What is ISSB? A Complete Overview of Selection Process + My Experience

Table of Contents

Introduction
Initial Intelligence Test
Initial Physical Test
Initial Medical Test
Initial Interview
Mechanical Aptitude Test
Word Association Test
Sentence Completion Test
Picture Story Writing

Pointer Story Writing
Group Discussion
Lecturette Topic
Group Planning
Progressive Group Task
Half Group Task
Command Task

Introduction

I am the guy who is standing on the left, wearing 7 number, in the above image.

I applied to 143 PMA/LC and got “Recommended”. But unfortunately, due to some medical un-fitness, I couldn’t make it to PMA.

I am on the web doing blogging since 2017, but I started this site to share my experience about ISSB. But it required only one long post to cover all.

So, I compiled all my previous posts here and now I am using this site to post about writing and SEO.

Enjoy.

Every year thousands of candidates apply for a commission in armed forces. But, everyone is not so lucky and only a few hundred candidates are selected.

But if you are going to apply for the job you should know some facts and general information about the selection process of these forces.

We can divide the selection process into three parts:

  • Initial Tests
  • ISSB Tests
  • Final Medical

ISSB is the abbreviation of “Inter Services Selection Board” a part of Pakistan Armed Forces which carries the selection process of candidates for commission in armed forces of Pakistan.

Candidates go through an initial selection process in S&RCs (Selection and Recruitment Centres) all over Pakistan.

Selected candidates in the initial process appear before the selection board at ISSB centres. At these Centres, candidates stay for 5 days and go through various mental and physical tests.

These tests are conducted to judge the complete mental and physical approach of a candidate whether he is suitable for this job or not.

Day-to-Day schedule during tests at ISSB is as follows:

  • 1st Day (Arrival Day)
  • 2nd Day (Written Tests)
  • 3rd Day (GTO Tasks & Interviews)
  • 4th Day (GTO Tasks & Interviews)
  • Final Day (Departure)

On the basis of performance in these examinations and interviews at ISSB, final selection of candidates is carried out and recommendation letters are issued to these candidates.

These recommended candidates appear before the medical board in any CMH of Pakistan.

A complete medical examination of these candidates is held. In the end, GHQ (General Headquarters) issues the final merit list of medically fit candidates.

Finally selected candidates go to their respective military academies for their minimum training period leading to a commission in armed forces.

Here is the complete process from beginning to end.

Initial Intelligence Test (verbal & non-verbal)


The first step of the initial tests at selection centres is a computer-based intelligence test. The candidate has to pass this test to go for the next stage.

This test is a kind of aptitude test in which they check the common-sense of a candidate as well as the academic abilities.

This test mainly consists of the following parts:

  • Verbal and non-Verbal tests (Intelligence test)
  • Academic Test (Math, Physics, Chemistry, English, Islamiat and Pak Studies)

First, let’s talk about the first part of the test.

Verbal Intelligence Test

This test is of MCQ’s type. Verbal intelligence tests judge the common sense and general problem-solving ability of a candidate. There are 40-50 questions in this test.

This test is in the form of statements and you have to understand the logic in the statement to solve the test successfully.

The time allowed for this test is 30 minutes.

How to start the test

Because this is a computer-based test, you will be sitting at a computer screen. Carefully listen to the instructions of the staff present there.

When they say, log in to the computer and click on the start test button to start the test.

When the test will start, a countdown will start on the upper right corner (or somewhere else) of the screen.

You have to complete the test in the given time. After the countdown ends, the test will automatically stop and your answers will be recorded in the system.

Then, you can start the next test.

Non-Verbal Intelligence Test

This test is a graphical-based intelligence test. They will give you problems in a graphical manner and you have to find the correct logic behind the given pattern.

The time allowed for this test is 40-50 mins. There is a total of 30-40 questions in this test.

As we discussed earlier when the countdown will end your test will stop and you can then start your next test.

Academic Test

The last part of this test is an academic test. As you have come so far, this is nothing but Matric and F.Sc level MCQ’s. The subjects of this test are Math Physics Chemistry English Islamiat and Pak studies.

There are also some questions of general knowledge. There are a total of 30-40 questions in this test.

