PMA long courses are inducted in Pakistan army as 17 graded officers on the rank of 2nd lt. These courses are taken 2 times in a year . one course during winter and the other during summer. All those who want to join Pakistan army through long course must check the eligibility criteria given at www.joinpakarmy.gov.pk then proceed in the following manner. These are the stages through which a candidate has to pass:
The first step is the registration. all bio data is given including every minor detail. the registration is done at www.joinpakarmy.gov.pk during the given dates or the respective Army Recruitment and Selection Centers. after the registration the slip is given to the candidate to appear in the initial test on the given date.
Registration for PMA long courses starts during the month of July and August for even course ( can be changed ) and in the month of October and November for odd course ( can be changed) for TCC ( technical cadet course) during the month of may and June. For Lady Cadet Course during the month of June and July ( can be changed)
After the registration the candidates are called for the initial test. these tests comprise of many tests. which are:
1) ONLINE TESTS:
The online test comprise of verbal, non-verbal , and academic tests. verbal containing 94 questions to be solved within 30 mins, non-verbal tests contain 96 questions to be solved in 30 mins and academic test includes 50 questions to be solved in 30 mins. verbal and non-verbal tests are based on common sense. like series questioning, odd man out etc. etc. non-verbal having the same common sense questions but related to pictures. shapes and sizes are given.
The academic test includes questions from Pakistan studies, Islamiyat, general knowledge, math’s, physics and English’s. examples are given below. the candidates passing the verbal will proceed to non-verbal and those clearing the non-verbal will proceed to the academic. those who will pass the online tests will be sent for medical only. the candidate failing at any stage will be sent back at that stage and can only appear in the next course.
Q) which no will be next 2, 3 , 5 , 7 , ___?
Q)odd man out( which is different) car , ship , train , aero plane , bus , truck
(pictures will be given)
which is different (square , rectangle , octagon , hexagon , circle , pentagon )
complete the series (an arrow pointing north , an arrow pointing east , an arrow pointing south ,______)
Q) which is the capital of Ethiopia?
Q) who gave the 1962 constitution of Pakistan ?
Q) who compiled the Holy Qur’an for the first time?
2) MEDICAL TESTS:
Every thing regarding the body of the candidate is checked briefly by a doctor in the same centre and on the same day. this includes height, weight, bones, feet, elbows, knees, skin, eyes, nose, ears, teeth, vocal cords etc etc.
3) PHYSICAL TESTS:
All the candidates declared medically fit by the doctor will be called for physical on a separate date in a ground. where they will appear in 1 mile run in 8: 30 mins, 15 puch ups, 15 reach ups, 3 chin ups and dich crossing. After clearing this test they will be called for an interview.
This is also called personality test. in interview the basic requirement is the confidence, respect, nature of the candidate which are tested. there are questions of general knowledge, fast mathematics and candidate’s personality. dressed and appearance are equally important.
This concludes the 2nd step of selection of the candidate for army. the forms along with the documents of the candidates are given to the respective AS&RC from where they are posted to GHQ. then the call for ISSB is dispatched after 30 to 40 days. a candidate will receive the call for ISSB 10 days prior to the reporting day. this call is also posted on the official website of Army.
ISSB is not a small word, it stands for inter services selection board. this test is the most versatile and important and any one person can apply for ISSB only two times in his/her life. this test is responsible for the induction of any candidate in army, Airforce or navy. This test comprises of many tests taken in 4 days from a candidate. these tests are classified into three main parts. which are subdivided into many tests.
Interview is taken by the Deputy commandant and lasts 15 to 20 mins. All details and qualities of personality are judged and examined by the interviewer
Note: After the ISSB the recommendation or not-recommendation letter is given all those candidates recommended by the ISSB proceed for the final medical in the respective CMH to join the forces.