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WAT Tips for SSB

WAT tips for SSB Interview

In WAT(Word Association Test), there are total 60 words which have to be attempted by the candidate. It’s only your second day at SSB and you already have completed the Screening and TAT. Sometimes it may happen that testing is carried out on the same day.  The immediate next test waiting for you on the same day is the Word Association Test (WAT). This test is also called ‘Confirmatory Test’ to TAT or ‘Idea Writing Test’. This means that Word Association Test confirms qualities that you display in Thematic Apperception Test. Giving WAT immediately after the TAT brings your natural qualities in front of the assessors. Here some expert tips which will help you in performing well in the psychological testing at S.S.B. Interview.

  1. Write your original thoughts

Do not write the ideas which you memorised from elsewhere or heard from someone. Write your own feelings and try to project some or the other OLQ with your idea. For that you need to have a knack for writing own your own feelings.

E.g. for the word “Die”, don’t just write “Do or Die is a slogan given by Gandhiji”. Instead write, “I’m a die-hard cricket fan”. The sentence is both positive and shows your creative ability.

  1. Make sentences which make sense to the reader. Put yourself in the assessor and think what he/she might make out of your sentence. Don’t make it too hi-fi, just simple enough to make it a presentable idea in one reading.
  2. The time boundation is kept to make a pressure on you. It’s a procedure which will test your ability to withstand enduring pressure which is a part of military life. So,maintain a good handwriting and don’t get carried away in the flow.
  3. Try to imagine a picture on seeing a word. This picture is your original idea. Try and make a statement around it.
  4. Keep the sentence length optimal, neither too big nor too small. A sentence which conveys the meaning in 4-8 words is optimal. Focus should be on delivering the quality rather than the quantity.
  5. When words such as ‘kill’, ’disobey’, ’distrust’ etc come, try to relate it with your past and remember how did you overcome such negative situations or else you can also use it in a positive manner.
  6. Don’t make sentences related to Defence too much. Writing sentences solely on defence will not take you anywhere. Instead, it shows a lack of originality and thoughts.
  7. Do not give suggestion or advice to anyone and in particular to the government and its machineries. Remember that you are too young and unexperienced to make such suggestions.
  8. Project your best qualities and achievement in life.
  9. Practice, practice and practice, but don’t let it reflect in SSB that you have practiced it.



This blog will help you in strategising your preparation and help you score the maximum in upcoming AFCAT exam.

  1. Identify your strong areas from English, Arithmetic Aptitude, Non-Verbal Aptitude, Verbal Aptitude, Static G.K., Current affairs. These are the sections which are asked in the exam.
  2. How to prepare for English?

The level of English being asked in AFCAT is quite high. Those of you who aren’t ardent readers of English newspapers and other literature should either develop their reading habits in these 60 days or leave it for good as there is negative marking in the exam. Those who read a little bit can perform better by putting in some more efforts by reading newspapers like ‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian Express’. When reading these papers, note down the difficult words and try to read the articles in one go without taking breaks. These two exercises will develop your vocabulary, reading comprehension and overall knowledge as well. Everyday, note down 5 idioms and phrases with their usage in common language. These exercises will fetch you significant marks in exam and an edge over other aspirants because most of them try to avoid attempting this particular section.

  1. How to prepare for Arithmetic Aptitude?

Arithmetic asked in the exam is simple and it can be easily attempted. Most of the candidates preparing for government exams and bank exams are proficient in it because of their regular practice. Those of you who haven’t touched the basic arithmetic ; in particular the engineering students who often don’t get time due to their vast syllabus of engineering can still perform better in it. The level is of class 10th only. What matters is speed over here. Arun Sharma is the best book for preparation not only for this exam, but any exam where arithmetic is asked. Solve the level 1 of each topic and you will easily sail through the arithmetic part of AFCAT. Increase your solving speed everyday as it will give you an edge always.

