The selection process of an army officer is very sophisticated. But the good thing about it is, there is no fixed number of “seats”. That’s why if you can fulfill the requirements, you will get selected for sure, no matter what. It has four stages or steps. I’m pointing them down in brief.
1. First Step: Preliminary Examination (Preli)
This is the very first process of elimination/selection. Preli has two parts. One is preliminary medical checkup and the other is preliminary viva. This preli shouldn’t be a headache to you. If you fulfill the minimum physical requirements you will pass the preli med checkup. And with a little smartness and good behavior you will also pass the preli viva. About 1/3* applicants will pass this exam. Read more about the Preliminary examination.
2. Second Step: Written Examination
About one third* (sad but true!) of the applicants will pass the preli and qualify for the written exams. There are four subjects in this written exam: Bangla, English, Math, General Knowledge. Each subject is worth 50 numbers and one has to get 20 on each subject to pass the exam. Adequate preparation is needed. About 1200-1500* applicants will pass this exam. Read more about the Written Examination.
3. Third Step: Inter Services Selection Board Examination
After passing the written exams you will be allowed to face the Inter Services Selection Board or ISSB. By far this is the toughest and coolest examination that I know of. You have to stay at ISSB for four days (maximum; if you don’t get screened out the first day) and take part in various tests (IQ, Discussion, Physical, Psychology etc). This exam is designed to “figure you out”. ISSB will decide if you are fit to be an Army Officer or not. About 120-220* applicants Read more about the ISSB Examination.
4. Fourth Step: Final Medical Checkup
This medical checkup is more thorough. Almost everyone (exept some) will pass this exam. About 110-200* applicants will pass this checkup and will be aligible to go to BMA as a Cadet. Wow!!!
If you can pass all this steps/exams, you will be invited to join BMA (Bangladesh Military Academy) and you will have the golden ticket in your hand of becoming an military officer.
Best of luck tiger.
*these numbers are just my own observations. It’s not a fact. These numbers are given just to give you an idea. It’s not accurate. So I don’t bare any responsibility if you are effected by this numbers.
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