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10 Tips To Write Excellent TAT Stories In SSB

10 Tips To Write Excellent TAT Stories In SSB

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10 Tips To Write Excellent TAT (Thematic Apperception Test) Stories In SSB. It entails writing 12 stories on pictures shown to you one after the other on a screen. You will get 30 sec to view the picture and 04 min to write a story on each picture. The 12th one is a blank screen and you are required to write any story from your own mind. Make sure that you link this story with a momentous reflection from your own life or a story of an achiever that you have heard or read and that really touched your heart.

Follow these tips to write an excellent story in TAT:

  1. First look at the background, see the setting of the story, e.g. rural/urban, market place/ building, etc, then closely observe the foreground and see how many characters are there, what are they holding/doing and what kind of work is going on. Then ask yourself who I am amongst them, and what am I doing there. Relate closely to the main character chosen by you and give him or her, a name.
  2. You may not be able to write more than about 08 odd lines in the stipulated four minutes. As a rough yardstick, write about 02 lines for what could have led to this scene, write about 04 lines on what is presently going on in the scene that you have perceived and write about 02 lines to describe, as to what the logical outcome of the scene was finally.
  3. Write the story in past tense and make sure you write a positive, constructive and mature store. The assessor will observe your mental level, general awareness and how you relate with the environment around you. The views conveyed by you in the story would reflect your social attitude and responsibilities that you feel you have towards the others in the society.
  4. Make sure that the main character chosen by you is empowered e.g. improving the standards of a railway station may be done by one of the following; station master, social activist, NSS students, leader of station vendors’ association, workers/ coolie’s union leader, etc.
  5. Secondly, do not unnecessarily perceive a problem when it is not shown in the picture, e.g. scene of marketplace, do not visualize an accident, bomb blast, chain snatching, etc if it is not shown, as it would show a pessimistic bent of mind.
  6. Thirdly, unless you know the job of the main character you cannot really justify the action done by him, e.g. if you have no clue of the work of a nuclear scientist, do not make your main character as a nuclear scientist you will not be able to relate with him and obviously not be able to justify his actions.
  7. Do not write a wishful story, e.g. rags to riches, etc. Your story should depict a positive frame of mind, the main character should be an achiever, who feels and does things for others in the society and do not preferably write an individualistic story, where the main character is doing something only for his own benefit or projection.
  8. Never forget to write an outcome of the story, in which do not depict the main character being overly reward seeking person. A simple pat on the back or satisfaction of doing the job that he did is good enough.
  9. Finally, ‘good themes’ will only come to your mind, if you are genuinely a ‘good person’ at heart. Somewhere or the other you will be projecting your true personality so make sure to improve your thought process rather than just remembering some stories. Also, improving your general awareness will allow you to perceive diverse thoughts with clarity and maturity.
  10. Refer TAT eBook which consists of PPT of original pictures shown at SSB.

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