Pakistan Army provides a well-reputed profession, the selected candidates are groomed constructively over the course of 2 years military training provided to them. Gentle Cadets are passed out as commissioned officers i.e. 2nd Lieutenant, within 6 months, they earn the rank of Lieutenant and subsequent training elevates him to the next rank Captain and much more ahead. The pay grade of 2nd Lieutenant is according to BPS-17 with provided facilities and other allowances.
When you reach the rank of Captain, Major, etc. your role will be to work in a particular military army unit, many junior officers of non-commissioned and commissioned ranks will be working under your direct command. Your main role and responsibility will begin to be imparted in you since the very beginning of your military training.
Criteria required for joining Pakistan Army is clearly mentioned below in the table, these requirements are replicated from those mentioned on the official website i.e. www.joinpakarmy.gov.pk[wptb id=6307] [wptb id=6303]
- Candidates twice screened out by Inter-Services Selection Board (ISSB) are unable to attend the tests.
- Candidates declared unfit by Armed Forces affiliated hospitals or Combined Military Hospital cannot join PMA.
- Candidates permanently declared unfit (PUF) by Appeal Medical Board (AMB) cannot join PMA.
- Declared medically unfit due to Hepatitis B or C.
- Candidates with Positive Drug Test will be declared medically unfit.
- Indictment for criminal charges or currently involved in any crime cannot join armed forces.
Note: It is highly advised not to consider attaining private coaching as the ISSB board itself does not suggest candidates to undergo pre-tests training in any academy. Having training imparted in these academies brings rigidity and fakes your personality and intellectuality.
- Minimum of 55% marks in Intermediate or Equivalent.
- Minimum of 50% marks in Intermediate or Equivalent only for Serving Army Soldiers.
- A-Level candidates with aggregate 55% marks are eligible without having to submit IBCC Equivalency Certificate from IBCC, Islamabad.
- A- Level candidates with less than three C’s are required to submit IBCC Equivalency Certificate from IBCC, Islamabad.
- Intermediate (FSc, FCs, FA) local qualification from Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) within Pakistan are not required to present Equivalency Certificates, they are however, required to submit their original local BISE Intermediate certificates.
- Intermediate equivalent qualification from other than Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) like O and A Level or from internationally recognized boards. Students graduated within in Pakistan or abroad possessing educational certificates/degrees from international recognized boards are however required to obtain an Equivalency Certificate from IBCC, Islamabad.
- Lack of original Matriculation, Intermediate, or Graduation certificates cannot attend initial and ISSB tests.
- Possessing of duplicate or revised certificates/marksheets must have their certificates verified from the concerned Controller of Examinations of Board or the Secretary of the University. Failure to present, makes the candidates deemed ineligible for the registration process. However, if such candidates indulge themselves in such mishap will face severe punishments like expulsion from Pakistan Army and ban on attaining public jobs for lifetime. If found during the ISSB tests, you will be immediately sent back home and will not be allowed to attend the subsequent tests.
- Foreign citizenship must be renounced before joining Pakistan Military Academy.
- Candidates declared medically unfit can apply against the decision of their medical, a request should be forwarded to the Recruitment Directorate for arranging a team of medical officers under the Appeal Medical Board (AMB) to reassess the verdict of their medical unfitness. The decision of AMB is final.
Note: Failure to present, makes the candidates deemed ineligible for the registration process. However, if such candidates indulge themselves in such mishap will face severe punishments like expulsion from Pakistan Army and ban on attaining public jobs for lifetime. If found during the ISSB tests, you will be immediately sent back home and will not be allowed to attend the subsequent tests.
Remember: Your educational certificates are withheld by Pakistan Military Academy during the training period for the course of 2 years.
Candidates can visit the Pakistan Army’s official website www.joinpakarmy.gov.pk, Tap the “Join Now” portable tab located on the extreme left side or horizontal drop-down menu located on the far right side. A page will be opened with different vacancies available to register for. Find out 151 PMA L/C, click on “For Registration” and a registration form will be opened. Besides this, candidates can also reach to the nearest Army Selection & Recruitment Centre (AS&RC) to register themselves for the PMA 151 Long Course.
Candidates applying in-centre should remember to bring necessary pre-requisite documents to the Army Selection & Recruitment Centre (AS&RC) for the allotment of roll number for successful registration, the prospectus fee which is around Rs 300/- will be collected from the candidates during the preliminary process on the test day to complete registration formalities. Successfully registered candidates only need to bring his academic documents, registration fee, and CNIC on the mentioned test day. The only difference between the two scenario is candidates applying online or in-centre.
