‘Remember that at ISSB, they will be looking for motivated candidates who have the potential to complete the long, arduous and extensive training which faces all newly commissioned officers in the service. Many important behavioral aspects will also be considered for your selection, such as clear thinking, the ability to remain calm under stress and strain, team skills and willingness to participate.

They don’t want you to display rashness or aggression; neither do we want you to be dull or spiritless. You have to be honest, straightforward and frank. Don’t display over-consciousness, false projection or superficial behavior. Over the years some private institutions and coaching centers have mushroomed in the country to train the candidate for passing ISSB tests, it’s better not to join these for training and guidance. The training imparted in these centers is too restricted and brings in rigidity in thought process leading to a fake or conservative behavior in you. Remember that the Selection Board is far more smart than you and you will be caught at the moment instantly!

Following are the important things you need to work on for a brighter chance of getting recommended by the Selection Board:


You can tell a lot from a person’s appearance. So you have got a sense of personal pride and a good impression.

The Selection Board is always looking for people with good expression, may it be Urdu or English, clear direction, a good vocabulary and sense of grammar. Try to develop these by joining in debates and group discussions.

Self Confidence
Self-confidence and maturity are largely the product of experience. You can strengthen these qualities by participating in-group activities, taking on responsibility and exercising independence.

Academic Ability
Good academic results mean you will be good at absorbing the training of advanced and sophisticated equipment. Make your English and Mathematics sound.

If you possess the above qualities, you will have a greater potential for leadership training. Try and seek out positions of responsibility in academic, youth, social or sports activities. If you are applying for an officer vacancy then this trait is going to be the dominant one.

Take adequate physical exercise in the run up before you report at the ISSB. If you are already a gym person and take care of your fitness, you will be at ease at physical tasks there.

You should be convincing and sincere in your reasons for wanting to join armed forces. Make sure you really know for what and why you are applying. You should know your destiny and the exact reason of being there.

You should be a person with an awareness of the world around you, and an interest in military matters. Discuss current affairs and defense issues with your parents, teachers and friends and keep yourself updated with good newspapers.