ISSB Eligibility Criteria For Pakistan Army, Air Force and Navy

By | June 21, 2016

Candidates going for ISSB Test should know both ISSB Eligibility criteria and Ineligibility criteria. There are many things which make you eligible if you are going to apply for any vacant position in the Armed Forces of Pakistan. The ISSB eligibility criteria for PMA Long Course and Technical Cadet Course is different, however the physical requirements are same in both of them. Consider the following eligibility criteria:

ISSB Eligibility Criteria


  1. Age
Intermediate or Equivalent 17-22 Years (Relax able for three months both in upper and lower age limit)
Graduates (2 years graduation) and Serving PN / PAF Personnel 17-23 Years
Graduates with 4 years graduation program (BS / BA (Hon) / BBA) 17-24 Years
Serving Army Soldiers 17-25 Years


  1. Gender
Male citizens of Pakistan


  1. Marital Status
Unmarried (Married serving personnel of the Armed Forces over 20 years of age are eligible).


  1. Nationality
Citizens of Pakistan
Domicile holders of Azad Kashmir / Gilgit-Baltistan.


Upon final selection, candidates have to surrender dual nationalities other than Pakistani.

  1. Physical Standards
Minimum Height 5′- 4″ (162.5cm)
Weight As per the Body Mass Index 2


  1. Education


(1) Marks – FA / FSc

(a) Minimum 60 % marks in FA/FSc and equivalent.
(b) Candidates who secure 60% marks or above in BA / BSc, BA / BSc (Hons) And BBA / BPA, with 50%  marks in FA / FSc are eligible for PMA Long Course


(2) Relaxation of Marks

55 % marks in FA/FSc for the candidates from specified area with domicile.


Area including Baluchistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, District Neelum Azad Jammu Kashmir, District Kohistan, Chitral, Dir, Tehsil Bala Kot (Kaghan, Naran)of District Mansehra in KPK, Tharparker and Tehsil Umer Kot in Sind, District Rajanpur, Area of Cholistan Desert, Drawer Fort, Salamsar, Mojgarh and Dingarh of Punjab, who have been actually studying in some areas.

 (3) Serving Army Soldiers

50 % marks in FA/FSc and equivalent.


(4) Hope Certificate

Candidates who have passed Part-1 of Intermediate Examination with minimum 60% marks and appeared / are appearing in Part-II/Final Examination can also apply on “Hope Certificate” by the Head of the institutions.

(5) Verification of Marks Sheet / Certificate

Candidates not issued with certificates or in possession of duplicate/revised mark sheets/certificates of Matric / Intermediate / BA / BSc MUST get a Verification Certificate signed by Secretary/Controller Examination of concerned Board/University.


  1. Age 
17 – 21 years


  1. Gender
Male citizens of Pakistan


  1. Marital Status 


  1. Nationality
Citizens of Pakistan
domiciles holders of Azad Kashmir / Gilgit Baltistan

Upon final selection candidates with dual nationality will have to surrender nationalities other than Pakistani.

  1. Physical standards
Minimum Height 5′-4″ (162.5 cm)
Weight As per Body Mass Index


  1. Education

FSc (Pre Engineering) Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry / Computer Studies / Computer

Science with minimum 65% marks or ‘O’ level passed (English being compulsory) in five

subjects and ‘A’ level passed in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry / Computer

Studies/Computer Science in Grade A-C.

(1)     Candidates possessing qualifications such as ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level etcetera will be required to obtain Equivalence Certificate and conversion of marks from Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), Ministry of Education, and Islamabad and attach it with application form.

(2)      Candidates who have passed FSc Part-I Examination with minimum 65% marks and  appeared / are appearing in FSc Part-II / Final Examination can also apply on “HOPE Certificates” duly issued by Head of the institutions.

(3)     Candidates with Computer Science instead of Chemistry in FSc can apply for Computer Software Engineering only




The physical standards for each post is also different, however armed forces use the following criteria in order to select a fit candidate.

  • Minimum Height


5′-4″ (162.5cm)


  • Visual Standards
Distant Vision With glasses 6/9, 6/12
Near Vision J2, J7 or N8, N12 with or without glasses
Average Weight As per given age and height standards


  • Fitness
1.6 Km Run 7 ½ Minutes
Push Ups 15 repetitions in 2 Minutes
Sit Ups 15 repetitions in 2 Minutes
Chin Ups 3 repetitions in 2 Minutes


  • Swimming

Swimming has been made mandatory commissioning criteria. Swimming training will be imparted to the selected candidates at PMA, however, those not qualifying will not be granted commission. Candidates should therefore learn swimming before joining PMA in their own interest.


These are all the details of the eligibility criteria. If you are fit in all the sections mentioned above and qualify all these standards, you can apply for any position. Hope that this information is useful for you, for important qualifying factors check out How To Get Recommended In ISSB.