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The Intelligence Bureau (IB) is the oldest civil intelligence institute of Islamic Republic of Pakistan which was created in 1947 soon after the partition of British Hindustan; it was established by British Ruler of Sub-Continent in 1885 at Shimla. Its main purpose was to monitor the movement of Russian Troops in Afghanistan and possible invasion of Sub-Continent by Russia.

After the partition of Sub-Continent in 1947, Intelligence Bureau (IB) was established in Karachi as civilian intelligence institute and its main functions were responsibility for strategic and foreign intelligences, as well as counter-espionage and domestic affairs. In 1948, ISI was established by the Government and IB was assigned the local and domestic intelligence assignments.

IB is headed by Director General who is appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan after approval of the President of Pakistan. Key posts in the IB are as under:-

  • Director General (IB).
  • Director (IB).
  • Deputy Director (IB).
  • Assistant Director (IB).

The entry level post for civilian is the post of Assistant Director (IB) BS-17 against which recruitment is made by the Ministry of Defence usually through the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC).  Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) advertises the posts as and when requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence.


Masters Degree (2nd Division) from a recognized University with age limit 21-30 plus general age relaxation by the Government of the Pakistan. Sometimes, special qualification such as Masters in Arabic, Pashto or any other language is also required depending upon the requirement of assignments.


Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) follows the following process for recommendations of the candidates:-

  • One paper MCQs of 100 marks.
  • One paper Subjective English (Essay type) 100 marks.
  • Psychological Assessment.

One paper MCQs of 100 Marks is comprised of 20% English + 80% General Knowledge. It is generally based paper having questions of general understanding such as every day science, basic mathematics, Islamiat, Pak studies & current affairs. There are numerous books available in the market on the one paper MCQs.

Those who qualify the one paper MCQs are eligible to take the one paper Subjective English essay type paper. Generally, the paper is on general topics such current affairs, international issue. The test is to assess the ability of the candidate in relation with the expression of views in compact form.

The candidates who qualify both of the above mentioned tests are called for psychological assessment followed by the Interview to be conducted by the panel of Federal Public Service Commission.  After the process, FPSC recommends the candidates against the posts requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence.

The successful candidates are offered the post of Assistant Director (IB), BS-17 and after medical fitness certificate, training is started which is followed by posting.


The main responsibility of the Assistant Director (IB) is intelligence, its analysis and desk work followed by onward submission of report to the higher command and follow up of further orders in this regard.


The salary of Assistant Director (IB) is very good for a beginner and ranges around 80-90 thousands per month depending upon the posting.

An Assistant Director (IB) BS-17 is eligible for promotion as Deputy Director BS-18 after completion of 05 years service and training prescribed for the purpose.

Deputy Director (IB) BS-18 is further eligible for promotion as Director (IB) after 12 years of service and completion of training prescribed for the purpose.

Overall it is a very good career for those pursuing intelligence and investigation.

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