The time allowed for this test is 30 mins.

As this is your last test after the countdown will end, your result will be shown on the screen displaying “Congratulations” or “Sorry Try Again”.

This result is based on the answers you submitted and the system decides the Pass or Fail on the basis of the percentage of correct answers.

After the test is over and in case you have passed the test (who knows) the staff member will give you the date of your next test that is the initial physical test.

Initial Physical Test

After the Computer-based Intelligence Test, your next step is to appear for an initial physical exam. This initial exam doesn’t include a 100 km race or 100 push-ups in one step ( Don’t worry ).

Despite the compulsory physical standards for applying to Armed Forces, a candidate also has to prove his fitness through the initial physical test.

This test includes a very basic physical exam. But it will require some practice and effort. As practice makes a man perfect, you cannot pass this test if you are a sedentary type of person.

This test consists of the following tasks or exercises:

  • Running – 1.6 km in 8 minutes
  • Push-ups – 20 repetitions in 2 minutes ( Long Break )
  • Chin-ups – 4-5 repetitions in 2 minutes
  • Ditch Crossing – 7’4″ x 7’4″ with a Depth of 4′

After you would successfully complete all your tasks, the staff will give you a date for your initial medical test.

Guidelines:

  • Most of the candidates who fail in the initial physical test are those who cannot complete the running task in time.
  • Start practising this task a week or two before the test. Try to breathe through your nose while running.
  • Practice also for chin-ups.

Initial Medical Test

After an Initial Physical Test, a medical test is also conducted in the selection centre to check the medical fitness of a candidate at an early stage.

This test consists of basic medical examinations. If a candidate fails in this test, he/she cannot go further for initial interviews. A medical officer will take these tests and decide the fitness or unfitness of a candidate.

The initial medical test consists of the following examinations.

  • Weight (according to the Body Mass Index)
  • Height
  • Chest
  • Flat Feet Check
  • knock-knee Check
  • Elbow Bent Check
  • Eyesight
  • Other physical checks

Candidates also have to fill a medical form in which they will provide information about their medical history and different diseases.

Common problems that will cause you to be unfit or referred to the nearest CMH are as follows.

knock-knee

According to Google Knock-knee “is a condition in which the knees angle in and touch each other when the legs are straightened.”

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You can resolve this problem by trying some of the following things:

  • Treat the underlying conditions that cause the knock-knee problem. Take vitamin D and calcium supplements if your problem is due to rickets.
  • Try to lose your weight if your knock-knee problem is due to obesity.
  • Eat food that strengthens your bones and tissues.
  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, seeds and nuts, and vegetable oils.
  • There are a variety of yoga poses and exercises you can try to build strength, flexibility, and stability in your knees. Yoga is particularly helpful for treating knee problems when combined with other proper exercises.

Flat-Feet

According to Wikipedia, Flat feet is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.

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You can resolve this problem by trying some of the following exercises:

  1. Heel cord stretching

A tight Achilles tendon will encourage the foot to roll inward. The aim of heel cord stretching is to stretch the Achilles tendon and posterior calf muscles.

  • Stand facing a wall and place one hand on the wall at eye level.
  • Place the leg that needs stretching approximately one step behind the other leg, and plant the heel firmly on the ground.
  • Bend the knee of the front leg until you feel a stretch in the back leg.
  • Hold for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat nine more times.
  • It is essential to avoid arching the back and to keep it straight.

Perform this exercise twice a day.

2. The golf ball roll

This exercise requires a chair and a golf ball.

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Sit on the chair with your feet firmly on the ground. Place the golf ball under the foot, and roll it forward and back under the arch of the foot for 2 minutes to stretch the plantar fascia ligament.

Elbow-Bent

Elbow-bent also called elbow hyperextension happens when your elbow joint is bent beyond its normal range of motion.

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How to fix it:

  • Wearing an elbow brace can also help immobilize your elbow. This can help it heal properly.
  • Wrap ice or an icepack in a cloth and place it on the elbow. Apply this cold compress for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Do this every few hours. Never apply the ice directly to your skin.
  • Wrapping an elastic bandage around your injured elbow can help fix it. It can also help limit your movement, allowing your elbow to heal more easily. To apply an elastic bandage, wrap it around your elbow firmly enough to provide compression, but not so tightly that it causes pain or reduces feeling in your arm or hand.

