Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) Criteria & 14 Qualities

ISSB Stands for Inter Services Selection Board. It is a board that recommends people to become an officer in the armed forces of Pakistan. Anyone becoming an officer in the Pakistan Army, Navy or Airforce must get a recommendation from the Inter services selection board.
Inter Services Selection Board

ISSB 14 Leadership Qualities

14 Leadership qualities of ISSB are:
  • Effective Intelligence
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Power of Expression
  • Self Confidence
  • Determination
  • Organizing Ability
  • Initiative
  • Courage
  • Cooperation
  • Sense of Responsibility
  • Group Influencing Ability
  • Liveliness
  • Social Adaptability
  • Speed of Decision

How Selection System Works?

Selection of a candidate not made on a single test. For this purpose, multiple tests are taken in order the check the physical and mental fitness of a candidate. These days are also famous as five days of ISSB. Each day different psychologist tests and physical tests are taken.

However, the selection is made on several factors. The Inter services selection board does not reveal the reason for not recommendation. Therefore, it is hard to say what they are looking for in a candidate. On the contrary, the recommendation is valid only for a year.

After one year, you have to reappear in the ISSB test for your recommendation. Here is give
complete ISSB info that really helpful for you.

5 Days Schedule Of ISSB

Inter services selection board is also very famous due to its 5 days. Check your ISSB call letter from here. In these five days, you will slightly experience the life of defense force personnel.
5 Days Of ISSB

Arrival Day (1st Day)

  • Reception
  • Checking of Documents
  • Allotment of ID / Chest numbers
  • Photographs
  • Administration Staff’s address
  • Completion of Board Questionnaires

2nd Day

  • Opening Address by a Deputy President.
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Remaining Psychological Tests

3rd Day

  • Briefing
  • Indoor Tasks
  • Group Discussion
  • Group Planning
  • Outdoor Tasks
  • Progressive Group Task (PGT)
  • Half Group Task (HGT)Interviews

4th Day

  • Individual Obstacles.
  • Command Task
  • Final Group Task (FGT)
  • Interviews (leftovers)

5th Day

  • Conferences
  • Preparation of all the results
  • Dispersal of candidates

Is ISSB difficult?

ISSB is not difficult as explained by people. With preparations, you can easily pass it. On the contrary, when I asked this question from an ISSB recommended candidate. He replied, 

I noticed that it is nothing but a game of confidence, integrity & simplicity.
You can attempt ISSB only three times. Two times after intermediate and one time after graduation. The final merit list is made on the candidate's overall performance in ISSB tests. 
However, academic marks also matter slightly. After these five days either you get an ISSB recommendation letter or not a recommendation letter.

Coaching & Academies

Coaching for the Inter services selection board is not officially allowed. However, if they find that, you are trained by any academy for ISSB preparation then it leads you toward not recommendation.
ISSB Coaching

But, you can get a guide about tests. ISSB result is announced in three states i.e recommendation, duffer, not recommendation. In case of a recommendation, you consider as pass candidate.

In the case of a duffer, you consider as a fail candidate. but your chance for the Inter services selection board is not lost. If you do not recommend then you are considering fail and chance also lose. You can also download ISSB books for preparation from our site also for proper guidance.

How To Join Pakistan Armed Forces

The armed forces of Pakistan are one of the top choices among the youth for jobs. This is a passion to serve the nation with dignity and full potential. A disciplined and well-organized life.
Armed Forces of Pakistan

Defence forces of Pakistan invite people from every field whether you studying Medical, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Arts. Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Airforce had a wide range of fields in which you can apply.

Such as if you want to become an engineer in the Pakistan army then you should apply in Technical Cadet Course (TCC). If you want to become a doctor in armed forces then you have to apply in Medical Cadet Course (MCC).

If you want to become a pilot then you should apply in Pakistan Airforce. But PMA Long Course is the most famous course from all other courses. However, the selection procedure for Army, Navy, and Airforce is the same. 

Download ISSB Books

You can download the ISSB test guide book & other preparation material from the below links:


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