  1. How to prepare Verbal and Non-Verbal Aptitude?

It is easy but sometimes it can be tricky and make you get stuck in the middle of the paper. The key to solve this section is to solve as many problems as you can and improve your grasp and speed. There’s no set rule and syllabi for this section but you can practice it more and more from various portals available over the internet. Mind it, don’t purchase any test series from any institute because it’s not so difficult to attempt this section cent percent with complete accuracy. There are various apps available where you can practice and get a feel of real time exam with a timer. No need of purchasing any book for this section.

  1. How to prepare static G.K. and current affairs?

Without any hesitation or ay second thought, follow Unacdemy on YouTube. The way different subjects are explained over there can help you in cracking exams up to the level of SSC-CGL. Practice it on a daily basis on apps like Adda247, oliveboard etc. Many others are also available, you just have to be smart enough to choose what suits you the best.


At last, practice is the key and fully use the online material, apps with timing. Do your best as marks do determine your final merit. All the best.


How to overcome dejection after failure?

Friends, not all of us are good enough at times to make through the procedure  , be it SSB, Govt. exams or any academic examination . After failing  ,there are bouts of depression in every one of us especially in us teenagers who are still struggling to make it big in their lives. In this situation I as a friend  , as a brother would like to share some tips so that all of you can feel soothed and motivated in difficult times.

  1. Do an honest introspection 

When we want our goal in our reach we need to do an in depth and honest  introspection about our shortcomings and weaknesses. Friends, it’s our own war and we need to gather our pieces together ,rise up and again get ready to fight again.

  1. Approach people who care for you

Trust me, you will find solace only in those who really care about you and they’re mostly  your parents , siblings ,teachers and relatives. There are many people in market who make tall claims of guaranteed success and most of us in the heat of moment and start dancing to their tunes. Even , I’ve done this stupidity just after my class 12th . No other person can think for you and it’s you and only you who can win it for you.

  1. Friends , are they real?

When we’re disturbed , we often go to people who try to deviate our mind from the present state and we often term them as friends . The hindi meaning of a friend is ‘Dost’ which means ‘Jo Dosh Ko Dur Kare’ . So next time, when a group of people try to deviate your mind from the real problem to any external stimulus , straight away leave their company as nothing can be more toxic than it. True people will come to you automatically in your life , till then be your best friend and take books as your companion everytime.

  1. Start learning from everywhere, everyone  and everytime 

One mantra for satisfaction and success in life is that keep your eyes and ears open everytime . Every person who is toiling for his/her livelihood is fighting for their survival. If you’ve internet access to read this article , you’re fortunate and very lucky to have this amenity . So don’t feel sad at failure , learn from people , their skills and their ideas about life. I am sure you will feel more complete.




AFCAT is a national level written entrance examination conducted by the Indian Air Force to select candidates who can become commissioned officers in the Indian Air Force. As the date for the exam is so near, students must be looking for some last moment preparation tips. So to help the aspiring students for the exam, here are some tips that will help you perform better in AFCAT.

  1. While solving your paper, always attempt the section that you’re most comfortable in. If you are more confident about solving military aptitude section first, then attempt this section first. Not only will this assure a faster solving but also will boost your confidence for solving other sections. This way you will be securing more marks also.
  2. Don’t read anything new 5-6 days before the exam. Try to practice all that you’ve studied again and again to get fully confident about it.
  3. Practice previous year AFCAT question papers so that you get an idea of the exam pattern. This way you will also be able to manage your time well.
  4. While attempting, if you get stuck on any question, don’t waste much of your time on it. Move forward and make sure that you answer all the questions that you know the answer too. Don’t lose the questions that you’re sure about because of ill-time management.
  5. Look at the previous year’s cut-off’s. The range comes out to be 140-155. So, to keep a smarter approach try to reach a score of 160/300 to be sure about passing the cut-off. For this you have to answer at least 54 questions correctly. Therefore, keep a smart approach.
  6. The Mathematics section isn’t that hard if you practice properly. It consists of basic elementary math questions. Thus, get thorough with the concepts and practice as much as you can and this section will be the easiest to solve.
  7. Since AFCAT has a negative marking, avoid attempting questions which you’re not sure about. For every wrong answer 1 mark is deducted. This means, every 3 wrong answers will cost you the marks one right answer. Therefore, always attempt those questions which you’re 100% confident about.
  8. Read thoroughly about the last 4-5 month’s main events and happenings. This will help you score better in the GK section.
  9. Lastly, never panic or get nervous while attempting the paper. Try to be calm and confident about everything that you’ve studied. Your knowledge is the best asset you’ve got.


