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SSB Personal Interview Code of conduct

As we all know, there is an Interview conducted in the 2nd phase of SSB. The purpose of this test is to have a one-to-one and face-to-face direct interaction with the candidates.

Here are a few pieces of advice for all those who are yet to give this interview from an SSB qualified person. Try incorporating them in your preparation.

  1. Be in your best possible formal attire, shaved, well-groomed and go with ironed clothes. Avoid wearing any watches or religious symbols.
  2. Before entering the room ask the interviewer to come in. Greet him/her with a smile. First let him tell you to sit and then sit comfortably.
  3. Maintain a smart posture, sit erect. Hand on thighs. Neck relaxed but alert and a gentle smile on face.
  4. Pay attention to the current question being asked. Don't bother or keep thinking about previous questions or answers. 
  5. Be well aware of at least 5 national and international events currently in news. Read them in a little depth. Make your opinion on them.
  6. Read everything about your place/state of residence and also about the p/s of your SSB. Famous tourist spots, current portfolio holders, major medical or academic institutions of such places.
  7. Be honest in your answers. Don't try manipulation or dodging of questions. They are well trained to catch your lies.
  8. Have good self-awareness. Get to know more about your close friends, relatives, favorite teachers and colleagues Their qualities you like and dislike.
  9. Read more and more about defence. Having a good defence awareness projects your sense of motivation.
  10. If you don't the answer to one or multiple questions just say "Sir I don't know, I will read about it". Don't guess or shoot random answers to the interviewer.
  11. Don't give offending or extreme remarks over religion or politics questions in the interview. Try being to the point and be diplomatic.
  12. Don't look at the clock in the room or don't get diverted if the interviewer seems not interested in you and is doing something else. That might be intentional on his side!
  13. Avoid getting into a debate with the interviewer if your opinion doesn’t matches him. Be polite, admit the difference of opinion and move on.
  14. If possible, do read that day's newspaper in which your interview is scheduled. He/she might ask you about that. 
  15. Be lively, alert, confident and smart. Maintain a high level of energy till then end of the interview.
  16. In the end of the interviewer asks, whether you have any question, go ahead if you have any genuine question. If not, say "no sir no questions".

So these were some suggestions/advices on how to give your best in SSB interview. We hope you perform well and be a part of Armed Forces soon.

Below are some common questions:

  1. What is your name?
  2. What is the meaning of your name?
  3. What is the meaning of your surname?
  4. Who named you?
  5. Are you happy with your name?
  6. Can your name some famous personality of your name? (Can be asked more about it, so prepare it)
  7. Do you justify your name?
  8. What is the meaning of other member’s names in your family?

  1. Tell me something about the place you belong to?
  2. Why it is famous?
  3. Any famous personality who come from the place?
  4. Tell me something more about it?
  5. What should be done to improve your city/village?
  6. What are the challenges before your state?
  7. What should be done to improve your state?
  8. Who is your village head or Who is the major of your city?
  9. Who is your MLA?
  10. Who is your MP?
  11. Who is your Chief Minister?
  12. Number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of your state?
  13. Number of seats in your Lok Sabha constituency?
  14. Number of seats in Rajya Sabha from your state?
  15. Who is the governor of your state?
  16. How many districts are there in your state?
  17. What is the location of your village or city with respect to your state?
  18. What is the location of your village or city with respect to India?
  19. What are the coordinates of your village/city?
  20. What are the coordinates of your district?
  21. What are the coordinates of your state?
  22. What is the distance of your village/city from district headquarters?
  23. How far is the state capital from your village?
  24. What are the modes of transportation in your village/city?
  25. Why your district was recently in news?
  26. Why your state was recently in news?
  27. What is the condition of education in your city/village?
  28. How many educational institutions are there in your village/city or in nearby areas?
  29. What are the famous tourist destinations in your village/city in your district?
  30. What are the famous tourist destinations in your state?
  31. Some historical aspect related to it? (In brief, you must be having some knowledge about it.)
  32. How many places have you visited at least nearby (in your city/ village/ nearby village/ in district)? (If you haven’t visited, if will leave a bad impression)
  33. How will you compare your district with other developed cities?
  34. If given chance what would you like to change in your city/ village? (Geographical, economical, agricultural, tourism, traffic etc.)
  35. You visited the city Kapurthala/ Allahabad (Prayagraj) / Bhopal/ Bengluru. If given chance what would you like  to change in the city?
  36. If you are made the Chief Minister of your state? What will you do?
  37. Tell me the places you would suggest me to visit if I come to your city?
  38. If you were given a chance to become the head of your district, what changes would you make for the  betterment of the people living there?
  39. How will you compare your city/district with other developed cities of India and the world?
  40. Tell me some famous things, places, cuisines which comes from your place of residence.
  41. Tell five things about your native and which you like most?

