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Inter Services Selection Board

The Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) is a committee for the selection of candidates for officer commissions in the armed forces of Pakistan, the Army, Navy and Air Force. Selection is made on the basis of five days of psychological screening to test the ability, aptitude and personality of a candidate.[1] The tests are held in any one of the three centers, namely Kohat, Gujranwala and Malir.[2]

Candidates who pass the selection procedure qualify, provided that they pass a medical test,[1] to undergo officer training at military academies, primarily the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul,[3] the Pakistan Naval Academy in Manora[4] and the Pakistan Air Force Academy in Risalpur.[5]

Coaching for the tests is not officially allowed, but nevertheless many academies do exist for this purpose, often run by retired army and ISSB officers.[6]

The first Sikh passed the board's selection procedure in 2005,[7] the first Hindu in 2006[8] and the first women also in 2006.[9]

Air Vice Marshall Tubrez Asif is a former president of the ISSB.[10]


  1. ^ a b Mazurek, Kas; Margret A. Winzer (1994). Comparative studies in special education.  
  2. ^ "General information". Inter Services Selection Board. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  3. ^ The Pakistan review (Ferozsons) 12: 28. 1964.  
  4. ^ The Detective (East Pakistan Police Co-operative Society) 11: 3. 1966.  
  5. ^  
  6. ^ "Getting commissioned in forces a dream come true for many".  
  7. ^ "Sikh becomes an officer in Pak Army".  
  8. ^ "Pak army recruits first Hindu cadet".  
  9. ^ "Young women keen to join Pakistan army".  
  10. ^ "Air Commodore Tubrez Asif promoted".  

External links

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Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) Tests

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