SSB Interview PPDT (Excellent Story Writing), TAT, WAT Strategy!

After getting excellent response to our SSB Interview Master article, we are back with SSB Interview Psychology preparation where we master Story Writing (which is considered as the most difficult and misunderstood part of SSB Interview.) Preparation strategy for SSB PPDT, TAT, and WAT will be provided in this article which will definitely add value in your SSB Preparation.

SSB Interview Story Writing (PPDT)

Before beginning with this article, I would like to tell you that this article is in continuation with yesterday’s article on SSB Interview (A to Z preparation of SSB Interview). So, before beginning with this article, have a look at 2 initial articles so that your preparation for SSB Interview can be completely done with Self-Preparation. 

  • SSB Interview Procedure and All Basic Terms Explained in Detail: Click Here
  • SSB Interview A to Z Preparation (Imp)Click Here

Success lies in strengthening of basic principles of SSB Interview. So, we will continue with this article considering that you have read the above articles.

SSB Interview Preparation

Let us see some basic concepts related to SSB Interview which will be necessary to understand today’s article.

PPDT ( Picture Perception and Discussion Test )

Full form of PPDT  “Picture Perception and Discussion Test”. In this SSB test, you will be shown a picture on screen (which will be Vague & confusing) for just 30 seconds, and later you have to think a story based on this characters and situation shown in the image and write story in 3 minutes. Later you will be divided in group of 17-18 members where each member should narrate his individual story followed which will be followed by group discussion among these 17-18 group members.

TAT (Thematic Apperception Test)



Full form of TAT is “Thematic Apperception Test” in which you will be shown 11 pictures on screen (Last one will be blank) and you need to write a story on each shown picture in limited time. You will be shown 1st picture for just 30 seconds, then you will get 4 minutes time to write a story. Same process will be followed for 11 slides / Pictures.

WAT (Word Association Test)

Full form of WAT is “Word Association Test”. This is also a challenging test where you will be shown 60 back to back words, in which each word will remain on the screen for only 15 seconds. You are supposed to write a sentence that comes in your mind first. Generally double meaning words are chosen to get the real person out of aspirant. Our original thinking and psychology is reflected through the answers we give in this test. (Because we write first thing that strikes to our mind in those 15 seconds)

You will get Free PDF Copy of SSB Preparation and Sample TAT, WAT, PPDT at the end of this article. But it’s recommended to read the important things provided in this article!

SSB Interview Story Writing (PPDT and TAT)

Suppose there is a picture where a girl is crying and is depressed, then why do you assume that is you? You can bring the main character from outside and help that girl to come out of her problems! Getting a character outside in these situations is important because you shouldn’t associate yourself with depression. Suppose in a story there is a person lying on road and has met an accident, so obviously, you are not the person who has met an accident and waiting for help.

Rather you are the hero and will save him! So, you can imagine yourself in these negative pictures to come out of the picture and help. Like suppose only graveyard is shown, then you don’t assume yourself to be a dead person. Rather raise the problem say related to graveyard’s space etc. DON’T FALL IN THE TRAP TO CONSIDER YOURSELF AS THE NEGATIVE CHARACTER.

For e.g., if two thieves with a gun in hand are opening up a lock, then you aren’t the thiefs! But someone who will catch hold of them! Coming out from the negative picture shows your mind’s capability! So, solve the depressed girl’s issues, but don’t be that depressed girl!

Choosing Character:

Many candidates write that “RAHUL WAS A POOR VILLAGER OR DIDN’T HAVE GOOD FINANCIAL POSITION AND SOLD HIS HOUSE AS MORTGAGE TO PAY FOR OPENING A CYCLE REPAIR SHOP”. THIS SHOWS THE LACK OF CONFIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE IN YOU (THROUGH THE WORDS IN BOLD). Why cannot he be a SARPANCH? AN IIM GRADUATE?  THINK OVER IT!

