Thematic Apperception Test is the second objective test employed by the SSBs to test the personality of the candidate. It is also a test of the candidate’s imagination. If an outline or hazy and vague picture is shown to a candidate, he will interpret it according to his imagination. These pictures, therefore, stimulate the thought processes of the candidate and he is able to weave around it a story.
Why the Thematic Apperception Test?
Characteristics of the Story
- The Hero: Each story must have a hero or the chief character with whom the writer identifies himself. The hero should exhibit qualities which an officer of the Armed Forces should possess. He should act and behave like a normal human being and not like a supernatural being.
- Other characters who help the hero in the execution of the task undertaken by him.
- The situation in the Story:
- What it is?
- How it came into being or what events led up to it?
- What will be the outcome or conclusion?
- Them or plot:
- It is an attempt by the hero, assisted by other characters to organize the story by pooling all the resources at this disposal in order to successfully solve the problem by him.
- The plot should be interesting and end successfully.
- It should be self-evident. The reader must not remain in doubt about it or keep on guessing it.