These are some common issues that can cause a problem in the initial medical. So, try to fix them before the medical test.

Initial interview


The initial interview is conducted after the Intelligence and Physical Test. This is your last step of the initial selection process before going to ISSB. Interviews are the most important part of any selection and recruitment process.

These interviews give deep insight into someone’s behaviour and attitude. In the Armed Forces, interviews are the most important part because these forces seek officer-like qualities in a candidate and interviews help them in this regard.

Therefore you should pay some attention to the interviews in order to go further in the selection process.

Generally, Initial interviews at selection centers are not very long. It generally takes 10-15 minutes for an interview.

But, it totally depends on the panel taking the interview. This panel generally consists of 2 to 3 officers ( male & female ) of different ranks.

Tips to Get Recommended in Initial Interviews:

  • Your visual appearance matters a lot. Therefore you should be looking presentable.
  • Wear simple Shalwar Kameez or Pant Coat. Don’t try something fancy.
  • Avoid wearing too loose or too tight clothes.
  • Brush your teeth before going for the interview.
  • Take simple and elegant hair-cut.
  • Comb your hair properly.
  • Use black or brown shoes. Avoid fancy shoes or sandals.
  • Use a simple black belt.
  • Keep eye contact with the interviewer while answering the questions.
  • Keep your voice loud and clear. Don’t panic.
  • Keep the tone of your voice polite.
  • Your answers should be straight and to the point.
  • Try to give an answer in the same language in which a question is asked.

Type of Questions Asked in the Initial Interview:

Generally, the following questions are asked in the interview.

  • Family-related questions.
  • Questions about yourself.
  • Questions about your friends and circle.
  • Some general knowledge questions.
  • Math-related questions.
  • Current Affairs questions.

And a typical and the most important question…😊

Why do you want to join the Army, Navy or Airforce?

Some Important Questions Asked in the Initial Interview:

  • What is your name?
  • What is your age?
  • Tell me something about your family?
  • What is the Two-Nation Theory?
  • Tell the full form of CPEC?
  • What is the western root of CPEC?
  • Your favourite personality?

And many more…

Mechanical Aptitude Test

Mechanical Aptitude Test is the first test of your Day 2 at ISSB Center. It is a screening test and one who fails in it cannot go further. Candidates who fail in this test can leave the centre on the very 2nd day (😢😢).

This is a kind of screening test. That’s why most of the candidates are scared about this test.

In this guide, we will give you an idea about this test and how to attempt it successfully. So that you can maximize your chances to get recommended.

Mechanical Aptitude Test is based on basic physical ( Physics-related ) phenomena such as levers, pulleys, gears and trains. But in pictorial and graphical form.

What questions can you expect?
Mechanical aptitude test questions can be divided into three types of questions.

  • Mechanical Comprehension
  • Mechanical Knowledge
  • Mechanical Tools

Among these question categories, the Mechanical Comprehension test questions are most frequently used. It is not uncommon that a Mechanical Aptitude Test would only consist of mechanical comprehension questions.

This is an MCQ’s type test and attempted on a bubble sheet. There are no calculations needed in this test. They test your logical thinking through this test.

There are 100 questions in the test and the time allowed for this test is 60 mins.

Tips to solve Mechanical Aptitude Test:

  • Time is key. Manage your time wisely.
  • Try to attempt as many questions as you can because there is no negative marking.
  • Avoid cutting or double-check.
  • Recall your physics concepts and formulas.
  • Make sure to fill the bubbles properly.
  • Practice for these types of questions at home.
  • Don’t try to cheat, As ISSB invigilators are so keen to catch you and it will impact tour performance.

Word Association Test

Word Association Test is the first test on Day 2 after the Screening Test. Candidates who will pass the screening test will be allowed to sit in this test.

This the most important part of Psychological tests and has a great impact on your recommendation. This test gives an idea about the thinking of the candidate in different situations.

This test consists of 100 English words shown on the screen. Every word appears on the screen for 9-10 sec. You have to be very keen to be able to write a sentence in such a short time.

