AFCAT Selection Process 2023: Indian Air Force (IAF) recruits Commissioned Officers in Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branches through Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). Here is the Selection Method of AFCAT 2023.
AFCAT 2023 Selection Procedure:
Candidates applied for AFCAT can undergo the selection procedure as follows:
For Ground Duty (Technical) Branch:
Candidates are going to be called for Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) and Engineering knowledge test(EKT). The AFCAT is going to be of 2 hours duration and will contain multiple alternative queries on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness, and military aptitude. Selected candidates can ought to beneath go further testing of 2 stages.
Stage-I: Consists of an intelligence test together with other tests, document check.
Stage-II: Consists of Psychological Test, Group Tests, and Interview.
For Flying Branch:
Candidates ought to undergo the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). AFCAT can contain multiple-choice queries on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness, and military aptitude. Intelligence test, Psychological test together with other tests, document check, group Tests interview & CPSS (Computerised Pilot Selection System) and or PABT would be administered to eligible candidates.
For Ground Duty (Non-Technical) Branch:
Candidates ought to undergo the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT). It is going to be of 2 hours long and will contain multiple-choice queries on verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning, general awareness, and military aptitude. Intelligence test, Psychological test together with other tests, document check, group Tests, interview.
ALSO, READ AFCAT 2023 RESULT.
AFCAT Result 2023:
The result is a final output of candidates. The result is going to be prepared on the basis of marks scored by the candidates in AFCAT entrance tests 2023. The authority can declare the result at the AFCAT official website. The Candidates who are short-listed within the merit list of Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT / EKT) are going to be called for more testing at one among the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs). Official website: afcat.cdac.in
Air Force Selection Board (AFSB).
(a)For AFCAT entry, IAF shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the Online AFCAT as fixed by the IAF in their discretion. Candidates who are declared successful in the Online AFCAT will be called at one of the Air Force Selection Boards. Candidates who have applied for NCC Special Entry/Meteorology will be directly called for AFSB testing at one of the AFSB centres. The AFSB centres are at Dehradun (1 AFSB), Mysuru (2 AFSB), Gandhinagar (3 AFSB) and Varanasi (4 AFSB). Candidates who opt for flying branch can only opt for Dehradun, Mysore and Varanasi. Candidates who have qualified in the written exam are required to choose AFSB date and venue by themselves on the website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in in order to generate call- up letter for AFSB interview.
(b)Physical Fitness. Candidates are advised to be physically fit when you report for SSB in order to be able to undergo various tests at AFSB. You should aim to achieve an ability to run 01 mile (1.6 kms) in 10 minutes, 10 push ups and 3 chin ups.
(c)Tattoos. The policy on permanent body tattoos is as follows:-
(i)Permanent body tattoos are not permitted on any other body part either visible or non-visible part, except on the Inner face of forearms i.e. from inside of the elbow to the wrist of both the hands and Reverse side of the palm / back (dorsal) side of both hands for which a candidate will be required to sign a Self-declaration Certificate. Small innocuous tattoos that are not prejudicial to good order and military discipline, are permitted e.g. religious symbols or names of near and dear ones.
(ii)Tribes with tattoo marks on the face or body as per their existing customs and traditions will be permitted on a case to case basis.
(d)Narcotics. Use/possession of narcotics is banned. Candidate may be tested for presence of drugs in the body during Medicals and subsequently during training/ service career as an officer. If candidate is found to be using/ in possession of narcotics during any time of training/service career, candidate would be debarred from joining the Indian Air Force or be removed from service if already joined.
(e)The testing at AFSB would consist of three stages as given below:-
(i)Stage-I. Officer Intelligence Rating Test along with Picture Perception and discussion test will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo subsequent testing. All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for. Candidates who either do not qualify in Stage-I or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself.
(ii)Stage-II. Psychological test will be conducted on Day 1(Afternoon) and the Group Tests and Interview would commence after document check for the next five days.
(iii)For Flying Branch. Computerised Pilot Selection System (CPSS) would be administered to recommended candidates only. This is once in a lifetime test. Candidates who have failed the CPSS/ PABT in an earlier attempt or a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy will not be eligible.
(f)Change of Interview Dates. Request for change of AFSB interview date should be avoided. Requests for postponing interview may be considered under genuine circumstances and that too if it is administratively convenient for which Air Headquarters will be the sole deciding authority. Such requests should be sent to AFSB Centre from where the call for AFSB interview has been received through e-mail only.
(g)Candidates will appear before the AFSB and undergo the test at their own risk and will not be entitled to claim any compensation or other relief from Government in the event of any injury which they may sustain in the course of or as a result of any of the tests given to them at the Selection Board whether due to the negligence of any person or otherwise. Candidates will be required to sign an indemnity bond to this effect on the form appended to the application.
(h)Travel Allowance (TA). To and fro travelling fare by the shortest route of AC-III Tier/AC Chair Car or actual normal bus fare will be re-imbursed to the candidates appearing in AFSB for the first time. Change of address, if any, must be intimated to the Board well before arrival. You shall furnish the railway ticket/ bus ticket (hard copy) to the Board, failing which no TA will be paid. For all other modes of travel, TA will be admissible as per the government authorized rules. No TA is admissible, if you have already appeared for the same type of entry at any of the Selection Boards. Candidates are to carry cancelled Cheque for Online Payment.
