4 August 2012

Inter Services Selection Board ISSB Tests

What are ISSB Tests and what does it measure? Complete information about ISSB Tests in Pakistan. ISSB (Inter Services Selection Board) test is conducted to ensure that suitable man is selected for recruitement and  jobs in Pakistani Armed forces (Army, Navy and Air force). This test measures candidate's fitness, decision making, leadership qualities, co-operative attitude, influencing and convincing abilities and your willingness to proceed in any stress situation.

What is the age limit for ISSB Test in Pakistan?  ISSB actually is a system of testing suitable candidates for Pakistan armed Forces.  Therefore every branch of armed forces where recruitments are being conducted age requirement for ISSB is separately prescribed. Same is the case of ISSB requirements qualification.  One very important thing regarding ISSB preparation is that the board has strictly prohibited attaining any type of ISSB exam preparation academies.  There exists academies for ISSB Exam preparation in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, where training is imparted about ISSB.

Who is eligible to take  ISSB?

Depending upon the armed force you are applying for, generally these forces have many same eligibility conditions but there are some educational qualification conditions which differ while applying for each force.

General Eligibility Conditions

  • Age Limit 16 to 22 years on commencement of training.
  • Nationality: Citizens of Pakistan. Candidates with dual nationality have to surrender their Foreign Nationality before joining the force.
  • Martial Status: Unmarried.

Ineligibility :

  • Twice rejected / screened out by ISSB.
  • Rejected by Armed Forces Appeal Medical Board .
  • Dismissed from any Government service or withdrawn from any service training institution on disciplinary grounds.
  • Convicted by a court of law for an offence involving moral turpitude.
  • The candidates whose original academic certificates are found tampered with.
  • The candidates who conceal any information while filling their application forms.

Educational Qualification for Pakistan Air Force

  • HSc/FSc (Pre-Medical / Pre-Eng) 45% marks in aggregate.

Senior Cambridge in five subjects, should have passed Physics and Mathematics or Biology in 'A' level.
Intermediate with Physics and any of the two subjects i.e. Mathematics, Statistics, Biology & Computer Science.
  • GCE 'O' level in five subjects. Should have Physics, Mathematics Biology in 'A'  level.

Candidates who have appeared / are appearing in FSc final examination may also apply provided they submit a certificate from the Head of Institution that they are likely to pass FSc examination in the prescribed grade i.e. 45% aggregate marks (Pre-Engineering/Pre-Medical).

Educational Qualification for Pakistan Navy

The candidate must have obtained at least 60% marks in one of the following examination.
  • FSC (pre engineering) with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • Higher Cambridge School Certificate/GCE/(A level) with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • Diploma of Associate Engineers (with Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry).

Candidate who has appeared in FSc (pre engineering) examination and has obtained at least 60% marks in Part-I and submitting hope certificate from Principal of the College concerned that the candidate is likely to obtain 60% marks in Part-II, is also eligible to apply.

Educational Qualification for Pakistan Army

  • HSc/FSc (Pre-Medical / Pre-Eng) 45% marks in aggregate.
  • Higher Cambridge School Certificate/GCE/(A level) with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • B.A, B.Sc. B.Com

How can I register myself for the test?

You should contact your nearest ISSB centers for registration, where you will appear for initial Written test, Physical fitness check up.

Pakistan Air Force Selection Centers

310, Mansehra Road

10-A Extension Scheme Satellite Town
(92-621) 84910

Fazal Shaheed Road,
D.I. Khan Cantt

Agriculture University Campus

49, Salahuddin Sarak

231-B, Dr.Daud Pota Road (Near Mehran Hotel)

14-Munir Road,Munir Chowk (Near PAF Cinema)

217, Sher Shah Road

9, The Mall Peshawar Cantt

61-A Chaman Housing Scheme

Near PAF Cinema Chaklala

Minara Road, Opposite Govt Islamia College

Pakistan Navy Selection Centers
Warsak Road, Peshawar Cantt.
0521-9212316 nropeshawar@yahoo.com

85-C, Satellite Town, near Chandni Chowk
051-451081 nrorawalpindi@yahoo.com

Old Distt. Engineer Residence, Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Sialkot Cantt
0432-267639 nrosialkot@yahoo.com

