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How to Join ISI(Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan)

How To Join ISI???

There are Two way to join ISI
 1. The indirect way 

2. The Direct way

First we’ll discuss the indirect procedure:

If you are passionate to serve your motherland, you ‘ll surely achieve it somehow. Join ISI indirectly requires joining first, the armed forces of Pakistan. Be it army, navy, or the air force; members of all armed forces can join ISI, whether they are Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO’s), or the Non Commissioned Officers (NCO’s).

Officers/JCO’s/NCO’s have to apply for admission. After taking permission from the Unit Officers Commandings, they appear in a basic test which on clearing, they are sent into the Inter-ServicesIntelligence School. After finishing the intelligence course, they can apply to be posted in Field IntelligenceUnits (FIU) or in the directorate of Military/Air/Naval intelligence. Then they wait and hope that their performance is good enough to be invited to the ISI for a temporary posting. Based on their performance in the military and the temporary posting with ISI, they are then offered a more permanent position.

Senior ISI officers with ranks of Major and above are only assigned to the ISI for no more than two to three years to curtail the attempt to abuse their power. Almost all of the Director-Generals of the ISI have never served in the organization before being appointed by the military commanders to lead it. ISI also monitors former, current and retired military officers who at one point or another, held sensitive positions and had access to classified data. However in some special circumstances, officers with outstanding achievements are given an extended appointment and even a lifetime (till 60 years of age) job.

Now we come to the direct procedure:

For civilians, recruitment is advertised and is jointly handled by the Federal Public Services Commission (FPSC) and civilian ISI agents are considered employees of the Ministry of Defense. The FPSC conducts various examinations testing the candidates’ knowledge of current affairs, English and various analytical abilities. Based on the results, the FPSC shortlists the candidates and sends the list to the ISI which then, conducts the initial background checks. The selected candidates are then invited for an interview which is conducted by a joint committee comprising both ISI and FPSC officials.

Those candidates who pass the interview, then have to go through rigorous fitness, medical and psychological evaluations. Once the candidate clears these evaluations, the ISI performs a very thorough background check on the candidate before being offered to join the ISI. Security clearance is granted once the candidate accepts the offer. Recruited agents then go to the Inter-Services Intelligence School for basic training following which, they are employed on an initial one year probationary period. However, civilian operatives are not allowed to rise above the equivalent of the rank of Major and are mostly assigned to Joint Intelligence X (JIX), Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB) and Joint Counterintelligence Bureau (JCIB) departments and the rest of the departments are solely headed by the armed forces though there have been rare cases in which civilians have been assigned to those departments.


For civilians who want to join ISI so the advertisement is handled by Federal Public Service Commission because the members of ISI are related to ministry of defence. The FSPC conduct various sort of test to know the amenities of that person whether this person is having the capability to join this field or not. These tests measure some amenities of that individual as creativity, persistence, spirit, IQ level and person should be able to solve puzzle well.

IQ And Intelligence Test:

This test is basically based on intelligence and sharpness of one’s mind in order to check the IQ level of that person by giving them some sort of puzzle to solve and tricky questions but specially puzzles are given to solve to measure the intellect.

IQ Tests In General:

IQ tests contain generally subject tests which include knowledge, current affairs and analytical abilities, English and some other subjects also. The IQ level must be above the level of 151 and consisted of theoretical tests but not only based upon this theoretical test other tests are also crucial for determining the amenities of individual.

After these tests FSPC shortlists the candidates who are not eligible and send list of successful candidates to them and afterwards conduct the interview. Those candidates who pass the interview then fitness test is conducted which includes medical fitness tests and psychological evaluations.

As the individual clears this test then ISI perform a tough background and check the candidate properly before being offered to join ISI.

Recruited individuals are sent to training school before and are employed one year period. Civilian operatives are not allowed to rise above the Major ranks and are allowed to join Joint Intelligence x, Joint Intelligence Bureau, and Joint Counter Intelligence Bureau department and other departments are headed by armed forces.

So these are the steps through which one has to pass and afterwards they have been categorized and assigned for this job of ISI.

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