Tips to Solve ISSB Word Association Test:

  • The staff will give you the answer sheet. One page will have space for 25 words.
  • Time for this test is very little so you have to write the first thought that comes into your mind.
  • Words in this test are of daily use. So, practice a lot for different types of words.
  • Don’t spend too much time on one word, If you are not able to make a sentence, move to the next word.
  • Try to make positive sentences. Show an optimistic approach in your sentences.
  • Write brief and meaningful sentences.
  • Avoid using the words “I” “Me” “should” etc very often.
  • Don’t make sentences about armed forces.
  • Your writing should be readable. Avoid cutting and spelling mistakes.

Solved Examples of Word Association Test:

  1. Time: A time waster never succeeds in life.
  2. Sex: His sex is male.
  3. Drink: Drink water in three steps.
  4. Like: I like to read books.
  5. Stay: I stayed at my friend’s house last night.
  6. Over: The plane was flying over my head.
  7. Matter: Kashmir is the only matter between India and Pakistan.
  8. Slave: Islam doesn’t allow slavery.
  9. Sad: I was very sad to hear about his failure.
  10. Good: A book is a good company.
  11. Army: Our Army is our pride.
  12. Plan: I have a plan for this situation.
  13. Fear: Fear of failure doesn’t let you move forward.
  14. Luck: Some luck is also necessary for success.
  15. Bold: She is very bold and blunt.
  16. Future: Our children are our future
  17. Appeal: He appealed against the judgment in the court.
  18. Care: We should care about our loved ones.
  19. Failure: We should not be afraid of failure.
  20. Success: Hard work is the key to success.
  21. Like: I like to play cricket.
  22. Path: Path to success is not easy.
  23. Meet: Fahad met with Aslam after a long time.
  24. Insult: We should not insult the poor.
  25. War: War is a solution to nothing.
  26. Wound: The wound was bleeding as he reached the hospital.
  27. Front: This is the front view of our home.
  28. Defend: We should defend our country as a nation.
  29. Dear: He is my dear friend.
  30. Advice: Good advice is no less than a blessing.
  1. Quick: He is quick enough to win the race.
  2. Run: The thief ran very fast but caught by the Police.
  3. Lie: A lie will always be a lie.
  4. Triumph: War of 1965 was a great triumph.
  5. Truth: Truth is always better than a lie.
  6. Money: Money cannot buy happiness.
  7. Health: Health is wealth.
  8. Swim: Swimming is a great exercise.
  9. Team: Teamwork is key to success.
  10. Quality: Prefer quality over quantity.
  11. Death: We prefer death over surrender.
  12. Break: I take some rest in the break time.
  13. Enemy: He destroyed the enemy single handly
  14. Loud: Speaking loud and clear is key to effective communication.
  15. Character: He bears a good character.
  16. Respect: Respect your parents and elders.
  17. Assist: I can assist you in this matter.
  18. Alone: When he came to me I was all alone in the house.
  19. Action: I like action movies.
  20. Slow: Slow and steady wins the race.
  21. Think: Think twice before speaking.

Sentence Completion Test

We have discussed the Word Association Test earlier. There is another great tool to assess the presence of mind of a candidate, which is the Sentence Completion Test. In this test, a candidate has to complete the incomplete sentences.

Sentence Completion test consists of a total 104 incomplete sentences. These sentences are both in English and Urdu. Actually half of the sentences are in English and half of them are in Urdu.

There will be two sets of 26 sentences in Urdu (54 in total) and two sets of 26 sentences in English (54 in total).

Time for every set of 26 sentences is 6 minutes. Thus, you have 24 minutes in total for this test.

These are generally call-to-action sentences.

Points to Remember in Sentence Completion Test:

  • Practice makes a man perfect. Practice sentence completion tests as much as you can.
  • It will improve your writing speed.
  • Read the incomplete sentence carefully.
  • Your sentence should be a continuation of the given sentence.
  • Your sentence should complete the meaning of the sentence.
  • Manage your time wisely.
  • Be short and clear.
  • Use positive words or ideas to complete the sentences.
  • Improve your vocabulary.
  • There will be some questions with some impression of nudity or sexuality, Therefore stay positive and don’t do any blunder.