Thus, all the students should try to adhere to the above tips and focus on their goal of clearing the AFCAT exam. With proper practice and strong determination, clearing AFCAT becomes easier. ALL THE BEST.

15 Officer’s Like Qualities


There are 15 OLQ’s which are tested by all the assessors in different ways .it’s very important for the candidate to first know what are these so that it can practiced in daily life .these are simple qualities which all candidates posses .one should keep in mind that selection is not only based these 15 qualities but these are expected to have in a candidate appearing for SSB.
In every enterprise it is peoples thinking that generates real wealth from resource. Of all skills thinking is the most strategic. When you improve your thinking process you improve every thing. Effective intelligence promotes these thought skills and you give solutions to the problem; it is basically about thinking practically.

It is the ability of the mind to think and understand in a logical way .It is to judge that how quickly a candidate can find alternatives or different solutions for a problem

This is the ability that how effective an individual uses the limited resources and give good outputs.
It shows how effectively you express your views and make other people understand what you want to say in a clear and simple way.
It is the ability of an individual to adapt itself in the different conditions and with different people
In army u are posted in different geographical locations this is to test that how flexible you are.
This is the basic quality that every individual should posses. As you will be working in such a big organization you have to be cooperative it testes how calmly you participate in different activities with each other.
The ability on an individual to understand their responsibilities and fulfill them. Being an officer u has many responsibilities of your troop as well as of your seniors. The assessor checks that a person is responsible enough to take these responsibilities.
It is the ability to come forward and to take lead in every action. The assessor see a person take initiative in events.
The feeling of trust in one’s ability. Self confidence is required at each and every step of your SSB

It means that how quickly you takes decisions. it also includes how correctly the decision is taken.
How effectively you express your ideas and influence others in a group. If you can convince others in a group by your thoughts

The quality of being energetic and enthusiastic in every situation .it is expected that and officer should be calm and cheerful in adverse conditions also and create a comfortable environment for its team.
The quality of establishing something exactly by calculation or research. An officer is expected to be determined in his work like achieving the pre determine goals and objectives

The ability to perform task with bravery and without freighting. You should have the ability to accept all the challenges you face.

The ability to sustain prolonged physically or mentally .it means that you do your entire task without getting tired


11 Things To Keep In Mind For Lecturette In SSB


Lecturette is a GTO task. Here, a candidate has to give a lecture on any one of the given 4 topics for duration of 3 minutes.

The first candidate according to the chest number will be called to pick up one card (which will have all the 4 topics) from the pile of cards and will be given 3 minutes or less to prepare for his or her lecture. After the first candidate is ready to start, the second candidate will be called to pick his or her card and start preparing while the first candidate speaks. This procedure continues for the whole group.

On the completion of two and a half minutes the GTO will ring a bell as an indication that the speaker has 30 seconds left to finish his talk. On the completion of three minutes, the GTO rings two bells and the first candidate stops and sits down and the second candidate start giving his lecture.

Lecturette is a task where your confidence about public speaking is evaluated. The following qualities are evaluated in a candidate during their lecture:

  1. Confidence of speaking.
  2. Fluency in speaking.
  3. Ability to deliver under stressful situations.
  4. General Awareness.
  5. Body Language.
  6. Synchronisation of points being put forward.
  7. Efficiency in speaking in front of a group.
  8. Ability to capture the attentiveness of the listeners.

