How Many Candidates Attempt and Clear SSB Interview?

After we published a detailed report on the amount of candidate clear the CDS exam, many aspirants emailed us regarding the low selection rate at SSB interview. They need to understand similar statistics for the varied SSB interview entries.

So, during this article, we are going to check out the amount of candidates who attend SSB interview and how many of them actually clear the SSB interview each year. These statistics are based on major defence written exams like CDS, NDA and AFCAT.

What is SSB Interview?

SSB interview is conducted by services selection board (SSB) across the country. to urge the SSB interview call letter one must pass the written exams like CDS, NDA, AFCAT, INET, TA etc. One also can get the directly SSB interview call letter, such entries are called direct entries, one is shortlisted for the SSB based on their aggregate percentage in their graduation. a number of such entries are TGC, SSC-Tech and NCC Special.

SSB interview may be a 5 days process which mainly consists of Stage-1 and Stage-2. Stage-1 consists of OIR Test and PPDT also referred to as the screening test. Stage-2 consists of Psychology Tests, Personal interview and GTO. One must clear the Stage-1 testing to reach Stage-2. SSB interview is conducted to select the potential future officers for Army, Navy and Airforce.

NDA Exam – How many cleared the SSB Interview:

Exam Name Candidates Cleared SSB Interview
NDA 1 2019 447
NDA 2 2018 520
NDA 1 2018 379
NDA 2 2017 447

CDS Exam – How many cleared the SSB Interview:

Exam Name Candidates Cleared SSB Interview
CDS 1 2019 Yet to come
CDS 2 2018 100 + 195
CDS 1 2018 100 + 172
CDS 2 2017 192 + 227


Exam Name Applicants Made in Merit list
Indian Air Force July 114
Indian Air Force Jan 96
Indian Air Force July 148
Indian Air Force Jan 99

There are other entries that we’ve not included in this report. So you’ll see the amount of candidates clearing the SSB interview for various entries like CDS, NDA and AFCAT is extremely low. It shows the competition level which is extremely high in Indian defence exams, lakhs of aspirants apply for every entry and hardly few are able clear the SSB interview and make within the final merit list.

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