Also, suppose a person in uniform is shown, but a person who makes this character a “Havildar” or “Sepoy” and NOT AN OFFICER, has a very low confidence because his mind still feels comfortable to be at a low position and for him being an OFFICER seems unachievable (even in a story). So, Choose your character something good financially, morally, socially. YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOUR ATTITUDE CHOOSES!

Don’t Break the Circuit:

Suppose someone copies the WAT like “stranger is a friend” without actually feeling it from inside that in reality a stranger is your friend, then, you are bound to write a story which will involve “trust deficit” with other characters or in SRT you will write (if the SRT is (say) HE was in Nagaland and he saw Nagas approaching. He?) “He ran away from them”. Now, you didn’t write “he greeted them with smile and noticed their attires and made friends” because from inside you somewhere feel that strangers are danger! THIS IS CALLED BREAKING THE CIRCUIT – WHEN YOU LIGHT UP SAY WAT, BUT PUT OFF THE STORY AND SRT OR COPY THE STORY, BUT IN WAT AND SRT YOU DON’T SHOW COHERENCE. Thus, to lighten up your psychology tests, these THREE (STORY, WAT AND SRT) must be in coherence.

If the character is a good planner, then automatically in WAT and SRT planning will be shown and of the same quality. Otherwise, the psychologist will doubt your real intention and is bound to catch you. Even a single loop hole creates doubt in mind of psychologist. Thus, the best way is to develop a personality which has OLQs in it. Think that you are a good planner, read stories of people who planned out, plan your own activities at home. Make new friends. You will see, that your mind, body and soul improving day by day.

“WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME”- BUDDHA

SSB Interview Sample Stories (PPDT, TAT)

  1. FEW PEOPLE SITTING AROUND A TABLE AND DISCUSSING 

Rahul was the CEO of his company named BISCUIT, which dealt mainly in cookies and other bakery items. He noticed well in advance that Diwali festival was coming near and he had to raise the supply of his products and also do product diversification. Thus, he decided to hold a meeting with his board members. He made a presentation ascertaining the amount of cookies to be produced and also gave an idea to collaborate with Lays and make a package in which many items were to be boxed and packed for the season. For this, he made  teams of three members each. Team A looked after production and packaging, Team B looked after sales and Team C looked to contact Lays company.  He looked after all the team and solved their issues. He also, with his last year’s savings bought new machine for production. He then invented some new flavours of biscuits and gave free samples to workers to give to their children and get feedback. He and his team mates convinced lays to collaborate. He contacted wholesalers of whole India and abroad and told them to get in touch with his team mates and gave them assurance of high profits. His Profits surged, sales expanded and he delivered more than demand, so some he gave to the workers along with diwali bonus and some for further sales in godown.             

2. Village Scene

Rahul was an engineer in BHEL. To meet his relatives after many years, he went to his village. While he was discussing family matters with them, suddenly electricity went and on asking, he was told that electricity came only for few hours. So, Rahul decided to provide his village 24×7 hours electricity. He held a small meeting with sarpanch and other villagers and told about his idea to which they all agreed .He first ascertained the main dark spots of his village and the number of households on which the solar panels had to be installed. He took out his phone, searched for good solar panels and contacted the distributer and also convinced him to provide it in minimum profit and as soon as possible. He then received all the panels and with help of villagers installed them especially in washroom and kitchen first. He also told sarpanch to get them repaired and maintained whenever required. He after spending some more days with relatives and new friends, went back and joined work.


3. BOY DROWNING

Rahul was doing genetic engineering course from DU and as a research project went with his classmates into the Yamuna river to collect genes of various organisms so to study them and decode the genes and publish  papers. As he approached the floodplains, he heard a loud noise of help. He quickly got to know that person was drowning and planned to save him. For this, he jumped into the river signaling his friends about the plan. He went upstream by swimming, caught hold the boy, took him onto his back, got him to the plains. He removed water from his body and asked where the boy lived and took him to his house and explained situations to his parents and also suggested boy to learn swimming. He came back with friends and collected samples and published paper.

