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Fequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked question by ISSB candidates.

Q1. How many candidates are selected out of a group / batch?

No definite number or limit is laid down about the selection of candidates out of a group/batch. If all the candidates in a group / batch come up to the required standards, all will be selected, Likewise, if no-one comes up to the standards none may be selected from a particular batch. Therefore have faith in your abilities and put in your best in each test you undertake.

Q2. What happens if I become sick or get injured?

Free medical facilities are provided to candidates at ISSB. Inter Services Selection Board try his best to ensure that you do not fall sick or get injured during your stay/tests. Still if anything goes wrong:

  • In case of severe injury or illness you will be taken to Combined Military Hospital for the treatment. You may also get admitted depending upon severity of the injury or illness.
  • If you have missed complete tests due to illness or injury, you will be considered as “Withdrawn” and your chance for ISSB tests will not be counted.
  • If you have appeared in the ISSB tests but have missed a portion of GTO’s tests or interview then it is likely that you are considered as “Not Fully Boarded“. In this case also, your chance for ISSB will not be counted. The condition of “not to appear at ISSB within 120 days” will not apply to you if you are declared ‘Not Fully Boarded’. Therefore you can appear as soon as you are well and fit.

Q3. Does prior coaching / training has any effect during ISSB tests?

We discourage candidates to undergo coaching for the reasons that it hinders the spontaneity of an individual. Candidates who undergo coaching present a stereotype behavior that hides his/her originality. Besides, coached candidate are prone to becoming single tracked.

Q4. Is there any difference in the assessment system for the three services?

No. The assessment system for all three services is the same. However in order to suit the requirement of services, for few courses, the candidates are tested in two dimensions i.e. Psychologist Tests and Interview only. But there are no variations in the technique of these tests.

Q5. Can I appear for ISSB tests for two services in the same half of the year?

Not Exactly. You can appear in ISSB for any course if following is complied with:

  • You can not appear in ISSB within 120 days of your last appearance.
  • You have not exhausted your two chances for appearance at the ISSB.

Q6. Are there any concessions for the Female Candidates?

There is no difference in selection standard, but there are some variations in the tests and field events. Female candidates are normally tested in two dimensions plus (psychologist tests, interview and some of the GTO Tasks) except for those applying for GD (P) or CAE who are tested in all tests of three dimensions i.e. Interview, GTO Tasks and Psychologist Tests. Please remember that such arrangements may change when service requirements demand so.

Q7. If I am recommended from ISSB, does it mean that I will definitely be selected and be instructed to join the academy?

Generally true but not always correct. ISSB only recommends the candidates for various courses but final merit list is prepared by the concerned services only if number of recommended candidates is more than the vacancies for that particular course. In most of the cases a candidate recommended by the ISSB makes his/her way to the academy but it may not always happen. Your name may not appear in the final merit list and thus you may not be called for the training.

Q8. What is the period of validity of Recommendation of ISSB for a particular course?

If you were recommended for a particular course but not included in the final merit list and you want to re-appear in the ISSB for the same or any other course, then you can only appear after one year from the date of your previous recommendation of ISSB; as it is most likely that your name is already included in the waiting list for the next serial / batch of that course.

Q9. I can not come for the tests, can my test dates be delayed?

It is very much possible that the test dates mentioned in your call letter concide with your other examinations of some other institutions. Inter Services Selection Board always tell there candidates to immediately inform them of such possibilities and write to ISSB by post for an adjustment which in most of the cases is made. Please inform them immediately if your test dates concide with some other examination that you are taking. You are required to send them an application by post and also send a copy of your examination schedule as a proof. Please remember that ISSB is not bound to call you again. Re-call is only issued when it is clearly established that your reason for not appearing was based on solid grounds.

Q10. I did not receive my call letter but I have seen my call on the website, what should I do?

You call letter is issued some 20 days in advance to the actual date of your tests. It is a rare possiblity that you may not receive your call letter at all. If you have seen your name in our online callup database then you should take a print out of the same page which shows your name and report for the ISSB. The concerned ISSB staff has been instructed to accept the same as a call and let you in. Please remember that you must be in possession of other educational documents required from you to be eligible for the tests.

50 Responses to Fequently Asked Questions

  1. If % in all test of a candidate is 70 then is he eligible to overcome his low % and get selected….???

    • How you managed to guess that you overall performance or test score was 70% at ISSB ? Yes a candidate is nearly close to get selected if he SCORED 70% or more at ISSB (confidential Information so can’t disclose it here)

  2. One word answer YES! You must should posses both of the qualities too be selected as a CEA, a potential as of an Armed Force Officer and Education as of a Pro. Which will make sure that you’ll not fall down at times where an Officers potential is required. So be prepared for you ISSB as well :)

  3. Sir I have scored 55% marks in fsc(non-medical),can i join army as an officer?

  4. Mohammad Abdullah Abdullah

    Sir I have cleared the first three test i.e intelligence , medical , physical of  initial test but I cannot clear my interview. When I will reappear for test than I will again followed the schedule of those test which I have cleared or I will give interview only of initial test

  5. Mohammad Abdullah Abdullah

    now when i will appear next time i will give intelligence test only or intelligence test along with physical and medical tests

  6. how i check my call leter on internet plz tell me website

  7. How many days does it take to get a call letter after the initial interview?

    • ISSB Letters are dispatched on random and candidates are called in the same random order keeping in view that all the selection centers are adjusted accordingly. So there is no hard and fast rule to calculate the arrival time of ones ISSB Letter

      • Thank you for a quick response, is there any way to know if you’re going to get the letter I am not sure if I passed my interview because they didn’t tell me but said to start morning jogs to warmup my body does that mean I passed my interview? They even kept my registration slip/admit card with them after the interview.

