ISSB Command Tasks

Leaderless group situation mentioned earlier does not reveal the total personality of the candidate. The shy and hesitant type may not feel like thrusting themselves on the group and therefore may not express their initiative and other qualities. In view of this, the test has been devised to observe the candidate in the second group situation where every chance is given to display abilities. Unlike the group task v here all the candidates are explained a problem, in this task the G.T.O. explains the problem to the commander only who is allowed to pick up three or four men out of his own group to help him in carrying out the task entrusted to him.


Given Material
  1. 1 Plank — 8’ length and 3’ breadth
  2. 1 rope
  3. 1 heavy drum

The commander has to take all these materials and his men to the place B after crossing the wooden structures (a), (b) and (c). One the way he has to pick up the Ammunition Box also lying between (b) and (c) structures.


Pick up four active, strong and co-operative men from your group. Suppose they bear chest No. 20, 21, 23, 24. Now order No. 23 to go up to structure (a) with rope and from there throw a lop in the corner of the structure (b) as indicated by mirrored lines and tie it in the corner of structure (a) as indicated by mirrored lines. After this, command No. 21 and 22 to pass on the plank to No. 20 and also move to the structure (c). When the two have reached the structure (a) then ask No. 21 to put the plank on the rope and No. 20 and 22 to hold it firmly and 23 to go to structure (b). Now order No. 20 also to go to the structure (b) with the help of the plank and No. 2 I to stand in the middle and form a’ bridge to hand over the drum to No. 20.

After the drum is passed on safely to No. 20, hand over the plank also to No. 21 when he reaches there The rest will reach there by monkey crawling.

To put it briefly, after this, by placing the plank on the two structures (b) and (c) all of them can cross and reach the place B. one person hangs down in the middle by placing his legs and one hand on the plank and with a free hand picks up the Ammunition Box and hands it over to the person who is sitting on the structure.

Keep in Mind

The first step for the commander is to make a judicious choice of men to assist him. He should select men who are active. physically strong and co-operative. A wise choice will not only help in carrying out the task in time but also reflect the sense of objective assessment of the candidate.

After this, the commander should set his mind to the solution of the problem given to him. Remember well begun is half done’. He should then proceed to explain to his men the objective and immediately order or command candidate No. 2 to take up the bally, No. 3 to place it on the two structures, No. 4 to go to the Structure and from there throw a loop on the tree. The commander should give these orders in a bold and clear manner. Now it is in the interest of the efficient performance of the task that a careful study of the individuals for specified job must be made by the commander otherwise trial and error method won’t help much: rather would waste time unnecessarily.

The commander should not do anything unless it becomes essential in which case he may extend his helping hand to avoid any delay in completing the task. He should normally concentrate mote on planning, supervising and executing the task. The commander should occupy a place of vantage. He should stand at a place where he can conveniently watch his men at work. Such a position will help him to check and correct his men when they go wrong.

Lastly, if at any time it so happens that the commander fails to grasp the essentials of the problem and does not know the solution, then instead of getting nervous, it is good to ask suggestions from somebody in the group. To stand baffled for some time is fatal as time runs fast. Now this should be done openly so that the person giving suggestions is not deprived of his legitimate credit. But the commander is to do it so tactfully as to show a favour to his junior rather than getting one.