Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) in SSB
A common question troubling SSB aspirants’ minds is, “What is being sought for in Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) in SSB?” I will try to answer that in simple words. A candidate should be assessed as adequate in the following qualities: reasoning & organizing ability, communication skills, sociability, leadership, will power & determination. As to how assessment is done is an art, which is best left to the expert assessors. Any attempts to learn this art would be an exercise in futility for aspirants.
Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) sought in SSB Develop in Routine Life over a period of Time
What aspirants should understand is that an average candidate getting selected would have in his/her career done the following:
A Studied sincerely & understood what was taught well.
B Played some games, and done some physical fitness exercises.
C Have led a reasonably organized life. Have been involved in organizing some events at home or school/college & hence would have the ability to organize an event, if required.
D Would have had some friends at school/college & good relations with family members. He/she would have been helpful in social relations & would respect & regard others.
E Would have been involved in some leadership role like house captain, team captain, prefect, etc & developed abilities to positively influence a group & work effectively as a leader, as a subordinate and a team member.
F Would have developed will power & determination through tough times faced at home & school/college like exams & other pressure/deadline oriented tasks.
G Would have some hobbies & interests & would have been involved in some extra curricular activities, which would have aided personality growth in fields other than the prescribed curriculum.
H Would have a reasonable interest in knowing about important National & International events & social issues & have an independent opinion on them.
Reasons for deficiency in Officer Like Qualities (OLQs)
It would be apparent from the discussion that the above should be a very normal profile of a candidate. Such a candidate would be selectable. Nothing extra ordinary is required!
Unfortunately such simple qualities are difficult to get in a large number of candidates because they have led misbalanced lives because of unnecessary focus on marks & time spent in tuitions. This has hampered their all round development.
How to Develop Officer Like Qualities (OLQs) ?
- If you have led a normal life of a student as discussed above, then there is no problem. You would be having adequate OLQs.
- If you have led a marks obsessed, no sports, no extra- curricular activities & a tutions oriented life then there are chances of having personality deficiencies. These can be identified by interacting with me at nofrillsacademy.com & remedial measures adopted, as advised to overcome the deficiencies over a period of time. With focused effort, this may take from 3 to 6 months, or more depending upon an individual’s competence & commitment.
No coaching academy can develop deficient OLQs sought in SSB in 15 days of coaching!