16 NDA SSB Interview Questions (Answer and tips)

16 NDA SSB Interview Questions (Answer and tips)

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SSB interview is the second stage of the selection process for candidates who qualify for the NDA written exam. It’s a five day process it helps to evaluate, If the candidate is suitable to become an officer in Indian Armed force.  SSB interview goes beyond academics and it checks your Officer Like Qualities. In this blog we have listed 16 NDA SSB Interview Questions to help you prepare for your SSB interview.

16 NDA SSB Interview Questions

NDA SSB Interview Questions

Questions that you might face during NDA SSB interview

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why do you want to join the armed forces?
  3. Why NDA?
  4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  5. Why should we select you?
  6. Will you try again for SSB if you do not qualify for the exam this time?
  7. What are some recent national and international news?
  8. What are the ranks in the Indian Army/Navy/Air Force? 
  9. Are you aware of any recent military exercises?
  10. Tell me about your hometown and culture.
  11. How do you spend your free time?
  12. Tell me about your best friend and why you consider them your best friend.
  13. What qualities do you look for in a friend?
  14. Describe your daily routine.
  15. What mistakes have you made and how did you learn from them?
  16. What will you do if you don’t get selected this time?

How You Should Answer

They are not asking you to recite your resume here, briefly describe your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and any leadership roles you've held. Focus on experiences that show your strengths and determination, avoid lying because they are experts they can detect your lies.

Do not give these common answers like salary and benefits or I want to serve the nation then they can counter question you that there are other ways to serve the nation for example you can work for Non Profit organization. You can answer like, try to be honest but also be mindful of your answers for example you can say it will help me to develop discipline, preparedness and organisation. I believe I have the potential to be a good leader and I can work effortlessly in a team.

Be honest, everyone has weaknesses, but show your self-awareness by telling your weakness and how you're actively working to improve them.

This is your chance, tell them all your qualities and how you’re suitable to serve in INDIAN ARMED FORCE, Convince the board that you have   the qualities required and dedication that sets you apart from other candidates.

Stay updated, about all the important current affairs, this shows your awareness of current affairs and your ability to think critically about the world around you.

Careful before you answer these types of questions, These question doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be selected, the board might ask you this question to check your determination and how you perform under pressure

If you want to join Indian Armed Force and you’re not aware about the ranks shows that you’re not genuinely interested in it.

Staying updated about the defence sector shows your interest in it.  Here is an example of, Joint military exercise, Exercise Red Flag(Indian Air Force & United States Air Force holds Exercise Red Flag, a two-week advanced aerial combat training exercise)

It’s not only the Current affairs you need to be aware about, you also need to be stay aware about your surrounding for example is there any reason your hometown is known for, this shows that you’re aware about your surroundings, and it is a necessary quality for an officer.

Don't just say "watching TV or playing video" instead tell them your hobbies and interests. These can reveal your leadership potential and teamwork skills.

This shows your ability to build strong relationships and acknowledege positive qualities in others.

This helps the board to evaluate your values and judgement. Highlight qualities like honesty, loyalty, and teamwork.

Structure and time management are key for an officer. Explain how you manage your time effectively to balance studies, extracurricular activities, and personal well being this include playing certain sports or working out.

Everyone makes mistakes, but what matters is accepting your mistakes and working to improve them. Be honest about your past mistakes and explain the valuable lesson you learned.

Read in detail about how to prepare for SSB interview NDA.


Understanding these frequently asked questions is a stepping stone to a successful SSB interview. However, this is not an exhaustive list! Extensive research and thorough preparation are essential. Utilize online resources, mock interviews, and coaching centres to refine your responses and hone your OLQs. Remember, a confident and well-prepared candidate is most likely to impress the SSB board. So, start preparing today and ace your SSB interview.

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