SSB Interview WAT (Word Association Test)

Given below are some sample “WORD ASSOCIATION TEST (WAT)” which will give you a rough idea on how you should write sentences (please do not copy, just take idea from it)

  1. Mark – Common sense is mark of wisdom
  2. Confuse- Clear vision removes confusion
  3. Risk- Greater risks give greater rewards
  4. Conflict- Conflict is solved through conversations
  5. Indicate- A good suggestion indicates improvement
  6. Reach- Proper planning helps reaching goals
  7. Raise- Consciousness is raised by reading and discussing
  8. Support- support is interlinked
  9. Weak- working on oneself eradicates weakness
  10. Patient- Patience shows discipline
  11. Disease- Proper diagnoses vanishes disease
  12. Around- solutions are always around us
  13. Decrease- thinking ahead decreases pains of today
  14. Mistakes- Learning from mistakes helps us improve
  15. Down- humility is being down to earth
  16. Dull- healthy conversations never allow dullness
  17. Depend- Country’s future depend on ignited minds
  18. Fall- Rising after falling is strength
  19. Exaggerate- exaggerate shows less confidence
  20. Express- expressing feelings deepens friendship
  21. Fear- fear is removed by will
  22. Trust- trust is social capital
  23. Rest- determination to complete seeks no rest
  24. Fat- running burns extra fat
  25. Defend- defending country gives pride
  26. Creative- Creative mind searches new things
  27. Obey- Obeying boss builds relationship
  28. Responsible –Responsibility is for every step
  29. Crisis- Keeping clam helps in crisis situation
  30. Disagree- Disagreement often improves
  31. Darling- country is darling to its citizens
  32. Refrain- Caution refrains from mistakes
  33. Noise- Noise is indication of situation
  34. Rescue- rescue work is humanitarian
  35. Pardon- Pardoning people shows great heart
  36. Lead- leading others benefits all
  37. Relation- Relations grow stronger by trust
  38. Confess- Confessing mistakes is honesty
  39. Customs- customs are colourful
  40. Fast- Fasting keeps body and mind healthy
  41. Loyal – loyalty strengthens longevity
  42. Worship- worshiping nature is worshiping oneself
  43. Dear- dear things are shared with friends
  44. Need- donating helps need
  45. Judge- listening other’s first is foundation of judgement
  46. Warm – feeling one with others gives warmth
  47. Alert- being alert avoids carelessness
  48. Decline- Proper strategy improves declining profits
  49. Leader- Leader shows by examples
  50. Dark- light removes darkness
  51. Nation – Whole nation is one’s home
  52. India- India is known for hues.
  53. Politics- Electoral reforms invite clean politics
  54. Parliament – Healthy Parliamentary discussions are fruitful
  55. Human- Humans cannot live without society
  56. Right- Rights added by duties makes a good citizen
  57. Special – Everyone is special
  58. Pick – Intelligence picks concepts quickly
  59. Numbers- Numbers are magical
  60. Hurt- Confessing does away with hurt feelings
  61. Matters- Every being matters when it comes to nation building
  62. Heavy- Heaviness is relative
  63. Foreign- visiting foreign countries makes us learn so much
  64. Member- Members are one team
  65. Review: Reviewing tasks done improvises
  66. Society- In society everyone is intertwined
  67. Use- using biodegradable items ensures healthy future
  68. Water- Conserving water is need of the hour
  69. Grow- Learning each day brings growth
  70. Manage- Planning properly manages everything
  71. Risk- Taking risks bring rewards
  72. Fail- failure is a good teacher
  73. Culprit- Justice is reformation to culprits
  74. Crooks- being crook Is childish
  75. Night- Night is regaining strength for tomorrow’s work
  76. Aloof- Friendship never keeps anyone aloof
  77. Injury- Small injury in big matches doesn’t matter
  78. Discipline- Discipline of mind is greater than of body.
  79. Lure- Good vibes lures people
  80. Power – Using power judiciously can do miracles
  81. Temper- Cool temper is always liked
  82. Emotion- Emotional intelligence overpowers emotions’ handling
  83. Find- What we seek, we find.
  84. Constitution- Constitution runs the country
  85. Oath- Taking oath is building promises
  86. Army- Army is unity
  87. Test- Accepting people as they are requires no test
  88. Weekends- Weekends are utilized for constructive works
  89. Diagnose- Before execution, diagnoses is important
  90. Important- Important tasks are given priority
  91. Depress- Yoga removes depression
  92. Low- lively nature ensures no low
  93. Head- Project head keeps things in vigil
  94. Permission- Permission is given when asked for
  95. Vote- Every vote counts
  96. Soldier- Soldier is every ready
  97. Blood- Donating blood gives satisfaction
  98. Aim- Aiming high increases will power
  99. Death- Good life led ensures good death
  100. SEE- Seeing through problem sharpens mind
  101. Stranger – stranger is a friend
  102. Difficult – With team work any difficult can be solved
  103. Tired- Tireless effort takes ahead in life
  104. Smile- Smile brings enjoyment in work
  105. Attack- Sports attack lethargy
  106. Give- To give is to human
  107. Learn-Learn helps us growing
  108. Jump- High jump improves stamina
  109. Reject- Accepting rejections is courage
  110. Ego- Ego reduces when one looks at nature
  111. Emergency- In emergency leaders are born
  112. President- President is first under order of precedence
  113. Team- Cooperation helps in team work
  114. Reform – reformation is becoming new everyday
  115. Collect- Information collection brings awareness
  116. Under- Under water diving shows a new world
  117. Future- Planning for ahead makes future bright
  118. Bright- Bright mind is an asset
  119. Asset- Every hand is asset in building
  120. Cut- Saving for ahead requires cut in present needs
  121. Comfort- Out of comfort zone lies growth
  122. Sacrifice- Family members sacrifice for each other
  123. Encourage- Good work is always encouraged for further improvements
  124. Pressure- Pressure is released when thinking of ahead
  125. Struggle- Struggle of today is cake walk of tomorrow
  126. Guide- One’s intuition guides sometimes
  127. Sad- talking to friends removes sadness
  128. Bluff- Bluffing is foolish
  129. Woman- Woman and men are at par
  130. Enjoy- Enjoying each moment keeps one happy for life

