Eligibility Criteria for Joining Pak Army through PMA Long Course

The eligibility criteria for joining Pakistan Army does vary according to the course, however in this article we are going to discuss about both eligibility and ineligibility criteria for joining Pak Army via PMA Long Course.

Eligibility Criteria for Joining Pak Army through PMA Long Course


PMA applications are open for all citizens, irrespective of their religion, region or caste et subject to fulfilling certain requirements for joining Pakistan Army.


- Candidate must be a Citizen of Pakistan (including Azad Kashmir domicile holder and State Class-1 citizens).


- Pakistan Army accepts only male candidates for PMA long course.

- Females are eligible to apply in other courses accepting both males and females like; engineers, doctors, psychologists, etc. or the one’s accepting females only like nursing. 


Minimum 60% marks in Intermediate or equivalent (FSC, FA, ICS, ICOM, etc.) 

Note: For O/A levels or other equivalent then IBCC certificate is required.

If 60% marks in Graduation degree, then 50% marks in Intermediate are also eligible.

Minimum 55% marks in intermediate or equivalent for the candidates from specified area with domicile, who have been actually studying in same areas:

  • Balolchistan.
  • 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.

Candidates can also apply on the basis of hope certificate, but they need to have 60% marks in the part-1 of intermediate.


  • For civilians having intermediate or O/A levels or any other equivalent qualification: 17-22 years of age (relaxable for 3 months in both upper and lower age limit).
  • For civilians with 2 years graduate degree: 17-23 years of age.
  • For civilians with 4 years graduate degree: 17-24 years of age.
  • For serving Pakistan Airforce and Pak Navy personnel: 17-23 years of age.
  • For serving Pak Army personnel: 17-25 years of age.

Marital Status

Civilians: unmarried only.

In case of Serving armed forces personnel: Unmarried only if 17-19 years of age/Married or unmarried, both eligible, if age 20 or above.

Physical Requirements

A minimum height of candidates for PMA long Course should be 5ft -4inch (162.5cm)

For preliminary selection candidates must have to qualify the following physical Standards mentioned below:-

o Candidates must rum 1.6 Km in 7 ½ Minutes

o Candidates will do Push Ups 15 repetition in 2 minutes

o Candidates will have to do Sit Ups 15 Repetition in 2 minutes

o Candidates must Do Chin Ups 3 repetition in 2 minutes.

Training Period

The PMA Long Course is usually for 2 years however can be prolonged or reduced based on any special situations and requirements too. The training is done in Pakistan Military Academy Kakul.

Ineligibility Conditions

Anyone not fulfilling above mentioned criteria or having any of the following issues is termed ineligible for joining Pakistan Army through pma long course. They might still be eligible for joining, based on the issue and how it can be resolved.

  • Declared medically unfit by Military hospital or Appeal Medical Board.
  • Candidates who are two times Screened out will not be considered eligible.
  • The candidate who is rejected twice by ISSB/GHQ for Selection & Review Board is not eligible.
  • Once enrolled in any Military service (Army, Navy & Air Force) successfully but then left through: Withdrawal, Resign or Discharged.
  • Dismissed from any academy on the basis of discipline, character, inefficiency, medical, weak profile or declared unsuitable for any reason
  • Dismissed from any other government service.
  • Convicted by the court of law for an offence involving moral turpitude.


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