How To Join Pak Army After F.Sc (ISSB Step By Step Guide)

Pak Army is one of the prestigious institutes of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. People crave to become part of Pak Army in order to be among those who are the defenders of pure land of Pakistan. 

Moreover, from the religious point of view, it is one of the noble duties that one can perform; defending your motherland has high respect in Islam. This is why martyred is awarded high rewards in hereafter life in Holy Quran. 

Many of the youngsters are determined to be the part of Pak Army but the problem lies in their half or zero knowledge of doing so. Today this article is dedicated to those lads who want to join Pak Army as commissioned officers. 

Pakistan’s Army is the biggest and best army in the entire world. It is such a pride and honor for any Pakistani to join the Pak Army as it is not easy to join the Pak Army. 

There are many conditions which must be fulfilled before joining the Pak Army. But still, it is an honor to join Pak Army because you will get the best training in terms of education, physical and mental development.

The salaries are also so good that no one can even imagine that how much it is. If you have courage, then definitely join Pak Army because it is something which you have to do before leaving this world. 

Price of Admission: Eligibility: Students who have completed their matriculation or equivalent Exam from any recognized Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education or Board of Technical Education are eligible for admission into Pak Military Academy (PMA) Kakul, Abbottabad on merit basis if they score a minimum of 50% marks at Matriculation level or equivalent exam. 

This exam is held by Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) and Pakistan Public School Boards Association (PPBSA). Candidates can also appear in National Testing Service NTS-2 Exam conducted by National Testing Service through its authorized centers across the country. 


The registration dates are given in newspapers such as ‘JANG’ and ‘THE NEWS’ by the army.

Moreover, you can check the dates on the official website of Pakistan Army i.e. Keep visiting the site, you will see the notification as it’s being shown.

Here’s an ad from a newspaper showing the registration dates of PMA long course. Every time similar ad appears in newspapers with recent dates. Selection centers are always mentioned in advertisement and for online registration, the official website of the army is provided as well.


Before discussing the whole procedure, let us talk about the eligibility criteria set by GHQ.

There are four major categories on the basis of education who can apply for PMA long course as listed below:

  • Intermediate or equivalent
    • Age limit= 17-22 years
  • Graduates (2 years program)
    • Age limit= 17-23 years
    • Serving Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air force personnel can also apply.
  • Graduates (4 years program)
    • Age limit= 17-24 years
    • BS/BA HONS, BBA/BPA degree holders can apply.
  • Serving Army Soldiers
    • Age limit=17-25 years
    • Army does take care of the soldiers and provide them with equal opportunity of becoming a commissioned officer of 17th grade by applying for PMA L/C. They are given maximum age relaxation.

Other Requirements

  • Gender

Only males can apply for 2 year long course.

  • Marital Status

The candidate should be unmarried.

  • Nationality

The candidate must have Pakistani nationality or that of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit/Baltistan.

Dual nationality upon selection of a candidate for long course is not acceptable. The applicant has to surrender other nationality before stepping into Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.

  • Physical standards

Height should be 5.4 feet or 162.5 cm and the weight should be as per the Body Mass Index.

  • Education

Marks and Relaxation of Marks:

FA/FSc and equivalent= minimum 60% marks

Graduates= 60% marks in BA/BSc HONS, BBA/BPA with 50% marks in FA/FSc

Candidates from backward areas are granted special relaxation in FSc/FA marks. They are eligible with 55% marks. These areas, in particular, are Chitral, Tehsil Bala Kot, Kohistan, District Rajanpur, Area Of Cholistan Desert, Drawer Fort, Salamsar, Mojgarh And Dingarh Of Punjab.

  • Serving Army Soldiers

They are given relaxation in FSc marks. Their marks should be 60%.

  • Hope Certificate

It is for those candidates who have to appear in Part 2 exams of intermediate. If they have 60% marks in Part 1, they can get a ‘hope certificate’ from the head of the institution and apply for registration.

  • Equivalence certificate for A levels

Those candidates who have cleared A levels, they need to apply for equivalence certificate from IBCC.


Following are the conditions which make you ineligible for the induction:

  • If the applicant is twice rejected by ISSB, GHQ, NHQ, and AHQ, he is disqualified for recruitment in PMA long course.
  • Those candidates who are declared UNFIT permanently by Appeal Medical Board cannot apply for the registration.
  • Candidate rejected due to hepatitis B and C.
  • Applicant removed or dismissed from Government Services including Armed Forces.
  • Applicant withdrawn from any Academy/Training institution of Armed Forces is ineligible for Long Course.
  • Applicant removed or expelled from any Army bonded college or institute on disciplinary grounds.
  • Candidate convicted in the Court of Law for any offense involving moral turpitude.


