Picture Perception and Description Test, also known as PPDT is second test in SSB screening, conducted after Intelligence Test. It is a psychological test designed to judge the level of perception possessed by aspirants. Indian Armed Forces require an aspirant to be quite perceptive to survive under extreme physical and mental conditions.
Hence, this test is an important parameter to judge these attributes in them. Candidates are shown a hazy picture based on which, they have to identify key highlights of this picture and write a short story within 4 minutes allotted to them. Remember that you need not write like a professional writer; rather try to be original and creative in your approach while writing your story. This test comprise of two parts viz picture perception and picture description.
As said earlier, in this test, a blurred picture is shown to the candidate for 30 seconds. Within this time frame, they have to figure out the basic aspects of this picture like number of characters, their age, gender, and mood. Then, one minute is given to mark these details in the sheet provided to them and write about action performed by these characters in the square box on right hand side of sheet.
The candidates are thereafter, allotted 4 minutes to write a story based on their individual perception. Instead of being crafty be instinctive and realistic to write your story. However, it must cover the facets like current situation of characters, their thought process, and a definite final conclusion. Be extremely imaginative while framing the story and avoid moralistic plots in it.
This is the litmus test for aspirants as their fate in SSB depends heavily upon this section. On completion of story writing, candidates are divided into different group of 10-12 members each depending upon total number of appearing candidates. They are made to sit on chairs arranged as semi circle. Instructions regarding narration and description are given by assessors that should be carefully listened and followed.
Each candidate is then, required to narrate his/her story in front of everyone. Confidence and dynamism are the keys to pass this phase. Narration has to be finished within 1 minute and it should be in English though you may use Hindi if stuck somewhere. Don’t lose the flow of story anyways.
After all candidates finish narration, discussion begins on the story. Generally, this phase converts the room into fish market, but you must keep your calm and be polite in presenting your views. This discussion requires a group of 6-7 candidates to form a common story within 5-10 minutes allotted to them. If assessors deem fit, they can further divide this group into two parts in order to make discussion more audible and clear to them.
Once a common story is created, 1 member of group is selected to narrate this story to the assessors on completion of which candidates are asked to wait for results that are announced within 2 hours.
Those finally selected on the basis of their performance stay back for stage- II while others are sent back to their homes.