11 things to keep in mind for your lecture task:

  1. Start speaking in English with your friends and family. This will help you to become proficient in your communication.
  2. Start reading newspaper articles, magazines and general awareness books to keep you acquainted with the happenings around the world. This will help you gain knowledge and will boost your confidence to speak on any topic.
  3. If you are shy about speaking in front of a group, practise speaking in front of a mirror by looking directly into your eyes. This will help you to gain confidence on public speaking.
  4. Keep a correct and formal body posture while giving your lecture. Don’t use hand movements.
  5. While giving your lecture, maintain an eye-contact with your friends sitting in front. This will give an impression of your confidence while delivering your thoughts and also will make the listeners much more attentive about your lecture.
  6. Never look at the GTO while speaking.
  7. At home, while preparing, practice demo lecturette tasks. Ask a friend or family member to give you any random four topics and then a preparation time of three minutes. Keep a stopwatch in hand and mark three minutes on it. Then speak on one of those four topics for three minutes. This will help you enhance your ability to talk under stress and also make your communication skills better.
  8. While giving your lecture, neither exceed the given time nor finish too early. Wait for the 2:30 minute reminder bell and then give your final thoughts on the topic.
  9. Choose the topic out of the given four which you’re confident about. Do not select a topic of higher level just to look smart. Speak on a topic about which you have full knowledge.
  10. In the given preparation time of three minutes, make a sequence of all the points that you will elaborate on while you give your lecture. Make sure that your lecture covers four sections about the topic: the history of the topic, the present scenario, the probable future developments and your views on that topic.
  11. And most importantly, keep your calm while giving your lecture. Nothing captures more attention than a confident and relaxed person.

The GTO will evaluate you on the basis of your expression of thoughts and your public speaking skills. The more you practice your communication skills and general awareness, the easier it would be to speak efficiently in the lecturette. All the best for SSB.

What is SSB?

SSB stands for Services Selection Board. The Services Selection Board is the selection board of the Armed Forces of India which conducts SSB interviews to recruit individuals to become commissioned officers. Thus, if you want to become a commissioned officer in the defence forces, appearing and clearing the SSB interview is essential.

SSB interview spans over a period of 5 days which includes various psychological tests and group tasks. It tests a candidate on the basis of their psychological, intellectual, emotional and physical skills.

How to appear for SSB?

There are two ways which will make you eligible to appear for the SSB interviews.
The first way is by applying and qualifying the following entrance examinations:

  1. Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE)
  2. Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT)
  3. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy examination (NDA & NA Exam)

The second way is to apply in the various Army, Air Force and Navy courses and get SSB interview call letter if you clear the cut-off’s. For the following courses, direct SSB call letters are issued to the candidates who are shortlisted according to their academic scores.

  1. University Entry Scheme (UES)
  2. Technical Graduate Course (TGC)
  3. NCC Special Entry Scheme
  4. Tech Entry Scheme (TES)
  5. Navy’s Executive and Technical Branch entry
  6. Navy’s Pilot/Observer entry
  7. Navy’s Education Branch entry
  8. Joint Advocate General (JAG)
  9. Technical Short Service Commission courses – SSC Tech
  10. Non-Technical Short Service Commission Courses – SSC Non Tech
  11. IAF’s Meteorology Branch Course

SSB interview centres:

For Indian Army:

  1. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Selection Centre East (SCE).
  2. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Selection Centre Central (SCC).
  3. Bangalore, Karnataka Selection Centre South (SCS).

For Indian Air Force:

  1. Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 1 AFSB.
  2. Mysore, Karnataka, 2 AFSB.
  3. Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 3 AFSB.
  4. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 4 AFSB.
  5. Kolkata, West Bengal, 5 AFSB.

For Indian Navy:

  1. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 33 SSB, SCC.
  2. Bangalore, Karnataka, 12 SSB, SCS.
  3. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Naval Selection Board (NSB).
  4. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, NSB Visakhapatnam.

SSB process:

On the day of reporting, the candidates are required to report to the Selection centre. The JCO’s will then check all your required documents. If they find any important document missing, they will ask you to leave at the very time and you’ll be dropped off at the railway station. If all the documents and attested copies are correct and verified you will be asked to fill 3 forms: Identification Form, Travel Allowance Form (if you are fresher) and Marks card. You will have to attach your original train tickets to the form to be eligible for the refund of your travel expenses. Once you are finished filling up these forms, the Commanding Officer will give a speech in which he will explain to you everything that will happen in the next 5 days at SSB and also explain the important rules that have to be followed throughout your testing. Then you have your dinner and are provided a bed where you can rest for the night.

