The process of SSB Interview is completely scientific. Each and every test is conducted in a very organized and systematic way. The process is clear and very fair. The approach of assessing the candidates on the basis of certain pre-defined ‘Officers Like Qualities’ is always kept confidential from candidates and the world outside. The people in SSB can tell you ‘What they see in candidates’ but they never share ‘How they see it’?
Since the scientific methodology used by Services Selection Boards is unknown to the world outside, there are numerous myths, misconceptions and rumours about the selection system. These misconceptions not only demotivate the candidates, also make the task challenging for them.
Here are some common misconceptions and truth about SSB Interview:
Myth 1: Repeaters have less chances of selection in SSB.
Truth: Repeaters have equal chances of selection.
If a candidate is not selected in his first attempt then it means there’s something he needs to work more and improvise. He needs to introspect and find out the areas where more attention is required. Being a repeater and having familiar with the process already, he is required to meet all the expectations to prove his metal. He might not be getting much leverage which doesn’t prove that repeaters have less chances of selection.
In the eyes of an assessor all the candidates are equal until he find out ‘x-factor’ in some of them.
Each SSB attempt of a candidate is assessed independently irrespective of the number of attempts he has already made earlier. Even previously recommended candidates get screened out or conference out many times. This just means that the candidate failed to show consistent improvement in his personality.
Myth 2: People from Defence Backgroud have high chances of selection.
Truth: As mentioned before all the candidates in SSB are treated equally. It is only the IO who gets to know if a candidate is from defence background or not.
The process is fair enough. If you have it in you then you will be selected. If not then no matter if you are from defence background, you will be sent back.
On the other hand, it is also a fact that there are significant number of officers in armed forces who hails from defence background. There are also many cases where three or four generations has served forces. They were actually deserving candidates and that’s why they got selected. There’s no favoritism in Armed Forces.
Myth 3: Selection Centre East (Allahabad) is a rejection centre.
Truth: All the SSBs follow same standards and practices. SCE being the biggest selection centre accommodates many batches at the same time through different boards. It is true that many candidates get rejected but is also true that many get selected. Selection of a candidates is nothing to do with the location of selection board.
Myth 4: You need to excel in academics in order to clear SSB Interview.
Truth: Your marks in academics is just a sign of your dedication and consistency. Through your academic background certain other reflections can be made which helps an assessor to decide your potential. You can still get recommended even if you have secured just minimum marks to be eligible for the entry. And a candidate who won Gold medal in his university can still be rejected if no potential found.
Services Selection Boards are looking for candidates who can innovate ideas into practical actions using limited resources. They are interested in people who are trainable and can gradually emerge as potential leaders. Having high marks in academics is nowhere related to these requirements.
If you have secured less marks then you must have a reason behind it. If it is a justified reason then there’s no harm. There are many cases where sportsperson excel in sports and secure very less marks in academics. Their passion and interests lies in sports. It is justified for them.
Myth 5: Candidates dwelling from small villages/cities have less chances of selection in SSB.
Truth: Candidates dwelling from small villages/cities are found to have higher social adaptability, stamina, courage and determination. It can be an advantage for you if you dwell from less developed regions.