Documents Required for AFSB.
Candidates are required to bring the following relevant documents, which will be checked during AFSB testing:-
(i)AFCAT Admit Card.
(ii)Original Matriculation/ Secondary School Certificate and Mark sheets issued by CBSE/ ICSE/ State Board. No other certificate will be accepted for verification of Date of Birth.
(iii)Original Marks Sheet & Certificate of 10+2 (issued by the relevant Board).
(iv)Original/ Provisional Graduation Degree/ Post Graduation Degree Certificates and Mark Sheet of each year/ semester issued by University – only for verification of educational qualifications to check eligibility for the course. Provisional Certificate issued by college Principal is not acceptable. However, Provisional Degree Certificate issued by the University is acceptable.
(v)In case of final year/ semester students, a Certificate from the College Principal, clearly mentioning the following aspects annotated with proper stamp and seal of the Institution is required:-
(aa) Name of the College. (ab) Name of the University.
(ac) Discipline in which Graduation/ Post Graduation obtained. (ad) Aggregate Percentage.
(ae) Likely Date of Declaration of Final Result (in DD/MM/YYYY Format).
(vi)Two attested photocopies of each of the above mentioned certificates.
(vii)Original NCC Certificate (if applicable).
(viii)NOC from employers for candidates working in Central/ State Govt. or Public Sector Undertakings.
(ix)Original valid Commercial Pilots’ License, issued by DGCA, if applicable.
(x)Inbound Railway Ticket/ Bus Tickets. (For refund of Travelling Allowance)
(xi)Candidates are also advised to bring twenty copies of recent passport size colour photographs taken in light coloured clothes against white background for documentation.
(k)Candidates not in possession of the above documents or those who do not meet the eligibility conditions, should not report to the AFSB, as they will not be accepted for the tests and will be routed back without travelling allowances.
(l)Candidates recommended by the IAF for interview by the Air Force Selection Board (AFSB) who have changed their addresses subsequent to the submission of their application for the examination should immediately after announcement of the result of the written part of the examination notify the changed address, along with an unstamped self-addressed envelope, also to Wg Cdr PO-3 (A/B) Air HQs. ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110 106. Failure to comply with this instruction will deprive the candidate of any claim to consideration in the event of his/her not receiving the letter for interview by the AFSB.
10.Final Merit List. To be acceptable, candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in written examination and AFSB test as fixed by the IAF. Candidates will be placed in the order of merit on the basis of the total marks secured by them in the written examination and in the AFSB tests. The form and manner of communication of the result of the examination to individual candidates shall be decided by the IAF in their discretion.10% of the vacancies are reserved for NCC Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ certificate holders in Ground Duty (Technical and Non- technical) Branches. Allotment of PC/ SSC in Ground Duty (Technical and Non-technical) Branches would be based on number of vacancies, performance in the selection process and the choice given by the candidates.
11.Training. Candidates recommended by the AFSBs and found medically fit by appropriate medical establishment are detailed for training strictly on the basis of merit and availability of vacancies in various branches/ sub branches.
(a)Date and Duration of Training. Training is scheduled to commence in the first week of Jul 2023 for all courses. The approximate duration of training for Flying and Ground Duty (Technical) Branches is 74 weeks and that of Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches is 52 weeks at Air Force Training Establishments.
(b)Physical Conditioning. Prospective candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition to adapt to physical training at AFA which encompasses running, swimming, rope climbing and other forms of physical training/conditioning in which they would undergo mandatory tests during training. Candidates are advised to keep themselves in good physical condition by following the under mentioned routine:-
(i)Running: up to 4 Km. in 15 minutes.
(iii)Push ups & Sit-ups: Minimum 20 each.
(iv)Chin ups: 08.
(v)Rope Climbing: 3 to 4 metres.
(vi)Swimming (25 m).
(c)After admission to Air Force Academy, candidates will not be considered for any other commission. They will not be permitted to appear for any interview or examination after they have been finally selected for training in AFA. No request for withdrawal of candidature received from a candidate after he/she has submitted his/her application will be entertained under any circumstance. PAN Card, Aadhaar card and account in SBI/ Nationalized Bank is mandatory at the time of joining Air Force Academy (AFA). Use/possession of narcotics is banned. Candidate may be tested for presence of drugs in the body during Medicals and subsequently during training/ service career as an officer. If candidate is found to be using/ in possession of narcotics during any time of training/service career, candidate would be debarred from training /service as per extant policy.
12.Facilitation Counter for Guidance of Candidates.
(a)For any Query related to Conduct of Online Examination, registration process, admit cards, candidates may contact AFCAT Cell on 020-25503105 or 020-25503106. E-Mail queries may be addressed to [email protected]
(b)For all queries regarding Eligibility, allotment of AFSB centres, date of AFSB interview, merit list, Joining Instructions, and any other relevant information regarding selection process, candidates may contact on 011-23010231 Extn: 7610 or visit website https://careerindianairforce.cdac.in or https://afcat.cdac.in or Toll free number 1800-11- 2448
(c)Timings. Telephonic query timings are from 0930 hrs to 1300 hrs and 1400 hrs to 1700 hrs (Monday to Friday, except closed holidays).