15 OLQs To Clear The SSB Interview
In this article we will go through the 15 OLQ’s which are important to clear the SSB interview. The selection system at the SSBs comprises of three independent but complimentary techniques namely Group Testing, Psychological Testing and Personal Interview. The assessors belonging to these three techniques draw the personality profile of the candidate on 15 OLQs.
Due to the very different nature of the job a detailed thorough and fool proof system is followed for selecting the officers of the Defence Services, as the implications of selecting a wrong person may manifest themselves in compromising the national security or lead to a number of men losing their precious lives for no fault of theirs.
The person selected by the Services Selection Boards not only has to be ready to make the supreme sacrifice himself but also has to motivate his subordinates to do the same. Keeping this in mind the person has to be tested under stressful unfamiliar and leaderless situations to ascertain whether he can become a leader and control a situation.
This task is done by testing the person for his Officer Like Qualities (OLQs). By carefully testing person for his OLQs it can be predicted with reasonable accuracy as to how would the person react under different situations. In order to ensure that an assessor assesses the candidate correctly it is important that all assessors are thoroughly conversant with the OLQs and their correlation.
Here are the 04 Factors and 15 OLQs which is needed in a candidate to crack the SSB Interview :
Factor 01 (Planning and Organizing)
• This factor is a measure of the individual’s cognitive or mental capability and can be associated with the brain, which is the originator of all the cognitive or mental processes.
• It encompasses the following four qualities-
➢ Reasoning Ability (RA)
➢ Power of Expression (POE)
01. Effective Intelligence :
• Effective Intelligence is the intelligence utilized in coping with practical situations of varying complexity.
• It is different from basic intelligence which is the capacity to perceive relations or to do abstract thinking.
• Basic intelligence is assessed by the use of intelligence tests may be verbal or non verbal effective intelligence includes the following:
(A) Practical intelligence : The capacity to evolve independent solutions of practical problems and situations.
(B) Resourcefulness : The capacity to use the available means for the desired end with the help of improvisation of resources and finding a solution when in a tight corner.
Note: Generally students with higher effective intelligence are bright, mentally sharp, penetrating, innovative and inventive.
02. Reasoning Ability :
• The ability to grasp the essentials well and to arrive at conclusions by rational & logical thinking.
• It includes receptivity, inquiring attitude, logical reasoning and seeing the essentials of a problem.
(A) Receptivity : The ability to understand and absorb new impressions. It involves interest, attention and grasping power.
(B) Inquiring Attitude : Healthy curiosity resulting in an urge to increase one’s general knowledge and experience in life.
(C) Logical reasoning : The ability to arrive at conclusion or judgment based strictly on a presses of rational thinking and excluding emotional factors.
(D) Seeing essentials of a problem : The ability by which the individual is not only clear in his knowledge of the situation at hand, but also is able to analyses various factors, shift them in order of importance and make best use of them towards achieving a solution.
Note: Students with higher reasoning ability are exceptionally sharp, analytical, highly imaginative, logical & practical.
03. Organising Ability :
• The ability to arrange the resources in a systematic way so as to produce effective results.
• It can also be defined as the ability to put to the best use of the available means for attainment of a desired objective.
Note: Students with higher organising ability are very meticulous in planning est dealing with complex issues without over looking details, use commonsense, original in actions and quick in comprehension.
04. Power Of Expression :
• This is the most important tools of personality where his/her ability to put across ideas adequately with ease and clarity are assessed.
Note: Students with this quality are more eloquent, forceful, lucid, precise & effective in their expression.
Factor 02 (Social Adjustment)
• This factor is a measure of the individual’s inter personal relations and his attitude towards his duty and responsibility.
• It can be said to be related to a person’s heart, as it is the moderator of all interpersonal relations.
• It consists of the following qualities-
➢ Social Adaptability.
➢ Sense of Responsibility.
05. Social Adaptability :
• The ability of an individual to adapt himself to the social environment and adjust well with persons and social groups, with special reference to superiors, equal and subordinates.
• Social adaptability includes social intelligence, attitude towards others, tact, and adaptability.
(A) Social Intelligence : It is the intelligence ability applied in social field. It is the ability to understand people & adjust well in new surroundings.
(B) Attitude Towards Others : The ability to put oneself into the other man’s position so as to appreciate justifiable difficulties, to enable rendering help in a proper way.
(C) Tact : Skilful Management of the feelings of the persons dealt with.
(D) Adaptability : The ability to adjust to the environment with special reference to the social situations in that environment. When considering service aspect it involves not only a resilient nature shown by and accommodative tendency but also keenness and interest in service life.
Note : Persons with higher adaptability are genial, very spontaneous in adjusting well in short time, outgoing, amiable, accommodative, flexible understanding, friendly & sympathetic.
