Inter-Services Selection Board

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Inter-Services Selection Board
بین الخدماتی مجلسِ انتخاب
Formation1952; 72 years ago (1952)[1]
Parent organization
Pakistan Armed Forces

The Inter-Services Selection Board (colloquially known as ISSB) (Urdu: بین الخدماتی مجلسِ انتخاب) is a committee for the selection of commissioned officers in the Pakistan Armed Forces: the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.


The selection through board is made on the basis of five days of psychological screening to test the ability, aptitude and personality of a candidate.The tests are held in any one of the four centers, namely Kohat, Gujranwala, Quetta and Malir.[3]

Candidates have to go through a thorough procedure of five days. They are tested by the psychologist, Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Deputy president.[4]

Candidates who pass the selection procedure qualify, provided that they pass a physical test, medical test and general knowledge test[5] to undergo officer training at military academies, primarily the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul,[6] the Pakistan Naval Academy in Manora[7] the Pakistan Air Force Academy in Risalpur[8] and the SPD's Center of Excellence for Nuclear Security in Chakri.


Coaching for the tests is not officially allowed but nevertheless many academies do exist for this purpose, often run by retired military and board officers.[9]


The first Sikh passed the board's selection procedure in 2005,[10] the first Hindu in 2006[11] and the first women also in 2006.[12]

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  1. ^ "About". Inter-Services Selection Board. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Contact Details".
  3. ^ "General information". Inter Services Selection Board. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Type of Tests".
  5. ^ Mazurek, Kas; Winzer, Margret A. (1994). Comparative studies in special education. Gallaudet University Press. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-56368-027-4.
  6. ^ The Pakistan Review. Ferozsons. 12: 28. 1964. ISSN 0031-0077. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ The Detective. East Pakistan Police Co-operative Society. 11: 3. 1966. OCLC 27132648. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Cheema, Pervaiz Iqbal (2002). The armed forces of Pakistan. Allen & Unwin. pp. 106–107. ISBN 978-1-86508-119-9.
  9. ^ "Getting commissioned in forces a dream come true for many". Daily Times. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Sikh becomes an officer in Pak Army". The Times of India. 20 December 2005. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Pak army recruits first Hindu cadet". The Times of India. 25 September 2006. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  12. ^ "Young women keen to join Pakistan army". The Peninsula. 21 July 2006. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2010.

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