about your academic performance from class 8th to graduation.
Tip – It’s a commonly asked question in rapid fire round so you must be well aware of all your academic grades and achievements in a chronological order.
- What inspires you to join armed forces?
Don’t think about the quality of the answer. Try to be real and tell them honestly whatever motivates you and inspires you the most to join armed forces.
- what do you know about armed forces?
It is a basic thing that they expect from you is to be well read about armed forces and all the parameters associated with it. your passion must be reflected in your answer. But most importantly not everyone can know everything so if there is something which you don’t know. Don’t try to guess anything, rather, tell them that you don’t know it and will read about it later. your honesty will be appreciated at every step.
- what is your plan B other than joining Indian armed forces?
Be practical. Have plan B and tell them confidently about it and don’t feel that there is no Plan B. Remember, there is always some another plan. you just need to do some brain storming to present a satisfied answer.
- what are your cocurricular achievements?
As already mentioned, the first and basic thing about SSB is to know about yourself. So just know what you are, what you have done and what you are looking for. Prepare some exhaustive answers to such questions.
- Tell about your family.
As normally a person is most close to his or her family so it’s expected to be well aware of your family and it’s components and majorly try to know about your importance and role in the family. Try to answer this question with some supportive examples. From with your father to the youngest sibling, tell about everyone in a proper order.
- Tell about some recent current affairs topics.
You are expected to be well aware of current happenings in the world. So the best way is to include newspaper in your daily routine. As it will help you to polish your English speaking skills along with the understanding of news.
Best way is to prepare at least 2-3 current affairs topics in detail as there is a possibility that interviewer might ask you to tell about some topics of your choice.
19. What do you do to keep yourself fit?
Tip – If you are planning to join armed forces you are supposed to be fit and also your routine must have some activities to keep you physically and mentally fit. Tell about all such activities.
20. Tell about the subjects you chose in your graduation.
Tip – Recall your college time a little, as many formal as well as informal questions are generally asked from that point of time. Go through your academic experience and recall about it.