How to develop Officer Like Qualities for SSB: Get In Depth Knowledge[OLQs]


How to develop Officer Like Qualities for SSB: All Defence Aspirants are always eager to know as to how can they develop Officer Like Qualities in their Personality. SSB is all about your  Persona, candidates are judged on the basis of the personality traits he/she has, accordingly, he/she might or might not get recommended by SSB. Your recommendation totally depends on how well you performed in the tasks that were assigned to you in the five days of the selection procedure. Our personality totally depends on our upbringing and the environment that we grew. We tend to learn from our surroundings. Personality refers to individuals’ patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. We already have developed most part of the personality but still, we can improve every day. In this article, we will give you insight into how to develop Officer Like Qualities or OLQs for the SSB Interview.

How to Develop Officer Like Qualities

First, let’s see what are these Officer Like Qualities that SSB is looking in the candidate because almost candidates get a recommendation by there 10th attempt. It is your dedication that plays a great role in SSB and the time you take to reach the level of recommendation. Below we have mentioned all of them and how to develop Officer like qualities for SSB

There are 15 Officer Like Qualities 

  1. Effective Intelligence
  2. Reasoning Ability
  3. Power Of Expression
  4. Organizing Ability
  5. Social Adaptability
  6. Sense of Responsibility
  7. Co-operation
  8. Self Confidence
  9. Initiative
  10. Ability to Influence the Group
  11. Speed of making Decision
  12. Determination
  13. Liveliness
  14. Courage
  15. Stamina

Developing Officer Like Qualities in Indian Army

Effective Intelligence

We all have a basic level of intelligence but as we grow up we tend to lose curiosity to know things. We lack practicality in our thoughts that’s where we lack. To inculcate this quality, you must start observing things and think in a very practical manner. Have a good presence of mind. Don’t let your mind control you, instead of doing vice versa. Meditation, solving puzzles and mind games and other good hobbies can help you in developing this quality to an acceptable level.

Reasoning Ability
This is also a very important quality that SSB looks for. You must have a logical reason for whatever you say. You must have a very practical and logical reply to “WHY” that will be asked in the SSB interview. Reading Newspapers and opinions of senior Journalists and Army Officer will Help you in making your own Opinion. The best answer comes when you remain true to yourself and be honest instead of trying to prove yourself in the Interview.


Power of Expression

This quality is also important but to a certain level it can be trained in the academy but candidates must be able to put his ideas and thoughts in front of his subordinates in a crisp and clear manner. To develop this quality the best way is to practice in front of the mirror and give an interview to yourself sitting in front of the mirror. Reading the Newspaper loud in your room will help you develop this quality. Reading a self-development book will help you to keep yourself motivated and your aura will be positive. Power of expression is important because an officer is responsible for leading his men to war so his words should be able to ignite the fire in the soldier’s blood

Organizing Ability

This is yet another important quality that has got trainable factors but still plays an important role in SSB recommendation. How well organized you are. How do you organize your resources? You must have heard the motto of Special Forces “Minimum Men Maximum Impact”. This is related to organizing ability and resourcefulness. You must think and act in a very smart manner. To develop this quality you must take part in the college fest and be a member of the organizing committee and think smartly before investing your resources. How can you minimize resources and make maximize the output?

Social Adaptability

A very important quality that SSB looks in the candidate is how well you can adapt to the new people and new situations. How well he can win the trust of the people. The sole reason behind this is that every two years an officer has to move to a new place and to a new regiment so he must have this quality to adapt to new people. To develop this quality you must open up to people, break the ice, initiate a talk, start doing conversation and don’t limit yourself. Be very humble to everyone. But don’t get attached to anyone emotionally, it can have a negative impact on your personality. Know your limits and self-dignity.


A key quality that SSB looks for because without Co-operation no Leader/Men/Nation can win a war. The Armed Forces are all about Teamwork. An officer is required to be very cooperative towards his men and fellow officer. You can develop this quality by playing team games like football, basketball, taking part in team plays, dance. Start thinking from your team’s perspective instead of being selfish. Remember the Army is all about selfless service to the nation.

Self Confidence

Leading men into war requires huge self-confidence. So this quality is very important in your personality. Whatever you do or speak have faith and confidence in yourself. You must have that gut power and fire in the belly to have this quality. However, this quality comes from within but still, you can develop this quality by watching motivational army videos and doing meditation and having faith in yourself.


One of the qualities that a leader needs to possess is to take initiative. He must have the guts to take the risk for his men. He must be intelligent instead of being a fool as life and responsibility of various soldier’s families are on his shoulder. To develop this quality start taking initiative in your home affairs and participate in extracurricular activities. Take blunt stand for what is right instead of being diplomatic and supporting wrong. Have the courage of conviction.

Ability to Influence the Group

This quality is also very important yet has trainable chances, it is linked to the power of expression. How well are you able to influence your group in the group discussion. When you have very good content and are able to express it in an effective manner you can easily influence your group towards your point. Reading the newspaper and keeping updated about current affairs helps in developing this quality.


An officer is required to be determined towards whatever is assigned to him. They cannot have casual behavior and keep things for tomorrow. Determination comes from focus and dedication. Unless you don’t have this feeling to become an Indian Armed force officer from heart, you are not meant for it. Joining Indian Armed forces should come from inside then only you will have determination. You can develop these qualities by regularly watching Indian Army videos and war movies.


Everyone loves a person who is cheerful and happy, instead of boredom and depressed person. A solider must be very cheerful and lively in any situation he is put in. He must understand the feeling of his subordinates and keep them happy by cracking jokes from time to time and making fun of any stressful situation. You can develop this quality by being natural and cracking a real-life joke. Understand what your friends and surrounding require. Watching Comedy shows and keeping mind relaxed helps in developing this quality. Go ask your friend for a walk, a tour, a trip.


Courage is the must quality that a soldier( be it OR or an Officer) should possess. He must be able to have guts to risk his life for his subordinates. This is the quality that the Service Selection Board will not compromise, you should not have any fear. You must have the courage to do anything assigned to you. To develop this quality you need to take stand for what is right and object whatever is wrong. Participating in debates and other events will inculcate this quality in you.


A soldier(OR/Officer) is required to run for kilometers, for this he must have stamina. Physical and mental stamina are totally interrelated, you can run 5 km when you have physical stamina but to run 20 Km, you need is the mental stamina. So start practicing from now to inculcate this quality in your personality. Yoga and meditation will also help you in your journey of developing this quality. Practice makes you perfect

We have tried our best to give you all the important information about, how to develop officer like qualities for SSB in your personality. Future Warriors, you need to understand that all these OLQs are interlinked so it is not possible to fake your performance, start developing these qualities from now so that you shall develop your overall personality and see yourself in the uniform with two stars on your shoulder. If something goes wrong, let us tell you one thing civilians are never taught this, this type of persona will give you underhand everywhere in your life.

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