Inter Services Selection Board

Inter-Services Selection Board
Abbreviation ISSB
Formation 1952 (1952)[1]
Legal status Active
Headquarters Islamabad
Region served
Official language
Parent organization
Pakistan Armed Forces

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.[2] The tests are held in any one of the three centers, namely Kohat, Gujranwala and Malir.[3]

Candidates who pass the selection procedure qualify, provided that they pass a medical test,[2] to undergo officer training at military academies, primarily the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul,[4] the Pakistan Naval Academy in Manora[5] and the Pakistan Air Force Academy in Risalpur.[6]

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.[7]

The first Sikh passed the board's selection procedure in 2005,[8] the first Hindu in 2006[9] and the first women also in 2006.[10]


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

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