What happens in Lecturette of SSB Interview GTO and How to Perform Better in it

In this article –

1. Brief Introduction to Lecturette,

2. Schedule of Lecturette in GTO Series,

3. Complete Procedure of Lecturette,

4. Tips for performing better in Lecturette

Introduction –

Lecturette – It is a very important task at the SSB Interview Procedures. 
In this test, you will be given a choice of four topics, you have to select any one topic and speak on it for a time period of three minutes.
When each and every candidate in the batch has finished giving their lecturettes, this task gets concluded.
The purpose of Lecturette is to check the confidence level of the Candidate that whether he is able to speak in front of people or not. Not only does it check your fluency in the language, but also, it gives an insight to the GTO about how the Candidate ‘thinks’.

Schedule –

Generally, Lecturette is held after the Group Obstacle Race, also known as the Snake Race.
After the Snake Race is concluded, candidates are taken to a shed and made to sit in a semi-circle. When everybody settles down, GTO begins with his instructions for the Lecturette.
Generally, a group haves 10-12 candidates depending upon the size of the batch.

Procedure –

There are around 10-12 Candidates in a single group depending upon size. First of all, GTO (Group Testing Officer) gives briefing about the task. He answers all those questions himself which might arise in the minds of aspirants. Still, he asks if anyone is still having a doubt about the procedure of the test. Once everybody is clear about the procedure, he calls the first chest number in the group to come to the GTO’s table and pick up a card from a bunch of cards. Those cards are turned upside down, so that the Candidate is not able to see the topics before picking up the cards. 
Each card has four topics written on it. Generally, the level of difficulty of those topics is as follows-

  -> TYPE – 1 (One very low level topic) – like My Hobbies, Pollution, My Best Friend, Importance of Laughing. ( Means those topics on which anybody can speak very easily. Generally, those candidates who don’t have knowledge about other topics select these types of topics. )

  -> TYPE – 2 (Two average level topics) – like Terrorism, Child Labor, Education System in India, Public Health. ( Means all those topics which require some insight into the topic and some sort of General Awareness too. )

  -> TYPE – 3 (One high level topic) – like ASEAN Summit, Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, ISRO’s Satellite Launch. ( Means those sort of topics which require a Candidate to be very well equipped with good facts and figures and a detailed study on the topic.

lecturette card
Sample Lecturette Card

Most of the Candidates select Type 2 topics to speak upon. Although speaking on the high level or Type 3 topic reflects a higher general awareness of the Candidate, but that doesn’t mean that those who choose the other two types of topics are looked down upon by the GTO. 

There is nothing like that. All you need to do is – Do Justice to the topic.

Justice here means that, whatever topic you choose to speak upon, you should give your 100% in it, a communicate your ideas in a lucid and impressive manner.

Coming back to the procedure, once the first chest number has picked up his card and goes to the side for preparation, the GTO calls in other chest numbers in between to come and give their introduction. Each chest number comes over in front of Candidates, gives a brief introduction about himself, his whereabouts and seats back up.

The time given for preparation is 3 minutes, and the time given for delivering the lecturette is 3 minutes. So, while the present candidate is delivering his lecturette, the next candidate is preparing for his lecturette.

Since there is no candidate preceding the first chest number, that’s why GTO calls everyone to give a brief introduction of theirs.

As mentioned, that the time given for delivering the lecturette is is 3 minutes, but you can speak less than that if you want.

Speaking more than 3 minutes isn’t allowed. 

After 2 and a half minutes, GTO rings a bell indicating the Candidate to wind up the Lecturette and go with a conclusion.

So, in this manner, the Lecturette is conducted. After all the Candidate have finished with their lecturettes, the GTO haves a little chat with the Candidates, because lecturette happens to be the last task in the GTO series. In that chat, GTO asks the candidates whether they do have anything to ask about the SSB or something related to that. Interested candidates can ask relevant questions. After all the questions, GTO gives best wishes about the Conference for the next day. And then the Candidates depart to their barracks. 🙂

Tips to perform better in Lecturette-

Here, we will give you five best short and crisp tips to improve your overall performance in Lecturette.