  1. What makes you happy/sad? 
  2. Best/ worst moment of your life.

  1. How many members are there in your family?
  2. Since when living at the same place?
  3. Describe your relationship with each member?
  4. You are closer to whom and why?
  5. Whom you admire in your family?
  6. Compare yourself with any of your brother/s or sister/s. 
  7. If alone what would you prefer to have an elder/younger brother/sister? 
  8. Occupation of working members in the family, if you are working what is your job profile, salary etc.
  9. Which person other than in your family and friends you like more and why?
  10. How are your parents utilizing their income and are you satisfied with that?
  11. If your family is totally dependent on you, or how do you plan to help your family?
  12. How do you compare yourself with them?
  13. What have you learnt from your father and mother?
  14. Who is closer to you, father or mother?
  15. Tell me something about your family background.
  16. What is your contribution in family works?
  17. How your elder siblings have helped you and how you have helped your younger siblings in education or other  fields?
  18. Whom do you tell your secrets? Friends, Parents or Sister/Brother?
  19. How many members are there in your family?
  20. Who do you not like in your family and why?
  21. Give a short description and your relationship with each member, closer to whom, why closer, whom you admire.
  22. Compare yourself with a common quality of your family.
  23. Compare yourself with any of your brother/s or sister/s.
  24. 3 things you do not like in your father/ mother/ brother.
  25. How your parents will describe you.
  26. How your siblings will describe you.
  27. Occupation of working members in the family, job profile, salary etc.
  28. What do you hate the most in your Father/Mother/Bother/Sister?
  29. Last time your parents scolded you.

  1. How do you find new friends?
  2. How many friends do you have?
  3. Why are these people your friends?
  4. Out of these friends how many are close to you?
  5. Who is your best friend?
  6. Describe your best friend?
  7. Compare him with you (appearance, height, texture, thinking, something common in both of you, his hobbies and interests etc.)
  8. What all you like in your best friend and what all he likes in you?
  9. What your friend or friends talk about you?
  10. What quality do you like in your close friend?
  11. Tell me 3 things you like and dislike in him/them?
  12. How do you spend time with your friends?
  13. What type of friends you like?
  14. What type of friends you do not like?
  15. Where have you gone and where would you like to go with your friends?
  16. What are their ways of living life?
  17. What do they want to achieve in life?
  18. What is the difference between your friends at your city/village and SSB centre?
  19. What places have you visited with your friends?
  20. Tell 3 qualities of your best friend.
  21. Tell 3 differences between you and your best friend.
  22. How your friend will describe you?
  23. Tell a few instances where you helped your friends.
  24. Tell a few instances when your friends helped you.
  25. How you spend time with your friends?
  26. What kind of people you avoid?
  27. How many friends have you made here?

