How Do I Prepare for SSB?
SSBs conduct the most comprehensive personality test in India. Let us understand as to what is being assessed and how we can measure up.
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 fit for selection. Nothing extra ordinary is required!
Unfortunately such simple qualities are difficult to get in a large number of candidates because they have led imbalanced lives because of unnecessary focus on marks & time spent in extra tuition classes. 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 & extra tuition classes oriented life then there are chances of having personality deficiencies. These can be identified by interacting with me & remedial measures adopted to overcome the deficiencies over a period of time. The rate of improvement will depend upon the nature of the specific weaknesses of the individual, motivation, competence & commitment to overcome them.
- No coaching academy can develop deficient OLQs sought in SSB in 15 days of coaching!
Complete details about the procedure and required attitude are given under ‘SSB Tips’ on my website.
Note: My online guidance program is ideally suited for female candidates as there are no contact classes requiring movement away from home. Guidance is provided as per your convenience for holistic personality development. For details visit my website. Contact: or 7248335577.