06. Cooperation :
• The attitude of an individual to participate willingly in harmony with others in a group, in achieving the group goal.
• This implies a belief in the collective effort being more productive than the individual effort.
• Cooperation includes the element of joint effort and team spirit.
• Team spirit indicates loyalty to the aims and objects of the group to the extent of subordinating individual aim to the group aim.
Note : Such persons are altruistic, selfless, volunteers workers with tremendous esprit – de corps. They are also humane, warm hearted, spontaneous and group minded people.
07. Sense Of Responsibility :
• It enables a person to be dependable and to willingly discharge his obligations.
• It includes sense of duty but is much more comprehensive in meaning and scope. It implies:
(A) Sense of Duty : Faithfully and firmly doing what one is ordered to do.
(B) Discipline : A trained sense of acting strictly in accordance with rules, regulations and conventions. Sense of Responsibility therefore means:
* A thorough understanding of the values of duty, social standard, and of what is required of an individual and then gives it his energy and attention of his own accord.
* Taking initiative and doing one’s best, carrying out even unspecified and probably unforeseen duties and obligations, rather than faithfully carrying out only what one is told to do.
* It demonstrates moral willingness to bear the consequences.
Note : Persons with higher sense of responsibility are exceptionally dutiful, faithful and respectful to authority. They are very conscientious and go out of the way to soldier responsibilities.
Factor 03 (Social Effectiveness)
• This factor is a measure of the individual’s ability to effectively deal when part of social group and get the desired work done.
• It also measures the effectiveness of the individual in the group.
• It consists of the following qualities-
➢ Initiative (I).
➢ Self Confidence (SC).
➢ Speed of Decision (SOD).
➢ Ability to Influence the Group (AIG).
➢ Liveliness (L).
08. Initiative :
• The ability to originate purposeful action. It has the following aspects:-
(A) Ability to take the first steps in an unfamiliar situation.
(B) In the right direction.
(C) Sustain it, till the goal is achieved.
Note : Persons with higher initiative display plenty of originality in thoughts & actions. Persons with positive initiative never get stuck, they are pushing, enterprising, persistent and will come out with numerous fresh idea.
09. Self – Confidence :
• It is the faith in one’s ability to meet stressful situations particularly those that are unfamiliar.
Note : People with higher self – confidence are totally composed, rationally active, have abundant faith in their abilities, self reliant and constructive in difficulties.
10. Speed of decision :
• The ability to arrive at workable decisions expeditiously. It comprises:-
(A) Then appropriateness and cost-effectiveness.
(B) Feasibility & practicability.
(C) The quickness in arriving at the decision.
Note : Persons with this ability are Infallible, prompt, judicious and take sound decisions with a considerable sense of urgency. They are never wavering, impulsive, hesitant, erratic in their decisions.
11. Ability to influence the group :
• The ability which enables an individual to bring about the willing effort from the group for achieving the objective desired by him.
• This influence is the prime cause of cooperative and willing effort of a group towards the achievement of a set objective.
Note : Persons with this quality are highly inspiring with magnetic charm, indispensable, impressionable, assertive, persuasive, firm & have considerable capacity to overcome opposition.
12. Liveliness :
• The capacity of an individual to keep himself buoyant when meeting problems and bring about a cheerful atmosphere
Factor 04 (Dynamic)
• This factor is a measure of the individual’s capability to withstand stress and his ability to untiringly apply himself to achieve his goal despite any obstacle en-route.
• It comprises of the following qualities-
13. Determination :
• A sustained effort to achieve objectives in spite of obstacles and setbacks.
• It implies fixedness of mental concentration and strength of will. It includes:-
(A) Application to work : The capacity of physical application to work.
(B) Drive : The inner motive power at the disposal of an individual. It is the capacity to force oneself along when under pressure and urgency, towards the achievement of the object. It may inspire energetic action in others towards the achievement of a common goal.
Note : They are highly resolute, unwavering, advent, industrious, firm and steady, persevering and persistent.
14. Courage :
• The ability to appreciate and take purposive risks willingly. It includes:-
(A) Ability to meet appreciated dangers.
(B) Spirit of adventure, and enterprising spirit and a willingness to dare or risk a hazard.
(C) Capacity to keep oneself composed in adverse situations enabling to be steady in facing and handling such situations.
Note : They are doubtless risk takers, daring, aggressive, creative, bold & plucky with tremendous physical & moral courage.
15. Stamina :
• The capacity to withstand protracted physical and mental strain.
• It emphasizes endurance.
Note : Such persons possess Herculean physical & mental capabilities & can withstand plenty of physical & mental stress. They are indefatigable, calm & are very tough individuals.