  8. sir kindly tell me that at what date new candidates(of batch 2012) will appear for initail test?if u cant tell the exact date than plz tell an estimate about it,thanx

  9. sir kindly tell me that at what date new candidates(of batch 2012) will appear for initial test?if u cant tell the exact date than plz tell an estimate about it,thanks

  10. sir my sis want to join pak army or PAF. but she is 22 years old she did matric and fa in arts bt now she want to do fsc if she get 70% or 80% marks in fsc and i know she will.then is she eligible for GD pilot course and administration ignore her age becouse at that time she will 24 years of age? and if she want to go in army and get 70% or 80% markls in bcs to kya issb us k past grades ko ignore kr de gi kyun k us k matric me50% or FA me 41% marks hen plz sir answer zrur krna kyun k pehle hi galat guidence ki wajah se us ka bohat nuksan ho gya h plzzz sir replly.

    • She will not be able to apply for PAF due to age restriction by then which is 22 years. For army you have to have good grades previously as well.

  11. Sir wiht due respect kindly tell me about the merit for upcomming longcourse and regestration date..

  12. Sir i have passed my initial test now i want to change my station from rawalpindi to quetta.is this possible

    • No you can’t as the information isn’t synchronized between all of the selection centers, but you might can try if they can entertain

  13. sir plz reply karen me bohat pareshan hun plzzzzzzzz sir.

  14. sir i wanna know how much vital is this BMI for eligibility?plzzzzz tell me.


  16. Sir i had two questions first my BMI is 18.5 and normal BMI is 23 to 25. My height is 188 cm and weight is 65 kg can i am eligible for issb? 2nd a dimploma holder student can apply for issb?

  17. ISSB of TCC-24 will be in which month?

  18. Asalamualikum Sir! can you inform me about my ISSB call letter, my test roll no# is HYDDSSC02129004 and CNIC # 41101-6177450-8

  19. Anybody knws abt PMA 130 ? when registration gona start ????????? plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  20. tnk u sir i got my answere n may !

  21. Sìr will u plz inform me about the tests for the repeaters who r now applying from forces. In what tests they have to be appear now? Wd advance thanks.

  22. sir we have applied in (branch rank commission 2) in oct 2011 . and cleared initial examination from five core. we r still waiting for our issb calls. its almost six months

  23. hy guyz PMA 130 registration is start nw ! Registration date is 9 Aprail to 13 may ,,,,,,,,, !

  24. sir i hve subimitted my issb letter on 30th march 2012 for 24 tcc,in which i have not mentioned the location where i wish to appear for issb test(at serial 5 of the letter,e.g kohat or somewhere else)however i have mentioned the location for medical examination(cmh rawalpindi),can they call me for test,if no then what should i do now,kindly reply as soon as possible,i am too worried. Reguards(Muhammad Waqas Khan)

  25. what can i do if I does not get my matric certificate bcoz it is not issued and I have my matric result card…..

  26. salam i have a question.i got 60% marks in intermediate but in my 2nd year english i have * star…….plz let me inform about it ….can i eligible to apply in pma……????

  27. Is there any limit fr taking initial test fr pak army ? at max kitni dafa de sakty han ?

  28. @admin apka download stuff powerpoint pe open ni ho rha hai wo password protected hai plzzz help?????

  29. sir i m not recmnded twice frm issb can there any more chancefor lng course cmisn in pak army

  30. Sir please tell me about color deficiency problem. When a color spotted album is shown before me then i see 70% of them. Mean i see 7 out of 10. Then am i color blind?

  31. Asslam o alaikum ,Sir plz tell me the procedure of short services commission in army ,how to apply,qualificationpercentage,tests,training,e.t.c

  32. sr i have completed first year nw im doing 2nd year can i apply now for army? and my next question is that what basically are the requirements for technical cadet course. i meet its requirement i scored 65% in fsc part 1.wt would u prefer me to do pma long course or tcc. kindly reply as soon as possible.

  33. Asslam-o-AlaikumSir i have done intermediate but unfortunately due to flood in 2010 i could not focus on my study and could maintain to get 60,percents marks .but i get 70, percent marks in matric.Sir i want to know the job description of ground compatier more over that i tend a dream to become a gd piolot or another rank officer in paf so i also want to know tha after geting in this(ground compatier) can i continue my journey my dreams or no?ThanksWaiting for your reply anxiously

  34. Sir, can i give the issb after completing my 4 years bachelors in computer science? Is the age requirement for people doing 4 years bachelors is 24 years? Kindly reply.