Common Questions Asked During Personal Interview

Personal interview is very important part of SSB procedure. It is a conversation between the interviewing officer / officers and the individual candidate. Usually interviewing officer will be the President or Deputy President of the board of selection centre.

The thing that makes it a nightmare for most of defence aspirants is that there is no fixed time or day for the personal interview. It can be on the day of screening (only when you get screen in) or on day 2/3/4. Selection board members make chart of your interview schedule according to the number of candidates got screened in a particular batch. You don’t need to bother about the time and schedule of your personal interview. Selection centre staff will inform you about the same well in advance. Usually interviews are conducted in the evening time.

You need not to worry about the type of question you have to face. All the questions will be very simple and related to you and your life. So you don’t need much preparation for that. With just a little practice you can answer them well.   PI is something about “YOU” and nobody else know you better than you. So you must be aware about your weaknesses and your strengths.

Now we talk about the sample questions usually asked during PI. Most of the questions will be from your PIQ (Personal Information Questioner). For example if you have written some achievement in any field, there can be questions on how you prepared for it and achieved the goal. If you have written Cricket /football etc. in sport section, there can be questions on your achievements in that particular sport. If you write long run/long jump etc. in this section, then there can be questions on timing and the maximum record and rules of the game or event. And If you write “reading books” as a hobby, you may have to answer questions on latest awards/books published etc.

Here is a List of Most Common Questions Asked by IO {INTERVIWING OFFICER} During Interview:

  1. What you did during free time in the waiting room?
  2. Meaning of your “NAME” and who gave it to you?
  3. How was your journey to Selection Centre? Give a brief description of your journey.
  4. How was your GTO/Psychology performance? If it was not much good, what were the reasons?
  5. Have you had your breakfast/Lunch/Dinner in candidate mess? If yes then how was the food?
  6. Tell something about your hometown & districts & state or the place of maximum residence?
  7. Where you have done your schooling?
  8. Your percentage in your 10th, 12th standards and graduation.
  9. Tell something about your family members.
  10. To whom you are closer? To your father / mother or some other family member and give reason for that.
  11. Tell about your parents’ occupation.
  12. Do you help your parents in their work? If yes then how?
  13. Tell about your friends & colleague (if you are working somewhere).
  14. Names of your best friends and why they are your best friends.
  15. Which lecturer /school teacher you like the most? Give reason for same.
  16. Which lecturer /school teacher you don’t like? Give reason for not liking.
  17. Which subject you like most and why so?
  18. Which subject you doesn’t like much and give reason for that?
  19. Which places you have visited after coming to the selection Centre or planning to visit.
  20. Why you want to join Armed forces?

The order of the questions can be changed. It totally depends on the situation and mood of the interviewing officer and also on candidate’s previous replies. Actually the IO just crosschecks things you have written in your PIQ (Personal Information Questioner). So fill your complete PIQ form very carefully.

NOTE: Do practice of filling the PIQ so that you don’t miss any bright side of yours
A copy of PIQ form is given on official website.

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