Preliminary tests comprises of computerized intelligence, academic, general knowledge, and current affairs. Candidates who clear initial computerized tests can move to the next stage. Medical examination will be held followed by Physical test and last the interview by Army officers. These initial tests can be conducted on the very same day your computerized test is held or subsequent tests date can vary depending on the centre.
Those candidates screened out in the initial tests will move to the next phase. Successfully passed candidates may receive an ISSB form. Candidates need to completely fill out the ISSB form with genuine information of ones. Follow the dos and don’ts as clearly mentioned in the ISSB form. Besides it, before submitting the form, make sure to attest pre-requisite required documents like qualification certificates, domicile, passport-size photos, CNIC, and some mandatory places in the form from BPS-17 or above officer of any type like teacher, supervisor, civil or army officer, police or law enforcement agencies officers, doctors, etc. Attestation from BPS-16 public servant will not be accepted. Postal order of Rs.100 must not be attested but it should be attached with the submitting documents alongside ISSB form.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can visit the Pakistan Army’s official website www.joinpakarmy.gov.pk. Tap the “Join Now” portable tab located on the extreme left side or horizontal drop-down menu located on the far right side. A page will be opened with different vacancies available to register for. Find out 151 PMA L/C, click on “For Registration” and a registration form will be opened. Besides this, candidates can also reach to the nearest Army Selection & Recruitment Centre (AS&RC) to register themselves for the PMA 151 Long Course.
The boxes marked with * are compulsory to be answered and filled accordingly. However, those without mandatory mark are highly advised to be filled correctly. Failure to do so, your registration form may include incorrect information and chances might be high getting your registration form rejected by the GHQ after verification of your credentials.
Upon successfully submitting the registration form, you can check whether or not exam slip is generated on behalf of your CNIC and candidate’s name. Go to the same page from where you have begun the registration process. Here, click on “Exam Slip”, provide the candidate’s and his father CNIC. A message will appear whether or not exam slip is generated.
Along with the Exam Slip, go to the AS&RC centre, ask the officers or staff members there to re-schedule your initial computerized date. Another test date will be given to you and bring the same Exam Slip with you on the postponed test date. Remember, your test date should be within the preliminary tests schedule. In case, initial computerized test dates are over, you will be told to apply in the next course.
Postal Order (PO) can be collected from any nearest General Post Office (GPO). A total postal sum of Rs.100 is needed to be attached with your submitting ISSB form and documents. You can, however, collect either Rs.100 single PO or Rs.50 double PO. Remember, each PO has its separate unique code, which must be written down in ISSB form. The Postal Order is valid upto 6 months from the issued date. You can check such information available on the Postal Order itself.
It is clearly mentioned on the ISSB form and an undertaking will be taken from you proclaiming that during the training duration of 2 years, you will be subjected to restricted marriage. If violated, the cadet will face harsh consequences such as expulsion from PMA and will be held liable to recompensate all the dues incurred on you. Moreover, after graduating as an 2nd Lieutenant, one can marry after reaching the rank of Captain.
In this case, candidates need not to worry. They can visit the AS&RC center and an another scheduled date will be given to the candidate. The next interview date given will be organized and conducted with different group. It is highly recommended that one should not miss his dates as Essays Tests are also conducted on this day. So, be punctual at all times. Missing interview day risks your chances getting recommended as army officers will try to ask you a few extra questions regarding absence. So, be well prepared and hope for the best.
Yes, initial interview has its marks which determines candidate’s result of recommendation. After the interview is held of a candidate, his Essay in both English and Urdu language is checked and analyzed. A general outlook of the candidate and his Academic, General Knowledge, and Current Affairs background is thoroughly apprehended during the interview. A video of the candidate’s interview is recorded and sent to the GHQ.
Marks are mostly added on behalf of the candidates overall performance in the interview like innate qualities such as Confidence, Spiritedness, Determination, Courage, Patience, Intellectuality etc. Impression from Essays writing have a slight effect on total marks. 20 marks are allocated for every individual. Scoring marks less than 12 is considered as Failure and will not be given ISSB form. Those scoring above 12 marks will receive an ISSB form which they had to submit on the said date along with the required documents.