  1. How was your school life?
  2. Any memories which you remember and would like to share?
  3. Why you did not score well enough in 12th as you scored in 10th?
  4. Why your percentage in a particular subject is not good as compared to another subject?
  5. Why your percentage is just ok.? (Even you have scored good still he is asking so?
  6. Why there is fluctuation in your marks in 10th and 12th?
  7. How did/do you manage time for studies, sports and co-curricular activities?
  8. Have you ever failed in any examination in school? If yes, then in which exam and specify the details?
  9. Who is your favourite teacher/ lecturer and whom you don’t like? Give reasons for your likes and dislikes?
  10. 3 teachers, you did not like and why?
  11. Which subject do you like the most and which you don’t like and why?
  12. Your marks from 8th -12th (Marks of any subject can be asked)
  13. What responsibilities you held in school.
  14. Schools you have studied in. (Which type of school was it? Means: No of classrooms, strength of students, no of teachers, other staffs, campus size, playground, faculties of extra-curricular activities etc.) 
  15. Your parents are happy with your marks?
  16. Are you satisfied with your marks?
  17. Tell me the effort you put while preparing for your exams.
  1. What is your hobby?
  2. Why you have chosen this hobby?
  3. For how long are you pursuing this hobby?
  4. When did you started taking your hobbies seriously and what made you to do so?
  5. What are the sources of knowledge of your hobbies?
  6. How your hobbies affected your lifestyle?
  7. If there any achievement that you obtained in your activities related to your hobbies? If yes, then what are those?
  8. Are your parents happy with your hobbies or interests and what are their opinions over your hobbies and  interests? 
  9. What are the things that you have learnt from your hobby?
  10. Why did you change the childhood hobby to this (recent) one? (If you have change)
  11. The different types of hobbies are music, singing, blogging, reading, philately, photography, trekking etc.
  12. Create questions based on your hobby and find responses for that to get a good knowledge about them.
  13. What types of news channels, TV shows you see and which periodicals you used to read and why?

  1. Why did you join N.C.C. / N.S.S.?
  2. What do you achieve by joining that activity?
  3. Positions held in that organization?
  4. Grade of certificates got, such as A, B, C etc.
  5. Who motivated you to join the N.C.C. /N.S.S. etc?
  6. Have you joined NSS or NCC? If yes, then what were the activities that you have done there?
  7. In how many activities have you participated so far and tell me about your achievements.
  8. Tell me about those activities in which you have failed and why?
  9. Have you ever compromised your studies for extra-curricular activities and how did you manage both efficiently?
  10. Which was the best and worst experience in your participation?
  11. Tell me about your most favourite experience of participating in any extra-curricular activity.
  1. Which games do you like and why?
  2. Why you have chosen an indoor game rather than an outdoor game?
  3. Why you have chosen an outdoor game rather than an indoor game?
  4. What is your position in the team i.e., as a team member or a captain do?
  5. Depth of knowledge in the Games or sports. i.e. Questions from size of the playground/court sizes and rules of the game and recent world records in the game etc.
  6. Which player do you like most and why?
  7. What do you want to improve in your team in the game/sports you play etc?
  8. Tell me something about your involvement and achievements in sports.
  9. What have you learnt from sports and games?
  10. What are the hurdles that you have experienced in your sport?
  11. Why did you choose this specific sport/game over others?
  12. What's the difference between fast bowling and Pace bowling?
Leadership and organizing ability are important qualities of every officer. The IO may give a situation to check our organizing ability. For Example:
  1. If you are going on an industrial visit tour to the nearby industry. Suddenly your coordinator meets with an accident and not able to come How will you arrange the tour and make it successful one. I.O may create a situation like this and ask questions on that to see your reactions.
  2. If you play a game or sports, how you will organize that game etc.

  1. Why do you want to join armed forces?
  2. Why? Why and Why

  1. How would you organize a football match /hike/cycle race/ local festival /trek/swimming competition?

  1. Your greatest fear?

  1. Give 5 current national and international political news.
  2. Give 5 current national and international sports news.
  3. Some international matters, international organizations, their working procedure and a good knowledge of your specialized subject.
  4. Tell me 3 or 5 National News of past 1 month/ 2 months/ 3 months/ 5 months/ 6 months/ 1 year.
  5. Tell me 3 or 5 International News of past 1 month/ 2 months/ 3 months/ 5 months/ 6 months/ 1 year.
  1. Have you ever come before to the SSB centre previously?
  2. Which places did you visit at the SSB place?
  3. Which task did you find most interesting in psyche and GTO series?
  4. Rate your performance in all the tasks (GTO & Psych).
  5. Rate your performance in all the tasks (Psychology, GTO and Interview)
  6. How did you perform at Group tasks?
  7. What better you could have done in GTO tasks?