 

SSB Interview Lecturette Topics which you must Master!



List of 30+ Lecturette topics which you must keep prepared all the time! (IMPORTANT)

  • FDI IN DEFENCE
  • INDIA-CHINA RELATIONS
  • ARTICLE 370
  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • ROLE OF MEDIA IN DEMOCRACY
  • ELECTORAL REFORMS
  • INTERNET-BOON OR CURSE
  • INDIA AND US RELATIONS
  • BPO
  • DOPING IN SPORTS
  • NUCLEAR ENERGY
  • GLOBALISATION
  • AGRICULTURE IN INDIA
  • INDIAN ECONOMY
  • SPACE PROGRAM OF ISRO
  • RTI
  • MNREGA
  • NAXALISM
  • TERRORISM
  • UNEMPLOYMENT
  • INDIA-PAK RELATIONS
  • POVERTY 
  • ARMED FORCES SPECIAL POWER ACT
  • TOURISM IN INDIA
  • BIOTECHNOLOGY
  • NANOTECHNOLOGY
  • AADHAR CARD
  • POPULATION – MERITS OR DEMERITS
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY 
  • MAKE IN INDIA

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23 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to add 1 more point. That students must use this content as a reference. Do not copy or replicate the above SSB Interview Tips in actual SSB. Because maintaining originality at the time of SSB is very important.

    Thanks author for giving insights into SSB. And it would be better if you could take test or sample examples on Daily basis.

  2. I always find a genuine content which is never comprising with quality and ur dedication is reflected in the blog& videos.
    Thanku Sir….

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