TOP SSB Interview Questions Faced by Recommended Candidates

The SSB interview is a process of communication between a candidate and the interviewing officer. The Interviewing Officer asks questions from the candidates to determine whether or not a candidate is competent to command the Indian Armed Forces. During the SSB Interview, a candidate should strive to be honest and composed so that the Interviewing Officer does not get the perception that the candidate is exaggerating a certain quality or has only a cursory understanding of the subject. The board members’ questions during the SSB Interview are often based on what you express in your self-description test and personal interview questionnaire.

The interviewing officer is seeking Officer-like qualities in candidates here as well. The questions are straightforward and pertain to everyday situations, but how you engage is vital in succeeding in the SSB interview. Thus, to help candidates prepare well for the upcoming SSB Interview, we have compiled a list of the top SSB  Interview questions faced by recommended candidates during their interactions with the interviewing officers. The following questions are based on the inputs and feedback received by the NDA and CDS-qualified candidates of Centurion Defence Academy. 

SSB Interview Questions Based on PIQ 

The interviewing panelists normally begin the process by asking questions about the candidates’ personal and family backgrounds. Since the Interview stage is indeed going to start, candidates are recommended to acquaint themselves with their places of origin. The most important questions asked during the SSB Interview regarding the personal and family background are based on the PIQ.


  1. Introduce yourself to the Board Members

  2. Where do you belong to?

  3. Tell us something about your family background

  4. What does your father do for a living?

  5. What is your ambition in life?

  6. Who do you look up to as a role model?

  7. Why do you want to join the Indian Armed Forces?

  8. What intrigued you about this service in the first place?

  9. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  10. Why should you be considered for a position in the Indian Army?

  11. What is your motivation behind joining the Indian Armed Forces?

  12. Tell us about your preferences or how you spend your leisure time.

  13. Why did you decide to pursue a career through the NDA/CDS?

SSB Interview Questions Related to Academic Background and Career 

Board members are likely to raise inquiries about a candidate’s academic background during the SSB Interview. When the interviewer inquires about your academic background, it is always appropriate to share the information. Feel ready to communicate your educational background; the interviewer will ask you whatever questions you prefer. It is intended that the majority of the questions in the SSB Interview will be derived from the candidates’ responses to a specific query. The most important questions asked during the SSB Interview regarding the academic background of the aspirants may include the following.


  1. Tell us about your educational background.

  2. From where did you receive your education?

  3. What were your subjects in the 12th class examination?

  4. What is the relationship between your education and the career you want to pursue?

  5. Which subject is your preferred choice?

  6. Why did you decide to pursue a career in defence?

  7. Have you ever taken part in any extracurricular activities while in school?

  8. Why did you decide to pursue a career as an officer rather than a soldier?

  9. What distinguishes officers from soldiers?

  10. What are your perspectives on the Indian Armed Forces?

  11. Are you aware of your roles and tasks as an officer in the Armed Forces?

  12. Have you observed any changes in the Indian Armed Forces recently?

  13. Do you have any idea about the career progression in the Indian Armed Forces?

  14. What changes would you like to bring in the defence sector if selected as an officer?

SSB Interview Question Related to the Indian Armed Forces

Since you are stepping into the interview rounds with the ambition of becoming an officer in the Indian Armed Forces, you may expect a lot of questions from the defence sector. Thus, candidates should be well familiar with the structural layout and the organization of the Indian Armed Forces. The most important questions asked during the SSB Interview regarding the Indian Armed Forces may include the following.

  1. Do you know what the term “defence indigenization” tends to mean?

  2. What are the various wings of the Indian Armed Forces?

  3. Indian Armed Forces Commands and Headquarters

  4. Background of the Indian Army, Air Force, and Navy

  5. What was the rationale for the creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) position?

  6. Regiments, Battalions, and Weapons of the Indian Armed Forces

  7. Awards and Honours Granted to the Personnel of the Indian Armed Forces

  8. Important Days related to the Indian Armed Forces

  9. Why did you choose the Air Force instead of the Army or vice versa?

  10. Important Battles and Treaties related to the Indian Armed Forces

  11. Chief Officers and Ranking in the Indian Armed Forces

  12. Integrated Theatre Commands of the Indian Armed Forces

  13. Importance of  joint warfare and theaterisation of the Indian Armed Forces