  1. Explain yourself in a shortest possible way.
  2. Why were you weak in some specified sphere, how did you cope up with it?
  3. Tell me your 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses?
  4. What are the good and bad qualities of you and what efforts are you applying to overcome your bad qualities?
  5. What are you afraid of?
  6. What I am doing to improve them?
  7. How do you keep yourself fit?
  8. Why do you think you are fit for the service and to be recommended?
  1. Why do you want to join the defence forces?
  2. Who motivated you to join Armed Forces?
  3. How did you come to the conclusion that you want to join the forces?
  4. How will you compare the Armed Forces with other government and private jobs?
  5. Tell me about Indian Army/Navy/Air Force.
  6. Army day/Air Force Day/Navy day.
  7. Why army day is celebrated?
  8. Why navy day is celebrated?
  9. What was Operation Trident?
  10. PVC holders, about training at NDA, trainer aircrafts at the Air Force Academy.
  11. Which aircraft I would like to fly and why?
  12. If somebody from your family in defence forces, then more details about it.
  13. If you are going for Army and your family member is in Air Force, then why not Air Force?
  14. What was your priority order in NDA?
  15. What if you got rejected this time?
  16. What other plans do you have for your career?
  17. Who inspired you to join the Armed Forces?
  18. What do you think about the modernization of the armed forces?
  19. Tell me about things you’ve learned from your parents.
  20. When it comes to helping your family be it in household work or in business, how do you help your family members?
  21. Joining the Indian armed forces takes a lot of courage and discipline, what is the reason for you to join the Indian armed force?
  22. Whom do you look up to as your inspiration to join the Indian armed forces?
  23. The other government and private jobs are easier and safer, why would you want a job in the armed forces which is a much more dangerous job?
  24. If you were given a chance to join a job with a much higher salary than the armed forces would offer, would you accept the offer and why?
  25. What are the Arms and regiments of Indian army?
  26. In which regiment would you like to get commissioned? Why?
  27. There are several legal cases surfaced related to Armed Forces and you still want to join it. Why?
  28. If you are given the choice to serve as an IIT/IAS officer or an Armed Forces Officer, then what will you choose and why?
  29. What if your parents won’t allow you to join the Armed Forces?
  30. Where do you see after 10 years in the Armed Forces?
  31. What if you don’t get selected?
  32. Chiefs, Deals, Agreements, wars fought, Gallantry Awards, joint exercise
  1. Do you think you will be recommended this time?
  2. Compare your SSB performance this time vs last time?
  3. Last time what mistakes you did which you rectify this time?
  4. You were merit out last time, what reasons you could evaluate? This time what have you done to avoid it?
  1. Did you try for NDA, why not succeeded?
  2. Why not proper efforts were given?
  3. How are you preparing for further NDA exams?
  4. Tell the competitive exams that you have appeared in chronological order.
  1. What are your future plans?
  2. If not defence other options?
  3. If you couldn’t not make it this time, then what will you do?
  4. You are not fit for defence, what will you do now?
  1. How have you prepared for your SSB?
  2. Suppose you say, I read the book? Then which book?
  3. What all could you understand from the book, is required to clear SSB Interview?
  4. If you remember some of the chapters? What could you understand from the chapter?
  5. Suppose you say, I watched YouTube videos? What sorts of videos you watched?
  6. What did you learn from those videos?
  7. What did you learn? How did your learnt?
  8. Have you taken any coaching? Why not?
  9. Do you think you have officers like qualities?
  10. What do you think the top most qualities an officer should have?
  11. Did you do any special preparation for SSB?
  1. Any responsible post held during your education at the institution?
  1. Name of all North-Eastern States?
  2. Capital of specific state? Especially North Eastern States?
  3. Location of union territories and its capitals?
  4. Chief minister of different state?
  5. Prime Minister and President of neighboring countries, important countries and country in news?