 1 -> Conserve your Voice –

 Yes, you read that right – conserve your voice! If you are wondering that what does it mean, then let us put it to you this way – The task preceding to lecturette is – Group Obstacle Race or the Snake Race. In this task, different candidates’ groups compete amongst themselves to win the first position by making it to the finish line first. This is a task with high octane participation of Candidates. Everyone is making war cries, everyone is pushing each other to help them cross the obstacle, amidst all the rules for not touching red part, yellow part and all, candidates are screaming with all their might to show their high spirits!

Although there shouldn’t be a shortfall in your ‘Josh’, but still, you have a to keep a good balance between your ‘Josh and Hosh’. As a popular saying in the military goes –

Josh ke saath – Hosh bhi!

So make sure, you don’t scream irrelevantly and make your voice sound hoarse. ( Although there is no harm if you show all your spirits at the Snake Race and get your voice hoarse, becaues GTO understands that. But still, you can sound better in the Lecturette if you keep little ‘hosh’ with the ‘josh’, right? )

 2->Don’t waste too much time deciding the topic-

As mentioned earlier in this article, that a card that is picked up by the Candidate has four topics on it. Candidate has to select one topic, prepare on it for three minutes and deliver the lecturette on it for three minutes.

Now, it is a common practice amongst some candidates that they waste too much time on selecting the topic.

While picking up the card, they think of speaking on one topic. And after preparing on it for one minute or so, they realise that they should speak on the other topic.


Trust me, it will confuse to the moon and back and make you excessively nervous without any reason!

While you pick up the card, don’t give more than 10-15 seconds to decide which topic to speak upon. 

Just decide the topic, and speak!

 3-> Utilise the 3 minutes time completely-

You have got three minutes to prepare, and three minutes to deliver. Six minutes in total

What you do in the starting 3 minutes is as much important as what you do in the ending 3 minutes!

It is a common practice amongst candidates that they start preparing a proper speech by memorising each and every sentence from the beginning to the end. Trust me, you won’t be able to remember all of it if you prepare this way!

The ideal way to prepare for the lecturette is – To divide your content into various sections, and organise those sections into units to speak upon. Simple!

For instance, if your topic is – Nuclear Proliferation, then you can make units like –

  • Meaning of Nuclear Proliferation,
  • Historical Aspects,
  • Why it is prominent?,
  • What is India’s position over this?,
  • Any current event which could be linked to it, (This adds a lot to the quality of your lecturette!)
  • Possible Solutions to this with Conclusion.

That’s how you can structure your lecturette. All you have to do when you speak is just remember the points, and elaborate them when you speak! Good enough, right?

 4-> Don’t sound confused or nervous-

What is the worst that can happen to you in the Lecturette? 

You forget what to speak next and stay blank or start fumbling! Right? 

Honestly, if you notice great speakers, sometimes, even they fumble or make mistakes. But do they sound like – “Oh, it’s the end of the world! I’m dead now!” – Do they? 

No, right? 

So, you don’t have to sound like that either. 

In case you get stuck or forget something, instead of babbling “aa.. umm… aa…”, keep mum for a moment, calm your mind and remember what you have to speak. There is a 99% chance that you will remember what to say next. 

Guess what? There is a better way to keep mum! You can gaze upon other candidates, as if you have made a nice point and waiting for them to absorb it. And when you remember what to say next, you can make it in the continuity to make it sound like you were waiting for them to absorb it. I know this could be little confusing to do in practice, but with little bit of calmness, it is definitely possible. Even TED speakers do that!

 5-> Don’t look at the GTO for his response!

We have seen many candidates, loads of candidates making this mistake. As the GTO mentions in the briefing itself, that you have to address the Candidates, not me.

But still, candidates are tempted to look at the GTO and see how is he responding to your Lecturette. Is he satisfied? Is he bored? Is he impressed? And things like that. 

Don’t do it!

GTO is very well trained, and much smarter than you could ever be as a candidate. He wears shades which makes it difficult to peep into his eyes. And it may look like he not looking at you at all, but there is a good chance that he would be staring at you only.

So, don’t try to look for his response, it will distract you. All you need to do in the lecturette is, deliver the lecturette, nothing more. 

As the saying in Geeta goes- “Karam kiye ja, fal ki chinta mat kar.”

So, just do your work, GTO will do his. And god willing, you will get recommended. 🙂


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