Picture Story Writing

After the Sentence Completion Test, the next great tool to judge the personality of a candidate at ISSB is Picture Story Writing. It is an excellent way to judge a person’s ability to see things in a positive manner.

In Picture Story Writing, 3 to 4 pictures are shown on the screen separately. These are blurry black and white sketches.

Every picture will be shown for 30 seconds. In this time, observe the picture carefully and make an outline of the story in your mind. You are going to write this story on paper.

After 30 seconds picture will disappear and you have 3.5 minutes to write down your story on the paper. The pictures shown to candidate stimulate their thought process and he may reveal a many of his hidden qualities.

The real intention of this test is to give an appreciation of you without being conscious of it.

This process will repeat for 2nd and 3rd pictures as well.

Tips to Write Effective Picture Story:

  • Observe the given picture carefully and focus on the characters shown in the story.
  • Trust your imagination and try to write a creative and meaningful story.
  • Don’t panic and stay focused.
  • Don’t ask the invigilator to explain the picture. Make the story from what you see.
  • Make an outline of the story in your mind.
  • Your story should have a meaningful start and end.
  • You should convey a message through your story.
  • Make sure that there is a sequence in the actions of your characters in the story.
  • Your story should neither be very short nor very long.
  • Try to write 10 to 15 lines in one story.

Pointer Story Writing

Pointer Story Writing is the last Psychological Test on day 2 of ISSB. In this test, two incomplete stories are given and the candidate has to complete these stories in the given time.

Only the one or two starting sentences are given and the candidate has to carve the story by himself.

Each story is displayed on the screen for 30 seconds and then 3.5 minutes are given to write down the complete story with the help of the given sentences.

Tips for Effective Story Writing:

  • Observe the given sentence carefully and focus on start given in the sentence.
  • Trust your imagination and try to write a creative and meaningful story.
  • Stay positive.
  • Don’t panic and stay focused.
  • Make an outline of the story in your mind.
  • Your story should have a meaningful relation from start to end.
  • You should convey a message through your story.
  • Make sure that there is a sequence in the actions of your characters in the story.
  • Your story should neither be very short nor very long.
  • Try to write 10 to 15 lines in one story.

Examples of Pointer Stories:

  1. Their relations were very good but suddenly…
  2. She was all alone in her room suddenly…
  3. Her life was glamour’s till…
  4. The relation took a new turn when…
  5. He could not stand firm because…
  6. Ali was sitting with his friends suddenly…
  7. He was unable to bear the expenses of his family than he…
  8. On a dark stormy night, she was all alone in her home suddenly…
  9. He joined services to earn money but when he becomes a leader of man…
  10. He was a very hard worker but fail to fulfil his expenses so he…
  11. She was standing on a lonely road suddenly her….
  12. He wanted to become a rich man but when he becomes a leader of men he…
  13. AMJAD feels his youth and he wants to provide of…
  14. He decides to join the Army for money but…
  15. Zahoor was a poor boy one day he…
  16. Their relation takes a new turn when…
  17. Friends were sitting in around suddenly…
  18. He could not stand firm because…
  19. When he saw her in trouble than he…
  20. He could not afford his family expenditure then he decided…
  21. They were friends and were sitting together but suddenly…
  22. On seeing a lonely girl on the road, he…
  23. He worked very hard but…
  24. The Enemy was Strong but…
  25. He was a very hard worker but failed to fulfil his expenses so he… He decided to join the Army for money but…
  26. In a lust for money & power he…
  27. Lust of money and power made him…
  28. He could not stand firm because…
  29. He worked hard day and night but could not meet the expense of his family so he decided to…
  30. One thunderstorm night, she was all alone at the road but suddenly…
  31. He joined the service to earn money but when he became a leader of men…
  32. The girl was all alone in his car when he saw a…
  33. They were sitting in a restaurant when…
  34. All you can do in these situations is…
  35. When he entered the room he saw a girl…
  36. Mr Ali was a teacher, one day he was going to college suddenly…
  37. He was on the roof when he saw a cat…
  38. He saw a man on the wheelchair and…
  39. when he knocked at the door…
  40. A man was standing still on the road suddenly…

Group Discussion (GTO Tasks)

This is your 3rd and GTO ( Group Testing Officer) Day. A GTO will be assigned to you and you will perform various tasks under his observation.