  1. Dimension of the wall (in feet/ in meters and in cms)
  2. To paint this wall, how much paint will be required? (Take help of the tiles in the room)
  3. Interconversion between feet/ meters and cms.
  4. Interconversion between different units.
  5. What is more 1 kg or 1 litre.
  6. Height covered in climbing up to 1st floor from ground floor?
  7. Distance between interviewer and you?
  8. Your speed in 100mt race, your timing, speed in km/hr as well as in m/sec.
  9. Suppose you said, you have played cricket? Question may come in rapid fire like:
  10. What's the length of the pitch?
  11. How may meters is in 1yard?
  12. How many cm in mete?
  13. How many inches in foot?
  14. How many foot in meter?
  15. How many cm in foot?
  16. How many inches in meter?
  1. Do you smoke or drink?
  2. Have you ever taken any substance like this? Come on, you must have.
  3. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? (And for the obvious answer No-Why you do not have)
  4. When you will make?
  5. You did not attract towards someone? Who was she?
  6. What if a girl proposes you?
  7. How comfortable you are with girls?
  8. What is your pocket money/salary and how do you spend it?
  9. What are the mischiefs that you have done during your school or college time?
  10. Tell me the most mischievous thing that you have done.
  11. What are your plans on getting married to your girl/boyfriend?
  12. What is your belief of marriage? (Love/Arranged)
  13. Any secret?
  14. Have you fought with anyone?
  15. What do you think, having a girlfriend is a wastage of time or a need of mental stability?
  16. Tell me 5 incidents when you lied to your parents?
  17. Tell me 5 mischievous things that you have done at your home.
  18. What are the bad habits you have?

  1. What is your daily routine and what do you do in your spare time?
  2. Tell me about your routine at the weekend.

  1. Okay, now I have asked a lot of questions from you, do you want to ask any question to me?
  2. Which was the happiest and sad day of your life?
  3. How will you handle your boss with tough and stubborn attitude?
  4. Who is your role model?
  5. Tell me the most embarrassing situation.
  6. You seem to be a fragile candidate, I dont think you could handle the pressure that comes with the responsibility of this Job. Why should I select you then?
  7. What do you regret in your life?
  8. What do you know about Indian armed forces?
  9. Tell me 3 current affairs in news right now?
  10. Why do you want to join the defence?
  11. What if you didn’t make it?
  12. What are your alternate career options?
  13. Did you try for NDA, why not succeeded?
  14. Why not proper efforts were given?
  15. How will you benefit the organisation if selected?
  16. What improvements do you think are required in Indian armed forces?
  17. What is your stand on Kashmir Issue?
  18. What were you doing while you were waiting outside the room?
  19. Don’t you think we are doing partiality by dividing freshers, repeaters and recommended candidates?
  20. How will you handle your boss
1. Tell me 5-7 uses of this object (it can be sharpener, pencil, glass, or other casually usable material)

  1. What is the educational, social and economic significance of your district?
  2. What are the basic problems in your district and if you are given a chance, what will you do to overcome them?
  3. Tell me something about the history of your district and what is the famous thing in your district.
  4. What is the difference between your district and this area (where your SSB centre is situated)?
  1. Tell me how did you reach here?
  2. How did you plan your journey?
  3. What was the distance from your village to the SSB centre?
  4. What was the distance you travelled from different modes of transport?
  5. What is the distance between station to SSB centre?
  6. Who has come with you?
  7. What did you choose this date for SSB Interview?
  8. How was your journey, what all your saw during journey?
  9. When your journey started?
  1. Basic Network questions
  2. Basic physics laws
  3. If maths is your favourite subject than:
  4. Why Maths??
  5. Think that I am an 8-year old child, Explain me Pythagoras theorem!
  6. When and where is integration and differentiation used in day to day life?
  7. Applications of Maths?
  8. What generation technology do the current mobiles use?
  9. What is the difference between 3g and 4g technologies?
  10. How does a fan regulator work?
  11. State the laws of thermodynamics.
  12. How are thermodynamics applicable to everyday life?
  13. Why is LPG used in car? How does it work?
  14. What is meant by CC of an engine?


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