As the name suggests this is the test of writing a story on the picture and then discussing the story.
PPDT test is very important in the SSB interview as a part of a screening test because the candidate who does not qualify the exam is sent back on the same day. To retain your stay at SSB you have to qualify the PPDT test.
This test is powerful enough to remove undesirable candidates and filter candidates who have some chance to qualify for the SSB interview.
How is PPDT Test Conducted
After completion of the OIR test, the PPDT test is conducted. Candidates are shown a picture for 30 seconds based on the picture they are allowed to write a story.
According to the value perceived in the picture, they have to write a story under 4 minutes. Thereafter candidates are made to sit a semicircular row of 15 to 20 candidates each to narrate and discuss the story.
Every candidate is given approximately 1 minute to narrate their story.
The narration starts by revealing the number of characters shown in the picture, their age, gender, mood, and action. When all candidates are finished with their story they are allowed to start the discussion.
The group is supposed to arrive at a common group story by the contribution of candidates. One of the candidates nominated by the group has to deliver a common group story to interviewing officers.
All the interviewing officers – GTO, Psychologists, and Interviewer mark candidates during narration and discussion. You should not look at them rather show your performance in the discussion.
40% to 50% candidate retains at SSB and qualify this test. The intelligence test is generally easy to crack. Therefore screening test primarily relies on the PPDT test to inter the next stage.