Common errors committed by candidates at SSB

It has been observed that the candidate unknowingly commit certain avoidable errors during the course of their SSB. There are listed below:

General points

  • Reporting late for SSB and not being fully equipped for the SSB as per the list of items (clothing and other materials, given in the call up letter.
  • Not carrying all the requisite documents, resulting in avoidable harassment.
  • Displaying social adjustment problems by being critical or too demanding with respect to administrative back up like messing, accommodation etc.Being provided by selection centre.
  • Demonstrations rude behaviour towards the administrative staff of selection centre.
  • Not being appropriately dressed, unshaven or improper hair cut/headgear, wearing chappels etc.
  • Indulging in improper conduct and getting involved in disciple related problem.
  • Being not attentive during various briefings by assessors and later asking irrelevant doubts.
During discussion of PPDT:-
  • Not being attentive while others are reading their individual story.
  • Not being able to complete writing the story in the given time and not reading it out properly.
  • Not quantitatively contributing towards the formation of the group story during the discussion phase. 
  • Continuing to repeat his/her own story only during the group discussion, rather than effectively taking part in discussion, or contributing to create the common group story. 
  • Becoming overbearing in the group, not allowing others to speak and disrupting discussion.
  • All points given for PPDT are also applicable for GD and GPE discussions.
  • Displaying self centred attitude whenever engaged in group activities. Must always give priority to group goal.
  • Participating more vigorously only when he thinks the GTO (Group Testing Officer) is observing him and has put on behaviour rather than being natural. Also trying to attract his attention.
  • Displaying a general lack of enthusiasm /lack lustre behaviour and negative body language.
  • Trying to steal the thunder from others by inappropriate means, eg, letting others or by repeatedly highlighting their mistakes. 
  • Displaying a complaining attitude Eg:- “We could not complete the task because others incompetent or uncooperative, “time was not adequate”, etc.
  • Poor time management while attending tests, with emphasis on quantity and not quality of responses.
  • Responses in various psych tests being pre learnt/stereotype which shows lack of originality, creativityy and imagination.
  • Not understanding the intimate direct linkage between information given in personal information questionnaire and the responses given during GTO activities, psych testing and personal interview.
  • Trying to bluff the interviewing officer or GTO,thereby getting caught in his on web Lack of general awareness and knowledge of current affairs.
  • Inadequate verbal and written power of expression.
  • Not developing the capacity to differentiate the relevant information from the non relevant and giving responses at a tangent to what is asked.
  • Not giving to the point answers to the interviewing officer and being verbose.
  • Not maintaining appropriate comfort level and being nervous during interview.
  • Being shabbily with sloppy bearing, especially for the interview.


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