On the basis of your performance, GTO will give his recommendations to the president.

The 1st activity on Day 3 is to divide all your batch members into groups of 10 or 12 members each.

A GTO will be assigned to every group. Group Discussion is the 1st task that you will perform in your series of GTO tasks. GTO will lead you to his office and will introduce himself.

After the introduction of every member of the group, GTO will ask the group to discuss a particular topic (about some social or political issues). The topic will be of his own choice.

Every group member can give his opinion. You can also disagree with other group members.

How to Do Effective Group Discussion:

  • Be confident.
  • Keep your voice loud and clear.
  • Take a clear stance on the topic.
  • Don’t feel shy or hesitant.
  • Be polite. Don’t try to impose your opinions on others.
  • Support your stance with proper arguments.
  • If someone disagrees with you, you can give counter-arguments.
  • Avoid speaking in-between when someone is already speaking.
  • If you disagree with someone, use proper words for this.
  • Don’t feel sorry, whatever your opinion is.
  • Keep eye contact with your group members.
  • Keep your facial expression simple.
  • Don’t rush to speak. GTO will give you full time to discuss the topic.
  • Wear simple dress while going for the discussion.
  • Your body language should be positive and appealing.
  • Work on your communication skills for better discussion.

GTO will observe you and give you numbers on the basis of your performance. You can easily impress the officer by presenting your opinion in a good way.

To impress the GTO, practice to speak in public as much as you can. Arrange discussions with your friends on different social and political topics.

Try to speak in front of a mirror and observe yourself.

Lecturette Topic

Lecturette Topic is a task in which a group member speaks on a given topic in front of the whole group and the GTO. After the Group Discussion session, GTO will brief you about your next task which is ISSB Lecturette Topic.

This is another great way to check your confidence and public speaking skills. Because an officer should have enough skills to put his opinion in front of other people.

An officer should have that power to convince people on a certain topic because leadership is the main thing that matters in the armed forces.

In this task, GTO will give a topic of his own choice to every candidate of the group. You have two mins to think about the topic outside the room.

You can choose a language of your own choice (English or Urdu). There are no extra points for English grammar and vocabulary.

If you are good at English, go for it. But if you are no, don’t try to speak in English just to impress the GTO. You will deliver your lecture in front of your group.

How to Deliver an Effective Lecture:

  • Practice for group speaking. Take part in group discussions.
  • Make key points in your mind about the topic in the given time.
  • Try to touch all the key points respectively while speaking.
  • Keep your body language presentable while standing.
  • Convey your message clearly.
  • Your hand gestures and facial expressions are great tools for effective communication.
  • Prove your opinion with solid arguments. Give proper reasoning for every opinion.
  • Stay calm and positive.
  • Give a picture of both sides when talking about a social issue.

GTO will also ask some general knowledge/current affairs questions in the Group Discussion session. Therefore stay up-to-date with current affairs news and prepare for general knowledge.

Sample Lecturette Topics:

English:

  1. Foreign policy of Pakistan
  2. Failing value of Pakistan rupee in context to US dollar
  3. Population – merits and demerits
  4. Increase of Selfishness in our society
  5. Dowry system
  6. Role of NGO’s
  7. Capital punishment
  8. Honor killing
  9. Influence of western culture
  10. ISIS
  11. Role of Pakistan in United Nations
  12. Gambling
  13. China-Pakistan Economic Corridore
  14. Child labor
  15. Defence budget
  16. Pakistan’s relation with Saudi Arabia
  17. Love marriage or arranged marriage
  18. Student unions
  19. Cyber crimes
  20. Co-education
  21. Democracy vs Sharia
  22. Siachin conflict
  23. Sex education
  24. Honor killings
  25. Kashmir conflict