92, Shami Road, Behind Fortress Stadium, Lahore Cantt.
9 042-220627-8 nrolahore@yahoo.com

House number 178, Raza Town
0411-752087 nrofaisalabad@yahoo.com

57-G Sher Shah Road, Multan
061-541355 nromultan@yahoo.com

House No. C-653/1, Eid Gah Road
071-614000 nrosukkur@yahoo.com

7-Liaquat Barracks, Raffiqui Shaheed Road
021- 56636704 nrokarachi@yahoo.com

414, Zarghoon Road, Opposite Quetta Serena Hotel, Quetta Cantt
081-9201249 nroquetta@yahoo.com

For any query / additional information please contact, write or e-mail at:
Directorate of Recruitment

Naval Headquarters,
Phone: 20062370-5, 9201418
Fax : 051-9261551, 9261553
E-mail: pnrectt@comsats.net.pk

Where will be the final test conducted?

After completing preliminary tests, all successful candidates will be informed through call up letters which contains some instructions which must be compiled with. The candidate must reach at the indicated centers at the given time. Representative of the selection board contact the candidates at these places and take them to the ISSB's in military transport, where he will be staying for 5 days taking different types of tests.

ISSB Tests and Activities Details

What is the 5 days staying schedule at ISSB center?
Reporting day:
(a) Reception.
(b) Checking of documents.
(c) Allotment of chest numbers.
(d) Candidates are photographed.
(e) Writing of unforgettable incident.

1st Testing day: Psychologist's day
(a) Intelligence Test.
(b) Psychological Tests.

2nd Testing day: GTO's day
(a) Group discussions.
(b) Group planning.
(c) Progressive group tasks.
(d) Half group tasks.
(e) Interview.

3rd Testing day: GTO's day
(a) Individuals obstacles
(b) Command Task.
(c) Final group task.
(d) Mutual assessment
(e) Interview (left over)

Day 5
4th Testing day: Conference day
(a) Conference.
(b) Re-interview (if required)
(c) Payment of TA/DA
(d) Departure

How my result is reported?
The results are conveyed to the candidates by post, within a week after completion of their tests at ISSB.

Guidelines to prepare yourself for I.S.S.B

At ISSB, they are looking for alert, motivated candidates who have the potential to complete the long.  Arduous and expensive training which faces all newly commissioned officers in the service. The selection board is looking for many things, such as clear thinking, the ability of remain calm under stress and strain, team skills and willingness to participate.  We don’t want you to be dull or spiritless.  Be honest, straight forward and frank.  Don’t display over confidence, false projection or superficial behavior.  Certain private institutes and coaching centers established in the country train the candidates for passing ISSB tests.  You are advised not to join these for training and guidance.  The training imparted in these centers is too restricted and brings in rigidity in thought process.  It mars the original personality of the candidates who are caught in dilemma when confronted with a new situation.

You can tell a lot from a person’s appearance.  Show us you have got a sense of personal pride.

Self confidence and maturity are largely the product of experience.  You can strengthen these qualities by participating in group activities, taking on responsibility and exercising independence.  

We look for people with good expression, may it be Urdu or English, clear direction, a good vocabulary and sense of grammar.  Try to develop these by joining in debates and group discussions.  

Academic ability
Good academic results mean you will be good at absorbing the training of advanced and sophisticated equipment. Make you English and mathematics sound.

If you have got the above qualities you will have a greater potential for leadership training.  Try and seek out positions of responsibilities in academic, youth, social or sporting activities.

Take adequate physical exercise in the run-up before you report at ISSB.

You should be convincing and sincere in your reasons for wanting to join Armed Forces.  Make sure you really know for what and why you are applying.

We are looking for people with an awareness of the world around them, and an interest in military matters.  Discuss current affairs and Defence issues with your parents, teachers and friends and keep yourself up to date with a good newspaper.  

We hope these points will have given you some idea of what to expect and that it proves useful to you. You are advised not to consult any coaching centre for guidance.  It will not only adversely affect your original performance but is also likely to mar your personality pattern.  We wish you all the success at ISSB. May Allah the almighty help and guide you in your future life.  


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