Allahabad SSB :-17 Jan to 22 Jan 2010.
In this blog i am going to share my experiences at allahabad 11 SSB board. These five days (5+7 for medical) were a great fun.We were the absentee batch as most of the people did not arrive on their first call .Though I received the first call but that time due to preparation of my air force exam ,i was not able to attend the first one.I was not happy with my decision of not attending the SSB.One day i was thinking that i have done a mistake by leaving my chance and then i prayed to god ,do whatever is good for me.When i got up after my nap, i was surprised to see that my mom had my absentee call letter in her hands.I was very happy to see that and i accepted it as a golden chance given to me by god.
We arrived at the Allahabad station very late from the time given to us because of the train delay.So we were not provided with the bus service and we managed at our own to reach SSB selection center EAST.When we reached there,girls were already gathered in the hall for filling up the documents,which we fill on our arrival.(including PIQ,TA DA,and many more.)Then we went to our line area were blankets were provided and we were done for the day.After our dinner,we went early to sleep after a short introduction to other candidates who came there for the interview.
In the evening we had briefing about what will be expected from us in the place and next morning we had our screening test.
The screening test comprised of verbal and non verbal aptitude test and also picture perception test and a group discussion on its basis. In the picture perception test(known as PP and DT), we were shown a very blur image and we had to write a story on it and conditions on what led to that situation and what will happen in the future.
The intelligence test is a short and simple paper where you need to use some brains and quickness.Our first paper was of 25 min and second was of 17 min.I did well in both of them.
Then in the picture shown to us i was able to see a girl standing with a big chart paper in front of her(which i assumed as a survey chart paper)(others said it a dead body covered with white bedsheet)and a boy standing nearby her.So we got different perceptions of the same picture.so i made the story that there was a traffic police officer who was recently posted in a new area and she came to know about the increase in road accidents .So she decided to run a programme in which people would be made more aware regarding the traffic rules.She along with her subordinates took various steps and she was able to decrease the accidents.Various people made different stories..the assumed her as an architecture,engineer and many other ideas…
Then we had a GD and we had to boil down to one story and finally it was agreed that their was a girl who planned to run a pepole awareness programme regarding golbal warming.The GD was good and we had a healthy dissucion with good points.I was satisfied with my performance and was expecting good results.The results came out at 2pm after our lunch.Out of 93 girls,25 were screened in and rest has to leave on that day.We were given chest numbers and my chest number was 12. Next day again early in the morning we were called up for next set of tests.We took our bags and went back to line area.I remember the words of a GTO sir ,”dont be very happy,ye to sirf trailor tha,puri film to abhi baaki hai”It means that you have just cleared the first step,whole selection process in front of you. Now we had more time to know about each other.We talked to our friends who were left and we went out in the evening.We were allowed to visit the city during our stay,but we have to be back in our selection area by 5pm.At night after chit chatting.we slept quite late at 11:30pm.We were provided with “fauji balack kambal”,the temperature was very low and it was bitter cold there.Anyways we had a good sleep with the thought that we are not sent back on the very first day.
Now it a important day as the tests are starting today.We were given breakfast at 6:30am and the biggest punishment was to get so early in the morning in chilling cold.But we all went for the breakfast and after that we have to gather in the hall at 8:00am.We were ready and reached the hall at 7:50am.Now we were shown 12 more pictures including one blank picture.I wrote 12 stories and it was really tiring.Picture is shown for 30 sec and story should be written with in 3 min.Then comes the 60 words ,we were told to write down the first sentence coming to our mind from that word.Then 10 mins break was given to us.After that we settled down again and now we have SRT Test that is situation reaction test.There were 120 SRTS which we have to do in 30 mins. Last is SD self description test,write what your parents think about you,your teachers,friends,and you yourself. I thought that i performed well in every test and i was satisfied with my performance.