The next day i.e. day 1 starts early in the morning and you are required to gather at the assembly point by 7 a.m. The first day is the Screening test. Under this you first give an intelligence aptitude test in which you will have questions from verbal and non-verbal sections (reasoning, quantitative, verbal ability, etc.).  After this, you will undergo PPDT i.e. Picture Perception and Description Test. In this test your group will be shown a picture for 30 seconds and after that you will have to write a story based on that picture. Then each candidate will narrate their story and afterwards your whole group will discuss about the picture.

After the completion of PPDT, you will be given a rest of around 2-3 hours and lunch as well. Then the results for the Screening test will be declared. All those who cleared the screening test will be given new chest numbers and will be eligible to participate in the further days of interviewing and the rest would be dropped off at the railway station with their respective TA.

Note: For some entries the reporting day and screening test will be on the same day, please check for the same in your SSB call letter.

Then on day 2, you appear for your psychological tests. Psychological tests consist of the following:

  1. Thematic Apperception Test [TAT]
  2. Word Association Test [WAT]
  3. Situation Reaction Test [SRT]
  4. Self-Description Test [ SD]

Candidates are required to write their responses based on the particular test. Here time management is very crucial, so you are required to write your first thoughts as your responses.

More details about the four psychological tests will be provided in the further articles.

Day 3 and 4 constitutes of your GTO tasks and personal interview. The GTO tasks include:

  1. Group Discussions (GD)
  2. Progressive Group Task (PGT)
  3. Lecturette
  4. Half Group Task (HGT)
  5. Final Group Task (FGT)
  6. Individual Obstacle Task
  7. Group Obstacle Race
  8. Command Task

Personal interview (PI) is the most important part in SSB interview. This is where you make or break your chances of recommendation. PI involves a one-on-one interview with the interviewing officer (IO) and it generally lasts for 30-40 minutes.

Then comes the final day: the Conference and the results day. Each candidate will be called in for the final interview where all the SSB board members will be present. You will be asked general question as to how your stay was and what all did you learn from the five days. Your answers here will be like cherry on the cake so give intelligent and honest responses. Then after all the candidates have undergone this procedure, you will be served the lunch. After lunch, the results for the recommended candidates will be announced.

Hope, this article gave you an overall idea as to what SSB is what all happens at the SSB interview. Prepare well and all the best for your SSB! Jai Hind!

How To Start Your Preparation For SSB?

  1. Know your stuff

Well, you need not to follow anyone’s footsteps when you decide to join Armed Forces. It should be YOUR’S and ONLY  YOUR’s CALL. We, the youth of today enjoy a greater support from our family members when it comes to take a decision and we shouldn’t hesitate in it as it forms the very basic quality of an Armed Forces officer i.e. DECISION MAKING POWER.

  1. Remove the word “ME” from your life

Many of you might be thinking that he just said that it should be only “YOU” to take the decisions, now he’s saying remove the word “ME” . Understand that “ME” gives a sense of unnecessary pride which closes our ears and eyes and shuts down our ability to learn and propagate. We’re a very small part of the universe and we should always be in a learning and application mode.

  1. Be at your BEST ALWAYS

How do we feel when we’re happy?

And obviously a sense of gloom and despair start hovering our minds . JUST CHILL!! Nothing in this conquered and won over by the application of logic and reason and that too with a COOL MIND.

Being at your best means that you should be able to overcome any dire and demanding situation with cool mind and lift the spirit of others who are with you and following you. Always be a Ray Of Hope and justify the names given by your elders to you. This will make you the best version of yourself.

It’s just an introductory part, more knowledge will be shared with our readers happily based on your comments, queries, likes and even dislikes. In fact dislikes will taken care of on priority basis ‘coz’ learning never stops for us and it helps us improve upon the existing knowledge.

Thank you.