Candidates can get themselves registered via Army SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT CENTRES AND INTERNET.

Way 1: Internet

  • Registration Through The Internet:

The candidate is supposed to visit the official website of Pak Army i.e. and get himself registered there. The candidate is bound to bring all required documents on the date of test given on computerized preliminary roll number slip to nearby selection center. Candidate will pay prospectus fee before the test and must have basic working computer knowledge for undertaking the preliminary test.

  • Registration Form

When you visit the website for registration, the current PMA LONG COURSE appears there with a little description underneath (it will show only when registration will be announced via newspaper, keep visiting the site after one week).

Click on a link which says ‘CLICK HERE’ for registration. This ‘CLICK HERE’ is marked red. You can easily find it on the home page. When you click it, a registration form is opened.

Section A of the form contains ‘PERSONAL INFORMATION’, section B is all about your ‘EDUCATIONAL DETAILS’. It has 5 further sections asking for your MATRICPART- I, PART-II, BACHELORS and OTHER QUALIFICATION information.

After filling all the required fields, you click on an agreement for providing all authentic information. There are two buttons on the bottom right side of the page saying ‘RESET’ and ‘REGISTER’.

If you have provided all essential and true information, click on registration. After registration, you are provided by tracking ID on your provided email account. Through this tracking ID, you are given your ‘TEST CENTRE AND DATE’.

  • Exam Slip

After you are done with registration, you will go back to the home page and click on a link saying ‘click here for exam slip’

For obtaining your exam slip, you will be asked to enter your CNIC. After entering your CNIC, you will click on ‘CHECK STATUS’ icon to check whether your application has been approved or not. If it has been approved, you will simply download your exam slip and report on respective selection center for the test.

This is how you get yourself registered online.

Way 2: Registration And Army Selection And Recruitment Centre

For this candidate should simply visit nearest selection center with all required documents and prospectus fee for completing registration formalities. Their registration would be done manually and roll number slips will be allotted to them.

  • Necessary Documents

Essential documents required for registration are enumerated as below:

a) Original detailed mark sheet or certificate of matriculation, FSc/equivalent

b) Computerized national identity card for those who are 18 and computerized ‘B’ form for age less than 18 years along with a photocopy of computerized identity card of parents (mother/father) or that of a guardian.

c) One set of attested copies of documents mentioned in (a) and (b).

d) 3 duly attested (front and back) passport size colored pictures with a blue background. Pictures should be attested either by the principal or by CLASS-1 Gazetted officer.

e) Repeated candidates will bring original as well as one photocopy of ‘NOT RECOMMENDED’ letter by ISSB.


  • Old CNIC and ‘B’ form will not be accepted at all.
  • Repeater candidates are given special dates of reporting and nearby selection center for preliminary tests. They will bring their ISSB letter of non-recommendation. An important thing to note here is that those who had been rejected in ISSB for TECHNICAL CADET COURSE (TCC) will also be considered repeaters.


It should be cleared to all candidates that the preliminary selection process has four stages that a candidate needs to clear for final selection. All stages are discussed below in detail:

1. Written/ Intelligence Test

• Multiple choice questions are given from 5 subjects i.e. Maths, Pak Studies, Islamiyat, General Knowledge and English.

• Those applicants who clear written test qualify for physical and medical tests.

2. Physical Test

There are certain standards set for physical test and each candidate has to meet these standards as given below:

• 1.6 km run    =       8 minutes

• Push Ups    =     15 repetitions in 2 minutes

• Sit Ups        =      20 repetitions in 2 minutes

• Chin Ups     =       3 repetitions in 2 minutes

• Ditch Crossing =  7’ .4” x 7’ .4” and 4’ deep

3. Interview     

Those candidates who will pass initial written and physical test, they will be shortlisted for ISSB once they get through an interview held at AS&RCS.

4. Call Up Letters

Call up letters will be sent to successful candidates for ISSB. They could be sent letters through website as well.

FURTHER SELECTION: Candidates recommended in ISSB will be examined thoroughly again for a medical test by nearby CMH. The final selection is done at GHQ on the basis of overall performance of the candidate.


For any kind of queries, you are provided a platform. You can email your queries on

If you want to fetch information regarding ISSB call up letters, please visit you can contact Pak Army at the following contact number:

Call: 04299220030/99221230
SMS: 03408880047
WhatsApp: 03408880100