Difference between AFSB and SSB interview
All defence aspirants know about the SSB interview and its procedure. Many candidates who apply for any of the three wings: Air Force, Army or Navy get confused between AFSB and SSB. Although the process of both these interviews is the same but there are some differences.
AFSB stands for the Air Force Selection Board. The main function of this board is to conduct the interviews for Air Force candidates and recommend the deserving candidates to become officers. There are a total of four AFSB centres all over the country. They are AFSB Varanasi, AFSB Dehradun, AFSB Mysore and AFSB Gandhinagar. Candidates can attend AFSB interviews by clearing the CDSE and AFCAT exams. At times, the Indian Air Force conducts the FTS which stand for the Fast Track Selection exam. It is another way to get into the Indian Air Force.
SSB, on the other hand, stands for Services Selection Board. Generally Indian Army and Navy use this term in their call letters. The Army has Service Selections Board centres in Allahabad, Bhopal and Bangalore. The Indian Navy has naval services selection boards situated in Bhopal, Bangalore and Coimbatore.
Difference between AFSB and SSB
The Reporting time for the SSB interview is mostly 2:30 PM but the AFSB reporting time is 7:00 in the morning. On the day of reporting, Documentation, Screening and Psychological tests take place in an AFSB interview. But in SSB, only Documentation takes place on the Day of Reporting, the screening process happens on the next day. The AFSB screened in ratio is 60/100 and the SSB screened in ratio is 40/100. The SSB recommendation for Army is average, Navy is less and the AFSB recommendation is more.
The mode of entry for the SSB interview is National Defence Academy, Combined Defence Service Entry, University Entry Scheme, Technical Entry Scheme, Technical Graduate Course Entry, Short Service Commission-technical etc. The mode of entry for the AFSB interview is National Defence Academy, Combined Defence Service Entry, Air Force Common Admission Test, Fast Track Selection Entry etc.
The Services Selection Board interview takes place in two stages: Stage I and Stage II. Candidates have to report a day before the beginning of the 5 days SSB interview. Day 1 is for Screening Test in which Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT) are conducted. On Day 2 various Psychology Tests take place. It includes Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT) and Self Description Test (SD).
Day 3 and Day 4 are reserved for Group Testing Officer Tasks in which Group Discussion, Progressive Group Tasks (PGT), Individual Obstacles, Group Obstacles Race or Snake Race, Command Task, Lecturette, Final Group Task, Group Planning Exercise (Military Planning Exercise), Half Group Tasks etc are conducted. Day 5 of the SSB interview is for Conference. In this round, the candidates sit with the SSB board members and the board asks a few general questions to them. This is to test the candidate’s confidence level.
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