Urdu

  1. Kea aj kal k bachay zyada na-farman hen?
  2. Hamary mua’ashray me paisay ko zyada ehmiat di jati he ya qabliat ko?
  3. Kea Pakistan ko Israel ko tasleem kr lena chahiye?
  4. Pakistan k America k sath Ta’aluqat?
  5. Kea Pakistan ko India se trade krni chahiye?
  6. Bachon ko social media istemal krna chahiye?
  7. Kea aj kal k dramy hmary mua’ashray ki sahi akasi krty hen?
  8. Kea Pakistan me aurton ko pooray haqooq diye jaty hen?
  9. Aurton ka ghar se nikal kr kaam krna kesa he?
  10. Afghanistan me aman kesy ho skta he?
  11. Kea Pakistan me election shafaf tareeqy se hoty hen?
  12. Kea muslim countries ko Islamic Block bnana chahiye?
  13. CPEC se Pakistan ki economy ko kea faida ho ga?
  14. Pakistan me agriculture ko kaisy behter kr skty hen?
  15. Kea PTI ki hakoomat sahi kaam kr rhi he?
  16. Internet ek beemari ya na’amat?
  17. American Block ya Russian Block?
  18. Kea Pakistan ko IMF k pass jana chahiye tha?
  19. Pakistan apny qarzay kesy utar skta he?
  20. Hmara ta’aleemi nizam?
  21. Kashmir k maslay ka hal kea ho skta he?
  22. India me miniorities/Musalmano k haqooq?
  23. Pakistan me miniorities/Hinduon k haqooq?
  24. Kea India ek sacholar state he?
  25. hamara adalti nizam?

Group Planning

Group Planning is a process in which all group members try to solve a model. The GTO will show you a model and will brief you about the model. The model will consist of different war field or everyday situations.

This your last indoor GTO task. After this, you are going for outdoor GTO tasks. Group planning is a technique in which two or more people discuss and plan for something.

This test provides a team environment and encourages teamwork as armed forces are all about teamwork. An officer will often work with his juniors and soldiers to complete different missions in his service.

There will be a pictorial representation of different situations like roads, bridges, rivers or canals, fields, etc in the model. GTO will brief you about every possible condition and restriction that you have to consider while solving the model.

The model typically looks like this.

group planning model

GTO will also give you some numeric values like “time to reach at destination”, “speed of your given vehicles”, “capacity of vehicles”, “length of roads”, “points where to pass and where not to pass” etc.

GTO will leave the room after briefing and will come back after 30 minutes.

Time allowed for this task is 30 minutes and time to explain the model to GTO is 15 minutes.

Tips for Successful Group Planning:

  • Stay focused. Listen to the GTO carefully.
  • Remember every minor detail that he mentioned in the briefing.
  • Work as a team. Give other members an opportunity to speak.
  • Imagine yourself in the situation and then try to solve the model.
  • Don’t show bossy behaviour.
  • Try to solve the model step-by-step.
  • Choose a confident member as a spokesperson to explain the model to GTO.

In the end, it is common that you are unable to solve the model. Don’t worry in this situation, try your best and explain whatever you know about the model to the GTO.

Progressive Group Task

Progressive Group Task is the first task in the task area that you will perform. This task is a progression of three tasks from easy to hard.

After the Group Planning, your indoor GTO tasks have ended and the GTO will lead your group to the task area. 10-15 mins will be given to you to change the clothes.

Dress code for outdoor GTO tasks is white nicker-shirt with white joggers (in summer) and white trouser-shirt with joggers (in winter).

The time allowed for this task is 45 minutes. Every member of the group will participate in this task. No one is a leader in this task so, you should work by coordination.

Rules of ISSB Progressive Group Task:

There are some restrictions and limitations in this task.

  • There is a starting and finishing line of the task.
  • Your group’s objective is to start from the starting line and cross the finishing line with some equipment.
  • The equipment consists of a rope, a drum, a plank, and a wooden box.
  • There are some hurdles and obstacles between the starting and the finishing line.
  • Some of them are inbound and some are outbound.
  • These hurdles are of different colours.
  • Red colour means: Place is outbound for you and your equipment.
  • Yellow colour means: Place is inbound for you but outbound for your equipment.
  • White colour means: Place is inbound for you and your equipment.
  • The remaining land is outbound for you and all of your equipment.

