Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) Introduction

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

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

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.

The first Sikh passed the board’s selection procedure in 2005, the first Hindu in 2006 and the first women also in 2006.

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

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