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Situation Reaction Test (SRT)

In the Situation Reaction Test (SRT), the candidates are expected to give out spontaneous and instinctive responses to certain stressful, unfamiliar and real to life situations.

A total of 60 situations are required to be addressed in 30 minutes, i.e. 30 seconds per situation.

These are ‘real to life’ situations, which you may encounter in your day to day life. These are given in a Booklet, in the form of statements which you have to complete by giving appropriate reactions.

Due to a constraint of time, you will generally give a response, which would be close to your actual reaction, while facing similar situation in real life.

The following aspects must be borne in mind while attempting the SRT:

You must write your responses in the separate sheets given to you for the purpose and not inside the SRT Booklet.

Give your response to a situation in a methodical / step wise manner, which is brief, but complete in all aspects; e.g. if you see a road side accident, you must start by giving first aid (if available), followed by organizing transport to take injured person to hospital, then inform police authorities and lastly inform the next of kin of the injured person.

Be realistic, and do not show illogical bravado or foolhardiness in your responses; e.g. fight alone with a number of hoodlums while returning from a late night movie show with your girl friend, or jump into a river to save someone, when you are told in the situation that you are a non swimmer.

However, if your honour is at stake, then you can even sacrifice your life to protect it; e.g. if the hoodlums tell you that we will not harm you, if leave your girl friend behind and walk away.

Do not show wishful behaviour, by presupposing things to make your problem easier; e.g. should not imagine that police will come out of the ‘blue’ and apprehend the hoodlums.

Do not demonstrate panic in your behaviour by writing phrases like, shout for help, cried out for assistance, etc.

You must show presence of mind and utilize various recourses available at your disposal to their fullest potential while giving out your reaction. Besides, it shall also show your general awareness and resourcefulness.

While giving your responses, you must never forget your moral responsibilities towards the society and show empathy in your responses while dealing with the ‘feelings of others’.

Most important is that you need to actually mould your thought process closest to what you portray in your responses. Because, somewhere or the other in your responses in SRT/TAT/WAT/SD, your true personality traits will be visible to the assessor and naturally, it will not match with the “prepared” responses given by you.

Different Types of Responses Given By Candidates

Action Oriented Responses

In these responses the action is executed and completed. These are considered to be the best responses, and reflect the qualities of a candidate, who is self sufficient, self-reliant and a “doer”.

For example, “he jumped into the river and saved the boy”; “She along with other students controlled the fire by using fire fighting equipment available in the college”.

Make sure that all intermediary actions are written and the outcome is completed, e.g. called fire brigade, mobilised help, used local resources to contain fire, assisted in evacuation of victims and finally controlled the fire effectively.

Starts Action but Leaves it Incomplete

In such responses, the candidate plans, but shows a doubt with respect to the execution/completion of the task; e.g. he willtryto catch the thief; such responses reflect lack of determination, inept self confidence and all those specific qualities to which the situation is related.

Unrealistic Responses

Responses that shows that the candidate lives in a fantasy world and in which the candidate often jumps to conclusions; e.g. He participated in Olympics and got a gold medal. It might show lack of self awareness or a defence mechanism of the candidate to glorify a quality that is deficient with him/her.

Unable to Complete Response
This happens due to high level of stress on the candidate, presented by the situation. Such responses by the candidate are interpreted by the psychologist as, from a highly stress prone candidate or that the candidate is unable to grasp the situation correctly or his speed of thinking process is slow, etc.

Leaving Blank SRTs

Invariably, a candidate will leave blanks, as he is unable to handle that particular emotion appropriately and is incapable to responding to it. Hence, that particular personality trait or quality would be found deficient with that candidate.


  • You are in train & lost your purse with money. You…… ???
    • I will use the money which i kept safely in my luggage for emergency situation…and will file an FIR later, or
    • I dint lose it. It is in my bag
  • In his train compartment, two gunmen force passengers to give their belongings. He……???
    • Those gunmen are nothing but RPF jawans checking up as a part of security.
  • You Got a Marriage Proposal from a Sexually Harassed Girl who is struggling For Justice?
    • I will politely let her know that I have gf and I am already committed to her and help her as much as i can in her fight against injustice.
  • You received an urgent order from your commander. But you feel that order passed on to you is wrong. You…..??
    • Trust on your commander order and obey.
  • You were standing in a ticket queue. There 2 persons with gun came from last and ask you to give them space .You ______?
    • They are police men for security. I would cooperate with them.
  • You went to bathroom. Saw a king cobra .No Stick nearby. Door closed? You ______?
    • Put the towel on it and quickly open the door and escape, inform others. Or
    • Invert the bucket on it to lock it. Inform others.
  • You are moving across the road on a scooter when you observe that two boys on a bike snatch a lady’s gold chain and ride away. You would …….?
    • I’ll follow them..note the no. then contact the police..Or
    • Follow them quickly, catch hold of them and retrieve the chain to return.
  • You find that the person whom you call your friend has been cheating you. What would you do ?
    • Let him realize his mistake n then make him feel guilty in his own eyes.
  • You are living in the college hostel.The dal served to you in the mess has a lot of stones. What would you do ?
    • Inform the mess maintenance department.
  • While travelling in a train, you notice a man from the coach behind yours fall off the train. You would……?
    • Pull the chain and inform the guard.
  • He has some other plans in life but his parents are forcing him to join Indian Defence Services. He….?
    • Sticks to his plan, makes his parents proud one day with his success.


  • You and your girlfriend are going through an isolated street and five people came and started teasing your girl friend. You will ?
  • Your father retired recently from a government institution. Clerk demanded money from your father to pass his pension papers. When your father asked you for advice. You suggested….
  • You have met with an accident just before your SSB interview. You will
  • You wanted to become a doctor but your father wanted you to become a teacher. You would….
  • You failed in SSB interview. You will….
  • You applied for sub inspector post and you were shortlisted for final interview.Someone approached you to give him ten lakh rupees and job will be yours. You will….
  • You and your friend were travelling in a train and a thif has stolen your friend purse. You will…
  • Your sister want to marry her boy friend against your parents wish and asked you to make arrangements for her marriage. Also she threatened you that she will commit suicide if you did tell your parents. You will….
  • You got addicted to drugs and you needed money urgently to buy drugs. You will…
  • You have applied for leave as your father is ill. But your boss have not granted you leave. You will….