ISSB Test Format – Selection Process

The candidates aspiring to join Pakistan Army, Air Force and Navy have to appear in an entrance test and initial medical examination. The purpose of these initial screening tests is to short list suitable candidates for appearing ISSB.

  Entry Test: The initial screening test is designed to assess the aptitude of the candidates in common subjects such as English, Maths, Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat and General Knowledge.

 Initial Medical Examination: The qualified candidates of the entry test appear in the initial medical examination to ensure that they meet the minimum criteria of physical considerations for ISSB such as height, weight and others where applicable.

The candidates qualifying the above initial screening test are called to ISSB.

   ISSB Test

The ISSB tests constitute the major part of selection of candidates. ISSB include various tests. The candidates have to stay at the ISSB Cantonments/Test Center/Academies for four days to appear in all the tests.

The ISSB assessment involves the following three parts:

  1. Psychological Test
  2. Out-door Activities
  3. Interviews


  1. Intelligence Test: There are two tests: Verbal Test & Non-verbal Test.
  2. Personality Test: There are written tests: Analytical & Projective test.
  3. Mechanical Aptitude Test: It assesses the mechanical sense.


  1. Group Test: Candidates are divided into groups and engaged in activities to assess them on the basis of qualities required for services of armed forces such as team work, initiative, personality traits, resourcefulness and so on. Group tests include the following:
  2. Group Discussion: Discussion on given idea, topic or subject
    Group Planning: Group has to plan for solving an issue on the given model.
    Group Tasks: It includes wide range of activities to be done by the group e.g. tackling an issue, carrying weights and so on.
    Command Tasks: It assesses the commander qualities by appointing a candidate as commander and engage in work requiring many persons.
  3. Individual Obstacles: It assesses candidates individually to overcome the obstacles.


  1. Candidate is interviewed regarding their life, academics, personality, interest, general awareness, opinions, and aspects required for the services.


Note. The above facts and figures can change from time to time.