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CDS 2018: What happens in SSB Interview?

Last Updated - February 13, 2018

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the result for CDS Exam which is scheduled for February 4, 2018. All the shortlisted candidates will be called for CDS SSB interview. Call letters will be successfully posted on the student’s logins on official websites of respective Indian armed forces branches or mailed to the student’s registered mail ID.

SSB is a test that takes 5 days to access the students and decide whether the students are suitable for job or not. Students have to prepare for a personal interview, GTO and psychology tests. But student’s final selection depends over the conference.

This article gives the complete details about what happens in SSB Interview which is comprised of following steps:

  • Conference
  • Board Conference
  • Declaration of Result
  • Closing Address
  • Medical Examination

SSB Conference in CDS 2018

The conference is commenced on the 5th day of SSB Testing. In the conference, all the assessors of the particular board including president and deputy president collectively discuss and prepare students result of 5 days testing.

Board Conference

It is the final event of the five-day testing process. The board conference is conducted by the president, Deputy President and all the assessors that are the GTOs, Psychologists and Interviewing officers. Each candidate is screened by all the three assessors who examined the student’s performance independently using the specific technique. Before the board conference, students will be asked to appear individually. For taking the final decision about the candidate, the detailed process of validation and counter validation is undertaken. During the conference, some questions will be asked to the students. The final recommendation, suitability of the candidate as well as final marks will be awarded to each of the candidates.

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Declaration of Result

Technical officer of Board is responsible for announcing the result. Students who are unable to clear the CDS examination will not be able to take admission. On the other hand, all the students who have successfully cleared the CDS examination and are also recommended by the board will stay for the medical examination which takes at least one-week duration.

Closing Address

The closing address is generally given by the Deputy President of the board before the Board Conference. During the address, the officer will tell the highlights of the selection system and also explains about the qualities that Armed forces are looking for in the student’s personality. They also provide the clarification to any doubts or the questions raised by the candidates. Applicants can also put forward any complaint or problem or can give any suggestion that they have experienced during their stay at SSB.


Medical Examination

After the declaration of the result, all the shortlisted or recommended candidates can appear for the medical examination. To complete the medical board, the process takes total 4 to 5 working days for the concerned military department and after that, the candidates are dispersed. NDA students are examined for both Army and Navy. President of Medical Board will guide candidates for Appeal/ Review Medical Board procedures. In the case, if students have declared unfit then they can seek advice from President Special Medical Board for review/ appeal.


Sample Interview Questions

When students have cleared all the rounds and are in the final stage of the personal interview so it becomes essential for them to create a good impression. The personal interview consists of questions which are very common. Some of the questions are listed below:

General Questions

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What is your name and meaning of the name?
  • Which place do you come from?
  • What are your strength and weaknesses?
  • What are the things you like about your native place?
  • What are the names of your family members and meaning of their names?

Education Related Questions

  • What is your favourite subject?
  • Which school and college you graduated from?
  • Tell us about your achievement during the study?
  • How much do you score in your tenth and twelfth school?
  • Did you choose your area of study or did you do by compulsion?
  • Which teacher you like most and why?
  • Which teacher you don’t like and its reason?

Family and Friends Related Questions

  • How you help your father and mother?
  • How much pocket money did you get?
  • How did your parents utilize their monthly income in the family?
  • Who are your friends and what are their names?
  • How many friends do you have and how many are close to you?
  • Who is your best friend with whom you share your personal things?
  • What activities you do on your holidays?

Hobbies and Interest

  • What is your favourite hobby? Why?
  • Is your latest hobby different from your childhood one?
  • What are the things you learned from your hobby?
  • Why have you chosen this hobby?
  • Why you change the childhood hobby to this one

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