PPDT is conducted in Stage-1 Screening right after OIR Testing. PPDT consists of three parts – story writing, narration and group discussion. So, after you have completed your story writing, it’s now time to narrate your story. This is where the crucial part of stage-1 selection happens, as, for most of the time, the assessor does not read your story. So, you have to explain all to them through your narration.
14 tips for PPDT story narration
Here are 14 Tips to Narrate Your PPDT Story Flawlessly as expected by the assessors. The assessor is the president of SSB Allahabad and these are the tips which he suggests for better narration in PPDT:
- After you have written your story, avoid wasting time and practice narrating the story to yourself beforehand. Narrating story to self will increase self-confidence and you will perform better.
- Remember your story well. At times, it happens that what candidate is narrating is nowhere related to the story he wrote. So, remember your story and revolve your narration around the story only. But mind you, do this only in individual narration as if you do this in GD, you will come out as being rude and not valuing other’s Point of View.
- It is in the individual narration that you can showcase your qualities the best like Self-Confidence, Power of Expression, Reasoning Ability, and Effective Intelligence.
- Be loud and clear enough to be audible to everyone while narrating the story.
- Make eye contact with others while you narrate the story. This will fetch them your attention and they will listen to you with more interest.
- If given a chance to volunteer to speak, either speak first or narrate at the end. It is the only time where everyone is listening to you with full interest and attention.
- If you are stuck in the middle while narrating your story, explain your story in 1-2 sentences again and go on to the conclusion to finish your narration.
- The worst part is taking more time to narrate your story than given. Generally, you are expected to finish your story in a minute or two. Try narrating your story asap and with full essence of it.
- After the individual narration, the GD starts in which all of the candidates in your group have to come to a common conclusion. In GD, value each other’s point and be welcoming if their point is better than yours. Do not just stick to your story and impose it on all of them.
- The best of the OLQs can be showcased in the GD. Try showing your Social Adaptability, Cooperation, Initiative, Quickness of Decision, Influencing Ability and Liveliness.
- Contribute your points in the GD. It doesn’t matter if the point is not from your story. If it’s a good and valid point, contribute it to the group.
- Avoid getting the discussion made into a fish market like situation. If so, try to calm down others by saying a word or two but don’t go all Satyadi. Just be modest enough for the assessors to note you.
- The quality of the story is more important than quantity. Do not go all Shashi Tharoor using words which not many know. Use simple words yet narrate a strong story.
- The last but most important tip is – to practice, a lot. Try practising narration at home in front of a mirror and correct minor details like postures and gestures.
So, these were some best of the tips to narrate a story in PPDT in the best possible way. Try to inculcate these tips while you practice and remember, it's all about the OLQs that you posses make you the best candidate to be recommended.
Good Luck, Jai Hind.