Thursday, 2 November 2017

What is Screening tests?


Screening tests

Imagr for screening test
Screening test      



Intelligence test (verbal)

Normally, SSBs call around 300 candidates per batch of which around  1/3rd report for testing . The entire lot is put through Stage 1 testing which comprises of Intelligence Tests (verbal and Non-verbal ) followed by picture perception and Discussion tesr (PPDT) . The intelligence tests are similar to IQ tests conducted in any admission/ entrance exam and many of them are available on the internet and in other IQ test books. Based on your performance in these two tests your intelligence Rating is derived and this put together with your performance in these two tests your Intelligence Rating is derived and this put together with your performance in the PPDT will decade your selection for the second stage testing . To  GI've you and idea of the same, a few sample tests are given below with their solutions.
  These tests usually involve grammar , verbal analogies , synonyms, antonyms etc. Because they depend on understanding the precise meaning of words, idioms and the structure of the language, they require practice and regular reading of newspaper and books. The test may contain anywere between 30 to 60 question and depending upon the number of question and their difficulty level the time allowed to attempt will vart. You will usually find questions on the following:
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Copletion
  • Analogies
  • Word Groups
  • Instruction
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Verbal Deductions
Example of each of the above categories are provided as illustration and thereafter some sample tests are provided with answers for practice.


Intelligence tests (non-verbal)

Non-verbal Intelligence tests involves a series of patterns and figures. You are expected to identify the relations and pick the right alternative from the given choices. this tests may contain anywhere between 30 to 60 questions and depending upon the number of questions and thier difficulties level, the time allowed to attempt will vary.

Picture perception and Discussion Test (PP&DT)

PPDT is a simple yet a very powerful test to eliminate undesirable/ below par candidates it is a board filter to screen in candidates who have some chance of making it in the stage 2 testing procces.

The conduct

On the completion of the intelligenceTests, candidates are shown a somewhat hazy picture and asked to write a short story based on their perception of the picture. The picture will be shown for 30 seconds and thereafter four minutes are given to write a story. There after candidates are made to sit in a semi - circular fashion in a group of 15 to 18 and asked to narrate the story one by one bringing out the various character identified in the picture, their age , gender and mood, the situation perceived by the candidate, what must have led to that situation and the likely outcome. Candidates are given 60 to 90 seconds to narrete their story. After all the candidates have finished narrating their story, the group is expected to discuss and arrive at one coommon story
    In this test, one each Interviewing Officers, GTO and Psychologist are present and depending upon the performance in the Intelligence test and picture perception and Discussion Test (PPDT), about 40 to 50%  of the candidates are retained for stage 2 testing. It is therefore important to do  well in this test. The intelligence tests are normally easy and most of the candidates pass in that. It is in the  PP&DT where many candidates get rejected.

Mistake Normally Made

(a) It is quite a stressful activity as there are 15 to 18 candidates present and in addition there are three assessor sitting in front . Many candidates feel nervous and faip to even utter a word. This requires some practice and one must have some  confidence to handle this activity.
(b) to beat the nervousness , candidates prepare sime story that they have read in SSB books and narrate it even if the picture shown was entirely different. This is a sure case for failure as synthetic or pre-conceived stories are not acceptable.
(c) Some candidates narrate thier story but do not take part in the discussion as they are unsure or lack confidence.
(d) Some candidates on the other hand, dominate the discussion at the cost of others which is also  undesirable.
      An acceptable candidate  is one who perceives the picture correctly and weaves a nice positive story around the stimulus shown . He relates the characters correctly and narrates the story confidently and also takes enthusiastic part in the discussions to arrive at one common story.

What Attributes are seen?

  •   Intelligence and imagination in perceiving the stimulus correctly and weaving a sensible story around it.
  • Self -confidence in facing a large number of candidates and the assessor
  •  Power of expression
  • Urge, movivation, and zeal to perform.
  • Social adjustment and concern for other's views.
  • Social adjustment and concern for other's viwes
  • Assertion and ability to lead the group in a positive direction
  •  Ability to influence the group etc.

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