Fig 1: Scheme
The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection
process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates
who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage
The details are :
(a) Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating
(OIR) tests are Picture Perception * Description Test
(PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on
combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
(b) Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing
Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference.
These tests are conducted over 4 days.
The details of these tests are given on the website
www.joinindianarmy.nic.in. The personality of a
candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz.
The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer
(GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate
weighage for each test. The marks are allotted by
assessors only after taking into consideration the
performance of the candidate holistically in all the
test. In addition, marks for Conference are 22 also
allotted based on the initial performance of the
Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the
Board. All these have equal weightage. The various tests
of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the
presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their
trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are
Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.
Fig 2: Promotional avenues
Training for Shortlisted Candidates
The selected candidates for the three
services, viz., Army, Navy and Air Force are given
preliminary training both academic and physical
for a period of 3 years at the National Defence
Academy which is an Inter-Service Institution.
The training during the first two and half years is
common to the cadets of three wings. The cadets on
passing out will be awarded B.Sc./B. Sc.
(Computer)/B.A. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru
The selected candidates of the Naval Academy will be
given preliminary training both academic and
physical, for a period of 04 years at Indian Naval
Academy, Ezhimala. The cadets of 10+2 Cadet Entry
Scheme will be awarded a B. Tech Degree on
successful completion of training.
On passing out from the National Defence Academy,
Army Cadets go to the Indian Military Academy, Dehra
Dun, Naval Cadets to Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
and Air Force cadets to AFA, HYDERABAD.
At the I.M.A. Army Cadets are known as Gentlemen
Cadets and are given strenuous military training for
a period of one year aimed at turning officer
capable of leading infantry Sub-units. On successful
completion of training Gentlemen Cadets are granted
Permanent Commission in the rank of Lt subject to
being medically fit in "SHAPE" one.
The Naval cadets are selected for the Executive
Branch of the Navy, on passing out from the National
Defence Academy and are given further training at
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala for a period of one
year on successful completion of which they are
promoted to the rank of Sub Lieutenants.
Air Force Cadets receive flying training for a
period of 1½ years. However, at the end of 1 year of
training they are given provisional Commission in
the rank of Flying Officer. After successful
completion of further training of six months they
are absorbed as permanent commissioned officers on
probation for a period of one year.