When we went to our line area(living area)after our lunch,we were told till chest no 12,interview will be conducted. so now i was ready for my second battle.My time for interview was 4:20m.So at 2:00pm,i slept(somehow i was not able to sleep due to the excitement of interview,but i took rest so that i can feel fresh.).After taking a nap,i got up and took bath.I was ready for the interview in white suit,blue pajami and white sweater.Overall i think i was looking smart becuase it would create my first impression on the interviewer.I went into the are of interview room and there was a waiting hall where i was asked to sit. When i went in room it was empty,only with the postures saying “DO YOU HAVE IT IN YOU”and i was saying “YES I HAVE IT IN ME AND I WILL PROVE IT” .There was a T.V in the room and peon uncle asked “beta T.V dekh lo”but i said thank you uncle but i dont want to. Then i started chanting the gayatri mantra,as it would help me to be more calm in interview.THEN comes my turn,i went into the room,wished the sir sitting in a big chair.He asked me to sit down and my interview started with The first question which was asked to me was”your dad was in army ,which palces you have visited,what you like about army and the difficulties faced.” I answered the question satisfactorily and then he started the RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS(which means a series of questions all asked together )He asked me about my family,education,subjects in graduation,friends.He put questions like if i make you education minister,what reforms you would like to make in our education system,ranks of army,why i do meditation,from where i learnt it,what type of friends i avoid,my schedule,about my pocket money,to whom i am close.Then he came to the G.K section,this is something i am really bad at.He asked me about srilanka,china,wars India has fought,about nepal P.M.I answered 3 questions and was not able to answer 2 questions.At last he asked me about my strength and weakness.I told him truly that i m not very good at G.K and i am trying hard to improve on it.This was the interview,i was o.k. with my interview ,but not very satisfied because i was not able to answer 2 G.K questions.But i would like to share that i never said anything false there,everything i spoke was 100% true,that was the biggest satisfaction to me.
Then i came back to my line area and it was 5:30Pm,so all friends were back from out pass.They asked mre about my interview.We had lots of fun at the canteen area.I wrote this 1st SSB interview experience in my diary at night.
On third day we got up late and we were not able to have our breakfast.So we had some choclates,and managed from them only.We were asked to move to the GTO ground where a no. of tests were waiting for us.Our first exercise was two group disscussions.The topic for the first one was based on our law system followed by second one based on girls in defence forces.Here friends,I would like to advise you dont speak too much or very less.Whenever you speak give a strong point.
Our next activity was GPE,that is group planning exercise in which we were given 4 problems which we have to solve in the given time period.Five minutes are given to write down yiur sol. on a paper.Then there would be a GD to find out the best sol.After that GTO sir will ask one person to stand up and narrate the sol.to the whole group and in my group I gave the common sol.
GOR that is group obstacle race.It was the most wonderful activity in the whole SSB in which your group has to run with a snake(made from a stuff like jute bag).We have to choose a war cry and complete the obstacles as soon as possible without breaking the rules.
Our next activity was PGT which is progressive group task.With the help of helping material you have to cross all the obstacles.You must give workable ideas and help the group as much as possible.then we had HGT,half group task,in which the group will be divided into half and then we have to find solutions for the obstacle.
Next was IO that is individual obsticles.I enjoyed doing it and i completed all.While doing obstacles please do not bring any sign of fear on your face.
We were very tired as lots of activities were conducted on this day.We had our lunch and then we went to roam in the city.
It was the last day for our activities so we started with the LECTURETTE in which you have to speak on the topic for three min.When i got my card,i selected to speak on “role of media “.I spoke confidently for 3 min.our next task was CT,command task in which you will be the commander of the task and your sub-ordinates will work according to your instructions.make sure that other friends will call you as subortinates,it shows how many friends did you made.Our last task was FGT which is final group task.
At night we saw the movie”WANTED” of salman khan and we really enjoyed that .
The final day of judgement is conference .So we were ready in the morning in the best dress as you will meet the whole board under the same roof.We were ready and we went to the hall.After that the conference started and when i went,i felt very nice as to see so many officers in dress was a great pleasure.They asked me questions regarding my stay over there and any suggestions.I answered well.
THE GREATEST happiness was that ,when it was asked from one of my friends that who all are your good friends and why ,mention them.She took my name and said that she is very helpful,cooperative and jolly natured.Another girl was asked that what did you learn from your friends she said that from chest no 12 i learnt how to chill out everytime.
I was happy that i made so good friends in such a short span of time.After some time the result of the conference was declared and 7 girls got recommended.Luckily ,i was one of them.
So this was my SSb experience,after that our medical started,in which they found a stone in my gall bladder.I went for an operation and i m o.k. now.Then my Merit list came ..From the 7 selected girls,i was the only one who was in merit list,as vacanices are only 7.So finally i am joining OTA in APR 2010…
HOPE TO SEE MOST OF YOU IN FUTURE THERE..GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR SSB ,DO WELL.
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