Tips to Follow:

  • Stay calm and listen to the GTO carefully.
  • If there is any question regarding the task, you can ask to the GTO.
  • Work as a team and cooperate with each other.
  • If you commit a foul, admit it in front of the GTO.
  • Try to complete the task in the given time.
  • You can talk to each other in Urdu about the task.
  • Don’t call anyone by his name. Rather call him by his chest number.

The next task after the progressive group task is the Half Group Task.

Half Group Task

Half Group Task is the 2nd task after the Progressive Group Task. This task is similar to the previous one. Rules and limitations are the same. Equipment is also the same for this task.

The only difference in this task is that the group is divided into 3 or 4 sub-groups. This task is performed to observe the abilities of candidates more keenly.

The time allowed for this task is 10 minutes for each group. The task of every group is different. There is no commander in this task as well.

Cooperate with your group members and make a strategy to complete the task. Call your group members by their chest numbers. Don’t call anyone by his name.

Rules of ISSB Half Group Task:

  • There is a starting and finishing line of the task.
  • Your group’s objective is to start from the starting line and cross the finishing line with some equipment.
  • The equipment consists of a rope, a drum, a plank, and a wooden box.
  • There are some hurdles and obstacles between the starting and the finishing line.
  • Some of them are inbound and some are outbound.
  • These hurdles are of different colours.
  • Red colour means: Place is outbound for you and your equipment.
  • Yellow colour means: Place is inbound for you but outbound for your equipment.
  • White colour means: Place is inbound for you and your equipment.
  • The remaining land is outbound for you and all of your equipment.

Tips to Follow:

  • Stay calm and listen to the GTO carefully.
  • If there is any question regarding the task, you can ask to the GTO.
  • Work as a team and cooperate with each other.
  • If you commit a foul, admit it in front of the GTO.
  • Try to complete the task in the given time.
  • You can talk to each other in Urdu about the task.

Command Task

Command Task is one of the most interesting and important GTO Task. Unlike other group tasks, it is not a leaderless exercise.

In this test, one member is the commander of 4-5 group members, and you have to accomplish the given task within the allotted time. Here, the commander’s ability to give commands is tested by the GTO. It is different from other GTO tasks like Half Group Task and Progressive Group Task because there is no commander in the above tasks.

Everyone becomes the leader in the command task one by one. The GTO calls the leader interacts with him. He will explain the task allotted to commander along with the helping materials.

Five group members from the commander’s chest number in the reverse order will be the sub-ordinates. GTO will also take a short interview and will ask some questions from the commander.

The time allowed for each command task is 10 minutes. There may be a load to be carried along with while you are negotiating the obstacles.

Briefing to your subordinates:

GTO takes an introductory interview and brief you about the task personally. After the briefing, you can call your subordinates by saying “Group members come here”.

After that, you will brief them about the given task. You can start your briefing as follows:

Group members, we have the task xxx. The time for this task is xxx. Rules for this task are xxx (as told by GTO). My plan to complete this task is this (xxx). you can ask any question if you want to ask.

You can give this briefing in Urdu as well.

Tips for Command Task:

  • While the GTO is explaining the task, listen to him carefully and clarify the doubts on the spot as you may not be allowed to ask anything after commencing the task.
  • You can spend one or two minutes to form a broad plan. Use your common sense and think of a logical solution for the task.
  • Never allow nervousness to overpower you as your intelligence shall not work properly when you are nervous.
  • Make your subordinates stand in a line and explain the allotted task, your plan and materials at your disposal.
  • If you are stuck somewhere while doing the command task, you can ask suggestions of your subordinates, but you may have to lose some marks.
  • It is my personal experience that as a leader, you should not only give instructions to your subordinates but also help them and should lead from the front to complete the task.
  • Call your subordinates with their chest numbers.
  • If you find that your subordinates are not doing the task according to your directions, ask them politely to follow your instructions.
  • If you feel that your plan will not work well, you have to change it. Be logical and systematic.
  • Do not be harsh and rude to your subordinates. You may encourage those who are cooperating and working well.
  • Do not get nervous. Be cheerful and optimistic about your success and have confidence in your planning.
  • When you are a helper, show maximum cooperation and loyalty.

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